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I'm a hand-holding, swing-pushing, story-telling Mama with a creative streak and a nurturing spirit. I like growing food and flowers (and people, hehe), sewing clothes and quilts, cooking and eating and running, a long, tight hug and the color yellow. I love date nights at home, spontaneous trips to the bookstore and hearing my babies laugh. I am indecisive, exaggerrative and I overuse parentheses. I am reflective and sentimental and quick to laugh. I think I still picture myself as a 22-year old, yet every year my life gets more fulfilling. I am still figuring out exactly who I am. :)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

project 365: day 74 (March 15)

At the "old" park near us. It's not as awesome as the newer one (the newer one has cool twisty slides and rubber bark as opposed to sand) but it has this cool steering wheel that Claire likes to pretend she's driving. This time she was driving to Nana's and Whole Foods (because that is where the little bitty shopping carts are and she's obsessed with them, hehe)

I'm getting caught up on my pictures-of-the-day...bear with me!!!

project 365: day 73


new wagon=fun times

project 365: day 72 (March 13)


We (I) changed the sheets on Claire's bed and Alex just could not get enough of that fresh flannel on his face, hehe. :)

project 365: day 71 (March 12)


trying to figure out how those eyes open and close...

project 365: day 70 (March 11)


Ever so gradually learning to use the sippy cup. Still working on the weaning though...:)

project 365: day 69 (March 10)


New leaves on our Japanese Maple!!!

project 365: day 68

Monday, March 30, 2009

I got some mojo back!!

All pages from the past week or so...:)

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weekend update

I think that when Noah leaves in the morning to go to work the garage door wakes up the kids. Why do I think that? Because every weekend they bless us with sleeping in. Saturday...10am. Sunday...9am. Family Snuggles in the Big Bed. Bliss. :)

Finger paints...







Noah and his dad fixed our sprinkler system while Claire "helped" and Alex watched...



Wagon rides...



...and Noah was proud of me for "getting" a comic that made a reference to Star Wars. :)

Awesome weekend.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

coming up

This week (and this month) is all about finishing.

Finishing the four books...

Resurrection, by Tucker Malarkey
In Search of Our Roots, by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford

...I'm currently reading.

Finishing the embroidered wall hanging for Alexander's room.

Finishing the applique squares and piecing together the rest of the quilt top for Claire's birthday (which might turn into Christmas) quilt.

Finishing the next quilt which I am listing on etsy (it is pink, vintage-y and gorgeous!! Plus, it's hand-quilted, so it takes time...)

Finishing planting the seeds and bulbs for my summer flowers (the spring ones are done!).

Finishing the editing on my Christmas pictures and getting them printed.

Finishing spring cleaning, a.k.a. dusting fan blades, washing windows, cleaning behind the fridge and washer/dryer, putting winter clothes and bedding away, getting out summer clothes and bedding, and whatever else I come up with. :)

I'm looking forward to feeling accomplished!!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sorry DWTS, but it's over. :(

I am officially boycotting "Dancing with the Stars".

Is anyone else bothered by some of their "stars?"

An ex-con (L'il Kim) and a woman who was on the cover of Playboy four times do not strike me as "stars." And this show is on at 8pm! There have got to be lots of kids watching. What awesome role models for them to look up to.

Maybe I'm a prude, but the show isn't worth it to be anymore.

I used to love watching the dancing, but now it feels like just another trashy reality show. No thanks, I'd rather read my books. :)

That limits my television viewing to three shows- Brothers & Sisters (which I watch online to avoid the onslaught of advertising during commercial breaks), and the occasional Sesame Street and Word World (another PBS show).

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring!

Our winters here are pretty mild in terms of snow, but we do get lots of dull, grey days.

And now spring has sprung everywhere and I couldn't be happier!

We took a nature walk last week, collecting specimens, taking pictures and drawing what we found when we got home.

And this is from our own backyard!!!




She loves dandelions (and we have lots of them, hehe) and apparently wants to share that love with her very uninterested brother. :)


Welcome spring!!!

rally in the valley

I went to hear Cindy Sheehan speak on Sunday, and I'm so glad I did.


She spoke such powerful words.

She moved me to tears.

My favorite thing I saw: "I'm already against the next war" on a t-shirt. :)

ZOO!!!!

Auntie Mira and Uncle Kris are in town from Denver (spring break), so we have been spending lots of time with them. Today we went to the zoo (I am such a bad mama...Alex is almost fourteen months old and he has NEVER been to the zoo. How could I have let that happen???), and not only did MIra and Kris and Oma come along, but so did Kris's mom, sister, and two nieces, as well as the nieces' nanny and her granddaughter.

It was the most perfect day to go, with lovely warm weather.

I realized, though, that while I enjoy the occasional spontaneous moment I am truly a fan of routine. Today, for instance, I am all thrown off because our morning/lunch/naptime schedule was interrupted.

I usually plan errands so that we are always home by 11:30 at the latest, so we can have lunch and go down for naps at 12:30. I guess I'm pretty rigid about it.

On the way home from the zoo, Alex fell asleep in the car, and had we been less than twenty miles away I would have fought with him more to keep him awake; instead I just let him sleep.

So now it is 2:45 and he only twenty minutes ago fell asleep (Claire however, was unaffected by the rountine change). What does this mean for bedtime tonight you ask? God only knows, hehe.

Claire and Oma at the duck pond...love this shot even though the sun was too bright and it looks overexposed.

Alex whined most of the morning unless Oma was holding him...

...and he refused to wear his sunhat, little stinker. :) How am I going to protect such pale skin from such a hot, bright sun come July and August??? SPF 50 alone doesn't do it here. :)

Showing off his walking skills.

I think this was her favorite part, pushing Madison in the stroller. I found myself calling out "Gentle! Watch out for the people!" a lot. Kind of like how she pushes Alex in his wagon around the house and into walls and the back of my ankles (ouch). :)

Friday, March 20, 2009

ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh!!!

I just listed my first item over at www.etsy.com!!!!!

My shop is called Little Heirlooms, and my website is www.littleheirlooms.etsy.com- go check it out!!!




And now I'm off to go work on another quilt, a vintage-y pink patchwork with hand-quilting!!! Eek, this is so exciting!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

big boy day




It might be the little-man collared shirt, just like Daddy wears to work (though Daddy's are stripe-less and happy-color-less, ranging in color from forest green to navy blue to brown to black and that's all folks!).

It might be that he is pushing a car around the house just like I remember Steven and Brendan and Nathan doing when they were kids.

Whatever it is, he looks more like a big boy than a baby today and mama doesn't like it. Actually, it's pretty cute, but in the words of Sarah Walker, it's making my ovaries ache. :)

she's wearing it right now!!!

hehe, look at that face! She is so silly. :)

And this is what she did when I said, "ok, do something cute!" Cute indeed. :)

(By the way, she is snacking on a chocolate chip here. Mama was caught again rustling the bag, and she came running into the kitchen, "I wike some, I wike some!!!" (wike=like), so I gave her a single one and she was happy. :)

I have learned two lessons already about this outfit (besides that I LOVE the material I picked out even more than I thought I would, and those sleeves are easier to make than I thought):

1. make the neckhole larger next time. As I was getting her into her carseat, she was grabbing at her neck whining, "ow, mama, my neck hurts!" and I look and see that it's choking her a little. Oops. I fixed it by un-velcroing the back and giving her some extra room and that did the trick!

2. dresses are much easier for going potty. I have to help her into and out of this jumpsuit, so it isn't really conducive to the potty independence she sometimes craves (other times it's "mama help you!" (and by "you" she means "me")

Now I'm thinking about my next clothing project. I think some little elastic-waistband shorts for Alex. They should be pretty easy, right? I don't have a pattern, I was just going to use a pair from his closet as a template, cut it out with enough room for a sturdy hem, and figure it out from there. Wish me luck!!

Then I was thinking about winter clothes (I know, it's crazy), because they really have plenty of summer clothes, and at first I thought I wouldn't be able to make anything warm enough. But then I though about the batting I use to stuff my quilts (which makes them warm) and I thought why not use it on clothes too? So I think it would be pretty easy to make a few skirts with three layers (one the outer layer with a cute cotton, the middle the batting for warmth and the inside lining to hold it all together). It seems a lot like making quilts, so I could figure that out! ANd then it would be pretty easy to replicate that method into some little pants for Alex...oh the possibilities!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

a whole lotta sewin' goin' on!!!

from THIS
(fabric and pattern laid out on the counter, mom reading through the directions)

to THIS, a day later!!!

I may have a few quilts under my belt, and the pattern may advertise "Yes, it's easy!" but I could NEVER have done this without my mom! Turns out she knows her way around a sewing pattern!!!

I tried it on Claire this morning (before the bottom edges were hemmed) to make sure it fit, and it did, so I finished it during naptime, woot!

Can't wait for her to wake up so I can put it on and get some pictures!!!