Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
A basket of goodies, wrapped in cellophane with a red organdy ribbon. We filled it with German cookies, candies, preserves, cake (or whatever that stuff is), tissue pouch, my handmade soap, and Bath & Body Works air freshener (Black Raspberry Vanilla). Joe stopped at the PX and picked up all the German stuff. Joe's father is retired Army and they spent many years in Germany. So the German treats were a nostalgic treat for his mother.
And the new bag for my mother (after something went awry with the other bag):
I finally braved it and cut into my Amy Butler fabric stash. I was afraid to do it at first, but I figured "she's my mother ... if I can't cut it for her, who can I cut it for?" I'm so happy that I did. It is lined with chocolate-brown corduroy. (I tried to make the handles in the corduroy but my sewing machine flat-out refused to sew through four layers of corduroy. Even with a heavy-duty needle. I did it for another bag without incident. Hmm.)
And for the cemetery:
forever my sister
forever in my mind
forever in my heart
These past few days we've been busy building Lego things. Avatar fortresses (still in progress), Spongebob's Krusty Krab (still in progress, especially since it "fell" apart), and some Star Wars "things." We've also been busy playing Connect Four. So busy doing these things, in fact, that I have brush-burns on my elbows. It's all good.
Please note: I have upgraded blogger and I may be editing old posts with labels/categories. If you see older, updated posts on bloglines, please just ignore. Sorry if it is annoying. (Also, sorry about the erratic line spacing in my posts -- it is the new blogger, not me. Well, it could be me, too!)
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Last night Taylor (center, red belt) and Carter (yellow belt) had their karate exams. Taylor was promoted to green belt and Carter to red. Taylor was happy with his promotion until they announced that the girl to his left was promoted to purple. Taylor felt that was unfair. We tried to explain to Taylor that this girl had been a red belt longer than he had been (and maybe more prepared) and that her moves were a little stronger. He felt he did not do his best. (I think this girl likes Taylor and maybe vice versa.) And do you see the man sitting at the table (at the right) with the long hair? That's our mayor.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
No soap or candies were made yesterday. I did not have the energy. Maybe tonight ...
We took the children around to see Christmas lights last night as part of our Advent. They had already bathed and were in their pajamas. We listened to Christmas music as we rode around. It was fun.
I think Sawyer is getting tired of all this holiday fuss. He just wants to rest.
And contemplate what to do next.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Now, I'm planning to use Linda's quilted cards tutorial and make a cover.
I addressed most of my Christmas cards last night after the children were in bed. I have several birth announcements to make to send with some of them. I'm also hoping to start some more tissue pouches, start making my Christmas candies, and make a batch of soap tonight after the kids are in bed. We'll see how that all goes, considering I'm not feeling so hot today. I've been nauseated since last night. And, no, Capello, I'm not pregnant!!!
Friday, December 15, 2006
Yesterday I hit panic mode. Christmas is getting very close and my to-do list isn't shrinking as quickly as I would like. Having another new baby has been a challenge this time around. Don't get me wrong. He's a great baby. He sleeps well (all night, in fact). He eats well. He's growing. He's happy. He's perfect in every way. It's really just me. I have been so much busier since he's been here. It has been a big change from 5 children.
I was almost in tears yesterday while driving home from preschool as I mentally reivewed my to-do list. Too much to do. Definitely not enough time or energy. And lots of WIP's. Maybe too many.
When I arrived home, I found a little package hanging on my front door. It was this way-cool apron from my friend, Christy. Christy (who also gave me my baby shower a few months ago) has a degree in fashion design. She has taught me a lot about sewing these past few months and she has the nerve to want to move across the country! (She and I also have matching zebra coats!)
So, anyway, while Spenser napped, I popped Sawyer in his swing next to my sewing machine and I got to work on the 28 mystery WIP's from a few weeks ago. I finished all 28 of them. But I still need six more ... at least.
(Brinda and Kim -- look away now!)
Tissue pouches! They are four layers thick.
Last night I was determined to make another batch of soap for Christmas. I was trying to run around the house doing last-minute things so I could make the soap, well into the night if need be. So, as I was rushing around the house, I remembered we needed milk for this morning's breakfast. I was running out the door before the store closed and slammed my right index finger in the door. It is terribly sore and black & blue and swollen. I don't think it's broken. I wanted to cry, but I was in too much pain to cry. Needless to say, no soap was made last night. I couldn't not imagine pulling my rubber gloves off and on a gazillion times over my sore finger.
So on to Plan B: Taylor's sleepover is tonight. I still hadn't made the stockings I had planned to make. So, I pulled out my white fabric and candy-cane striped ribbon and made 10 "blank" stockings. These are for children to decorate with rickrack, buttons, and green felt (Christmas trees?).
We'll see if I survive this sleepover long enough to make my soap on Saturday afternoon. Wish me luck!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
It must be Christmas! On Tuesday I was quite surprised with this lovely set of handmade cards from Karyn. They are truly beautiful. And so well made. Almost too pretty to use! Thank you, Karyn! I love them!
On Monday I set up Christmas tree #2 in our formal living room. I only had enough time to put up the lights and the wooden "cranberry" garland. On Tuesday Mason and I decorated it while Spenser and Sawyer napped. I usually decorate this tree by myself because I use sentimental and fragile ornaments on it, but Mason was so sweet that day and really wanted to help. I could not refuse.
Our house is 130+ years old and I try to decorate it how trees were decorated in years past. I have a lot of glass and wooden candies on my tree, although back then they would have used real candy. And I use the wooden cranberry garland, instead of the real, messy cranberries. (Have you ever tried to string your own popcorn/cranberry garland? I remember doing that as a child and poking my fingers way too many times with the sharp needle! I do not wish to repeat the torture! Wooden works well for me here.)
Glass "hard" candy.
Wooden peppermint candies.
I also have a few glass icicles and a bunch of mini-candle holders (above). In the olden days, trees were decorated with real, burning candles. I use white birthday-style candles, although larger candles would work, too. I don't light our candles (obviously), but I still decorate the tree with them. (My mother has several antique icicles and candle holders and mini red candles from my grandmother.)
* * * THANK YOU * * *
Thank you everyone for your very kind birthday wishes to Taylor. I let him read the comments and he was very happy. A few more came in after he went to bed, but I will make sure he reads them before school. I'm sorry I was not able to respond to everyone. It's been a little hectic here lately. (Joe and I put up beadboard in our upstairs bathroom today. And it took all. day. long!)
* * * ADVENT * * *
And, I've been slacking on my Advent activities. I've been a little forgetful lately, too.
Monday -- we were singing Christmas carols when the fire-engine-riding Santa rode down the street. Then the children ate oranges and candy canes, courtesy of Santa.
Wednesday -- this is awful, but we didn't do anything. Taylor wanted to go to dinner for his birthday (Chinese) and go to Target to buy his birthday present. By the time we came home, gave baths, sang "Happy Birthday" to him, ate cake, read scriptures, and said our family prayer, it was 9:45 p.m. -- way past their bedtime. I had planned to give them some Little Debbie Christmas-tree shaped brownies, but we really ate too much at dinner and had cake at 9:30 at night!
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Ten years ago today I became a mother.
At 12:42 p.m. on Friday the 13th (after 40+ hours of labor and 2 hours & 42 minutes of pushing), an 8 lbs.-13 oz. boy was born. Taylor has been a blessing ever since.
Taylor is kind. He is smart. He is funny. He is a born leader. He is loving to his younger siblings. And very helpful.
He just received a gold ribbon from school for having straight A's on his 1st quarter report card. (In fact, he also received almost all O's, too, with the exception of one S in Art for creativity.) He was the only one in his homeroom class to get straight A's.
Taylor is working hard at his karate. Next week is his advancement exam for green belt. We know he will do well (as long as he takes his time -- he's always tries to do it too fast).
It has been a great decade. And an interesting one. Who would have known ten years ago that I would have six children? Certainly not me.
I have had a decade's worth of blessings. Or rather, a lifetime of blessings all within a decade's time.
Happy birthday, Taylor. And many, many more!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Yesterday was so unseasonably warm. I think it reached the mid- to high-50's. I hadn't changed over from autumn decorations, so yesterday was the perfect day. It felt really weird to be outside, decorating for Christmas, in pj bottoms, a t-shirt and bare feet! It so did not feel like Christmastime!
I know it's hard to see, but last night Santa rode through our town on the top of a fire engine. (I know I've said it before, but I love our small town!) Other fire engines and the ambulance followed behind delivering oranges and candy canes to the children. We live on a dead end, but Santa's helpers found our children anyway. (Although the children were disappointed that Santa didn't "wave" to them. They claimed that he's been here before, so he knows where we live. I explained that things look different when flying in a sleigh than driving on roads ...)
And another half-naked shot of Spenser (just for you, Linda!) eating her orange and candy cane.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Saturday afternoon was Jack's birthday party. His cousins (some of them) and grandparents came. We ate warm brownies with ice cream. (We're not real big fans of cake.)
Then on Saturday evening we decorated tree #1 in the family room. Or, I should say that the children decorated the tree. Each child has his/her own container of Christmas ornaments and are allowed to put their own ornaments on the tree. After they were finished, the tree was pretty much covered.
I did put one ornament on the tree that I found in the family box. My mother-in-law gave it to us for Christmas in 2004, after Spenser was born. It has everyone's name on it:
And one empty space for Sawyer:
This ornament brought tears to my eyes when I saw the empty heart. We weren't even planning for Sawyer. I'm so happy he's here. He is definitely supposed to be here! The ornament says so. Our family is complete!
And an Advent update (boy, I've gotten bad at this):
Thursday -- we watched Santa Claus is Coming to Town and ate popcorn.
Friday -- there was candy in the stocking (I think Reese's PB cups).
Saturday -- we decorated the tree (We actually put a slip of paper in the stocking to let them know.).
Sunday -- we drank hot chocolate with candy canes (thanks, Lori, for the idea!).
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Four Jobs I've Had:
Pizza Deliverer (during college)
Telephone Operator (for Answering Service, during college)
Assistant to President (for a large, local company)
Mom of 6
Four Movies I Could Watch Over & Over:
Just Like Heaven
Legally Blonde I & II
Four Places I've Lived:
*for the safety of my family, I don't want to be specific
Four TV Shows I Love to Watch:
Four Places I've Been on Vacation:
Niagra Falls, NY
Topsail Island, NC
Four Websites I Visit Daily:
Four Favorite Foods: Only four?!?
chicken Caesar salad
cookies (all kinds)
Four Places I'd Rather Be:
the beach (a warm one)
Four People I'd Like to Tag:
Hmmm... who should I pick? Or pick on?
My answers from earlier this year are here.
Friday, December 08, 2006
I finished sewing (and filled) the Christmas stocking party favors for Jack's party tomorrow. I did this while Spenser and Sawyer napped simultanueously and Mason busied himself around the house.
I used the leftover flannel from the Advent Stocking Garland. Each stocking has a candy cane, some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Candy Cane Hershey Kisses, and a breadstick/cheese dipping thing (my boys call them "dipping things"). I have a nephew that hates candy, so he has a "dipping thing," a bag of Fritos, and a little single serving of applesauce! I also put together 2 "baby" ones for my younger niece and nephew (applesauce, PB cups, and "dipping things"). There are 12 in all, but 5 are for my children.
The children have been loving Jack's birthday easel. They are playing school. One side has a chalkboard, the other side has a dry erase board. And there is a roll of paper at the top to draw on. Last night after dinner I spied the above drawing. It reminds me of Mr. Heat Miser. It made me laugh. (Does Jack even know who Mr. Heat Miser is???)
And I just took this blurry picture a few minutes ago. (It did not look blurry on the camera's display!) I think I have another Superman in the making! Mason is so very proud! My two Supermen. (Or maybe "just two of my Supermen.")
Now it's off to today's WIP -- cleaning! Wish me luck! I need it.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Thank you for all of your birthday wishes for my little man. He had a great day. We gave him an art easel for his birthday and he loved it.
Joe didn't come home until late, so the children and I decided to go ahead with our Advent Stocking. Last night was chocolate fondue. Or, as Jack kept calling it "chocolate fundue."
The boys loved it, as did Spenser. She made quite a mess of herself and had to get right in the bath.
After Joe came home from work (8 p.m.), we sang Happy Birthday and ate gingerbread. Then I started on the party favors. My plan is Christmas stockings for the children, filled with some goodies.
I'm just at the cutting stage. Hopefully I will get some time today after preschool and be at the "sewing stage" before dinner. Or, better yet, the "finished stage." The party is Saturday and I have to still clean my house and put away my sewing stuff.
And, apparently I can't do more than one thing at a time. I was being quite distracted with little ones while writing yesterday's post and I'm not sure if I made sense! I was saying that my water broke at 9 p.m. (the night before) and my doctor reluctantly told me to go to the hospital. He still didn't believe that my water broke since I wasn't contracting. Well, I was right! My water had broken and I had not peed myself (three times in 20 minutes!). They had to induce me and Jack was born early the next morning, before the sun rose. It was my first really quick one. I was 5 cm at 4:25 a.m., and Jack was here at 5:22 a.m.
And, I forgot to mention yesterday that on 12/4 our Advent activity was reading a Christmas book.
Yes, see I am easily distracted!