Monday, October 28, 2013

montessori at home



















since i (mostly) stay at home with easton, i feel it about time to start doing some sort of pre-school type activities during our days. we usually do some sort of interesting and new activity and try to incorporate outdoor adventures in our daily life.

i am thinking about starting a montessori curriculum with easton in january. we will be having a new baby quite soon (which will be a huge adjustment) so starting a pre-school curriculum right now might be a little too ambitious. i just ordered this book about montessori at home for preschoolers and i'm pretty excited to start reading it.

today e did a little washing activity. he watched fizzy soap fizz into a bowl of water and used sponges to wash his favorite animals. after some time, easton decided his table was dirty and started washing that. he loved drying the animals and took great care in cuddling them after he toweled them off. very sweet.



Sunday, October 27, 2013

something that's on my mind.

this is a very short post. one that i won't even share through my normal social media outlets...

people who are inconsiderate.

the funny thing about these people is...the very nature of the inconsiderate person makes it impossible for them to ever recognize this quality in themselves. the same can be said about the self-centered and selfish individual.

i'm sure we all have one or even two people in our lives that we just want to SHAKE sometimes (or even remove from our world completely). sometimes that's possible and sometimes it's not. when it's impossible to remove this person, the only thing that can be done is to change your expectations. if they always show up as self-centered and inconsiderate...don't expect them to be anything other than that. ever.

the end.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

easton's odd attachment.



















easton is just a fabulous little guy. he really is. but i've been having a problem with his behavior lately...


Monday, October 21, 2013

Hibernation: KimK Style.

Honestly- I am really ready to have this baby. I am uncomfortable, hot, and HUGE. I have to say, I'm really happy for those ladies who gain like, nothing while they're pregnant. Really, I am. I'm just sad for me- who happens to gain tons of weight everywhere except my belly.

There's this odd phenomenon that seems to happen to me while I'm pregnant. My belly doesn't look as pregnant as it actually is but my thighs, ass, boobs, and feet look about 20mo pregnant. Lucky me.

I would never claim to have the body of beautiful celebrities like Jessica Simpson or Kim Kardashian. But these women and I do have two things in common. First: like them, I'm naturally curvy and have to work very hard at keeping those curves in check. Second: when I get pregnant those natural curves automatically get curvier. WAY CURVIER.

I hope I have as easy of a time losing this excess weight as I did after I had Easton- but I'm scared. I started off WAY skinnier when I got pregnant with E (127 pounds, to be exact) and hiked and nursed my way to a (healtheir) 145 post baby.

Lately, all I've been thinking about is hibernating until I lose the weight. In my latest fantasy, I picture letting no one see me (except family and close friends) until I pop out of my cave- perfectly toned and fabulous (with new clothes to boot). This is a totally selfish and unrealistic fantasy. But, it's mine. And I'm sticking to it.

Dear pre & post Easton body,

I miss you. xo

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

enjoying the simple things.



last night one of my dear friends and i spoke about our shared desire to enjoy those simple things that make life so wonderful...

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

world's best cookies.

it's been over two years since the last time i shared my cookie recipe (i was pregnant with easton at that time). i thought now would be a great time to update my pals with my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe, since time has changed a few ingredients.





































**note**
the most important part of my recipe is actually the baking time. i always bake the cookies for 8-8.5 minutes and let them finish baking on the hot pan outside of the oven.

recipe:


Dry ingredients
3 cups flour
1.5 teaspoons of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt

Sugar mixture
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 cup butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

12 oz bag of chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375.

Sift together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix softened butter (do not use an electric mixer) with sugars. And eggs and combine. Add vanilla extract and combine.

Gradually add dry ingredients to sugar mixture.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Chill dough for 10 - 15 minutes.

Drop generous dough "clumps" onto cookie sheet (taller clumps seem to bake down and puff up better than wide clumps), and put in the oven for 8 - 10 minutes (check at 8 minutes and bake longer if necessary). Or you can take 'em out at 8 minutes and let them finish baking on the hot cookie sheet .

***since the last time i shared this recipe i have switched to ALL butter (instead of a combination of shortening and butter) and raw sugar (instead of granulated sugar). 






































this little mouse got to help AND eat some "choc," as he calls it. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

a baby is coming. soon.

I am 33 weeks pregnant. I am 33 weeks pregnant. I am 33 weeks pregnant... I just can't believe that an actual human baby will be arriving in the next seven or so weeks. Life is about to get pretty interesting.

























Tuesday, October 1, 2013

celebrating two.







































we celebrated easton's birthday this past weekend. we had a smallish birthday party with all of easton's closest friends. last year we celebrated with all of our friends- but i wanted this year to be just about easton. he had all of his regular playmates at his birthday party, which was so fun because he knew EVERYONE who was there.




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