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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. :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Lucky Kids

When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do was write on the whiteboard.

Now my kids have free reign over Daddy's boards (they were super stoked last week when they discovered the second board on the other wall of his classroom, hehe)

I'm not going to lie: 
The last time I volunteered in Claire's class and her teacher asked me 
to write the spelling words on the board?

I was in heaven. :)

You Can't Win Them All

Two years ago, I wrote about Noah's very first, most awesome and very unexpected 
Valley Championship victory.

They were the clear underdogs, with 3 losses already that season to their opponent.

This year, that story was flip-flopped, 
with Noah's team undefeated coming into the championship game.

We can say the referees weren't perfect- they couldn't possibly be, they are human (and I would never ever ever want to referee a CIF championship game of any sort!)

But the truth is, the other team came out strong, played really well, and earned their win.

Sometimes you get to scream with your kids as Daddy coaches his team to a championship, and sometimes you get to teach your kids how to be gracious runners-up.

Even if it is through your tears.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Halloween!

We had a ladybug, Tinkerbell and King Boo!

If you don't know who King Boo is, he is a character in Mario Kart and other Mario games.
He looks like this:

Alexander, just like his daddy (and unlike his mama), is very very very decisive, and knew he wanted to be King Boo months ago.

I didn't know how I was going to make that costume!

I brought him to a couple different stores, 
and we looked at what felt like hundreds of costumes, to no avail.

There was no King Boo.
And Thomas the Tank and Mater from Cars were rejected!

So as of 3 days ago, I had no King Boo costume, 
and a little boy whose heart was in danger of being broken.

I looked online and found instructions for a paper-mache King Boo costume, 
which involved covering a blown-up beach ball with paper mache, 
and cutting holes out for the arms, head and body.

We started to do this, and quickly realized it was impossible.
The strips of newspaper kept sliding off, it was not warm enough to dry the paper mache mixture, and the beach ball was too small for his body.

I quickly brainstormed how to make it out of fabric, and voila!
Hehe, it's not perfect, but he was sooo excited! I used all materials I already had- white fleece, batting for the warm filling, and flannel lining, and felt in black, gray and pink.

There is elastic at the top and bottom to pull it in and make the center poof out like the cute little round ghost.

We found a $1 crown in the party section at Target and spray-painted it gold, put on a white shirt and gray pants and that's it!

It's ok that nobody knew who King Boo is, and lots of people thought he was a ghostly pumpkin (It really does look like that!)

It felt so good to give him the costume he really wanted. :)

Helping at Alexander's school party

Doesn't he look  happy?

She wanted to be Tinkerbell, and I wanted to make it. :)

I used light green silk for the dress and petals (my favorite part) and dark green tulle for the underskirt to make it poofy.

I bought super cheap bright blue shoes, spray-painted them green and added sparkly green and white pom poms for the essential Tinkerbell slippers. :)

She's trying to fly here.
I made the wings out of green sparkly sheer fabric.
They were so easy to make, and they attach with the ribbon that  ties around her front- she loves them because they are  loose and they flap, which she says feels like she's flying. :)

And for the 5th year in a row, we have a ladybug!
She changed her mind many times and finally settled on this one from the costume box. :)

She's also trying to fly here :)

And here :)

After trick-or-treating, we went to Daddy's water polo game,
where the team clinched the League Championship for the second year in a row.

Go Cougars!