Wednesday, January 30

Rock Climbing

After our visit to the rock gym in October, the girls have regularly been asking for two things: 1) to go back and 2) Daddy to take the belay class so they could rope climb.  This weekend all of the pieces fell into place so we headed into town for a day of {mostly} fun.  The girls and I dropped Scott off at the gym to take the two hour class while we took care of the necessary shopping.  After the class was over, we headed over to join Scott and the girls finally go to climb "with ropes" as they had been wanting to sooo badly.  Click through the slideshow below to see how much fun they had!



Absolutely the sweetest part was their excitement and enthusiasm while cheering each other on...made me proud to be their mama for sure!

Monday, January 28

Little Moments...

As I mentioned earlier, last week was just one of those weeks where you feel like you're barely treading water.  When I downloaded pictures on Saturday night though, I found reminders of the little moments in between.  Those bits of refuge in the day, whether it's 10 minutes with a book in a quiet corner or a laugh from a kiddo.  Here's a sampling of what I found snap-worthy last week...

Stacy reading while the bread dough was rising...


Baked potato soup by candlelight...


A gallery of love...


Some dreams from the heart...


A gallery of love notes...


A reminder on my kitchen cupboard...


A reminder of how wonderful some sunshine can be...


Sweet girls helping a little friend learn to write his name...


Face time with out of town friends...


Daddy with a lap full...


Girls who set the breakfast table so nicely...right down to mama's coffee cup and creamer!


So many little moments tucked in between those more hectic hours!  Finding these images felt like opening a forgotten Christmas present...just what a needed to get me through another crazy week! ;-)

Friday, January 25

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 
 
Inspired by SouleMama.



Wednesday, January 23

Not quite to plan...

Usually I start each week with a little mental blog plan.  Usually that works out fairly well.  This week...not so much!  Today I was going to share pictures of a skirt I altered and a top I'm making for myself.  But I never took pictures of the skirt and the top is fitting poorly and therefore not done.  I spent the time I should have been sewing today reading a book instead because I was *so close* to the end and had to know which suitor she'd choose.  A total fluff book.  I needed that.  This is one of those weeks where I feel like I am really busy, but don't have much to show for it...lots of planning and list making, lots of reading and class work for some classes I am taking, and lots of house cleaning.  None of which is very exciting blog fodder!

This quote is resonating with me this week...

available from Etsy here
...so I am trying to not only believe in the good, but to also be the good.  Trying to bless people in my corner of the world in my own little ways.  It fills my heart!

Monday, January 21

Recovering...

After I posted last week about my adventure with strep throat I ended up taking Stacy to the doctor the next day where she received an identical diagnosis.  I felt horrible...so sad for her and so guilty for somehow bringing home the bug in the first place.  Not that I could have prevented it, but still.  Being sick stinks and there's just no way around it.  Thankfully she felt much better after a couple of doses of antibiotics, too.  And so far (fingers crossed it stays that way!) Scott and Kelsey haven't gotten sick.

Here are some things we did to pass the time as we both recovered.

I finished this embroidery for a friend's birthday....


We painted heart prints using creased toiled paper tubes....


We went ice skating...


We tried out these snow markers we got for Christmas...

by Kelsey
collaborative heart
random green squiggles...'random' is one of Kelsey's favorite words right now
this is a mama original
by Kelsey

And we made snow ice cream...


It was a nice weekend...I am so grateful that we have the flexibility in our lives to just 'be'.  When we're sick we can relax, unplug (or plug in to a movie!) and let our bodies focus on healing.  Aside from not getting sick in the first place, what can be better than that??

Friday, January 18

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 
 
Inspired by SouleMama.



**Don't worry...of course we were parked in line at the tunnel (on our way home from taking her to the doctor) when I took this and we adjusted that chest buckle before driving...you know me, the crazy car seat mama!**

Wednesday, January 16

Ugh!

This has been a rough couple of days for us!  I'd been feeling a bit crummy since Saturday, but Tuesday I got knocked flat on my fanny by a crazy fever.  Ugh.  Adding up all of my symptoms I came up with the possibility of strep throat so I took myself to urgent care this morning and got my self-diagnosis confirmed.  Ugh.  I'd never had strep throat before but man...it really stinks!  I'm on antibiotics now and am already feeling better...thank you modern medicine!!  Stacy's still a little under the weather though so we chilled out this afternoon like this...

making a pom pom garland
And then after Kelsey got home from school...

Stacy's toes get painted

Kelsey's toes get painted
Mama's toes get painted!

the finished product...:-)
So...hooray for pom poms, nail polish, and antibiotics!

Monday, January 14

Done!


Look what happened this weekend!  I finally finished up the new duvet cover I've been working on for my bed.  As I put it onto the bed on Saturday I kicked myself...really it didn't take me that long to finish it...why didn't get my butt in gear sooner???  Oh well...it's done now and I love it!

Here it is in 'action' so to speak...I apologize for the crappy lighting.  It was late and I am too lazy to fix it tonight!  Next on the to-do list...new pillowcases!


Because this is a daily-use/abuse item I fully admit that I took some shortcuts here and there.  As you can see, there are a few puckers where I quilted it. Adds character!  The bottom edge is also simply serged and I used ribbon ties to close the opening.  I added D rings to my comforter (because that's what I had on hand!) and ribbon ties to the inside of the duvet cover so that I could tie the top edge of the comforter in, too.

And here's my favorite detail.  The quilting.  Because it gets played on by rambunctious little girls (our bed makes a great swimming pool, animal hospital, school, and store among other things!) I wanted to quilt the top to the sheet I used to back it to make it more sturdy.  This is part of what held me up for so long!  Finally (as I was sitting at the machine on Saturday!) I decided on a zig-zag.  This quilt was just crazy enough to pull it off.  As I look at it now, I think it was the finishing touch it needed!


So. Is it perfect?  No.  Does it make me happy?  Yes!  And in my books, that's what matters most!

Friday, January 11

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 
 
Inspired by SouleMama.


 

Wednesday, January 9

Stop the presses!

Woohoo, yahoo, yippee, and yea!!  Check out the view from my window today...yup!  The sun!  Although it's not shining directly on us yet, it's out.  It's been gray, dark, and rainy/snowy/slushy for the last 36452 days.  Ok.  Maybe that's a slight exaggeration.  20 or so is more accurate.  But still...it doesn't lessen my enthusiasm in the least!


And lookie!  Here's a little something I'm working on for a friend's birthday next week...


Short and sweet today!  Enjoy!

Monday, January 7

Daybook

from this summer at Scott's parents' place
Inspired by this.

Outside my window...it's not inspiring at all...cloudy and slushing.  Currently I cannot see the mountain across the water.

I am thinking...about what to make for dinner.

I am thankful...for little girl giggles, pictures from this summer, and my sweet hubby who watched 3 hours of Downton Abbey with me last night, even though he really isn't into the show.

In the kitchen...the dishes are washed and the fridge is full!

I am wearing...a brand-new wrap bracelet I made today.

I am creating...a dress for me...in my mind at least!

I am going...to the dentist tomorrow.

I am wondering...how much the dentist is going to hurt.  Not excited.

I am reading...The Seamstress

I am hoping...to get January birthday presents done on time.

I am looking forward to...sunshine!

I am learning...that I am a terrible distance-ed student.

Around the house...there's a pile of Christmas stuff that missed the boxing up.

I am pondering...Kelsey's birthday.

A favorite quote for today..."Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."  Or in this case, slush!

One of my favorite things...a good belly laugh! 

A few plans for the rest of the week: the dentist, catching up on some work, housekeeping, crafting...

A peek into my day...babysitting, cleaning, crafting, laundry, kids' gym.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 4

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 
 
Inspired by SouleMama.


Wednesday, January 2

At Her Knee...

I remember...

:: hand sewing a little quilt top with my Grandma Paul when I was 3
:: getting my first sewing machine and having my dad affix a block to the foot pedal to make it safe to sew by myself
:: the sound of my Grandma Paul's old Singer
:: picking the fabric to have my Grandma Godwin make me a huge beach towel with my initials on it...I still have it!
:: trips to Fabricland with my mom to pick out fabric for clothes...and later for dance dresses
:: laying out chambray on the living room floor with my mom and learning how to make sure the pattern pieces were straight by measuring them
:: hearing stories about how my mom learned to sew on the above-mentioned old singer by hand-cranking it...reportedly she made 'scads' of doll clothes
:: learning to crochet at my Grandma Paul's knee...literally!  She was a leftie, so watching her was perfect
:: learning to embroider tea towels...and feeling so grown up when I graduated to dresser scarves and pillow cases
:: being introduced to counted cross stitch...and loving it
:: learning to serge on a neighbor's serger
:: Grandma Paul's inviting drawers full of notions
:: watching Grandma Godwin make quilts for all of my cousins as they graduated from high school and anticipating my turn
:: the first quilt I finished
:: a trip to Fabric Depot to pick out white satin and lace that my sweet mom would wrestle with (and would turn out to be allergic to!) over the coming months to craft me the wedding dress of my dreams
:: sewing things for my nursery while being kicked by the very baby who would snuggle up in those blankets and whose diapers would stack in the carefully planned diaper stacker

And now...


I teach these precious ladies those same skills...

I try so hard to be patient...and I gain a new appreciation for the patience others had with me...

I tell stories to my girls about "When my mom taught me to..." and "When my grandma showed me how to..."  Those stories make me so happy...and honestly they make me cry sometimes, too!  I am so honored to have learned at the knees of such capable artisans.  I hope that I can pass a fraction of your skill along to my ladies.  They are so proud of their handiwork and they should be.  Thank you!

Tuesday, January 1

Happy New Year!

The wind, rain, slush and general ick that we've been bombarded by these past few days subsided long enough for fireworks last night!  These were taken out of my living room window, so the raindrops that have been blowing up against my window for the past little while added a cool effect to the photos.