Saturday, January 31, 2009

poor finn...

his mom won't leave him alone. he refuses to be a sucker for the camera...

hmmm, someone is related to g.g....

last week we were at palatte one morning and after playing around for a while, lucy asked, "can i have like a rag or something to clean up all these messy, dirty tables." so we gave her one and she got to work...


being the little boss she is, she also put finn to work...

a little something for jack

with all the little things i have been making for lucy lately, i thought i should make something for jack. he wanted to try sewing something at the beach, so i cut him out a square of fabric and let him pin it wrong-sides together (i cannot even tell you how many pins he used...) and sew it straight up the side. this was as far as he got. this morning he was playing marble with his dad (another fabulous nanny present... she really must know what kids love) and asked me if i could make him something to keep them in. thus, i returned to the project he started at the beach. i sewed a circle to the bottom of it, turned it right-side out and added a little drawstring to the top. so, here is what i came up with...



any suggestions for other projects for boys? girls are just too easy...

more fun with dressing up...

at g.g. and grandad's beach house there is the coolest little kids playroom under the stairs. there is a play kitchen, a coloring table and endless toys. it was all painted by g.g.'s friend laurie to look like the inside of a house, complete with little fake portraits of g.g. and grandad hanging on the wall. the funny thing is: no one really knows where half the things in there came from. it seems every visitor must leave behind an item or two, because it is a hysterical mix of random toys (my favorite being the giant python...). thus, you never know what your kids are going to come out of there with. here are jack and lucy upon exiting the playroom one morning...


the anti-mall

there is this place in california called "the lab: anti-mall" which pete, of course, makes endless fun of for its "need-to-be-different" name. it is, however, a fun place to go. it is a sort of outside "non-mall" i guess. the kids had a great time, perhaps because it was the only thing we really did the entire time we were there. we ate at this cute little outside sandwich shop and sweet miss katie offered to run jack and lucy to the restroom so i could stay with finn. they came running back super excited and jack blurted out, "the hand-dryer was so incredible! it made our hands all wobbly." to which lucy chimed in, "yeah, wobbly, like this" as she tried to make the skin on her hands move around. then jack continued that the sink was awesome and "it had, like 2 faucets and a ramp and pipes everywhere." katie just laughed and said it was an interesting bathroom. leave it to kids to think that is the most exciting thing...


ruby, covered in guacamole, with an olive on her finger. you gotta love it. is this a restaurant baby, by chance?



shirts for ruby and lucy

there's nothing like putting the kids to bed, popping open a bottle of champagne and sewing... ok, so maybe its a little dorky, but still super fun. christine and i made up this pattern from one of ruby's shirts and, i must say, for being amateur sewers and creating it by trial and error (and did i mention we were drinking?), i am very impressed that the final product was at least wearable. note: good sewers are not allowed to get any closer to these shirts than they are right now. and, seriously, when are we having another craft night?



oh, and i made ruby a lazy days skirt. perhaps this should be our next craft night...



back to balboa on a whim

so, christine called me friday afternoon to see if i had any interest in driving to california and we were gone by 6:00 that night. it was one of those things i probably never would have done if i had thought about it for very long, so to do it on a whim and just go was fabulous. all things considered, the drive went well (thanks christine for dealing with all of our bathroom breaks...). our first morning there jack woke up and with a big stretch, in a very grown up sort of way, says to me, "aahh, man, it was so nice to sleep by myself (lucy tends to crawl into bed with him at home). lucy usually just talks and talks and talks and then when she is finally asleep i'm like 'phew,' *snore*. huh, ya know?" i had to bite my lip not to laugh, thinking, who is this little five year old talking to me so grown-up and where is my little boy? anyway, we had a grand time with lots of walks, lots of coffee and a decent amount of sewing. ruby seemed thrilled every single morning to still be at the beach and played endlessly on the floor with my motley crew. she even picked up the word "car" while we were there, probably from the excessive amount of time spent playing cars with finn. finn's favorite game that he picked up from either lucy or jack was asking what every single street sign said. he used to always just say "name" when he wanted to know what something was called, but it evolved into "what name says" while we were at the beach. so as we approached each and every street sign we would hear, "what name says, what name says, what name says" coming from the stroller. then he would repeat whatever it was, coral, onyx, ruby... the best was that he learned g.g.'s house was on diamond, so he would get super excited when we would reach that street sign. late one night i asked him where g.g. lived and, being slightly hyper, he kept repeating, "g.g. on diamond. g.g. by diamond." miss katie was also able to join us for a quick two day, one night visit. lucy was especially glad to see her and as we were pulling into the airport lucy shouted from the back seat, "whoever spies miss katie gets to give her a hug first!" i think lucy hardly left miss katie's side for the 36 hours she was there. here they are feigning sleep together...


a few pics from the beach... finn finally got over his fear of the sand and i convinced him to take his shoes off after he walked into the water with them on. ruby loved the beach just like lucy did at that age... so stinkin' cute.




poor lucy always looks like cousin it when i am trying to snap candid shots... i should really try to convince her to let me pull her hair back more often...


and guess who took making sand castles slightly serious...








girly + brotherly influence


this somehow sums up lucy to me. she loves everything pink and girly, but she loves to run around with swords and get dirty. her princess dresses are always muddy around the hem from riding bikes or hiding in bushes with jack. she plays with princesses and cars together. and just this morning she was out front trying to teach finn how to hit the ball off the tee. it is good to like a little of everything, i guess...

driving buddies


this has been finn's favorite book since christmas (it was one of the many treasures we received with our nanny gifts...). i have known it by heart for a month now. luckily, it is the perfect level for jack's reading ability and, being the sweet brother he is, he has also been reading it repeatedly to finn. (yay, for older kids learning to read!) as a side note, every time we read it i say the title and then finn says, "sam my buddie." so anyway, last week finn randomly started trying to rip a page out of it. destructing books not being something finn ever does, i stopped him and asked him what he was doing. he looked at me, said, "mean guy. no mean guy," and continued ripping. i decided just to let him go and see what his general plan was. after he got the whole page out (in two pieces) he showed me the face of a car in the background with a scowl and said, "mean guy. gone." then took the pages to the trash and threw them away. he still loves reading the book even with the missing page...

Friday, January 30, 2009

playing with finn

i love to watch kids play. the games they make up and the way they move their toys always makes me laugh. finn makes just about every toy play football and my absolute favorite is the way he lays down to be on perfect eye-level with his toys. here is a little snippet of him playing house with some princesses...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

where are the cardinals going?

go kurt warner!

my kids love having favorite players. not just cheering for a team, but having one guy that is your own personal favorite. lucy's big thing is to pick someone other than jack's favorite. on the suns, jack liked amare stoudemire, so lucy went with steve nash. now, with cardinals mania sweeping our house and jack's favorite players being anquan boldin and larry fitzgerald (excuse any misspellings...) lucy has chosen kurt warner as her favorite (she must have a thing for the old white guys...). she told me when we were watching the last game that she loved kurt warner and then added, "he's so sweaty." not sure how to take this i asked if that was a good thing or a bad thing. she just shrugged her shoulders. i guess she was just stating the facts as she saw them...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

bach obama

this morning i tried to sneak a peek at the inauguration while lucy and finn were playing happily in the other room (after all was resolved from the "mean" incident). finn, however, heard the t.v. click on and came running in and hopped up on the couch. his excitement turned to disappointment and he said, "no bach obama. chawley and lola."

"mean"

not sure where finn picked up this word. this morning i heard lucy and finn squabbling in the next room and went in and asked what was going on. finn simply pointed to lucy and said, "mean!"

Monday, January 19, 2009

a few of my favorite things...

for christmas, bev gave me these awesome vintage pickle jars (the one with the lid i got from ikea) that i had been coveting for this idea i had to display pictures. i had shoe boxes full of old pictures, contact sheets, etc. that i didn't really know what to do with, so this is what i decided... now people can reach in and look through the old pictures, rather than having them just sit in a closet waiting to be discovered and they look pretty through the glass. bev set me on to the idea of hanging some on the outside with twine...




top of my wish list from this christmas to forever is going to be fabric. zach gave me some awesome fabric (along with the most amazing pinking shears). now the decision of what to make it into... more on that later. i enjoy just looking at this site and dreaming of what wonderful things i could make...


pete and the kids gave me these mixing bowls that are my absolute favorite. i had them once before and over time they all got lost or broken and now i have them again. whoever was the first to put a pour spout on a bowl was a genius...


and, finally, what may have been my favorite christmas present (thanks, al), this book. if you want to learn how to sew, i highly recommend it. the projects are fabulous and the instructions are so easy to follow. i like anything that is willing to bend the rules and show you the short-cuts...

CARDINALS ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!


steve, the caps lock was for you... and because...
THE CARDINALS ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!


pete came home and had another intense tackle/tickle session with jack, lucy and finn. i am scared to think what might happen if the cardinals win the super bowl... and finn had trouble sitting still for a picture. he kept yelling "tacko!" and turning around to tackle everyone in an attempt to resume the game...

future babysitters...

i think ruby might be the coziest kid i have ever met (miss katie, you are going to love it!). the other night we watched her for a bit while christine and ed ran up to grab a bite to eat. she never fussed for even a second (although she did give pete a few concerned glances), but she suddenly seemed like she want to snuggle. (side note: while playing ruby will often lay her head down, have a little thumbsuck and then go right back to what she was doing... it is one of the cutest things i have ever seen). jack really wanted to hold her, so i let him snuggle ruby up with her blanket in our rocking chair. after a while, lucy wanted a turn. hesitant to disrupt ruby's happiness, i let lucy hop in jack's place, and ruby didn't even flinch. she just kept right on sucking her thumb. when ruby had had enough she climbed backwards off the chair and resumed playtime. you gotta love a baby that knows what she wants and doesn't fuss about it...



lucy couldn't decide if she wanted to be the babysitter or the baby...


ruby also has just learned to stick her tongue out when asked and we may have abused this trick at our house... i think she was asked about 63 times "where's your tongue?" sorry, ruby. it was stinkin' cute, though...
christine, you should post a tongue picture of ruby on your blog...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

sandwich thief

the kids asked if they could eat lunch at the little table in the playroom today, so i let them. finn came out a while later and was wondering around with his sandwich while i finished the dishes. a few minutes later lucy came out practically crying because she put her sandwich on her plate and now it was gone. finn immediately chimed in, "lulu samich. good." apparently he had scarfed his own and quickly grabbed hers and booked it out of there...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

the civic center with christine and ruby

two weekends ago, with all the menfolk at the cardinals game, christine and i decided to take advantage of the beautiful saturday and took all the kids to the scottsdale civic center for a little picnic followed up with a trip to the library. my kids love this place as well as anything involving ruby, so the day was destined to be a success...








attempting to "roll" down the hill...



next craft night...

along with briwax, i have another (slightly more serious) craft night suggestion... i found these on one of my favorite blogs (angry chicken) and thought it could be fun to try.
pullover sweater into cardigan...




and plain cardigan "gussied up"...



to see her explanations, you can go directly to these postings here and here.