Sunday, September 28, 2008

A beautiful day in the Ozarks!

Yesterday we spent some time working around the house but decided to get out and have some fun in the afternoon. It was such a beautiful day! We first headed out toward Garfield, AR to see the view of the Ozarks and Beaver Lake from Whitney Mountain Lodge.

After our visit to the lodge we drove around the area a little bit. Then headed toward a pick-your-own raspberry farm. The kids had a great time picking raspberries. I think they ate more than they picked!

Once we got home and got everyone bathed and in bed, I made some raspberry sauce which Jaime and I enjoyed over some vanilla ice cream. Then this morning we all had french toast topped with raspberries and raspberry sauce and vanilla yogurt topped with raspberries. Yum!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Cloth Diapers

So, some of you already know that I have been using cloth diapers with Sofia. Those of you who didn't know this are probably going...WHAT!!! Yes. It's true. I use cloth diapers and I love it! I did a lot of research on the internet to learn as much as I could about this whole concept and, in the process, fell in love with the idea. After doing some reading and more reading and more reading about the different types of diapers I decided this is what I was willing to try. The bumGenius 3.0. It's a one-size diaper, which means that you can adjust the size as your baby grows, so there's no need to buy more diapers over the 3 years or so your child is in diapers.

I found a store in Fayetteville that sold these diapers and bought one. At almost $20 a piece I didn't want to buy more than one until I was sure I would really stick with it. I eventually ordered 6 more from this website, with plans to buy about 5 more, for a total of 12. I think that should be a good amount to have for Sofia. Unfortunately, Joshua is too big. I can get them on him but he gets so mad. He is a big boy and the diaper is too tight around his chubby thighs.

Maybe now you're wondering what I liked about it so much. There are several reasons. (1) Disposable diapers are so expensive! Research shows that over the coarse of a childs lifetime in diapers a family will spend between $1500 - 2000 in diapers compared to about $300 or so (depending on the type of diaper you purchase) in cloth diapers. (2) Environmental reasons. Disposable diapers take years and years to decompose. I like knowing I can do my part, albeit small, to help the environment. (3) Health reasons. There are so many chemicals used in disposable diapers to make them so absorbant. I feel it's better to have cloth around such a sensitive area of my baby's body instead of all the chemicals that are in disposable diapers.

Here are a few pictures of Sofia in her bumGenius diapers! What a cutie!!!

If you have ever considered using cloth diapers I would encourage you to give it a try. If you want to go super cheap, it can be as hard as it's reputation says but it doesn't have to be! Cloth diapers have come a LONG way from when our mom's and grandma's used them. If you are interested here is some more information about cloth diapers. Give it a read. I'm so glad I did!

Monday, September 01, 2008

I am thankful for...

...Big Momma shopping carts at Wal-mart!!!