Friday, December 12, 2014

getting ready for baby

Little by little we are making room for the baby around here.
We bought a new crib when we went to IKEA last month (Emmy is still sleeping in our other crib and it is too big to fit in our room anyway) and rearranged the master bedroom to make room for it.  We still don't have mattress yet (or a car seat!) but there is still time :)
My walls are looking pretty bare in these pictures... might be time to find some artwork to hang in here!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

christmas tree hunting

We had really hoped to go cut a Christmas tree at my Mother-in-laws tree farm while we were in Maryland but after much discussion we decided that trying to tie a tree on the roof of our van (which does not have a rack on it) and driving 200 miles was going to be more trouble than it was worth.

This was the first year (but I am sure not the last) that the whole family was not there to pick the tree.  Our schedule has been filling up quickly and I knew if we waited for the whole family to be available we might never get a tree, so Thursday night, while Regan was at Gymnastics, we we headed to Home Depot hunt down the perfect tree. 

The tree went up and the light went on as soon as we got home...

but it took a little longer to actually get it decorated!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

new beds for the little girls

While we were in Maryland for Thanksgiving we made a trip to IKEA to buy new beds for the little girls room.  My neighbor is in the Navy and has to stay on the ship every 4 nights for duty.  For the last year or so her little girl has been staying with us when her mom has duty.  She was not yet 2 when we started watching her and was happy to sleep in the pack-n-play each night she was here, but she is about to turn 3 this month and the pac-n-play was getting a bit too cozy. 

Plus, this tiny room was even smaller with a twin bed, a crib, and a pac-n-play in it.  I knew we were not ready for traditional  bunk beds yet, but the IKEA Kura bed seemed like the perfect solution.

We put them together last week and the the girls have been happily sleeping in their new beds and LOVING all the play room they have in the room now!  We were even able to pull most of the play kitchen down from the attic - something Addie has been asking to do for awhile now.

And last night I finally finished the binding on Addie's Briar Rose rainbow quilt!  I am so pleased with how this turned out!  My quilting skills are definitely improving and the binding was not half the nightmare I remembered it being after watching a few tutorials online.
For those who are interested, I used this pattern as my basis but altered it (changed the square size and added rows and other fabrics from the Briar Rose line) to make it fit a twin bed.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

apron rack

Once again I am way behind on posting... I actually finished this project in October but just now loaded all the pictures onto the computer!  Anyway - I needed a place to hang all our aprons in the kitchen and have been loving the old yard stick coat racks I've been seeing around the web.  I didn't have any old yard sticks and I was not about to pay the $8 per yardstick I was seeing online.  Instead I found wooden rules on clearance at Office Max (I think I payed about $0.50/ruler), some scrap wood in the shed, and hooks to match my knobs and drawer pulls at Walmart.  After I cut everything to the right size       I used wood glue to attach the rulers to the wood and then rubbed the whole thing with Americana Decor deep brown Creme Wax (from Michaels) to make it look vintage.
Don't look too closely, some of the hooks are a little crooked!
Such a happy little corner in the kitchen now!
And the keepin' it real, unedited photo :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

baby boy

As soon as we found out we were having a little boy I came straight home from the ultra sound and started digging through my stash for some little boy appropriate fabrics.  I had to sew this little guy some clothes!  I took these pictures over a month ago, but just have not found time to sit down at the computer and blog!

It's been 10 years since we had a baby boy in this house and it is an adjustment to not head straight for the girly stuff when we go in the store :)  We are all excited for the change though!

I am 27 weeks along and so far this has been my best/easiest pregnancy yet.  I think that the whole family would agree that my worst "symptom" this go around has been my irritability :)  As I head into the third trimester I find myself starting to slow down a bit as my belly swells and the mid-afternoon exhaustion is creeping back in.  I am so thankful to God that he has allowed this pregnancy to be a bit easier than past pregnancies, especially with all the craziness of the summer (kitchen remodel, Tallulah's Lyme, and more traveling than we are used to) and as we have transitioned into some new/harder schooling for some of the kids (Challenge A for Regan and Max's first year of Essentials).  Next week is the dreaded Glucose test... although I don't dread it quite as much as I used to (the key is to chug the  drink down as quickly as possible, and although I would never choose to drink fruit punch in real life, I have found it is easier to get down quickly than the orange flavor.)

I've got a few more posts in my head and on my camera, so hopefully I can squeeze in a bit more time on the computer in the next week (not an easy feet when I've got 4 kids needing the computer for various school assignments).

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

cotton tail

It's October and the kids are thinking about Halloween already.  They dug through the dress-up bin the other day and found this costume for Emmy...

Of course I had to pull out the old photos to find these... Regan, when she was about the same age as Emmy.

And Addie, when she was almost 2 :)
So far I have not had any official requests from the kids for me to make them costumes, but it never fails that every year I say I am not going to, and then a few days before Halloween I find myself making at least one (usually more) complicated costume(s).  I wonder what Characters I will be sewing on the wee hours this October?

Last minute costumes from the past?  There was Mega Mind (scroll down), a flower fairy,  a knight, another knight, a mermaid, and Rapunzel and two hobbits.

Monday, September 22, 2014

summer surprise - part 2

So, our first "surprise" of the summer came in late may in the form of two pink lines.  Actually, it wasn't really a surprise, I mean we do know how these things happen :)  Today marks 20 weeks and the much anticipated sonogram.  The hubby was not able to go with me today, so instead the kids and I decided to surprise him with a gender revealing cake...
Oh, the anticipation!
and the frosting is...
baby blue!
We're having a boy!
Due in February! 

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