Wednesday, January 31, 2007
I am officially over you. Not that I wanted you around to begin with, but in past years you have had the decency to infect us for only a week or so. This year you have officially overstayed your welcome. Your nasty, icky, annoying germs have been plaguing us off and on since November. November! I don't even let people I like stay around that long!
Please pack up your belongings-your cough medicine, ibuprofen, thermometers, Kleenex, chicken soup, humidifiers, children's cold medicine- and vacate the premises immediately. As in right now. Your presence cannot be tolerated any longer! Because you have chosen to overstay your welcome (though, truth be told, you never were really welcome) my poor family has been stuffy, chough-y and generally feeling gross for far too long! Be gone!
Claire, Aaron and our munchkins
If only it were that easy. Too bad we can't just send an eviction notice to germs and tell them to take a hike and have them actually leave. Wouldn't that be lovely? I know we are not the only ones who have been dealing with the round robin illness this year. Lots of families we know have been perpetually sick since the fall-kids just keep infecting each other again and again in a yucky kleenex and vitamin C filled cycle. Maybe this is just normal cold and flu season and I am only feeling it extra hard this year because I have a three year old in preschool activities. Maybe I just need to get over it and accept the germs as part of my life from mid-November to March. Maybe we need to have vitamin C IVs from now on.
Sorry girls. I'm grouchy and sick again and my darling babies are finally feeling better, which I am thrilled about, but I truly do not have the energy to take care of them today. They are finally "napping". I can hear them singing in their beds, which is so stinkin' cute. I hope they fall asleep, though. Please, PUHLEEZE fall asleep little ones!
I very briefly considered calling my mom to take them for the day, but I know she'll just laugh at me and say "I had 4 kids and no family to help me and I always managed to take care of you when I was sick." It's basically her version of a "I walked uphill both ways to school in the middle of a January blizzard" story. So instead I whine to you guys about it. Aren't I nice? I swear, I'm not going to post again until I have something interesting to say.
**Blogger still won't let me add pics. Anyone else having this problem?
Saturday, January 27, 2007
My booksop. The door will be straight!
Friday, January 26, 2007
How cute are these sailor suits?? I promise not to make
PS. All you experienced sewers out there-should I trace the vintage patterns onto new pattern tissue or should I try to use what is in the envelopes? The sizes aren't a big deal because she'll need to grow into all of them.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Seriously, how could I not buy the highchair when it came with such a cutie? Peanut was so proud to be in that chair, which is obvious by the grin onher face. Priceless. Of course Monkey Boy wasn't to be left out so we had to put him in it and take his picture also, but I won't bore you with the gory details. There have been alot of gratuitus kid pics around here lately, but the projects I have been working on don't photograph well as WIP. I am making a purse out of denim and, well, the pics are boring, frankly! And we can't have that, now can we?
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Yesterday Stacey and I spent an hour or so taking pics of my little creations in between seperating our kiddos from each other. They are going through a phase. My monkey boy is a bit older than her little guy and he enjoys antagonizing him. Poor Aiden dosen't know what to do with himself!
Our girls were sweet as ever, I guess little sisters learn real quick to ignore their older brothers. They were probably just happy for the break in terrorism. When Monkey Boy isn't terrorizing his friends he's going at it with his sister. Mainly he "loves" too hard, but now that she is walking he likes to come up behind her and just barely nudge her. She is still pretty unsteady on her feet, so she usually tumbles to the ground and he goes giggling off to his room, because he knows that is where he'll be sent anyway. Guess I need to come up with a new punishment, huh?
Siblings are fun aren't they? In between fights and nudges and punches, my kids are the sweetest creatures. There is nothing my boy likes better than sitting snuggled on the couch watching a movie with his sister. She, being 15 mos, isn't always on board with that, but when they are it is the cutest thing.
I am looking forward to seeing how their friendship evolves over the years!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
It was dark out, so the lighting is bad, it looked much better in person!
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Some folks pointed out that it was reeeaaaallly hard to find my email in the original Swap post, so I fixed it, by putting it in bold for ya all to see! I had a hard time finding it, too and was beginning to think I was crazy, but it was there being all modest and stuff. Silly email.
So now go sign up! It's going to be really fun and some amazingly talented ladies have signed up, so you should too!
So, once again I didn't make it thrifting and as sad as that is, I'm ok with it. I had a nice long brunch with some friends at Tower Cafe, yum yum! While there, my girlfriend gave me my xmas gift-a cupcake cookbook. The recipes are crazy good sounding-Sticky Fig Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Sauce, Butter Almond Teacakes, Fruity Nutty Harvest Cupcakes. Mmmmm. Who wants to come over for a cupcake party? Be here at noon. We'll skip lunch and have tea and cupcakes instead. My friend jokingly said she expects Aaron to bring her different cupcakes each week while I cook through the recipes. They work in the same building, so it makes it easy for me to send her treats through him, which is kind of fun. She was kidding, but I might just do it! Should I start with Coconut Snowball Cupcakes or Peanut butter Cupcakes with a Milk Chocolate glaze...
Really what I need to be baking today are scones and muffins. We have an unhealthy addiction to Starbucks and their baked goods. To combat that, I have found two (one, two) really yummy sounding scone recipes to try and I'll try to squeeze time to make our favorite muffins. Usually I make the muffins in big tins, but I think today I am going to go for mini muffins. I also add shredded carrots and raisins. Perfect for tea parties, no?
Before I go bake, I have been tagged by Amanda to tell you 6 weird things about me. Basically I am just weird by nature, but really, aren't we all. When I tell me husband that he is weird he always responds with "No, hon, I'm cute and endearing!" So I'm to tell you 6 "cute and endearing" ie. weird things about me...
1. Like Amanda, I can control my dreams a bit. Usually the only ones I can control are the nightmares. Once I figure out that it is a dream I can usually yet at whatever is scaring me or otherwise harming me and wake myself up. It's quite handy, actually. Especially since when I am pregnant I am quite prone to nightmares. I guess that can be weird thing number 2.
2. When I am pregnant I am quite prone to nightmares. Usually the "my husband doesn't love me anymore" variety. I like my husband an awful lot, so when I dream that he is telling me he doesn't love me, it is pretty scary. Especially when I am pregnant. There are plenty of mornings when I have woken up mad at him. Poor guy! I'm not PG right now, so I haven't had those dreams in awhile.
3. I don't know what I want to be when I grow up. When I was in college I changed my major 7 times and ultimately never finished because I still don't know. I have a good idea that when I do go back I'll go for an art degree of some kind, but now isn't the time for that. Someday.
4. I can't make coffee. If I go near the coffee maker it is guaranteed the coffee will suck. I read the directions, I improvise, I follow someone else's directions and it never fails. The coffee sucks. But that is OK, Aaron makes great coffee and I have no problem letting him make coffee perpetually.
5. I think Back to the Future Christopher Lloyd is cute. Not cute, like I wanna make out with him cute, but he's a smart funny old man cute. Hmm. That really is weird. I told my husband and our best friends this last night and the room exploded into laughter and "Oh my gosh you are soooo weird!" Well, duh people.
6. I didn't get my drivers license until I was 18, almost 19. And if I hadn't gone to college 20 mins away I probably would have used public transportation (which I actually enjoyed taking, that's weird, too) forever. Because CSUS was 20 mins from my house by car, it was about 2 hours from my house on RT and that just didn't fly with me, the non morning person!
Ok, there are 6 of my weird traits. I could probably do this a bazillion more times and not get all my weirdness out. Hey, that's what makes me so cute and endearing, right? So now, I am supposed to tag a bunch of people, huh? Kay, I tag Kate, Carolyn and Beki. It's quite alright if you don't want to do it, it totally won't bother me! ;)
Monday, January 15, 2007
Allright, girls! It is time to do a Brooch Swap! If you would like to participate pease email me at lily_clairedesigns at yahoo dot com. Here are the terms of the swap:
-email me with your name, your blog, if you have one, and the email you would like your partner to contact you at, by Friday, January 19. At that time the swap will be closed and there will be no more participants.
-Please make one brooch for your partner from any medium, fabric, felt, beads, buttons. Just be creative! You may purchase a vintage brooch if you would rather not craft one.
-If you would like to add other goodies to your swap feel free! Chocolates, craft supplies, candies, anything fun you think your partner might like from your stash or things you bought. But you are not required to do this! It's just fun sometimes.
-Swaps need to be mailed to your partners by February 5th. Once you get your swap let your partner know it was recieved via thier blog and feel free to post pictures on your blog. I'll set up a flickr group once we get closer to the swap date.
-I will notify you via email on Saturday or Sunday who your swap partner is.
Thanks for playing! This should be a lot of fun!
Sunday, January 14, 2007
I love having dinner guests. I love planning what we are going to have for dinner and what we will do. Sometimes we play games, sometimes we talk, always we have fun. Tonight we are having my brother and his wife and some friends and their kids for dinner. I'm making pot roast with carrots, onions and potatoes, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Simple, relaxing, cozy food. Just chop up the veggies, sear the meat and let it all hang out for a few hours in a hot oven. I think it is the kind of meal everyone will enjoy, kids and adults, alike.
While I wait for our guests to arrive I'm sitting here making a little list of things I'd like to be able to do tomorrow. Aaron works for the state so he gets the day off, which is a nice little treat. I'd love to be able to thrift in the morning, come home make lunch for my family (or better yet eat a lunch made by my husband!), maybe clean out the garage (ha!), bake a little, craft in the afternoon and go to bed early. It might be a perfect day!
Saturday, January 13, 2007
I made this dish in kindergarten and it has always been one of my favorite things. It has survived 4 moves, three brothers (though one wrote his name on it, trying to say he made it. Guess he was too young to realize my name was carved into it). I remember the day I made it in afternoon kindergarten at Carman Trails Elementary School in Missouri, where we lived at the time. I remember feeling so excited that I got to make that little circle of clay into whatever I wanted. There were pencils, bottle caps, paperclips and combs to aid us in our decorating. We pushed them into the clay to leave an imprint.
We only had art once a week so making these clay creations was quite a process. One week we molded and decorated the next we glazed. I don't recall if picking out a color was as exciting to me as forming the dish itself (probably not seeing as I can't remember) but it is no surprise that I choose blue. Sky blue was always my favorite color until about five years ago when it was dethroned by red and yellow. Poor blue! I still love you!
I wish you all a restful Saturday. We need to go to Costco today, clean the garage and I hoping sometime today I can have a few hours to myself to thrift. A girl can hope, right? Happy Saturday!
Friday, January 12, 2007
I like to use them as gift toppers on presents and the recipient gets to have an extra goodie. They are also great on purses and denim jackets. Or any jacket, really. I like having them for swaps, too. I did a brooch swap on Swap Bot that was so fun. People made such creative brooches! I'm done with Swap Bot (too many no sends) but maybe I'll host a swap on here...Would you all be interested in a handmade Brooch Swap? A girl can't have too many brooches, right? If you think I should host one drop me a line and let me know you are interested.
Also, don't forget to de-lurk! Say hi! I might even extend my de-lurking week into next week and have a giveaway at the end of next week...hmmm there's an idea...
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Time suck is a term coined by my husband for any activity where you completely lose all sense of time. Last night I got sucked into the black hole that is flickr. Anyone else done that? I spent hours uploading pictures and searching for groups of likeminded thrifters, crafters, and collectors. It was great to dust off my collection of children's books from my childhood and my mothers childhood and have someplace to showcase them. Aaron doesn't quite get my penchant towards collecting things, and really couldn't get his mind around flickr either. If I used it as a photo-sharing tool with family he'd get it, but I use another site for that, so flickr is strictly fun for me. If any readers here are on flickr leave me a comment with your flickr name, I'd love to check out your pictures! I'm on flickr as littlelovelies, and I'd welcome your comments on any of my pictures.
I'm off to make some felt needlebooks, which I'll show you as soon as I'm done. I was in my craft room all day yesterday sewing little brooches. There will be oodles to show you tomorrow if I manage to keep off of flickr!
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
One of the chandeliers I made yesterday was destined for my friend's daughter. Stacey was kind enough to take pictures of it and send them to me so I could post them. Her pictures are so much better than mine!
Monday, January 08, 2007
Ugh. I need to clean the backyard.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Saturday, January 06, 2007
This morning when we woke up we were treated to an excited three year old's cries of "Train caaaake! Mooooomma thank you!!!" as monkey boy went into the kitchen and saw his cake decked out for his party tonight. He immediatly ran back to our room to give us kisses and hugs and talk in an excited three year old stream about his party, trains, birthdays and cake.
We celebrated a bit on Thursday with our dinner out, but today was the real party day. We started out by going to breakfast at a local pancake house called Pancake Circus. Pancake Circus deserves it's own post and lots of pics dedicated to it, but that is for another day, today is about the party. *I just found the link and review of the Circus and I don't think I could put it any better than she did, but I will post more pics sometime. The place is a serious trip!* We had our huge pancake breakfast and came home to decorate for our train party. Our little guy is never without a train or two nearby, so naturally when I wanted to use his toy trains to decorate for his party there wasn't a one to be found. We managed to make do, get the house ready, the food made and out to the Railroad Museum on time.
We spent a lovely afternoon admiring trains and talking to the old men who spend their time volunteering at the museum. Everytime we go I meet a new nice old retired train worker and everytime I go I notice they are getting older and older. Soon these gems are going to be gone, these guys who spent their youth traveling the country by railroad, working it and loving it. Why is it that railroad travel is so romantic? Probably because no one does it anymore, so it has a charm that plane or car travel just doesn't have.
My great grandfather worked the railroad and though I never met him, my grandma would tell us kids about growing up in the Sierras in a railroading town. At one time there was an exhibit in the museum based on a photograph taken of the railroad in the 30's. In the photograph there was a small house, a shack almost, on the side of the mountain and my grandma would point to it and say, that was our house! That was always the highlight of our visit, "look for grandma's house!" Now, 20 years later, the exhibit is gone, but I still feel like a kid again looking at the giant peices of machinery.
While we were there, taking a break from the trains, our Little Peanut girl decided to make it official that she can walk! She has been walking on secret for a few weeks now, sitting down as soon as someone looks her direction. But today with all our family and friends close by she decided that she would prove that she could walk with the rest of us. She must have known that today wasn't about her and needed to prove herself. ;)
All in all we had a pretty special day and I think that our guy had a great time. We might even have to go back for his birthday next year!
Friday, January 05, 2007
Look at that face! That little face turned three today. Last night we took him to our favorite restaurant, the Tower Cafe for dinner and dessert. My aunt is the pastry chef there, which probably plays a role in why that place is our favorite. The food is great, but the desserts are amazing, and I really don't think I am being biased because I even like the desserts that aren't her recipes.
Well, when we got there, we were lucky enough to catch Lou before she was heading out for the night and she joined us for dinner. My monkey boy was so excited to Auntie Lou with us and even made me move so she could sit with him (which made her day). We had a lovely dinner (Texan Skirt Steak, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, three different desserts...) and enjoyed our little celebration.
Some of Lou's yummy concoctions in this snap above. She has been noticed by a local artist Kathrine Lemke Waste. Katherine paints desserts and has asked my aunt if she could paint some. Wouldn't that lemon tart be an amazing painting? Yum! If you ever find yourself in Sacramento, be sure to check out Tower Cafe and maybe take in a movie at the adjoining Tower Theatre.
So today being monkey's birthday also marks a very special day for me...it's my Momiversary (and Dadiversary for A)! The three year anniversary of becoming a mommy! The last three years couldn't have gone by any faster or been any more fun. This little boy has made Aaron and me so happy (and frustrated and mad...) and was the first link to completing our family. He showed up 3 1/2 weeks early when we were completely unprepared. I thought first time moms always had their babies late, so I figured I could pack my bag later.
But, no. MB wanted to be part of the show early and while standing in church I felt my water break. Nothing like breaking your water in a public place! It was pretty funny because I scurried out to see what was what and a few people saw me leave and then a few minutes later saw someone come back to get Aaron and him jump up, grab our stuff and run out. 12 hours later almost to the minute we greeted our baby boy. That day was definitely one of the happiest days of our lives!
Our Monkey is an amazing little guy. He is the most encouraging kid. He will tell us "Good Job, Mom. Good Job, Dad" for the most mundane tasks like buckling him into is car seat, making toast, changing sisters diaper...Last week he was thoughtfully sitting on the couch and he turned to me and said, "Momma, thanks for buying food." Well, OK! He tells me that my clothes are nice and that I am pretty and beautiful. He tells us that dinner is "delicious" and sometimes "disgusting". He loves his little sister and in the morning if she cries we'll hear him saying to her "What's wrong little peanut girl? Don't cry!" Lately he has noticed every bump, scratch, cut on him body and thinks he'd going to die. Just this morning he came to me and showed me the palm of his hand and declared "My arm is broken" very seriously. Life with this kid is never boring and almost always fun!