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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. :)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

I'm still on cloud nine

I got my first etsy sale!!!

I finally listed some washcloths and in a few hours they had sold!!
I logged in to my account to show Noah my listing, just to have a fresh pair of eyes make sure I didn't miss any pertinent information, and all I saw were my two quilts.
It didn't take long for it to register...someone had bought my washcloths!!

So I packed them up all pretty, tag and ribbon and all, and stuck in a handwritten thank you note and a couple of seasonal washcloths (snowmen flannel on one side, chenille on the other) as an extra thank you, and it'll be sent first thing in the morning!!

I sold the six washcloths for $10, and as far as I'm concerned, it's pure profit considering how long ago I bought that fabric. :)

Last night I dreamt of washcloths and different ideas.
I'm thinking washcloth/burp pad bundles, but I have to get to Joann as I've run out of chenille.


Here are the photos I listed. I think I'm getting better at it maybe.

I was so excited, and Noah was so proud too. Ooh, this is fun! I hope she likes them!!

In retrospect, it was all my fault

What, oh what possessed me to dress up the kidlets (after neither of them napped for more than 45 minutes), with the intention of getting some super awesome shots with the fall leaves as a background???

Claire was all for it in the house, telling me she wanted to be fancy-fancy. Not just fancy. Fancy-fancy. But then we get outside, and she's either crying (over an airplane!! Since when has she been afraid of airplanes??) or sullen or fake-smiling.

Alexander, to give him a little credit, was NEVER on board with the whole dressing-up debacle, even though I didn't torture him with a tuxedo jacket and bowtie as was my original intention. :)
Boy do the pictures show his enthusiasm, hehe.

I tried, I really tried.

I brought chairs out.
I took them for wagon rides (through muddy grass, while wearing my favoite pink pajama pants, might I add) in between picture-taking.
I tickled.
I made silly noises.
I begged.
I pointed out that I gave them (very small) pieces of carrot cake after their (non-existent) naps.
I offered to let them into Daddy's truck (a new favorite play-place) after we were done.
I even brought Noah out to help.

Nothing worked.

256 pictures later, I do have a couple I like, some I might share with the grandparents, and a few that make me laugh out loud.

I guess I consider that a success. :)

So here are the keepers.
Most of them might never be seen by anyone but those lucky enough (hehe) to be reading this blog.
But there is one, and only one, that makes me sentimental.
And I suspect it will even more years from now.

By the way, I realize that probably nobody, with the exception of my mom, maybe, sees anything different in any of these pictures. Only mamas pick apart photos of their kids. :)

Ah, the scary airplane. :)
Would be cute, if Alex didn't look as though his sister was trying to strangle him.

I cannot believe how long her hair is.
Again with the torturing sister.
Thrilled to be in the wagon, hehe.

Come on, kids, focus, focus.
Well, we got one smiling.
"Uh, Mama, what's she doing?"
"Claire, stop!!"
Oh, there's the other one!

Taking center stage
Almost there......so close...Perfect.
Love. I love it. :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

uploading random photos...

Doesn't she look just completely thrilled to be modeling her new baby sister's brand new kimono? :)
Don't worry, Sweets, you'll still get lots of thing sewn for you (that pink backpack you've been asking for is in the works...)
It is hard to tell how small this is, but it is teeny!! Just perfect for a newborn. And cozy flannel too. I think I might bring it to the hospital with me so she can wear it there!! :)
And just because I think it's cute how every Thursday they run to the front window when they hear the garbage-truck:
...hmm, the fog is obstructing the view of the lovely trash truck, but believe me, it's there. Along with Alex's bed-head. :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lucy's first mama-made item(s) :)

I've already figured out a faster, more attractive way to make these adorable little washcloths (coming soon to my etsy shop), but here are some of the first ones I made.

For my little angel. :)Shoot, I didn't take a picture, but they are backed with a super-soft white chenille, both cute and soft for little baby booties. :)

Don't worry, I'll be posting many more pictures of washcloths coming up. You'll get sick of them. But wouldn't it be awfully cute to buy washcloths that matched your baby's quilt? It's what I'm planning for my shop. :)

And if you are super crazy like me, you buy fabric that also happens to be scrapbook paper, with the intention of matching your baby's birth announcements. Oh, this could be dangerous for the bank account. :)

quick update, since I'm busy sewing up a storm...

I don't know why but I seriously doubt this baby will make it to her due date.
We hope she does, but I kind of doubt it (watch, she'll be two weeks late...)

So I've been busy getting everything ready for the holidays.
Just in case. :)

So they didn't win, but they got second place in division-1 girls water polo, which is no easy feat. They were up 4-2 in the second quarter, but then Clovis West exploded and Noah's players kind of lost it. Oh well, it was fun anyway!! And Luckily Noah brought a change of clothes (just in case) and took his cell phone out of his pocket (just in case), because he got tossed in the pool. :)

And some poor Clovis West parent, standing and videotaping right in front of me , has my shrill scream each time Clovis made a goal, hehe. I'm sure he was very annoyed by the end. :)
This stroller (given to Claire by my parents for her second Christmas) is the most-used toy in our house. By both kids. Even though one prefers to push around dump trucks and buses. :)
And a Public-Service Announcement: If your three-year old is standing on a chair at the counter by the pencil holder and is suspiciously quiet, you may want to check to make sure she isn't decorating her fingernails with a hot pink sharpie. A permanent hot-pink sharpie. :)

Friday, November 13, 2009

and just like that...

...his team makes it to the championship game. :) (eh, we can thank the cold night and heated pool for this lovely blurry picture of Noah celebrating their win that I happen to love.)

It only took three years, and suddenly they're ranked second in the valley.
In the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter.

Except that it kind of does.

They beat Buchanan for the first time in school history. Twice.
They beat Clovis East for the first time since Noah has had the program. Twice.
They beat many many many teams to whom they lost last year.

It is affirmation that he is an amazing coach, who works tirelessly and thanklessly to come up with new strategies, studying his opponents and his own players' strengths and weaknesses.
It is affirmation to all those who distanced themselves from his program and warned others to do the same, thinking he wouldn't be coaching much longer.
It is affirmation to the school that they've truly got a jewel in Noah, both a math teacher and a head coach of a sport nobody wants to coach (and the people who really matter already knew that).

So while I kept telling myself during last night's game that it didn't really matter who won, I found myself both incredibly nervous when they were behind and incredibly thrilled when they won.

So congrats to my husband who acts modest but who really deserves all the kudos for this amazing season.

True, they still have one game left, but that one's just for fun.
They are the complete underdogs, with nothing to lose.
And honestly, he couldn't have asked for a better season. :)
For my part, it's always easier when he comes home excited after a big win, rather than bummed after a tough loss.

So thank you to the players too, for believing in your coach this year. :)

Just a few photos of how the kidlets occupy themselves during the games. :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

as if I need another hobby :)

I have always been in love with journals. I was never good at keeping them, but I love them anyway. So beautiful, so full of potential, so nice to hold. :)

Anyway, I found these gorgeous journals on www.etsy.com.
They're what is called "coptic-bound" and of course I had to research that to see what it is.
Turns out it looks really impressive but is actually quite easy.

So, who knows, maybe I'll be bookmaking soon??? :)

And with my embarrassingly huge stash of fabric and scrapbook paper (both quite useful in the bookmaking field, I hear), the possibilities are endless. :)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Celebrating November

Here we are, smack in the middle of the most wonderful time of the year.
And I'm so happy. :)

Flannel sheets are on the beds.

Family pumpkins still adorn the porch.
Our first annual Countdown to Thanksgiving paper chain is up.
Baby's kicking and keeping me company.

A pinecone craft project is in the works.

And our little neighbor Bonnie is doing fantastically well after her surgery. :)
Here are her jammies (pretty much identical to Claire's, though you can see them better here)

Life is good. :)