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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, April 29, 2011

this moment

This moment.

A snippet of our lives.

Seemingly mundane,
and yet,
I know it is the kind of thing I will want to  
years from now.

So I will savor and cherish it now.

And forever.

{Inspired by Soule Mama.}

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


The kids were so into Easter this year, especially coloring eggs (which I goofed up by buying the brown eggs we normally eat, oops- they hardly colored at all, and only a little bit pink at that!) and egg hunting.

us with our college friends and their little boy. :)

Noah trying to get them set up for a picture

There, that's pretty good!
I sewed all of their outfits. :)

"I got one!"

She just wanted to explore...

...and she was very competitive about who got how many eggs.

We had a mostly great spring break, though Lucy and I have little head colds.

I got so used to having everybody home, I am so looking forward to summer! :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

sew into spring: matchy-matchy sisters

I don't care if some people think it is nerdy, or if one day my girls tease me about it.

Sometimes I just have to make them matchy-matchy. :) 

Unfortunately, the stars were not aligned for photographing the matchiness.

Lulu was not thrilled with the idea of not being held and Claire was overly thrilled with the idea of funny faces and twirling.

Now I love those things about both of them, but it does make taking decent pictures, shall we say, challenging?

Here we go...

The blouse and the dress, both made from DS Quilts fabric I was lucky to find at Jo-Ann. Lucy's has linen for the yoke and hem, which I love.

It was my very first time working with linen, and I find it to be lovely to the touch, easy to sew with and a bit more interesting than plain solid cotton.

Plus, it is supposed to breathe really well, making it ideal for summer, though I'm not sure anything helps when it is 110 degrees, which it is bound to be here in not too long...
And here begins the uncooperativeness :)
I really love profile shots.
Someday I want to make a pillow with all of our silhouettes, kind of like this one

I can't put my finger on why, but this picture makes me think she looks like me.
Plus, that lady at Whole Foods told me she does too.

I'm thinking of linen shorts for Claire in this pattern.

Off to cut fabric for my boy! :)


It is spring break over here, and we've been doing a whole lot of nothing in particular.

Just the way we like it. :)

So here are some pictures I meant to post last week...
Getting her first phone call (especially for her...she has been the main phone-answerer in our house for awhile now), from her friend Peyton. She was so cute, grinning fron ear to ear, talking about going to the park and what we ate for lunch, asking him how he was and if he wanted to talk to Mama... :)

planting pumpkin seeds

Do you see it? She sounded out and wrote all by herself "Claire's garden." She's been writing her name for a long time now, but this sounding out and reading/writing words, this bona fide reading is new and exciting! p.s. I added the apostrophe and tried to explain in a kid-friendly way why we use it, but, yeah, I don't think she understood! :)

Out on a walk on possibly the most beautiful morning ever. That Noah was with us (and pushing the stroller no less) definitely helped.

And really, doesn't this picture just make you smile?? The backpack, the boots, the tiny bike, the sunglasses... :)

Snow day!! It's always neat to see the geographical transformation, when it is sunny and warm and flat at home and not one hour later, mountainous and cool and snowy. :)

The only photographic evidence of my presence on this field trip into nature, except for the picture of me nursing Lucy that I thought you might not want to see...  Anyway, I might frame this one, even if my bending down husband appears to be much shorter than me and Lulu is not looking up...

Opa towed the kids and my tentative Alex kept saying "Not too far, Opa, not too fast!" My fearless Claire was all smiles. :)

I've also been busy making two dresses and a blouse. They are done but need to be photographed, and my models are sleeping, so, you know, it'll have to wait.

Next up: a few shirts (in linen, seersucker and striped cotton) for my boy. :)

Friday, April 8, 2011


Our very first foray into the world of organized sports for our little ones- Claire had her first t-ball game last night!

I was worried it might be canceled due to rain, and my little girl, who spent the day randomly bursting into squeals of "T-BALL is tonight!!"would be disappointed.

But it was neither canceled nor she disappointed. :)

She is on the Rockies, which, she can now tell you, are "mountains in Colo-rad-o."

I must say, the color is very appropriate for her, especially when it is worn with her pink pants. :)

warming up with daddy

meeting Coach Solis

hanging out in right field

not much action in right field in t-ball, hehe

waiting to bat

joking with a new friend

very first at-bat

learning from the coach

first hit!

go girlfriend!

coming home!

 And because I can't leave the other two out...
waiting outside C's classroom :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sew into Spring: Hats!!

Both out of necessity (spring sunshine is here!) and desire (I wanted a small-scale project I could finish in an evening), I turned to my new sewing book Little Things to Sew.

I soon found my answer...hats!

Large dots and striped in yellows, greens and blues for my boy, and pink (of course) florals for my big girl.

The best part is that they are reversible! Boo-yah!

 Side one...
 ...and side two!
My lesson learned from this project is how to place the pattern on the fabric for maximum effect. 

You'll notice the stripes on A's hat are not even close to matching, and one of the big flowers on C's hat is cut off so conspicuously at the seam.

In other words, I need to be much more vigilant next time I cut!!

I'm thinking I'll have lots of opportunities, because a certain Miss L needs (at least) one, and it just seems the perfect little birthday present idea... 

Now to figure out how to make it in my size... :)