Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bring it, Martha!

I started a quilt when I was pregnant with Truan. He is now 10 months old.
After a, "Can't find my sewing machine" phase, I dug through my garage, found it, greased the wheels and jumped back in the sewing game.
I had no idea that later that night I would be close to tears because my stripes weren't lining up and my batting was bunched. I quit. I called a few sisters to confirm that sewing is for old ladies, and decided I'd move on with my life.
That night I couldn't stop thinking about it. I laid awake that night, "Sewing shouldn't be THAT hard!", "I'm a stay at home mom, what am I good for if I can't throw together a simple 'Welcome to the world' quilt for my son."
I decided I'd try a different project. Make a fresh start on something new.
And so I did.
Here are the little bags I made for my desk. The first one took me four hours! Yup. The second one took me one. I may not be good and I may not be swift, but I sure as heck can thread a bobbin and sew a tote!
Feel free to relish in my glorious creations.

Bag Number 1

That's right. You saw it. Lining!

Bag Number 2

And here's where they live on my desk. Everyone wave and say "Hello, success!"

Some of you have asked for the pattern. Here's the link to the tutorial that I used. If you make one, post it! I'd love to see how yours turned out as well!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Another Day in Paradise

The first signs of Summer always makes me feel giddy inside. It reminds me of being little and running around in just swimsuits. I try to find reasons to be outside.
I recently found a pile of pictures of my family at the beach. Man, I am CravInG the beach!
Well today was a glorious day in Idaho. The sun was out, and no one had a need for long sleeves or sweaters! Yeah.
Truan and I debated doing yard work, or running errands. We ended up sitting on our patio furniture, throwing the ball for the puppies and enjoyed the afternoon together, like best friends do. We both played along and pretended to be sitting in front of the ocean in California. Truan would say something like, "Waves look good today, almost good enough to boogie board" and I would reply with something like, "Yes Truan, I know you want to show off your boogie boarding skills, but I'm working on my tan right now."

I was excited to try out a new salad recipe, and he was excited to sport his new sandals. Good day for everyone.

My delicious salad, including candied pecans, strawberries and poppy seed dressing.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Get Down on It!

Every once in a while, Truan comes across a song that he can't help but feel the Grooove!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?

This is our puppy, Denny. He behaves horribly. Mostly because we have a hard time disciplining him. He cracks us up and we can't help but love his little puppy face right off. What can you do, we are hopeless Dog Lovers and proud of it!
Here's a clip of Denny complaining because he really wants some of the chocolate chip cookies that are just sitting out on the counter top. They're free game if no one is looking...right?
Listen close and you can hear him grunting and whining. I love this kid.

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Dirt Bike Emerges

It's that time of year. You know. That time when you see a patch of blue sky and you grab your swimsuit in hopes that summer has finally arrived.
We've sat at our windows praying that, that thermometer will rise ever so generously above the freezing line.
Well that mercury line wasn't generous, but we took what we got, grabbed the dirt bikes and headed to the trails. We were happy to have the Blackburn Family and Kylie come up to play with us!
It was well worth the hauling of bikes and babies.

Luca is skeptical of the trip. "You sure you know how to ride those things?"

"Don't you worry Luca, I've got everything under control"

Heck yes, this girl can ride a four wheeler like it's her Birthday!

...with the help of Ms Kylie Jo

Too cute Ladies!

Truan did not want to sit in the pack n play all by himself

So we brought him a friend

Kylie, showin' a little 'tude!

Ok, ok. Nothing new, just another freakin adorable picture of my baby!

There's my sexy hunk of man, ready to go!

My favorite two boys!

Yay! The four wheeler! (Not moving...)


Our little family!

That's Kylie under that helmet. And she really is smiling for the picture!

Husband and Wife.. and that wangster Walter!

My baby sister, riding a dirt bike for the first time ever! She was So brave, and did better than I did my first time!! I love you Arzie!

I love these boys.

Yes, she's a "Select Stud"!

Cute Kids!

Yup! It's exactly what you think it is! There's no place like Idaho!

Here's a little montage of our activities!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It's Finally Fun!

Since birth, Truan has hated baths. He doesn't like water in general. It's always been a struggle to keep this little guy clean, since he makes it clear that he doesn't like it. When we took him to the pool, he held on tight and whimpered the whole time. This week was the first time he actually enjoyed it! Kris and I were beside ourselves! Especially since Summer is on it's way (we can only hope)and we want him to enjoy the water activities that will ensue. Now if he could just stop complaining when Mommy leaves the room. . .

Here he is, actually playing with toys in the tub! Yay!

"Mom, why do you keep putting things there?"

"Excuse me people, I'm trying to get Zen here!"

"Does this look like a face that shows mercy!?"

For modesty purposes, I did not post the video that we took. But for those of you who would like to see it, e mail me and I will send you the link.