(That's my sister and Greg diving in the Bahamas...I know, cool, huh?)
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
1. Princess dolls...in polly pocket size...what was I thinking? The shoes are so tiny! 2. Miss E finally has her own "computer"...future blogger? 3. The EyeClops! too cool for words. 4. Perfection...a game that requires silence and concentration...until you run out of time and they all pop out, then there is a lot of squeals! 5. Little chef...both girls got aprons and chef hats...we'll be baking some muffins really soon. 6. A joyous reaction to her very own flashlight. Both girls got one..lots of fun! 7. The baby, not mine, is the sweet new addition to our cousin's family. My girls just swooned over her...until she cried then they started searching for a pacifier! 8. The expression that sums up how the girls felt all day long!
Here are pictures of the other aprons I made. Now that they have been given I can show them to you. And, remember that flock of birds I made...they were given as gifts, too. They look sweet hanging on the tree. I also crocheted my first scarf...a gift for Tim. He likes it and the girls got him a hat and gloves to match...charcoal gray. The best part...when I washed and dried it, it didn't unravel!! The last two pictures are more gifts the girls are really enjoying...new fuzzy princess robes and Tinkertoys...fancy PINK Tinkertoys.
I hope your holiday was filled with joy!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I don't look forward to shopping but I do enjoy wrapping the gifts.
I don't like the idea of so many calories but I do enjoy yummy holiday food...like fruitcake, pumpkin roll, fudge, ....I did limit my intake...not only to eat healthier but also because it takes a lot of miles to run off those calories.
I don't like how the radio plays the same Christmas songs all the time since there are so many choices out there but I do enjoy lots and lots of Christmas music. Some favorites in our house are Aaron Neville, Harry Connick, Jr., and for me Christmas wouldn't be complete without listening to Julie Andrews. I try to limit the Julie Andrews music while Tim is home...a man can only take so much.
I don't like reruns when I sit down at night to wrap presents or finish up some sewing but I do enjoy seeing the traditional Christmas movies instead. Some of our favorites, in no particular order, are A Christmas Story, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, The Grinch, Christmas Vacation...and not Christmas-y but shown every year therefore included...Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Sound of Music. I think it's genetic but The Sound of Music is probably my all-time favorite movie. It's on right now. I think I've seen it every Christmas my entire life. Of course I own a copy of it and show bits and pieces of it to my girls now and then. At this point though, I think Star Wars or Cinderella would win if they were given a choice. All in good time though. All in good time. Seriously though, it is my favorite movie. Little known fact: I walked down the aisle to Edelweiss. No, no one was singing, it was just the piano. Well, my sister was supposed to play the flute, too, but she "forgot" to take her flute down the aisle with her. Go ahead mock me if you want to, I don't mind. Just listen to ol' George sing it and watch Maria swoon over him.
Hmm, I like that blue dress. I wonder if I could make that. I digress.
So there you have it. My holiday enjoyment is complete. The Sound of Music usually wraps it up. Now I need to finish pinning pieces of a twirly skirt for the birthday girl. I usually make a dress with fabric that matches the birthday theme, but this year I have decided try something new and exciting and patternless! I'm going to make a skirt and vest, hopefully with some trim and turquoise beads. Indian Powwow birthday, remember?
I hope your Christmas was wonderful! And as always, thanks for stopping by the Clothesline.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Feeling better. I've got things to sew, ideas to come up with, gifts to buy, an Indian Powwow cake and decorations to create, and I have got to do some serious house cleaning! I've got plenty of time.....ha!
So here is an abbreviated update...pictures to be added later.
A family gathering at the farm + my own hunk of fruitcake sneaked to me by my grandma = the perfect gift (go ahead, call me crazy...but I love fruitcake)
A husband with a great idea + a fun family trip to the Air & Space Museum that we ALL enjoyed = a homeschooling mom's dream (seriously, is there anything better than having fun AND learning at the same time?)
Reading the story of Jesus' birth over breakfast + a Christmas day full of family and gifts = a blessed day and a grateful heart
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
there were piles of fabric that caused her to swoon
More details and pictures to come, but if you'll excuse me, I need to go blow my nose...again!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
So you see, O is holding the doll, Rebecca, and E is wearing the dress that had been on the doll. Yep, size 6M!!! It looks like a tank top on her, but it's really a dress. And no, she didn't stop there. She also squeezed her big booty into the matching bloomers as well. Soon after this incident, when were all done laughing, O emerged from her room in anther one of Rebecca's dresses.
Sparkling lights and ornaments on the tree are beautiful, especially in the evening after a long, busy day. (Can you see me in there?)
In preparation for the family gathering this weekend there has been a flurry of measuring, cutting, and sewing...oh, and ironing.
Friday, December 5, 2008
This is one of my holiday favorites. It's nice to enjoy a nutritious nutty snack and a hot cup of tea sometimes. The girls are like little beggars as soon as they hear the first cracking sound. They enjoy eating the almonds, but I think they enjoy watching the nut-cracking process even more. It's a challenge to crack the shell just right so that the nut inside doesn't break...I'm rarely successful, but the end result is still such a treat. Of course, every few minutes E will ask if there are any peanuts in there. I reassure her that there are NO PEANUTS so she is safe, but I also remind her that she is doing the right thing by asking over and over. It's a good habit that both girls practice...it's for E's health and safety...so ask away!
Well, I just got them down for nap time and I feel like I could use a nap, too. Let me just recap our morning. I didn't make a to-do list today because sometimes that feels overwhelming. What I did do was write things down that I accomplished as the day went along. This is my reverse to-do list: 1)put away clean, folded laundry 2)sort dirty laundry 3)put 1st load in washer 4)change sheets on all beds...this alone is enough for the day. I mean, when was the last time you changed sheets, blankets, quilts on a bunk bed? Seriously, it's like a workout. I wonder how many calories I burn because it's hard work trying to take off 4layers and put on 4layers all while I'm on the mattress that I'm trying to cover. Surely it's a sight to see. Anyway, the girls entertain themselves, while I burn my calories, by playing with the...dirty sheets. Eewww! Okay, so they're probably not that dirty, but they roll up in them, pile them up and jump in them, spread them out and lay down on them while the other one drags the sheet. Oh, it's quite the hay day! 5)put in next load of laundry 6)fix and serve snack 7)put some laundry in dryer (ugh!) and crazily hang my Martha Washington Blanket on the clothesline. Yeah, I know it's super cold, but today it's tolerable and there's a breeze so the blanket may actually dry...although I'll have to put in the dryer tonight for a few minutes just to soften it up a little. 8)take girls outside to play...they made "nature soup" and I raked leaves...burning more calories! 9)back inside we go to warm up while I put in the last load of laundry 10)fix, serve, and eat lunch and enjoy time with Daddy on his lunch break 11)put girls down for a nap then write blog post. Phew! That's my day so far and it's only 1:45. Okay, so in between all of those things there was a little singing, dancing, playing, and cleaning up of toys...those things are just part of our every day life so they didn't get numbered .:o) Now, I've got some Christmas gifts to work on so I think I'll take this quiet time to sew instead of nap. Plus, I can't work on the girls' gifts while they're awake...they're too stinkin' smart....they'll figure it out! So enjoy your day!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I hadn't seen them in the stores yet and just assumed they'd be expensive, too. Well, my dear husband brought home this bag full of Cuties. They are so easy to peel, so sweet, and not a seed to be seen. They are just the right size for the girls and just the perfect little boost of vitamin C that we need right now. Thanks Dear. We are all thankful for this special, nutritious, delicious treat.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Wouldn't it have been faster to just say, "Mom, can I have a drink?" I know, asking isn't nearly as cute as this picture :o)
~Our Thanksgiving was really nice. We didn't travel, we stayed in town with my husband's family. We had a nice relaxing morning watching the parade in our jammies. The girls just love the floats and bands...and well, everything. The actual family gathering was nice, too...22 family members, delicious food, Christmas music. Does it get any better than that?
~A couple of weeks ago Adrienne was kind enough to teach me the basics of crocheting. My Grandma has always crocheted. I mean, like forever, really! I can't remember a time when she didn't have a room full of yarn and pile of shiny, colorful crochet hooks. Somehow I managed to make it to the ripe old age of 35 without ever learning. How does that happen? Anyway, when Adrienne showed off her new skills I had to ask her to share the knowledge. Have I made anything yet? No. Have I been practicing? Oh yes. I have been practicing the basic stitches. Adrienne sent me this link for video tutorials to help me out so I wouldn't forget what she taught me. Well, let me tell you, those video tutorials are great. I even tried some of the fancier stitches. Oh the fun! I can't believe my Grandma never taught me how to do this. I hope she'll be pleasantly surprised when I show her that I learned. And, of course, I fully expect her to teach me some new tricks...and maybe share a little yarn..hehe!
~Oh, I filled my car up the other day for....wait for it...wait for it.....$25!!! Sweet! I know, not really monumental, but still what a treat to not have to fork over $60.
~Remember when I told you how great our library is here? Well, in the children's area at the circulation desk there are two display cases that change every month. What is on display? you ask. Oh, well, right now one of the cases is holding two large Shirley Temple dolls that my Grandma gave to my girls...as well as 12 small Shirley Temple figurines that are part of a calendar display. O & E were excited to put the pretty dolls on display for other children to see. (I'll post a picture after our trip to the library later today)
~On the exercise front, yes, I am still running. I know, I know...crazy right? I mean, who would have thought way back in August that I, Angela, would, first of all be running at all, let alone running outside in the freezing cold weather. When I ran on Saturday night with Heather it started to sleet then rain when we were as far from the end of our run as possible. Now, I can't really complain about running in the rain since both of my 5K races were in the rain,but sleet and freezing rain is a whole other ball game. Seriously people, it's not easy staying motivated when it's so cold outside, but having friends like Kim and Heather is really the best thing ever. We keep each other accountable and motivated.
Well, I think that's all the leftovers in my brain, I think I need another cuppa coffee. Won't you join me?
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Okay, so I couldn't stop there. My dear friend Theresa had a birthday so I made an apron for her while I was making the swap apron. Yea, that's right, I was working on two projects at once. I used the same tutorial for the style, but I changed the pockets. I made large, square, lined pockets then folded down one corner and added a button for detail. I also did the gathers (even better this time around) and french seams. Still loving those seams! I also made her a matching travel tissue holder. As a mother of little ones I know how important and helpful it is to have tissues on hand at all times....especially this time of year. Okay, so I was so excited to give this gift to Theresa I forgot to take pictures of it first. She was kind enough to bring it to the library so I could snap a few shots in the picture book section...hence the bad lighting, but you can still see the finished product.
One month!!!! I know, I know. Now, stay calm. Take a deep breath. Okay, feeling better? There's something you should know. Thanksgiving is this Thursday, yes, two days from now. Has your turkey (or tofurkey) thawed completely? Do you have your cranberries ready for making into sauce...and the standard can of jellied, can-shaped cranberry sauce? How about pie...pumpkin pie? Oh good. Now relax. Enjoy this week. Remember that it's a time to be thankful. We are blessed. So, give thanks, enjoy time with family, watch the parade, listen to Christmas music, stuff yourself with turkey and all the fixins, linger over a hot cuppa coffee (or tea). That's my general plan for Thanksgiving day...how 'bout you?
I do have to admit, I got a little head start on Christmas this year so I'm a little more relaxed. Yep, my tree is up. The girls had lots of fun decorating it..of course, most of the ornaments are on the bottom half of the tree, but it's a beaut! And yes, Adrienne, that's a crocheted tree skirt that my Grandma made for me two years ago.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Preschool Scissor Practice
Then, be brave...hand your little one a pair of safety scissors and let them have at it!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Okay, I understand that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. I also understand that Christmas is coming very soon. But I need your help. With all holiday preparations and excitement aside, Miss O's birthday is the week after Christmas so my mental planning has to begin now! If I don't start thinking and planning now my brain will be filled with thoughts of egg nog, Christmas lights, pumpkin pie, wrapping paper...well, you get the idea. So what I normally do is ask her one more time what kind of cake she would like. If you know my little O, then you know that she usually chooses her theme for the next birthday immediately following her current birthday. And just so you know, she doesn't really change her mind. Last year, after her bumble bee birthday with cute bee hive cake and all, she decided that she wanted an indian pow wow birthday when she turns six. No, she hasn't changed her mind. Let the planning begin! This should be easy right? I mean, it's almost Thanksgiving so there should be plenty of indian...er, native american stuff all around. That's all good and fine, but the decorations and "fluff" are not my problem. My problem is the cake...the CAKE...THE cake! Here are pictures of previous cakes(made for O & E) so that you are fully aware of where I'm going with this.
Obviously I am not going for perfection. And also quite obvious is that fact that I'm not afraid to make a cake without a special pan. "Why are you saying all of this?" you ask. Well, I need ideas people...and even possibly links to great ideas. The cake is key. A tee pee cake? A totem pole cake? A likeness of Sacajawea cake? A pow wow drum cake? Any other ideas (which also includes your clever ideas on how to make said idea)? Bring it on people of blogland. I would love for my beautiful, snaggletooth, talkative, creative, inquisitive, almost 6 years old baby to have her cake and eat it, too!