Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Time Keeps on Ticking, Ticking, Ticking...

Poor blog. So neglected. Life has been busy and good, and having dial-up has totally cut down my internetting, which has turned out to be not such a bad thing. I've been slightly more present in my home, with the kids, keeping my real life not so neglected. My dear husband has been home from work in between jobs which has been really great and kind of annoying at the same time. I think by the time he (God willing) goes back to work next month we'll all be very ready for it. ;-)
The kids - especially James - has been loving having him home to follow around and be Daddy's Helper. Jason is not one to sit around on the couch much and has been keeping busy with gardening projects, a little wood working, reading, brewing beer (we've got three fermenters and a bottled batch taking over our broom closet) and going for bike rides and walking to church.

I've been busy taking the kids here and there, to parks and botanic gardens, the library and feel very much at ease with our new house and neighborhood. It feels really good. I'm rethinking discipline, food, and I am enjoying gardening with Jason. I read Animal Vegetable Miracle a few weeks ago and found myself more convicted with our eating habits. Being a "Localvore"- with some important exceptions - in Southern California would not be that hard at all. I'm also considering to basically become a vegetarian unless I know the meat is not factory farmed and has been raised organically. Once the Apostles Fast is over I'm going to take a stab at making some mozzarella cheese. It seems really easy and fun too. I've visited two local farmers markets so far in our city and I think I will go every week now for produce, fish, and honey. The kids asked why there weren't any apples. :)

Discipline has been a challenge. All three kids seem to be in an intense stage presently. It's tiring, but I'm feeling encouraged, thank God. It's just work. I have to remind myself that. I can't expect them to be on autopilot so I can keep the house clean. I must break up fights, take the time to enforce time-outs, watch my tone of voice, and keep the candle burning literally and figuratively.


Blogger Maria Nichole Ham said...


4:45 PM  
Blogger jenny baker said...

which farmers markets do you go to? i know of the one downtown on saturdays & one on the sears parking lot on fridays, the latter mostly being crafts i think. i wonder if there's a listing somewhere??

8:48 AM  
Blogger Michelle M. said...

Where you live sounds ideal! My husband and i have the same feelings about meat as you do. But he loves meat and it costs so much to buy "healthy" meat.

I've been having lots of discipline problems here, too. I hope things improve for you.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Lauren S. said...

those were the ones, jenny. lot's of local farmers at both, but the one downtown on saturdays also has fresh fish and has the bonus of being downtown and not in the sears parking lot!! :)

10:36 AM  
Blogger elizabeth said...

good to hear from you via your blog! take good care!

11:18 AM  
Blogger Lauren S. said...

michelle - i figure since we already have limited meat with fast days, it's not that bad of an expense...we shall see how i behave after the apostles fast though. i do have a hard time passing up a good deal on a chuck roast... :/

also - i saw on your blog about the pack n play. YIKES! i couldn't figure out how to leave a comment though. your blog looks really cute!

elizabeth - ((HUGS)) :)

3:49 PM  
Blogger Michelle M. said...

To leave a comment, just click on the title of the post and when the new page loads, scroll down. A lot of people are having trouble with that, too. Thanks for the comment via your blog :)

3:51 PM  
Blogger Bluecanopy said...

your raised beds look great. I can't figure out where you put them. Are they along the back fence?
And I'm convinced the "discipline" thing is God's gift to keep us mamas on our toes.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Lauren S. said...

sara - they are at the end of the patio slab and not built up to the fence. there's a couple of feet between the bed and the back fence.

and about discipline...mmmhhhmmm. Lord have mercy!

3:34 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

I have one last jar - would you like it?

8:55 PM  

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