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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. :)

Friday, August 28, 2009

what she has been up to...

Laughingly taking him for rides ("No Mama! I do it!")
Trying to act like a tough water polo player (hehe)
Being dwarfed by the tree...
...that only last year was just barely taller than her. How much older she looks (the tree too!)Tucking in her teddy after a long hard bath (hehe)
Paper dolls ("doll papers") and raincoats and backwards baseball caps
Riding her tricycle on our new path
Reading with Daddy (and memorizing almost the entire "The Cat in the Hat")
Getting stars for her "chores" (and fake smiling for pictures, hehe)

What he has been up to...

Leerily taking wagon rides on our new cement walkway
Playing with eight months worth of receipts
Climbing up onto the table and playing with the sharpie he found there......which means our dining room now looks like this during wake hoursPulling things out of the fridge"helping" Daddy with whatever he's doingGetting his hair cut
Reading with Claire
And getting into toilet paper when the door to the laundry room is left open.

Yep, he's one-and-a-half. And he's a boy. :)

Yep, I'm still here

There are no excuses, I've just been lazy. :)

And sewing up a storm.

I just (last night) finished Claire's birthday quilt, and a couple of days ago, her birthday outfit. I'm kind of disappointed in it because I had such a different picture in my head of what it would look like, but for one thing, I didn't use a pattern (first mistake) and for another, I attempted machine applique (second mistake). I am not a fan of the machine applique. :) Even though the outift isn't as cute as I thought it would be, Claire loves it and is sad that I'm making her wait until her party to don it. I guess that's the most impotant thing. :) And now I know- use a pattern, silly.

Speaking of patterns, and thinking (hoping) about my favorite season soon showing its lovely self, I have been looking for (and drooling over) fall/winter patterns to sew for the kids.

I had thought my summer of sewing would turn into my winter of knitting, but now I think the summer of sewing will continue indefinitely. :)

First up, for my boy:Don't you love that blue coat? I had thought it looked too difficult, but when I read that it was rated 3/4 on the difficulty scale for time-consumingness and not difficulty, I thought, I might be able to do this!! Plus, this company is notorious for extremely detailed explanations, so it just might work. And if it doesn't, nobody can say I don't dream big!! :)

What I love about the pattern is that it has many different variations (raincoat, lightweight, heavy with a removable quilted liner, etc.) AND it is gender-neutral. I can definitely see it on both Claire and Alexander. Also, that shirtdress on the left?? On my list for Claire. :)

And next for Alexander, if I ever relearn to knit, this adorable sweater:

I love this color and buttons too, I'd probably copy it verbatim! The pattern says it's fairly easy, though I have no clue how easy is easy. Can't you just picture it with the little leather elbow patches just like an old man's sweater? Then he'd really look like Benjamin Button, huh Sarah?? :)

I also bought some really nice corduroy at Jo-Ann for only $3.00 a yard, that I think I'm going to make into some simple yet warm and stylish pants for Alex. I love a boy in corduroy. :)

Other than that, I need to get him some long-sleeved tees. I had planned on appliqueing an "A" or something else fun, but after my experience with Claire's shirt, I think I'll pass. :)

And for my girl:I love all the options that could make this pattern different every time. And paired with cable knit tights and her brown mary janes?? LOVE.

This is the shirtdress from above, and I love it in this black and white check. It looks really detailed, and it will be last on my list (it will probably end up being for next summer), but isn't it cute? I want one for me. :)

And for both my sunshines:
Jammies!!! I already bought the fabric for their Christmas jammies, and the possibilities from there are really endless.

So I've got a lot of crafts on my mind. :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Is it a sign??

We went to babies r us this morning to get a few things, and while I successfully tore myself away from many adorable little baby girl things, I could not pass this up.
Of course when I showed it to Noah, he said, "Now if we name her Annabelle she'll think she was named after a dog." The boy can ruin any name. Any name. :)

p.s. Alexander slept an hour-and-a-half yesterday...working back up to his usual two-and-a-half hours!! Slowly but surely (hopefully). :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

my boy finally got a shirt!!


Try as I might, I couldn't really get a good shot of him wearing it. These'll have to do.
...and signing "hurt" I'm not sure why, but maybe he was referring to the bump on his head from falling off Claire's bed. :(

All in all, I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

It is my first attempt at sewing a collar, buttonholes AND sleeves, so it was really intimidating.

Since I have so many projects I need to be working on, he probably won't get another until next spring, but how cute would this shirt be with a pair of matching shorts? Darn cute, is what I think.

Especially if they are made with this fabric:
Maybe it's hard to tell, but it is baseballs and baseball bats and I love it. :)

...and now the fridge is off-limits

We spent the morning outside, both to get some weeding done and as part of my grand master plan to get Alexander to sleep for more than an hour at naptime (one hour is NOT enough time to recharge! I'll let you know how he sleeps today.)

Then we came in, I gave them a quick bath, then jumped in the shower myself. (Ok, I didn't actually jump)

I was a tad concerned because I didn't hear anything through the roar of the water, but I thought (wishful thinking) that maybe, just maybe, my two rascals were happily playing together.

But then I saw Claire. She had chocolate ("choc-ate") ALL OVER her mouth, plus part of the foil wrapping from the bar which she had snuck.

And then I knew. Shoot. That chocolate was in the fridge. Alexander loves playing in the fridge.

Cut to me running into the kitchen to this:
Could be worse, actually.

I had a glass jar, covered only in foil, of homemade salad dressing than went untouched and unspilled. There were several bowls of old food that would probably make one sick should one consume their contents, that went undisturbed. And no glass containers were broken.

Yep, I got off easy.

But now, when you ask Claire (who of course perpetrated the whole thing by opening the fridge in the first place), "What is the rule with the fridge?" she'll say "No opening unless Mama and Daddy say ok!"

That's right.

That's also the new rule for her bedroom door, as Alex figured out how to move a chair/anything that will work as a step over to her bed onto which he would promptly climb, and, almost certainly, tumble off and hit his head which he's done three times in two days. So no, no going in Claire's room (unless I'm right there and supervising, which of course, sometimes I can't.)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Well, so much for my mother's intuition :)

You probably know how I have been convinced this baby is a boy.
If you don't, well, know that I was.
So much so that I hadn't even really thought about girls names for about, oh, two months.
I have been practically referring to this baby as "he" in conversation to other people!

The night before our big ultrasound, I made this (hopefully you can click to make it larger and read the journaling):


Then I was thinking, well, I guess there is a chance this baby is a girl.
It's not like I know for sure...

Then we go into our appointment, and what is one of the first things out of the tech's mouth?
"well, it looks like we have a girl..."

Me (after squealing "REALLY??" and grinning from ear to ear): Um, are you sure? I'm pretty sure it's a boy.

The tech just laughed and made it clear that many a mother thinks they know the gender when actually, they are completely wrong. :)

So then we got home, and I made this:


I am of course, thrilled.
I'm thinking of all the outfits that were too warm for Claire, a September newborn in San Diego, to wear, but that will be perfect for this January baby.
We're calling her BGOB (baby girl on board), just like we called Claire before she was Claire (Alexander was Alexander the moment we knew he was a boy, so he was never really BBOB).
I've been looking at fabrics for a quilt and already know what it will be (I can't wait to get started on it!)

A few nights ago I looked at Noah and said, "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"
And he said, "I don't know, what are you thinking?"
Me: "Matching bathing suits for the girls next summer!!"
Noah: "I was not thinking that."

hehe, men.

We've been discussing names a bit more seriously now, and if I can get Noah to respond to a name with anything more committal than "It's okay," I'm happy. :)
At the moment our two top names are Lucy and Annabelle.
I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up combining them and BGOB became Lucy Annabelle Minton.
It is, after all, how her sister got her name (our two choices were Claire Rebecca and Elizabeth Mae, and she is, of course, Claire Elizabeth).

I'm so glad we decided to find out the gender.
Now this baby who flutters inside me is not just my baby, she's my daughter, and I love knowing that. :)