Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Yesterday morning brought us gorgeous weather! It was just right for an impromptu mud pit extravaganza for the kids (and warm enough to spray them off with the hose). By afternoon, the sky was a dark as could be and we had rain. During dinner, James got very excited about a double rainbow outside the window. At first we were skeptical because we didn't see a thing. Then we realized that being a part of vertically challenged set has its advantages. From his viewpoint he could see the whole thing, whereas we couldn't see it at all!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
In other news, I have exceeded my tackiness quota for the year by going to a baby shower, and....drumroll, please....bringing my baby home wearing one of the gifts. Yes, its true. On Saturday, I went to the above-mentioned friends' baby shower with Tyler in tow. Somewhere during the gift opening, there was quite the rumble in the general vicinity of Tyler's hindquarters. Soon after, I realized that he had exceeded his diaper capacity and had a poop-splosion! And do you think I brought extra outfit? Oh, no! He rarely ever has these, so I don't usually carry an outfit with me. (Now I do :) So, I had taken him to the lobby area and was cleaning him up the best I could when an aunt came down. She insisted on getting me something from Baby Armando's stash, even though I protested. She went and got an outfit for Tyler to wear. Nothing like showing up to your friends' baby shower only to rip the tags off their stuff and put it on your own kid. That's high-class stuff people. I can just imagine someone seeing Tyler in his stolen outfit and thinking, 'hey, that's just like the outfit I got for Armando!' Uhhhhhh........maybe it is.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Strange, huh? Well, Jeff swears by it now and uses it all the time. Who knew something so weird could work so well?
Monday, September 14, 2009
Here are a few pictures of the coat I made for Katie. (Click on it to make it bigger) I am very happy with the way it turned out, especially since I have never made a coat before. It also has hidden pockets which were a first for me. The coat fabric I found at a yard sale for 50 cents and washed it several times to get the musty smell out of it. The lining fabric I also found at a different yard sale and knew I'd find a good use for it. The buttons were from Grandma Kate Heppner's button box, and were perfect for the coat! She would be proud, I'm sure, except I didn't include any sparkly lace or sequins which she loved to sew onto anything and everything. :)
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
- Made two loaves of multi-grain bread from a new recipe
- Made a huge batch of cinnamon rolls
- Roasted a chicken
- Located the jammies I hid from James (and myself!) and sewed the button holes and buttons
- Picked said chicken
- Cut the tops off of four of our Jack-Be-Little pumpkins, hollowed them out, filled them and got them ready to bake
- Made chicken poppy seed casserole
- Baked bread
- Put pumpkins and poppy seed casserole in oven
- Started a big pot of stock with the chicken carcass
- Sat down to write a blog entry instead of wrap James' presents which I really should be doing right now but I am too tired too
Tomorrow I hope to post some pictures of James and Katie, but for now, I've got a few more things to do...is it bedtime yet??????
Happy Birthday, James!!! We love you very much!!
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
And in other news, since my children turn 4 and 2 this week (seriously...how did this happen?), they moved up in their classes at church. Katie moved from the nursery to the 2-3's class, and James moved from there to the preschool class. Katie cried for about 12 seconds, then went in to play. James walked right in and didn't look back. (This was a big change from his long adjustment period in the nursery.) He loved his class and hasn't stopped talking about it since. He wants to go to church every day. Katie seemed to have fun, and even got to make a craft. Gotta love an imaginative Sunday school teacher...dolls out of panty hose and toilet paper. Now that's using what you have! I think once Katie realizes that 2-3's is not just one big giant Cheerio-stealing fest she'll have a lot of fun! And I am sure her little palate will soon grow to appreciate the subtleties of a good animal cracker too.
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Yesterday we took a fun, spur of the moment trip up to Piscataway, New Jersey. Piscataway, I just love to say that word. It makes me giggle. Anyway, we went up for a cook-out at Rachel and Phil's apartment. We had a blast! And Happy Birthday, Rachel! I refuse to believe you are 25 years old already. That means I'll be turning 30 soon. Yikes!
Friday, September 04, 2009
Nap times = good.
Laundry = bad.
Sewing = good.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Update: I did it! I picked out the offending button hole without sustaining any major injuries. I remade it, sewed on the buttons and as Mom would say...Sha-ZAM! Its done! Yeeeeehaw! I think this might be one of the favorite-est things I have ever made!!
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
One winter a steer wandered out on the frozen surface of the pond. As it reached the middle of the pond, the ice gave way under the steer’s weight. The poor thing thrashed around trying to get its footing but to no avail. Its owner managed to find the steer in time to try and rescue it. He threw a rope around its neck and tried to haul it out with his truck. It was futile. The steer died in the water and was wedged in such a way as to make it impossible to get out. The ice closed in around it and suspended the carcass in the surface of the ice. A hump remained jutting through the ice to remind us of what was there. That winter, we ice skated around the steer. Why waste a good opportunity to skate even if there is a dead carcass frozen in the middle of the ‘rink’? It stayed planted there till spring began to thaw the ice. We walked out to look at it and saw that the catfish had hollowed out the rib cage entirely. There was even one darting in and out as we watched: the food chain at work. When the ice was soft enough, they got the steer out and we went back to swimming in the pond with the carnivorous catfish. Can you tell there was a lack of cultured entertainment during our dating years? Nothing encourages romance like skating hand in hand around a dead steer. You should try it sometime.