Monthly Archives: October 2011

Life According to Gabe

Me:What’s your favorite food? Gabe:Macaroni, beans, pancakes, and quesadillas. Me:What do you like to do? Gabe:Play with toys Me:What do you love to do with your family? Gabe:Play and when they push me on the swing Me:What do you like about preschool? Gabe:Doing a game at the gym and playing Just a few thoughts about […]

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adrienne w - October 17, 2011 - 1:20 pm

Very cute picture.

Weird Day/I’m going crazy

Today started out good but ended not so good. Let me give you an equation to help you understand my current situation. Kara+3 kids+Chris working a lot+a decent night of sleep+normal day=normal-ish happy Kara day. On the other hand Kara+3 kids+Chris working a lot+lack of sleep+me feeling extra unorganized and scattered+sick kids= crazy emotional Kara. […]

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Kim - October 13, 2011 - 6:41 am

Um, I feel that way most days with just one child. You are amazing!! Hope today is better for you!

Kelly - October 13, 2011 - 11:02 am

It’s amazing how one little thing can send you into a spiral. As a parent, I think we’re always pushing the edge of what we can do and it doesn’t take much to find the precipice. You do a great job managing it all. Don’t beat yourself up over it (and get a keyring that beeps when you push a button on the base that you mount to the wall. It has made my life so much less stressful!).

adrienne w - October 13, 2011 - 12:44 pm

I felt frazzled just reading that. That is a tough day!

kara - October 13, 2011 - 7:31 pm

Thanks for the encouragement Kim!
It’s true, once the spiral starts, it is hard to stop. Okay, I have to buy those keys. Can you send me a link to the one you have?
Today was much better :).

Kelly - October 14, 2011 - 9:16 am

This isn’t the exact one I have, but it’s very similar. Mine was a gift as I’m known for this problem…

kara - October 14, 2011 - 10:14 am

Thanks, I am going to order that today.

Kelly - October 14, 2011 - 11:16 am

Just make sure you actually mount the remote somewhere so you can’t lose that too! (I don’t know anyone who had that problem….)

Elisa - October 17, 2011 - 9:27 pm


This post made me laugh til I cried…I can just relate with everything you said! We just have to keep things in perspective. Give our kids lots of hugs and kisses!

The Good and the Bad

Miriam is pulling her self up onto things now. Babies look so cute/funny when they smile with all of their new teeth.  The Good News-My baby has awesome fine motor skills. The Bad News-She uses those skills all day long to put every tiny piece she can find in her mouth. Even after sweeping a […]

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Camille - October 11, 2011 - 9:03 am

In a lot of ways, I think two has been easier than just one. I was so bored and lonely at times when Levi was a baby. Two years later, he was there to entertain me while taking care of baby Charlotte. Than again, getting two kids in and out of car seats is definitely harder than one.

Camille - October 11, 2011 - 9:07 am

In a lot of ways, I think two has been easier than just one. I was so bored and lonely at times when Levi was a baby. Two years later, he was there to entertain me while taking care of baby Charlotte. Than again, getting two kids in and out of car seats is definitely harder than one.

adrienne w - October 11, 2011 - 9:10 am

Oh, Miriam is so cute!! I love the toothy smiles and the wispy hair! (Geneva still has no teeth at almost 11 months old- on par for my girls!) Geneva also puts everything in her mouth. She also likes to pull her self up on everything whether or not it is stable and crawl into tight spaces that she can’t get out of. She is into everything, yet lacks the ability to totally control her body. It keeps me on my toes!
I found the 1 to 2 transition the hardest. It took so much longer to get out the door with a toddler and a baby. And sleep seemed like such a challenge, even though my kids have all been good sleepers. I have to agree that once you have 3, it doesn’t seem to matter how many more you have. With 4, the only thing that has increased is the noise and the food consumption! I have such easy babies that it’s hard not to want 5 more. (Just so you know, I don’t want 5 more.)

Rose - October 11, 2011 - 9:27 am

Miriam is such a doll! I can’t believe how many teeth she got already! So far, Beth has only 3 teeth showing :p Her motor skills and putting everything in her mouth have become problematic for us as well. The use of safety gate failed miserably at our house, since Beth kept pushing and pulling on it until she finally crashed with it. She now enjoys furniture walking and climbing on thing. Amazing how they still find little pieces of things on the floor despite how much and how often we try to clean up. I don’t know how you manage with three kids. With just one right now, I have a hard time keeping up with her sometime :p

Karli - October 11, 2011 - 9:36 am

In some ways I think we’re living the same life :)

Two was DEFINITELY a harder transition for me than three has been. Partly because with having just 1, I had so much control over EVERYTHING. Then when I had the second one, I lost so much control (i.e. being able to meet everyone’s needs right when they needed it) and that was hard to get used to. With #3, I already knew I wasn’t going to have any control, so my expectations weren’t that high, and I was prepared to hunker down and weather those hard times when everyone is screaming at the same time. :)

That said, my baby #3 is way more demanding and I’ve come to realize that the real problem is just having anyone under the age of 2 in your house. They’re cute, adorable, and amazing, but they’re time consuming and just so darn hard!

Diana - October 11, 2011 - 11:41 am

This post may just get me through the next year. I love seeing everyone’s different stories because sometimes I feel a little awkward saying I’m overwhelmed with just one… seeing that other people feel like this stage (birth-2) is the most time-consuming and demanding makes me feel like I’m not just a lazy person! I appreciate all you moms out there with multiple children, you do a wonderful balancing act!

Tricia - October 11, 2011 - 12:29 pm

Interesting the thought that adding on after three isn’t much harder. My fourth was and still is the hardest adjustment for me! I feel like finally, after 14 plus months, I’m starting to gain my footing as a mom of four. I guess it’s also dependent on the baby. My littlest has by far been my most demanding. I guess after I had her I felt like my brain couldn’t go four directions at once. So yeah, four was hardest for me. Should we decide to add a fifth, I think that’s when one more won’t seem like too much of an adjustment.

Katrina - October 11, 2011 - 1:55 pm

I love that second picture. It looks like Miriam is laughing crazily and Gabe knows something he’s not telling. You know you’re in trouble when the kids are plotting together. On another note, I have a question for Ask Kara. What do you do for an anxious child? Lizzy’s imagination gets the better of her sometimes. She heard about poison ivy somewhere and now she won’t go near most plants, she beggs us not to roll down the car windows, because a mosquito might fly in and give us malaria, and the other night she wouldn’t go to bed because she was worried a panther might be able to use its claws to get inside the house. (I think that last one was more about not wanting to go to bed than anything else.)I do my best to reassure her, but she always has new fear.

Kacie wahl - October 11, 2011 - 2:52 pm

Great subject! Great article. You are so creative Kara.

Kelsey - October 11, 2011 - 6:42 pm

I’m way behind on your blog, but….Ive never done BBQ pizza but think I’m going to give it a try…happy birthday gabe! And Miriam is so cute! Oh yeah, I totally feel you on chris’s sore back, Jeremy hurt his back the other day so now I’m doing all the bending over picking things/kids up and this is supposed to be my excuse time be pregnant and all, which leads to another one of your posts. I’ve heard the same as you thy once you do three you can do anything… I will soon know! So far each time I add another it becomes a little harder for me, except I seem to let more and more go which makes it feel momentarily easier (until I think about all the things I’ve let go and havent done and then I try to play catch up)

kara - October 11, 2011 - 10:58 pm

I definitely think that having kids who can play together and entertain each other lightens the load of parenting (except when they are fighting).
I forgot about how McCartney didn’t have teeth forever. I always love your take on things!
I would love to see Beth.. I’m sure she is so big now, but it sounds like we should meet in an empty room or our girls will be off making trouble together :)
Yes, the same life, but just two hours away :). Oh Karli, I miss you. When will I get my act together to come and see you? I think that lowering expectations does help. Yes, toddlers and babies are tiring. It’s not that the other ages don’t have their challenges, but it’s not as physically exhausting.
Interesting that 4 has been the hardest. I think temperament plays a huge part in which transition may be the hardest.
I love your question, and that is a challenging one that I really want to give some thought to.
Thanks Kacie!
Kelsey, let me know how you like the pizza, and I am sure that you will handle 4 with more patience than I may :). Jeremy hurt his back too? Bummer, and definitely not fun when you are preggo!

kara - October 11, 2011 - 11:02 pm

One year olds are the most exhausting of all. You are doing awesome!

Gabe’s Birthday

Gabe had tons of fun celebrating his birthday with friends and family last Friday. He wanted to have a unicorn/horse themed party but with a  pepper pinata. Here are a few pics from the festivities: The kids decorating wooden unicorns that Heather’s neighbor made. Yummy fall food. Those organic grapes were $.50 a pound from […]

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Wendy M. - October 9, 2011 - 11:38 am

Looks like a fun day! I like the varied theme… :-)

What do you like about your home?

I finally broke down and trimmed those crazy bangs. It was either that or start giving her a comb over do. Isn’t that smile infectious?  Sofia busy working on art projects. It has almost been two years since we moved into our house. When we first walked up to our house, we saw a beautiful […]

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Wendy M. - October 7, 2011 - 7:14 am

Well, I was more intrigued than in love when I first looked at our house…it was a little rough, but I had a gut feeling I couldn’t shake (in spite of Darin’s opinion of it!) I now am completely in love. :-)
My favorite things are the fact that it is quite unique and retro. We bought from the original owners (who had it custom-built)and pretty much everything was perfectly preserved from 1964. Also, we have an amazing view!
Kara- I love that your house is really unique, too! I love walking into a house that feels like it has personality (and isn’t cookie-cutter-ish.) I agree with you- your yard is amazing!

Sunny - October 7, 2011 - 8:31 am

I love that we are now homeowners, but currently my favorite part of my house is the woodstove we had installed yesterday…so cozy. I also really appreciate that we all have our own space and plenty of room to gather in the shared spaces. We boght for location, lack of certain previous owners, and got a great price as a bonus! We have a HUGE to do list that we love working on! Wendy: I would like to see your house. Kara: ÷ love that your house always feels like a home, warm and inviting!

nancy - October 7, 2011 - 11:34 am

The first thing I noticed about my house was the gorgeous front door. The house is a pretty nondescript 1961 ranch, but the front door is solid alder and looks like it belongs on a stately craftsman-style home (like my old house, which I missed).

The other thing I love about my house is that it looks pretty ho-hum from the curb, like every other house in the neighborhood, but when you get inside it is bright and warm and spacious, with big windows looking out on our huge backyard. People are always surprised and say, “Wow. It’s so much bigger than it looks from outside…”
The floorplan is perfect for family life – no stairs! Big closets! An indoor laundry room (not in the garage or basement)! I never thought I’d live in a 60′s ranch, but now can’t imagine wanting anything else.

kara - October 7, 2011 - 9:53 pm

Your house is awesome, and it is going to be so fun to see all of the painting you have been doing!
I’m just so happy that you guys bought a house!! You so deserve it!!
I like that you think my house feels like I home, because that is what I strive for!
I do love a ranch house. We looked in your neighborhood a lot, but the right house never showed up for the right price when we were looking. I need to come see this bright and spacious house of yours sometime!!

Robyn - October 8, 2011 - 2:17 pm

Since I don’t know my new house well enough yet, I’ll tell you what I loved about my old house.

I loved it’s location — two minutes from a trail head, two minutes from Winco, two minutes from school, and directly across from an empty lot — beautiful!

I loved the window boxes, the shutters, and the trellis.

And inside? The READING LOFT!

KHarker - October 8, 2011 - 2:18 pm

Kara, your blog is so fun!
I wish I had internet right now so I could keep up on it (I’m borrowing my mom’s)
I so want to see pictures of your cute house! Especially your mud room, I too believe all houses should have a mud room!

I don’t own a house (yet) but we just rented a house built originally in the 1920′s which has since been remodeled, of course, but they re-did it to keep some of it’s “old” character and charm to it. I LOVE IT! And maybe some day we’ll buy it. One of My favorite parts of it is the yard and neighborhood, it’s spacious enough of a yard but still close enough to have some neighbors around (but not too close)We have an acre to play on and the neighbors all have fields with animals, mostly horses, on them giving us space between us but yet they are not too far away. It’s like we have a country feel to the neighborhood but we live relatively close. BUT My VERY favorite part is the cute porch that stretches the length of the front of the house, I see us spending many summer nights out on that porch as a family in the future.

Robyn - October 8, 2011 - 2:40 pm

P.S–that photo of Sophia is probably my all time FAVE. What a fantastic spot!

Kara - October 8, 2011 - 7:52 pm

Love the reading loft in your old house. As for your new house, I think that you will have a million favorite things!! My favorite part of the outside is the awesome tree house :)
Are you guys going to end up in Spokeanne?? I was so happy just reading the description of your house :)~

Amanda O. - October 8, 2011 - 8:49 pm

I love the view from the back of our house. Its so relaxing and although we live in a subdivision the wetlands behind us make it feel very country-esque. My closet kinda rocks too :)

Lyndi Bower - October 8, 2011 - 9:45 pm

Okay this has nothing to do with this post, but I have just made your tasty healthy pancakes for dinner tonight. Nice work girl, these were delicious! Question for you, how do you grind your flax seed? My little food processor about died trying to.

Kara - October 8, 2011 - 9:50 pm

I need to come and see your house sometime!!
I usually just buy ground flaxseed…. so I don’t do it myself. So glad you liked the pancakes. Oh Lyndi…. I miss you. I need to call you. Hugs to you… and what do you like about your house??

Lyndi Bower - October 10, 2011 - 8:59 pm

My land. We are currently in a small little apartment in Utah so all I dream about is having my land back again. I miss my Hydrangeas, roses, Hollyhocks, Alyssum….my garden. I like my house, but I LOVE the land we are on. We live across from a field of cows, mountains in the distance. It’s pretty peaceful. When we bought it we figured we can always build our dream home as long as we have the land we like.

adrienne w - October 10, 2011 - 11:22 pm

Is it pathetic that this post makes me sad? Having moved so many times and most recently from the first home we owned (and loved in many ways) into a rental again, I yearn for the time I can love where I live. While our last house (which is still ours, but we had to rent it out) wasn’t my dream home, it still felt like home and it was a good place to live. I have a hard time finding things I love about the house we live in now. But I remind myself that we are so blessed compared to so many around the world. We have running water and heat and shelter. And much more and that is so easy to take for granted. The best part about our house right now is that it’s big enough for our family and we can afford it. I also love living one block from a beautiful river valley.
By the way, I love your house, Kara. It is funky and wonderful, just like you guys!

kara - October 13, 2011 - 7:32 pm

Oh Adrienne,
I don’t know how you have held it together so well with all of your moves. You are amazing. I know that you are awesome at making a home out of whatever house you have :)./