October 30, 2008

The Box Bag

I found this box bag tutorial a long while back and was excited to have some time to make one for my mom's birthday. It was really easy once I worked out some of the kinks from the tutorial, and I definitely hope to make some more. I used some Peltex, heavy interfacing, to make it really sturdy. I think it would make a really great toiletry bag or for some yarn and needles for a take-along project bag. :-)

October 27, 2008

Usually at least a couple days out of the week, we try to do a quiet time in the afternoons when Carson is at school. Livi's pretty good about staying in her room and playing and sometimes she'll crawl up in her bed and go to sleep. Lately she's been wanting me to pull out the trundle bed so she can sleep halfway on that and halfway on her bed, silly, but it works. Last week, she was playing nicely for a while and then it was quiet so I went down to check on her, hoping she'd fallen asleep, and here's what I found:

She had taken out every piece of clothing from her dresser and strewn it about...

And then, here she was, in dreamland somewhere under these pink covers...

And even though she really didn't have fun cleaning it up, she decided to do it again during her next quiet time, after which I ordered some other consequences besides having to clean it up again and she didn't like those ideas, so she hasn't done it again....yet. And now we have newly sorted and organized drawers, which was probably much needed.


We had fun getting pumpkins this year at the same patch we've always gone to. I love the location, how you can see the ocean down the hill and the colors of the orange pumpkins up against the tan hay, the bright blue sky, the green fields & blue ocean down below is so cool.

Fall Fun

A couple weeks ago we went to Gizdich Ranch for a birthday party and Carson had loads of fun in the apple orchards when he went exploring with Jason.

October 17, 2008

Sewing fun

About a month ago I made this purse for a friend, and I had so much fun making it. I had made one for a different friend early this summer and she was carrying it one day and someone commented on it to her at a coffee shop and she told her her friend made it for her and told her my name cuz she wanted to order one, and come to find out we knew each other from playing Bunco a few years ago! What a small world. So I had ordered this awesome canvas from JCaroline and it was calling out to be made into a bag. I love the way it came out. These are the kinds of things I wish I had more time to make, but there will be a day and time. :-)


I have to say that I just love these days of early childhood. I don't know what's in store for us in the days to come or what it's even like to have older kids, but for now I'm loving this stage.....don't get me wrong, it's hard, hard work and I usually plop on the couch with exhaustion at the end of the day, but there are just some things that I want to savor for now, for gone soon will be the days of laying in bed in the morning waiting to wake up until my kids come in or call out for me from downstairs. I know alarm clocks will soon be a necessity, but for now I'll have it be the voices of my sweet kids. And gone soon will also be the days of playing at the park in the mornings and slowly getting ready for the day, and having the kids trying all kinds of crazy experiments to keep themselves busy during the day. I know Livi (and I) will sure miss Carson when he goes to school every day, they play so well together, entertaining each other for hours on end. Not that that gives me any free time, for they constantly need monitoring, as their creativity can sometimes lead to chaos, messes, destruction, etc. but they sure do have fun together, and play so nicely! I'm thrilled and thankful for that, it sure is a blessing to have them get along so well and love each other.
Some day I'll get to do more of the things I want to do but can't right now....sewing, paper projects, cleaning and more home maintenance, deeper conversations with friends over coffee during the day, etc., but for now I'll try to squeeze those things in when I can, but savor this ever so fleeting time I have with my young'ns.

October 14, 2008

Livi in Pink

I just loved the rain boots with the skirt!

She brightens my days...

October 8, 2008

Carson's Golden Birthday

Carson celebrated his Golden birthday this year, he turned 5 on October 5th. I can't believe he's 5 already! We love you Carson and think you are awesome!

I came home from the MOPS convention in Dallas the morning of Carson's birthday, so when we got home from the airport we hung out for a bit and then went to the Boardwalk for some rides, and that was so fun! Carson's favorite was the log ride, which was really fun. He's kind of a thrill seeker, and tends to love the roller coasters and crazy rides the best. It was a beautiful day down there and we had lots of fun.

We came home and had a little party in our driveway with the neighbor kids. It was a dinosaur party, complete with a dinosaur egg pinata that we made several weeks ago out of paper mache & a balloon. Fun stuff. The kids all went up to the court and rode their bikes and scooters till dinner time. It gets a little crazy out there with 14 kids riding around, but they all have so much fun and I'm super grateful for such great neighbors, it's such a blessing.

The next day we had a little playgroup party at the park with a few friends and more cupcakes. :-) Thank you everyone for celebrating our big boy, he had a very special birthday and we are thankful for all of our friends who love him.

We love you sweet boy!!! Happy 5th Birthday!

Jason's Birthday!

We celebrated Jason's 31st birthday with a chocolate cake for dessert, complete with a messy face contest. :-) Happy Birthday my love.