Thursday, December 30, 2010

Santa goes to daycare?

Just got an e-mail from the little guy's daycare. How cute is this?!?!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What a crafty week! Today, a blanket.

When I was still pregnant, I got a good deal on some fabric at one of the big box fabric stores. It's the super soft bumpy stuff that baby blankets are made of. I just can't seem to remember the name of it. Anyhoo, I got a yard of mint green and a yard of brown.

They have been sitting in my craft room for MONTHS. It was getting a bit sad, so, the other day I decided to do something about it. I wasn't into cutting a bunch of squares, etc. so I took the yard and squared it up. Then I pretended I was quilting and put straight stitches every 5 inches or so in both directions. I had a package of satin bia ribbon that I slapped around the edges with two rows of zig-zag stitches. It's pretty simple, but, VERY soft. The little guy loves it.

I'm apologizing about the quality of the pictures, I'm feeling a bit lazy when it comes to digging out the good camera. I'm just happy that I remember how to post!

full size (I put my foot in the picture for scale)

close up

being put to good use (and yes, his shirt speaks the truth!)

Christmas Morning

What's to say?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas gift for Dad

Dad got a special gift for Christmas this year. My cousin, Joyce Ellen, found some quilt blocks that my grandma pieced together in a bag. Some of them were hand pieced and some were pieced together (I'm presuming) using her treadle sewing machine.

Joyce Ellen asked if I could do anything with them. I told her I'd put them together and make a lap quilt for Dad. When I opened the bag, it smelled just like my grandma's house. This is when I should say that she passed away quite a while ago and hadn't lived in her house for even longer. It was a terrific memory smell!

Any-hoo, on a trip to Ogallala this Thanksgiving, I took the squares with me. Mom and Michelle helped me design a top. Mom and I went to the local quilt shop and found the fabric. When I got home, I got to work.

Needless to say, I was so excited (and behind) about finishing it, I completely FORGOT to take a picture of the finished project. I do have a finished pic of the top. I'm hoping Mom will get some nice completed pics for me to post later.

I'm hoping he loved it as much as me. If not, I'm going to his house and taking it. It would look faboo in my living room!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Growing Baby

The baby is entering a new phase in his life. On the 30th the little guy will get to experience the excitement of rice cereal. You are probably looking forward to this as much as we are. Hubs and I are calling it "operation sleepy time."

To celebrate, we purchased a high chair. When the big kid was little, we got a fancy schmancy high chair. It was the store. However, our little dining area became much smaller when we added another piece of furniture to the mix. Long story short, we never used it. Got rid of it before he outgrew it. Best choice we ever made.

Well, along came the new little guy and his insistence on growing. With that said, hubs and I got smarter and decided to look for a chair that could attach to a regular dining chair. We questioned our friends and with a bit of online research, decided on one. It can recline, the height is adjustable, removable tray, and it converts to a booster. Hopefully, this will be the last one we need for our little guy. I especially like the neutral color.

What do you think?

Needless to say, the little guy is beside himself with excitement. Exhibit A:

Sunday, December 26, 2010

An intense conversation

An intense conversation between brothers. Sorry about the background noise in the first 1/2 of the video.

Halloween costumes

The original plan was for the boys to dress similar. The big kid was going to be a storm trooper and the little guy was going to be Yoda. At the last minute, the big kid changed his mind and decided to be the same zombie he was last year. I can't complain, the costume still fit and we didn't have to buy another costume. So, without further adieu, da boys!

spooky zombie (I enhanced his costume with a staff & ball and chain)

A friend made this costume for the little guy. It was a shower gift.

Notice the glow stick light saber. I put athletic tape on it (sticky side out) and he was able to hold it. It kept us all safe from harm, you never know when a jedi will need his light saber....

Halloween feast

Our tradition is to eat, then go trick-or-treating. This year, it seems like everyone was out earlier, so, dinner was cut a bit short. However, it was still tasty and fun for the big kid!

Here's what we dined on:

swamp stew

ghosts with black olive eyes and mouths

hot dog mummies

The final verdict = yum. The big kid didn't care much for the strawberry milk. I can't say that I blame him.

Stay tuned for costumes!


Better late than never I say. It was an evening of fun. Grandma was out of town so Grandpa came over to help pass out candy as it has become a tradition. The little guy and I stayed with him while the big kid and Dad went around the neighborhood.

Grandpa and the Little Guy

There was carving to be done

Mine was a witchy pumpkin

The big kid got to trace AND carve this year. It was a big deal for him!

Dad's pumpkin looked awesome when it was lit.

Sorry there aren't any outside pictures. This is the best we got this year. Stay tuned for the Halloween feast!

Christmas (one of several)

Here's something the little guy got from G-ma and G-pa

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Christmas Program Time

The little guy had his first Christmas Program at daycare. He had a very important role to play. He was a candy cane. It's taking his sweetness to a whole new level.