Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
We saw an elephant show (which was fascinating and very informative. Did you know elephant tusks can weigh over 200 lbs each & be 11 feet long?! And elephants with huge tusks like that can't lay down to sleep because it would be too hard to get back up, so they just rest the tips of the tusks on the ground & sleep standing up?), and were there when the bears, fish, & otters were fed. We loved the new penguin exhibit, too.
The day was great but could have been VERY disasterous for 2 reasons: 1) I forgot Babe's chupa (pacifier) and 2) Chick was in panties & I forgot a backup diaper. Thankfully Babe was happy with so many people taking turns to hold her. And Chick! With a few potty breaks, she was a happy, dry little girl all day : ) Even after we got home--dry until bedtime. Even when we were playing outside & she told me that she had to go potty & stopped playing to go inside & go potty.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Here are more pictures of the girls from this weekend & misc playing...
...with Grandpa N......and the only other reasonably decent family picture. Boy, for someone who brings me a camera and asks me to take a picture of her doing random things, Chick was really uncooperative. So was Babe...
I've been wanting to try freezer paper stencils, and decided that I wanted to do a picture of HH for father's day shirts. I altered a picture, and came up with this stencil design:
I really like how the stencil turned out--I think it's a good representation of him.
Then, because I took the wardrobe refashion pledge, and because I didn't have two plain t-shirts for the girls that matched, I thrifted a men's t-shirt to use for making shirts for them.
Somehow, (after hours of cutting out the stencils) the end result didn't quite look right. The face didn't translate well with the painting. Oh well.
The girls didn't care. Chick still was saying "I yuv Daggy, yessirree. We a happy family."
Friday, June 19, 2009
I wasn't really awake, but I woke up enough to think, "mmm, smells like someone is making some yummy breakfast! I think it's pancakes & maple syrup...." Then I woke up enough to think, "Wait, if I'm not making breakfast, there isn't anyone else here to do it...." Then I woke up enough to think, "Darn it, no one is making breakfast...it's just ME that smells!" I took some fenugreek to help with milk supply & it makes you smell like maple syrup. It was a sad realization, though, to wake up and know that no one was making me breakfast.
Today's funny story:
Chick climbed into her seat for breakfast & I was making oatmeal at the stove. Then Chick told me that she needed a bib, so I grabbed her bib & put it on her & turned back to the oatmeal. I wasn't paying attention to her, though. Next thing I hear is her sort of whimpering and she asked, "Where'd the doggie go?!" I looked back and I'd put her bib on inside out, so the dog applique was on the underside & all she could see was the plain fabric that's on the back.
Lastly, this is kind of funny in a haste-makes-waste-and-more-work-for-me kind of way:
For some reason I have the mistaken idea that I can just do whatever when I sew. For instance: that I can make up my own patterns (sometimes works out ok) and in addition I can do it all without measuring anything (usually doesn't work). So I'm making the girls some shirts for Father's day (stay tuned, I'll post pics when they're done), and when I tried Babe's on her I learned that babydoll Amy would be a better recipient. So now Chick, Babe, AND AMY get matching shirts. (I wanted to add a button that I saw somewhere, but now I can't find it. It said,
"Measure twice, cut once. Meh, just start cutting.")
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Anyhow, so last week was layout, which always makes things a little crazy. Then we also had family visiting, so I had some cleaning for that & visiting with them. It was really fun--it's a fun change of pace to have a houseful. We went thrifting & to the park with my SIL Katie & her two girls, and on Saturday I had a baby shower to go to, everyone else (HH, Chick, & 3 of HH's siblings with their kids & spouses) went to Mukilteo park. Then we all hung out here at my place for dinner. Lots of cousins...lots of cousins who didn't really nap.
I got a cool pillowsham to use as fabric ($1) & 7 packs of vintage rickrack & trim ($1.80)Chick hanging out with the big girls... On Sunday we got together again (Well, SIL Jeanne & family & BIL Joe & family--Katie was already down in AZ) to have dinner, but before dinner we walked to a nearby park. I think I am so lucky to be so close to the park. Jeanne has recently discovered Letterboxing, and we found 2 letterboxes in the park. It was so fun! We'll definitely be doing it more & I recommend it. I might even see about doing it on the cruise--I know there are some hidden in Grand Caymon (btw, the cruise isn't until December & it's western Caribbean). In the meantime, if anyone wants to go treasure hunting with us, just let me know! Chick's a bit young, but she likes going for walks at any rate.
Speaking of walks, we've taken a few good ones--I think I've finally gotten to the point of being ready to really exercise. Stay tuned about that....
I did a refashion in the last couple of weeks...I started with a very large tiered skirt with a hole in it. I loved the fabric; it called to me in the thrift store. I knew immediately that it wanted to become a set of impressionistic sundresses for my girls. I have just enough fabric left to make a skirt for Chick in a larger size.I don't have a good picture of Chick in hers, but it's forthcoming, because I'm going to alter a shirt to go with it. Here's Babe, though. She also got matching "panties" that are sewn patchwork style using several scrap pieces. And I made matching bracelets & hair accessories & a pin-on flower to wear in the bodice or to pin up the hemline. I made Chick's dress very full to accomodate TWIRLING. This was my first time shirring, and I'm thrilled that it's so easy. Of course, my lines are wonky, but it works fine with the organic nature of these dresses.
Babe is holding Zoe. Or "Zoe Kiggy" as Chick says. Zoe Kitty has a sister who is black and white and is named Maya Kiggy. They both eat paper & go potty in the potty seat. They like to look out the window at "Kitty" our outside cat, and they like to read the "Cats & Kittens" book with Chick. They are named after the cousins that gave them to us. Thanks, Maya & Zoe, we love them!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Not just any cruise, but one with all of my siblings + spouses & my parents.