Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Importance of Children

Russell M Nelson at the recent World Congress of Families said
“Future happiness and even the future of nations is linked to children. Families with children need to be re-enthroned as the fundamental unit of society. We simply must value children more than we do.” (http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/news-releases-stories/elder-russell-m-nelson-addresses-international-conference-on-families) I couldn't agree more.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Composting


For a while now I have wanted to start composting. I have been researching different methods. I have narrowed it down to 2. Worm composting and lasagna composting.
For worm composting you need to get a cardboard box, dirt, and worms. Then you put your table scraps, chopped finely, in a thin layer in the worm home. They should live contendedly so long as you don't make their home to acidic. The positive part of worm composting is that you can put meat and other non-traditional composting foods in the bin. The drawbacks are that you may potentially end up with smelly trash and 100 dead worms. Plus I have to find a place in cleveland that sells worms.
The other most appealling type of composting is called Lasagna Composting. The Cleveland Clinic has partnered with several businesses and is now composting all of their hospital kitchen scraps. They are using lasagna composting. Here is a link from their page http://ccetompkins.org/compost/Lasagna%20Composting.pdf . The positive part of this composting is that I will not need any additional materials *no potentially dead worms* and I can do it in small increments *no 'saving' my food materials until I have collected enough*.
I am going to begin my attempt at lasagna composting today or tomorrow. It's raining right now so I will have to wait and see how the weather goes.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Better Walking Video

Here is a better walking video of Josh. We gave him his first haircut on Thursday. Adam held him while I did the honors, so it's not really dramatic. He looks a little more manly anyway. video

Sun Room



I successfully converted our sun room into a play room for the kids. Everyone has been enjoying it the way it is. When winter comes we may have to figure something else out, but we will wait and see how it is. In the meantime this is a place that we hang out a lot.

Abby's Birthday


Abby turned four last week. We celebrated by going to the swimming pool, eating cake, and eating at her favorite restaurant (Panda Express). Although we had some moments of intense longing for our Texas friends I think that she had a good time.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park





Shortly after moving into our house Adam and I decided to head over to the national park nearby our house. The picture at the top of my blog is one I took of the Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We had a really great time at the park.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Conversation with Abby

The other day I was sitting on the couch reading a book. Abby came and laid down next to me and started wiggling her rearend. When I looked at her she said "I'm wiggling my tail." Thinking she was cute I asked her "Where did you get your tail?" and she said "Jesus".

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Adam's White Coat Ceremony

Congratulations Sweetheart! I'm excited for the next fours years!
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