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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, September 30, 2011

being a mother

I have heard women talk about how they are afraid to "lose themselves" when they have children. For me, becoming a mother was when I found myself. :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

a couple somethings for the one who cracks me up

He makes the funniest faces, talks with his hands and tilts his head to the side when talking seriously (which makes it seem not so serious) and fills our days with funny, random thoughts.

Now he has two pullovers for fall and winter!

I used this pattern and this fabric as well as coordinating corduroy, because I love cord.

It is lined which will make it the perfect weight for chilly but not freezing days.

I might add some buttons to the top placket so the sides don't splay open so much, though that won't really matter when he wears it over a tee.

I am so excited for this fabric- little kids building rockets! It is soooooo hard to find cute boy fabric. :)

This fabric is adorable too- little diagrams for how to build a paper hat. :)

Now we just need cooler temps so he can wear them!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

sick :(

The girls are sick with fevers, sore throats and coughs.

We have a stack of 25 of our favorite books to help pass the time and keep everyone occupied,
and mostly I'm just really glad that Claire's body let her reach high temperatures without going into seizures like it did in March and April.

Alexander has not shown any symptoms, so I'm hoping it passed him by.

He has been playing with this train set (that used to be Noah's) morning until night since we picked it up at Noah's sister's house on Friday.
It is perfect for him!!
Claire and Alex can play together pretty well with it, but Lulu is still too young and thinks it is hilarious to break up the tracks.
Alex doesn't think it is hilarious. :)

Claire helping Alex with his letters and saying things like "Oh, Alex, great job! That's such a big-kid thing to know!" :)

We had soccer on Saturday morning- she liked it...

...and the littles were fine just playing with their water bottles

Then a little wii sports (excuse the messy room!!)

Even Lucy had to get in on it! 

..with some help from big brother of course

Hopefully they'll feel better soon!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

a typical morning

A few weeks into kindergarten and we have all adjusted nicely to our new daily routine.

That isn't to say there weren't some bumps and tears and worries at the beginning, but where we are now is a good place.

So usually, we wake up at 6:45 and take our time getting Daddy off to work and Claire off to school.

On a good morning, we leave with plenty of time to dilly-dally on the walk- it is especially fun if it is Thursday (trash-truck day) or Friday (street-sweeper day). The kids just love trucks and get really excited when they can get a wave out of one of the drivers. :)

Sometimes we stop to say hello to her preschool teachers before moving on to the kindergarten playground where I keep a constant eye on Lucy, who thinks she is just as entitled and skillful on the monkey bars and firefighter-style pole as the big kids.

After we say our goodbyes it's off for either a long jog or a leisurely walk home, almost always followed by a stop at the park (this and a bag of grapes or crackers is how I can convince Lucy to happily stay in her seat while I'm running. Alex doesn't have a problem staying sitting, but he does have a knack for talking my ear off and asking very detailed questions that require attention and precious respiratory resources...)

The mornings are starting to feel lovely and crisp, so we take advantage by playing outside a lot.

This week we have explored our favorite plant nursery, gardened, ridden bikes, and gone to a park whose main attraction is that there is construction going on,like ten feet away. This morning we spent 30 minutes sitting at the top of the slide, all in a line, just watching the bulldozers. I'm not kidding!! It was fun. :)

We do an early lunch which usually involves cheese since I try to restrict Claire's intake of it as we strongly suspect allergies. If she's not there, we cheese lovers have no qualms partaking!!

If I'm lucky, I can get Lucy to sleep for 30-45 minutes before we leave to pick up Claire. If she doesn't sleep, I have another chance at luck during the walk over- the stroller is great at lulling to sleep! If neither of these work, oh man, it is not fun because she's wound up at Claire being home and only realizes she is tired around 5pm, which is the WORST possible time of day for a little one to nap. Bedtime is pushed back hours in this case. :(

Alexander doesn't nap anymore, and I really enjoy the one-on-one we get if Lucy naps. He has definitely stepped up as the oldest child during school hours, suggesting which errands to run (not kidding...he asks to go grocery shopping), which chores to do (again, not kidding...my kids like helping me clean and the big kids love vacuuming!), what things we do, which books we read (and he is one who likes to read the same book 14 times in a row), when we have a snack.

It has also been really fun to see him and Lucy alone together. They tend to get along really well, except for that one time yesterday when I was on the phone (prime time for mischief) and Lucy climbed on top of the washing machine and Alex closed the laundry room door on her so it was pitch black...

We are all really glad when we get to pick Claire up.

She's usually one of the first ones out the door, full of energy and almost as curious about our mornings as I am about hers.

So there you have it, more than you ever wanted to know about our mornings! :)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sewing for School: Outfit #4


I couldn't wait to try the new fall patterns from my favorite company oliver and s, especially the Apple-Picking Dress, which I think is the perfect mix of vintage and modern styling.

I sewed a size 5 for Claire, because every time I size up I'm not happy with the results- too big/long/loose, etc.

I chose a peachy-pink homespun plaid with tiny stripes of silver that add a little shine to the dress.
I love the color- pink enough for her and I love the way she looks in the peachier shade.
I chose special buttons- pinky pearls with a silver outline to help bring out the silver in the dress.

I love the bow at the top, which is cut on the bias so it stretches a bit and lays nicely.
I love the length of the sleeves and that they're gathered.
I love the ruffle skirt.
I love the double-button placket.
I love that it was easy and fun to sew.

I love that she loves it. :) 

Friday, September 2, 2011


Happy birthday, Angel Girl. :)