Getting Bad at This

I am not keeping up with my blog very well.

Recap of the kinda stuff that has been going on lately around here…

My dad and step-mom kept both kids overnight last Sunday. My son chose to stay (on his own!) though he did get sad right at bedtime. Luckily, my step-mom cuddled up with him in a rocking chair and he fell asleep on her. With some of my down-time, I started an apron for my daughter using some Hello Kitty fabric and some pink floral fabric. My awesome husband took some time off with me on Monday morning and we went out for a breakfast date at IHOP 🙂

Wednesday, we went to the local homeschool co-op meeting to learn a bit about recycling and composting and got to make pinwheels and then plant seeds for some sunflowers.

Afterward, we headed over to the toystore with some of our friends and then had them over to our house to play for a bit.

Friday was a friend’s birthday party at Fun N Stuff where we got to play laser tag and hang out with some of the folks we haven’t seen in a while. Unfortunately we had to leave a bit early because my son’s stomach hurt. Fortunately, we got home before the puking started. After a few hours of that, I headed out for a much needed break at Alladin’s with a girlfriend. While I was gone, he slept and recovered quickly and strangely asked for calamari again when he woke up (like the last time he was sick). There must be something to the breading, saltiness, fat levels that make him feel better (???). We were out. He settled for shrimp.

I have been spending most of my free time (read…LATE night) loooking at reconstructed clothing sites and craft forums. Following that trend, I got a bunch of new books from Amazon in the mail…(those Amazon gift certificates are so great!)

Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous Fabrics-This one shows you how to make your own skirt patterns instead of buying patterns and then having to alter them. The instructions are well written and illustrated and I am looking forward to trying them out!

Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe– This one has 3 basic patterns included and then takes you through all the steps neccesary to customize them for the looks that you want.


I also got a new cookbook, “The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids Favorite Meals,  to try out on the kids.

After grocery shopping today, I took the time to make up most of the purees that get used in the recipes throughout the book. We tried out the pasta sauce with the “hidden” additions of white bean paste and carrot/sweet potato puree and could tell no difference. In fact, dinner was downright yummy! I am going to make a concerted effort to try out each of the recipes and see how they fly with my kids. Even her brownies hide secrets like whole grains, bluberries, and spinach. More info and some sample recipies can be found here.

Ok- I am done unloading for tonight. I will try to keep my camera more out in the open. I think I keep up on the blogging a bit better when I have pictures to remind me of what has been happening.

CD Case

Inspired by a beautiful CD case I received in the last “Imagination Tribe” trade, I decided I needed to make my own for the mixed CD sets I was making for our friends.

This is the inspiration case:

After struggling through the first 2 cases that I made and being the big nerd that I am, I decided to make a template to speed up the process…

Of course, then I needed to take the kids with me to Pat Catan’s to pick up some scrapbook paper to make them look cooler. Here is one of the finished sets:


We hosted Easter this year and had 7 of the kids’ grandparents and one of their aunts come to celebrate with us 🙂

This is my daughter with her bunny ears:

This is my son refusing to be photographed with bunny ears:

These are the overly sugary sugar cookies we made to share…the kids didn’t go for my mini lecture on sprinkle moderation:

(Maybe some family pictures later)

Easter was very snow filled. The food was terrific and it was great to get to see everyone!

My Mom Came

My mom came up to visit and decorated eggs with the kids 🙂

My daughter expressed her infatuation with my brother and made him 3 Easter eggs, even claiming my striped one and writing “Kirk” on it with letter stickers. Too bad he lives in California and won’t get them. Egg repair was undertaken with lots of stickers when one of the eggs my son made for my mom rolled off the table…oops!

We all had a good time 🙂