Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Week of Firsts.

My little girl lost her first tooth Wednesday night!  She discovered it was slightly loose on Tuesday, and wiggle and wiggled until it was out 24 hours later.  I tell you what, I have never seen a child so excited about a tooth gone.  I don't think there has ever been another cuter with a missing tooth!

 Matt is now our only child who has gone skiing.  They, especially he, have always wanted to go; but with six kids, that is something we've never had the money for.  Matt had an opportunity, though, with the Boy Scouts to go this weekend.  When asked how it was, his response was, "AWESOME!"

 There was only one mishap over the weekend.  He didn't put on sunscreen!  I almost didn't recognize him when we picked him up.  His little face is swollen and so red.  Really, the photos don't do this burn justice.

I guess another slightly minor mishap is that he also forgot his toothbrush and ALL toiletries.  Since Boy Scouts are always prepared, I think I need to just prepare myself for a stinky, fuzzy-toothed boy to come home from all future Boy Scout trips.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

At our church, I am a life group leader for some of the youth girls.  They found out I have a blog and I like to sew aprons, and they had a good laugh.  I guess they haven't figured out that it is ultra cool to make and wear aprons.

One of the girls, who happens to share my beautiful name, had a birthday last week and asked for an apron.  She promised that if I made her one she would wear it all the time and even do her homework in it. 

So today, I made her a half apron that my wonderful red headed baby is modeling.

How cute is this gnome fabric?  I've had it for awhile now and have not found fabric to match it - but I do believe some of my stash Katie Jump Rope did the trick!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Proud Mom

My oldest was one of eight 7th and 8th graders from his school to make our District Honor Band.  Kids from 14 counties got together and in less than two days, they were able to put on a great concert.  It was amazing how good this band sounded - if you heard them, you'd probably think you were listening to a professional symphony orchestra.

The only bad thing was, we sat on the wrong side of the auditorium and didn't get to see our boy until they stood to take a bow.  It was almost like a real life hame of Where's Waldo.  I am so proud of my boy; he is quite the musician. 

You might not know this about me, but I am nuts over popcorn.  I eat it almost every day.  In fact, I changed grocery stores purely for popcorn.  I found out that Ingles gives free bags to kids under 12; but the folks there are nice enough to give me a free bag, too!  So of course, when I saw a billboard for Popcorn Haven on the way home from the concert, I made Derek get off the exit.  I was expected a place to sell different kinds of kernels, so I was a bit dissappointed when I walked in to a room full of pre-popped and very unusual flavored popcorn.  I felt obliged to buy some, though, and let me tell you .... I have found my new favorite snack.  Key Lime Pie flavored popcorn.  Sounds gross but trust me, delicious.  If you are ever near Calhoun, GA - you should check it out.  Some of the weirder flavors that I did NOT want to try were steak, hawaiian pizza, and cheese caramel.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011


The Cuppycake Dress fit!  And ... she LOVES it!  And .... those Pre-Kers really know how to party!

There were balloons, a DJ playing great party songs such as the YMCA, the Cha Cha Slide (which is very fun to watch a room full of 4 and 5 year olds dance) and the Cupid Shuffle.

The dress twirled good during a brief dance with her Daddy.

I'm really not just being an enthusiastic Mom, that was one serious fun party.  Too bad they go through the stage where they become too cool to dance.

The CUTEST Dress

I do believe I made a rather C.U.T.E. dress today for my little one.  She is having a Pre-K Valentine social/dance tomorrow and they are supposed to wear their Sunday best.  We decided to make her a new dress and while the finished product isn't a "dressy" dress, it is cute and will be unique.

All of the fabric is from my stash and not much of it was bought together, but don't all of these fabrics go quite nicely?  In the middle of sewing, I ran out of white thread.  I made a Wal-Mart run and LOOK at the shoes I found!  Little Bit was in bed by the time I got home, so I hope her slippers fit.  I hope the dress fits.  I hope she likes the dress enough to wear it tomorrow because I LURVE it.

Cost: $2.46 for thread, $7 for chic satin red shoes.  I'm not counting the stash because I bought it so long ago, so it just doesn't count, okay?
Time: About 3 hours

$9.46 isn't bad for a evenings worth of entertainment, some stash busting, and one seriously cute dress.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Apron I made for Lori

This is the apron I made for the Flirty Apron Swap.  I used some fabric from my stash and the Lola apron pattern.  The main expense of this apron was the 300 yards of bias tape.  Okay, so I exaggerate, but I did use about 5 packs, plus one pack of ric rac.

I made a potholder with the video tutorial I posted a while back.  This is an amazingly easy pattern and I think you should all go try it today.  You'll have a lovely potholder or trivet in less than 10 minutes.

My wonderful stick figure son modeling it for me.  Trust me, Lori looks much cuter in the apron than Nate.  If you'd like to see her modeling it, go here.  While you're there, take a look at the other wonderful cutie pie aprons all the swappers have made.

Monday, February 7, 2011

My Cutie Pie Apron

Here is my apron I got from Lori.  Isn't it cute?!?  I am telling you that the picture just doesn't do this apron justice.  She used a Jamie Christina pattern.  After seeing how cute it is and how well it fits, I think I will definitely have to order some of her patterns.

I also got this hand towel with LOVE appliqued on it.  I'm hoping my sweet children's grubby little hands will lay off it so it can stay beautiful.

I got some cupcake tins and picks (which I bought the exact same picks to send to my partner, who happened to be none other than Lori)!  I got a cute magnetic notepad and some delicious chocolate covered cookie dough bites.  Those things were so good that I almost couldn't stop eating them.  The only way I did was to offer them up to the lucky kids who happened to be standing near me at the time.

This was a great swap and a lot of FUN!  Thanks, Lori!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Look Ma, no Training Wheels!

Guess who learned to ride a two wheeler?  Her seven year old brother taught her all my himself with a few simple pushes.  She is outside constantly now riding away.