Friday, February 29, 2008

Travel Bug

Thanks to Kris' map work, we've developed an interest in geocaching, which is sort of a scavenger hunt-type game for GPS users. People all over the world set up caches and share the location of the cache online. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards--a small prize, for instance.

There are also prizes called Travel Bugs, which are designed to move from cache to cache. Each Travel Bug has a mission, and whoever finds it can help it complete its goals.

We recently set up a travel bug in honor of Baby B. Its mission is to see all 50 states and visit historic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, or the Washington Monument. It's a stuffed bee with a dogtag that explains to its finders what to do. If someone finds the bee in a cache, they'll take it with them and deposit it in a different cache, helping the bee complete its mission. People can take photos of the bee in different locations and upload them to the travel bug website. Make sense?

You can follow the Bee's progress here

And in case you're totally confused, you can check out the travel bug a friend of ours made 4 years ago in honor of Ollie. Ollie has been all over the US and has some amazing stories to tell! Check it out here.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Diaper obsession

As Kris will attest, I've been on a diaper mission this week. Up until now, we had been using a combination of gdiapers and disposable diapers. However, when faced with some harsh facts (see below), I decided to switch 100% to cloth and flushables. I found some great cloth inserts that fit inside the gdiapers and have been investing in several one-size-fits-all cloth diapers to round out our stash.

Here's what grabbed my attention:
>> Traditional disposable diapers containing plastic take 300+ years to decompose in a landfill
>> The average kid will go through 5,000+ diapers before s/he is potty trained
>> Cloth diapers save hundreds, even thousands of dollars over time, especially if you have more than one child

Here's a great article about all the benefits of cloth, including a breakdown of the energy/water required to launder cloth diapers versus the environmental cost of disposables.

Of course, I'd be lying if I said I was only into cloth diapers for environmental reasons. The truth is, they are so dang cute and fun to use!! Check out how happy B looks in one of her new Blueberry cloth diapers!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Photos of the week

B's "cubicle"

Planning adventures with Dad

No matter where we place her in her cosleeper or crib, she ends up like this!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

4 months old

B turned 4 months old today! She's up to 13lbs, 11 oz and 24 1/2 inches. Latest tricks: grabbing toys with two hands (and bringing them to her mouth), reaching for Mommy and Daddy's hands, nose, lower lip, and ears; and she's close to rolling over back-to-tummy.

Unfortunately, B hasn't read the parenting books that say 4-month-olds should sleep through the night. She's reverting back to her newborn sleep schedule lately. But when she flashes a huge grin and giggles every morning, it's easy to forget the inconvenience of multiple night feedings :)

Bathing Beauty

A new community center opened just a half mile from our house, so we've been enjoying the indoor pool with Bronwynn. After being mistaken for a boy in her swim diaper, Great Aunt Abby helped us out and found a cute baby girl swimsuit. Here's Bronwynn modeling her stylish swimwear!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Social Butterfly

Bronwynn's social calendar is jam-packed with playdates! Here are a few recent shots of B chillin' with her friend Ami and playing with her friend Austin. Just so Mommy and Daddy don't feel left out, they get to enjoy dinner with the other parents while the babies play.

"So, um, do you come here often?"

"I prefer Clapton, but Neil Young's great too..."

"Look, Mom. Austin has ears, too!!"

"Wow! This is way more fun than the toys at my house!!"

"Who needs TV when you have babies to watch??"
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