March 25, 2009
March 23, 2009
I didn't have my camera, so this is an awesome picture my friend took. I just found it in my email and decided to make a post, though the talent show was a month ago!
March 18, 2009
March 14, 2009
Yesterday I took a custom order to a woman who asked me to make two dolls to look like her girls by using a photo she gave me. She works in a shop down town and she and the many other ladies working with her have gotten to know me from all the times I have gone into the store to buy fabric. I LOVE these women. Being with them is like an episode of Golden Girls, except replace the characters with all your favorite Aunties. They are FUN, and I think they may love me as much as I love them. Before I left the store one of "the Aunties" approached me and asked if I would be the store's featured artist during Spring Fling, a huge arts and crafts fair celebrated by the city! Can you believe it? I am so excited! This means I need to make a huge batch of dolls. I will be CRAZY sewing until May 2nd! Yippeee!
March 13, 2009
Living in 900 sqft as a family of 4 teaches the useful, awful, and life lesson of conserving space. I guess the kids have caught on to the concept as well, probably because of my chipper reminders to "sort the toys into their buckets," which helps make our cozy living space seem bigger than it is. What creative kids our situation has invented! They are forever "stuffing" and "sticking" to make things fit.
And a story just for fun............................................................................................. Josh had the day off today so I was able to do some grocery shopping this afternoon by myself while the kids were napping. A few of the top priorities on my list were tomatoes, cilantro, and limes. I have been dying to eat some homemade salsa and got a great recipe from Desarae yesterday. My time in the store was great, no rushing, just me and my brain thinking. I have always liked those times. Anyway, I pulled into the checkout behind a women with a huge cart of groceries. Things seemed to be moving quickly and in no time I was loading the belt with my stuff. Just as I got started I realized I forgot the limes!!! Oh dear! I quickly told the cashier, who was still working on the other lady's order, about my lime predicament and skipped to the produce section to grab my citrus. As I turned the corner between the watermelons and the strawberries and approached the limes I met an elderly lady, I would say around 70. She made eye contact and said, "Excuse me." My brain started rushing.....Oh, I need to get back to my groceries in line, I wonder what she wants. If she asks for help I am just going to help her. I would never turn down helping an old lady, let alone an old man. They just get to me. Boy, I would push her shopping cart to Jackson if she needed me to. O.k., What if she starts telling you a story about he Auntie's limeade? Jeez, I need to be polite....but my groceries! "Yes?" I said very politely. She gave me a smile, stared me right in the eyes while we both squeezed the limes and said," I want you to know that Jesus loves you very much." With that she plopped her limes in her cart and off she went. She wasn't moving very fast so I gave a little yell, "Thanks!" I had to say something. I really believe in respecting my elders. After that I raced back to my groceries, which hadn't really moved anywhere and my day went on. I kinda wished she would have asked me to help her in some way, but maybe she thought she helped me instead. She sure gave me a laugh. Oh, the salsa is AWESOME!!!
March 4, 2009
Two nights ago the kids asked if they could wear their pajamas right after dinner and watch TV until bedtime, skipping their bath and making it a huge treat. I thought it was a great idea and got them suited up for bed. Bedtime came and we went upstairs, brushed our teeth, read some books and got into bed. Nothing big, right? Right. It was a fun night with the kids. The next morning everyone woke up and went downstairs for breakfast, but before I started feeding the "cattle" Ida had to go to the bathroom. To my discovery I forgot to put a diaper on her the night before. She has been potty trained since she turned two but hasn't quite gotten the whole night thing yet. She was COMPLETELY dry. She proudly looked up at me with a smile and said, "I didn't pee in my bed. I don't need night diapers anymore!" This was TOTALLY a Holy Crap moment and I let it be known by yelling, "Holy Crap! I mean, Oh my macaroni." I was so proud of her for doing that all by herself, though I felt like the biggest flake mom for having my child go through the night without a diaper because I forgot. I told Ida how proud I was of her, and her sweet response was, "Holy Crap. I mean, Oh my macaroni!" It was too funny. I gave her a huge hug and went back to flippin' pancakes.
March 2, 2009
We had been so lucky this winter to escape the doom of the sneaky colds, coughs, and flues the winter brings until last week. Unfortunately, the enemy surrounded us and attacked from every angle possible. Ida got the flu, Emerson got croup, Josh got a cough and migraine, and I remain the soul survivor. Amid the battle we introduced a new barf bucket. We had previously been using the dingy green Tupperware bowl that shares the responsibilities of catching out-coming projectiles, as well as, storing our freshly baked sweets. Fortunately we have two green "buckets," but the never ending task of remembering which one stores pleasant things and which one doesn't was daunting.
So, taking over the responsibilities of the green barf bucket is a new and improved barf bucket that bounces from car to bed in a blink of an eye, catches moving projectiles with ease, and is wonderfully recyclable. My friend, Marian, posted about a family adventure where barf buckets were needed and this is what she used. I thought it was an awesome idea. Thanks Marian, we are converted to the handled barf bucket!