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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, July 29, 2011


It has been so much fun lately to watch as they play all together, instead of either side-by-side or in completely different rooms doing completely different things.

I think this is definitely one of the perks of having kids close in age, that they are, like I always tell them (especially if tensions are a bit high), built-in friends.

Even Lucy is joining in now, a little big kid herself.
reading in the hallway at bedtime

enjoying a popsicle after lunch

eating breakfast together- see Lulu on the chair? Right now she thinks it is hilarious and exciting to climb onto the chairs and then stand up on them. Mama thinks this is neither hilarious nor exciting because all she can imagine is the chair falling backward- EEK! So we have been pushing the chairs as far as possible into the table. When Alex went through this stage, we spent about a week with the chairs all laying down, sprawled across the dining room in a wacky obstacle course so he didn't have the chance to climb on them. Of course he still tried... :)

Princess Claire, King Alexander the Great and Fairy Lucy

The ages they are at right now are just perfect (of course I say this about every age!)

I have one that can hold a pretty complex and interesting conversation with me,

one that is all about exploring and discovering and learning all the fun little things that make them so proud of themselves (he is particularly proud of how he writes his upper-case A),

and one that is still very much a baby in a lot of ways, especially in the I-want-Mama-to-hold-me-and-snuggle-with-me department.

And with the busy water polo summer season coming to an end with a few weeks left before school starts, I'm pretty much smiling every second in anticipation of what is to come.

Disneyland (EEK! It is going to blow the kids' minds!!)
sleeping in
water park
netflix night
Daddy home

Couldn't ask for anything more!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

sewing for school: outfit 1

Hooray, I finally have some sewing to share!

I am very proud of this dress (I used this pattern), despite the fact that once it was done and on its model I couldn't help thinking it looks like a nightgown! That thought was confirmed when Noah, after first expressing congratulations and flattering surprise ("you made that?"), and ever the honest man, asked if it was for sleep or school.

Darn it. :)

Oh well, once again, while it is imperfect, she likes it and that's really all that matters. :)
pardon the extra-large sandals, she insisted on wearing her to-grow-into shoes for the picture...

placket, baby! Not hard, but fiddly and time-consuming. The sides lay perfectly over each other in real life...

button-tab detail on the sleeves

gathered round pockets


Tuesday, July 19, 2011


...looking way to grown-up (don't you think?) and I am in denial about how close we are to kindergarten and five years old! 

...playing Chutes and Ladders (and talking about how to be a good sport and not cry when you don't win, and not brag when you do)

...playing fairies with homemade wands, finger puppets and a magnifying glass (hey, we like to improvise!). We have: Fairy Claire, King Alexander the Great and Princess Lucy. :)

...putting on shows and playing pretend all. day. long.

...playing outside

...making Mama laugh


...hanging with Uncle Nathan

...coming along with Daddy to a weekend polo tournament, and sleeping much of the way!

...exploring new parks while Daddy coaches (thank you internet and GPS!)

...all swinging at once! Our neighborhood park only has two swings, so this was a real treat. :)

...becoming very interested in books, and really, anything the big kids are doing. I just love how she babbles to us and it is so clear she thinks she is conversing! My favorite is when one of us sneezes and she says "Bah boo!" SO cute! 

...sharing the pull-out bed in the hotel (which only lasted about thirty minutes), which they were very excited about until they realized it was dark in that part of the room when the lights were out. They ended up in bed with us, which we are used to, and we all slept better. :)

...discovering water balloons

...which are fun to explode on each other...

...but even more fun to explode on Daddy!

I am working on/struggling with part of what may become Claire's first-day-of-kindergarten outfit, so wish me luck! I've never done a placket before! :) 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

soon to come

Since I always have more plans than finished projects, here is a peek at what I will be working on in the next few weeks.
A cooler-weather kindergarten dress for Claire- I love the ruffle collar in the second line-drawing of the dress on the pattern envelope! Also, fabric has been approved and squealed over. :)

 I am going to elongate the shirt into a simple dress for Lucy and add the rick-rack to where the bodice meets the skirt. Blue is my go-to color for her, I think because of her eyes? Also, I love blue and there are so many pretty and feminine blue prints that Claire just doesn't like and I want to use. Now is my chance, before Lulu develops a preference for a certain color. :)

Two different prints for my boy, who happens to really like elephants (hence the one on the left, in a really nice green) and cars/trucks/trains/planes (hence, the one on the right). These will probably become simple shirts like the seersucker one I just made him. :)

And because it just wouldn't be as fun to read without some pictures...

Daddy and Lulu at the big kids' last swimming lesson (you know Noah can't wait for them to play water polo)

Oh, that little face. :)

Friday, July 8, 2011

seersucker + linen = favortie outfit for Alex EVER (and I Made it!!)

 I am finding a lot of time for sewing lately, with the big kids not napping and Lucy taking just enough of a nap that they are ready for bedtime at a reasonable hour, and I have been making lots of things!

Last week each kid got an outfit- I already showed you Lulu's, but not Alex or Claire's yet.

Then last night I finished a second outfit for Alex, and I just had to show it to you first because it is my most favorite thing I have ever sewed for him. 
Ever. :)

I was so excited to find this pattern called the Charlie Tunic.
It seemed so perfect.
Most boys patterns are either dressy button-ups (which are nice, but I'm not a huge fan of sewing the collars) or too plain, like a plain tee.
Enter the tunic- simple enough (two hours of sewing), yet ample room for fun!

Alex chose these baseball buttons months ago, and I thought they were a nice match for the seersucker, which is possibly my most favortie fabric/
Seriously. I'm thinking of ordering it by the bolt (which is like 20 yards in length!)

The shorts I also like- they are dark brown linen, which are great for the combined heat and dirt-play of the summer (linen breathes even better than cotton).

 The best part was when I put the outfit on him he jumped into my arms and said "Mama, you're the best maker!"
Talk about making it worth it!

picking some tomatoes, which he simple wiped off and downed in a few bites. :)

It isn't always that my projects either turn out exactly as I had envisioned, or the recipient loves it as much I do, so to say I'm completely thrilled would be an understatement! :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

holiday weekend update

We had a fun family weekend, especially because it was one of the few summer weekends Noah was home- weeeeeeeeeee!!

Saturday: Nana and Grampa's, BBQ, water play, new niece, visiting sis and (practically, if not officially) bro-in-law

She loves drinking water from the hose. So much that I bought a special lead-free hose just for her drinking pleasure while I am watering! :)

Saturday: Hiking to Willow Creek with Opa

These cute kids!! I wanted them to stand next to each other, which they did, and then they added a synchronized lean because I had to lean from where I was standing, hehe!! I notice this all the time with Claire, her modeling my actions. Like when she smiles. Often she squints on purpose, and I am convinced it is because I have serious smile-squint. :)
 How low can you go, sillies!! At this point I"m cracking up...and leaning so far I almost fell over. :)
 Opa (Noah's dad), is what I would call a Mountain Man. Loves hiking, camping (serious camping), skiing, etc. He was surprised and delighted when the kids wanted to go further than our planned hike. So I stayed with Lulu and our things while Opa and Noah took the kids a bit further.
 It was so beautiful.

And loud (see the water? It was rushing and gushing).

There is a sign when you begin the hike warning you to be careful and respectful of the water- there is about one death a year of people falling in and being exposed to the powerful, rocky torrents. I'm glad I didn't see the sign until we got back to the car.

At one point, Noah took the kids to the water's edge, where it is relatively calm. He was under strict mama-orders to not let go of their hands. Well, Alex slithered out of his grasp, and I tell you, in that moment I understood what "my heart jumped nto my throat" means. Luckily it was half a second before Noah caught his hand again, and all was well (except my nerves). I think next time we'll go somewhere without the water danger. Not necessarily without water, but I could do without the death rapids. :(
silly goose girl, making funny faces!

Lucy spent the hiking part of the day in the carrier- in the back and looking out on the way in and in the front, towards my chest, and sleeping, on the way back. She tested the exploring waters a tiny bit too, but there was no way I was letting her out of my or Daddy's arms so close to water! The girl is fearless!

Sunday: Oma and Opa's, swimming, BBQ, fire crackers coutresy of Noah and my brother-in-law, Kris

Uncle Kris and Aunt Mira with the kidlets, and I'm so nice, I had them face directly into the sun, hehe. :)

Lucy and Oma

The girl is so at peace in the water- not fearful at all.
 Alex was shy in the water, as usual, staying mostly to the steps, but he had fun dunking his head for a few seconds and blowing bubbles.
Claire's first flight out of Daddy's arms, into the pool, where she can swim !!!