Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Book Review: Wedding Night

Sophie Kinsella's new book Wedding Night is fabulous!  I read it while nursing Anya so I was able to get through it fairly quickly.  It has all the wit and humor that you've come to expect from Kinsella.  I don't think it was as great of a story as Twenties Girl which was my absolute favorite by her but it was much better than Remember Me.

Wedding Night is about sisters Lottie and Fliss.  Lottie has broken up with her long term boyfriend because after 3 years he doesn't want to get married.  Soon after the break up she runs into an old flame from when she was 18 years old.  They decide to get married on a whim and honeymoon in Ikonos where they first met.

Fliss on the other hand is in the middle of a bitter divorce.  She doesn't want Lottie to go through the same heartache that she has so she will stop at nothing to keep them from consummating their marriage so that they can have an annulment once Lottie comes to her senses.  Fliss enlists help from hotel staff to get in the way of leaving the couple alone.

This book was entertaining and kept me smiling and giggling the whole way through.  I can't wait for what Kinsella brings us next!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Two Months

Today Anya had her 2 month check up and here are her stats:

weight: 9lbs 10oz
length: 22 3/4 inches

She's gained about 1 1/2 pounds since her one month check up and stretched out about 3 inches.  She is long and skinny just like Sidda was.

She growing so fast!  Her eyes are still blue.  We are still anxious to see if they will change or if they will stay.  She is smiling and cooing and just started rolling over from tummy to back.

Friday, April 19, 2013


About two weeks ago we discovered these crazy black fuzzy looking caterpillar crawling around in our front yard.  Later that day Michael walked out on to our front porch and found this on the ceiling.

This was one of 15 or 20 that are hanging from our house.  It's pretty crazy to me.  I've lived in this same area my entire life and have never seen so many in one spot and such funky looking ones.  I've only seen green caterpillars before this.
Well, we later discovered that one had cocooned (or chrysalis-but we don't believe in chrysalises only cocoons ) inside our house on one of my flower pots.  We left it alone, in the house and figured it would eventually come out and we would let it fly around until it made its way outside.  It was like having our own personal nature channel in the kitchen.
It took two weeks and yesterday I walked into my kitchen and noticed that there was a butterfly hanging from the cocoon.  It was cool to see it sitting there.  And I waited and waited.  The kids and I watched it for a while to see if it would do anything.  I thought it would fly, but it just sat there.  I looked it up and butterfly typically take 3-4 hours to get going since they have to pump blood into their wings.  
Speaking of blood...  Under the cocoon and butterfly there was a bog spot of blood on my table.  Gross...  I was pretty grossed out by it.  I don't super dig blood- even it's just a drop from a butterfly.

 So we waited and went on with our day and 3-4 hours passed and nothing.  It was still just sitting there.  I wasn't sure if the thing was dead or alive or what.  It was not moving at all.
Here's Molly.  She didn't know what was going on, just wanted to be in the middle of whatever it was.
 About 2 hours later I suddenly hear this strange noise.  It was the wings flapping.  It was moving!  It was alive!  And then it crashed into the window.

I don't know if you know this, but they aren't really good flyers at first.  They kind need some practice to get going.

After crashing it stayed on the window for a bit to rest and then it tried again.  And promptly hit the window again and fell on the floor.  It took another big rest and made it to the the window again where it rested.

 Sidda and MJ watched it for a while and soon got bored because it was not flying just flapping its wings. Well, we were just letting it be and all left the kitchen do get some things done around the house.  I walked back into the kitchen to find that Tucker our cat had discovered the butterfly and devoured its head....

Poor butterfly never got to fly, never got to make little butterfly babies or explore anything but my kitchen window.  I have a bad cat who eats bugs. (Can't be too mad, I like it when he eats bugs and it's fun to watch him chase bugs.)  We broke the news to the kids and they were kind of grossed out but quickly got over it because we have another 19 right outside the front door to watch.

And here is what Anya was doing during the butterfly adventure.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

DIY Elevated Garden Bed

So, I don't know if you really know this, but I have the best husband.  One day I told him I wanted an elevated garden bed so that I could plant a little vegetable garden in our backyard with out fear of the dogs getting into it and eating my efforts.  I was pretty much set on saving up some money and buying a pre-made one but he did one better, he went out and got the supplies and made me one.

This is Michael's first building project.  He designed it, cut it and built it.  He did an awesome job!  Here are some pictures from when he was working on it.  I can't wait to get to gardening!  I might be able to finally get going now that this awful wind has finally died down.

What a good looking man and garden bed!