A little late with this post. I had the best intentions to blog during the parental leave I had, but you know, life gets in the way and lots of things happened and now I’d be hard pressed to describe in detail anything that occurred. I know we hung out with Velvet and her brood a bunch.
I can say that mom came to visit for awhile, we visited dad at some point, I had some Amazon sales. You know, just life. So let’s just say the sabbatical was great, and I am very grateful to eBay for them to give me the leave.
Leo just turned one on Monday. He’s such a big, happy boy! Mom and Jim made it for a couple days and it was great seeing them.
Leo had his first haircut while mom was here. His fringe was over his ears and he was tugging at it all the time. It’s a bit more trimmed now, but it’s not like he had a lot to begin with.
Leo’s first haircut
We’re supposed to go to Oregon in August for the Baugher reunion but I don’t know if I will have the time off built up to take it. Right now I’m hoarding all PTO to use for our Disneyland/Salisbury reunion happening in June.
Jesse started his first day of his internship this past Monday. It seems like he really likes it and enjoys going to work every day. I think he’d probably like it better if he didn’t have to be there at 8am, but all in all it seems a good fit.
We seeded a portion of our backyard with grass in an effort to change it from a dirt pit to something more livable. We did get grass to grow, but we also have a lot of weeds that decided our freshly manicured dirt was a good place to get a grip.
We will be using weed killer pretty soon (which I hate to do but we need to get a handle on this yard) and then will probably seed more grass after the weeds die out. I look forward to a day where Ezra and Leo can play in the backyard and not come inside caked with mud.
We are down to four hens. Jesse found the buff dead in the chicken area one night, no marks on it so we think it just died of natural causes. The other girls seem fine and are laying eggs for us like crazy. We have opened up the rest of the yard, the part we didn’t seed with grass, to have them help combat the weeds and they are in heaven! They are out early every morning, just clucking and scratching around. The larger area of the yard was meant to be the garden area but we’ve been slow to get any raised beds in this year. Who knows if that will actually happen. Baby steps.
We weeded a good portion of the front yard and you can actually see the garden bed dirt again! I have plans to pretty much rip out everything from the beds by the house and start over but that may need to wait until the fall. Jesse wants me to save the bulbs and some other flowering plants so I’m not quite sure what I want to do there.
We bought a treadmill and I actually used it!…for about three weeks. It’s probably been over a month now since I last used it. I will start using it again, I will. I was having some really strong foot pain and that seems to have dissipated so it’s probably safe to start again. I think it’s a real shame there isn’t more plus-size active wear. It’s very hard to prepare and to be motivated when nothing fits. I was in Kohl’s the other day and I literally could not find active wear above an XL.
Benny has been doing pretty well. We’ve been testing leaving him out at night and during the day when we’re gone. So far, so good. We still have to make sure we’ve closed all the bedroom and bathroom doors. Yesterday I came home to find he had brought two different shoes of mine upstairs. Luckily he hadn’t chewed on them, but I don’t even want to tempt him. We didn’t use to make him wear his collar unless we went to the dog park but we’ve been leaving that on him now that he has range outside of his crate. I don’t think he can get out of the yard, but on the off chance that he does I want people to be able to contact us to come get him.
Joline is still the only cat around the house though I am still determined to get a couple kittens this fall. I think it would help Benny get associated with cats, and it’d be nice to have cats that don’t freak out at the sight of a dog. Jojo pretty much only comes in now to eat and then leaves again. She used to come in at night when Benny was in his crate but now that he’s been free at night she has been sleeping outside instead.
Conversation while I was driving with Ezra:
Ezra: Why is there blood in the body?
Me: Because it helps carry oxygen to our organs.
E: What are organs?
Me: Like the heart, lungs, liver, they help make the body work.
E: Like my balls make my penis work!
M: I, uh, (laughing), yes, like your balls make your penis work.
Figured it wasn’t really time to explain anatomy.
I’ve been playing around with new recipes for the soap company. I’ve created several new soaps and I’m trying to master bubble bars and bath bombs. I have the bath bombs down pretty well, except they keep expanding overnight while they are drying. I may need to invest in a dehumidifier. The bubble bars are completely beyond me at the moment. The recipes I’ve tried aren’t pliable enough, they are extremely crumbly and won’t hold the rolled log shape. The product itself works well enough, it creates a lot of bubbles for the bubble bath but I want to be able to mold it in the log and cut slices out of it! I am also looking into making foaming bath truffles. I may just say screw it to the bubble bars and do the truffles instead as they both create a bubble bath.
I’m trying to get on some sites like Groupon and LivingSocial, etc., to offer a discount on our products. I figure even if I just break even it’d be good networking and should bring in a whole new set of buyers. Fingers crossed!
Ezra and Leo are the best of friends. They love playing with each other, it melts my heart!