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Life in Instagram: 08.30.12

August 30, 2012

1. A little Saturday morning painting for Hana Kate. She is getting fairly good at replicating what she sees, though obviously in artistic form. (In other words, I can at least guess what she’s drawing or painting. :)) 2. Laughing with Daddy. 3. I finally put Downton Abbey, Season 2 on hold at the library, even if I am #28 on the wait list. And then I checked Amazon Prime, and it’s now available to watch for free there. 🙂 So, of course… 4. They dressed themselves. I will remind them someday that they actually pick out matching outfits all of their own accord. 😉 5. Justus’s first time in a swing. (And Hana Kate thrilled to have Grandma T. push her!) 6. Having fun with Grandpa and Grandma. 7. Justus enjoying Grandma. 8. The many faces of Justus as he woke up from an afternoon nap. So funny!

1. More waking-up faces. 2. 🙂 3. Hmmm…someone was here. I took the kids with me to drop off and pick up some stuff at the library. I had cookies cooling, and when I came back, I saw this. Which made me very happy. 🙂 4. Justus going for a swim. 5. Playing “ladybug, ladybug, beetle” with Daddy: Hana Kate’s version for “duck, duck, goose.” 6. Spotted a $6.66 chicken in Publix. 7. We love going to Publix. Especially for the free cookies. 🙂 8. “This is me and Edie holding hands,” said Hana Kate. Poor Eden has no ears.

1. True grits. I finally made them for my in-laws and some friends last week–they were super! They took longer to cook, but were great. Thanks Charity for recommending them and thank you Carrie for gifting us with these. 2. Before and after of finally figuring out how to clean our grout for the tile floor in our kitchen. We steam mop our kitchen floor, and so it is usually clean enough to eat off of (thanks to my husband’s hard work–he is often the faithful steamer-of-floors after supper). However, the mop pushes the dirt into the grout and sort of heat-seals it in. So this week, I decided to take on the grout once and for all. Previous scrubbing hadn’t worked, and neither had clorox on the grout. We even bought some white re-paint the grout pens, which also weren’t so great. But…vinegar + baking soda did the trick! (And it’s somewhat safe for kids.) Plus, it’s good exercise for me (squatting) with recovering from SPD and trying to prevent it in the future. 3. Justus watching us. 4. The girls were so excited to do this “science experiment” with me. And I had to laugh at Hana Kate, exclaiming, “I see the clean! I found the clean!” “Let’s do more!” (It’s not everyday I take picture of my housecleaning. Either this means my life is extremely boring, or I was super excited that this actually worked. Which still means I have a pretty lame sense of “fun.” 😉 Maybe tomorrow I’ll post pictures of myself cleaning toilets. I am doing this for posterity’s sake, and if my predecessors inherit my human-interest genes, they might be like me and wonder what people used as toilets, how they took showers, etc…, as they learn the stories of human history, and that part is often strangely absent… One day, they’ll be glad I posted this stuff on Instagram.)

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  • Charity August 30, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I’m so glad y’all tried the real grits! And glad that you enjoyed them as well! They definitely take much longer to cook than the store bought junk, and require lots and lots of stirring (much to the delight of my 5yr old daughter, so the stirring is her job ;).

    Your cleaning fun cracked me up because both my husband and myself are the same way. And yes, I’m so blessed to have a husband that cleans, and cleans well. It is such a huge help currently as I’m battling that icky pregnancy sickness and exhaustion. We used to live in a house where the kitchen had white tile floors and it took SO much work for those floors to looks clean. Even after cleaning they would look dirty if you didn’t spend a considerable about of time on your hands and knees loving on that white grout. Glad our current home has linoleum kitchen floors. 🙂

    • Keren September 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Congrats, Charity! (And I’m always thankful to hear of helpful husbands.) Though, I’m sorry you are in that rough stage.

      We had a house like that, too. They were the industrial tile like in old classrooms, and no matter what they looked dirty, too. Ugh! We eventually replaced that floor. (And then there’s carpet in kitchens…) At least with this tile, I can get it quite clean with good effort. But it’s a whole lot easier to clean the linoleum in my bathroom. 🙂

  • Mom August 31, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    haha! vinegar and baking soda: blows up balloons AND scrubs floors!

    • Keren September 5, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      Actually, when they started doing it, Eden said “this is what Gwamma Hawee did! Wiff bawoons! I want Gwamma Hawee to come back.” I guess you are the baking soda and vinegar lady. 🙂 We cleaned the floor again tonight. Great fun. Really, it is for them! 🙂

  • Chelo September 4, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Hey Keren, I’m interested to know what kind of steam mop you use and if you recommend it. My husband and I are looking at getting one. The house we are now has black and white tiled floors (all the floors! talk about bold and loud) and it is so difficult to keep it clean especially the kitchen and dining area. Would appreciate your input 🙂

    Those cookies look yum delicious!

    • Keren September 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      We have the Bissell Steam & Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner. It works great, but we don’t use the “sweep” feature as much as I thought we might. (I think there are similar versions that don’t include the sweep feature.) It works well with our tile floors, but does push the dirt into the grout (shouldn’t cause a problem with linoleum or if there is no exposed/unsealed grout). Much easier than a sponge mop or scrubbing by hand and trying to keep a bucket of water hot.

      It comes with two washable pads (and you can buy more), and I like that it can kill most bacteria via heat (you just fill it with water to create the steam), rather than with chemicals.

      Sadly…those cookies are all gone… 😉