Thursday, July 29, 2010

Baby Name Options #10 - Saint's Names

My mom insisted that I add some saints names to the list since that's how my parents chose names for most of my siblings. Many of the names I've already mentioned are saints' names anyway, but here are a few that gain much of their appeal from who they once belonged to...

Anthony Latin "priceless one" I try not to list the same name twice but I had to make an exception for Anthony (also #10 on the most popular names list). St. Anthony of Padua is the patron saint of lost items, and as a kid I often remember my mom saying "Tony, Tony look around. There's something lost that must be found." You'd be amazed at how well it worked to help her find her purse, misplaced keys, and once, even Ryan!

Bede English "prayer" The Venerable St. Bede is the patron saint of scholars and is recognized as one of the Doctors of the Church.

Dominic Latin "belonging to the Lord" St. Dominic is the patron saint of astronomers, and the founder of the Dominican order, to which my sister belongs.

Francis Latin "free man" St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals.

Ignatius Latin "fiery" St. Ignatius of Loyola is the patron saint of retreats, the founder of the Jesuit order, and the saint my school was named after.

Luke Greek "from Lucanus" St. Luke wrote the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, and is the patron saint of artists and doctors.

Maximillian Latin "greatest" St. Maximillian Kolbe is the patron saint of drug addicts.

Nicholas Greek "people of victory" Also known as Santa Claus, St. Nicholas is the patron saint of bakers, brewers, brides, grooms, children, Russia, Greece, and travelers! 

Patrick Latin "noble, patrician" St. Patrick is the patron saint of engineers, Nigeria, and of course, Ireland.

St. John (SIN-jin) English saint's name. At first Noah and I were a bit baffled to find this name in our baby name book (seems a little presumptuous), but then it started turning up all over the place (as an alias for James Bond in A View to Kill, a character on Mad Men, and even in the Charlotte Brontë novel Jane Eyre). Then I looked at the list of saints and discovered that John is by far the most popular saint's name. I guess it's a nice way to honor a favorite saint, but it won't get you into heaven any faster - there are no Saint St. Johns.

Xavier Arabic "bright" St. Francis Xavier is the patron saint of missionaries, and a founding member of the Jesuit order.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Next year I'll have to plant more...

Changing Pad

Probably not a huge necessity, but a cute and easy project I put together in one afternoon. The diaper bag that we got from Noah's family came with a plain black changing pad, but the washing instructions said "spot clean or hand wash only" - not something I want to do when poop is involved! The one I made is machine washable - cotton on one side, flannel on the other, with a thin layer of cotton batting in the middle. It's almost too cute to use for it's intended purpose!

And since I loved the stripey polka dots so much, I made a bib with some of the leftover scraps. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to get some cute pictures of baby wearing it before it's covered in food stains...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Garden Salad

I love salads and nothing beats one that is homegrown and freshly picked from the garden. Yum!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Veggie Garden

My vegetable gardens have been sorely neglected this summer, but we've been getting tons of rain so they seem to be doing alright without my help. 

Romaine Lettuce
Big Boy Tomatoes

Roma Tomatoes

Chocolate Cherry Tomatoes


Leaf Lettuce


Jalepeno Peppers

Green Beans

"Hillbilly" Heirloom Tomatoes

Sweet Corn

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Week 27-35

We're at 35 weeks with only 35 days left to go! Five weeks does not seem like a long time, but I think we're just about ready for the baby to arrive. We have a crib (complete with mattress) which finally has some sheets thanks to a beautiful baby shower thrown by grandma Shirley, auntie Aimee, and cousins Chloe and Serena. We ordered a car seat online so we'll be able to bring baby home from the hospital (as long as he waits long enough for it to arrive), and I've been washing baby clothes (they take much longer to fold than I expected) and started cleaning the house to get ready for his arrival. So far our bedroom is clean...

Bird & Butterfly Garden

When we moved in I started a garden in an empty corner of our backyard to attract birds and butterflies. As usual it attracted bunnies, which bit the heads off of all the flowers as soon as they began to open! Last summer we set up a temporary fence around the garden to keep the bunnies out and give the plants a chance to get established. This summer the flowers were finally able to bloom! I'm hoping the plants are strong enough now to survive on their own so I can remove the fence next spring.


Black-Eyed Susan

Oriental Poppy

Shasta Daisy

Irish Eyes

Friday, July 16, 2010

Green Beans!

This was my second batch of green beans (and purple beans). Now I need to decide if I want to freeze or pickle the extras... I love pickled green beans!

Friday, July 9, 2010


One of the last "rooms" we have to work on in the house is our deck. Noah is working on finally getting it stained and building some furniture to replace the ugly plastic hand-me-downs that are currently out there.  He built this super sturdy bench to use as seating on one side of the table that he's making. I made the cushion which our kid-testers, Ella and Magdalene, have assured us also makes a comfy bed. Too bad we didn't make a longer bench!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Baby Name Options #9 - Swedish Names

I tried at least three times to convince Noah's sister to name one of her kids Ikea. I think it's a pretty name, although it doesn't mean anything - just an acronym made up of the first initial of the founders' last names. It does however appear in my baby name book! 

Unfortunately, I think Ikea would work better for a girl, but now that I've found this Swedish name generator, I may be able to come up with something that would work for a boy...or a table.

Wondering what your Swedish furniture name would be? Follow this link to find out: