Friday, December 3, 2010
Last month I was looking at some blogs and saw a beautiful moravian star ornament and realized-- I can find instructions on how to make almost anything on here!
I've been making them like crazy, and am going to give some away in my neighborhood ornament swap. Use up some old paper, make some pretty stuff, participate in an ornament swap without spending any money? Check!
Here is the link that first caught my eye. Her stars are so lovely. At some point I am going to try wax dipping some of mine. I have to go to the thrift store and get a pot for wax melting first.
Anyone else make these little stars? Have you done the wax dipping?
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
She cried for an hour last night, and then fell asleep. Woke up a few times to nurse and slept 12 hours.
Tonight I laid her down and she protested for maybe 5 minutes and fell asleep. Ah, peace. I hope she enjoys the rest as much as I do.
Monday, November 29, 2010
It needs to be hung on a wall, with a picture of a new baby bring cradled by their parents
I hope that my children looking back on today
will remember a mother who had time to play.
Because children grow up while you're not looking.
There are years ahead for cleaning and cooking.
So, quiet now cobwebs, dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
8. Gardens-- this morning I took the toddler out and let her pick tomatos
and chew on mint leaves, and it was a lovely time. My neighbor's garden is especially nice... we
can check it out, and they kindly share and maintain it... with the two kids I think my own garden would have been long dead this year.
7. Baby bouncer thingamajigs. Lifesavers, they are!
6. Trees. I like them, and they are good. They provide shade, make oxygen, and even look pretty.
5. My best friend "Uncle Matt"... we don't see each other much recently, but that's ok. Now if Lorelei would just stop asking me incessantly to see him (he's out of town for a few weeks)
4. My mom's group. They are pretty awesome, even though my current kid situation (they nap on opposite schedules right now) means I don't get to see anyone as often as I would like. But when my kid raisin' calms down, I know they will still be there!
3. My mother
2. My husband
1. My beautiful girls
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
where I don't even have to get out of jammies to take her. If she wants to frolic naked, it's not a big deal.
18. Cat litter boxes. To have cats without these would be unpleasant indeed
17. Thrift stores. I may not always find what I'm looking for, but a few trips and I will for sure be able to add to my basic wardrobe
As a plus, the clothes are preshrunk, AND I'm being "green" by not buying new.
16. Tissues. It's cold and allergy season in Toddlerville.
15. My car. It's little, it's old, it's got a ton of miles on it, but it's still running
fine and gets me out on the days I can't stand another moment in the house with the girls.
Sometimes it even takes me out all by my lonesome! Score!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I tell her that maybe next year, when she is three, we can get some fish.
She thinks about it for a while and then says "Yes. Cats will like them"
"You want to get them for the cats?" I inquire. "Cats eat fish, Lorelei."
She thinks about it for a minute and says, "Yes. Cats will like them. Yes. A lot."
I guess that's sweet of her, wanting to keep "her" cats well fed.
25. Washers and driers (I cloth diaper and have 2 kids under age three. Enough said here....)
24. Vacuume Cleaners (see number 23)
23. Snuggly cats
22. The internet. It's pretty darn great, itsn't it?
21. Doors- They keep the out, out and the in, in. They also keep toddlers playing in their rooms until mommy
is really good and ready to get them in the morning. *bliss*
20. Modern kitchens- I'm so glad I don't have to maintain a cookfire in a room detached from the main house
because it is so likely to burn down. And the cold food is right there next to the stove in such a convenient
little box. No root cellars for me, baby.
Yes, mine is outdated.
The appliances aren't the best. The counters are a
weird orange (it's not even longhorn burnt orange... just, dark dirty looking orange)
But my toddler can take baths in the kitchen sink
while the baby hangs out in her high chair
and I cook meals, and it's overall a pretty good arrangement.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
I have a ton to share, just... not... right... now.
One tiny tidbit--- My seven month old finally cut her first tooth! Hopefully she will start sleeping better than she has the past week, now!
Time to get another nap and try to sleep off the sick.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Now on to the details... just need some antennae, and to figure out what Ivy will wear under her monster dress.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
So last Friday, almost on a whim, we bundled up the kids and some snacks and headed for Marble Falls, about an hour away from our house.
The drive was lovely, lots of wildflowers and an overall nice trip. When we got there we were pleasantly surprised by no parking charges! There are no parking charges and there is no entrance fee, just pay for what you do. And there was a lot to do! For free you could take a mini hay ride, wander around the pumpkins, take pictures, head over and check out the goats, and wander around the wildflowers.
For charge was stuff like paint your own pumpkin, picking zinnias, stuffing scarecrows, cornfield mazes, and of course buying a pumpkin (cheap compared to the stores in Austin!). There was more to do but I didn't feel like typing it all.
First thing we did was take some pictures, making sure to get at least one family photo.
|OK, this wasn't the family photo. But it IS a bit amusing, no?|
We headed over and said hi to the goats, and then waited for the tractor to take us over to the tunnel
|The Toddler's version of waiting for the tractor. I think she was tired.|
|The tunnel would have been creepy if it hadn't been so short.|
You go through the tunnel and there are zinnias, basil and marigold planted for picking your own flowers, so we got a cup to fill ($2) and let the Toddler lead the way through the flowers and point out some to pick.
At the place where you fill the cups with water, we met a friendly farm cat
Then we headed back to the other side of the tunnel and picked out some pumpkins. By this time I was getting sunburned and cranky so we were ready to head out. Three big pumpkins, plus a tiny pumpkin the Toddler picked out came out to be only slightly over $20 ($21.49 to be exact)
There was some lounging while the kiddo ran around too.
Then we headed into Marble Falls for a late lunch, deciding on River City Grille (not bad, but nothing I'd make a special trip for).
All in all, I really liked Sweet Berry Farms and recommend it. It was reasonably prices for all the activities, and there was also enough to do for a while even if you didn't want to do much in the way of activities. I think we will head there in the spring for strawberry picking too!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Today my husband took the toddler out sailing, so it's just me and the baby.
She REALLY likes the fabric I'm making my dress out of--- check it out!
Ah, the relative peace of crafting with a non-crawling baby around...
Thursday, October 7, 2010
The basic gist of how I did this was:
1. I traced a jumper of Ivy's for the general shape.
2. Cut two of each side out of this great lime fleece
3. Cut tentacles
4. Sewed the pieces together, wrong sides together with a hole left for turning it right side out. I left the hole in an area where I could easily hand stitch the pieces together since I didn't plan on topstitching them
5. Turned them right side out, using a wooden skewer to help with the tentacles
6. Hand sewed the tops of the front and back together, sewing in the straps
7. Hand appliqued the eye on-- this was easier than a standard applique because I used fleece and felt so I didn't have to worry about it unraveling
8. Hand sewed the front and back together.
9. Tried it on the baby
All in all, it took about 4 hours, not including the scrapped original plan that I started and gave up on. Not bad I don't think.
Monday, October 4, 2010
For a friend's baby shower, I made her this minky and flannel blanket. The nice thing about making stuff like this is first of all it's pretty easy, and second of all it saves a lot of money.
- Cut two pieces of fabric to the same size
- Place them inside out against each other-- meaning the "good" sides are touching each other and the back sides are facing out
- Pin around the edges and then sew around the edges leaving a small opening for turning it right side out
- Turn right side out
- Sew along the outside again to make a nice edge, making extra sure to catch the edges that were left open when turning it
Besides the money savings, and complete control over the fabric selection, I also love that it is a simple enough project that little "helpers" can't do too much harm. Lorelei spent as much time as she could petting the minky while I was sewing this, which is the main reason I didn't pin this blanket when top stitching it-- didn't want my helper to get an owie.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
I have a TON of projects to share that I have been working on since I've had minimal computer access, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, here's a toddler in a sprinkler, a bowl of ice cream, and a goofy baby on a table.
Friday, August 27, 2010
A while back my house was broken into. Then a great friend lent me a laptop. She hadn't used it much because she never really liked it, and it turns out it was a lemon, and past warranty and it died. I went out of town for a while and as soon as I got home I ordered a new laptop (hoping insurance money will exist soon) and the delivery estimate keeps getting pushed back.
I now have more than a few pictures to edit (numbering in the thousands!), sessions to get put up, a laid off husband at home, and only one laptop between us! As he has said... "I'd rather have only one bathroom than only one laptop"
Here (on my photo blog) are a few vacation pics if you wanna see some pretties... otherwise... I'll be back soon, I hope! I have a baby birthmark treatment story to share..and vacation stories.... and growing baby stories and pictures.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
She was a dream all through the appointment, and aside from the little girl who ran up to her and scared her when we first came in, she was a little bubble of happy right up until the shots, going along with everything she was supposed to and even opening her mouth for the nurse practitioner without problem. When time for shots came, I told her we'd get apple pie afterwords. Laid her back and she got the shots and screamed, but only for maybe 10 seconds! It startled Ivy too but she calmed down with only a to rocking her high chair. Moments later we were ready to leave, Lorelei following me down the hallway announcing "apple pie!" to everyone in sight!
I love it when I've braced myself for a bad time but then everything goes so well!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
One of the kids that was at the party is quite a climber and her mom had found her on top of the changing table throwing stuff on the floor from the shelves above it. I guess Lorelei rescued and hid the cream from the other kids, which I am grateful for.... but the play fridge? hah...
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I made a late night Walmart run the other night to replace a Rubbermaid tote that was used when people robbed my house .. hard to clean up when there's fabric scattered far and near.
I needed a bit of a pick me up, so I decided to take Ivy through the toy section and discovered this "Newborn" doll. Notice that it is twice the size of my three month old? I'm not convinced of it's newbornness at all.
I couldn't resist taking a picture, which oddly resulted in a bunch of people oohing and ahhing over Ivy.
Now if I could just figure out for what use they took the box that held my portable drafting table (but not the table) Did they take something long and skinny I haven't noticed yet, or did they just stick a bunch of little stuff in it? Pretty weird no matter what they did with it.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This is when I first realized she was trying to string words together more.
Lorelei comes up to me and grabs my socked foot... "socks? off? pully honey pully push pull sock off honey honey push pull off" I help her get my sock off and...... "toes! toes!!"then a few days later...
lorelei just took a new pair of shoes out of my hands and said "shoes." Then she followed me into her room where I was going to put them on her and corrected herself... "Actually, boots honey... actually, boots."I guess they were kind of boots. They were these things: http://myskidders.com/styles.html Which if you've seen them at Target the answer is "Yes, they ARE awesome." They can be thrown in the washer! Lorelei loves them. Right now she has a black skull and crossbones pair. Before, she had the white mary janes with black soles. I recommend darker colors if at all possible because though they are washable, the details kinda ravel funny when washed too many times. But I digress. On with the sillyness.
Matt's looking at the Dinosaur comic (qwantz.com) and tells Lorelei one of the dinosaurs is a dromiceiomimus. Then he asks her if she can say it. "uh huh" she replies. "Say it", he says.... her reply--- "draaaaa-gon!"
It can only get sillier from here!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Today has, bluntly, sucked so far. Hardly got any sleep last night due to a cranky Ivy, had her 2 month appointment at 7:45 am (the girls usually get up around 9), car wouldn't start, the battery is dead... took Matt's truck, screaming baby shots, projectile vomiting baby after her Rotateq....
But rainbows make anything a bit better, don't you think?
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I lean over the bassinet trying to calm Ivy when I smell coffee.
"Ooh, I can't wait to drink some of that," I thought but then came to the sudden realization that I didn't make any coffee today.
One look into the kitchen confirms what I feared-- Lorelei at the kitchen table liberally sprinkled with ground coffee, an empty bag discarded on the floor.
Angry she was caught..
and back to the fun once she realized I wasn't going to take it away.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wow.. comprehending toddler. Need to watch what I say and what she sees on TV more!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
He's had 2 brain surgeries, many many knee surgeries, surgery for colon cancer, and surgery to have more than half his liver removed.
What did it to him? I don't know. But the brain and liver surgeries are the most likely culprits.
The liver filters poisons from the body. He has less than half of his now. Ammonia builds up in the body when the liver can't remove it.
He drinks over a 6 pack of coca cola a day. Eats packs and packs of cookies. More sugar than I can ever imagine eating. I'm betting that makes it a lot worse. He could probably keep it partially at bay by eating a veggie heavy diet with a lot of whole grains but I've never seen more than a few veggies ever leave his plate to anywhere except the trash can. I keep looking at reasearch about ways to help this particular brand of dementia but all of the things that could help it are things he would never do.
Right now my parents are visiting ostensibly to help take care of my kiddos while I get used to having a toddler and a newborn. But my dad is like another toddler himself in attitude and maintenance.
He has developed all the common hallmarks of dementia. The wandering. The paranoia. Loosing things. Sundowners.
Sundowners is particularly strange. For some reason people with dementia almost always get worse when the sun goes down. He can seem just a little slow most the day, but when the sun goes down that's when we get to see how truly sick he is.
I don't know why I'm posting all this here, except out of pure frustration. There's no one else to talk to it about so I'm letting it out to float around the interwebs. For anyone who made it this far, thanks for "listening." Time to go check on the newborn.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
She had a little trouble breathing at first, but luckily we got it cleared up without having to take her to the hospital. Now, she's tiny but doing just perfect.
Now if her dad and I could just agree on a name for her!
edited to add: a few more portraits I took, more "professional" style are here at my photo blog.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
We've decided with the new baby to give her Lorelei's current room and move Lorelei into a room that is slightly further from our bedroom. Her current room shares a wall with our bedroom so I don't need to use a baby monitor. Also the changing table and crib are already in there so it makes more sense to move her out as she progresses to the big girl bed (or at least we HOPE she progresses to using it soon.) Right now she and the cats use it as a play place
In the works, painting the little room, adding a larger area rug (the room has big white tiles), changing out the light fixture and in general dolling it up in a way that Lorelei will hopefully love it.
The color I chose to use for her room is sort of a robins egg blue. Yes, blue for a little girl's room-- because so many accessories and toys and such are pink. Her current room is a nice limey green for similar reasons.
I'm trying to figure out what shade of blue I want to use. I'm leaning towards the darker one, because I want to paint a white tree mural, and I don't think it will show up well in the lighter blue.
She already has this stripey rug which she loves, so I got her some polka dotted sheets in the same colors.
As you can tell the room is already being used as a play room.
That's all we have for now though. I'll be getting a solid colored fitted sheet to cover the box spring, and at some point she will get a dresser, blinds (there are already white curtains) and a cleaned out closet.
I have a lot to do...
including convincing the cats that it's not "their" room...