Gettin' Scrappy
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I decided to use up some of my fabric scraps and craft up some cuteness today.

First up, I decided to quilt together some semi-coordinating scraps for a burp cloth.  I decided to use my rotary cutter instead of scissors because I really need to learn how to wield that thing! I only messed up like 3 times.  Maybe 4:

Below is a pic of the finished product with a matching fabric flower hair clip.  (Why would a hair clip need to match a burp cloth? These are the questions we do not ask in the midst of a crafting frenzy.)

These fabric flowers are my new favorite thing to make, tutorial here.  (No sewing required!  Just scissors and a glue gun.)

I need to buy some more metal hair clips so I can whip up some more of these to have on hand as little girl gifts.  Cute on a package, don't you think?


Now the helmet makes sense.
Saturday, July 16, 2011

When the boys first starting riding their bikes, the helmets I made them wear kinda seemed like yuppie, helicopter-mom overkill.  I admit to thinking, "This is ridiculous.  They're traveling at a snails pace. Do I really need to force the helmet issue?"

Now however, it does not seem so ridiculous.  I went out to check the mail this week and Ryan came flying down the street past me like this.  NOT traveling at a snails pace.

He's got a pretty incredible thinker inside that noggin.  Better that it's protected.  Even at the cost of being the nerdy kid with the helmet with the weird overprotective mom.  (Yes, my internal dialogue about my parenting choices runs deep.)

Summertime in Pictures
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

It's summertime!  Flying by too quickly already. (I may be experiencing a bit of mild anxiety about my baby girl starting kindergarten, causing the days to speed by at an alarming rate.)

How much longer can I hold her like this?

A few highlights of summer 2011 so far:

-Camp Dry Gulch with 50 amazing kids from Trinity church (2 of them mine) - see pictures and read highlights here

-Seeing my BFF Lisa and her family, "home" from Japan for a few months this summer.  Our kids got to hang out and get to know each other (and totally enjoy each other), which feels like a priceless gift given how rarely we get to be together.  Here are the oldest enjoying a staple of  summertime in Tulsa - the QuikTrip Fountain Drink.

-Having a slumber party with 4 friends from high school.  An old school SLUMBER PARTY, complete with facials, chocolate, talking/laughing/crying til the wee hours, and sleeping in until nearly noon.  I highly recommend you try it.  Here you have Amy, Me, Lisa, and Nadia.  (Missing from the picture is the beautiful Margo, who decided it was finally time she return to her husband and children before we remembered to take a picture!)

- Spending time with my niece and nephews!  Connor (4, and so, so handsome and smart), Elizabeth (1, and so, so coy and hard to win over; although she did let Uncle Jonathan hold her hand!) and Alex (6 month old baby who makes my heart flutter).  They are delightful. Oh yeah, and it was good to see their moms and dads too. But I fully admit they are now the afterthought.

I had hoped to include a picture of my summertime bountiful harvest of tomatoes...but, topsy turvy planter has yet to produce a bounty.  It's yet to produce anything.  Is there still time for a home grown tomato to appear?  I remain vigilant in my hoping.

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