Posts Tagged ‘library’

I enjoy reading the occasional magazine, however with my journey as a homemaker, magazine subscriptions just aren’t really in the budget with a few small exceptions.

Today I discovered that our local library allows you to check out current issues of MANY magazines.  I came home with the January 2011 issues of Vogue, Taste of Home and Budget Travel.

Checking them out also solves the problem of getting rid of old magazines.  So check with your local library.  You may be check out the latest issue of that magazine you’ve been waiting to read (at no cost)!

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Our son has had acid reflux issues since his birth, and when he was a newborn would have to be held upright for about 30 minutes after each feeding or he would proceed to throw up a whole bottle through his mouth and nose (sorry if its too graphic).

So after feedings we would read during those times.  From the day he came home from the hospital, we would read several several books while holding him upright after feedings.

This love of books has continued, and now he equally loves trips to our local library where he is surrounded by books, my husband’s cousin who works there, and fun different things to play with from farm magnets to felt orange kitty cats which he won’t let go of.

Following his tractor rides a few weeks ago, his love of these moving vehicles has escalated.  Thus our last several trips to the library have included tractor and truck books.  Last week even daddy got to come along.


Mom thinks I'm reading. I'm really planning out how to maneuver and climb onto my next piece of furniture.

Both last week and this week a fight over the check out of said tractor books has ensued.  Much to the librarians and other patrons dismay he has thrown an absolute screaming fit the moment I take the tractor book he has out of his hands to check it out.  I can’t say too much, as I’m glad he wants to hold on to a book so hard!


Despite his library fits, he is such a good boy, and has even taken to climbing up in his rocking chair and looking through books all by himself as you can see here.

When I was growing up our junior/senior high school was about 25 miles from home.  We’d spend about 45-60 minutes on the bus each way.  I took to reading entire books during the bus rides to make it pass quicker.  (That was when I could still read while riding in a moving vehicle.  Not so much anymore!)  Gone are the days when I pick out a book for myself in most cases, but here are the days when I get to pick out tractor and dino books that I think the boy will enjoy.

So while I have trouble getting his dad to sit down and read anything other than a sports trivia book, I hope the boy continues his love of books and reading, and I hope you’ll pay a visit to your local library if you haven’t been there lately.

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Our sweet boy has just gone to bed for his afternoon nap.  He has been such a great boy all day!

After his morning nap, we headed out to the library on this once again rainy day. There we visited with my husband’s cousin Holly, and checked out some new books.

Last night, a friend recommended to me a book by Dr. Laura Schlessinger entitled “In Praise of Stay at Home Moms.”  Not wanting to spend the extra money to purchase it, when we got to the library, I checked the computer system while chasing the boy at the same time and they had the book and it was in.

So although there isn’t a lot of extra time to read these days, I think one evening soon I’ll sit down and take a look at it.  I’ll let you know how it is.

While he’s napping, I’m off to dust the master bedroom and the dining room.  I only got the family room done yesterday, then if time allows, I’ll clean bathrooms.

I know it may not sound glamorous or to exciting, but I am loving this newfound domestic divaness (okay so I know divaness is not a word), but I’m enjoying even the most menial tasks.

Tonight for dinner, on tap:  Madras Steak not Madras Plaid.  I love this recipe, it came from my mother-in-law.  While I’m not sure where it originated, I hope you enjoy it too.

Madras Steak

1 pound round steak cut into serving pieces

1 large onion, sliced thin

1 Tablespoon Flour

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

1 teaspoon salt

1 Large carrot sliced

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon mustard

Pepper to taste

Sear the meat in a skillet, then place in a casserole dish (I usually use 9 x 13).  Top each piece of meat with one of the slices of onion.  Between the meat I place a piece of carrot ( usually 3 inches long).  Combine remaining ingredients (Flour, Worcestershire, salt, sugar, mustard) with water to make 1 cup of the mixture.  Pour this mixture over the meat and vegetables and Bake covered at 300 degrees for 2 hours.


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So here I am, entering the world of mommy bloggers.  Definitely not a place I EVER thought I would be in, but the good Lord certainly has his plan for each of us and here I am.

You can learn more about me at “about me” but here’s a snapshot.  I’m a 33 year old woman who never thought she would be a mother, let alone be a stay-at-home mother.  So here I am, ready to tell the world about what we do each day, tips, trials, tribulations, and more!

And I’m so very blessed that this is the path God has put me on.

At the end of this July, just two short months ago, I quit my job as an advertising and marketing agency account executive at The Vimarc Group in Louisville, KY.

I’m someone who has always loved work, and my job, and throw myself 100% into whatever I do, but I love God, my husband, and my child even more.  So after seeking direction through prayer and discussions with my husband, not to mention bad child care experiences, we went from two solid incomes, to one.

My days have went from conference calls, business trips, creative briefs, conference reports, creative, proofing and more to ones filled with diapers, cleaning, cooking, trips to the library, and visits with neighbors and friends.

And I’m loving it.  So I hope you enjoy my adventure at learning to be domestic.  It’s quite a trip!

Side note:  I tried to think about great names for this blog, and thought about Carrie Cleaver (after June Cleaver), but I thought that sounded too much like a horror movie.  Then a friend suggested Camp Carrie, but that sounded too much like I was copying my favorite musical artist:  Lisa Loeb with Camp Lisa.  So here I am.  Just another mommy blogger!  Enjoy!

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