Tuesday, September 30, 2008



Jackson's reaction to my Bumkins musings...

Me: So, I've been doing some research on something and I think it will save us a lot of money...

Jax: What?

Me: Well, I'm interested in doing cloth diapers...


Me: Yes

Jax: NO WAY!

Me: Why not?!

Jax: I don't want to be bringing home nasty poop diapers from Minneapolis!


I don't know if the pregnancy hormones are going to my brain or what...but I am seriously considering cloth diapers (gasp!). One of my sister's friends just had a baby and she is doing cloth diapers and that got me thinking about that. I've been doing some research and I'm going to talk it over with the hubs. There is a lot to be said in favor of cloth diapers. They are so much better for the environment and they are definitely more economical. Here are some scary statistics:

- Disposable diapers are the third most common consumer product in landfills today.
- A disposable diaper may take up to 500 years to decompose.
- One baby in disposable diapers will contribute at least 1 ton of waste to your local landfill.
- According to a recent report about Disposable Diapers from Consumer Reports, "You can expect to spend $1,500 to $2,000 or more on disposables by the time your baby is out of them."

Yikes! None of that sounds good to me. Especially the $2,000 in diapers. Hello...that could be going in Parks' college fund not in a local landfill!

Luckily, if I do decide to cloth diaper I live in one of the most organic, hippie loving cities I know of...good old Charlottesville. I will probably be in good company if I decide to swaddle little Parks' bum with organic cloth.

Does anyone know anything about cloth diapering? I'd love to hear the pros and cons. I know cloth diapers are slightly less convenient at times but from what I've read/researched it does seem like they have come a long, long way.

This might be me and my little bumkins buddy in 9 weeks!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

It Is Finished.

I have finally picked new bedding. There's no turning back and no returning this time. Thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions! I really appreciated it. I ended up going with Serena and Lily's "Graham" Bedding. It was something Jackson and I both loved (a difficult accomplishment). I will post pictures of the nursery when we get things all set up. I've got a shower this coming Saturday and then the Saturday after that! I'm so excited :)

Here's a picture of the bedding.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Nursery Help Needed!

After my nursery nightmare with RH, I feel totally adrift in my nursery planning. Having to start from scratch has been a real pain. I am having such a hard time finding anything I like (that is also affordable). The only things I have to work around are: pretty stone/khaki walls, an espresso traditional crib, a "coffee" colored glider, and a baby blue painted family heirloom chest. So basically I have a blank slate but whatever I pick needs to go with the baby blue chest.

Finding cute crib bedding (for a boy) has been a much harder task than I ever imagined. I am desperate for something I really like. I have tried to make myself like a whole bunch of things, but when it comes down to it, I just don't like. Take themes for instance... I just cannot do a themed crib bedding. Jungle, safari, zoo, trains, planes, automobiles, lambs...I can't do it. They are cute, but I just know that I would walk into the nursery and feel like it wasn't right. Then you have the mod crib bedding. Ultra sleek, mod dots, very trendy and I'm just not sure that is me either. Maybe if I lived in an NYC loft it would be more appropriate, but I'm just not crazy about that look either.

The more I think about it, the more I think I want something simple, classic and preppy, maybe with a hint of nautical charm. That is really more my style anyways....now if I could just find a crib bedding designer who had my taste!!! If you see anything that meets this description please let me know!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Buyer Beware...Again!

Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Buyer that is. A couple months ago I purchased Parks' crib bedding from RH Baby & Child. I was overcome with delight when I saw their new line and fell in love their chic, sophisticated nurseries. I quickly chose my favorite bedding set for Parks and placed an order. Well, two months later when everything finally arrived (most of it was already backordered...pain that) I realize that none of the pieces match! This really pains me because one of the neat things about their line is that you pick a color theme: silver sage, petal or cloud, and then design your whole nursery around that color choice. Well I picked cloud and ordered 4 different items in "cloud". NONE OF THE "CLOUD"s MATCH! I got four very different shades of blue! I put the crib bedding together and it looks like I picked out colors in the dark! I was sooo disappointed. I would have been better off going to target and picking something from their chic DwellStudio line.

Needless to say I am returning all of the mis-matched merchandise and starting from scratch. Thank goodness I ordered it when I did and I still have time to start over. Restoration Hardware doesn't have any stores carrying the "Baby and Child" line right now and I can see why...the merchandise would never sell if people actually saw the bedding sets without being photoshopped first.

Just like with the Wendy's scam, I want my readers to be well-informed of corporate giant's trickery! No need to thank me for this public service announcement!

Nice Try RH!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Youth Pastor's Wife

So being the Youth Pastor's wife, lately I've been getting used to:

-Driving to church alone and sitting alone in church...(I have a new respect for pastor's wives who do this every Sunday, especially with kids)
-My husband's cell phone blowing up with text messages from teenagers (boys and girls) about their sports game and life issues
-Our dinner conversations revolving around good icebreakers for youth group
-Always having brownie mix in my pantry to whip up an impromptu dessert for a youth event or community group meeting at our house

I really don't think anything could have prepared me for what ministry is like. So far, it has been a mixture of blessings and trials. I've learned that spiritual warfare is real and that ministry is not for the fainthearted. There have been times when I have questioned if I can do it or if ministry is "for me". But, God always gives us grace sufficient for the need and reassures me we are right where He wants us. Bottom line, I love our Portico family and love doing life with these people. We are blessed indeed!

Here are some pictures from the Connect overnight trip to Smith Mountain Lake: