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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, February 22, 2011

sew into spring: week 4

Three pairs of shorts for my boy.

He loves the little robots and elephants, and I love the fabric- linen/cotton blends that are both comfy and sturdy enough to withstand three-year old antics (hopefully!)

Next up is something for me, though after two recent utter failures (believe me, they were BAD!!), I'm only cautiously optimistic. :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

sick (again)

 Those inevitable-yet-pesky preschool germs are at it again, keeping this bundle of energy snuggled up on the couch and requesting "The Sound of Music," her water bottle and nothing but bowls of cereal to eat.
 Although I am sad she is not feeling well, I would be lying if I didn't admit to a tiny bit of happiness at her being home sick.

You see, it feels good to be able to take care of her.

To know that the little things I am doing (like getting her what she needs, asking how she is feeling, tucking her in like I would want to be tucked in, reading to her, telling her stories when she asks, snuggling with her) might be making her feel a bit better, and at the very least, loved to the moon and back times a million.

To feel those little arms wrapped around my neck, to hear that small voice tell me she loves me, to see her sucking her thumb just like when she was a baby.

I do so love being a mama. :)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I've talked about how little Lucy thinks she's a big kid.

Well, today she took it one step further by climbing onto one of the tricycles and practically demanding a ride.

I insisted on a helmet, and Alexander pushed her, very slowly, up and down the sidewalk.

Pardon the undies, hehe. :) 
She looks thrilled, no?

Actually, she totally was, so I have no idea why she looks so unamused.

Maybe it's the concentration. :)

Oh, they crack me up. :)

sew into spring, week 3: in action

 Yes, we are still into funny faces. :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

sew into spring: week 3

Size 5 (!) for my big girl.

Fabrics and button chosen by her.

Hand-stitched yoke
I hope she likes it! :)

what did we do this morning???

Oh, the kidlets (easily) talked me into going to the "plant store" and getting a start on our spring garden!!

And as soon as we got home, and got started, I realized the problem I had not foreseen:

Lucy is old enough to want to be put down and play with us (yay), but she is not old enough to not rip the blooms off the plants for fun (nay).


What do I do now?? :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


The weather has been so nice and so we have been outside.
A lot.

I even got a little sunburned on Sunday, so we broke out the sunscreen.
In February.
A little crazy, but necessary.

So the kids give each other wagon rides,
 and Lucy gives me a heart attack by standing up and almost tumbling out,
 and we do lots and lots and lots of gardening.
And tasting dirt. (guess which one?)
And playing with pink brawlies (are we the only ones who call them that??)

And the best part is the conversations.

We talk about all the bugs we come across,
what Daddy is doing at that very moment at school,
our favorite part of the day so far,
how Claire wants to go to astronaut school and then take us all on vacation to the moon.

We talk about the plants we are going to buy,
the vegetables we are going to grow,
the holes we are going to dig.

And we have so much fun.
And we laugh so hard.
And we get so dirty.
Especially the one who was swimming in the dirt, Lucy Loo.

And we sleep so well at night.

It is going to be a good year in our garden. :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

sew into spring: week 2

A dress and bloomers for Lucy Girl. :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

the littlest one...

...just took her first steps! It was so cute because Alex and Claire were just as excited as Noah and I, and Lucy just thought that was the greatest thing. :)
 ...is showing a feisty side of her up-until-now very mellow personality. She complains when we leave the park, kicking and squirming so that if I were not quite as strong as I am, she would fling herself out of my arms to the ground! Oh, and the swing (you know, the one place at the park I can put her and know she is going to be safe), is no longer good enough No, she needs to be on the merry-go-round, or crawling on the ground, or climbing up the steps and nearly tumbling down the tallest slide!

 ...likes to play in the kitchen while I make dinner
 ...loves to go for wagon rides, especially when Claire is pulling her

 ...just loves feeling like she is one of the big kids. :)
 ...wishes she could climb dirt piles too, hehe.
 ...see what I mean?! With the feistiness??
 ...likes going down the little slide by herself, thank you very much. :)

She has five, almost six teeth, and those little suckers are sharp. Not that I've been bitten while nursing or anything... :)

She loves cheese.

Her little fingernails have dirt under them, a sure sign of her newfound bravery and exploring tendencies.

I love her. :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

getting a jump on spring

I will admit to two things:

1. I'm over winter
2. I have way too much fabric and way too little to show for it.

So, I decided to implement a semi-strict and very ambitious plan.
Specifically, to sew most of the spring and summer clothes for my littles.

I realized it is much more efficient to sew assembly-line style instead of outfit-by-outfit, so I even wrote up a plan of action.

My first task (to be completed by Saturday and already finished, boo-yah!) was two knit dresses.
One in size 5 for Claire, and one in size 18-24 months for Lulu.

The best thing?

Claire (who has been known to stubbornly reject my previous attempts at wardrobe sewing) immediately stripped down to undies, put on her dress, slept in it and insisted on wearing it to school the next day (yesterday).

That's a success in my book!

Especially because Lulu is too little to demand clothing choice autonomy. :) 

Next up: a few of these:
in pinks, yellows and greens.

(Don't worry, Alex up next!)


Yesterday, my big boy got even bigger
Three years he has been cracking me up/frustrating me (but mostly cracking me up) with his mischief and in general adding so much joy to my life.

I wanted this birthday to be really special (he might remember it, after all!), so first thing I asked him what kind of cake he wanted.

"A blue castle cake with a pink backhoe loader."

Okey dokey, artichokey!

The castle part was covered, due to a certain four-year old's birthday desire for a "pink castle cake with Sleeping Beauty on the top and clips to make it pretty"

But where, pray tell, was I going to find a pink backhoe loader cake topper? (A backhoe loader being a very important piece of construction equipment for those not in the know, hehe)??

Alas, no pink backhoe loader was to be found, so we improvised.
Found a color-able image of a backhoe loader online, and had the kidlets color them.
Taped onto a spoon, dipped into the cake, and voila!
A blue castle cake with a pink backhoe loader.

Note, I am not showing pictures of the cake for its beauty or artistic value (obviously, hehe) but because he loved it. And that is all I wanted.

Claire decided to make him a birthday crown
Happy birthday little (big) boy! :)