Sunday, November 23, 2008 has been way too long

I have been a bad, bad blogger and I am going to correct the error of my ways. I promise. We have been busy. Life with an almost 17 month old is nothing if not interesting. Asher is a crazy crasher man! He is into everything and is showing his independence like mad! Right now he is trying to put on Mike's slippers and having a time of it!

He has a vocab that I think would impress a speech therapist. His new thing is saying "It's gone" when he has eaten everything and asking us to read books. He brings us the book he wants, says "book", turns around and heads to the reading chair and says "OK". It's really cute, until he wants you to read Brown Bear for the 10th time in 3 hours! His favorite book is Moo, Moo, Brown Cow and he asks for it by saying "Moo, moo?". I love that he reads, but will admit that there are books that has been "lost" after reading them time and time again!

We are continuing to make ecologically friendly lifestyle changes. We now use only cloth napkins and Asher is in cloth diapers almost full time. I hope to have him in cloth diapers full time soon after the new year. I need some easier ones for Mom and Aunt Karen (I need to talk to her about this-note to self) for Mondays and Fridays and some more absorbant ones for nighttime. I tried overnights once and it was a soaking wet failure! Also, I am making most of our cleaning supplies. It is amazing what you can do if you research. I have found that all of our changes have also been easy on the pocket book. Who would have guessed that committing to going green could save you money! This spring we are going to get a compost bin for our back deck. I will be nice to have somewhere other than our disposal to throw scraps and we will have some nice soil someday for growing yummy strawberries!

We are also taking this challenge for Christmas. Most of the gifts we are giving will be made by myself. I have been scouring the internet for great projects and I think I have found some really good ones. I am so fortunate that I am creative and crafty. I love having a project going. Right now I have about 10 going, so that is a little overwhelming, but I have it under control (I think).

If you have been wondering what to get Asher for Christmas, here is a list of things Asher might be into this coming year.

I'll leave you with the promise that I will post more often. I forget that it doesn't take as long as I think it will. Here are some pictures from the fall. I can't believe it is almost winter!