And did you see this from last night's post? After that little incident, I went into the kitchen and realized we had a major leak under our kitchen sink. I turned off the hot water supply and it seems to have stopped. Joe will be home later tonight, so he will have to deal with it. Probably tomorrow.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
No. No scary noises. (Joe is out of town until tomorrow.)
My security alarm is set (and has been since I decided no one else is going outside for the night).
I just checked my email and apparently Jack (5) or Mason (nearly 4) "won" two ebay auctions!!!!! Yes. I just got the invoice to pay via email. $55 worth of stuff. And not stuff they would want. Two little bracelets and a necklace for Spenser.
Apparently Joe bookmarked one to return to later and somehow the boys opened it up, placed a "buy-it-now" bid (even logging in to ebay) twice (from the same seller)! How is that possible?!?!? I'm even wondering if this is some kind of scam. Surely boys that age could not figure that out!!!
I even called Joe, who is in New York, to see if he was the actual bidder. He said he has been in meetings and wasn't on the internet (and doesn't remember our log-in information).
Nice. Really nice.
I guess I'm stuck paying for this jewelry. Spenser already has several pearl bracelets. Three to be exact. I guess she'll be sporting another one and a bracelet/necklace, personalized birthstone combination, too.
So, I stumbled upon a "wee mittens" pattern (for 0-3 months) that I tried before I got pregnant with Taylor (over 10 years ago) and decided to give them a try for my new little one.
As I crocheted along, it seemed like the mitten was getting wider and wider and I was somehow adding more stitches than necessary.
Finally, I had to stop myself from continuing. This is how big and wonky it was:
Go ahead. You can laugh. I was.
It could seriously fit on my hand (if it were longer). It was so funny, that I decided to put it on one of Spenser's dolls.
Last night I tried it again and one mitten turned out better than the other. I still have a little detail to do, and then, maybe, I'll post that picture. Of course, just to prove to you that not all projects turn out like the one above.
**And, if you missed Mailorder #2 from Angry Chicken / Kingpod, there is a reprint here. This is the one with the adorable bonnets! I just received mine in the mail today.**
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
I haven't been able to post any pictures, so this post will be photo-less.
Yesterday was Joe's mother's birthday, so during Spenser's naptime yesterday, I sewed a little purse organizer, using the idea from this tutorial and a matching tissue pouch. I had been racking my brain trying to come up with some idea for her birthday and that was the best I could do. (She doesn't really wear aprons. She doesn't have a need for a tote bag or fabric bag. She doesn't craft. I wouldn't know her size for PJ bottoms or a skirt, which she wouldn't wear.) I was fresh out of ideas. I did manage to raid my "quick gifts" container and found a candle and a bar of cucumber melon soap from Bath & Body Works.
Last night, after dinner, I made some banana blueberry bread with some of my fresh blueberries. I think I neglected to mention that I bought another 20-pound box on Thursday, because I ate the other 20 pounds! Oh, yes! I managed to eat nearly 15 pounds (and I might be understating myself) of those blueberries! But think of all those antioxidants and other good things rushing through my body.
I spent a lot of yesterday and today (during Spenser's nap) in "partial nesting mode." I am 32-weeks pregnant today and have been feeling the first pangs of nesting. Man, it's going to be a long, long 8 weeks ... or probably 9 weeks. I still need to dig out the old boy baby clothes to see what is salvageable after sitting for nearly four years. I don't want to do that job.
So, if blogger decides to cooperate later today (or tomorrow) I shall post my pictures.
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It's almost 10:00 p.m. and it's finally working ...
I couldn't resist the picture with Spenser's hand trying to snatch the tissue pouch. I love that girl!
Monday, July 24, 2006
Last night around 9:30 p.m., we heard a knock on our door. Some of our friends stopped by with a loaf of fresh zucchini bread. They stayed until 11:00 p.m. and we had a great time laughing and talking. It was a very nice, unexpected treat.
I'm getting my hair cut this morning. I'm so excited. I haven't had it cut since October! And have been in a slump lately. Kristina, the girl who cuts my hair, is coming to my house at 11:00 a.m. Talk about personal service!!!
Friday, July 21, 2006
And I needed two quick, last-minute gifts for the two ladies who have been carpooling Taylor to cub scout day camp this week. What else would I give? Why, chocolate and tissue pouches, of course! (Did you really have to ask?)
And one thought to end this week's posts. I read this on the back of one of those Dove chocolates (pictured above). I don't normally eat chocolate or candy (I prefer salty, spicy things), but I had to make sure they tasted okay. This is the quote from the wrapper, "Wink at someone driving past today." Kind of funny, huh? Do you really think that if you winked at someone while they were driving past that they would notice? The thought of it made me laugh out loud. So I leave you with that.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
My "new" chair. If you don't recognize this room, it's our first floor bathroom. The chair is sitting between our dresser and our clawfoot bathtub.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Some fab fabric I bought at Jo-Ann yesterday with my 40% coupon. I have lots of ideas for this fabric. Pillows. Bag. Skirt (?). I just want a really great bag pattern first. I want to love the bag as much as I love the fabric!
And yesterday afternoon (after the movie), I was so exhausted that I really, really wanted to take a nap. Because I can't really do that with all these little ones around (Spenser was napping), I headed to my sewing machine.
I sewed this skirt (I think it was Simplicity 5505). It was supposed to be a "2-hour skirt," but it was more like a 40-minute skirt. This is for after the baby. After the vaginally-delivered baby!
If the fabric looks familiar, it's because it is a thrifted sheet that I made tote bags from.
And a little apron. Actually, it was pretty large (see, it's fitting me at 7 1/2 months pregnant) until I ripped it apart while the children ate breakfast and gathered it more across the top. The pockets open from the sides ("like a muff" is what Christy said) so I can put things in the pocket (i.e., clothespins, miscellaneous toys from off the floor, etc.).
Note: the pocket sides are stitched up about 2 inches form the bottom so things can't slip out the sides.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
I found a new love: PJ bottoms. Made from the same pattern as last time, but I used a ribbon as the drawstring so I wouldn't have to turn that narrow little thing. (Although Lindiepindie from Craft Apple made an excellent suggestion on my sewing blog about sewing the drawstring. Instead of turning it, cut fabric wider, press in half, fold in raw edges, press, and topstitch all around. I feel so dumb because that is how I make my bag handles!!!)
Monday, July 17, 2006
A little vintage knitting pamphlet (even though I can't knit) for 25 cents. And a jar of white buttons (some vintage, some new) for $2.
And this is why I began my yard saling on Saturday. In search of a chair that I could paint white for a certain spot in my house (to be revealed on the next "Corners of My Home"). I did not want to spend a fortune on the chair, and I wanted a round-back chair. I found a set for $10. And the cool thing is that I knew the little old lady who was selling them. She said she "set up housekeeping" with them and she was married for more than 60 years (her husband died about 4 years ago). It's not usual to get a story with an old find. Not to mention that I've known the lady since I was a child. (I'm thinking that I don't have to paint them white, since they are off-white. And are so "shabby chic" with the chipped paint.)
And, finally, a little sewing. I sewed four tissue holders for gifts. The brown and blue floral went to Christy for her birthday (with a giftcard to Jo-Ann). The other three went to three ladies in church who cleaned the church for me a few weeks ago. Our church rotates through the members to clean the church (empty trash, vacuum, wash windows, etc.) each week. We only have to do it about once every 10-12 months and there are 3 familes assigned each week. When it was our turn a few weeks ago, the other ladies decided that I should not do it (because of being pregnant and with my complications), so they refused to let me help. Isn't that so sweet? And one lady (who wasn't assigned to clean) came in and helped. As a "thank you" I made tissue pouches for each of them.
We also stopped at the "Swap Shop" at the recycling center and found a floral hatbox and a small bicycle with training wheels ... for free!
Taylor is at Cub Scout Day Camp this week (from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). I will miss him around the house this week. I like my children close by. Am I goofy??
Friday, July 14, 2006
Okay. I've had the bag cut out for over a week and I couldn't stand looking at it anymore. When Spenser was in the highchair (and I was chatting with Christy on the phone), I ironed on the interfacing. As soon as Spenser took her nap, I got straight to work. It's from the Amy Butler pattern "In Town Bags." (And let me just say that I've purchased all three of my Amy Butler patterns and a Favorite Things "Cute Skirts" pattern from ebay because they were cheaper. I'm still waiting to receive my skirt pattern.)
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Here's a funny picture. When I showed them to Joe yesterday he said, "they're cute, try them on." I said, "they aren't maternity ... okay." So, I put them on and I can fit into them!!! I wouldn't say they would be comfortable to wear at 7-1/2-months pregnant, but I can fit into them!!!!!! (And they are size small 8-10.) My bathroom scale was very friendly to me this morning. We're not quarreling anymore and I stopped calling her bad names.
I took the boys bowling this morning. It was a little hectic, as they were expecting a large group in and we had to rush to get out of their way. When the group showed up 1/2 hour early, it became wild. I made reservations to take them next week, so hopefully it won't be so rushed then. (Hardly any pictures turned out today because of the lighting and the kids were so active that any setting I chose on the camera made them all blurry when they jumped and clapped and danced.)
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
And somewhere in this pack of boys are my boys (or some of them) walking on the wall overlooking the harbor. It was so bright and sunny, I couldn't see the LCD display, so I was just shooting pictures, hoping a few would turn out.
I tried to take some pictures of just my boys, but everytime I tried, all the boys of the pack jumped in the picture, so I gave up.
Tomorrow morning Brinda and I are taking the children bowling.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
What is a girl supposed to do when she can't sleep? Why sew, take pictures, and blog, of course!
I woke up 4:00 a.m. on Saturday. 6:00 a.m. on Monday. And 5:00 a.m. this morning. Usually I just realize that I'm awake. Nothing disturbs my sleep. I just wake up. This morning I actually had a cramp in my foot. Not the "normal" kind. The kind that has gotten worse with each pregnancy. It tightens and cramps on the top of my foot ... under the bones. There is no way to "flex" out of those cramps. You just have to be in misery. I did get up and walk to the bathroom, and it seemed to go away, but it took awhile.
Anyway, I sewed a little something for a gift (can't post pictures yet). Then I decided to take pictures of my ribbon purchases from Saturday's Ribbon Outlet trip. So here are my purchases. I think my total bill was $14.39.
First up: Ribbon by the yard
How could I resist?
I thought the houndstooth could make some cool bag handles.
Next: Packaged Ribbon.
And finally: Gift tags and a grab bag of ribbon (including grosgrain and satin).
This morning I am taking the children to the free family movie at the local movie theater. They are playing Shrek 2 and Babe: Pig in the City. I think we are going to see Shrek.
Monday, July 10, 2006
The boys always have to pose! Carter, the soldier; Mason, the Red Power Ranger; and Jack, the Blue Power Ranger.
Joe, Carter, Jack & Mason piling up on each other on Friday night before we had our weekly family movie night.
A tote and tissue pouch (sewn today) for Nikki's birthday.
I forgot to mention that on Saturday, Christy and I went to the coveted Offray Ribbon Outlet! It was about an hour's drive, but well worth it. We also visited the Wonder Bread/Hostess Outlet; a mall of outlet stores; and Jo-Ann's. We made a quick trip to Costco's, too.
I forgot to take pictures of my lovely ribbon purchases. I may have to do that tomorrow! If I can remember.
Joe and the boys made homemade rootbeer on Saturday. After it fermented, it wasn't sweet enough, so Joe made another batch on Sunday.
Ooh! And Joe's mother offered to babysit the children on Saturday evening (out of the blue) so we could go out to dinner together! We went out for Mexican and then came right home. It was very nice, though.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
We saw our little guy. No matter how many children you have, no matter how many sonograms you have, each one is special.
Here is a picture of his profile. (I still think he looks like Jack!)
Here is his little face. You can see his eyes, nose, and mouth!
Our little guy is approximately 3 lbs., 5 oz. right now. And that's with 10 weeks left until my due date (9/19/06). Because of his size, the sonogram was showing a due date of 9/13/06. Now I don't feel so bad if I have to evacuate him early. (He was also in breech position.)
While the placenta did not appear to be covering my cervix in this sonogram (she said she would have to do an internal sonogram to be sure), it was still low-lying and posteriorally placed (up the back).
So, while I still have to wait for the radiologist to review the sonogram, and my doctor to receive the report, I will assume things are still pretty much the same.
He has been very active lately. It seems that I can feel his every move. All day. All night. And I don't even mind that I have my normal "pregnancy insomnia" right now, because I really am enjoying every moment. Even if I am complaining of pressure, cramping, pains, pains, etc., it's still a miracle and I have been very blessed.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
He can be so sweet!
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After my sonogram, I told Mason that the baby's head was at "the top" (in breech position). He was circling my stomach, trying to kiss it, when he asked, "where's his lips?"
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When I took a shower on Friday morning, I asked Taylor to keep an eye on Spenser for me. When I was getting my makeup on, Taylor came upstairs to see how much longer I was going to be. Assuming he wanted to play on the computer, I told him that he could go play and that I would be down in just a minute.
When I went downstairs, Taylor was still in the family room (alone) and said, "I don't know where everyone is." At that moment, the children all jumped out from their hiding places and yelled, "Surprise!"
They were trying to do something sweet for their mama. I love them.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
The barn is probably about 130 years old and is one of our three out-buildings.
Get out of here! You have a barn? So cool. Do your kids play in there?
Comment by Kelli — July 6, 2006 @ 5:16 pm
Oh, cool. I bet the boys love playing in there (if/when you let them).
Comment by capello — July 6, 2006 @ 5:38 pm
Oh wow! Looks like you have a neat property! Is it in town or the country?
Comment by Angela — July 6, 2006 @ 6:30 pm
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
On Saturday we took a day trip to Harpers Ferry, WV. We had a nice time. A lot of walking (and it was hot), but it was fun.
We didn’t do much on Sunday.
On Monday we went to Gettysburg, PA, to the movies. Joe and the boys saw Superman and Spenser and I saw The Devil Wears Prada. Then we shopped a little at the outlets. And enjoyed dinner at Texas Roadhouse, where kids eat free on Monday nights!
On the 4th we went to my aunt’s house for a giant breakfast and the children swam. Then we had lunch/dinner at Joe’s parents house and at night we went to watch the fireworks.
Today I had my bi-weekly OB appointment. I am scheduled for my next sonogram on Friday 7/7. I’ve been having a lot of pelvic pressure with cramping. My doctor said it could be due to my condition (complete placenta previa) as the baby gets heavier, it is resting on my placenta. The sonogram will be able to determine the placenta’s placement, if my subchorionic hematoma is still present, if my cervix is closed or dilating (since I am unable to have internal exams, again due to my condition), plus all the regular things sonograms routinely check.
I finished nearly all of my sewing projects on Saturday morning before our day trip.
Here is Spenser with three of the four wee bunnies I’ve made, including Jack & Mason’s green ones (it was the only “non-specific gender” green fabric in the house, which incidentally matches my maternity skirt and Spenser’s dress).
A fabric ball for the baby. A tissue holder (my allergies are going wild!). A headband for Sandy.
And my first fabric ball, which Carter has begged for.
The bib pictures turned out blurry, but I finished the snap.
And, as far as the cover for the ironing board: I think Christy has talked me into buying one instead of making one. She has a degree in fashion design and, as we were discussing fabrics, batting, drawstrings, etc., she said it would probably cost at least $10 in materials, when I could buy one for less than $15 (especially if I use my 40% coupon at Jo-Ann’s). Sooo, I’m thinking about just buying one now. But I did find instructions for one, if you’re interested.
That sounds like a perfectly lovely weekend. ::sigh::
And we are sisters in doctor’s appointments — that’s when I get my next x-ray on my foot and hopefully get the okay to start walking in my walking boot!
Comment by capello — July 5, 2006 @ 7:08 pm
How did Spenser do through the movie? Were you able to enjoy it? I loved it.I hope your appointments go well this week and you are feeling good!
Comment by Kelli — July 5, 2006 @ 7:52 pm