Friday, October 15, 2010

Best Friends

I don't suspect times will always be so peaceful, but for now these two kids get along famously.  I have been worried about the age gap between them since before Mallory was conceived, but it has actually been great.

Mallory has become quite a busy toddler.  I can't remember anything that Spencer ever climbed, but put a mountain in front of Mallory and she will make it look like a mole hill.  Today she climbed on the kitchen table and was standing in the middle of it in a matter of seconds.  Then the coffee table.  Then to the top of our large playground while I turned my back for about 10 seconds.  If I had a 3 year old to deal with all day too, I'm not sure if I could handle it!  So in that regard, the age gap has been fabulous.  I was able to spend tons of time with Spencer before Mallory arrived, and now I get to spend tons of time with Mallory while Spencer is in school. 

I hope to be back in the next day or too with some of the crafty things I've been up to.........until then I will leave you with a picture of Mallory talking to the birds at the zoo............

and Spencer posing with his wax Florida Panther in front of the Manatees (excuse his drowned rat look - he went on the log flume twice!)

Friday, April 30, 2010

Oh What A Busy Day!

That is how I have felt a lot lately, but in a good way! Meanwhile, my poor blog has been lonely and calling out for a new post.

I was initially derailed by our trip to Disney - 5 nights/6 days at the happiest place on earth! Weather was beautiful, kids were troopers, and my drill seargent travel companion (aka, my wonderful husband)was fairly reserved in his tactical approach to the World. Usually he drags us out first thing in the morning and won't hear of leaving before dark - not an easy thing to do with a 10 month old!

Other than that, we have been busy with all kinds of activities. I belong to the best Mom's group on the planet, I swear! This group is so active and friendly, and on any given week, we have multiple activities to choose from. Most of the kids are younger than Spencer, but he doesn't mind. And it will be great for Mallory and I when he goes to K next year. There must be 8 other babies that are right around a year old!

Just this week we hosted a pretzel making play date at our house, had a beach day with our group, and went to a play date at another Mom's house where the kids listened to a story, did a craft, and had a snack! We also managed to squeeze in a trip to the park and baby time at the library on our own.

Another great thing about this group is that I'm discovering new activities and places that I never knew about, like the beach we went to the other day. It's 35 min. from our house and is a super short walk from the car to the beach, which makes it easy for me to take the kids on my own. Yeah!

This is the only Mom's group I've belonged to, but I feel like it must be more active than most. Do you belong to a Mom's group? What is yours like?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Follow Me Fridays @ Trendy Treehouse

I am participating in Follow Me Fridays @ Trendy Treehouse this week.......go link up and join the fun!

The Trendy Treehouse

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter Overload!

We had a busy week here.  We spent Thursday making Resurrection Eggs, which Spencer really enjoyed.  I didn't manage to take a picture yet, but it was a fun, worthwhile activity which gave him a better understanding of the story of Easter.

Friday morning our playgroup had an Easter party at a local park.  They had egg hunts for different age groups, including the babies (there are probably 10 babies under the age of 1!).  What does an egg hunt for a group of babies look like?  You place all the babies on a blanket, then dump about 100 plastic Easter eggs in the middle - they had a blast!

I realized VERY late in the game (like on Saturday afternoon) that Mallory didn't have a cute Easter shirt.  So I quickly surveyed her closet and found this shirt, which she has almost outgrown.  I freehanded a bunny outline, traced it onto Heat & Bond, ironed it onto chenille, cut out the bunny, ironed it to the shirt, and stitched around it.  Total time = 15 minutes.  It would have taken me 5, but I spent 10 minutes trying to find my heat & bond!  I didn't get a great picture, but here is one I shot at our family Easter gathering.

Saturday evening we dyed Easter eggs on the patio.  I attempted to use stickers on a few before dyeing them, but the results were less than perfect! 

And of course the Easter Bunny visited overnight and left lots of goodies!
Then it was on to our celebrate at my sister's house with most of my family.  Mallory had fun hanging out in the shade....
....while the rest of the kids hunted Easter eggs! 
Spencer made out like a bandit.  We dumped out all his eggs today - he managed to score 2 huge plastic cups full of candy and $9.69 in change!  Daddy took him to buy a new Lego set tonight - he is not much of a saver! 

I hope everyone had a nice Easter!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Time to make new friends!

Hop like a bunny over to The Girl Creative and find some great new blogs to follow!  If you are visiting from there, be sure to leave me a comment so I can check out your blog.   I hope you will stay a while and check out what I've been up to!

Amigurumi & other fun stuff

I've taken my crochet addiction to another level and have started making some Amigurumi.  Because if there is one thing this house needs, it is more stuffed toys!  We actually had to fill a basket with stuffed animals to sleep next to my son's bed, because he could no longer fit in it with all of his furry friends! 

This owl was my first effort - I'm not happy with the way the stuffing shows through the yarn, but I think I've found a way to resolve that.  Something I read said to only crochet through the back loop, so I'm trying that with my current project.  Spencer happily took this off of my hands as soon as I was done with it.  Presenting.........Hoo Hoo!  (named by my 5 year old!)

I also made a doll for Mallory - the first doll I made especially for her!  It is from the book Amigurumi Two and it was pretty easy to put together.

I also managed to crochet a large flower to put on this headband I made Mallory - I took a couple of patterns I had, put them together, made some adjustments, and voila - I finally have a big enough flower!  Most of the patterns I found were for fairly small pieces.  Now, if I just would have written it down so that I could make more! 

 We went over to my sister's for our first swim of the season!  I only got in the hot tub, but the kids had fun in the pool.  Here is Mallory wearing her new swimsuit and her ruffle butt bloomers on her head!

And last week I finally managed to drag some of the baby/toddler toys out of the garage.  She LOVES the Little Tikes Activity Garden, which I managed to score at a yard sale a couple of years ago for $9!  I coveted it for a long time before I finally found one cheap.

Does your baby have a favorite toy?

Friday, March 26, 2010

New Friend Friday!

I thought I would try something different this week, so I am linking up at The Girl Creative to make some new friends.  Hop on over & check it out!

Welcome to all my new visitors........I hope you stay a while and take a look around!  Leave me a comment to let me know you were here!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dear .......

Dear God,

Are you serious?  Did my handsome 5 year old really get hit with strep throat and pink eye in one week?  Right on the heels of a sinus infection for him, ear infection for Mallory, vertigo & the stomach flu for me?  Will we ever be well?  Send sign of hope soon. 


Dear nurse at the doctor's office,

When my son was in for strep throat on Monday, did you know you had pink eye?  Okay, maybe you didn't, but when I came in today and your eyes were red & puffy and you were wearing your glasses (which I had never seen you in), did you think it at all odd that my son was there for pink eye?  Not that it's your fault or anything - I'm sure that you catch more things than we ever could.  I just hope your not brewing rotovirus right now or something.  Feel better soon!

Mother of son who has been to your office 10 times since the first of the year

Monday, March 22, 2010

Summer Dresses

Well, we have officially been hit with Sick Kids Syndrome. You know how it goes, don't you?

One gets better/the other gets sick/then mommy gets it...repeat....repeat....repeat...

5 doctor visits and $150 later, you might all be well.  At least until the next round hits, that is!  At least Daddy has stayed healthy!  The latest caused us to cancel our trip to Busch Gardens today with Aunti Di, cousin Trey, Nena & Papa.  Spencer has strep throat!  Hopefully we can make it there next weekend!

I have managed to squeeze in some sewing time.  My baby has hardly any 12 to 18 month clothing, so I need to get started on her summer wardrobe.

The first outfit was started several weeks ago.  While making your own bias tape to match your outfit looks great, it can be very time consuming.  Especially when you cut the wrong width bias strips the first time around!  This outfit actually drove me to finally take my machine in to be serviced, which it sorely needed.  I found out the bobbin case had a huge nick in it.  Now it is working much better - no more thread nests underneath my fabric!

On the second outfit, I learned that gathering fabric can be quite tricky if you aren't doing it properly (I guess that can be said of anything!).  I finally found great instructions here on Wikihow of all places.  I didn't cut the skirt quite wide enough, but I'm still happy with it.  I used a cute white t-shirt I bought for $1 at Target, cut off a few inches, gathered the skirt, and attached it to the shirt.  Voila - new dress! 

And matching baby legs, made from a pair of women's knee high socks that I also bought on clearance at Target.  Total outfit cost:  about $4.00!  I may add a ruffled flower to the top of the dress. 

Next up, I'm going to try another t-shirt dress like this, but I want to add a sash to tie at the back. I also have some projects from the One-Yard Wonders  that I am wanting to try.  Stay tuned!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Happy Saturday! I'm excited because my chauffeur (otherwise known as husband) is off work.  That means I got to leave the house today for the first time in a week!

Being stuck at home for a week straight lead me to introduce new activities to Mallory, so I dug out our huge collection of puppets from the garage, and she loved them!!  She was totally cracking up at all the different animals.

Then her big brother decided to put on a puppet show with the puppet theater I made for him last Christmas. She enjoyed it, but was a little tired by that point.  We will have to try again soon!

My big boy, who is suddenly into anything related to fighting enemies (thank you Lego Space Police!) spotted this fighting ring in the new toy catalog from Target.
Since when do they put out toy catalogs for Easter??? Isn't that a bit much?
Anyway, Target version:

And our version:

Spencer requested I take a close up so that everyone could see the Sheriff attacking the cow - wacko!


That's what our week looked like, being stuck inside for a week straight.  Oh, except for the part where we were stuck OUTSIDE for 2 hours on Wednesday because the door to our sunroom was jammed shut and wouldn't open.   Luckily it was 70, sunny, and we had crayons and paper with us.  And of course Mallory had her traveling milk dispenser (me!).   It could have been worse!

So, what types of things do you do when you are stuck inside all week due to illness or bad weather?

How do you keep those kiddos entertained?

Friday, March 12, 2010

Time for Friday Follow again!

Thank you to all my new followers from last week! I also found some great new blogs to read! Hosted by Rita @ One 2 Try Tami @ Hearts Make Families and Lynn @ Midday Escapades. Head on over to participate!

MckLinky Blog Hop

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mom of they Year

What's a mommy have to do to get a little computer time? Give the baby a ball of yarn of course!

Disclaimer: I never give her yarn unless I am directly supervising! : )

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Life Interrupted

Things around here have been turned upside down lately (literally, for me!).  I woke up Saturday morning with a horrible case of vertigo.  I ended up in the ER for several hours, where my friend's husband, who happens to be an ER doctor, took good care of me.  I was in bed all day Saturday and the better part of Sunday.  We all know what can happen when Mommy is out of commission, but luckily, my awesome husband and his parents stepped up to take care of the kids, go to the grocery store, and basically keep things running somewhat smoothly!

I'm feeling better, although I'm still dizzy and can't drive yet.  I can't wait to get out of this house!

Since there hasn't been any crafting going on here lately (except for a pair of unexciting slippers I'm crocheting for myself right now), I thought I would share pictures of a couple of cute kids I know.  Enjoy!

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Friday Follow

My first Friday Follow celebration hosted by One 2 Try, Hearts Make Families and Midday Escapades! I hope to meet lots of new bloggers!

MckLinky Blog Hop


Five Question Friday

I thought I would join the fun over at Mama M's blog for Five Question Friday, so here you go!

1. What's your guilty pleasure?  Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  I just finished a bowl for lunch.  Acutally, all cereal - I usually have at least 5 varieties to choose from, and often have a bowl for dessert. 

2. What is your favorite TV series?  My favorite, as in just 1??  Hmmmm, probably Top Chef. 

3. Can you speak any foreign languages?  I can speak a little Spanish, which actually helped me out while visiting Italy as well.

4. How many pairs of shoes do you own?  I am so NOT a shoe girl!  I probably own 12 pairs, but only wear maybe 5.  I wish I liked shoes, they just all hurt my feet.  My favorites by far are my Birkenstocks!

5. What's your favorite kind of M&M's...peanut, almond, straight up regular, etc.?  Definitely peanut, hands down, no contest.  I love chocolate covered peanuts too, so go figure.

MckLinky Blog Hop


Thursday, March 4, 2010

More Hats & Hair Clips!

I took my sewing machine in on Monday because it has been giving me all sorts of trouble lately. So I haven't been able to sew anything, although I do have a half finished dress on my sewing table, awaiting a repaired sewing machine.

I thought I would add some other things to my blog that I've been working on:

Hats (please ignore the non-matching clothing.....little miss baby will not stand for several clothing changes during an impromptu photo shoot!)

And hair clips......although there is not much hair to clip!  I can't wait until I can get her hair to lay down - right now it is a lost cause!

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Tacky Scrapbook Paper + Legos + Playmobil = Awesome

So what is a girl to do with that tacky photo paper she bought when she first started scrapbooking?  Why, turn it into backdrops for Lego & Playmobil scenes, of course!!!

Can you tell how productive my day was yesterday?  But Spencer & I sure did have fun!

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Trip to the State Fair

We recently took a trip to the Florida State Fair.  Michael took the day off of work so that we could go on a Monday, because going on the weekends is a nightmare.

Let's just say that most of the fair is a little too state fair-ie for me.  I grew up in a small town and belonged to 4-H.  We always entered different competitions, such as cooking, sewing (the first time I ever sewed!), cat show, etc, and every year we went to the 4-H fair.  We would often spend the whole day there while my mom & dad were at work.  Maybe it's nostalgia talking, but I remember really enjoying the small town feel of our local fair.  I would give up all of my fabric (okay, maybe not) for a taste of the homemade ice cream and a meal from Pork Producers right now!

The fair from my youth is a planet away from the Florida State Fair.  We had our bags checked on the way in and I had to dump my water, just in case it was actually vodka.  The security worker shared with me that one lady brought in a 12 pack in her diaper bag.  eek.

At the 4-H fair in my hometown, the midway took up about 1/4 to 1/3 of the fair grounds, and it was never the main attraction in my mind.  At the Florida State Fair, at least 50% of the grounds are dedicated to ride after tacky midway ride, carnies calling out to you every 5 steps, and all kinds of nasty foods that I wouldn't even feed to the pigs in the (small) livestock barn.  Is it truly necessary that we offer deep fried butter balls to the already grossly overweight general population??  And that there is not only one, but two locations at the fair to buy said butter balls?  And how about a burger sandwiched between 2 Krispy Kreme donuts?  Is your mouth watering yet?

I say we need less midway and more fair, but that is just from this country girl's perspective.  Now there is one very bright spot in this otherwise abysmal waste of time & money - Cracker Country!!  I love this part of the fair and it's the only reason I wanted to go.  And I actually learned that they are open the first Saturday of the month, which means we can go next year and skip the fair!

Cracker Country is a collection of old log buildings moved from their original locations to this area of the fairgrounds.  There is an old schoolhouse, general store, a couple of homes, a church, an outdoor kitchen, and some other buildings.  Our trip coincided perfectly with our recent listening of the Little House on the Prairie book on CD.  It was great for Spencer that we could translate what we learned to a real setting.  The first thing we saw was two young men making real life Lincoln Logs!

Spencer & I played a quick game of corn cob checkers in the mercantile!
Cracker Country is the best value at the fair too.  While each ride on the midway costs $4-6 dollars and lasts about 30 seconds, in Cracker Country, you can hand dip a candle for $1.00.

You can also make a rope for $1.00.  

And you get to take both home - awesome!!  All you get to take home from the Midway is an empty wallet and a tummy ache from eating too much deep fried butter.  Although I will say Spencer looks pretty cool driving his boat!

My other favorite part of the fair is the livestock barn and the small animal building, where the bunnies and chickens stay.  We were able to see a lady spinning yarn from rabbit fur, which was super cool for me as yarn is my new favorite.   And the kids even got to pet the bunnies!

And on the way out Spencer spent the rest of his tickets to take Daddy on the skyride!  Of course they couldn't take the round trip ride because his $8 worth of tickets would only buy them each a one way ticket!

So if you head to the Florida State Fair next year, bring your (fat) wallet, butter starved arteries, 
and your pioneer spirit!