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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. :)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

thinking about...

...how it is less then four weeks until preschool. I've been taking this very hard, thinking about how this is the beginning of "letting go" etc. If I didn't think she is going to love and benefit from it, I'd probably be upping my homeschooling argument to Noah. Everyday. But I do think she is going to love it, and I do think it will be good for her. So, alas, I will have to let her go. But only for three hours a day, five days a week (it already sounds like too much...)

...the way Alex was playing with Lucy this morning, letting her grab his cheeks and mouth and eyes (and maybe even getting an accidental scratch or two in), grinning and bearing it because she was laughing and thinking it was hilarious, and how he really is so gentle underneath that mischievous and rambunctious two-year-old exterior.

...the way Lucy is learning to sit and crawl and eat solids, all in the span of about three days.

...how it is Noah's last day of summer school/summer polo and therefore my last night in the foreseeable future to handle bedtime with three little ones alone. :)

...fall. And how much I want it to be here. Summer is ok and all, but dang I'm looking forward to adding more plants to my gardens, wearing pants, leaving the windows open all day, flannel sheets on beds, not dreading that which I usually love so much (cooking and baking and therefore heating up the kitchen which is so overrated in the summer), and not avoiding going outside between the hours and 10am and 10pm. So much more to love about my favorite season...

...sewing. In particular: the shirt and dress I have planned for Alex and Lucy respectively and that may or may not match (may!)

...the time two days ago that I lost my cool (understatement) and threw a toy and Alex tearfully told Noah when he got home from work a few minutes later "Mama threw my toy HARD HARD HARD!!" and Claire said "I'm sorry Mama, but you should have not done that. That was unacceptable behavior." It cracks me up the things she says, which are of course, often from my own mouth. I instantly regretted the "toss" as I will heretofore euphemistically refer to it, and I really hope it isn't Alex's first memory. :(

...our first edible tomato!! We gave Alex the honors and it was, honestly, devoured, so I say victory!! My pepper plant has about 6-7 fruits, one of whom is very close to being of harvest age. :)

...my first quilt sale from my new Aussie friend! If you're reading this Ann, it is in the mail!

...how I miss scrapbooking. I'm pretty sure I'm about to enter a phase where that is all I do when the littles are sleeping...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

scrapping for the littlest

The story of how she got her name
The story behind her coming-home ensemble
Coming home (that dark photo is the door from the garage to the house, which is covered in pictures from the kids and Nana)
Just a love note :)

Sewing for the littlest


I finished this little dress last night, and honestly, it is my new favorite!

(Of course whatever I have just finished working on is my new favorite, hehe)

I love that birdie fabric so much and I'm really happy with how it turned out. Of course with my limited skills there is always the possibility that the project will be totally botched and the fabric unsalvedgable (spelling??), hehe.

I paired the birds (100% organic cotton, by the way, so happy for the planet) with some seersucker and eyelet that I have had in my stash since I was pregnant with Claire.

I kind of love the way it all looks together if I do say so.

Lucy won't be able to wear it until next summer (getting a head start), but for now I can look at it any time I walk down the hall, where it is displayed. :)

Some notes: I hand-stitched the yoke and the pockets because I feel I have more control than I do with my machine.

The Vs could be sharper and the pocket corners could be rounder and the gathers could be more even, but all in all, I'm really happy with it. :)