august and everything after


what we were doing:

penelope was living her fourth month of life fast and loose.  she had her first sit in the bumbo, began playing with her hands and feet, and recently started reaching for toys.  she loves looking at todd and watching atticus.  her hair is getting much lighter, and is definitely starting to fill in in all the bald areas.  she still has her rooster tail and this funny little shaggy stripe across the top of her neck.  ladylike.  (to offset her wild and crazy hair, she has pretty pearl earrings and frequently sports pink toenail polish.)

she is still ridiculously chill.  toward the end of the month she was eating at 7:00a (ish), 10:00a, 1:30p, 4:30p, and 7:00p.  right after eating at 7, she goes to sleep and sleeps until the next morning (7-ish), but usually wakes up once in the night wanting to have her paci put back in.  simple enough.  i count it as 12 consecutive hours of sleep.  THIS MAMA IS THRILLED.  she is also a great napper.

the three of us (in the shade) at the state fair.  atticus is looking rather suspicious at the...miracle whip...or whatever it is in his carrotty hand.

i have been taking advantage of getting up earlier by resolving to shower everyday and read my bible most days.  whew.  who'da thunk the day would come when hygeine and spiritual development would regain a place of prominence in my life? i'm still on track to finish reading through the bible in a year, but only because i worked hard to get ahead in the reading schedule before penelope was born.  i admit, it has definitely fallen to the wayside over the last few months.

atticus turned 20 months on the fifth of august and he is such a toddler! he loves to read about animals, pretend he's an animal, look at animals, talk about animals...he also loves to build with legos, play with cars, and watch the ever-present construction guys out the window (they're building new apartments across the parking lot).  he also likes throwing things in the trash, taking a bath, picking up his toys, and telling me when he has poop pants.  i hope this whole "neat and orderly" attitude sticks around.

he LOVES to sing and dance, and can sing the beginning of "hey soul sister" and "he likes to dance" from yo gabba gabba.

todd has casually started keeping his eye out for new employment if you hear of anything
that is not in insurance and not in dsm...:)

getting ready to leave to get her ears pierced.

some highlight events of our month: penelope got her ears pierced, i took the kids to visit a local farm (more on that later), we checked out the state fair, we got flooded in and boiled our water for a few days, i reorganized the kitchen, we've started trading babysitting nights with our friends jacob and jamie so that we can go on dates, and we've begun modifying some of our eating habits (and i hope to continue to do more of this as the months go on).

at the salon, waiting to get pierced.

what i've been reading: are what you eat by dr. gillian mckeith.
..the dictionary of wholesome foods by ...well, a bunch of people with hard-to-spell names...frenchies, maybe? just go here if you care to know., inc.: how industrialized food is making us sicker, fatter and poorer - and what you can do about it edited by karl weber
..the vinegar book by emily thacker
..don't waste your life by john piper (todd and i read this aloud at night)
..a bountiful harvest: the midwestern farm photographs of pete wettach, 1925-1965  by lesley loveless (pete wettach was from my was tom vilsack...and me...not to brag on MP or anything, just sayin')

i'm also still plugging away at my one year bible read-through plan, and todd and i read a daily entry from  "my utmost for his highest" by oswald chambers each night before bed.

what we've been watching:
food, inc. (which i HIGHLY recommend)
super size me
all jacked up: hungry for the truth?
a pbs special on the photographs of everett kuntz
...and lots of american farm documentaries.

if you look carefully, you can see her earrings)

so there is our august. 


apotratz said...

If you are looking for books about natural foods and eating healthy you should check out "The Makers Diet." Andrew and I read it and started changing some of our eating habits to foods that promote healthy digestion. It also uses the Bible as a good reference on how we should be eating and taking care of our bodies. You should check it out!

lauren said...

I love those pictures, especially that last one of penelope- so great!