Wednesday, December 05, 2012


Tomorrow is Saint Nikolaus Day (or Nicholas), or Nikolaustag. (oh, joy for cheesy gif's)

This is a holiday celebrated in various ways throughout Europe.
Actually, it is celebrated in various ways throughout Germany.

On the eve of December 5th, Saint Nikolaus comes (in many instances with his demon, Knecht Ruprecht) to make sure the children are being kind, patient, honest and good.  
If they are he leaves them gifts in their shoes, which they place outside their door.  If they have not been good, he leaves them with a switch for them to be beaten with.  

In the consumer craze that is the holiday season, I love having this 'Father Christmas', or 'Sinterklaas' come at the beginning of the month and let Christmas Eve be about celebrating Christ's birth, and not waiting for Santa to bring presents.

For more information on St. Nicholas Day, click here

Veggie Tales has a great version too.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Britta turned one!

Can you believe that this little one is ONE!?!  
I realize that I didn't post these at the time of her birthday, we spend a long weekend at Great Grandmother's house in Thousand Palms.  

Before we left we spent a day at the county fair.

Watching the pig races (so cute)!

Checking out the animals, our favorite part!

Britta loved the birds.

Elias loved the goats and sheep, especially the ones wearing t-shirts.

Maja throwing a classic, 'I don't wanna leave' tantrum.

The day we were to leave for California, I pinched a nerve in my neck and we went first thing in the morning to my awesome Chiropractor. This is the waiting room.

Grandfather let us stay in his house near Great Grandmother.  On Saturday morning Elias and Maja helped Britta open her birthday presents. 

Later we went swimming, it was still 103 degrees there!

Britta started walking about 3 weeks before her first birthday.  
Here she is with her baby doll from Great Grandmother.

On Sunday we invited Anna and Chris Stone over from Pomona for a family dinner. It was a lovely evening with great food, great conversation and lots of this...

We loved seeing our cousins.  We had so much fun!  Thanks again Grandfather and Great Grandmother!

and Happy Birthday Bitty!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012


I made a happy realization this week.

I love the transitional seasons.

As I was perusing the farmers market on Saturday up in Bisbee, I was fighting the temptation to load up on winter squash and pumpkins.  I bought a watermelon in stead.  Forcing myself to prolong the summer food in my home.

Today I gave in.  I had OnGuard in the diffuser (baby is sick), which smells of cinnamon and clove.  I had bone broth on the stove, into which I had thrown a chile pepper.  My daughter asked me to make her soup, so I chopped carrots, yellow squash, leeks, onion, garlic, chard, and green pepper.  I threw in some frozen corn too.

I love roasted vegetables, which speak autumn to me.  Soups, cool weather and tea.  I try to pretend it feels like fall by turning down my thermostat ;) Trying to convince myself it isn't really 90 degrees outside. At least we have been getting some rain lately. It is lovely and green outside.

I love seeing the sun move in the sky.  The days growing shorter, the sun rising and setting more southward each day ( I miss so many summer sun rises because they just seem to come too early).  The daylight shifting.  It isn't so intense here in the desert anymore.  I love the subtle changes, the way it happens the same each year.

I love the transitional seasons. Spring and Autumn. They are my favorites.


so. I know many of you have been worried about me.  Thank you for your worry.  It makes me feel important, loved.       I decided that I needed to go to our local Chiropractor/ holistic health doctor.  They do a full body analysis, which they let you know the results of a week later (two in my case since their printer wasn't working).   And after that you get to go see the massage therapist (for an hour) before your adjustments.  Well, my posture is that of a 9 month pregnant woman (imagine that...).  When I went to the massage therapist she got to my shoulders and head and said, "wow! you are really tight, I bet you get headaches all the time!"  Uh, yeah.  Needless to say, getting a massage and adjustment every other week does a body (and mind) well.  I still get headaches occasionally, but I can tell that they are for the most part stress related.

Saturday, June 23, 2012


9 months postpartum and I feel... well like crap.

I had a FABULOUS pregnancy, worked out, was in great shape, ate healthy, felt great (pregnant, but great); check, check, check.

I don't have depression.  I just get headaches about once a week.  They feel like the shadow of a migrane, that warning feeling like if I do ANYTHING during the day beyond walking around my house I will get a nightmare of a headache.  Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.

I don't know what is triggering it, I feel like if I do anything moderatly strenuous (i.e. going to Target in SV, working out {I KNOW!}, spending too much time at the park) it will trigger it.  Food?  I don't know.  I am already gluten-free (that is what I thought was causing my headaches post Elias birth), pasturized milk free (my kids both have reactions to it).  We still do dairy as in butter and cheese.

I am tired of it.

I don't want to waste away my children's childhood feeling yucky.

Yes, I went to the doctor.  After lecturing me about my childrens vaccinations, I was able to tell her what I was going through and she told me that she would run some basic labs and that I probably just needed to drink more water:  I mean, I have 3 kids, right?

Essentially she told me that I should feel fatigued and headachey if I have 3 kids, and am breastfeeding.  Oh, yeah, and I need to drink more water.

Does anyone out there have any other help to offer?  Experience? Suggestions?

Yes, I am going to another doctor, and yes, I will let you know what the labs suggest, if anything.

Friday, June 22, 2012

9 months

Meet Britta.  She is my little sunshine.  
She smiles, and smiles, and smiles.  
Every time she does she melts my heart.

A good thing too, because my heart needs it.

She is 9 months old.
Practicing WALKING.
Practicing  Popcorn Popping, Twinkle Twinkle, Wheels on the Bus, and Pat-a-cake.
Says "BAAA!" (bye) to Daddy and waves when he goes to work.

Gives brother hugs, and sister hugs, and daddy hugs (she LOVES daddy hugs), and mommy hugs.

She had 2 adorable teeth.

Wants to play legos (duplos) with brother and sister but can't quite figure out how they work.