Thursday, October 29, 2009
He seems better right now but we all know what that means....haha. A big fat lot of NOTHING. :) I'm mildly curious to see where the next few days takes us but at the same time, nothing will surprise me.
I probably shouldn't say that, should I?
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Hmmmmm. However, when I actually cut the fleece out it puzzled me a little. It looked rather large and helmet-like and not so cute & acorn-like like the original. BUT! I measured and calculated and should trust myself a little, I said to myself.
So, I sewed it together. And this is what I got:
Maybe it's my instincts I should trust and not my math?? After some hysterical laughter I realized that while the hat did need to be wider, it didn't necessarily need to be taller. Aha. A little shaping and back to the sewing machine:
Okay, still a bit big and pointy but getting better. Right??
After another round with the scissors and machine, this is what I got. Not exactly the cute & cuddly profile I was looking for.
At this point Ruby was requiring a fistful of mini marshmallows, instead of the original 3, to try the hat on and I was just plain tired of it all. (and almost out of marshmallows)
I may revisit this hat someday but probably not. There are many other hat patterns out there and there is ALWAYS Target. xoxoxo
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
See? James looks like he's having so much of "the fun."
He can hardly take anymore.
The next fun project was making a cozy bed, which he then curled up in and slept for nearly 4 hours: (fun!)
while his sister rinsed the dirty dishes: (I wish I was kidding. She loved it and the grossest thing she touched was a wet noodle)
She looks how I felt. (the black stuff is frosting, not a black eye) (yes, that's a bag of ruffles in the background and yes, every light in the house was on. Haven't you all heard of SAD?)
Ruby and I had a lot more fun while James was asleep but I'll have to show you that tomorrow. Right now I have to peel 2 kids off of each other. I had to separate them earlier and predicted that they'd be okay until 1:30. We actually made it until 2:00! I just had to say to Ruby, "Ruby, you WILL NOT touch your brother's penis with those tongs."
Monday, October 26, 2009
Never one to ignore a
I started finally feeling better on Friday. Feeling better means I had more energy, didn't need a nap or go to bed at 7pm. Yay! I have felt good (still stuffed up but WHATEVER, can totally handle that!) ever since and am so thankful. Especially because James is sick now! His started with a fever Friday afternoon, fever on and off all day Saturday, no fever Sunday, slight cough throughout the weekend, and woke up this morning wheezing, coughing and gasping for breath with a 102 degree fever. Needless to say I threw him in the van and headed to the ER. (It was 5:30am) OF COURSE, within 15 minutes his fit stopped and he was breathing fine. Still went to ER and he checked out fine (just a virus, not H1N1 they don't think) and they were so nice to me even though I felt dumb. (should say that a girl in his class was out with H1N1 last week and I am considered high risk so I am taking it pretty seriously) He is on the couch and crabby and I hope he falls asleep soon. (I think Ruby does, too.) It's a bummer because this was supposed to be the week I could finally take Ruby to see some friends (after 2 weeks of all me all the time, pretty much) but that's life. I am so thankful that James was not sick while I was. So thankful.
Okay, so that's where we are, health wise. If I don't show up here again for the rest of the week it is because we are consumed with sickness or something. And really, I can't bear to speak of it anymore. :)
Moving on. Making bias tape (binding tape, really, as it's not cut on the bias) is time consuming but rewarding. And cheaper, for sure. Here's what I've got ahead of me:
Here is some that I finished. (a fave)
Here's James at the ER this morning. He's into the tic tac toe right now.
Here's me last night after Patrick sprayed me with the sink sprayer. Just because I put one tiny ice cube down his shirt. What a baby. Don't I look happy?
Here is when I tried to get a shot of the happy couple. (us) He practically broke my wrist but he did not get the camera like he tried to after this. HA!Oh, and yesterday was gorgeous. James' fever was gone but I didn't want him around his buddies (their last soccer game was yesterday) just in case (and I'm glad I kept him away, obviously) but he did feel up to getting out. We went for a short hike in New Glarus. Gorgeous.
And before I forget, a few things that made me feel really good recently:
- gorgeous weather one day last week...it was almost 70. Ruby and I were outside all morning and then napped in the afternoon. so nice.
- the amazing golden maple leaves everywhere
- some time by myself
- making something really cute that I can't show you right now (but it's soooooo cute!)
- baking day with Ruby (we made cookies, pie and bread one morning)
- the white mocha I got on the way home this morning
- our walk yesterday
- some time at the park another day last week
- nice words from others about James
- being able to stay up until 10:30 (!!) to watch a movie and stamp on some cards
- good library books (this one in particular)
- tasting stuff when you haven't been able to for a while
- speaking of that...how the first drink of Coke, after a long time away from it, reminds me of Christmas
- lunch with Patrick and Ruby on a rainy day last week (that chopped chicken bbq salad that panera is advertising really is goooooood.)
- um, I have another tiny baby growing inside of me. happy sigh.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I'm signing off for a while. Everything is fine, I'm feeling better, but not 100% and am sick of talking about it. (but can't think of anything else to say, either, too much work.) I'll probably be back before Halloween, but just in case....I wish you all a scary one! (and good days until then.)
Monday, October 19, 2009
Anyways, let's forget about that, okay? (Only not the parts about Ruby being such a trouper, James praying for me, and Patrick coming home early almost every night. I'll keep those parts.)
I didn't get any crafting done after finishing those towels last week, until this past weekend. I finally got 3 dozen cookies cut out (need 1 dozen more) (note: do not try and sharpen your fabric scissors with a knife sharpener) and a bunch of cards done. The cards still need to be stamped and I will probably do that later today. This week was supposed to be my hot pad week but since I have make up work I switched it to banners. I love making those banners and they are pretty easy once everything is cut out. I am excited to make up some more binding tape, too. (am geek.)
Below is a picture of Ruby at the "family friendly" Haunted Trail put on by the Humane Society. I guess it's family friendly if you like your kids to see men in Jason masks walking around with large bloody knives. Oh, and lots of girls in cages with blood on them. ???? Yeah, I'm going to forget about that wasted $20 bucks, too. At least it's for a good cause but we will definitely not bring the kids there again. I thought they might be scarred for life but both have already forgotten it (or blocked it out). (another note: call & confirm what "family friendly" specifically means in the future)
Friday, October 16, 2009
I am still sick so I have no new photos or anything much to tell you about. If I did have new photos they would be of Ruby sitting in her doll highchair in front of the TV for the 5th hour straight or of James eating his 3rd piece of plain cinnamon bread as an after school snack (store bought, naturally). Or maybe one of Patrick making me a grilled cheese that he knew I couldn't taste one bite of but really liked the idea of.
So, instead of having no picture, here is one from 3 years ago. I thought they were so flipping cute.
Still hoping tomorrow is the day I'll feel better. It's got to be one of those tomorrows, right? xoxo
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
As for the star of this show, me, (ha!) all that optimism yesterday was for naught. Still sick. Not going to Duluth this weekend but will aim for next. The trip is just too long to do by myself when I'm not feeling well. (and not much fun, either!) That's my update. Oh, and if you've called me in the last few days, I'm sorry I haven't gotten back to you. I will soon. xoxo
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Surprise! We are home today. My cold is up/down throughout the day so I hesitate to say I am feeling better today. I guess I'll say it, though, what the heck. Live a little, right? The pressure in my head seems somewhat less than yesterday and even though I can't taste a thing, I do feel slightly better. Maybe I'll be well enough to travel on Thursday. Hope so.
Other than that, not much new here. I have done a buttload of laundry (that's a lot, in case you weren't sure how much a buttload was) and finished the seasonal switch of all of our shoes, jackets & hats. I even got out the snow stuff because it doesn't seem so far fetched that we might need them in October this year. (as our friends in MN will tell us)
Off to pretend I can taste some lunch! xoxo
Monday, October 12, 2009
My fingers are too cold to type and my blood pressure is so low my sister thinks I must be sleeping (96/60 at the dr. this morning...maybe all that contentment I was feeling last night was really because I am *this* close to slipping into a coma) so I won't be long here. We did hear a little heartbeat this morning and that was the best feeling. Yay for heartbeats!
Okay, I'm done. xoxoxoxoox
Sunday, October 11, 2009
So yeah, Saturday ended on a good note. Saturday night, during the night, was lousy with illness related stuff but can be forgotten now as it is over. This morning I started out feeling a little better but
We then headed to the mall to kill an hour before James' soccer game. Ruby had no interest in the play area (she's not feeling good, either) but there was a woman with a 10 week old baby boy next to us and she was all over that. She kept trying to peek under this woman's nursing cover up...it was pretty funny. (soon, dear Ruby, you will see more nursing action than you ever thought possible...) The woman was really nice and I enjoyed talking with her. She was telling me how she cried for over 6 hours when she found out her second child was also a boy. :( She really wanted a girl and says they are stopping at 2 kids. I told her to give it a couple years...she might be more willing to try again. :)
After the mall we went to James' soccer game. It was a freezing but sunny day and we had all bundled up so it felt pretty good to be out in it. It was good to be outside and see our friends a little. After the game we went to Noodles for dinner and by the time we were heading home, at 6:45, I felt ready for bed. So now it's 9 and I am finally getting there. (I decided to do just a little sewing after the kids went to bed.)
I finished 7 of my 12 dishtowels (shown below) for this week and have a good start on the other 5 (also shown below...partially finished...new design)...will probably finish them tomorrow. My goal for this week is to get lots of felt cookies cut out and as many cards done as I can handle. This will depend, of course, on how myself and the fam is feeling. We are also supposed to leave for Duluth on Thursday but I can cut cookies out there (and leave them to be beaded by my darling mother) as well as here.
So, to make a long story still pretty long, that is why I am feeling content. A weekend that could have been totally yucky ended up having so many really nice little moments. xoxo
I have a doctor appt. early tomorrow so I won't have anything new here until the afternoon when I will pop in and announce the WINNER of the banner! Thank you all for commenting...especially Teresa, a formerly unknown-to-me reader who assured me she is not creepy. :)
Friday, October 09, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Oh...wait a minute.
Three years later things are pretty much the same over here. I started this blog because I thought blogs were cool and wanted one of my own. I thought it would be a great way to share pictures of the kids with my family and a fun way for me to record our days together. Along the way I have picked up a few readers...some I know now as friends, some who are still strangers to me (but say the sweetest things), some who I still don't know who they are (praying for goodies not baddies), some of my real life friends and, of course, my dear family. I never really expected a bunch of readers...what I write about is probably a snooze to most so to have anyone interested in reading what I write here is such a compliment. I don't blog because I think I am particularly special, or a great writer, I blog because I know our life, however mundane it is, is so special...just because we have it! It's all such a gift. I'm thankful for ALL of it and writing about it helps me really remember and appreciate the smallest things. I love looking back through my archives. Love it. I imagine it's the same as looking through a scrapbook or something.
With the dawn of Facebook (which I know happened a long time ago and I was pretty late to the party) there is another way to share this blog. I go back and forth about feeding these posts into my Facebook profile. I have received a lot of positive feedback over there and really appreciate that. I think most people understand what this is. I always worry that someone will think I share this because I think we're all so great over here. HA! Like I said, I do think our life is pretty great but it's not because of anything WE do. I thank God for all of it, folks. I also get a big kick out of sharing the hard stuff along with the fun stuff because I know how good it feels (because of my awesome friends) to hear about someone else in the same rough parenting waters that you're in. Or how their house is always messy and their kids never eat their dinner, either. Man, that helps. So, anyways.
I'd like to say a big thank you to all of you who stop by here and read about our days. Thank you for the support and fun comments. I really appreciate all of it and even though I would truly still blog if no one else read it, it sure is fun to have some company.
In celebration, I'd like to send a fabric Halloween banner like the one above (the pic shows about half of it) out to one VERY LUCKY winner. Please don't be shy! Leave a comment here or over on Facebook and I will choose one name on Monday morning. I'll happily send this anywhere, to anyone.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
James has early release today and Ruby's eyes are definitely better so I think we actually get to DO SOMETHING later on. Oh my. My heart is all a-fluttery just thinking about it.
One benefit of being home the last 2 days, and staying home on Saturday, is that I've gotten a lot of crafting done. I forgot to put a couple things on my MASTER CRAFTY LIST (as I shall refer to it from now on) so I added them in, effectively putting off the task I don't want to do this week...those darn dishtowels. (those are more work than they look like they would be) Here's what I've been up to:
pincushions: (sorry for the craptastic color in this pic)
vintage light bulb ornaments*:
lots of them:
and my wine sleeves (much cuter on an actual wine bottle but, HEY, I'm pregnant, remember??) :
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
We are home today, snug and dry albeit oozy and germ laden. It's a rainy day but there's lots of traffic in our quiet neighborhood because it's big garbage pick up day on Wednesday, when the city will pick up whatever you've got (within reason) that is above and beyond normal garbage type stuff, like furniture, and people are out on the prowl. I've been hauling stuff out to our pile all morning and tonight Patrick is going to put out our biggest ticket item...an old treadmill. Hopefully someone will grab it before it gets too wet. I can guarantee it won't be there in the morning.
James is back at school today, his ears feeling 100% better. Ruby's eyes are a little better but she spiked a fever during the night and feels pretty crappy today. She is napping now...how nice is that? (for both of us.)
I'm tired and looking forward to an early bedtime tonight. Dinner is already made and we might make some pink eye cookies after school. For our family only, of course. xoxo
Monday, October 05, 2009
I have been up since 3:30 (but had a really nice morning to myself) so I'm going to try and nap a little now.
Above is some more fall decorating. I've since added pumpkins & gourds and like how cozy it feels. :) Back tomorrow. xoxo
WAIT A MINUTE: My sister passed her test!!!!! She is now OFFICIALLY a nurse!!! Yay, Andrea!! I am so proud of you, smartie pants. xoxoxooxoxoxoxoxo