Monthly Archives: October 2011

a little bit of this and a little bit of that

 

sometimes we take photos for no reason at all. these, however, are simply to showcase how cute alex looks when she wears a headband after having her hair freshly washed.

if you’re curious, the headband did NOT come with the onesie, though it matches well. also, the headband stays on for anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes before it is ripped off.

 

this photo is PROOF for grandpa & grandma that alex DOES like the present they bought her for her birthday in july:

 

and while blurry, this is a new favorite of mine:

 

and sometimes daddy comes home while mommy is only somewhat paying attention to dinner but is fully paying attention to photo taking:

(and he loves me anyway!)

 

and every now and then (rare, though it is), THIS child will give me a REAL, GENUINE, HONEST smile:

 

i love my life.

 

on a side note:

- nana is stil here and i’m busy doing things that don’t need to be done and NOT doing things that DO need to be done

- dave and i have a trip to arizona (with the boss and his wife) coming up soon

- our house is OFF the market (officially) until after the holidays (i needed a break); we received ZERO offers. zero. in 5 months. God’s timing, not mine, right?

- our Pathfinder will be PAID IN FULL in november. one more payment. whew.

- Karla is home from the Tacoma Dome show. we did not do as well as we had hoped (even on the very conservative spectrum). so i have lots of items to put into the other (and local!) shows… and to photograph and add to my etsy shop. and yes, i am still making more/other items to sell at the shows.

- i have succumbed. i now have a Pinterest account. it is scary. and wonderful.

- i purchased a Christmas present a few weeks ago. it’s for baby amity (dave’s sister’s daughter). yep. one down. we don’t need to mention that i missed THREE family birthdays for the month of October (but hey, at least i remembered Sam’s!)

 

party time!

tomorrow samantha will turn THREE. we celebrated her IN STYLE tonight!

 

i spent the afternoon DECORATING a gluten free chocolate cake that i made from scratch yesterday.

over the summer, i bought these CUTE disney princess figures at a garage sale. i KNEW sam would want a PRINCESS party/cake and i figured i could just stick those figures on a rectangular cake and call it a day. unfortunately for me, samantha decided she wanted a MINNIE MOUSE cake. seriously. and i wanted EVERYONE to be able to eat it, which meant it had to be gluten free for daddy and auntie taryn…

overall, it wasn’t that bad. i had a few issues, but in the end, i’m pleased with minnie’s outcome:

 

while dave was busy making Musseman (sp?) curry (a thai stew), and i was busy decorating the cake, nana decorated the house:

she did a GREAT job.

 

Uncle Sterling, Auntie Rachel and baby Amity came up (from West Seattle) for the party. Amity and Alex are 7 months apart in age… but i think they’re almost the same size and about the same weight!  :)

 

baby albert brought his family (minus his dad who is in brazil for work) and he’s 4 months younger than amity:

 

my apologies to the party attendees… i failed at taking photos (especially of the Ball family – THANK YOU for joining us!) perhaps i should have a “designated photographer” next year?

 

i loved capturing this sweet moment between grandma & samantha (sorry i didn’t crop the photo yet, carrilee!):

 

Auntie Rachel, Nana and baby Amity:

 

Sam and one of her BEST friends, Jorja:

 

Henry, Jorja, Samantha and Davey:

enjoyed Mickey Mouse chicken nuggest and crinkle cut french fries:

 

 

and then it was time for presents!

 

Sketchers Twinkle Toes & princess dominoes from Nana (& an amazing, homemade Super Girl cape not shown):

 

Veggie Tales “girlie” DVDs from Uncle Jeff & Auntie Taryn:

 

a BIG box from Daddy, Mommy, Davey and Alex…

it contained a Cinderella baby doll (you can see a photo of it at the bottom of this post). she also got Minnie Mouse underwear from us AND tomorrow (probably at dinner) she’ll get to use a new Hello Kitty placemat, plate, bowl and cup (she hasn’t seen them yet)!

 

girlie sheets from Grandpa & Grandma (Minnie Mouse sheets):

 

she also received some amazing Hello Kitty items from Auntie Carrilee and family (and some hand painted pictures from Henry!), some Princess items & Hello Kitty purse (and the pretty crown/tiara she’s wearing in many of the photos) from Uncle Sterling & Auntie Rachel & Amity and some great hand-made cards from Elise, Becca, Bethany & Sarah.

 

 

after dinner and presents, it was time for CAKE and ice cream!

 

alex even got to enjoy some cake:

 

 

and when the party was mostly over, davey curled up with uncle jeff and samantha crawled into auntie taryn’s lap….

 

 

and now there is proof EVERYWHERE in our house that GIRLS LIVE HERE, TOO!

 

all-in-all, i’d say it was a successful party. and while i was cleaning up in the kitchen and samantha was sitting on a chair playing with her new cinderella doll, she melted my heart when she non-chalantly said “thank you for my party, mommy!”

 

but i’m very glad i have 8 months to recover until i have to do a double party (alex & davey in july)!

 

happy birthday, sweet samantha!

 

DIY headband display

with the craft shows looming, i had to create a good display for my headbands. see, i spent a few days making about 60 headbands. and they won’t all fit in the clear one-gallon paint buckets i used last year. i had an idea for a cool display, but after buying all the items, i was still hesitant. i was afraid it was going to look homemade. poorly homemade. but with a deadline of Sunday, i finally pulled out the project today. and i LIKE the results (though it’s not 100% finished yet)!

 

-start with a trip to Lowes or Home Depot for a $7 PVC-type drainage pipe. i think it’s about 10 feet long. measure ahead of time b/c unless you have an SUV or a truck with a very long bed, you won’t be able to fit it in your vehicle (i got very, VERY lucky… it JUST fit in my 2007 Pathfinder).

-next up: a trip to Joanns for batting and some crushed velvet material.

once home and ready to embark on said project, use a hand saw to cut down your drainage pipe to your desired size (i had my husband cut me three 2-feet sections). then cut batting and fabric to wrap around the pipe. (my fabric was approximately 20″x35″).

 

make sure your headbands are nearby… they’ll inspire you to KEEP GOING!

 

wrap the batting around the pipe and lay it on the WRONG side of your fabric:

 

wrap your fabric around the batting-covered pipe and use straight pins to secure it:

 

run a quick whipstitch down the length of the pipe to secure the fabric and batting in place:

take a moment to admire your handiwork.

 

add some of your favorite headbands to your completed display piece(s) and imagine HOW PRETTY they’ll look in your booth!

 

(my “ends” are unfinished. i plan to simply gather the ends and tie a ribbon around them (kinda like a wrapped candy or a bolster pillow).

 

not bad, eh? yeah. i’m pretty happy. and i hope i sell a lot of headbands this year!

sequence

davey LOVES to play games. and he has an AMAZING memory. seriously. sometimes this kid scares me with his memory recall abilities! earlier this year (april-ish), davey was teaching dave how to play a specific game. he was using his bedsheets as the board (b/c they had a “checkerboard” type pattern on them since they’re Lightning McQueen race car sheets) and he proceeded to explain about animal cards, colored chips and the rules. dave was impressed. so dave started telling me about this game that davey invented.

 

turned out davey didn’t really invent the game. henry got the game for his birthday and auntie carrilee played it with davey one day. davey fell in LOVE with this game. (it’s called Sequence for Kids and here’s a link to it on Amazon.) so with her amazing memory and love for my kids, auntie carrilee bought the game for davey for HIS birthday. he LOVES it. and he LOVES when we all get to play it together. so on sunday evening, after dinner, we pulled out the game, stuck alex in her exersaucer (because she would LOVE to be in the middle of the action!)

and played two rounds. the only reason i even pulled out the camera is this:

what you can’t really tell too clearly in the above photo are the details…

Dave was green.

the object of the game is to get four chips in a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal).

 

so what does this photo show you?

yep. if he had an alligator card, dave could win on his turn. or a unicorn card (it’s a “place your chip anywhere” card).

 

here’s his hand:

i kid you not. he had an alligator card AND a unicorn card. and that dragon card? that’s a “remove any chip” card. seriously. it’s the equivalent of playing UNO with a DRAW FOUR, a WILD and the exact number AND color card needed to WIN!

 

this is why we (dave and i) don’t play games often. i LOVE games. but we’re both VERY competitive.

 

that said, after dave laid his ALLIGATOR card and won the game, sam played a card (i think it was a PANDA) from her hand and came in second.

then it was my turn. nothing.

and then davey played a card and came in third.

 

seriously. they all won on the same round. i was mostly just in shock that dave won as DECISIVELY as he did (having that “amazing” hand).

 

which is why it seemed more than appropriate for me to be the ONLY person to win the SECOND game. and i won. fair and square. even though dave tried to stop me. hallelujah for that dragon card!

 

 

 

kissing love

on monday night, alex started to give baby kisses to daddy UPON REQUEST. yes. yes, she did. and she even shared some kisses with me. and though i don’t have a video of it, i do have a few photos to share.

 

kisses from daddy:

 

kisses FOR daddy:

 

bigger, wetter kisses for daddy:

 

hooray for learning new “tricks!”

… with wood chips!

it was a chilly day on saturday, but that didn’t stop us from getting out of the house, enjoying a picnic and some play time at “the park with wood chips!” [in case you're wondering, we have "our old park" which is the one by the soccer & baseball fields near our home, the "park with the wood chips" which is Lynden City Park and there's another park but i don't remember what the kids call it].

 

after lunch and playing at the park (with wood chips), we visited the Dutch Bakery for a special treat… the kids chose cupcakes with plastic rings decorating the tops:

and alex enjoyed a snickerdoodle in tiny bites:

 

upon arriving home, it was “rest” (aka: nap) time. all-in-all, i think it was a successful autumn saturday.

it’s 11:38 p.m. – TO DO list updated AGAIN

so it’s late. but not quite midnight. and here’s the final tally for today’s TO DO list with the update from 4 hours ago in BOLD ITALICS:

 

1. put away laundry (from Monday and yesterday) – HALF WAY FINISHED one load left to put away. but it’s the kids’ stuff and they’re sleeping. so it can wait. i call this SUCCESS!

2. Perform AT LEAST 3 hours of work for Strategic (my grown up job) – due to a work “emergency,” for my colleague (i work on her claims), i ended up billing 4.3 hours. hooray for a BIG CHECK MARK on this item, but that means a few other things haven’t been started let alone finished yet.

3. finish my Bible study (for tomorrow morning!) – CHECK!

4. Make a snack for Bible study tomorrow (pumpkin spice bread and/or cookies, anyone?) - cooling as i type this update (and i made both the bread AND the cookies!) – major success that i haven’t eaten any yet!

(i LOVE this mix from costco. it’s only available seasonally. i use a metal strainer to filter out the nuts. i don’t like nuts in my baked goods.)

5. finish sewing pacifier strap clips to the straps (less than 10 left) - CHECK… AND i went ahead and glued ALL the felties to ALL the straps i have stitched over the last week…. all 55 of them!

see: 

(and that photo is awful b/c what looks to be RED is really a funky PINK color)

6. visit Dutch Mothers to “clean” my stuff and collect any money (and then take that money to the bank) - DONE. i only made $5.40 this week. but that’s better than nothing, i suppose. i guess tourist season really is over!

7. give D&S a bath – CHECK!

8. write check for Davey’s pre-school “tuition” – DONE

9. write notes/e-mail messages to people that i thought about on Sunday (see church bulletin for my “list”) – turns out there were only two i still had to do. – DONE!

10. take at least 45 minutes for MYSELF to do NOTHING!  :) this probably won’t happen until LONG after the wee ones are in bed. i can handle it, i think!

 

 

I was able to accomplish all of this for a few reasons:

- it’s Wednesday and my MIL watched D&S on Wednesdays (from 10-4)

- my MIL drove D&S home b/c Alex was still napping

- my neighbor picked up dinner for us:

- i had the above LIST from early this morning and i really wanted to be SUCCESSFUL in finishing it!

- dave is working late so i could do things “my way” (and we could have pizza, loaded with gluten, for dinner!)

- i have children who are (mostly) well behaved and “easy”

 

 

thanks for bearing with me today through this crazy (and boring) TO DO list, the TWO updates and… um… yeah, that’s it. tomorrow i will not try to be so productive. nope.

6:26 p.m. update to THE LIST

here’s an update to the list i created this morning:

1. put away laundry (from Monday and yesterday) – HALF WAY FINISHED

2. Perform AT LEAST 3 hours of work for Strategic (my grown up job) – due to a work “emergency,” for my colleague (i work on her claims), i ended up billing 4.3 hours. hooray for a BIG CHECK MARK on this item, but that means a few other things haven’t been started let alone finished yet.

3. finish my Bible study (for tomorrow morning!)

4. Make a snack for Bible study tomorrow (pumpkin spice bread and/or cookies, anyone?) - cooling as i type this update (and i made both the bread AND the cookies!)

5. finish sewing pacifier strap clips to the straps (less than 10 left)

6. visit Dutch Mothers to “clean” my stuff and collect any money (and then take that money to the bank) - DONE. i only made $5.40 this week. but that’s better than nothing, i suppose. i guess tourist season really is over!

7. give D&S a bath

8. write check for Davey’s pre-school “tuition” – DONE

9. write notes/e-mail messages to people that i thought about on Sunday (see church bulletin for my “list”) – turns out there were only two i still had to do. – DONE!

10. take at least 45 minutes for MYSELF to do NOTHING!  :) this probably won’t happen until LONG after the wee ones are in bed. i can handle it, i think!

 

 

and on a totally different subject, we had this new salmon recipe earlier this week…. it was SO GOOD!

 

and i’ve done a few extra things that were NOT on the list. hooray. so far, a VERY PRODUCTIVE day!

to do TODAY

last week on wednesday, my mother in law had Davey and Sam for the first time in a few weeks. alex and i were ZERO PERCENT productive for the 6 hours the older two were gone. ugh. so today, i am going to BE PREPARED. i have started a list of stuff to do today (all day – not just while D&S are gone).

 

1. put away laundry (from Monday and yesterday)

2. Perform AT LEAST 3 hours of work for Strategic (my grown up job)

3. finish my Bible study (for tomorrow morning!)

4. Make a snack for Bible study tomorrow (pumpkin spice bread and/or cookies, anyone?)

5. finish sewing pacifier strap clips to the straps (less than 10 left)

6. visit Dutch Mothers to “clean” my stuff and collect any money (and then take that money to the bank)

7. give D&S a bath

8. write check for Davey’s pre-school “tuition”

9. write notes/e-mail messages to people that i thought about on Sunday (see church bulletin for my “list”)

10. take at least 45 minutes for MYSELF to do NOTHING!  :)

 

if I actually accomplish all of that before (my) bedtime tonight, that would be amazing. but i would feel OH SO MUCH BETTER than i did last week.

 

and this photo has nothing to do with this post. nor is it clear, crisp and easy to see. and i took it myself and i’m in it. but i like it. for now.