“I think the most significant work we ever do, in the whole world, in our whole life, is done within the four walls of our own home.” – Stephen R. Covey

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Day book (+ a goal)

My goal is to blog every day in May. Bwah ha ha! Watch me fail but at least I'll be blogging more often, I hope!

Outside my window... Dark sky, cold temps. Annoying but at least no snow (for now).

I am thankful for... A decent nap from Clara. A supportive husband. A comfortable house. The interwebs.

I am thinking about... Nothing. Trying to decompress and let the worries and stresses fall away.

In the Schoolroom... Sigh. Well, Chad taught Clara where her head, eyes, ears, nose, belly button, knees and toes are. I probably helped a but along the way but he quizzes her at night during bath. Honestly, I don't know what I should be working on with an eighteen month old. Colors? Animal sounds? Names of objects?

From the kitchen... Queso Taco Bake tonight. Warm carbs comfort food but pretty low on the healthy scale. Also realized that if I'm trying to reduce the amount and impact of plastic in our life then I probably should get rid of most of my kitchen utensils.

I am creating... Summer garden (Chad's project to build, but I will help in the planting, maintenance and harvesting.) Clara's toy box. Again, Chad building but I will do the painting/pattern design.

I am working on... Discipline. For both of us. Me figuring out how to handle things and Clara learning to accept boundaries and rules.

I am reading... Desperate: For moms who need to breathe, Nora Ephron- I'm sorry about my neck, various magazines and blogs.

I am praying for... peace and patience. A recurring necessity,

I am hearing... Quiet whir of the baby monitor. Thank God.

Around the house... Trying to stay on top of managing the pantry and freezer. Some how the freezer got very stuffed and so I've been trying to only make meals that require very few new ingredients. It's actually worked so far and I can progress.

One of my favorite things... Bought tickets and arranged a baby sitter so Chad and I can see a play this weekend. We've never had a non-family member baby sit so I'm nervous but I'm sure it will be fine.

A few plans for the rest of the week... Library time on Thursday and I'll have to think of something to keep us occupied on Friday. The cold weather has kept us from getting to play outside and Clara and I both miss it.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday's 7 Quick Takes

Edition: Clara

1. We've been trying to establish healthy eating routines. Not always perfect but we're working on it. She doesn't always want to sit in her high chair. However, if there is food on the tray, everyone is happy, and she is set in from a squatting position usually it okay. If not all hell breaks loose and it's a wailing episode for the ages.

2. Also on the topic of eating... She sometimes won't finish a meal in the high chair but will eat it if given while toddling around. Discipline or Nutrition is the question here...

3. Tomorrow we have our second music class with the budding percussionist. She's close to the youngest one but last week she loved shaking the maracas and seeing the other kids!

4. Any tips on how to thoroughly strip and de-funk cloth diapers? And keep them that way? Inquiring minds (and noses) want to know.

5. New tricks: mimicking kissing, fish face, clapping, pointing and feet stomping. Also loves to "brush" (read: chew/slobber) her teeth with a real toothbrush.

6. Shopping cart tantrums = super fun. Apparently arching the baby back against the back of the cart seat does not feel pleasant. Luckily cheerios came to the rescue. Also, last week a grabbed a stuffed animal and put in the seat next to her which stopped the tears. Then I ditched it in the cereal aisle while she wasn't looking. Sneaky Mama!

7. A picture with a well placed hair clip to prove she's a girl when dressed in unisex colors. Approximately 2.3 seconds before it was yanked out with a disproving scowl.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Reflection on silence

"Learn to be silent! Silent as the leaves that fall, silent as the blossoming flowers, silent as the moment before dawn. You are being summoned into the temple of silence. Practice silence, for this voiceless voice can be heard only in the shrine of silence. You are being chosen for the deepening places."
Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, Abide

I need to learn to add more purposeful silence to my day. Especially in the moments where it's actually possible while Clara is napping or playing peacefully. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Day Book #1

Outside my window...
22 degrees and pitch black. Bright white stars against a dark blue sky. And old crusty snow-bergs I hope will either melt or be covered with fresh snow soon.

I am thankful for...
New friendships and the ease and quickness they were formed.

I am thinking about...
Bedtime. And hoping I can sleep soundly all night!

In the Schoolroom...
Need to hunker down and create learning activities and games for Clara. I really need to get on the Montessori Method band wagon but it seems like you have to have a PhD.

From the kitchen...
Breakfast for Dinner and Italian Wedding Soup the next two days. I'm on a mission to clean out the freezer and not let thing go stale!

I am creating...
I have a stack of fabric waiting for inspiration next to my sewing machine. At least some of it will hopefully go towards a Valentines onesie dress for Clara and something Eastery.

I am working on...
Household management. Its easy to ignore with just three of us and let things become neglected for a few days but that's really not how I want to live. Ah, priorities!

I am reading...
Janet Evanovich - Notorious Nineteen
Harvey Karp - Happiest Toddler on the Block
Dozens upon dozens of blogs
And usually the daily readings and reflections

I am praying for...
My brother, who is serving in Afghanistan.
A high school classmate.
The mothers and their babies who are considering abortion.

I am hearing...
The whir of the heater. Always set too cold but I bumped it up a couple notches tonight.

Around the house...
Toys that should have been straightened before bed.
Decorating projects that I need to devote time to.

One of my favorite things...
Clara graduating to real milk. It's been fun watching her slurp it down like a big kid :) We went with Organic Valley whole milk but I'd like to ask our grocery store manager if they can order the Organic Valley grassmilk (from grass fed cows). Probably mostly depends on the price point. I figured out that if she drinks her daily allotted amount every day we will go through 1/2 gallon every 4.5 days. At $4.50/ half gallon that's $30 in milk every month just for Clara! This also means that we are weaning soon and although I'll miss aspects of it, I think I'm ready too!

A few plans for the rest of the week...
Mid week trip to pick up a few grocery items. Try to connect with my brother. In dire need to bake some dessert or snack, chocolate preferably :) See above re: Household Management!

Clara giggling and feeding Daisy is super cute but not allowed. I DO NOT like stepping in middle-of-the-night dog puke.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Update update (written 12/7/12)

So I think I might start updating this blog again. Not to tell stories or thoughts for the amusement of others but just as a scrapbook for myself. Of our family and the things that make up this stage of our life!

For example:

Today is the real first snow of the season. I would have expected it to come earlier seeing as this is South Dakota but we have had crazy warm temps in the 50s and 60s.

There are 3 new houses going up on the street behind ours. Hopefully the hammering and heavy equipment doesn't interfere with nap time! It is strange to be able to make eye contact with the guy driving the front end loader at 7am while I am still in my robe!

Growing up there were a few stay at home moms on our street. As the kids waited for the bus in the morning the moms would stand in the street and chat in their robes drinking coffee. My dad drove my brother and I too school and he would say "Ewww, gross! Pajama Party!". We naturally took the same attitude but looking at it from a new perspective, I would love to say good morning to my neighbors as the kids left for school. That is... as long as the weather is above 60.

Clara has got to be the worlds worst napper but today... she surprised me. After a  diaper change she walked right over to the rocking chair and wanted up. I let her rock back and forth for a little bit and she started rubbing her eyes. Is this a sign she wants a nap? I put her in the sleep sack and started our little nap routine. Lo and behold... I put her down awake and I do believe she has fallen asleep peacefully! Unfortunately the video on our audio/video monitor went out this week so I can't spy and make sure she is laying down but I am very happy she is quiet! 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


I saw this meme on another blog and thought it would be good to carry over here!

LISTENING: to the Michael Jackson GLEE episode. Really disappointed that they didn't have more popular songs. Also disappointed that Rachel said Yes (to getting engaged in high school).

EATING: Get Yo' Man Chicken  So good and SO easy with a side of brown rice and a green salad!

DRINKING: Cellar 08 Zinfandel. Only one small glass now and then since I'm feeding the baby!

WEARING: Comfy yoga pants. I am excited that I got these in the mail today. Will definitely come in handy on the cold winter days!

FEELING: Tired and ready to hit the bed!

WEATHER: A wonderful 30 something degrees. We actually have to open the sliding glass window from time to time because the heat from our downstairs neighbors can make our apartment hit almost 80 degrees!

WANTING: This election to be over with already!

NEEDING: To find a Moms of Small Kids (or something of the like) to get involved with while we are in North Dakota. I know Clara and I are going to need some sort of socialization even if we are only here until June instead of October.

THINKING: That I don't miss our DirecTV or DVR as much as I thought I would

ENJOYING: Quality time with my warm cozy family!

Have a good day, y'all!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Smart Bear

For being a Bear of Very Little Brain, I think Pooh is pretty smart:

"By the time it came to the edge of the Forest the stream had grown up, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to do when it was younger, but moved more slowly. For it knew now where it was going, and said to itself, 'There is no hurry, we shall get there some day.'"

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dear Blog (original, I know)

Dear Blog,

It has been over a year since my last post, for that I am heartily sorry... Wait a minute, that felt like confession! Actually even though it has been a VERY long time since I have posted I have nothing to apologize for! Life has been crazy and busy and I have figured out that I am not much of a journaler... Perhaps I have late onset ADD. 

2011 was a crazy and busy year to say the least...

Early last year we got pregnant with the sweet baby who is now our precious Clara Grace! The day I found out I was pregnant was the beginning of Tulsa's February SNOWPOCOLYPSE!! All in all we had a total of 8 snow days! Luckily I could work from home! This is also when my morning (ALL DAY) sickness set in so I got to stay in my pj's and relax! 

We spent the summer traveling back and forth between Tulsa and Dallas for family events. My sister-in-law got married in a beautiful wedding and reception. We also had baby showers hosted by each of our families. That's when it hit me how much Baby Felderhoff was going to be loved!

I also had the joy of suffering through one of the hottest summers on record while pregnant. I broke the rules and parked in our visitor parking at work for 2 months without getting caught. Of course I got caught when I was 7.5 months pregnant when I could have really used it but oh well... I got the extra exercise that I needed, too! The Fall finally brought sweet relief from the heat but that's when my excitement for this baby really went into overdrive! 

In August Chad and I found out that he would be getting a job promotion and they wanted us to move to Tri-Cities, Washington. Talk about a gut wrenching decision to be so far from our family and friends with a brand new baby! We had decided that we were going to make the move when the location got changed on us! Turns out our move is actually Grand Forks, North Dakota for 8 months and then Mitchell, South Dakota for a few years! Still far from everyone but I'm sure we'll adapt!

September 29th came and went and on October 4th Clara Grace was born! Both my and Chad's parents got the call as we headed to the hospital and they were able to see me in the hospital before Clara was born. Luckily I had my epidural or I would not have been in the mood to see anyone!
From October to the end of the year we were lucky enough to have family come visit to help with Clara while we worked on coordinating the move. It was nice to get to relax over the holidays with family and have some of the extended family get the chance to meet Clara before we moved.
So.... that is everything up to now as I sit in our corporate apartment in North Dakota while its a blustery -5 degrees out side.
I've also thought I might add a few features (weekly?) to this blog...

Catholic Stuff:

Pinterest Finds:

Favorite Foods: 

Peace Out,

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Dwelling Place

In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you;

Reflecting on this verse. Wondering if SD (and this journey as a whole) is just one of the many dwelling places the Lord has prepared for us. I suppose we have to trust that "If it were not so, I would have told you so."

Saturday, November 6, 2010

San Francisco - Part 2

Next up we headed down to Chinatown. We hopped on a cable car and took the relatively short trip. Now lots of people say they LOVE Chinatown and that it is something that you just HAVE to do while you are in San Fran... honestly, I didn't love it. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that the entire city is extremely hilly and hard on the feet or that I had to use the restroom and had to wander aimlessly to find someone who spoke English to direct me to the nearest bathroom. Maybe I didn't go the right places but I felt that all the little shops (mostly junky souvenirs) were all the same. I mean... I really only need one set of silk slippers and kimono and Chad would have killed me if I asked him to carry around a cast iron tea pot no matter how cute it was.
In any case, it was very interesting to walk around in almost an entire other world with almost all signage in at least dual Chinese/English and all the Dim Sum and delicious food you could ask for!

On with the pictures:


Cable Car in Chinatown - ours had a sticky clutch and made me sick to my stomach with all the jerkiness and I NEVER get motion sickness!

Chad posing with his cousins

I LOVE the blown glass chandelier

These old ladies were playing MahJong in the park and I don't speak the language but I promise you they were cussing like sailors. I think one of them lost and I swear I saw her kick a pigeon!

Loved all the lanterns!

I walked in this place briefly (thats my fuzzy head at the bottom) and then realized that A) it was pricey and B) I had no idea what I would really be drinking...what kind of herbs exactly I couldn't tell!

Saw this cool plant while we were walking. Called a "Pitcher Plant" and collects water in the flowers.

Next we made our way to Lombard Street - the zig zag street.
Beautiful view of the homes and bay.

Awww... hilarious that I needed a sweater and scarf in August!

View of Alcatraz from Lombard.

Believe it or not, people live along Lombard and this street leads to their driveway - only about 20 foot long. I think the houses start about $850,000!

Beautiful bougainvillea growing up the side of a house.

Chad likes to get a little artistic with the rose and bougainvillea in the same shot!

I wonder what it is like to live in those flats in the middle of everything?

Another great shot of The Rock!

And now onto Ghiradelli Square
I would like to say that we stopped in the store and factory but the line was out the door for chocolate shakes and ice cream so we passed it up.

This little place was adorable! Perfect for a ladies who lunch event or a bite with your best (or prissiest) girlfriend!

Boudin Bakery - Don't even get me started - the place that brought sourdough to America. Get their to die for bread bowl soup!

View of the Golden Gate with the evening fog rolling it. Got quite chilly at this point. We waited for the cable car back to our hotel for an hour but luckily there was a pan handler playing guitar and singing Frank Sinatra to keep spirits up.

Cable Car Museum. I was worn out by this point so this is what a fake smile looks like.

Wheelhouse that manages all the cables

Workers splicing an old cable.

Randomly witnessed repair on the street. Replacing the clutch. Apparently Mr. Miyagi isn't teaching karate anymore.

It was SF Chef and Restaurant week and we got to attend a cooking demonstration by the head chef of Americano Restaurant.
He made fresh ricotta and then ricotta stuffed zucchini flowers fried.

As uncool as it may have looked - I was glad I brought one pair of walking shoes. Look at that incline!

Love hate relationship between me and the cable car for sure! It's okay if you are sitting but not great for standing and being swung around!

Up next: Napa and Sonoma wineries plus the beautiful countryside!