Thursday, October 18, 2007

Potty success!

Yesterday Noah had his first potty success with #2! How exciting that we are starting to see the light at the end of the diaper tunnel. Also, I finally bought a wipe warmer because Noah hates being wiped now and I think it is because the wipes are always so cold up here. Now I am able to use the cloth wipes that I bought about a year ago and they work great!

Another fun thing Noah learned yesterday was the "g" sound. He started doing it so I would say to him, "Get it, get it, get it, get it, got it, got it, good!" He thought it was funny and would try to repeat me. He was so cute!

Also, for those of you who do not know yet, I am now an Independent Consultant for Pampered Chef now. I am so excited that I will have a fun job of my own to get me out of the house once in awhile. If anyone ever needs anything or wants to have a party, just let me know. There are lots of benefits for the host including free and reduced merchandise. I hope to get qualified in the next month so that I can also accept online orders. Thursday, November 1st I am having a cooking show party at my place, so come and join the fun. Everyone is welcome and you should bring a friend, too!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A trip to the Twin Cities

This past weekend, we went on a trip to Minneapolis to visit Matt's uncle Marque and his family Janeen, Tyler and Morgan. Unfortunately Jared was out of town and we did not get to see him. On Friday, we went to see Tyler and his football team play. They were so good that I felt bad for the other team and actually cheered a couple of times out loud for the other team. The team Tyler plays for is in a more affluent neighborhood. The other team came from a lower-end neighbor hood and only had about ten (maybe) fans in the stands. It was really heart-breaking. The kids on the other team probably came from single parent homes where there were two jobs being worked and there was no time to go to their child's game-just my speculation. I think it is sad that both sides were not supported somewhat equally.

Anyway, the next morning we went and looked at where the bridge had collapsed. It was almost all cleaned up and they are about to start construction on a new bridge. Then we went to a Mexican Market. It was really neat and we ate some really good food there. We then crossed the Mississippi to St. Paul to go to the Free Como Zoo. I think Noah enjoyed, as did we. After we finished the zoo, Matt, Morgan and Noah rode the Carousel. Noah did not even cry! Saturday night we hung out and played games.

On Sunday, we went to church and heard an awesome sermon. This was one of the neatest churches I have ever been to. I have never seen a more culturally diverse church in my life and I think that it sad that there are not more churches in America like it. We enjoyed our stay and Janeen's wonderful cooking, and hope to visit again sometime!

By the way, tonight as I was putting Noah to bed, he blew me a kiss! How sweet is that?

Monday, October 08, 2007

A Weekend Away

Well we had a great weekend away in Madison, WI. We saw the show, sampled lots of cheese, picked up lots of freebies, saw good friends, networked with others in the dairy business, bought lots of cheese, watched the gators lose-again :(, got to spend some good time with my mom "Baga."

On our way out to Madison, we stopped in Independence, IA to see Barack Obama speak. He took several questions from the audience including mine! He is such a down to earth guy with a humble background, not a privileged one. He is not accepting PAC or federal money, with most of his private donations being less than 200 dollars, but still the biggest fundraiser as of yet. There were people from all walks of life at this "meet and greet" which is one of the best parts about his campaign. No matter if you are poor or rich, black, white or Latino, young or old, Obama has great ideas and plans to lead us into the future. He is being compared to great presidents of the past like Abe Lincoln and JFK...what an honor! He hopes to restore America's place in the world through diplomacy...what a concept! He is also a very eloquent writer and speaker which is very important, to me at least, if you are the leader of the most prosperous country in the free world- complete sentences including good grammar is usually a plus.

Anyway, I am getting off my soapbox now. Madison was really a nice little vacation. We stayed at a family owned hotel called McGovern's.

The rooms were very clean, but they only had a stand in shower. So we brought a Rubbermaid tub for Noah...he was literally in a "wash tub!"

We were at expo for some of the Holstein show and for the naming of Supreme Champion of both the open and junior shows. The same Guernsey was the champion of both shows followed by a Jersey for reserve. We also went on the ABS tour and saw a lot of bull! They had the best cookies on the tour- Chocolate filled with peanut butter or regular chocolate chip filled with chocolate. They reminded me of Magic Middles, which were made by Keebler when I was a kid and I loved them!

Noah loved all of the equiptment at the Expo and even sat long enough to pose in a huge payloader tire!