May 2019 Goals

We have been doing terribly at updating this blog. It’s time to fix that. It’s also time to list our goals. After all, you’re more likely to do something if you right it down, right? 😉

 

May 2019 Goals

  • Work on a furniture project or two.
  • Declutter & organize.
  • Finish the playhouse for our son.
  • Take pictures of the OKC Underground.
  • Take a trip to Bartlesville and Tulsa.
  • Have a yard sale.
  • Get a rhythm going.
  • Work on this blog more often!
  • Grow our business.

 

What are your goals for May 2019? Post a comment below and let me know!

Soaking Seeds

With spring finally here, it’s time to get planting. I’ve waited a long time, perhaps too long. Good thing Oklahoma has a long growing season. Most times, I’m able to harvest tomatoes until November. Which is a good thing, considering for some odd reason that most people who grow tomatoes up here don’t actually get flowers until August and tomatoes until late September.

I’m trying to start plants from seeds this year. I’m normally not so good at growing plants from seed, but I’m hoping this year will be different. I’ve discovered the art of soaking seeds. Place your seeds in a cup of water and soak at least 8 hours, but no more than 24-48 hours, depending on the type of seed. The sow as directed on the seed package. We’ll see how it works out.

Say a prayer for me and cross your fingers. Hopefully this time we don’t have to resort to buying plants!

6 Baby Items I Can’t Live Without

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Baby Girl is 16 weeks old. With raising her and Boo, I’m feeling fairly seasoned. I know there’s a lot more to learn, but that’ll come with any other babies we have.

As parents, we love our babies. We love to care for them. Thankfully, we have so many products that can help make our jobs easier. Here are 6 of my favorite items I can’t live without.

1. Baby Wrap

My #1 must have product to get anything done or go anywhere during the first 4 months is the baby wrap.  I currently own a Kea Babies Wrap. I love this wrap. The knit fabric does not stretch as much as the more expensive Moby Wrap. It’s cheap and easy to wrap. I’ve used it for walking in Downtown OKC, the Amarillo Zoo, and even cleaning at home. When Boo was a baby, I used it for walking in Downtown Guthrie and to the Medieval Fair in Norman.

Wraps can also help if your baby suffers from colic or acid reflux. They promote kangaroo care. Nursing in one is also pretty easy. Most young babies will snooze away in them.

2. Diaper Rash Cream

Our poor babies. Almost every baby has had a case of diaper rash at one time or another. With Boo I used Destin. It worked like a charm. But with Baby Girl… Destin hasn’t worked so well.

What works better? Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. Not only does it smell nice, but it heals her little bottom right up.

3. Gripe Water

This is one item I didn’t have to use with Boo. With Baby Girl, however, that’s a different story. Baby Girl had what we thought was colic. She’d cry three hours a day, almost every day, and nothing seemed to help. She had green, mucus-filled poopy diapers. She was gassy and I felt like that was what was causing her colic.

I did some research, found dairy is a culprit of colic, and I cut it out. It would be a few weeks until the proteins were out of my body, however. In the mean time (and because I still might accidentally get into some dairy, since going dairy-free is HARD), if she seemed to hurt from colic, I’d give her a dose. I followed the dosing instructions, both in amount (or less than the amount by age) and in the timing. Gripe water made all the difference.

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, and I don’t claim to be. Ask your pediatrician if gripe water is best for your baby.

4. Baby Swing

This swing has been a lifesaver. Ry’s mom gave us and Baby Girl a swing for Christmas. It helps us entertain her and keep her asleep. She doesn’t sleep for long when she lays in her bassinet by herself.

Our swing plays music, has a removable mobile, and an adjustable rocking setting, as well as a timer. You can strap your baby in with the five-point harness.

5. Baby Bouncer Chair

Given to me when I had Boo, this bouncer chair works great in the bathroom for when I’m getting ready in the morning or showering.

As a mom, this is a lifesaver. Even if it only lasts 5-10 minutes in keeping them happy, it’s worth it for a shower!

Our bouncer chair plays music on a low and high setting and vibrates. It also had a removable mobile and a three-point safety harness.

6. Baby Changing Mat

It’s so helpful to be able to put a mat down on any safe surface to change a baby quickly. With Boo, I had a changing table. With Baby Girl, I don’t have that time I did.

I simply use her changing mat, normally on the floor. If I use it on the couch, I keep a hand on her at all times.

I love that changing mats are easy to clean, comfy, and you can choose or make epic, soft covers for them.

BONUS! Baby Play Mat

Baby Girl actually got this for Christmas from her Gigi. (Thanks again, Gigi!). Her baby play mat has fish and sea creatures. It fills up with water on the inside and the outside ring fills with air.

Baby Girl isn’t a huge fan of tummy time, but this mat helps keep her attention so she doesn’t get mad as fast.

Amarillo

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The wispy clouds set high in the sky. It had been a long journey to Amarillo, especially with known obstacles like needing to stop to change and nurse Baby Girl. We also encountered other obstacles like road work that reduced us down to one lane and an oversized load who couldn’t decide whether or not to do the speed limit.

It was my first time driving in Texas. The speed limits are higher (needed, otherwise, it would take you all day to get across the state), but it’s important to note that they have some narrow roads in places. It’s kind of odd the amount of “road work ended” signs they have, mainly because they don’t have all that many “road work begins” signs.

Cotton Bales

Cotton Bales

We came for a few reasons. First, so Ry could get pictures of the rail yards. Second, so we could see downtown. Third, so we could visit the Cadillac Ranch. Our fourth and final reason was so we could take Boo and Baby Girl the Amarillo Zoo.

When we arrived, after 3:00 pm, we drove towards downtown. Ry captured some pictures of the rail yard via the highway bridge that rises above it. After a quick driving tour, we drove to get something to eat. We hadn’t eaten since before leaving town that morning, besides the snacks we had packed. Boo, who had just woken up from his nap, was starving. We went to three different places, one of which was Wienerschnitzel. It was great! If you’re ever in Texas, you must try it. They serve hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice cream.

After this, we went to book our hotel. Our cards refused to work on Expedia, so I went into the La Quinta Midtown and booked it myself.  It ended up costing the same price as online. (We later learned that our bank has a new policy of needing us to call before we book using Expedia.) We rested for a bit. Baby Girl laughed for the first time, which was music to our tired ears.

An hour later we headed downtown again. We went to check out the new development that had just been built. Unfortunately, it was too new. There weren’t any stores in it yet! We ended up parking elsewhere to try to walk down the streets. We didn’t get very far – the wind was way too cold and strong. We ended up going back to Wienerschnitzel then to the hotel.

We didn’t sleep well that night. We both had some strange dreams. Ry had a dream someone tried to break into our hotel room because the door hadn’t latched properly. Imagine his horror when he woke up and tried it and it didn’t latch properly. It took pushing and shoving against the door to get it to latch.

The next morning, we searched for breakfast after checking out. We decided on a burrito place called the Burrito Stop. It’s another excellent place you should try if you’re ever in Amarillo! They not only serve breakfast but lunch as well. They serve delicious breakfast burritos which you can customize.

The next stop was the Cadillac Ranch. On our way there, Ry told me that the millionaire who planted the Cadillac Ranch did so because he thought rich people should do eccentric things. The millionaire’s offices were in the Chase Tower. Speaking of eccentric things, he also liked to throw water balloons down on unsuspecting passersby. He collaborated with the group, The Ant Farm, to plant the Cadillacs, plus he funded many different art projects.

At the Cadillac Ranch, the wind blew fiercely against us. Boo ran against it, but ended up at the same pace we were walking at. We snapped some pictures and by that time, Boo was cold and ready to go back to the car.

Once we buckled everyone in, we went on a fun hunt for a store called Hobby Time. The GPS took us to the airport. The Tradewinds Airport would be an interesting place to explore, but not where we were seeking to go. After a call to the store for directions, we were on our way to the right address.

Their store was nice. Besides Hobby Lobby, it’s the biggest hobby store we’ve found in the region. Plus, it was better for model railroaders. They had N through O scale model railroading locomotives, rolling stock, and supplies. They also had model car supplies, jewelry making supplies, model making supplies, and much more.

Ry found an N scale MicroTrains Burlington Northern Two Car Weathered Graffiti Two-pack. It consists of a beautiful three-bay covered hopper and a boxcar. At this time, it’s not an easy two-pack to find.

After this, we went to the zoo. On the way there, Boo took a short nap. And Siri got us lost AGAIN. Ry ended up getting me there by reading the map.

The Amarillo Zoo is a small zoo with great prices. $4 for adults and kids 2 and under are free (kids 3-12 cost only $2).

The whole zoo was ours. Besides the employees, there was no one else there. Boo loved it. Baby Girl slept in my baby wrap almost until the end. We saw monkeys, lions, tigers, bears, and so much more!

Sadly, after the zoo, it was time to go back home. We drove back across the train yard to get more pictures, then headed to Wienerschnitzel one last time. We bid Amarillo goodbye.

Here are some tips in case you are thinking about driving to Amarillo with your kids:

  1. Allow plenty of time for the journey. Especially if your kids are in diapers. You’ll need time to check out historical markers and areas, use the bathroom and change diapers, get gas, stretch your legs, play at playgrounds, and grab something to eat.
  2. Take an extra outfit for everyone (and two for the baby!). You never know when someone may get carsick, when the baby may have a blowout, or when mustard may get on your shirt.
  3. Pack LOTS of snacks. And maybe some meals.
  4. Be flexible. You never know when you might find something else you want to do.

Ry and I will be back. Next time, we will be sure to see Palo Duro Canyon, the American Quarter Horse Association Museum, and explore downtown in depth. And, of course, to go back to Hobby Time!

Have you been to Amarillo? What are your favorite things to do there? Let us know in the comments!

4 Gifts for Your Significant Other that Show Love

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Whether or not you like or celebrate Valentine’s Day, it’s always good to celebrate the one you love. You can do this many ways. You could buy flowers, chocolates, take your spouse to dinner and a movie… the options are endless! To make it super special, find out their love language and give them a gift accordingly.

Here are 4 gifts Ry or I would love to receive.

1. Pop-Up Card

How sweet are these cards!? They come in many different kinds, from flowers and trees to animals and desserts. You’re sure to find on that will fit your sweetie

2. Flirty Card Games

Does your S.O. like card games? If so, Talk, Flirt, Dare could be the perfect date night game for you! It’s perfect for a date night out or in.

3. A hot cuppa

Does your S.O. love coffee first thing in the morning? Or a camomile tea before bed? Or how about a hot chocolate on a cold wintry day? Whatever they like, this heart-shaped mug is sure to please.

4. Love coupons

These love coupons may resemble the ones you gave your mom for Mother’s Day, but make no mistake. These coupons will not only be satisfying to your spouse, but will make them adore you.

Welcome!

Welcome to The Vassar Chronicle. Our names are Christy and Ry. We created The Vassar Chronicle to share our journey in travel, parenting, marriage, and more.

Meet our family!

Ry is our navigator, historian, and maker of the family. He loves model railroading, architecture, visiting cities, history, railroads and rail travel, trying new recipes, and spending time with his family.

Christy is our writer, creator, and reader. She loves writing, learning, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Boo is our almost 3 year old. He’s our go-go-go boy. He loves cars (you should see his Hot Wheels collection) and exploring the world outside.

Baby Girl is our 2 month old. She’s our sweet angel. She likes to eat and sleep.

We hope to bless you with this blog. Whether you are reading to learn about travel, living frugally, parenting, marriage, making money, or something else, we hope to help you. Please, feel free to leave questions or comments on any blog post and we will answer them as soon as possible.