Category Archives: Josh

Fabulous Friday: Josh’s Beard

Posted by: Maggie

I am not usually a fan of facial hair. At all. On anyone. However, Josh got lazy and decided to grow a beard. Just so he wouldn’t have to shave and just to see what it would look like on him. He hasn’t grown a beard for about 7 or 8 years so he thought he’d try it out. And you know what? I kinda like it.

I think it’s a little adorable. And it has gray and blonde hairs in it! Pretty cute!

Isn’t my husband handsome?!

Happy Friday friends! Hope you’ve enjoyed my husband’s ruggedly masculine new look!

The Stuff I Love

Posted by: Maggie

Okay, I’m finally back to blogging after being out sick most of the week. I promised this post a couple days ago and here it finally is!

In general I’m not attached to stuff. I like furniture and decor because of how they make a room feel rather than my particular attachment to any one piece. I don’t go hunting for the perfect anything. I’m a lazy shopper. I’m broke. I prefer people to things. All of these are perfectly good reasons why I don’t care all that much about my things. BUT there are a very few exceptions to this rule. Only 3 that I could think of. If I think of more, I’ll blog about them another time. But for now here are the 3 things I love. (Although none enough to save from a burning building).

1. Eleanor’s Baby Clothes.

We recently went through our six big plastic bins full of Eleanor clothes that we had been amassing to decide what we wanted to keep and what we wanted to give away or sell. We ended up with a little more than one full bin of clothes that either Josh or I felt attached to because we had memories of what was happening when she wore them, or because they were just too adorable to get rid of. I think because she was our first child I put a lot of my heart into choosing some of those outfits she wore in her first year and I really like just knowing they are here if I want to see them again. Sorry I don’t have pictures. I didn’t take any when we went through the clothes and I didn’t want to pull the bin out again. But if you go through the archives of the blog, you’ll probably see a lot of our favorite outfits on her.

2. My Books.

I will admit that literature is as close to a religion as I’ll ever have. I worship books. I adore them. I hate to get rid of any book, even textbooks, although, we did get rid of most of our textbooks last time we moved, because Josh insisted. I love my collection of books. They stand in four bookcases in my living room and in various other piles around the house.

I won’t check books out of the library because I want to own every book I’ve ever read, even the bad ones. Although, I’m generally picky about what I’ll read and have varied tastes so I very rarely read something I don’t love. I won’t loan books, unless it’s someone that I completely trust will return the book to me.

I also have other odd quirks about books. I hate when people write in them. It make my skin crawl. It feels sacrilegious.

3. My Helmet

I wrote about my disability awhile ago. In case you missed it, I’ll give you the short version again:

I have Arthrogryposis. Arthrogryposis is a term used to describe rare congenital conditions characterized by multiple joint contractures (have you ever noticed that my arms don’t extend fully? they are at permanent 90 and 120 degree angles, I try to avoid it in pictures by folding my arms, putting them on my hips or behind my back) and can include muscle weakness and growth retardation (why I’m only 4′11”). They think the muscular conditions occur because the nerves have failed to tell the muscles how to behave properly. It mostly affects the joints. In some people it affects all joints, and in me it affects my elbows, hips, knees, ankles, and toes. I had a bunch of surgeries when I was a baby to fix the joint contractures in my legs and another surgery on my feet and ankles when I was 14.

I can’t complain too much though. A lot of people with Arthrogryposis can’t walk and I walk just fine, just not long distances or up more than one flight of stairs at a time. I can’t run though and I have very low muscle tone which I can’t really improve much or very easily. What it really means is that I’m somewhat physically limited and I live with a fair amount of joint pain on a regular basis.

Anyways, it’s not a huge deal. I’m used to it.

But when I was little, it took a long time for me to learn to walk and then when I did I didn’t do it so well. I fell down. A lot. It was especially difficult because I wore braces on my ankles, which made my balance more difficult. Everyone was concerned I was going to break my head open so I had to wear this helmet from about 3 through 6. I’m glad I’ve kept it (my mom still has my tiny feet braces). It’s a good reminder of my weaknesses and accomplishments and it’s pretty funny to get to show people my awesome little helmet.

Talking to my mom about all this. She says that maybe there is a change that happens when you have kids. You stop keeping things of your own and start just saving their things. That sounds about right to me.

Valentine’s Day 2011

Posted by: Maggie

As usual Valentine’s Day was low key at the KG house. We celebrated the day before, Sunday, by exchanging cards and gifts. Josh got me a bouquet of my favorite flower, white Calla Lillies, and a box of my favorite chocolates, See’s Nuts & Chews. I got him a brass owl paperweight and a new pair of sunglasses (sorry I didn’t take photos of those, maybe I’ll save them for a Fabulous Friday post!).

In the evening I started preparing Eleanor’s Valentines for her class. As usual, I went a tad overboard. I’m so bad at doing things simple and casual, it’s really annoying to have the compulsive need to go over the top. ALL THE TIME. Although, in my head these projects always seem smaller and easier than they end up being.

I designed some Photo Valentines a few weeks prior and had them printed for pretty cheap by my photo printing vendor. I figured that was the best way for the other kids to know who their valentine was from, since they can’t read yet. Also I sorta hate the cheap, boring, princess Valentines from the grocery store. Then I thought I’d hole punch them and tie them with ribbons to goodie bags. Seems simple right? Except then I thought it would be fun to make the goodies instead of just buying candies. And I thought about just making a batch of cookies, but then somehow I switched that to Rice Krispie Treats with HEART SPRINKLES!! Too cute!

And then I found a heart shaped cookie cutter in my kitchen and decided I should cut the treats into hearts, because that would be soooooooo adorable! You can see how things got out of hand.

It took FOREVER to cut them, put them in their individual bags, hole punch the cards, tie them with ribbon, and curl the ribbon! A much more time consuming project than I had originally planned! But they did turn out incredibly cute!

Oh, and I also decided to make chocolate-covered strawberries for Eleanor’s class party. I am some sort of masochist. It makes Josh a little crazy.

Valentine’s Day morning I made Eleanor a strawberry smoothie and Josh had brought her home some donut holes! She was actually more interested in her cereal! Funny girl!

She wore her specially chosen, red apple Valentine’s Day dress to school. We did a mini portrait session before getting in the car.

Isn’t she the cutest little Valentine ever! She had a great time at her class party and enjoyed the tons of candy and lollipops from her classmates over the next two weeks! Valentine’s Day is kinda awesome!