Thursday, February 28, 2008
While we were out geocaching one Saturday afternoon, we came upon this old stone bridge. It crosses the Monocacy River. It had rained prior to our visit and the water was moving so rapidly, that it was scary. (It also gave us the opportunity to talk to the boys about water safety and to never, ever! enter water like that.)
Joe and Taylor climbed down the steep embankment and Taylor took some pictures. This is the one Taylor entered into the contest. The Monocacy. He won second place. Good job, Taylor!
(I want to go back to this bridge. There was a very cool antique cast-iron sink dumped by the river. It was too heavy for us to drag it up the hill.)
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
A few weeks ago I received an email from Yvonne saying that she found something she thought I might like and wanted to send it to me. I didn't know what it could be until yesterday when the package arrived.
Remember when I said I liked pendants? Well, Yvonne sent me three! They are so me! I can't wait to wear them. I might have to plan my outfit around the necklaces.
And, if that wasn't nice enough, she also sent
a bag for Spenser! It is so stinking cute! I love it. Seriously love it. It is exquisitely made. I would try to use it myself, but Spenser has proudly claimed it and loves it. Can you blame her?
Thanks, again, Yvonne! You made my day.
In other news, I'm fearing Sawyer is sick. It might have been a fluke, but he threw up in the middle of the night. He is not feverish at all. He nursed well this morning and is sitting in the high chair now. Except, he's not eating his beloved Cheerios and bananas. That's not a good sign. My poor baby.
Monday, February 25, 2008
And these red swirly buttons just complete it!
Spenser went to the baby shower with me. We called it a "baby party." On the way home she sang a new song. It was to the tune of the Alphabet Song, but she substituted the word "baby" for everything. At the end of the song she sang, "Now I baby, baby, baby ...." until the end. Funny little girl.
And for the baby book: Every night Spenser loves to smell my bubbly hands after I wash her hair. Usually she replies "Mmmm. Shortcake," because of the strawberry shampoo (Strawberry Shortcake, the doll, is her all-time fave). She just picked out a new shampoo that has a starfish on it. When I washed her hair the other night she commented, "Mmmm. Patrick." She kills me, that girl! I guess someone's been watching a little too much Spongebob.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Remember this guy? I had plans for him all along. It's just taken me this long to figure out what to do with it.
The plan was to make an on-the-go carrier for a sippy cup, some bibs, a toddler fork and spoon, and some Fun Chops to keep in the car "just in case." I originally planned to make a drawstring bag, but was afraid of the linen fraying around the string. Then I thought of a zippered pouch, but I thought it might be wonky. Then I started thinking that a wristlet might be easier to carry with a strap. Then my idea morphed into a zippered tote. Then I realized I don't want to figure out a zipper and a handle (it was more than my brain could handle) and it turned into a regular tote.
That, my friends, is why it took over a month to make. The actual execution of the bag took very little time.
[Notes: The outer shell is linen and it is lined in little polka dots that are either navy or black. We bought the Fun Chops on eBay, after Carter got the blue pair from geocaching. They work and the kids love them.]
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
I gave Joe the Hong Kong Phooey DVD set, some Three Musketeers bars (he recently claimed they are his favorite, although we've been married almost 13 years and never knew it), and a cherry pie (his favorite). I probably got the better end of the deal.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
This was the scene at our house last night. The oil lamps were not for ambiance. They were a necessity. Due to the ice yesterday, we lost our power for five hours. Five hours with six kids. it got a little wild at the end (just trust me on this one). It was too nasty to send them out to play. It wasn't bad until it got dark. Open flames and children scare me. (My father is a retired firefighter and my brother is a firefighter, I can't help but be extremely cautious.) They were getting excited thinking about sleeping together, in sleeping bags, in our family room near our gas fireplace. I was thinking it was a night that was never going to end ...
It ended and our power was restored around 6:30 p.m. And not a minute too soon.
Thankfully, I was a little prepared for Valentines Day. I made the felt fortune cookies a few weeks ago, they just needed their fortunes, candy, and assemblage. I made Rice Krispies treats last night and drizzled them in red melted chocolate. Hearts for my family, squares for school.
A little Valentines shirt for my girl...
And a smocket for my girl. One side is linen with a double heart pocket, and the reverse is the heart fabric, which I bought on clearance last year after Valentines. (I would have made things for my boys, but I don't think they are fond of wearing hearts.)
Happy Valentines Day!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
It snowed yesterday. The children had off for Election Day. The snow turned to ice last night. And school is closed again today. So, here we are ...
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I love the flannel on the right. Squirrels and acorns. They are killing me! They look Japanese to me.
[And before you think that I don't do laundry, I do plenty of laundry every day. And I am almost always caught up on laundry. It's just that I still have some leftover Dreft baby detergent and I'm using that for most of Sawyer's clothes. (His dark corduroy pants and jeans go in with our clothes, so I didn't realize I had clean pants and no clean shirts to match.)]
On Sunday afternoon it was so windy that a large limb from our neighbor's tree cracked and broke off. Thankfully it missed both of our houses and my neighbor who had just walked under the tree a few seconds before it happened. The top of the tree branch is caught in one of our trees and I have the tree to thank for our windows staying intact. Carter was petrified to sleep that night, as his second-floor bedroom window is right next to where this took place and it was still so windy that night.
Monday, February 11, 2008
will spring come? I'm ready for winter to be over. I just want warm weather. My mind can't help but think of springy clothes. This shirt may be a little premature (with highs of 29 today and blustery tree-limb-breaking winds), but I couldn't stop myself.
Last week I ran into the fabric store, for one thing, when Spenser and I spied this fun cherry print. You know how I feel about cherry fabric. Spenser screamed, "Mommy, I love it!" so I knew it had to come home with us. And I knew it would be a shirt, but there are too many options. I decided to go with Simplicity 4206. I have only made this pattern into dresses, so it was my first attempt at the shirt. I lengthened the shirt a bit, but it looks wide, but we'll see once she wears it.
Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Mama needs a new cherry shirt.
Friday, February 08, 2008
I felt almost as if poor Spenser was being denied one of my fondest childhood memories. Hopscotch. My sister, neighbor, and I would play hopscotch all the time in front of our house. I remember even playing in the rain (running up to the front porch in between turns) before the rain washed away our game.
Thus, I decided we needed indoor hopscotch.
I used regular pre-cut craft felt (two layers) and hand appliqued the numbers on and the blocks together. And, if you can see in the top photo, matching "rocks" or bean bags. The felt is "sticking" to our carpet very nicely. I will just have to warn the children of taking it to dangerous, more slippery, hardwood floor areas in our house.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
... a "fortune teller" on top of a cub scout uniform.
Also around the house: Last night before dinner, Spenser announced she wanted a haircut, which she has never had (besides cutting out a few twisted knots). She was very adamant. I asked her if she'd like her hair cut like mine. At first she said "yes," then she said, "no, like Daddy's." Hmmm. Thinning on top would not look so good on her. Then she said, "no, like the boys." Again, a flat-top is probably not the best look for her.
During the conversation I promptly got up and started hiding all the scissors. Who knows what she might do. It was so sudden. (The last time I got my hair cut, I asked her if she wanted hers cut, too, and she declined.)
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
One neighbor called to thank me for a meal recently and told me that she had just gotten out of the hospital. The boys told me later that she answered the door while she was receiving oxygen. She was very grateful for their visit and the meal. She especially loved that the boys delivered the meal all by themselves.
Just last week I took Spenser and Sawyer to the library for a quick trip. Then I remembered that Joe had a bunch of old, prescription, military-issue glasses from his pre-eye-surgery days (that he found recently in an old filing cabinet) and that the library has a Lions Club eyeglass donation box. I explained to Spenser why we were doing it, and she was happy to help. We donated eight, brand new pairs that day!
Spenser, Sawyer and I stopped by to visit her last week. But then I thought I should take the rest of the children, so last night after dinner, we slipped out to surprise her. She was so happy to see us. (Joe is out of town, so I was flying solo with the children. And they were excellent!)
Sawyer wanted Aunt Lettie to hold him and was throwing a little fit because she couldn't.
And, last night, in my rush to get dinner put away and shoes and coats on the two little ones, I somehow neglected to see that Sawyer had no pants on. I think I had just changed his diaper and got distracted. The boys were laughing when we were getting ready to leave ... Poor guy.
Monday, February 04, 2008
On Friday night, I was determined to conquer the pattern. The sizing had to be accurate, I was sure of it. Yet, the neckline was just too big. (Actually, I don't know if Spenser tried it on because she announced, "I don't like that," when she saw the dress. All I know is that the dress kept slipping off a children-sized hanger. Maybe in two years, when it fits, she will like it.)
Anyway, I had remembered that there were a few others in blogland who had used this pattern and, surely, they would have found a solution for this problem. And right, I was! I found this shirt with notes that she put pleats in the sleeves to compensate for gaping neckline. And, what do you know? It totally worked. So, maybe technically, I didn't conquer the pattern, but it turned out. And Spenser likes it. And she wore it to church yesterday. In my book, that means I conquered it.
(Fabric notes: The body of the dress is Alexander Henry's Lemon Blossom. The bias trim tie is Alexander Henry's Pop Dots. Both are from my stash. I also made the ties a little wider so that the design is more visible. This is the pattern for the shirt, which is just a shorter version of the dress.)
Friday, February 01, 2008
In a Japanese book.
And, if you're like me, you will go through your fabric stash looking for the perfect fabrics. And then you find them. And they seem "meant to be" paired together.
And, if you're like me, as soon as you find them, you can't wait to start.
So, if you're like me, you have to wait until the kids are sleeping before you can begin the project. And you're so excited. And you're not sure if you're doing it right because it's all in Japanese. And then the sleeves look a little funky. And the neckline is a little too big for a three-year-old girl. And you feel defeated.
And, if you're like me, you're not gonna let it stop you. You forge ahead and hope for the best. It's cute. It's wonky. But it's finished. And, there's handmade polka dot bias tape! I think it's right up there with handmade gingham bias tape.
(Are you like me?)
Fabric is Kleo in black/orange by Alexander Henry.