Wednesday, September 30, 2009

mr. finn's new tie

a couple weeks ago i was sewing lucy a skirt and dreaming of being ambitious enough to make her a christmas dress, when i felt a little sad that i never make anything for the boys. what would i make, though? all they wear are t-shirts and shorts, really. then, on the same note of something for christmas, i decided maybe i could try making little boy neck ties. a quick online search found me this pattern (which i modified a little to make it more my kids' sizes. this seems like it is maybe for an 8-10 year old... maybe... i am not really sure, it was just too long for my boys is all i know...).
anyway, i tried this first one on finn for size and he is now obsessed with it. he is rather in to accessories, after all. so now he asks to wear it, whether it is with a button-down shirt or just a t-shirt. either way, he thinks he's pretty cool...





Tuesday, September 29, 2009

online cooking group

i joined an online cooking group (i'm a little late, they are on week two...) and have decided to post my recipes on pots and peter pans (for obvious reasons), so i just thought i would let you know there is a delicious butternut squash recipe over there this morning. so, if you have any desire to give fall a little nudge (for all you phoenix folks who are still sporting summer attire and pumping your ac), this soup makes you at least feel like a new season is on the horizon.


wouldn't it be fun to serve this in a hollowed out pumpkin?

at 7 a.m.

most mornings this is what my house looks like...


Monday, September 28, 2009

fall, is that you?

the mornings have been so nice lately, i am tempted to hope that fall is actually just around the corner. lucy and finn have been playing outside every morning from the minute we get back from taking jack to school until it is time for lunch. while june is still my favorite, i am very much looking forward to october and november. now i just need to buy some pumpkins, then i can really fool myself into feeling the seasonal change...

Friday, September 25, 2009

"C" is for...

Caterpillars...
Carrot and Cranberry scones...
Cantaloupe...
Cute babies...more Cute (like i said, not really big on hair brushes around here... they are totally overrated)...
and, of course, the very hungry Caterpillar by eriC Carle (dedicated to his sister Christa)...
thanks for hosting, allie! lucy talked all day about how good those scones were (you should post the recipe...). three down, 23 to go.

up next, the letter "D"... what suggestions do you have?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

bedhead, still in style...

we were sitting at the kitchen table eating an after school snack on tuesday and jack was telling me about his day. all of a sudden he got this look on his face like he was trying to hold back a smile and he said, "oh! you know how my hair was all spiky this morning? you know from sleeping?" (yes, we don't really brush hair at our house...). "at the beginning of chapel when we were walking in my prayer buddy whispered to me, 'cool hair.' and he's in HIGH SCHOOL. and i was like, 'thanks,' but i didn't even do anything, it was just from sleeping." then he let that big smile go and full on burst out laughing. it was that fine line between thinking it was really funny that his bed head had been deemed cool, but at the same time loving it... especially from a high schooler.

hey, sometimes you can't help but just be naturally that cool...


also, i am not really sure how kirtsy works, but check this out.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"i just saw a slug bug incredible"

some more lucyisms for today...
- "can you inside this out for me?" as she presents you with a shirt or dress that has been turned in on itself.
- "what means republic?" in trying to learn the pledge of allegiance there were a lot of questions, but this is lucy's signature way to inquire about the meaning of any unfamiliar word. "what means apologize?" "what means fabric?" "what means frustrated?" you get the idea...
- "i don't want finn to see my privacy." jack has been big on asking for privacy while going to the bathroom (i feel his pain, i usually have several visitors myself...), but i guess lucy was a little unclear on what this actually meant...
- "the other day dad was talking to mr. dave and mr. dave opened his mouth to talk and i saw his braided teeth." mr. dave has braces.

(added post publish) lucy just walked in with a little pink weight and a yoga mat and asked, "mom, can me and finn do extrasize and yoga?"

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

lola


because it is fun to share places you like with people you like. even if one of the employees was really grumpy about cupcake flavors last time i was there... their iced lattes are delicious, they make homemade whipped cream and they serve the sweet pea bakery's peanut butter and jelly cookies (which are awesome). and the light rail passes right in front, which is a big plus in my kids' book...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

B is for...

Buttons...
more Buttons (candy buttons to be exact. see here.)...
Butterflies (made with B's and buttons)...
Blueberries...
Banana Bread...
cute Babies...
and Butternut squash...
ok, so we didn't actually do anything with the butternut squash, i just had it and thought it would be funny to throw in the B mix. (can i request that allie and christine post their butternut squash ravioli and butternut squash soup recipes (respectively)? come on, ladies. those both sound so good...).

another good little preschool morning. now on to the letter C. any suggestions here?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

because who doesn't love free stuff

you may have noticed this bike in my sidebar, but i just thought i would share with everyone the fabulous giveaway(s) that are going on over at the madsen blog. every wednesday they select the new winner of one of these amazing bikes. all you have to do is (a) link them on your blog (as i have done), (b) tweet about them on twitter, or (c) the simplest of all, just sign up for their email list. for more details go here. so, who knows, you just might win a bike...

also, for fun, the lovely blog oh, hello friend is giving away a cute little cupcake set. all you have to do is enter a comment on this post and you are entered. easy (but you only have until next monday, so hurry...). hope you win!




oh, jack...

i can't even tell you how many times i have walked around a corner to discover this...

there is usually some quiet commentary or play-by-play going on as well. until he sees me, then it stops. perhaps real golf clubs in the house isn't the greatest idea... oh, well. if its not golf, then its football or basketball or baseball or volleyball... jack will find some sport to play indoors complete with slow-motion and intense cheers. here's looking to cooler weather (while still appreciating the imagination that comes with being cooped up...)




oh, and check this out...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A is for Apron



in honor of the first day of our attempted little preschool schedule, i decided to make lucy and audrey both aprons. after all, we were starting with the letter A and this way they would have an apron that could be their very own to wear for any cooking or crafting project throughout the rest of the school year. i had been wanting to make this apron of ruby's (yes, it is still a little big for her) for quite some time, so i decided to try it.
i love the way this style of apron has just one ribbon looped through the entire thing. you put it over your head and then pull the side strings to adjust the length. brilliant. next, i want to make one for me...

ruby's apron, however, is made of amazing linen, which i wasn't planning to use for little chumpie aprons. i just happened to have purchased some 49 cent dish towels from ikea (tekla dish towels, to be exact...) that were almost the exact size of this apron (little skinnier, little longer, but just barely), thus saving me lots of hemming time. so, here are my extremely simplified (not super specific) instructions for turning an ikea tekla towel into an apron. it really is so easy though, i am sure you could figure it out even without this, hence the lack of excessive instructions...

obviously, make casings on both sides, then pull your twill tape or ribbon or whatever you choose through and you have a very cute, simple apron. add pockets or embellishments to your liking. i can actually wear this apron also (its just a little short), so it could even be a very cute gift. i let lucy write her name on the front of hers and then embroidered over it (i think it looks so sweet in her little handwriting...). i also added two big front pockets to it. the end.




oh, and A is also for alligator (long a and short a, you know...), but lucy didn't want to pose with her beautiful alligator made from triangles (the shape of the day, of course). oh, well.



first day of "home school preschool" was definitely a hit with the students (those being lucy and audrey). finn even learned to recite "little miss muffet" which he is very pleased with himself about. now we must get ready for B. butterflies, buttons, bananas... any brilliant ideas?

Monday, September 14, 2009

my life, the musical


this morning lucy said to me, "can we have breakfast now?" (and then this next part she sang. think feist tune and an attempted feist voice...). "'cuz i'm starving like a millie cow..." "oh, woah, oh!" (she didn't really sing that that oh, woah, oh part, but it seemed like it should have come next...) i actually always have wished my life was a musical, in which the characters randomly broke into song. that's probably why God gave me lucy. my, i am a lucky girl...

oh, and i forgot the part where pete comes in singing "bless her beautiful hide" and jack and finn run in hunched over snapping their fingers like the sharks and the jets...

Friday, September 11, 2009

fridays are my fave.


photo credit jewels of new york

yesterday our a.c. went out. it needed an entire new compressor and we were getting progressively sweatier. luckily, pete's parents took pity on us and let us come crash in their guest house. it is always an adventure for the kids to go sleep somewhere else, so they were all ecstatic (i guess they didn't realize i was running around crazy making sure i had everything for bedtime and school the next day...). i remember one time when i was a kid and our a.c. went out and we got to go sleep in a hotel. i thought it was one of the most exciting nights of the summer. it is funny how your perspective changes from kid to parent...

thus, i do not have the "home school preschool" pictures i wanted to share today (sorry, christine, "A is for Apron" will have to wait until next week...). instead i will share a blog i recently discovered called you are my fave (check out her cool polaroids, too). she gathers all her favorite things from around the blogosphere and places them nicely in one place for my convenience. here are a few of my faves that she has featured...

(i dream of building these bunk beds and throwing all my kids into one room...)

happy weekend...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

vanilla chair

we stopped in the willows the other day to check out their new kids corner, vanilla chair. it is the cutest little cove filled with all sorts of fun toys, books, and treasures. some of our favorites...

i actually want this dollhouse for me, not lucy. isn't it the most lovely thing? you'll have to stop by the store to see the rest...

they got me rather excited for halloween as well...