Saturday, March 28, 2009

An Evie-ism to tide you over...

I am very sad to report that I will be taking an enforced break from blogging for the next little while because of a dying computer. *sigh* (I know there are those of you waiting with baited breath for my newest post...) This week has flown by and I have got a lot done since I can't stop and blog about my funny kiddos every day. Evie especially has been on one this week. On Wednesday night as I was tucking her in I asked if she wanted me to sing her a lullaby. She nodded yes, so I asked if she had any requests. She took her binkie out and said, "Bon Jovi."

Monday, March 23, 2009

This one's for you Grandpa T.!

We thought you might get a kick out of Jake and Evie groovin' to some Neil Diamond.
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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Picture Princess




We sure think she is a princess, she is such a girly girl! (Case in point, she picked out this outfit to match the hat that she insisted on wearing...) There is a contest at Shabby Apple to win a spring wardrobe, and they have little girls dresses and girls dresses from Shabby baby like this one. It would be fun to win!

Friday, March 20, 2009

There is a pa-que in my shoe!


I know that sounds like a Dr. Seuss book, but a pa-que is what Evie calls guns. Or more accurately, that is the sound she thinks a gun makes. My family gets a big kick out of this as they used to tease me when I was a little girl because my gun sound was pew-pew. (Girls just don't come hard-wired to make shoot-'em-up and explosion noises the way boys do.) The other day I told her to go put on her shoes, and she came running out of her room with a toy yelling, "Dere's a pa-que in my shoe! Dere's a pa-que in my shoe, Mommy!"

I had to laugh yesterday at Jake. He was frustrated with something and said, "That is crazy as heck!" I said, "Crazy as heck, huh?" and he replied, "Yeah Mom, heck, h-e-eck-eck."

I also wanted to show how cute my kids play together, even including Lila as part of the racetrack...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

You are all invited...

...to a bow making party! Go check out my craft blog for details!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Let Your Sham-ROCK!!

See! We are wearing green!


Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody! Hope your day is going as great as ours...

You might notice Evie's outfit, she helped to pick it out. I asked her if she wanted to wear pants or a skirt today and she said, "Ummm... pants and a skirt." I said, "No, you have to choose one or the other." And she said, "Oh, okay. The other."

Monday, March 16, 2009

It's sad when your 5 year old makes you feel stupid...

Jake often uses words that you wouldn't expect a five year old to know, let alone use correctly. For instance, last Friday we went to a St. Patrick's day celebration at our local library and a kid from Jake's school class was there. And what does Jake say? "Hey Mom, there is one of my classmates!" Oh great, I have a pretentious kindergartner on my hands.


And then just a few minutes ago when I asked him to carry the laundry hamper downstairs his response was, "Oh Mom, I really can't... my hands are just too weary." "Weary," I asked incredulously, thinking to myself, "Where did you learn that word?" Jake gave me a rather pitying look and said, "Weary means really tired, mom."

*I had to add some more to this post. Brian just got home from work, he stopped at the store on the way home to get some sort of green food for Jake to take for his St. Patrick's Day party at school tomorrow. He bought green sour apple gummy candies, because all kids love candy right? He excitedly showed them to Jake, who's reaction was a disappointed, "Awww man, I wanted to take celery..." I'm telling you that kid is not normal.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Capturing the Elusive Lila Smile

Wait... could it be?

Almost, not quite...

There it is!

Proof that my baby can smile, even if she is very stingy with them. Evie's favorite game lately is to stick her face right in Lila's and yell "BUGGA BUGGA BOO!" and then run yelling to me, "MOMMY! I GOTS A SMILE FROM YA-YA!" (That girl doesn't do anything quietly...)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Let's go fly a kite...



We joined Grandpa Dave and Uncle Josh for a picnic after church on Sunday, and took advantage of the best kite flying weather we have had for awhile. But we were pretty cold by the end! I love kite flying, it brings back great memories for me. The best kite I ever had was a cool dragon one that I sent away for with cereal box tops... I wonder whatever happened to that kite? How crazy is it that you could fly kites on Sunday and Monday everything was covered in snow again? Anyone else getting cabin fever?

Monday, March 9, 2009

Winners!!!

I LOVE comments and am very happy people wanted to play this game with me. So the winners are

1. Josh and Elena, who both left comments but since they live together will get a doubly awesome prize and thus more people get to play!

2. Emily, or as I always think of her, Emser.

3. Amy, and I have a great mental image of a craft explosion at your house... am I right?

So you guys need to email me your addresses so I can send you your gifts (and put you on my Christmas card list, tee hee hee...) And I hope you all keep this chain going! I am also giving a plug to Josh, if he does a photo for someone like I've shown in an earlier post, people would really want that. He is an amazing artist!

I'm thinking that this was fun and I will probably do this again, so keep watching my blog for random give aways... hey, I'm not above bribing you for your love and comments!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Pay it Forward

1. Be one of the first THREE bloggers to leave a comment on this post, which then entitles you to a handmade item from me (yeah for handmade!).

2. If you are one of the first three to make a comment, you are a winner! And you then agree to post this challenge on your own blog, meaning that you will pay it forward, creating a handmade gift -anything!- for the first THREE bloggers who leave a comment on YOUR post about this giveaway!

3. The gift that you send to your 3 friends can be from any price range and you have 365 days to make/ship your item. This means you should be willing to maintain your blog at least until you receive your gift and have shipped your gifts. And, remember it’s the spirit and the thought that count!

4. When you receive your gift, blog about it!

Go ahead and start your own Pay It Forward chain, and encourage your blogging friends to do the same! It's all about paying it forward. Enjoy!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Why people should invite us over to play Guitar Hero...

(Sorry about the video quality, I'm still figuring this out...)
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Don't mind the tongue, apparently he is channeling his inner Gene Simmons...

I'm thinking that eventually we will have to break down and upgrade from the Game Cube. These kids have too much natural rhythm to be repressed!

Monday, March 2, 2009

I'm a Happy Hooker...

Okay, get your mind out of the gutter....

I checked this book out of the library last week. Since I already know how to crochet I got it for the patterns, but I ended up reading it from cover to cover one night when I picked it up to browse through the patterns. If you want to learn how to crochet this is an excellent book to walk you through the basics. If you already know how to crochet, it is hilariously written. As I was leafing through the front I started to laugh out loud as I recognized myself in the descriptions of obsessive crafters. Here are some terms you need to know to spot someone with this disorder:

"LYS: Local Yarn Store. The small independent shop in your area that carries an overwhelming number of yarns of different types of fibers, as well as knitting and crocheting supplies.

UFO: Unfinished Object. Many crocheters (or substitute any other craft here) have a good number of these, hanging in tote bags in the back corners of their closets or stuffed into baskets and shoved under the bed. Though they are a constant source of shame and anxiety, they are also a sign that you've crossed over the line from casual crocheter to truly obsessed.

WIP: Work in Progress. Similar to a UFO, in that it's unfinished, a WIP is a project that you're actively making progress on. While you might want to include your UFOs with your WIPs, anything that your hands haven't touched in more than six months can't fairly be considered to be "in progress." If you have to take it out of the bag because you can't remember what's in there, it doesn't count."

I have often referred to myself as an ADD crafter because I can't seem to be loyal to a project (unless it has to be finished by a certain time, i.e. my wedding dress...)
and flit from sewing to quilting to knitting to crochet to cross-stitch with reckless abandon. Now I know that I have crossed over from "casual to truly obsessed."

Now for a confession, I have over 10 afghans in various states of completion, some of which I know are just waiting until I can "frog" them, reclaim the yarn, and start over again on something completely different. Indeed, I have probably close to 15 totes filled to overflowing with fabrics, yarns, ribbons, laces, threads, and the assorted tools necessary to my hobbies. I was laughing with my dad and brother lately over my obsession and I thought it very sweet of Josh to call me an artist. Yes, I am fiber artist... I like the sound of that.

Once when Dinee and Tay were over watching a Jazz game, Taylor reached up and grabbed a knitted throw. As he was pulling it off the back of the couch, he suddenly stopped and looked at me and asked, "Is this finished and can I use it?" I had to laugh, because it was a fair question in my living room where there are never fewer than six WIPs at any one time. Well, I may not have two years worth of food storage but I am confidant that I can trade clothing and blankets for what we'll need. I could easily outfit a neighborhood for about two years with what I have stashed away... and JoAnn's is having a sale this week, hmmm....

I'll end this post with one of my favorite quotes:
Creative clutter is better than idle neatness. *

(*that makes me feel a little better about my obsession.)