Thursday, October 29, 2009

you will never guess what happened!

James spiked a fever this morning, after 2 days of being fever free, and puked all over himself and the van. Luckily we hadn't left town yet (we were headed to Madison to do a couple errands) so I could whisk him right back home, strip him naked in the garage, and wrap him up in my jacket to carry him inside. He thanked me very sincerely, which made me tear up a little. What a sweetheart.

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

what doesn't kill me...

I wanted to modify this baby hat pattern to fit a larger child, like Ruby. Okay, not a big deal. I already modified it once (smaller) and it worked brilliantly so I was all cheery starting out. I did my little calculations and carefully measured 1.5" out from the original pattern all around. I was feeling pretty clever when I took this first photo.

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

the fun, it doesn't stop

This was just one of the many, many fun projects we did yesterday.
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

for kristy

My aunt called me yesterday and wanted to know what the heck I'm thinking not blogging for so long. :) Just kidding, she just said she missed hearing from me and that was very nice. Thank you, Miss Kristy. xoxo

Never one to ignore a threat request, I decided to stop by and give you a little update. There's not much, trust me.

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 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 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

until then,

annie halloween, originally uploaded by stephaniekg.

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


I am happy to say that I am finally feeling better. I am still stuffed up but overall feeling 90% better. I plan on taking it easy this week because my hope is to try for a trip to Duluth again on Thursday. That was 8 days sick because of a cold. I hadn't made the connection (typical of me) that maybe it was so bad because I am pregnant until a couple of friends mentioned that possibility to me. I guess my immune system is busy protecting that little one inside and I am left to fend for myself in the cold & germy world. Ugh. I wonder what I'll get next?? I do remember being sick during my other pregnancies, and sad that I couldn't take Dayquil, but I don't remember it ever being like this one. I feel like I understand a little bit better why pregnant women are encouraged to get their flu shots.

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)

Just a side note: Ruby has been riding in this mei tai for over 2 years now and we're both still comfortable with it. I know I won't want her body pushed against my belly for much longer though, and while she could ride on my back for a while, the end of wearing her is drawing near. (sniff) I have to say that wearing a new tiny one is one of the things I look most forward to. I love my ring sling but have these ideas in my head for a modified mei tai that I really want to try...I want to make more of a newborn sized one with a little pocket inside for those tiny curled up legs. xoxo
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Friday, October 16, 2009

3 years ago

DSC01048, originally uploaded by stephaniekg.

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

the boring saga continues...

Possibly Ruby's first drawing of a person. Love. Also? She sweetly tucked in a dime and a penny yesterday, on a slice of bread. Love.

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
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

finally finished these bad boys

I finally finished these flipping towels last night. I do like this new style, though. The white one is my favorite. $5 and one can be yours come Thanksgiving weekend. :)

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
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sharp as a tack, I tell ya

Last night:

J: Mom, can I have more of those chicken strips that aren't strips but are smaller and don't have any chicken in them?

S: You mean tater tots?

J: Yeah, tater tots.

(too bad this is blurry.)

Monday, October 12, 2009

congratulations, heidi!

I just picked Heidi's name out of my trusty bucket as the winner of my Halloween banner. Congrats, Heidi! :) I will get that to you very soon.


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
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Sunday, October 11, 2009

weekend update

(coloring is hard work)
Tonight I am feeling so content. We were all, except James, sick all weekend and so there was lots of laying around and taking turns napping. It got to me a little yesterday afternoon but then Patrick went to get Culver's for dinner and we all sat on the couch and watched part of Cheaper by the Dozen (with Steve Martin) and that cheered me up immensely. There's something so cozy to me about all watching a movie or show together. We are just starting to do this now as the kids are both getting older and will sometimes watch something other than a cartoon. (Ruby more than James...he's loved MythBusters & Dirty Jobs for a while now) (and even though I think Mike Rowe is kind of hot I can hardly watch Dirty Jobs, it makes me want to puke almost every time.)

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
felt awful again by about 11am. I took a hot shower and a nap and decided we should just get out of the house for a while. We went to Target to get a new coffee pot first and since Ruby was sleeping when we arrived, just James & I went in. I hadn't spent any time alone with him in a while and it was so nice. It is so fun watching your kids grow up. I adore him. So Target was good.

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 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 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

like this

This is not how I am feeling this morning, but it's what I'm trying for. Wish me luck. :)

I hope you have a happy weekend!

Don't forget to sign up in my giveaway!

(and p.s. everyone is saying the sweetest stuff over there, and on fb, but you don't have to! Just say hi. ;)

Thursday, October 08, 2009

three whole years (aka WIN FREE STUFF)

Three years ago this month (on the 11th, to be exact) I started this little blog. Things sure have changed since then! I used to talk about random things that made me happy, stuff I thrifted, recipes that sounded yummy, my kids, and how we spent our time. Ha! Remember how boring that was??

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

here we are at home!

A couple of weeks ago my mom sent us a care package and inside was a ton of vintage buttons and cashmere for me. How great is that? (thanks, mom!) The buttons were all separated by color in their own baggie and while this was handy in some ways, I really hated those baggies. (sorry, mom!) Yesterday Ruby had the time of her life emptying all those baggies full of buttons into a jar. Seriously. It kept her occupied for over an hour and then she spent the rest of the day playing with the buttons that I gave her. (teddy bears? come on, mom!)

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??) :

*there's a story about these: Years ago my uncle Frank gave us all an ornament made out of an old Christmas bulb. I thought it was such a cute idea and have always kept mine. When I found some a while ago at the dig I scooped them up! I couldn't remember how he attached the hanging part (mine is packed away with my Christmas stuff) so this is what I came up with...some of my favorite vintage bias tape, ribbon & hot glue. I love them. :) James kept badgering me for one (I ended up giving him an orange one) and I told him, "No! These are like CASHOLA, baby." He looked at me strangely and walked away, probably thinking it was time for mama to put down the hot glue. xoxo

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

ruby's tuesday

Here are some pics from over the weekend when Ruby was being a "bad good guy." She is fairly ferocious in this role and should not be messed with.

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 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 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

pink eye & double ear infection

AKA my kids: Ruby (eyes) and James (ears). We are home now with lots of medications and everyone is really feeling pretty fevers or anything. James' ears hurt horribly before the tylenol & motrin cocktail kicked in. Poor kid.

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
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