Thursday, March 29, 2012

Killing Time

I got my pregnancy to-do list done a touch too early. Because now I've had mini stress attacks each morning as I try to come up with a productive, baby preparing way to spend my day. For some reason my "preparations" usually involve baking some kind of cookie and shoving them in my freezer. You know, because it's so necessary to be stocked on cookies when you have a newborn. Even though I realize I'm being irrational in my cookie hoarding, the freezer remains full of sweet treats that probably won't even last until the middle of April.
I ran out of hand-me-downs for Eli and I've been forced into buying him a summer wardrobe. Complete with adorable little flip-flops that he wouldn't let us take off until just before bedtime. What could get me more excited for #2 than to spend an afternoon (or four) staring at darling little boy clothes?
I've started experimenting with my hair. The last time I tried this hairstyle Jeff confirmed what I had feared after wearing the hairstyle all day -- I looked like a Polygamist. This time around turned out significantly less poufy and I actually kind of liked it. Thank you, #2 for staying put long enough for me to master the ever popular polygamist-esque twist on my hair.
I've kind of lost my crafting bug in the last month because I get so tired after Eli goes to bed and I can't really craft when Eli's awake. But when I saw how cute everyone's flower clips turned out at Girly Girl Weekend, I dedicated one of Eli's nap times to finishing mine. Love it!
If you thought my Green Smoothie drinking was hippie-ish, just wait until you see what I'm whipping up now. I've started crock potting whole chickens to freeze the meat and then make chicken broth with the juices. I haven't calculated whether or not I actually save money doing this, but I get about 3 cups of chicken and 4-5 cups of broth for a $5 chicken. That's pretty good, right?

Let's not tell Jeff that the first two times I did this I may have been oblivious of the need to remove the giblets from the chicken. So yeah, I'm pretty sure those innards got mixed in with everything. Oh well. A chicken heart never hurt anybody, right? And I probably got a whole extra cup of cooked "meat" those first two times!
Hippie Sarah #2 - Homemade laundry detergent. Yup. I buckled down last month and started collecting milk cartons so I could whip up the 10-gallon recipe of homemade laundry soap. It cost me less than $5 to make 10 gallons of detergent. Don't mind if I do!
After a mere week of waiting for baby to arrive, I have cookies in my freezer, a new hairstyle to sport during labor, an adorably dressed toddler, my one new accessory for the year, chicken broth and chicken to help Jeff cook for me post baby, a year's worth of laundry detergent and still three more weeks to go.


Kim said...

WOW! You've been way more productive than I have been lately. Impressive!

And I'm happy to know there are so many treats in your freezer for when I'm there taking care of Eli (that is if I'm not down in Provo taking care of three other little children when you need me...).

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I cannot get over the cuteness of little chubby baby feet wearing sandals with a strap between the toes. Just wait until he has little tan lines on his feet. The cuteness may kill us all.

David and Mary said...

All I can say is "Impressive"! Love the hair, love the clip, love Eli's toes! Can't wait to see what you do next week....

Laura and Ben said...

Good job Sarah. I am really impressed that you finished your bow. I might need to remake one. The only I made turned out weird. I make frozen chicken and broth too. Maybe I will have to try the laundry soap.Good luck with the baby!

Make and Do Girl said...

Your flower turned out great!

I love your comment about your polygamist hair, too. Ha! I tried a hairdo the other day and felt like I should have strapped on a bonnet and hit the prairie. Your revised version is quite "chic pilgrim" though, I must say!