Thursday, July 29, 2010

Started a blog for my potential business

I've gotten started on my business idea and have created a blog. Those of you who are interested in following me through this new journey, please drop in and follow, I have set up a link under my favorite blogs list.

Thanks to everyone, especially Eric and my friend Jacy. Jacy, I will definitely be looking your way when we get ready for business cards, and things of that nature.

Keep us in your prayers that this "idea" will soon become a reality. Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sister time and possibly starting a work-at-home business???

My big sister, Meredith ~ Me ~ My little sister, Joni
July 2010

We got visits from BOTH sides of the family this weekend! Yet, we only really got to spend time with one side of the family...
Friday night, Eric's Uncle Jose' and his fiance, Gayle came up here from Florida with another couple that they are good friends with. The reason for their visit, other than seeing the sights in downtown Savannah, was to potentially purchase Eric's motorcycle. His Yamaha R1 has been sitting for sale since about Christmas time last year. We finally thought we were going to get around to paying off some bills and catching back up, especially after Eric's two week furlough has knocked us back. Saturday night, Eric and I had a few friends over and while the guys were outside grilling, Eric decided to start up the bike. It had only been about a week or two since he last started it up and took it out for a quick ride. It started up fine, he even did a burn-out in the back yard. Well, Eric's uncle and his friend stop by early Sunday morning, and, you guessed it, the bike didn't start. Eric knew it was due to water being in the gas tank and offered to get it fixed but the guy automatically turned it down, he didn't care to stick around for that. Needless to say, I was a bit pissed off. It seems as though we have the worst luck when it comes to getting rid of things. That being said, does anybody want a cat?
That was all we, or, shall I say, Eric saw of his uncle. It was so early in the morning neither I nor the kids got to see him and spend some time with him.
Friday, MY Uncle Michael and Aunt Cindy and their two boys, James and John came in to visit from Alabama. They stayed with my mom and step-dad during their time here. They visited the Tybee lighthouse and beach. Man, it was so hot outside, I don't see how they were able to enjoy themselves. But they had a great time and the boys hopped in the pool as soon as they got back! Sunday afternoon, my older sister, Meredith came into town to visit with us. Meredith stayed with my mom and step-dad as well. She was by herself, she left her husband Mike and daughter Madilyn back home in Alabama while she got a little vacation for herself. Mamas need some time off for sure! Kaylan was very excited to see her Aunt Mer again, and Dylan got PLENTY of kisses! It was great to have some sister time this week with BOTH of my sisters for a change. We went to the pottery shop in Savannah, since the shop in Rincon is only open later in the week. That will be the last time I go to the Savannah shop. They jacked their prices up drastically and hardly had anything practical to choose from. We still made the best of it though. Meredith and Joni painted picture frames and I made a name plate for Dylan's room! I can't wait to get it back after it gets glazed, I'll be sure to post pics!
So, Eric and I have been talking. I have always played around with the idea of opening up my own business someday, like a bakery. Oh, I would love to have my own successful bakery business! Until then, I have decided to get back in touch with my craft work of designing, painting and sewing. Sofar, I have reserved a name on Etsy to sell handmade items from home. I don't know if or how I should go about setting up an online shop independently. Since we have been pretty successful with cloth diapering lately, I am tempted to dip my toes into making a few of my own and selling them, along with all natural aromatherapy heating pads, kids' canvas art and growth charts. My imagination tends to go places, because I have yet to purchase supplies, set up a "work area" in the house (the only space left is the garage and that's Eric's domain--not to mention, I don't want to make it a sweat shop), figure a name for the business, the list goes on. Oh, and money...we won't get started on that. Did I mention, I barely have time to brush my teeth and use the bathroom in the mornings? Where is the time going to come from to produce these projects? With a lot of work, a little time and some money set aside here and there, this could totally happen. Maybe I could look for investors, but where? I'm so tired of dreaming, I'm ready to get to the doing! Eric and I will continue to discuss the details of all this. In the mean time, I need suggestions on a name/ logo, and I also need potential clients, or "testers" if you will! Tell your friends and fellow bloggers, and I may have a separate blog set up real soon, once we get our business plan in motion.
Here's to dreams, and may they always come true!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Dress it up

So, I decided to dress up the blog page a little. I am so fickle, it took me FOREVER to decide on a template I liked. What do y'all think? I miss the dark background because I feel like it made the pictures pop. But, this gives it a little more *personality* (jazz hands).

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cakes, Curve Balls, and Cloth Diapering

It simply isn't the Fourth of July without an American Flag Pound Cake!

This is my very first Rum Cake! I made it especially for Eric. Stay tuned for my first ever Chocolate Lava Cakes!

Recipe for Rum Cake:
* 1 cup chopped walnuts
* 1 box yellow cake mix (Duncan Hines is my favorite)
* 1/2 cup dark rum
* 4 eggs
* 1/2 cup water
* 1/2 cup vegetable oil
* 1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix

* 1/2 cup butter
* 1/8 cup water
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1/4 cup rum

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch tube or Bundt pan. Sprinkle nuts over the bottom of the pan.
2. Mix together the cake mix, 1/2 cup dark rum, eggs, 1/2 cup water, oil, and vanilla pudding mix. Pour batter over the nuts in the pan.
3. Bake for 1 hour. Cool, and invert cake on a serving plate. Prick the top of the cake.
4. To Make The Glaze: Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in 1/8 cup water and the 1/2 cup sugar. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove glaze from heat, and stir in 1/4 cup rum. Drizzle and smooth evenly over the top and sides.

Whew! It's been quite a while since I have updated.
The weekend following my last post, we were supposed to make a trip to Jacksonville to meet a friend of mine and her son. My friend and her son, Lamar were in Jacksonville visiting with her husband's family, I got to know her through Babycenter. Lamar had the same due date as Kay did (June 7, 2009) but he came a little early just like Kay did! They are only 10 days apart! I was so looking forward to meeting him and his mom and I was really looking forward to Kay meeting Lamar, but we had a curve ball thrown our way the day we planned to leave. Eric and I had to take Guy to the pediatrician because he had been crying all morning and the previous day. Nothing seemed to soothe him, he wouldn't take a paci and he would even burst out crying during some of his feedings. I noticed a little white blister on the roof of his mouth and figured he had thrush. The doctor said that that little blister shouldn't have been causing so much irritability. She ran blood cultures and his white blood cell count was high, so he was evidently fighting an infection. The only problem was, we didn't know what kind of infection it was. They even captured a urine sample to make sure it wasn't a UTI. The urine sample came back normal, so that was when she ordered a visit to the ER to get additional blood cultures done along with a chest x-ray. It came back showing a slight bit of pneumonia in his lungs. My poor little guy. I worried about him for so long, even following the visit to the hospital. Eric and I were just so surprised that they didn't admit him for the night. They sent us home with a couple antibiotics, and he continued to stay fussy even through the following week or more. But, he has since gone through a major growth spurt as well. It seemed like right around his 3rd month, he was extra fussy, extra hungry, and extra sleepy. And it was like he plumped up over night! He has grown so much, but I haven't weighed him yet though, I wouldn't be surprised if he was 15 pounds or more. He is starting to smile a lot more and not cry all the time, which makes me smile! He is "cooing" and making little noises, trying to talk. Sometimes, I think Kay understands what he is saying or trying to say because she will talk back. Guy has also discovered his hands, he had been batting at his toys since he was 2 and a half months old. But, now I think he is starting to realize the "cause-and-effect" behind it all.
This past Monday, we started the cloth diapering process. It has been going well, other than when Kay takes a poo, she breaks out with a rash. The rash that will never go away (or so it seems). It is mainly due to her teething, for some reason teething poo is a bit more rough than regular poo, causing rashes. So, with Kay, it's best for us to wait until she is done teething to implement exclusive cloth diaper usage. But, with Guy, it is going very well. I guess it's better than nothing. To be honest, I was pretty bummed out when we realized the cloth diapers weren't working so well for Kay. Yet, another curve ball, if you will. Here I am, a stay-at-home mom, trying to save some money, and it backfires. What else is new? It's got to get better at some point, right?
During the Independence Day weekend, we took a trip up to North Carolina along with our friends Herschel and Hanna and their son, Grant. We went up there and stayed with our good friends, husband and wife, Kevin and Rachel. Oh, it was beautiful up there and the weather was amazing! Though, being in a new environment made Kay a bit attached to Eric (plus she had her second tooth cutting through), we all had a great time, she and Guy slept well through the nights. Once we had the babies down at night, the adults would gather in the living room for a few beers and a couple rounds of Pictionary and Guesstures. The girls spanked the boys in Pictionary (all three games) but the guys won the round of Guesstures somehow (I think they were cheating) ;)
Eric, the babies and I left North Carolina on Tuesday around noon with the intentions of driving over to Alabama, where I am from. We wanted to pay my family a little visit, especially my Papaw. We were about 2 hours into the trip and I told Eric to make sure the GPS was taking us to the right location, the directions just seemed odd to us. He checked it, and instead of the GPS going the route to my Dad's house, it was giving us directions back to OUR house! OOOOOHHHH!!!! I was so mad! Guy isn't a very good traveler, and that day was nothing out of the ordinary. Since he was crying practically the entire time up to that point, I figured, we might as well keep going back home. And we decided to make the trip to Alabama the following week. Guy did much better on that trip. We had to make quite a few stops for feedings and diaper changes, but at least he did a lot better. Kay did well too, but that is normal, she loves to ride and look out the windows.
It was so good to see my family, especially my older sister and my Papaw. We got a ton of pictures of everyone holding the babies. Poor kids, they were probably seeing plenty of spots due to the flashing of the cameras. Before we got back on the road, Eric and I went to visit my step brother's grave. I left some roses for him and talked to him, it's still so hard to believe. I wish that he could see his niece and nephew grow up. He was a wonderful, fun loving guy. We miss him everyday. It just makes me all the more thankful for what we have and the wonderful people we have in our lives.