Thursday, March 04, 2010

Critter Man

Last week we took the kids to see Critter Man at the museum.

Both kids love Diego. At least once a day Isaac informs me that he is Diego and introduces Brooklyn or I as his sister Alicia. Any watch is a video watch in which he talks to various members of the family about animals in trouble. I am amazed at the amount of information the kids know about all sorts of animals.

Despite the excessive amount of fast talking information about each of the animals, the kids loved seeing some animals up close.

They both were game for petting this python {shudder}

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

That's how she rolls

When it's time to got to bed Brooklyn scurries around and shoves toys into her crib.

Currently the caterpillar, a butterfly valentine from Aunti Becki, and Winnie the Pooh & Pigglet, and three trains are all necessities.

How anyone can sleep like this is beyond me.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Say Cheese!

A Lovely Sunday Afternoon

Anyone else just L.O.V.E the weekends? I sure do! This weekend we had no plans and enjoyed just being together. Sunday afternoon we just relaxed around the house. And this is how the kids looked- I could just eat them up.

What drummer doesn't need goggles?

Though my kids would be very comfy in a nudist colony, we have a clothing-not-optional policy to go to the basement family room. I was looking for a shirt for Brooklyn , but she had other ideas.

I am just loving having a daughter- she is girly, but loves to wrestle and play in (and eat) mud, all while wearing a necklace.

Hope your weekend was just as relaxing & fun!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Mimi & Pap came to visit

We were all so excited to have them visit last weekend.

Opening birthday presents....

Playing at the Y...

All sorts of wrestling and rough housing with Pap...

{ I think they were pretty glad to be here too }

Isaac turns 3!

It's hard to believe that three years ago Zach and I were celebrating Valentine's Day in the labor room of the hospital in Lynchburg, VA. WOW! To say so much has happened since then would be an understatement. We've moved 3 times and were 6 weeks from having our third child.
{Feel free to laugh here, it's how I stay sane}

We decided instead of buying unneeded toys etc. that we were going to have a great day making memories together.

The day started out with Isaac meeting his very first pet, a goldfish whom he named Cal. Aunti Becki sent a Diego fish tank- it was a HIT! Even Champ enjoyed watching him swim around the tank.

It was FREEEEEEEEEZing that day so we were all bundled up and ran anytime we were outside. {We do live in Nebraska, I know I should just expect it.}
The highway was closed east of us because the high winds were causing blizzard like conditions. We never would have guessed from the clear, sunny, blue skies we saw all day.

We got tickets to see Playhouse Disney. What a great time! The kids loved seeing all their favorite Disney characters and singing and dancing along with them.

I loved seeing the looks on their faces the most.

Zach thought it was interesting that Mickey, after all the years he's been around, got the loudest cheers & applause when he came on stage.

Both kids reported Handy Manny was their favorite. Weird since they've only watched his show a few times, but Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Tigger and Pooh countless times.

And they both tried cotton candy for the first surprise that it was a hit! It was requested for meal and snacks for days.

The only request Isaac had for his birthday was blue ice cream. I was going to just add food coloring to vanilla ice cream, but found some cotton candy ice cream that had blue & pink swirls. And, as usual, Zach requested for fun-fetti cake since he doesn't eat ice cream. Up until now he's chose the kids birthday cakes for them- they both have opinions now so I'm sure that won't last much longer.

Since the Disney show was on the 14th we decided to just make that Isaac's birthday and make the whole day his. What a great decision! Zach got to be with him the whole day, and he ended up getting another awful virus the afternoon of his birthday.

Doesn't he look pitiful!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Things that make you go hmmmmm.....

Last night, after we put the kids to bed @ 8pm, I went to Walmart to finish up our grocery shopping for the week. It's not my favorite place to go, but I was alone so it was delightful!

In the first aisle a man came around the corner and said exuberantly "Hi!" to which I smiled and said "Hi" back. And on our way we each went. He came up again in the next aisle and tried to strike up a conversation with me by asking if this is my first pregnancy. I told him this is my third. To which he replied, "You have a wonderful glow about you! Pregnant women are so glowing and sexy."

I smiled and walked away thinking about a few things.

1. Should I be flattered or creeped out?
2. Has he ever lived with a pregnant woman? Surely not!

I might understand if he knew me and the fact that I spent the first 28 weeks throwing up multiple times a day. I probably do look glowing compared to then, or maybe it's just the fact that's I'm eating some now.

I guess every man has a type of women they find attractive. Blonde, tall, skinny, fat, brunette, and the list goes on & on. I never considered 'pregnant' to be one.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Heat Is On!

*Note: I hate blogger right now- I can't, for the life of me, get the formatting of this post to work*

One of the blogs I LOVE to stalk is Lil Blue Boo!!! I've just admired her work from a far, but since I've been step'n out and challenging my sewing skills lately I decided to join in with a design challenge she is doing.

I have never worked with knit materials before, but I loved the idea of upcycling old t-shirts into fun clothes. This along with my new obsession of making matching outfits for girls lit a fire :)

{Okay, so the fact that one of the prizes to the winner is an original piece of nursery art from Ashely is another motivator :) }

So I bought this pattern and went looking for some material at the thrift store. I've never done fabric painting, so I tried freezer paper stenciling for the first time. I really wanted to do an all over pattern of cherries on the black fabric to tie in the pink & green.

It was a bit tedious to cut out each individual cherry, iron it on, and paint it. But I'm thrilled with how it turned out!

I came up with this for Brooklyn's dress (2T *crossing my fingers she actually grows by then):

Since B is so petite I decided to stitch the straps down instead of leaving it as a halter that ties behind the neck.

After asking for weeks for her to try this dress on, she finally let me but was certainly not happy about having her picture taken.

The pattern is for 12 months-6T. So for the baby, who I went from some 3-6month size clothes for measurements and came up with this belly shirt and bloomers:

I used the same 2T top section, but used the front panel for both the front and back and made it a tank top instead of crossing straps. Then added a ruffle. From the bloomer section of the pattern (12 month), I subtracted a 1/2"except for leg holes and added ruffles to the bum.

BTW- this is only the second time I've tried a gathering stitch and it went much better this time. I don't think I even cursed once!

I can't wait for it to heat up this summer- mostly to see my girls in these adorable outfits! Couldn't you just eat them up? We'll see what the judges think.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Helping Hands

Honestly, I don't do dishes very often. If it doesn't fit in the dishwasher I wait until the next load. But when the mood hit me recently, both kids couldn't wait to 'help' out.

Isaac is all about using the sprayer, much to the regret of our cupboards.

Brooklyn, on the other hand, wanted to get into the real action, so I gave her some of her own dishes to wash. But then she noticed how yummy the bubbles tasted- hmmm...

I'll gladly relinquish this chore to them when they can do it without licking the clean dishes, or making the kitchen a swampland.