Archive for August, 2011

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Polka Dottie

Another quick pair of pj pants.  We never seem to have enough jammies and this particular pillowcase screamed pyjamas.  I cut out 4 more pairs today and started sewing.  That will be 3 for each girl (with camis or tees) plus whatever else is still hanging around.  Seriously, we have more a problem with jammies than socks.  I can’t figure it out but hopefully these will keep us covered because I’m ready to move onto dresses.  I looked through a couple of Burda magazines today and think I’m going to try to work up a simple dress but add a pinafore or apron and an underskirt… should be interesting.

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Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Spy Cam

Ben wanted to get out of the house today before the rain started and found himself wandering around in Target.  He came home with a little Polaroid point and shoot and a tabletop tripod.  We’ve been kicking around the idea of a smaller camera for a while and if you’ve seen my shove my Nikon into my purse you’ve probably already wondered why we don’t have one. Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, August 26th, 2011

I’m Talking To You

So I’m still kind of reeling.  Maybe that sounds overly dramatic.  I posted a clip of Avery yelling at Chase to wake up last night on Facebook and have probably listened to it 10 times since then.  What’s the big deal?  I can’t put my finger on it exactly.  Avery’s been talking for a while.  Cookie, no, stop, all the usual suspects.  But I’m sitting here last night and all of a sudden there’s an unfamiliar voice coming through the monitor.  Talking, not crying.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, August 22nd, 2011

On Dad

Daddy coming home at the end of the day is like Christmas every day.  Well, it’s like Christmas twice a week and Easter the other three days.  The girls are excited, he’s excited and for the short period of time before bed, with dinner and baths wedged in, they play. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, August 20th, 2011


We made it.  We thought we might not.  We thought we might just stop along the road in nowhere, PA, pitch a tent and call it even.  By the time we left the girls were falling down (over) tired and whining like nobody’s business.  After listening to Magic Treehouse books 9-15 for the 5th time I wished we could “go there” but it didn’t work for me.  I spent Friday night recovering and Saturday night catching up on Project Runway.  I’m feeling mostly better but am very much looking forward to my sleeping in day tomorrow.  Mmm, Sunday.  Somebody bring me coffee in bed.

My pictures of the week are all crap.  Honestly, what kind of picture is that?!  I really captured a moment there.  I still can’t remember to take pictures with the people we visit.  Mostly, though, I just didn’t pick up my camera.  We were pretty unplugged.  There were a couple of times that I was able to check my email but I really couldn’t respond to or address anything and that felt pretty good and spilled over into the picture taking I think.  I mostly just sat around a lot.  I sure do like sitting.

The first day of school is quick approaching.  I really have to start thinking about back to school dresses.  That’s right TWO!  Two big girls go to school this fall.  We’ll have to see about that.  Things have been more than a little slow in that department.  I did do a teensy bit of sewing this afternoon for a special birthday and it always kind of feels weird sharing that stuff but it’s not like I can just show you some other cool thing I made sooo…   Chase picked out the fabric for the pouch and the headband.  The fairies were part of the G Street picks.

It probably shouldn’t surprise me considering how rarely I go delving into it recently but I was happy to find a black zipper in my stash!  I went about it the way I work best.  By just randomly cutting and slashing and throwing it together while chasing my kids and yelling into the phone.  Well, look at that, I DO know how to put in a zipper.

Chase helped me sew too.  Ok, go, faster, too fast! Stop!  STOP!  We still have all our fingers and it was fun.  It’s not really sewing if there’s no chance of a puncture wound, right?  We stuffed a little headband that we made in there and I’m wishing I had some knit in something a little less sunny that I could throw together for myself.  Maybe if I look hard enough my stash will come through again.

So, dresses… I have to think about it.  I must have said that ten times already.  Think.  I’m moving it to the top of my to-do list.  Which reminds me that I just finished I Don’t Know How She Does It.  Perfect for the beach.  Not too heavy, kept me laughing and made my cry a little but only a little and then I was laughing again.  Think Bridget Jones has kids.  I read in he acknowledgments that she sold movie rights and thought, hmm, it’s been a while since the book came out guess that never came to fruition but just stumbled upon this.  I wonder who Kelsey Grammar plays.  Oh, but I almost forgot the best part! I found a copy of Private Life so I can finally read the book I’ve been talking about since December!  Just sitting there right on top of the pile not even on the shelf yet!

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Thursday, August 11th, 2011


Chase has always been my helper in the kitchen but lately I’ve been trying to think of ways to give her a little more responsibility and some new experiences.  At dinner tonight she asked about dessert.  I hadn’t planned on it but then I remembered a lone box of pudding leftover from something.  I think I bought it to try to tempt Avery into eating something but she decided firmly against pudding some time ago and isn’t budging on that one.  So I offered it to Chase.  I told her that she could have some dessert if she would make it and she was really eager to make something for everyone to enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Cowgirl Style, Cowgirl Attitude

I took all of these pictures of Chase picking flowers in the grass wearing these boots she picked out but later, after all the playing was over, I took some other ones.  And I think they might be more revealing of the truth.  That girl is, um, spunky.  4 going on 14.  The kind of sweet little girl who says things like “relax, I’m going right now!” when prompted to do something for a second, third or FOURTH time.  She’s full of cowgirl spirit.

I think that those boots and that spirit are going to be my inspiration for a back to school dress.  I have some lovely fabrics from Moda and this too.  I finally got down to G Street with my Living Social voucher in tow.  It doesn’t take long to spend 50 bucks at the fabric store I tell ya.  I still *might* need a little gingham in a nice grey or some other neutral.  Looks like it’s going to be the fall of prairie chic.

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Monday, August 8th, 2011

Book Report

Over the weekend I found five or six of these little Well Loved Tales published by Ladybird Books in the 60’s.  There’s something totally creepy about the illustrations but they’re also strangely compelling.  They’re realistic and very adult compared to other illustrated children’s books of the same era.  Chase is really excited about the books as she is about all fairy tales.  We often read and re-read stories so I always pick up fairy tales when I see them so we can check out the  illustrations.  It’s fun to see all the different styles. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunday, August 7th, 2011


Here ends a terrific weekend!  Today we mostly just played.  We left the house briefly only once to drop off another load of books on top of yesterday’s purge.  I weeded out some books and toys this weekend but there’s still way more to do.  It’s getting easier though.  I read an article a few months back that included this flow chart.  I wish it was as easy to get right of things as that chart makes it look. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Party, Party, Party

Is literally what we did today.  We started with fresh muffins delivered to the door first thing this morning.  That’s kind of the best thing ever.  They were called donut muffins.  They’re ridiculously delicious and I think maybe dipped in butter to get the cinnamon sugar coating to stick.  So good.

From there we went straight from pj’s to party dresses, did the normal Saturday stuff, the market and things like that.  Followed that up with a little brunch and mimosas with squirmy babies at Gertrudes.  I had to stop Avery from trying to drink the ketchup at one point.  Which is why I don’t understand why she cared either way whether she washed it down with water or my blood orange soda.  Clearly she wants me to know that she has a sophisticated palate. Read the rest of this entry »

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