Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Night At The Kiehns

We live a simple, fun life filled with laughter and beats made with our feet stomping on the floor and clapping our hands for the high notes. Here's our Tuesday night, captured in photos.








Monday, November 29, 2010

Free At Last!

I just permanently deleted my Facebook account (it's like going through customs with a bag full of cocaine, by the way) and am so glad I did.
That stinkin website...speaking of cocaine! I found myself on there literally multiple times a day, just checking here and there. And I slowly found myself detesting it every time I got on, but kept getting on.
So I've come to a place where I, like always, have questioned my motives.

Why did I have a Facebook?
Why was I interested in knowing what other people were thinking all day?
Why do I want more comments, and hop on the computer a number of times a day to see what people have said about my most recent picture upload? My most recent status update? Why do I care so greatly what people think?

So then I have to ask myself the same questions for this very blog. Why? Why do I make sure my pictures look a certain way? Why do I want comments on them, etc?

We have got to stop caring so much what people think. We miss out on real life with our kids because when our sweet baby or toddler or teenager does something cool our first thought is "this would make a great blog!" instead of "I'm going to revel in this moment with my family."

So after much deliberation on whether to even keep my blog or not, I've come to this:
(liable to change, I live my life by the Spirit, so ya never know)
That I am keeping this blog for me and for my family.
I don't scrapbook, I am kind of bad at getting pictures printed.
But there are websites that print your blog into book form, and that. is. awesome.
So I'm keeping my blog, I'm keeping pictures of us and our life. 
But I'm no longer writing and keeping record from the perspective of showing YOU ALL what we're up to, what our lives are like, I'm writing it from the perspective that I'm keeping a family "journal", a digital scrapbook, that my kids will read one day and get to see what life was like when they were babies, etc. This blog [book] is to my kids, to us as a family, and that's how I see it from this point on.

So sure, it's probably not going to be that fun for you to read anymore. I will probably never get any comments. You can go ahead and take me off your blog roll if you'd like, seriously. Because it's not about keeping up with the blogging Jones' anymore, it's about documenting my simple, sweet life.  

So with that being said...I love you Kevin, and I love you Ruby. You guys are my life. I thank Yahweh for trusting me to be your wife and your momma.  

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Park

Ruby's new favorite place.
She smiled the entire time. She squealed and bounced her legs in the swing. She leaned towards the slide as soon as we got off of it to go down again.
And the best part is, it's just two blocks from our house.
So we bundle up and can walk there anytime we want!






Monday, November 22, 2010

Q: Does Ruby Love Her Life?

A: Most definitely.
(Family members feel free to set this as your desktop and be prepared to smile every time you have to get on the computer...)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday

 Today I am thankful for our amazing local library. I think it's so important to have something like this in every community, and every time I walk into this place I am thankful for it's resources, it's stature, and that it's free.

 She talked the entire time she played with this. I love kids' imaginations.


 Our Baby Bookworm club. Meets every Thursday morning. Ruby loves it. She bounces on my lap and squeals and looks at the other babies like "wanna play?"

Ruby in all her glory.
On the floor with people her age and size. Plus bubbles.
She is such a people person, it cracks us up.
She may be a little bit like me.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Products I Use

I am always interested in what products people use for what.
In fact, I always peek in people's showers when I visit their house to see what type of shampoo/conditioner they use. Is that wrong? Kevin thinks it's crazy.
So, in case there is anybody out there like me, here's what I use on the daily.

Deodorant: Tom's All Natural in Apricot.
Natural. Works. I love it.

Facewash: This changes, but lately I've been using Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Acne Scrub. A little drying and definitely not all natural. But I like it fine for now. I also use Neutrogena Oil-Free face moisturizer. Nice and light, I like that.
MAC eyeshadow. There is none like it, I'm sorry. And at $14.50 a pop, there ought not be.
Whatever blush. I have Cover Girl, I have MAC, I have some Sephora stuff. Just whatever.

Bare Minerals foundation in Medium Beige. I love this becaue it's not cakey, looks natural, and covers well. I don't love this because it doesn't last long, being fluffy and powdery and they don't put enough product in the container!
I know it's sounding like I spend tons of money on makeup, but I'm a firm believer in buying small amounts of higher quality things is way better than tons and tons of cheap crap.

Maybelline Full & Soft for mascara. This is ole' faithful. I've used this for forever and it's just GREAT. Non-clumpy, never clumps. I don't like clumps.


To style my hair, I use a Boar Bristle teasing comb like this. You haven't teased your hair until you've had a comb like this. I LOVE this. I use it on every single client that will let me (and only 2 won't. They like flatter hair. I know, right?!) You can find them online anywhere.
Once I've teased my hair I spray hairspray at the "ratted" parts. Then use the same teasing comb to comb it all down into the way I want it, then do a light spray with the hairspray all over to hold that style into place. (not too much, you don't want helmet head!)
I like this hairspray, TIGI Maxxed Out because it's strong, but really the main reason I bought it is because it's the only non-aerosol hairspray our beauty supplier carries. Give me a break! Hopefully other brands will catch on that it's not cool to only have aerosol and make pump style bottles soon.
I'd do Walmart hairspray for all I care. I just have to have name brands for my client's sake.
But it's all just a bunch of alcohol so use whatever hairspray you like, in my opinion.

Now shampoo and conditioner is a WHOLE other story! It's not all the same! I always say if you're going to spend your money on something, make it be the shamp/conditioner and a good professional coloring. All the other gobs of products and treatments aren't that necessary.

For cheaper budgets, I love Matrix Sleek Look. Very conditioning, gives your hair that shine, but doesn't weigh it down. And even if it does weigh it down a bit, it's no match for your boar bristle comb!!

And if you're reeeally serious about great hair care and/or you are just plain rich, go for Pureology Nanoworks. Nanoworks, not just any Pureology. The Nanoworks line. This stuff. is. amazing. Nothing like it. Hence the price.



Ok, I could go on and on but this is taking longer than I had hoped to spend on the computer. Let me know if you have any questions (I always do).

Also let me know if you peek in people's showers, please.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Snack Time

Look who matched yesterday!
Cheesy? Sure. But I don't care. It's not like she'll let me pull this off when she's older so I'm doing it now while she has no say in it! Plus, even if  she could talk right now she'd totally want to match with me because right now she thinks I'm super cool.


Anyway, the real reason to post was this. Ruby's snack time. It's crazy.
She's growing up and during the day gets like, actually hungry, more than just breastmilk hungry, and wants snacks. I can't believe she is that age already!!
Here she is today wearing her aunt Julie's (Kevin's sister) sweatshirt from when she was little. Kevin's mom cross-stitched a bunny along with the date (1990) so it's extra special. So, SO stinkin' cute. 1990 doesn't seem that long ago but it was 20 years ago. I can't believe that!


Go Rubinator! (As someone at the grocery store once called her and it stuck)

Monday, November 15, 2010

My Baby Must Haves

I have only been a Mom for 8 1/2 months (not including the 9 she spent inside me of course) but I have found in that time some things that I love and will use with all my babies, and some things that I found to be unnecessary.


Love:
The Moby Wrap. My all-time absolute MUST HAVE, favorite product of all. Can I make it any more clear?? They look weird and intimidating if you've never used one, but the moment you do...you'll fall in love. Not only will you fall in love...your sweet little baby will. Even if Ruby was not tired, if I put her in this as an infant she was asleep within seconds. They love the warmth of being next to their Momma, they are right on your chest so they hear your heartbeat like they did in the womb, and they go everywhere with you, feeling the sway of your walk, the sound of your voice...it's just all so good.

The Bumbo. We used this all the time. Perfect for them to feel big sitting up, and for you to have a break from holding them all the time. I used to set Ruby up on the counter and she'd watch me cook everyday. Because babies like to up with you, not laying on the floor while all the action is counter-top level and above. You have to be careful, though, because once they get big and strong enough (like she is now) they can work themselves out of it, so no counter sitting!! But for when they are too little to sit on their own, this is great.


Some sort of Jumper. We got this one as a gift from my sweet Nanny, and it's a little big. If I had to choose I'd do something smaller like a Johnny Jump Up, but this also has more things on the side for her to play with. She went through a phase where she LOVED this thing. It worked her leg muscles and she loved showing off. If you think it gave me some time to get stuff done while she was in it you're wrong... She ONLY liked it if you were right there, sitting across from her making sounds like you were impressed by her.

Soft baby clothes. I will never ever ever dress my newborns in jeans, shoes, corduroy vests, beaded shirts, etc. They just came from the womb, the safest, most natural place on earth. Our world is toxic enough for them to come out to, I don't need to dress them like a teenager when they are weeks old. (Can you tell this is one of my pet peeves?)

Hate to admit it, but pacifiers. We're being very cautious to not get her addicted to it (for instance, we don't shove it in her mouth anytime she fusses a bit) and we only use it for sleeping or in the car, not regular daytime play. But it soothes her and well, pacifies her, and I'd want it if I were her. So we don't leave the house without one, and I assume all my babies will like these.

Cloth diapers. We all know how I feel about them. Got introduced to them by my sister, and have been hooked ever since. I love cloth diapering. Everything about it. It's better in every single sense of the matter so why the heck not do it? This is another one of those "looks weird and intimidating" at first type of things, but once you try it for yourself you have one of those light bulb moments like "why have I not been doing this all along?!".



Now for things I thought I needed but could have done without:

The Boppy. I never really used it for breastfeeding. It almost made nursing her more awkward and uncomfortable. I preferred holding her myself and we fit together like a puzzle, instead of this big bulky round thing in the way.
***Post Edit: After writing this today I thought I'd try the Boppy again while nursing Ruby to sleep becaue I hadn't in forever. I was very wrong. I think I love it. Now that she's bigger and heavier it really takes a lot of the weight off and makes my posture so much better. So...I was wrong.
Bottles. I stay home and breastfeed her...I'm not sure why I registered for (and got) so many bottles? Never used any of them but one, and that's on the rare occasion somebody watches her for a long period of time.

Johnson & Johnson Baby Care products. Have tons of them and never ever used them. I'm not going to put all that crap on my precious newborn! I won't even put it on Ruby now. Perfumes and dyes and chemicals to put on your baby's skin (which is soaked into their bloodstream) just so they can "smell like a baby"? Leave your babies' skin alone and THAT'S what smelling like a baby is. And it's waaay more precious than  what J&J can come up with, I promise.



Anyway, that's my little two cents.
What are some of your Baby Must-Haves?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Patience Testing



Oh, Clarence...

(these are just two out of probably seven or eight he's destroyed)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Proud

proud
–adjective
1. feeling pleasure or satisfaction over something regarded as highly honorable or creditable to oneself (i.e. standing for however long one wishes, no assistance from parents needed, thank you).

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thankful Thursday


Today I am thankful for these people.
I have clients that tell me they get so happy when the weekend is over because they get to go back to work and be with adults and the kids are back in school.
Why?
And I have clients who tell me about all the problems they are having with their crappy husbands. And how terribly they respond to their husband's crappiness.

And it just makes me sit back, sigh, and thank Yahweh for a life of goodness and peace and joy.
Not because we're better, or because God picks and chooses who He's going to bless.
But because WE choose to be blessed. We choose a life of honesty, and faithfulness, and transparency. We choose to have clean hands and a pure heart. We choose to lay our lives down for one another to bless our spouse. We choose to count the things of this world a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of family, one another, and our Father.

It's a good, good life, and I think everyone should live it.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Quack Quack!

Today the weather was too beautiful to not spend at least some of it outside. So that's what we did. We went and fed ducks when Dad got home...




{Check out that Professor Brown duck!}



Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Night At The Kiehns

We live a simple, fun life filled with laughter and beats made with our feet stomping on the floor and clapping our hands for the high notes. Here's our Tuesday night, captured in photos.








Monday, November 29, 2010

Free At Last!

I just permanently deleted my Facebook account (it's like going through customs with a bag full of cocaine, by the way) and am so glad I did.
That stinkin website...speaking of cocaine! I found myself on there literally multiple times a day, just checking here and there. And I slowly found myself detesting it every time I got on, but kept getting on.
So I've come to a place where I, like always, have questioned my motives.

Why did I have a Facebook?
Why was I interested in knowing what other people were thinking all day?
Why do I want more comments, and hop on the computer a number of times a day to see what people have said about my most recent picture upload? My most recent status update? Why do I care so greatly what people think?

So then I have to ask myself the same questions for this very blog. Why? Why do I make sure my pictures look a certain way? Why do I want comments on them, etc?

We have got to stop caring so much what people think. We miss out on real life with our kids because when our sweet baby or toddler or teenager does something cool our first thought is "this would make a great blog!" instead of "I'm going to revel in this moment with my family."

So after much deliberation on whether to even keep my blog or not, I've come to this:
(liable to change, I live my life by the Spirit, so ya never know)
That I am keeping this blog for me and for my family.
I don't scrapbook, I am kind of bad at getting pictures printed.
But there are websites that print your blog into book form, and that. is. awesome.
So I'm keeping my blog, I'm keeping pictures of us and our life. 
But I'm no longer writing and keeping record from the perspective of showing YOU ALL what we're up to, what our lives are like, I'm writing it from the perspective that I'm keeping a family "journal", a digital scrapbook, that my kids will read one day and get to see what life was like when they were babies, etc. This blog [book] is to my kids, to us as a family, and that's how I see it from this point on.

So sure, it's probably not going to be that fun for you to read anymore. I will probably never get any comments. You can go ahead and take me off your blog roll if you'd like, seriously. Because it's not about keeping up with the blogging Jones' anymore, it's about documenting my simple, sweet life.  

So with that being said...I love you Kevin, and I love you Ruby. You guys are my life. I thank Yahweh for trusting me to be your wife and your momma.  

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Park

Ruby's new favorite place.
She smiled the entire time. She squealed and bounced her legs in the swing. She leaned towards the slide as soon as we got off of it to go down again.
And the best part is, it's just two blocks from our house.
So we bundle up and can walk there anytime we want!






Monday, November 22, 2010

Q: Does Ruby Love Her Life?

A: Most definitely.
(Family members feel free to set this as your desktop and be prepared to smile every time you have to get on the computer...)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday

 Today I am thankful for our amazing local library. I think it's so important to have something like this in every community, and every time I walk into this place I am thankful for it's resources, it's stature, and that it's free.

 She talked the entire time she played with this. I love kids' imaginations.


 Our Baby Bookworm club. Meets every Thursday morning. Ruby loves it. She bounces on my lap and squeals and looks at the other babies like "wanna play?"

Ruby in all her glory.
On the floor with people her age and size. Plus bubbles.
She is such a people person, it cracks us up.
She may be a little bit like me.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Products I Use

I am always interested in what products people use for what.
In fact, I always peek in people's showers when I visit their house to see what type of shampoo/conditioner they use. Is that wrong? Kevin thinks it's crazy.
So, in case there is anybody out there like me, here's what I use on the daily.

Deodorant: Tom's All Natural in Apricot.
Natural. Works. I love it.

Facewash: This changes, but lately I've been using Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Acne Scrub. A little drying and definitely not all natural. But I like it fine for now. I also use Neutrogena Oil-Free face moisturizer. Nice and light, I like that.
MAC eyeshadow. There is none like it, I'm sorry. And at $14.50 a pop, there ought not be.
Whatever blush. I have Cover Girl, I have MAC, I have some Sephora stuff. Just whatever.

Bare Minerals foundation in Medium Beige. I love this becaue it's not cakey, looks natural, and covers well. I don't love this because it doesn't last long, being fluffy and powdery and they don't put enough product in the container!
I know it's sounding like I spend tons of money on makeup, but I'm a firm believer in buying small amounts of higher quality things is way better than tons and tons of cheap crap.

Maybelline Full & Soft for mascara. This is ole' faithful. I've used this for forever and it's just GREAT. Non-clumpy, never clumps. I don't like clumps.


To style my hair, I use a Boar Bristle teasing comb like this. You haven't teased your hair until you've had a comb like this. I LOVE this. I use it on every single client that will let me (and only 2 won't. They like flatter hair. I know, right?!) You can find them online anywhere.
Once I've teased my hair I spray hairspray at the "ratted" parts. Then use the same teasing comb to comb it all down into the way I want it, then do a light spray with the hairspray all over to hold that style into place. (not too much, you don't want helmet head!)
I like this hairspray, TIGI Maxxed Out because it's strong, but really the main reason I bought it is because it's the only non-aerosol hairspray our beauty supplier carries. Give me a break! Hopefully other brands will catch on that it's not cool to only have aerosol and make pump style bottles soon.
I'd do Walmart hairspray for all I care. I just have to have name brands for my client's sake.
But it's all just a bunch of alcohol so use whatever hairspray you like, in my opinion.

Now shampoo and conditioner is a WHOLE other story! It's not all the same! I always say if you're going to spend your money on something, make it be the shamp/conditioner and a good professional coloring. All the other gobs of products and treatments aren't that necessary.

For cheaper budgets, I love Matrix Sleek Look. Very conditioning, gives your hair that shine, but doesn't weigh it down. And even if it does weigh it down a bit, it's no match for your boar bristle comb!!

And if you're reeeally serious about great hair care and/or you are just plain rich, go for Pureology Nanoworks. Nanoworks, not just any Pureology. The Nanoworks line. This stuff. is. amazing. Nothing like it. Hence the price.



Ok, I could go on and on but this is taking longer than I had hoped to spend on the computer. Let me know if you have any questions (I always do).

Also let me know if you peek in people's showers, please.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Snack Time

Look who matched yesterday!
Cheesy? Sure. But I don't care. It's not like she'll let me pull this off when she's older so I'm doing it now while she has no say in it! Plus, even if  she could talk right now she'd totally want to match with me because right now she thinks I'm super cool.


Anyway, the real reason to post was this. Ruby's snack time. It's crazy.
She's growing up and during the day gets like, actually hungry, more than just breastmilk hungry, and wants snacks. I can't believe she is that age already!!
Here she is today wearing her aunt Julie's (Kevin's sister) sweatshirt from when she was little. Kevin's mom cross-stitched a bunny along with the date (1990) so it's extra special. So, SO stinkin' cute. 1990 doesn't seem that long ago but it was 20 years ago. I can't believe that!


Go Rubinator! (As someone at the grocery store once called her and it stuck)

Monday, November 15, 2010

My Baby Must Haves

I have only been a Mom for 8 1/2 months (not including the 9 she spent inside me of course) but I have found in that time some things that I love and will use with all my babies, and some things that I found to be unnecessary.


Love:
The Moby Wrap. My all-time absolute MUST HAVE, favorite product of all. Can I make it any more clear?? They look weird and intimidating if you've never used one, but the moment you do...you'll fall in love. Not only will you fall in love...your sweet little baby will. Even if Ruby was not tired, if I put her in this as an infant she was asleep within seconds. They love the warmth of being next to their Momma, they are right on your chest so they hear your heartbeat like they did in the womb, and they go everywhere with you, feeling the sway of your walk, the sound of your voice...it's just all so good.

The Bumbo. We used this all the time. Perfect for them to feel big sitting up, and for you to have a break from holding them all the time. I used to set Ruby up on the counter and she'd watch me cook everyday. Because babies like to up with you, not laying on the floor while all the action is counter-top level and above. You have to be careful, though, because once they get big and strong enough (like she is now) they can work themselves out of it, so no counter sitting!! But for when they are too little to sit on their own, this is great.


Some sort of Jumper. We got this one as a gift from my sweet Nanny, and it's a little big. If I had to choose I'd do something smaller like a Johnny Jump Up, but this also has more things on the side for her to play with. She went through a phase where she LOVED this thing. It worked her leg muscles and she loved showing off. If you think it gave me some time to get stuff done while she was in it you're wrong... She ONLY liked it if you were right there, sitting across from her making sounds like you were impressed by her.

Soft baby clothes. I will never ever ever dress my newborns in jeans, shoes, corduroy vests, beaded shirts, etc. They just came from the womb, the safest, most natural place on earth. Our world is toxic enough for them to come out to, I don't need to dress them like a teenager when they are weeks old. (Can you tell this is one of my pet peeves?)

Hate to admit it, but pacifiers. We're being very cautious to not get her addicted to it (for instance, we don't shove it in her mouth anytime she fusses a bit) and we only use it for sleeping or in the car, not regular daytime play. But it soothes her and well, pacifies her, and I'd want it if I were her. So we don't leave the house without one, and I assume all my babies will like these.

Cloth diapers. We all know how I feel about them. Got introduced to them by my sister, and have been hooked ever since. I love cloth diapering. Everything about it. It's better in every single sense of the matter so why the heck not do it? This is another one of those "looks weird and intimidating" at first type of things, but once you try it for yourself you have one of those light bulb moments like "why have I not been doing this all along?!".



Now for things I thought I needed but could have done without:

The Boppy. I never really used it for breastfeeding. It almost made nursing her more awkward and uncomfortable. I preferred holding her myself and we fit together like a puzzle, instead of this big bulky round thing in the way.
***Post Edit: After writing this today I thought I'd try the Boppy again while nursing Ruby to sleep becaue I hadn't in forever. I was very wrong. I think I love it. Now that she's bigger and heavier it really takes a lot of the weight off and makes my posture so much better. So...I was wrong.
Bottles. I stay home and breastfeed her...I'm not sure why I registered for (and got) so many bottles? Never used any of them but one, and that's on the rare occasion somebody watches her for a long period of time.

Johnson & Johnson Baby Care products. Have tons of them and never ever used them. I'm not going to put all that crap on my precious newborn! I won't even put it on Ruby now. Perfumes and dyes and chemicals to put on your baby's skin (which is soaked into their bloodstream) just so they can "smell like a baby"? Leave your babies' skin alone and THAT'S what smelling like a baby is. And it's waaay more precious than  what J&J can come up with, I promise.



Anyway, that's my little two cents.
What are some of your Baby Must-Haves?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Patience Testing



Oh, Clarence...

(these are just two out of probably seven or eight he's destroyed)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Proud

proud
–adjective
1. feeling pleasure or satisfaction over something regarded as highly honorable or creditable to oneself (i.e. standing for however long one wishes, no assistance from parents needed, thank you).

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thankful Thursday


Today I am thankful for these people.
I have clients that tell me they get so happy when the weekend is over because they get to go back to work and be with adults and the kids are back in school.
Why?
And I have clients who tell me about all the problems they are having with their crappy husbands. And how terribly they respond to their husband's crappiness.

And it just makes me sit back, sigh, and thank Yahweh for a life of goodness and peace and joy.
Not because we're better, or because God picks and chooses who He's going to bless.
But because WE choose to be blessed. We choose a life of honesty, and faithfulness, and transparency. We choose to have clean hands and a pure heart. We choose to lay our lives down for one another to bless our spouse. We choose to count the things of this world a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of family, one another, and our Father.

It's a good, good life, and I think everyone should live it.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Quack Quack!

Today the weather was too beautiful to not spend at least some of it outside. So that's what we did. We went and fed ducks when Dad got home...




{Check out that Professor Brown duck!}