Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fully Operational

On my birthday, my sewing machine decided to give me problems. Turns out, after discussing it with more logical minds than I, that my poor little machine needed a little TLC. I guess I should have realized this since I've had it for almost five years! Whoops...

I didn't know if it was possible for me to do this, so I called around and found out that it would be roughly the price of a new machine for someone else to clean it. Common sense took over, Greg printed off the instruction manual at work and I spent some quality time with my machine.

After that I was back in business. So, since my machine's been up and running, here's what I've been up to:
  1. Burp Cloths for my MIL to give away
  2. An introduction to Mod Podge through Notebook recovering
  3. Diaper Sleeve & Wipes Cover---way less bulky than my previous creation--PLUS the ducky and cream fit with the diapers. **Note: anyone who would like this or the diaper clutch, let me know which one and I'd be happy to oblige. Also, I used the tute here, but revamped everything a little to fit my needs (seems to be a trend)**
  4. Little Sister onesie to match Jared's "Big Brother" Shirt
  5. My own headband and converting my normally too big short into maternity shorts
I've been busy---and I'm only getting started---*insert evil laugh*

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Proof

I'm already suffering from taking less pictures of little girl than Jared because last week was the first time we took a picture of my ever-growing belly and our little girl. I feel her move all the time, and so does Greg. I feel like my belly-size fluctuates each day--- wonder if that has anything to do with it being my second pregnancy. I went to the doctor last week and everything's great--keep crossing your fingers it stays that way.

So, without further ado, here we are at 22 weeks:

Monday, July 27, 2009

Favorite Hangout

Jared's new favorite hangout, the pool:

The best time for swimming in the Texas summer happens to be just before dusk. It's still amazingly hot, but you don't have to bathe in sunscreen first. We've gone to the pool at least once a week for the past month, and we all enjoy it--- even baby girl! :)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Nap Time

A couple weeks ago, Jared was playing in his toys and all of the sudden he got really quiet and this is what I found:

At first I wanted to wake him up because it was way too early and I didn't think he would stay asleep, but I couldn't for a few reasons. First, it reminded me of when he would nap in that chair and that chair ONLY. Second, he's really into stuffed animals right now, so I got out all of the ones we had including my old Big Bird. After giving him a much needed cleaning, Jared loves to carry him around, which melts my heart.

I worried for nothing because he slept for three hours... so cute.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Let It Begin

The construction kick-off meeting went well. Today, they started digging for the foundation. The manager dude said if all goes well frames should be up by the end of three weeks and sheet rock in six. We're going to head out there and see what they did, but an afternoon thunderstorm (yay rain in a drought) put a stop to those plans.

And so begins the longest wait of our lives...

The Lightning Thief

I know I've been on a movie/book kick, but it's another book series coming to the big screen (which Greg and I both happen to enjoy)! I first heard about this series from my student teaching days and I decided to try them out. Five books later, Greg and I both read the whole series and we're both very excited to see this movie.

Try them out if you enjoy Greek Mythology, Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan.

Now if only Artemis Fowl can make the jump...

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Celebrating 25

So, last week I turned 25 (which is still odd to think about). We celebrated on the actual day and later in the week. Here's a recap (beware, it's long and I forgot to take pictures):
  • On the actual day, I woke up to Greg throwing my birthday presents at me. I got a glue gun and sticks (I know, way exciting, but I wanted it), a few books, and gift cards to a couple of craft stores (thank you for supporting my new hobby) and Kohl's. Jared and I spent the day playing with toys, reading books, and cleaning (the usual, yes, I cleaned on my birthday).
  • After Greg got home we went to Red Lobster for my birthday dinner. That was my request because I had been craving crab and lobster for a while (and yes, it's safe for pregnant ladies to eat). Get ready for this, I had about a pound and a half combined of lobster and crab; it was delicious. Greg ate some of the lobster because I mistakenly had them stuff it with some nasty (to me) seafood concoction.
  • Then we went home to have friends over for cake and games (hence the reason why I had to clean). During the cake, we had the Home-Run Derby on the background because it was in St. Louis, Pujols was participating and I wasn't going to miss it. Once he was eliminated and we ate the yummy chocolate cake with chocolate mousse frosting, we played Cranium. We never ever have enough people over to play, mostly because our apartment can barely handle having one family over let alone three, so I wanted to play. It ended up being a lot of fun and we forgot to take pictures all day.
  • Since we didn't go swimming on the actual day, like I wanted to, we made a trip to the 'pa-pa' on Wednesday--which was wonderful.
  • Fast-forward to Thursday: I used my Kohl's card to get a new outfit (FYI: if you're pregnant in the summer--skirts are the way to go---most comfortable I've been) for me to wear on our date that night to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The best thing about what I got is that the shirts are wearable for a couple more months and after I'm pregnant and I got a preggers skirt for half off! Score!
  • WARNING: If you haven't seen HBP---DON'T READ THIS BULLET!!! Now, I'm of the opinion, and everyone is entitled to their own that this was the best book-to-movie interpretation of the series--- yet. Sorry if you've already heard my opinion, but it is my blog. Yes, there were things to be disappointed about, changes that I really don't understand (no funeral, battle and the burrow attack, what?); the more I think about it, the more I wonder if it has to do with how they are going to stage the last two movies. And, J.K. has to have finally approval of the script, so she knew of the changes; if she’s thinks the changes are okay, then who am I to argue? However, I'm not going to dwell on what I didn't like because I thought the movie was beautifully done. Here's a few reasons why:

    Books have the opportunity to intertwine the plot with numerous subplots; movies can only survive with a couple subplots before it becomes too confusing for the audience. You have to take the movies as a whole away from the book and judge them according to how they are created, not what they are created from.

    The cinematography was breath-taking and the acting was superb. Dan, Rupert, Emma, and Bonnie (Harry, Ron, Herimone, and Ginny---for those of you who live under a rock) have definitely grown in their abilities and it shows. The new relationships they develop between their characters helped them to seem more real and it was entertaining to watch.
    Quidditch was brilliant! It seemed more like a sport to me and less like a flying lesson.Jim Broadbent was perfect as Slughorn; he was completely how I imagined him, maybe a little chubbier, but personality-wise— fantastic. It was truly a wonderfully crafted piece of film.
    Even though they didn’t show Snape 'teach,' Alan Rickman’s portrayal went to another level. As an actor, he finally knew the motivation for all of his actions; he finally knew the desires of his heart and I think it showed. Severus Snape is such a marvelously-developed character and Rickman truly knows how to bring him to life.
    Michael Gambon also did a wonderful job as Dumbledore; his portrayal has always seemed how a wizard like Dumbledore would be, if he were actually read. I had a hard time watching him suffer in the cave, but I lasted until Harry came back to see his body—then I started to cry.
    You have to step back and go, does this movie give me the same feeling it did when I read the book? Not, is the movie just like the book in every way? If you answer yes to the first question, then the movie did its job. I felt as though I had read the cliff-notes version of the book; I laughed, sneered, and cried at all the same times---so I think the movie did its job. Bravo, and I can't wait for the next two.

Okay, I'm off my soapbox now.

All in all, it was great way to celebrate reaching 25, here's to the next 25 being just as exciting.

Friday, July 17, 2009

14 Months

I haven't done a pure-Jared post in a while, so I thought I'd share some of his newest accomplishments and pictures. I know I say this a lot, but I can't believe how fast the time has gone. I look at newborns at church and the store and wonder if my boy was really ever that small. He's turning more and more into a little boy (not baby) each day. Here he is (sporting his new shirt, by the way):

  • He's now an official walker--- he has been for a while, but now he hardly ever crawls. The last couple of weeks at church I've had to chase after him so he doesn't leave Relief Society without me.
  • He also talks all the time. Obviously, he knows 'ball;' he also knows cup, count (as in Count Von Count from Sesame Street), dog, cat, eye, Dada and Mama. Others are not so clear, such as: piper=diaper, 'ck'= drink/chicken/monkey, pa=pool (we've been there a lot lately), and BaBa = baby/belly/belly button/bath or big bird.
  • He still eats anything and everything---except peas. I think this contributes to his size---people are shocked when we say he's 14 months old. It doesn't surprise me though; the only 12 month size he wears now are his shorts and that won't last much longer.
  • He's still loves to read. Some of his favorites include his Sesame Street books (what can I say, he's a fan), Little book about Jesus, First Animals, and Around the House (pictured).
  • He's starting to understand simple commands and our daily routines. The other day I told him to give me his cup so I can fill it up and he did so, following me all the way to the kitchen baby gate. He also knows what it means to change his diaper, take a bath, find his books and toys, watch Phineas & Ferb or Sesame Street, and go outside to the car/pool. It's actually quite adorable.
  • UNTIL he throws fits when he doesn't get what he wants. He already throws his body down, curves his back and makes crazy 'sad' faces. Most of the time, we talk him down; occasionally he'll have to sit restricted for a minute or so--- and oh boy, he doesn't like that.
  • He's insanely stubborn. Along with the fits and understanding us---he knows what 'no' means but yet, when he's fixated on an object or getting into something he's not supposed to he'll go after it numerous time even after I've said 'no' for the tenth time.
  • He loves to climb. This is not new, but some of things he climbs on are like our bar height dining room chairs or into his jeep or the computer chair or attempting to fit his fat legs on the bookshelf or standing on the ottoman or his race car to get to the dvds. Basically, he's figured out that climbing can be a means to get somewhere. He keeps me on my toes.
He also loves the water and going outside, but that's another post!

Oh---and it stinks that he's already figured out how to take off outlet covers---at least it's not his diaper--- yet.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Half-Blood Prince

Finally---the day is here---and we're not seeing it until THURSDAY!!! At least we get to see it. In preparation, I re-read HBP and I'm almost done with Deathly Hallows. We've also been taking the last few nights to watch the previous movies. It's been fun revisiting the magical world and talking with Greg about J.K.'s clever foreshadowing. In honor of all the Muggles and Magical folk waiting patiently in line tonight or seeing the movie in the next few days here's a clip released yesterday--- I'm so excited.

Enjoy this week full of All-Star baseball and wizards!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Great Present

Our builder just called to tell us that our blueprints have arrived and now we'll begin the construction process starting with our first meeting on FRIDAY!

So, sooner rather than later this empty lot will have a lot of activity on it!

What a great birthday present! As for birthday celebrations, when Gweg gets home we're going out for dinner, swimming as a family, and then having friends over for cake and games---my favorite summer activities. Then, on Thursday we're going on a date to see the new Harry Potter movie (so unbelievably excited)---and I'm still having a hard time believing I'm 25--- oh well--- just means that life keeps going. :)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

T-Shirt Bonanza!

Jared had a few plain white tees hanging around and I got a pack of white onesies for 'little girl' (what she'll be know as until her birth), so I decided to try a craft I discovered while looking for projects called Freezer Paper stenciling.

Basically, all you do is buy some freezer paper (nothing else---I only found it at Wal-Mart), fabric or acrylic paint and brushes. Then you make your own design, use the computer to find one, or both then draw/print it onto the non-waxy side of the paper. Cut it out with an exacto knife, iron-on your shirt and PAINT! The only real challenge lies with cutting and the difficultly of your pattern. I made two for each of the kids; little girl's on top and Jared's on the bottom:


I did not find a stencil for any of these, but I did search for the images I wanted. Jared's shirts were more difficult, but I made about one a day, so I didn't overwhelm myself. I had a couple of toddler shirts left over, so I made these from this website:

The guitar was tricky and I still have to freezer paper a saying onto it, but I can't wait to put it on Jared! All in all it was a t-shirt kind of week. Now, to whip out some burp cloths and other things! :)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Our Fourth

We had a great Fourth; the only things missing were pictures and fireworks. Pictures because, well, I honestly forgot to take the camera out of my purse; I'll blame that one on 'pregnancy brain.' Fireworks... well...Let me explain... (name that movie)

Highlights included:
  • The ward flag ceremony/breakfast. We had lots fun; the Cub Scouts presented the flag and we had breakfast tacos. Afterwards, Greg and Jared ran around the playground like gang-busters and I am slowing remembering more faces and names (it only took 5 months). About 930 it was starting to get a wee-bit warmer so we went home to cool off.
  • For the barbeque part of the day, we were invited over to Greg's co-workers for games and lunch. Jared, again, loved running around the extra room and even took a nap in his pack-n-play. Lots of laughs were had and I even met fellow die-hard Cards fans! Whoot-yeah!
  • Then, we rounded off the evening by an early-evening dip in the swimming pool. This is the hidden gem in Texas: swimming at dusk. It was still hot enough to swim, but the sun was down enough so that we didn't have to put sunscreen on and the water was the perfect temperature from baking in the sun all day. Jared spent most of the time is his floatie circle which he got with his birthday money; he loved having the freedom to float to Mama or Daddy; he even started his typical splashing after awhile.
By the time we were done with the pool, Jared was done for the day. We were going to go watch fireworks (because that's my favorite part) but, alas, my baby was exhausted. So, we watched Elmo, Big Bird and Oscar sing at Washington D.C.'s show before Jared passed out on Gweg. We didn't have our own fireworks because of two reasons: A---we live in an apartment complex and would have been ratted out and B---SA had gone over a month without rain so the ground was super-duper dry so it was extra-dangerous and 'banned.'

Overall, it was a nice day; we are very grateful to have the freedoms we have and live in a land which celebrates it! (By the way, I vow to get pictures next year!)


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Monday, July 6, 2009

Ball

He is very much into mimicking now.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

New Creations

This week I probably tackled my hardest projects since Jared's halloween costume. Lots of blood, sweat, tears, and precious free time went into making these two things. Are they perfect? No way, but I think I did pretty good for my first original design and bag.

















First, I made my own diaper caddy. We have a similar caddy by Skip-bo that works great, but there was no room for the bum cream and diaper duckie (both changing essentials), so I went about designing my own and this is what came from it. I love the look and it feels so good to be using something I made, however, it's a little bulky and the fabric sags from the weight of the changing essentials. If I were to do this pattern again to give to someone I'd definitely use a heavier fabric and/or interfacing. I also have another idea floating in my head for the storage issue, but I'll wait a while before I tackle another original design (it's hard). Even though it's hard, I was excited that I was capable of doing it!

Second, after eight months of trying to find the right diaper bag, I finally found one and I L-O-V-E. However, since Jared has hit the toddler phase, I've needed to carry less and less around for him (pretty much--food, drink, toy, diapers---and that doesn't take up as much room as you think). So, to pass the months between now and when 'Baby Girl' is born I made myself an early birthday present--- another purse! :) I got the pattern here; I did make the bag a few inches bigger all around because I was going for a medium-sized bag. Again, this is not perfect; I messed up the pleats, but I only used my seem ripper once, and I made it so it's completely ME! It also gives me practice for other bag-ish patterns. I already took it look this afternoon for its maiden voyage on my arm and I still had a hard time believing I made it!

If anything this week of projects has taught me is that I'm better than I think at sewing because it's all about practice!

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