Saturday, April 30, 2011

Two Terrific Kids

It's undeniable.  I am spoiled with these two. 

Just this morning Aslyn, who has been very needy lately, would not take her morning nap so that I could take my shower.  A shower I desperately needed.

Logan awoke, crawled on my lap, and we talked a bit.  Finally, not being able to stand sitting here in my own filth a moment longer, I asked him if he would watch his sister while I took a shower.

"Uh huh Mama."

When I got all cleaned up and walked out, here were these two, playing away (picture above.) 

And when Logan figured I was ready enough to take over role of mom to his sister, I walked out of her room and found him here.  Stealing my cup of coffee I had just poured a moment before.

Then there is little Miss Princess Pea crawling (yep, crawling) her way towards me when she caught me snapping her picture. 

My two beautiful, happy children.  I am one lucky mom!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I'm In Trouble

Remember my projects list?  Well, I have scratched some off and added a bunch more.  One of them being this ADORABLE sampler.  Wouldn't this be gorgeous in Aslyn's room?  I don't know how to do crewel work, but I will learn!!

 I'm really into bright, cheerful, Spring-y fabrics lately.  When I first started quilting I leaned more towards your calicoes - which are timeless and therefore, I still love!  However, these days I see some bright fabric and my mind immediately races to what projects I could use it for.

More  fabrics I've been drawn too are your children's lines. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Dr. Seuss, Spot, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, any of those have been catching my eye lately as well.  Probably because they use a lot of bright colors.

I don't know what I would use this for, but dang it's cute!

These owls just make me smile!

And I never thought I would say this in my life, food fabrics. I know!

I feel I could just pluck those peas right out of there and start munching on them.

Don't these strawberries look delicious!

All the endless possibilities.  I could just spend hours and hours (if I had them) looking at and planning for all the beautiful fabrics out there.  One thing I did - which I have never done before - is took out some graph paper and designed my own little quilt.  If ever Whenever I get to it, I have all the fabric in my stash - 1930's reproduction prints. 

Now, if only I could squeeze more time out of the day!!  (sigh...)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Weekend 2011

We had a nice, quiet, relaxing weekend.  On Saturday, one of Logan's classmates, Emma, called and asked if he could come over to her house and dye eggs.  Well, Logan was pretty excited about this!  Since Emma started school at Cibola House, he is no longer the youngest and has made it his job to take Emma under his wing and show her the ropes. 

Even though the day was for the kids, us grown-ups had a good time too.
Getting the dye prepared.  Krista (Emma's mom) and Emma

Picture time.  Emma's dad (Ryan) is behind Logan snapping away.

Checking out Emma's eggs.

Dying eggs.

Emma and Ryan

 The Easter bunny hid the beautiful eggs that Logan and Emma had dyed.  So Sunday morning Logan and Aslyn hunted them down in our backyard.

Aslyn enjoying the egg hunt.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Sleeping Cannelloni

Back when Logan was first starting solids, I purchased two recipe books - "Top 100 Baby Purees" and "First Meals" both by Annabel Karmel.  "First Meals" has recipes from first tastes (6 months old) to family meals (for kids 3-7 years old.)

I hadn't tried any of the family meal recipes yet, so last night I thought it would be fun to make sleeping cannelloni.  One thing I discovered in New Mexico is that you can not find everything you need at one grocery store; however when the day of errands comes down to grocery shopping, we are all usually too tired to go to more than one stop.  So mine were actually sleeping manicotti. 

Here is what the dish is suppose to look like:

And here is what mine turned out to look like - oh dear.

When I first put the dish on the table, JP laughed and asked, "what the hell is this?"  I showed him the picture in the book.  Do you know what he said mine look like?  Dead scarecrows.

Logan didn't seem to care.  He gobbled his up right away.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sleepy Children

There must be something in the air because I have kids falling asleep all over the house today.

Logan got up, came and gave me a hug, and a little later I found him here.  Curled up and fast asleep in the jogging stroller.

 Aslyn woke up, her and I played for a bit and now here she is.  Notice she is lying on somebody's quilt.

Monday, April 11, 2011

An Apron For Sarah

I have been busy, busy, busy trying to get my sewing projects caught up. On Sunday, I finally got Sarah's (my sister) half apron completed; I only told her I would make her one about three years ago. 

My husband modeling Sarah's apron
The yellow fabric was some 1930's reproduction I had on hand.  I 'm not sure what it was called or who it was by.  I bought the green gingham and the wooden buttons at JoAnn's one day.  Pattern for the apron is called Kitchen Kouture and it is a Linda Flake design.

So, here it is, in all it's glory and magnificence!!  I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Our Trip to the Zoo

For JP's birthday this year, he wanted to have a family trip to the zoo.  Below are a few pictures of our little outing.

Arriving at the Zoo

Aslyn wasn't sure about the flamingos

Sharing a ride

Ready to go on the zoo train

These just make me smile

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Power Outage

Sunday is our day to stay home, relax, and hang out.  My original plan was to go out and try to get the rototiller started, then start tilling the garden (I've done everything by a hoe thus far.)  However, the winds were blowing 60 mph.  Not a very good day to till.  Though, I feel as though I'm running out of time.  Mother's Day is always my day to plant and I'm not even near getting the soil to my liking.

As I was hanging out in the living room with Logan and Aslyn, them playing on the floor and me looking at a quilt pattern trying to decide if I wanted to make it or make something similar to it, everything shut down.  The ceiling fan, I heard the fridge turn off, and then JP yelling from the computer room, "What happened?" - - he was in the middle of something in his online game.

Usually when the power goes out around here it comes back on within minutes.  Only one time in five years was the power down for three days - this happened when Logan was pretty little so he doesn't remember it.  However, after about a hour of no power, I realized this may be another one of those long term outages.

JP joined us in the living room, him whining about where he was in his game, me about how I can't sew anything now without power and how in circumstances such as these, a pedal foot sewing machine sure would be nice.

I stopped whining long enough to look at Logan and Aslyn, playing so peacefully together on the floor without a care in the world that the light coming through the window would soon be gone - it's also moments like these when I beat myself up for not buying any lanterns or stocking up better on candles.  My whining wasn't going to get the power back on any sooner, so might as well make the best of it right?

When the sun did go down and there was absolute no more light coming through the windows, I lit the few candles I have.  JP and Logan were given head lamps a while back so we dug those out, I remembered that I had a battery operated set of Christmas lights out in the bunkhouse that I had never used.  What better time than now?

Logan thought playing with his trucks by candle light was the best thing in the world!  He would run his tractor by the candle, smiling and, "Momma - whooooaaaaa."  Aslyn didn't seem to care either way, until someone got up to go in the other room for something and she realized she was sitting there all alone in the dark.

When the power finally did come back (Monday morning around 9:30 am), I found myself a little relieved and a little disappointed.  Relieved because, hey let's face it power is pretty darn convenient.  Disappointed because I knew that Monday night will be much like all other nights, JP in the computer room playing games, Aslyn and me hanging out in the living room doing whatever, Logan either with me or playing in his room. 

So often, our "family" time is running errands.  At home we usually are not all in the same room.  So, I found the evening rather enjoyable, the four of us hanging out together, reading, playing and just goofing around.