March 22, 2017

Tea Time

I love tea.  There is no doubt of this if you peek into my cupboards...I have an entire section devoted to it.  I enjoy herbals, reds, and blacks.  There are loose-leafs and pre-bagged.  There is really a tea for every occasion, and I've even gotten my black coffee drinking husband to enjoy (yes, really) a cup.  So I thought I'd share some of my favorites with you, in case you want to expand or add a new flavor to your day.

Sleepytime (Celestial Seasonings) - best for an evening, sublte, cozy tea: chamomile + mint

Sweet and Spicy (Good Earth) - best as a zippy, pick me up tea (I love it iced): black tea + cinnamon

Chocolate Chai (Zhena's Gypsy Tea) - best anytime with a splash of milk: rooibos tea

Blueberry (Alaska Wild Tea) - best fruity tea: blueberries + chamomile

Egyptian Licorice (Yogi) - best "gateway" into the tea world: licorice

English Breakfast Tea (Twinings) - best classic tea + energy boost: black tea (I prefer it best with a splash of milk and dash of cloves)

*Most of these teas can be purchased at your local grocery except the Alaska Wild Tea, for that I provided a link.

March 11, 2017

Dear Indigo: 3 months

Dear Indigo,

You are 3 month old lady!  Lately you have been awake much, much more.  You are smiling and grinning at everyone, and it melts me.  You'be been gaining weight up to 12.5lbs, and growing tall 23".  Your lovely brown locks are here to stay, and I cannot believe how long your hair is - already past your shirt collars in the back.  As I suspected, you are a night owl baby...usually awake and wanting to lay on the floor and play from 8-11pm.  Of course this is shortening my nights since you are liking to be up late, and your brother likes to be up early.  I'm not complaining though because you are such an amazing sleeper and have been since the beginning.  You sleep through the night whenever you go down and wake up to eat once between 4:30 and 6am!  Then you're back to sleep until 8am.  Sweetheart, keep it up.  Also little lady, you've rolled over 5+ times...everyone else has seen it except me...what gives?  Your favorite thing of late, which helps with evening fussiness, is bouncing on the red exercise ball (a trick I picked up when James was a babe).  Baths are still a favorite, especially since we transitioned to the tub...perhaps you'll be a swimmer.  We love you Indigo Marlene, and guess what?!  You have 3 new baby cousins to meet in 2017!!  You weren't the youngest for long.  Wyatt Kevin McCurry arrived this month, with a new girl McCurry cousin AND a boy Clark cousin arriving next month.  You'll have plenty of playmates.  Also princess, that is one of the last of my hand-me-downs, everyone at church thought you looked so sweet in it last week.

Nose kisses,
Mama

March 1, 2017

February 11, 2017

Dear Indigo: 2 months

Dear little Indigo,

You, my dear, are quite the precious one.  You love to sleep and are quite content most of the time.  Your preferred awake time is in the evenings and fussy times are 9-10pm.  We've discovered you are allergic to dairy like your brother, so none for me.  This month you've gained weight and height, now 11.5lbs and 23 inches!  I love your beautiful brown hair and think it is here to stay; I cannot believe how long it is already.  Your eyes are still blue-blue.  You love bath time, and being held while the holder is standing up...basically every child amiright? You are tracking faces, and making some coo-sighs every so often.   It melts my heart every time.  And your little smirks and pursed lips slay me.  Despite attempts on your life due to ignorant, innocent roughness, you are resilient.  The little dude loves you, most of the time, and simply wants to play.  We've been for a few walks, warmer weather permitting, and you prefer the carrier to the stroller much to James' joy. You are all outgrown from your newborn and 0-3mo clothes.  But you still can fit into your 3 month things.  I must say that they make little girl pants rather fitted, I bump you up a size so that your little legs and tummy are squished.  We love you little girl.  So much looking forward to watching your grow.

Snuggles,
Mama

February 6, 2017

2017 January Garden Update

Its been rather quiet on the gardening front.  But that means more time for snow angels.
So here is a throwback to when we were getting the front garden area ready for planting.