Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
I updated Greta there on my sidebar and behind her you can see the little curtain I made to hide the CD player in the front room. It was a cute skirt, but it makes a cuter shelf-hider.
And here is the apron I made from a little girls size 4 dress. I wish the print showed up more clearly because it is MOST adorable:
Ok, actually you can't see it at all. Well, trust me, it's really cute, with these funny little men on it and these funny little hot air ballooons. I really should've done a close-up. I used the buttons down the back as a waistband and it looks really cute! Unfortunately, it is extremely unflattering. I try not to think about that though when I'm wearing it.
We're getting lots of snow. Good night for hygge!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
One other thing we've been doing with our time lately is planning our garden. With a chunk of our tax return money we are planning to finance our summer vegetables and flowers. In the fall when our new neighbor Kelsey moved in, her dad told us we could have her vegetable boxes, which the Cooks built, because she wasn't going to use them and he would just be throwing them out. This makes me EXTREEEEMELY excited. Not only does it extend our garden by two or three times what it was, but the soil will be better than what we have, and we won't have to worry about that Black Walnut tree poisoning our produce. So we're hoping for a better year in the tomato department.
One box will be devoted to peppers and tomatoes. Another will be carrots and onions. We're going to have a couple or few cabbages and try our hand at making saurkraut. We're turning our original garden plot into a canteloupe patch, our pumpkin went back to the trash pile by the driveway, I threw some potatoes out into the Jungle with high hopes, and we're also (in the normal garden) going to have zucchini and lettuce. I've decided to extend my herb box by hanging some boxes along the fence so along with basil (in its own pot), thyme, oregano and cilantro (what I had last year in my herb box) I will have chives, parsley and dill. I am SO EXCITED. I'm also excited to work in my garden this year because I have a good feeling about it this year. I am not PLANNING on being pregnant this summer, I won't have a newborn, and my girls will be old enough to play outside happily for long amounts of time. And if our Easter plans of fixed-up tricycles turns out well, they will have a summer full of trike riding to keep them busy while I work. Our backyard is mostly sidewalk paths (except for a small grassy area and the areas that are the garden) so it's the PERFECT place for tricycle riding. We have vowed to make our yard great this year (finally.) So here's hoping! I'm really excited! We drove down to Crawfordsville awhile back
Last night we ate dinner as soon as Martin got home and then planned to go to the grocery, but Anja wanted to go to bed instead, so she did and after awhile Greta and I went to the grocery alone. Greta was very happy and awake when I got there, but I pulled into a parking place and reached for my purse--and realized it wasn't there. Whoops! Back home we went. I received a text from Martin on my way that Anja was awake and he was getting her back to sleep. I got my purse and headed back to the grocery. I pulled in this time and saw that Greta had fallen asleep. Hmmm... it was a little early for her to go to bed for the night, but a little late to have a nap. I got a text from Martin saying Anja wasn't going back to sleep and I texted back questioning if we should come back and get them. He took a long time to respond, so I just risked it and woke Greta up and took her into the store. I got her situated in a cart and was buckling her in when I heard back from Martin: Yes. So I unloaded Greta from the cart, put her back into her carseat (screaming) and headed back home AGAIN! I wasn't too upset though because I much prefer to go grocery shopping as a family. Since we kind of live under a rock, our weekly grocery run is about the extent of our social outings. So it was a good night. Anja got some stickers. When we got home, she told us she had to go pee-pee, and she did it! So she got to put some stickers in her sticker book. That was by far one of the best gifts we've ever given her. She LOVES it. And she keeps it in her own special place on top of her crayon box. When she's finished, she puts it away herself. So fun!
And that's about all the news from here.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Anja is still refusing to wear clothes. Today (as I mentioned in my comment on my previous post) I was begging my blue toddler to wear clothes, but she screams, "Noooo! Gakey!!! Gakey!!!" (Nooo! Nakey! Nakey!) Okay, it isn't THAT dramatic.... but today I was having an especially tough time and she was really looking cold. So finally, I found this box of stuff my sister had sent over. In it was a blue dress with large sunflowers all over it. I hope this doesn't offend anyone, but it was a pretty ugly dress. And a size four--clearly too big for Anja. But, it was knit and long-sleeved and very snuggly looking. So I told her it belonged to Grace.... and OH MY GOSH, she couldn't get the dress on fast enough. And then she held her little hands out very daintily while swishing the skirt around and smiling at herself and saying "Gace. Gace." She is so in love. To her, Gracie is the image of perfection.
Greta has four teeth! She's had her top teeth since about Christmas, but I keep forgetting to mention it on here. They are HUGE, as I guess all new baby front teeth are. She looks very cute and very goofy with them. She zips along the furniture and I sometimes find her in places and think, "how did you get there?" Martin thinks she'll be walking before she's 1, but we will see. She still has awhile yet to fulfill that goal. And other than that, Greta loves everything. Except baby food. She refuses to be spoon fed (much unlike her big sister who still prefers to be spoon fed--by us) and so we've skipped the baby food stage and went straight to small bits on her highchair tray. With this comes a new stage of motherhood, which is the cook-serve-clean up-repeat stage. I swear, I feel like I spend my entire day in the kitchen. Today I needed to make bread and I didn't find the time to do it until after Anja was asleep! But Greta is a good little eater and Anja often shares her own lunch with her sister because she is wonderful. She squishes up the food for her and everything.
I spend a lot of my time thinking up good titles to things. I think "Pinch" would be a good name for a cookbook. Specifically one with recipes like my own, which tend to have no measurements.
And speaking of no measurements, my mom recently gave me our Italian family cookbook, which is completely awesome, and I will be making a dinner from it this week. Although tonight we are having a version of Shepherd Pie which is turning out to be, unfortunately, like a pizza gone horribly wrong.
And speaking of Shepherds, I saw my sixth grade teacher at mass on Sunday! She is not Mrs. Shepherd anymore, but she looks just the same and I hadn't seen her since I was 12. She recognized me right away, which was cool, since I thought I would have to explain who I was and she still wouldn't remember me. But I tapped her on the shoulder and she turned around and said, "ANNIE!" It was really good to see her. She was probably my favorite teacher ever.
I thought Greta would be going to bed early tonight, but it's looking more and more like I was wrong about that. It doesn't matter too much though... she'll eventually go to sleep and when she does, Martin and I will have HYGGE and it will include warm bread & butter with tea. Mmmmmmmm.. Sounds delightful.
I am finishing this post after dinner and I have to say that while the suspcious-pizzaish dinner was kind of bland, it was definitely NOT trying to be pizza and all it needed was a little more zip. Funny, since I had already added spices thinking that the recipe itself looked awfully boring. Next time I'll know to add A LOT MORE.
I can't really think of anything else to say, but hey, look! The dog's puking!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Martin had to sort of work today. Ivy Tech had a "day of service" and he was leading part of it, so he was gone for most of the day. He ended up going to coffee with some people afterward and felt bad about it so he brought me home a mocha and a magazine then (after an errand to Von's for a sticker sheet for Anja who went potty TWICE in her little potty today!) sent me upstairs by myself to read my magazine for awhile. It was heavenly. And it's SO WARM up there!
Yes, we are dabbling in potty training these days. I don't really have much of a choice since Anja refuses to wear clothes most of the time. We've had some small successes and some accidents. We've put the potty in the bathtub, we've accidentally stood next to the potty and pee-peed on The Poky Little Puppy. We've almost pottied on the couch, we've pottied on the dining room chairs, the kitchen chairs.... gosh, it's no wonder my house smells like a hampster cage. All this pee pee combined with our cat who has some seriously jerkish bathroom issues adds up to one stinky house! I think I won't be inviting anyone over until we have potty training conquered. (which might be a few years.)
The thing about potty training is that I don't really care if Anja learns to use the potty or not. It's much like sleep and bottles. I am reasonably sure that she won't still drink a bottle of milk to go to sleep when she's in college, and I'm almost as sure that she'll know how to use the toilet like a grownup by the same time. And if she doesn't learn before then, we'll just save her the embarrassment and homeschool.
Oh, Martin's home! He's going to help me with something on here and then we're going to embark on the most glorious adventure of all: Sleep.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Anyway, tell me what you think. And if you know how to change the title font, tell me that too, because when I tried to change it, it changed my post text font instead. I am SO not good with computers.
In other news, it's been a loooooooooong week and it will be a short weekend.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
And just because you might be curious, one of those projects includes a blanket for Pink-Pink made of a fat quarter of the most adorable fabric I've ever SEEN on one side and on the other side is a brown recieving blanket from the girls newborn days, and on the back bottom corner I'm embroidering an owl. I think it's going to look really cute!
And another project is with some other super cute fabric from the same line (this stuff includes pictures of adorable raccoons, squirrels, birds, and possums!) which I am going to make into a little apron for Anja. VERY CUTE.
Then there's Anna's secret Christmas present which may or may not be done by next Christmas...
and then there's all that knitting I'd like to do. I made a hat for Greta which is kind of cute, but I don't really know why I bothered making it, since she won't keep hats on her head, except for this kind of ugly Old Navy hat which has "Old Navy" stamped uglily across the forehead.
And there's always my woodland people addiction.... and those cute little owls....
I know this is not original at all, but I am realizing the cuteness of owls. REALLY CUTE! Not as cute as possums, but much more craft-friendly. I can't really imagine embroidering a possum on Pink-Pink's blanket, but an owl is easy.
Martin's been working way overtime lately (though don't let the word "overtime" fool you there...) and it's kind of depressing. Although Anja got a nap today so she's up with us for dinner and he is home and playing with her, which is great.
I can see my breath back here!
Over time, the toothpicks, which we keep on the kitchen table in a little glass holder, get spread all over the table. Today I thought, "it's time to clean the table." So, one by one, I collected all the toothpicks and put them back into their tiny holder. Another thing that tends to get spread all over the table is the table salt (along with various bits of meals) and so I sighed and reached over to clear off the spilled salt and dried bits of food. And, oops, my hand bumped the tiny glass container and there went all the toothpicks.
And that pretty much killed any motivation I'd had to clean up the kitchen.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Made with love. They actually were really easy, except for the mistake of getting carried away on the thumbs and making them really, really long. They are lined with brown fleece which I scored for about a dollar (for a ton of it) at Jo-Ann's the other day in their remnants bin. (The remnants are already on sale, but everything was an additional 70% off! Yahoo!) I pulled some cute, yet manish buttons off of something else I had lying around and the loops that hold them back are little green yarn braids. I figure if I spend enough time on the details, the big mistakes will be more forgiveable.
Another craft I've been working on too much lately are these little creatures:Admittedly modeled after Santa's Gnomes these little woodland creatures are completely addicting. I can't stop making them. Luckily, Anja adores them and they get along very well with the friendly gnomes.
So this is how I've been spending my time while the girls just play in the front room, which is the warmest room in the house these days, until we get our woodstove up and running. Brrrrr.... anyway, I keep hearing that we're going to get a lot more snow tonight or tomorrow. Yay! Maybe Ivy Tech will have a snow day and Martin won't have to go to work! Well, we can hope anyway.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Last night we had dinner up at my parents house (again!) and my mom had set aside an issue of Old House Interiors for us to look at. There was an article in it featuring these mushroom houses in a neighborhood up in Michigan. According to the article, these houses, designed by Earl Young, were all built in a short amount of time from 1928-1929 until the Great Depression hit and that was the end of them. So there are a very limited selection and when I Google Images-searched "mushroom house" this is the one that mostly came up. It was also the one in the big picture introducing the magazine article. Anyway, aren't they ADORABLE?! I don't think I need to state that Martin and I fell in love with them. And while Martin's first reaction was something like "you couldn't pay me to live in Michigan" my mom pointed out that he had married an architect's daughter...
So now all we've been talking about is mushroom houses and living in one of our very own on our farm. Someday.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
I am making clothespin dolls for my nieces.
my fingers are going numb.
we're going to dinner with my 'rents
i think thye like us because they've been asking us to hang out for awhile. either they like us or they're trying to recapture their youth by being around our blissful youthfulness.
br. fingers. all numb. brr
Friday, January 1, 2010
I also need to send my brother and sister-in-law their Christmas/New Year/Epiphany box of presents, but I am making something for my sister-in-law.... and my nieces.... so it might be awhile. Worth the wait though, I hope.
And speaking of my sister-in-law, when they were visiting this past October she was clearing out some stuff and gave me a lot of clothes and fabric. Many of the clothes I kept to cut up because the fabric was so cute. One of the things was a really cute Gap dress that didn't fit me. Well, at the beginning of Advent we moved our big huge CD player to the front room and tucked it away underneath our white table and we realized it's really nice to have it up there. Not only does it get it out from underneath the kitchen table, but it's nice to be able to play music up in the front of the house! However, it is kind of an eyesore, and I didn't know what to do about that.... until tonight, when I remembered this Gap dress, immediately found it and cut it up and now the CD player is covered by a very cute and room-brightening floral curtain! I LOVE IT!! It really does a lot for the room while it's covering up the ugly "boom box."
Okay, I'm freezing. I just wanted to post about my current crafts. Oh, my point about the mittens is that this is the first time I'm trying something like this (something with a thumb!) and it's going REALLY WELL so far. I am learning a lot, taking it slow, and have only had to rip out very small portions at a time, although I made the thumb abnormally long so I think I'm going to have to go back and shorten it somehow, but I'm pretty sure I can do it fairly easily.
Okay, seriously, I think I have frostbite on my nose....
Kelsey left after dinner and I put Greta to bed and Joannie stayed for hygge, which included Martin's famous spicy hot chocolate in our hugmugs! And even though none of us had planned on it or expected it, she stayed until midnight! And by that time both girls had woken up and wouldn't go back to sleep, so we were ALL up to ring in the new year together! Lucky us!! It was a very festive night. Unfortunately, the festivities continued waaaaaaay past any reasonable bedtime, as neither girl wanted to go back to sleep, and when we tried to drive the back door was frozen and wouldn't latch, so obviously, we couldn't go anyplace (unless we wanted Greta to fall out of the car onto the road... which we didn't.) Eventually Martin got the door to close and we went for a drive, which did not put anyone to sleep (except me) so we went back home and they both went down--Greta easily, Anja not so easily--only to wake up an hour or two later (Greta) and stay up for an hour or so more....
But even with all that, it was STILL one of the best New Years ever! And this morning we woke up and were getting ready for Mass and I said, "gosh, I wish my parents would invite us up to their house for a new years brunch." and then we thought about a little bit and decided to call them up and invite ourselves! So we did! And that's where I am now, keeping warm while I write this post and patting my full belly. Yum yum yum!
And so, in closing, I ask you: how will YOU pronounce the new year?