Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I feel very blessed to live in this country.
I am thankful that we have the life we have.
We had a great day today celebrating with friends. We had a bbq lunch in air conditioned comfort. The kids played happily and the grown ups relaxed and talked. And my headache even settled down for me to enjoy.
Monday, January 25, 2010
The brown bag tutorial is found here. The chocolate chip cookies are easy to make. I have seen a few variations of these around the Internet. I just used a cross stitch on the dark brown felt and then blanket stitched around the tan felt. And just a little bit of stuffing. Perfect.
I added the onion and the egg. The onion is just double thickness of white felt with circles stitched around by hand. Then I cut between the circles. The egg is from a pattern available here. Everything is hand stitched. Though I have made the eggs before using the sewing machine.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday night, date night was late again. Like last week the kids were still awake at 9.30pm our start time. I think we should perhaps just change to 10pm start. We would hope that the kids would have finally ran out of steam by then! Friday was a 42 degree day and an extreme fire day too. Who wants to sleep with heat like that?!
We finally had everyone settled and just sat down on the couch to our drink and chocolate when Amelia woke up crying. It took about 15 minutes for me to get her back to sleep. The plan went out the window then.
I was ready to admit defeat and go to bed at that point. I have been struggling with a migraine all week and was really feeling pretty average. Tim offered me a shoulder and neck massage though so how could I refuse that? Tim talked through his day at work while I tried to stay awake (fairly common for me). It had been a stressful day. I am glad to hear about what goes on in his day. It's good to hear what goes on in the world outside our home. And it's so much easier to listen when the kids aren't around.
To top off the night, Tim offered to get up to the kids for the night so I could take a strong pill to help my head. Now that is romance.
Next week, I hope to have the photo booth pictures I have been planning. That was another thing we planned that just didn't work out again.
It was great that even though we couldn't have what we originally hoped for, we still had a nice time. It was still an hour together that we might not have sat down for before.
Have a look at what others are doing for their Project 52 dates at Simply Modern Mom.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
This afternoon, the kids decided they needed to do some making.
Esther and Ellamay are desperate to have a pretty bedroom. Their room is fairly bland, aside from the graffiti on the walls that they have added to over time. I have always had grand plans for their room but we have such a small house, there is no where to move them to in the meantime and who has ever had the time to decorate since they came along anyway.
Tim just recently put up a string line for them to hang their artworks on. I wanted something like this but cheaper. I have a few more things I would like to do with their room but in the meantime, Esther and Ellamay can make things.
Ellamay has been a bit more interested in making art for her wall. She is into castles and princess' in a big way so that is what is on the wall. This is a collage castle she made. Clever! Esther made some paper lanterns and has them on a string to decorate her wall. We also recycled her broken wind mill into 2 flowers. They turned out quite well. I am hoping to get them interested in making some more things. They got some mosiquito nets for Christmas but we are waiting for Daddy to put up some hooks.
The 3 girls also watched Barbie and the 3 Musketeers. They got it for Christmas and they LOVE it. This is Esther with her "ribbon" (string) twirler weapon. Ready to extinguish candles and trip the baddies.
And the finished product. We have such clever children. They make me laugh.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
At school, they use reader covers to protect their books when they bring them home. Perhaps you had them too. I had one when I went to school but it was covered with boring contact. The girls teacher told us we could decorate them anyway we wanted.
Esther and Ellamay love girly stuff like ballerina's and princesses. So we covered their reader covers accordingly. We used their favourite outfits from some paper doll books they had and stuck their photo on and then covered with clear contact.
I think they look super cool. Everyone will know who they belong to.
We used the same technique for their birthday party last year. They had a princess party (of course) and I printed out a bunch of dresses and they picked what they wanted. They made some art for their wall. Very easy and cheap and a great way to use the paper dolls clothes up when the paper doll loses her head - which ALWAYS happens.
Monday, January 18, 2010
I am completely uncoordinated when it comes to styling my hair, so 'there it is', are my favourite styles. As in, brush, head band - 'There it is'!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
That about covers it really. I want achieve stuff this year that has been on hold while the kids have been around so much. I would love to make things different in lots of ways. So I had better start small.
Get off the computer...
Something happy... Fine liners and a fresh new book to draw in.