Tuesday, October 28, 2008

is this possible?

things I have to do...

before tomorrow:

finish james' costume (easy)
mix cookie dough to chill

um, yes.

before friday:

carve pumpkin - th
make cut outs - w
pick up ruby's costume - th
make/buy something for halloween potluck - th


before thanksgiving:

get haircut
get eyebrows waxed
get flu shots
make dental appts.

for sure.

before dec. 6:

finish making stuff for craftacular

it is what it is.

before dec. 24:

order cards
order calendars
(give praise)
bake cookies
listen to carols
lovingly encourage patrick to finish basement
clean house
hug family

let's hope so!

finally, a new movie!

I don't have any sound so I can't re-listen to this movie but I don't think I say anything too awful. This was last Thursday when Ruby was feeling much better. It's fun to take little movies again! I know this one is long and I don't expect anyone to watch the whole thing. Mom, you can also go see it by clicking here.

Monday, October 27, 2008

pass the trees, please

This is scarf week but since I still have quite a few little trees to sew shut, this is what I've been doing today. It's a lot easier to manage a needle and thread while I'm sitting on the couch than my sewing machine. You know what? I see why thimbles are so important now. I need one of those...my thumb nail is almost shot.

Miss Ruby has kept down 3 graham crackers and half a pear. She is still feverish but hasn't vomited since 8:00am. She just got up from another nap and needs some more tylenol. James has kept busy cutting up foam into veggies and making all sorts of soups, stews, pizzas and chinese food with his crop. Not a bad day. xoxo
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Ruby is sick. She was in our bed last night with a fever and when Patrick went to get her some Tylenol, James came and joined us. Patrick came back up and was like, "wha??" It's amazing how one can turn into two so quickly. (james has a radar about this, we swear.) A little while later Ruby puked all over, inclucing on James, and he never even knew it. We changed the whole bed, and his jammies, while he slept.

Poor Rubles. I have been on the couch with her for the last 3 hours. It sure feels good to cuddle up...until she shoots watered down apple juice all over my face.


Sunday, October 26, 2008

This weekend could have gone very badly.

It was going downhill right from the start when James woke up in a horrible mood on Saturday. I was tired, he was naughty and Patrick was (still) sleeping. We had planned on a fun! family! outing! to a local carnival & parade but sadly, doing something fun with my family was the LAST thing on my mind. I called Zoe to see if I was still welcome at her house for some crafting and told Patrick that I would take Ruby. (more like snottily told Patrick, or maybe even huffed or yelled it at him) A while later James came out of his bedroom time as a different boy. I thought about calling Zoe back to cancel but then just took James with me instead. (he could play with Zoe & Kari's boys.)

It was a nice morning, sewing & talking Craftacular business, and we headed home after lunch for the parade. Kate & Natalie came to meet us and we took the kids to the carnival afterwards...this was a lot of fun. I had never brought James to a parade before and it was awesome watching him dive for candy. It was a gorgeous afternoon and I really enjoyed the walk back to our house in the sunshine.

Saturday night gets a little foggy. Oh yeah! I got irritated with Patrick again, as I'm sure he did with me, so we were both grouchy. He hasn't had to work many extra hours in the past months and they are under a deadline now so the last few weeks have been busy for him. (and for me.) This coupled with his (continued) WoW habit (that leaves him extra sleepy on top of his extra hours at work) kind of came to a boiling point this weekend. sigh. Over the last 13 years I have learned a few things that don't work so well with Patrick. (nagging, disrespect & general disgust are included in this list.) From time to time I still like to give them the old college try but always get the same results...a crabby husband who is sick of me. :) So that is how Saturday ended. (we didn't go to sleep angry...just creeped out by each other.) (is that worse?)

Anyways, he got up this morning and went to work. (part of what I was pouting about yesterday.) I did get him a sprinkled donut for the drive which I think earned me some points. He said he wasn't sure if he'd be able to meet us for church at 4:30. growl...he lost some points. Kate came over and I was happy to have someone to listen to me complain for a while.

I'd like to insert an aside here: I don't usually b*tch about my husband for fun. I am usually first to tell an embarrassing story about him but only the ones that he expects me to tell. (which is a lot of them) Man bashing is not a game for me and while it can sometimes be hilarious, it just makes me feel guilty. And, I really don't have much to say about my husband. He is not perfect but God, do I love and respect him. That being said, there is also nothing wrong with talking to a friend when you are feeling down. As the day went on my focus changed from being mad that I was home with the kids again to feeling sad because I miss him. (and because I was home with the kids again, but just a little bit of that.)

I called him at 3:00 and he said he'd meet us! We got ready and were all so happy to see him when we got to church. During the opening songs I laid my head on his shoulder and a few minutes later he slipped his arm around me. happy sigh. Guess what I did then? zzzzzzzz. Yup. I slept through almost the entire service next to my bunny.

I feel bad about sleeping through church (and my favorite pastor!) but I think God understands. That hour of sitting quietly (one of us more quietly than the other) beside each other softened our hearts. I know that he will try a little harder (he already is) and I will try a little harder (I already am) and that by Friday (their ship date & deadline) we'll both be exhausted but that it will be over.

(except for WoW but I have almost come to see WoW as a part of the family.) (A fake fiendish elfin part of the family that I know nothing about but still a part of the family that I put up with because my husband loves it...kind of like an old dog that farts or something.)

Thursday, October 23, 2008


I'm not feeling so hot tonight. Well, I am actually feeling a little bit better now, after finishing some leftover pumpkin pancakes for my dinner, but am still kind of run down. I think my frightening energy levels yesterday have something to do the complete lack of energy today. My basement is awesome. Awesome in a basement-y way, mind you, nothing too fancy. And my mom isn't going to believe this but ALL of my laundry is DONE and AWAY. If you were here last weekend you would see why this is such a big freaking deal.

Here are my good things for today, October 23, 2008:

1. pumpkin pancakes (just a Target mix but with real butter & syrup...oooooooh.)
2. going to mpls. for thanksgiving...seeing my family & being with my husband for 4 days
3. having my family come here for Christmas
4. planning my totally james safe cookie tray for Christmas
5. remembering my little granny and all the cookies she baked for us xoxoxoxoxoxo
6. remembering last weekend with my mom...lots of fun, thanks mom xoxoxooxxo
7. rain tonight, feels cozy, perfect for my sweats
8. did I mention my clean basement?
9. tomorrow is friday
10. james will be in kindergarten next year. sometimes this makes me want to sob, other times it makes me dance a jig
11. p: (yesterday morning, hugging me while surveying our trashed house) what are you going to do today, bunny?
s: (looking around, like ISN'T IT OBVIOUS?!?)
p: (pause) sew?

good night! pics tomorrow, promise. xoxoxo

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

mom, do you wanna hear a story?

S: Sure, Ruby.
R: Once upon a time there was a little boy and he sneezed and his mom said, "God bless you, boy!"


p.s. This is day 3 and I am now officially behind on my unofficial schedule. I've spent the last 4 hours cleaning the basement...MAN, that feels good! :) xoxo

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I have a feeling I may not be around much for a while. Of course, this could change tomorrow, it's so hard to say. I have myself on a loose schedule of preparation for the Craftacular and as of today, day 2, I am right on track. Of course, this could change tomorrow as well. So I guess what I'm saying is that I may or may not be neglecting this blog for the next month.

I'm super excited to do the Craftacular but I also don't want to kill myself/my kids/my sanity over it. What gets done, gets done. What sells, sells. What doesn't sell is a gift ready to go. :)

Like I said, this is day 2. Perhaps by day 22 my post will sound wholey different. I imagine something like, "OH MY GOSH, if I see ONE MORE scarf or PIECE OF FABRIC I'm going to BARF."

I love the Craftacular poster, here it is:I hope you'll stop by if you're local!


ruby's tuesday


*I know this is a little blurry but I just had to post it...so cute in her gramma's glasses.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

we all need haircuts

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advent conspiracy

They showed this little clip at church last night and I just loved it. I can't listen to it this morning to comment on anything particular (headphones won't work, no speakers, gah!) but wanted to post it anyways. This is exactly how I feel about Christmas. I want to buy my kids & family gifts, for sure, but also want to make them stuff and enjoy the coziness of the season and remember to share the love that we have been blessed with...for Christmas to be about Christ.

Just typing that makes me feel like such a hypocrite. I totally get into the commercial side of Christmas, I don't want to come across like I don't, but I'm so happy that our church is specifically addressing this this year...it's just what I need. As a parent, I want my kids to have the tree and the presents but, more importantly, to know about Christ and what a gift that little baby boy was (is) to us.

That being said, I will be back later to post about the Holiday Craftacular that Zoe, Kari & I will be selling at on December 6. Hmmmm. Now how do I tie these 2 things together. ?? xoxo

Friday, October 17, 2008

congratulations rebecca!

(lovely picture found here)

Yesterday afternoon I used the random number generator found here and the winner was lucky number 13...Rebecca! Yay!!

This was really fun and I think I'm going to do it more often. Not to sound sappy but whenever a friend tells me they like something I made, I automatically want to make one for them. Now this is just not possible but I could do something like this a little more often. I have so many awesome people in my life (real life & blog life) and this is a fun way to celebrate that.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

my memory has expanded

I got my new memory card the other afternoon but there wasn't much to shoot from the middle of my bed. Do you like my laundry?
I wished there was something else but there wasn't. So I went to sleep.

A little while later this one woke up. She insists on all these babies & animals go to bed with her.Then James entered the picture.
That's a little better.
And I haven't taken any pictures since! Maybe today. It's just good to know it's in my camera and waiting for me.

We are excited today because someone very special is on her way to visit. Ruby & I are going to get groceries this morning so the rest of the weekend can be spent just having fun with her.

I will be picking a name later this afternoon and I'll let you know the winner tomorrow morning. Have a good Wednesday! xoxo

p.s. If you haven't signed up yet for my banner give away, there's still time! Sign up here until noon today. :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Ever since I saw this advertised at Starbucks last week it's been on my mind. A Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. Oh my gosh...yum! And it's only 8-0-0 calories for a Venti with whip! No problem! I'll just drink half of my daily suggested calorie intake while I drive to the playground!

Alright, maybe not. But I am going to try one this season... a small one with 2%. And whip. :)


First of all...thank you all SO MUCH for the sweet wishes on my blogiversary post. I'm super excited to pick a name on Thursday and send a fun little package out to one of you. xoxoxo

We were at the park on Monday afternoon and I couldn't help but notice this huge expanse of leaves just waiting for someone to come by and rake them up. And then throw them all over and jump in them, of course.

We invited some friends to join us and went back yesterday afternoon. It was a gorgeous day and I think it's such a pretty spot. (with the rough & rugged fly fisherman in the background...you would have liked it too, mom. ;)Ruby running:
Zoe brought along Elijah's foam rocket which James promptly launched up into the tree. I do have a rather suggestive pose of Zoe on the hood of her mini van but that is for her husband's eyes only. sorry!

Of course he shot it up into another tree about 5 minutes later. We were trying to get it down with my bottle of diet coke and Kate managed to get that stuck! Can you see it up there? Oh man, that was hilarious.

Can you see Zoe in the picture below?
There she is!
Little Ada:

Of course the big kids mostly wanted to play with that darn rocket and get tremendously dirty sliding down that little dirt path on the side.
Until I lured them to the leaves by hiding paper cups in the pile:
The competition was fierce:
and fun:
And finally, Natalie loving on her little brother:
He liked it:


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

she made a fish!

Ruby was *so* excited when we picked her up from Sunday school after church on Sunday. "I made a fish!" she hollered over and over, stopping to show anyone who showed the slightest bit of interest.

She was so proud of it and I told her how proud I was of her for happily going into her class in the first place.
"Aw, thanks Mom," she said sincerely, "I wiwwy wike it there."

For as often as I make time to complain about her & her sassiness here, I'd like to say this: There is something so perfect about this girl. Patrick and I are just crazy in love with her and laugh about the things she's said or done every night. (except for the nights when I'd rather forget she exists but those aren't very often...even on a rough day I usually love her again after she's asleep.) :)


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Monday, October 13, 2008

I'm it.

The lovely Allison from Tutta la Storia tagged me for 6 random things and I am *finally* getting them posted. Here are the rules:

The rules are as follows:
  • Link to the person who tagged you

  • Post the rules on your blog

  • Write six random things about yourself

  • Tag six-ish people at the end of your post

  • Let each person know he/she has been tagged

  • Let the tagger know when your entry is up
six random things about me:

1. I was really into collecting KISS bubblegum cards the summer I turned 7.
2. I didn't go to my senior prom.
3. I waited until I was 18 to get my driver's licence.
4. Patrick proposed to me in the broom closet of my favorite bar. (The Locker Room!)
5. Certain pieces of fabric are so perfect they make feel like weeping.
6. My big toe is referred to as a "ski jump" toe by my husband. (He should talk...paddle toe.)

Okay. I tag: Zoe, Vicki, Kari, Jules, Sarah, and Denise! :)

holy cow! let's celebrate!

I just realized that it was 2 years ago this past Saturday that I started this here little blog. Awwww. (You can see my super exciting first month of posting here.)

Just because I love hanging out here and love all of you who hang out with me...
let's have a giveaway!
Now, in the past my giveaways haven't been super successful. Like, one or two people signing up. Which is FINE but is just a wee bit hard on the old ego. So, come on! It's not like it's going to kill you to get one of my reversible Halloween & Harvest banners, is it?!? :) That's what I'd like to send to one of you...whether you are a real life friend, my mom, a fellow blogger or a mysterious lurker...I'd love to share one of these with one of you. I'll send it anywhere in the world, too, so you visitors from the UK and Japan...don't be shy. :)

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post between now and Thursday. On Thursday afternoon I'll use a random number generator to pick a winner. Wheeeeeee!

indian summer*

Someone left a real shovel at the sandbox...Patrick couldn't resist:
A perfect tree for climbing:

sap 101: it's sticky!ruby as the hobbit:
james and his new bff, derek, at d&s:

*thanks to vicki for reminding me that this flippin hot weather has a name! :)

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Just popping in to breathe a sigh of relief and let you know some Halloween & Harvest flag banners are now available in the shop. I've had a rough sewing ride this weekend that involved lots of quality time with my seam ripper. Thankfully these babies saved me this morning. How satisfying to have something actually work out! :)

Have a great Sunday! xoxo

Thursday, October 09, 2008


I am cleaning out my bathroom stuff today and came across this nail polish reference card I made about 7 years ago. I remember loving how pretty it was and calling my sister immediately to tell her she had to make one. She definitely liked the idea, as any good sister would, but I'm not sure if she ever did it. (seester?)

I made this card during a really good time in my life. A year or so earlier I had finally quit a job I hated (church secretary) and started selling vintage stuff on ebay full time. I really enjoyed that year but got kind of lonely working on my own. I didn't want to get some other random job so I started going to MATC. The plan was to get my Associate's degree from there and then transfer to the UW to complete a program in, possibly, civil engineering. I loved MATC. There were lots of non-traditional (OLD) students like myself but I wasn't too old to connect with some of the younger set, either. I made friends right away and felt so happy. I did really well in school, focusing almost all my energies there and just doing some ebay stuff on the side. I appreciated it all so much more than the first (and only) year I went right out of high school. Patrick was also in school at this time, working on his Master's, and we did homework together at coffee shops and all sorts of fun stuff like that.

My memories of this time are wonderful. I felt happy and like myself in a way that I hadn't in years. That boring church job, working with 2 other people I didn't really like, took so much out of me! I was reading a Joyce Meyer book last night, How to Hear from God, and one part stood out to me: If you feel peace in your life, if you feel joy in your heart, you know you are living God's will for you right now. Of course there is a lot more to this that I won't go in to but it really struck me. I believe I am right where God wants me to be right now. Here, in this house raising these kids with my husband. What a gift to know that. I am so thankful.

All of these polishes finally got thrown away today but the nailpolish card? I'm keeping it. It's a reminder of another wonderful time in my life...one so different than this one but just as good in other ways. It reminds me of me, Stephanie, who had time to sit and paint 21 swatches of nail color on and index card and label them. And then call her sister and talk about it for probably a half an hour or so. Awesome. I'm pretty thankful I had that time, too.

can I pay someone to think up clever titles for me?

So. James is now sick with the fever that Ruby had at the beginning of the week. She didn't seem as bad but he is older and does have the ability to vocalize every.little.thing. that is bothering him. poor buddy. (I say through gritted teeth.) ;) He feels better today when the ibuprofen kicks in...even that didn't help much yesterday.

I haven't been writing about my life much lately and am kind of sad about that. I guess I haven't been up to putting the time in right now, as the emotional, heartwarming posts like I usually write do take lots of time. Aside from being hot (get it?) here this week, we've been having good times. Lighting candles & electric pumpkins, making muffins and cookies, designing 11 scarves to sew up (yes, I said designing. I watched project runway last night.), having a beer with friends, loving my bunny, meal planning (finally stopped pouting about not being able to add in dairy and got on with it all). Good stuff. The stuff I usually like to go on and on about. sigh. Oh, self-centered blogging, how I miss thee. heehee.

Alrighty then, back to it. Oh yEah! I finally ordered a 4G memory card for my camera. That is part of my dry spell. My pictures make me sad lately. Even when I get a cute shot it's such a low resolution that I can't crop it or anything. This will change in 3-5 business days.

That being said, here are some pictures from this morning.

I moved all of their toys over to this little nook:

Patrick made me promise he wouldn't come home to find the children sewing:James trying to take the thermometer apart:
Ruby running around and around hollering, "what's happening?!?"

A match made in heaven:


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