Sunday, August 30, 2009

Introducing...

Ezekiel ("Zeke"), born July 1st.



He's an 8-week-old Dane/Lab and he's Mike's anniversary present. Apparently he's my anniversary present, too. Hmm. I could have sworn that "fashion jewelry" was the modern gift for 11th Wedding Anniversaries. I don't see "puppies which need to be taken out every 2 hours through the night" anywhere on the list. *yawn*

Monday, August 24, 2009

First Day of Kindergarten!

It's crazy hard to believe that this little precious child, who by a miracle was born to us five short years ago, is starting kindergarten. (I made her dress.)


We walked her to school and she got straight to work.


It's her mama that isn't quite ready.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

6 x 6 Recipe Card

July's theme for our monthly recipe swap is Grilling. I always blank out the recipes - if you want to see them you have to join our swap! :)

I used SU! and Bazzil card stock and I got those adorable little pepper stickers from my local scrapbook store. The "hot" letters are by Doodlebug Design Inc. I used my SU! 1.24" square punch to do the grey and red squares. I can't wait to see what everyone else did!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

More skirts for Chloe

I've really been busy with getting things ready at school, but when I'm not crazy over schedules, paperwork, and the like I've been sewing back-to-school clothes for Chloe. She loves to wear skirts, but I'm not spending a ton of money for trunk show clothes that it turns out I can actually make myself.

Before this summer my sewing experience consisted of basic scarves, blankets, curtains - straight stitches without any complicated patterns and such. But, I've really started to enjoy sewing! Since I don't have a serger (but will soon thanks to my darling friend, Lisa) it takes me a bit longer to finish the seams, but they still turn out quite nice.

It doesn't take much fabric - and I've done several in the same color scheme so that it's easy to buy tops to match. I haven't quite mustered up the courage to try making a top, though I've made a few pillowcase-style dresses. Here's a couple of my latest creations and I didn't use a pattern for either of them - I just made it up myself! Neither one took more than two hours to make.






Anyone have any suggestions for good places to get fun skirt/dress ideas? I've been using You Can Make This for some of my ideas. The little apron skirt I made a couple of weeks ago was done with a pattern from that site. Pretty good prices for some adorable clothes.

I can't wait to get Chloe dressed for school! :)

Friday, August 14, 2009

One week down...

Bradley (and his mama) have survived the first week of preschool. He's been dry in his big boy undies every day, and only had one poopy accident - which is amazing for only being out of pull-ups for a few weeks.

Every day his teachers send home a "daily learning activities" report that includes appetite, quiet time, disposition, items needed, and favorite activity of the day.

Every day he has had "I ate most" for appetite. His quiet time has been 1.5 hours every day. He hasn't needed any new items and his favorite activities have been science and art all week. His disposition has been funny to watch...

Monday: Quiet
Tuesday: Happy
Wednesday:Curious
Thursday: Chatty

I was worried that today would be "Energetic," but it was Cooperative. Whew!

He's adjusted well, and I'm sure I'll be okay, too.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Mama made it!

Today my sweet little baby boy started preschool, and I won't lie - I cried for a while. I intentionally left off my mascara and saved it for the ride into work because I knew I was going to be weepy. I just couldn't help it. I just kept picturing his fat little baby face...

June 2006

Where on earth did the time go? I know parents get all sentimental about their kids growing up so quickly, but seriously - how did this happen? I have to remind myself to cherish ALL the little moments. Potty training sucks, but before I know it he'll be picking out fixtures for his own house!

July 2007

I love having summers off because I'm able to be the stay-at-home mom (for the time that I can handle!) and do all those little things we take for granted. Deciding to snuggle in a heap for a family nap instead of going our separate ways. Picnics on the porch. Building forts. Sure, these things happen during the school year, but not nearly as often. With Chloe starting kinder later this month (don't even get me started with the drama that is going to be!) I know things are changing. The kids are changing. Their interests have changed so much even in the past 6 months. We are putting away most of the "baby" toys and just saving a few for when my niece or other little ones visit. I went through their closets this weekend and made huge piles to give away.

June 2008

I think it's harder because Bradley is such a big kid for his age. He's only three, but he wears size 5/6 and is really articulate. When I walked him into his preschool room today he was by far the biggest kid. Just looking at him you wouldn't guess he was only 3 - so we sometimes move him to "older" toys and activities. I reminded Mike the other day that we have to leave the board books for him because he's only 3 and not ready for bigger books, even though he's trying to read. I want him to stay my sweet little baby forever.

But, time keeps on tickin' and before you know it those fat little cheeks have leaned up, the big boy undies are on, and your baby is ready for school. Now, where are the tissues?


August 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Overheard

Bradley: *coughing*

Chloe: You need to cover your mouth when you cough.

Bradley: But I just couldn't.

Chloe: If you feel your cough coming you need to turn your head or go into another room so you don't spread germs.

Bradley: Touche.

Chloe: What does "touche" mean?

Bradley: It means, "you're right - you got me."

...

Okay, then.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sweet and Simple

I had my monthly Stamp n' Scrap night on Saturday and this is the card everyone got to make.



Everything is Stampin' Up!, of course! The image is from the A Flower for All Seasons set and the sentiment is from the new hostess set, The More the Merrier. I think the set is just adorable - I can't wait to use the cupcakes! The image was colored with SU! markers.

We embossed the piece of Celery card stock with a Texturz plate from the Stampin' Up! Backgrounds set and the Chocolate Chip card stock was die cut with the SU! exclusive Top Note die. It's fun having exclusive products! :)

If you like this card, let me know and I can hold a class for you and your friends. Everyone will get to use the Big Shot machine and take home at least two cards. You will also get to take advantage of my popular frequent shopper program and special Deal of the Month.

Can't wait to hear from you!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Summer Deals!

I had to let you know that Stampin' Up! is excited to announce that beginning today, August 1, the Country Living Summer Cookout Kit is being offered at a 40 percent discount--making it just $14.95! And with plenty of summer left to celebrate, it's a great time to take advantage of this huge discount. The Summer Cookout Refill is also still available at its regular price of $9.95.

CLICK HERE for all the details and to place your order online - or give me a call or email and I'll get your order in for you! :)
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