Last night we ran out to Target for cough drops and Cheerios, and I felt the need to document our bad parenting:
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Last night we ran out to Target for cough drops and Cheerios, and I felt the need to document our bad parenting:
Monday, March 29, 2010
We had a quiet, rainy weekend. Went to 4:30 mass on Saturday with the intention of hitting confessions beforehand, but of course, the way we roll around here, that didn't happen. Instead of going to confessions at 3:00, Martin drove a very cranky Greta to sleep (I think she's STILL teething. That is the only explanation I can think of.) while Anja and I went to the library after having been at Barnes & Noble earlier in the day to look around and not getting a certain puppy touch-and-feel book led to MAJOR two-year-old fits.... it was absolutely necessary that we go to the library to look for dog books. We spent a long time there, came home with a huge pile of books, and walked over to St. Boniface to meet Martin and Greta there for Mass, where we stood in the back the entire time with both girls being absolutely psychotic. Not the best start to Holy Week, but what can you do.
I've got some plans for Easter baskets--some for this year, some for next. Had I thought of it just two or three days before I did, I could have grown real grass in our Easter baskets. That is DEFINITELY what I'm going to do next year, and in fact, I might just buy a flat of grass to fill our Easter baskets with on Sunday. This would be so much better than plastic Easter grass for so many reasons, the biggest being that we wouldn't have to pull strands of green and pink plastic out of Theodore's, um, rumpus, all Spring. Ugh. THAT was disgusting. Also, real grass in an Easter basket just sounds cute. I've been working on some felt eggs in which will be a few little surprise, both yummy and cute. I've made two so far and are waiting for them to dry right now as I make more. I'm excited! I always loose my plastic eggs (another Theodore problem) so maybe having something nice like this will motivate me to keep better track of them. Of course, Theodore also has a sort of obsession with wool, so I'll probably be having my own Easter egg hunt when it comes time to put the baskets away. I'll find them all upstairs in his bathtub with all the other stuff he's thieved away from me.... including whole skeins of Noro yarn! Grrrr.
That "Rhythm of the Home" link is kind of fun, but she's a little extreme. I got a little annoyed reading the comments on one of her posts. I like natural living and simple living, and all that goes along with it, but when people start talking with the attitude that their way of life makes them better than other people, it really makes me lose respect for them. You might think your way of living is best.... but that doesn't mean you can think that YOU are the best. An in fact, your may of living may not actually BE the best for somebody else. Arg.
On a completely different note, Anja is really into matching lately! Very fun. I intend to make her some kind of matching game, sort of like Memory, except not so advanced.... just like a little jar full of various shapes and colors that have multiple ways of matching up..... I dunno. Anyway, she's cute.
And here are some ninja pictures from our weekend!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Greta was sitting on the floor, just sitting there doing nothing. Anja came over and gave her a gentle hug. Greta screamed. Anja backed off, then leaned back in for a gentle kiss. Greta screamed. Then Anja leaned back and proceeded to stick her feet (wearing her hot pink shoes, of course) into Greta's mouth and Greta thought it was HILARIOUS.
And speaking of Greta, she's a real grouch lately. Given that she's already got about five and a half teeth (I can see that sixth one...) I am guessing she's teething. AGAIN. She also keeps chewing on her hands, primarily on the opposite side of her mouth from where her new teeth have come through. Which only makes sense, I guess.
I have some major projects in mind that I want to do and know I don't have time for. Ugh. One is an applique alphabet quilt. Seriously, like I have time to do that. Maybe for my grandkids. I have it all planned out though, and its finished size would be HUGE, and it would be wonderful, with one block being a letter, the next being a simple shape to stand for the letter, like B, next to one of those fabulous bird silhouettes that are popular and adorable. And speaking of popular, I knew that owls have always been cute, but they are REALLY "in" right now! Target has the MOST adorable bedding set (more than that, actually, but the bedding is what I saw first) with a comforter that is a simliar print as the fabric line that I bought a few fat quarters of and that Clare posted about not too long ago as well. Then more recently I saw that they have these stick-on wall motifs of a big tree with cutesie owls. SO ADORABLE!!! It makes me really, really, really, really, really want a play room for the girls. *sigh* Definitely by next winter, we will all be moved around and our current bedroom will be their playroom.... but A LOT of projects have to come together and be completed before then. Oh well; we have all summer before we'll need the woodstove (which is the main project--along with all projects that will make it possible to install that.)
Another big craft project taking form in my mind is more do-able, but takes some organization--something I'm REALLY lacking. I scored on some pink chenille fabric from the remnants bin at JoAnn's the other night--a perfect amount for the back of two square, child-sized quilts. So I'd like to clear out all the baby clothes and decide for sure what is good enough to keep and cut the rest up to make a little quilt for each girl. I only wish I'd had this idea earlier--like, before I cleared out their clothes before Christmas and took a HUGE load of stuff to Once Upon a Child and Goodwill. Some of the things in particular were things I would have LOVED to keep as bits of a quilt.... like the outfit that Anja wore the day she met Greta for the first time, and was ALWAYS the outfit Martin put her in if he was the one to dress her. But... oh well.
Then the last thing I'm planning, which almost definitely will NOT get completed (or even started) is to knit a sweater for each of the girls for summer. Ha! This is about as likely to happen as the alphabet quilt, if we're being honest. But I'd love to knit them each a cotton sweater in a versatile color like grey or brown, to get them through any cool summer times so that I can put away ALL sweaters. Well.... maybe for the grandchildren.
Yesterday we made bean bags! Anja chose the fabrics, I sewed them up, and she scooped the rice into them. She did a great job! Later in the day when Greta was napping, Anja and I went outside and planted some sunflower seeds. I know how stupid this is going to sound, but I hadn't realized that sunflower seeds are sunflower seeds. When I opened up the packages I was SO surprised to see the same thing that we eat inside there! I guess I thought the things we ate were just CALLED sunflower seeds, and that actual seeds for growing sunflowers looked different. How stupid can I be?!?!? Anyway... we planted three packages along the south fence in the backyard, so hopefully they grow. I hope we at least get one so Anja can feel like she's succeeded.
This post was written yesterday, but I never posted it. Maybe I'll have more to say later today!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Tonight I was telling him [again] about how glad I am to be reading the SouleMama archives because she seemed so much more REAL before she was famous. I was telling him about how she was featured, with a few other "crafty mamas" in the first issue of Mothering that I received in my subscription--which I gave away and kind of regret. I was saying how in that article, it pictured her "studio" and how immaculate it was, and how it was very cute and amazing, but it was also very.... chic? Clean? Professional? Anyway, I admired it, but it wasn't exactly my style. However, in these archives, which I'm reading like a book (currently in November 2005) she has just gotten her own room in her house, to make her craft room, and she pictured it from all angles, and it is SO much more real, and SO much more like something I would create. Fabric, papers, patterns, STUFF, shoved into wooden milk crates. Stuff hanging from everywhere. Clutter and a look of chaos masking the organization that lies beneath. It was perfect! Her room looked so different in that magazine article.
Okay, so anyway, while I'm actively telling Martin all this, he gets up and goes to the computer. Ugh! Isn't he listening to me?! So I keep talking, sort of, and wait awhile and then go over to the computer to see what he's doing that is so much more important than giving me full attention....
...and there he is, ordering the back issue off the Mothering website. What a swell guy! And handsome too!
Now let's move on to why these two chipmunks are awesome. They PLAY together!! And they do the funniest things, together and separately. I think they had three baths today and will need another tomorrow morning because Anja went to bed with the shampoo still in her hair (more to explain that later) and Greta found some mashed potatoes left on their low table. They have so much fun together and I LOVE it that they are so close in age. It was definitely, definitely, definitely worth the hard first few months. Just like everyone said! But now I can't decide if I want to have a hundred more children, or just stick with these two because newborns take up a lot of time and energy and I don't want to miss any of their funniness!
Monday, March 22, 2010
These are cards. They're made with fabric, sewn onto the card stock. I LOVE ZIGZAG. It's seriously changed my life. I can do so much with it! (or should I say "I can do sew much?! Har har har!) So anyway, admittedly I recently saw this in the SouleMama.com archives, but it was a few weeks before that when Martin came home and gave me the idea. Yes, that's right. I am now getting crafting advice and ideas from my husband. He had been at Barnes & Noble and was looking at stationary sets and told me that some of them had stitching on them. He thought they were pretty cute and suggested I do something like that. And then I saw it the other day on SouleMama, but mine are a little different from hers.... she covered her entire cards in fabric, front and back, while I only cover the front so that they are not too bulky. And I think they wouldn't close up as flat if they had fabric on the back as well. Anyway, this is one set for sale in my Etsy shop, and I have two other sets up there too. I know one of these is a little wrinkly... Some of my other ones are too, and I can't decide if I like it or not. I definitely don't like how the wrinkles look in this picture, but in real life, you can hardly tell.... it just makes it obvious that it's fabric. I dunno. Anyway, they are super fun to make and take about nine seconds each. Yay!
Oh, Martin is making me post a second picture. He thinks these are more "eye catching". What's eye catching to me is Theodore's girth in the background.
Greta one year ago:
Greta today:This photo also pretty much sums up our day around here today, and that should explain why I'm just now making a blog post.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
And then this morning I got dressed. Yesterday I realized with certainty (I'd been suspecting for awhile, but always second-guessed myself) that the zipper on my favorite jeans is shot. So I walk around with my fly down all day. Kind of a bummer. So from now on to wear these jeans I guess I'll just have to wear a shirt long enough to cover the zipper. Enter the new repurposed tank top which met both its birth and its demise last weekend! So the stains from the laundry mishap are mostly in the back and on the straps, so with a sweater, it's still wearable. And since yesterday my car actually DROVE ITSELF to Goodwill where I found a very cute purple hoodie sweater, I paired the tank with the sweater and with my broken zipper jeans---Nobody has to know how truly scummy my clothes are!!! A beautiful coverup. By the way, the purple sweater doesn't REALLY coordinate with my shirt.... only with the stains! But since there are hints of stain everywhere on the shirt you can kind of see how they coordinate without really knowing why. It's kind of amazing!
And in other news, Greta has been waking up too early for the past week or so. It's TERRIBLE. She's not really ready to be up so she's just a huge grouch all morning until her nap. Grrrr. Also, did I mention on here that she's getting more teeth? Her bottom side ones are coming in. Well, one of them is in, the other one looks to be just below the surface.
And speaking of Greta, tomorrow is her 1st birthday party! ...Which means today is filled with cleaning up and baking. I'd better get scootin'!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
One of the blogs on my sidebar, "Tiny Happy", had a post about a repurposed adult sweater that she made into a cardigan for her little daughter. It was adorable, and cutting and sewing sweaters is something I've always wanted to try. I have visions of "the perfect sweater" (there are many) but I can never find them already knit and I am certainly not good enough to knit up a sweater. So I've thought about cutting and sewing to construct a perfect sweater, but I've never tried it. I might have been given the inspiration to do so, thanks to Tiny Happy.
Another thing that happens on the blogs that is bad for me is that everybody has babies. If someone isn't actually pregnant, then I read back on their blog archives to when they WERE. And then I get.... THE BABY BUG. It's only ever temporary, but still!!! It's this horrible little feeling of, "aaawwww!! I waaaaant ooonnnneee!!!!" that happens while Greta is sleeping and then of course, Greta wakes up and I realize, oh yeah, I have one. But Greta is not as tiny as she used to be and when I see knitting projects for tiny little newborn kimonos and booties and elf hats..... *sigh* Well, it's a good thing my sister is due in June. That's only a few months away! That should quench by baby thirst for awhile. I think she's having a boy.
Last night to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and the beeeeautiful weather, we ate our corned beef and cabbage outside on the patio. I've been working on the pretty days to clean up the yard a little bit. It's definitely not planting time, or even hanging basket time yet, since the highs early next week are only in the 40's (yikes!) but getting the yard cleaned up a little makes it as nice as it can be. We brought out this little table we had in the back room for the girls and set up some of our bigger tree chunks (we have a large pile of unchopped firewood heaped right inside our gate) for seats and I cut the two crocuses that had bloomed and put them in a baby food jar, and the girls had a delightful little dining table. Of course, Greta just wanted to run around and Anja didn't want to eat at a table by herself, so the table didn't really get used.... but it looks cute and I think we'll keep it set up that way for the summer.
I am amazed at how much easier it is to get outside with both girls now that they are older. It helps that Greta walks so well. When Anja was her age, she was nowhere near walking. It also helps that Anja is such a big girl and that I don't have to carry her anymore. She just follows me around and she can carry stuff for me too, or carry her own stuff! And since I have been blessed with calm, mindful little girls, I can dart inside or around the corner of the house for something I need and not worry about either of them running away. It's pretty great! And I've gotten so much outside work done on these nice days.... it feels so great to be productive.
Today is going to be even nicer than yesterday and tomorrow is going to be more beautiful yet, so I imagine we'll spend most of our days outside. Unfortunately, Greta is not so into walks as Anja is. Greta is more "do" while Anja is more "observe" and so Greta spends most of a walk crying and trying to wriggle out of her stroller. Anja likes to ride on my back in the Ergo, which is great, but I'm not sure that Greta wouldn't do better if the places were switched. Anyway... at least we can play in the backyard as much as we want. Maybe today we'll even have a picnic lunch!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Yesterday's weather was gorgeous and today is even better. Greta has fallen into a weird sleep schedule (yet again) so she is napping now, and when she wakes up we'll all take a little walk someplace. While she's been sleeping I have been cleaning the house for her party on Saturday (everyone's invited... sorry we haven't gotten any formal invitations out) and working on the doll I'm making for her. I'm not going to stress about getting it done before Saturday. Her birthday isn't until Monday and I think I'd rather give it to her then anyway, since it'll be so awful looking that I'm embarrassed for anyone else to see it!
Also at OUAC last night I got each girl a sunhat for the summer. Anja loves hers so much she wore it to bed, but Greta won't keep hers on for more than twelve seconds. Still, cute!
Monday, March 15, 2010
But then I went to switch out the laundry later in the night--all the stuff I'd been wearing that I had thrown into a load ready to go in, and for some reason, threw some other non-related stuff in too. Chalk it up to my flustered state and trying to corral the kids and dog while cleaning up the mess, I suppose.... I'm not sure why my new repurposed tank top and the skirts I made for the girls this weekend ended up in with all that other stuff. But it did. And in the load was the shirt I'd been wearing, which was dark purple and had never been washed, and of course, bled. And what did it ruin out of the entire load? My newly repurposed tank top and the skirt I'd made for Anja. It didn't touch Greta's skirt.... because Greta's skirt was crappily made in 20 minutes and already falling apart!!! But Anja's skirt, which was really cute and I'd spent a lot of time on, is now soiled with purple stains. However. She is a two-year-old, and nobody has to know that it got ruined after only one wearing. It was bound to get stained anyway sooner or later, and it is not completely unwearable.... it just looks like a toddler's stained skirt, which is not anything horrible. But the tank top, I'm afraid, WAS completely ruined and is now unwearable. I will have to cut it up again and use it for something else. A quilt, or maybe a pretty pillow. Sad, I know.
And I have to comment that my sister did generously offer me their rented steam cleaner to clean up the mess detergent mess on the carpet. I declined , since the carpet is needing to be replaced anyway and hopefully that will be happening sooner than later. I think it's ok to talk about now because I saw it on facebook, Sarah and Andrew are putting their house on the market! So if you're wanting to live downtown (an awesome place to live) in a cool house (VERY cool, in fact--I used to live there myself!) check it out!
In other news, I woke up with a swollen eye that I can't figure out. And last night after I discovered the laundry mishap, Martin kindly sent me out with my newly arrived Country Living magazine to the coffee shop where I got to sit and enjoy myself with a hot cup of coffee for a nice long while. I love new magazines! I have found that subscriptions are cheap and are TOTALLY worth the tiny amount of money for the joy that every month's arrival brings.
I am still considering making the girls' Easter dresses. I think a run to the fabric store might be on the agenda tonight.... maybe I'll find something perfect..... but probably not, since any time I go to the fabric store with my children it turns out to be an all-around bust. Well, maybe we'll try anyway. I'm thinking pastoral prints and eyelet trim......
Earlier this morning I had managed to separate my laundry. Hours later, while Anja was locked in her room (literally... she locks herself in now to play by herself. Luckily, she knows how to unlock the door, and I have a straightened paper clip handy in case of emergency) and Greta was happy in the kitchen with a couple of graham crackers, I thought I'd put the dark load in the wash. But, oh, wouldn't this be a good time to refill the small detergent container instead of lugging out my ginormous refill-sized on and dumping straight from that (without measuring)? Sure! So I started... glug-glug-glug... and this turns out to be a slow and tedious job. Then I remember that Greta is unattended, so I go to peek in the kitchen, and sure enough, she's gone. So I go (ginormous refill-sized detergent jug in hand/arms) looking for her, and she is just happily toddling through the house, making her way back to the kitchen. So, back to the laundry room I go, with my giant jug, and to get to the laundry room, I have to step over the horrible dog gate. And OF COURSE, my knee hits the top of the gate, which trips me, and pulls the gate down, and down to the floor I go with my huge jug of detergent, and suddenly the entire hallway--myself included--is blue and goopy. It's all over my face, all over my front, all over the dog gate, and worst of all, ALL OVER THE CARPET. Now, granted, the carpet is disgusting in the first place, but STILL. How am I going to clean it up?!? Laundry detergent is a bear to wash off skin, annoyingly enough, and so I imagine this litlte carpet mess is just going to be pretty much everlasting. Also, it was all over my wonderful blue sweater, which I don't think is supposed to be washed. And my fabulous multi-colored Christmas scarf, which I also doubt the washability of. *sigh* well, I guess I'll just "lay flat to dry" (along with MY FACE) and hope for the best. Ugh. And of course, since normal life without big spills is chaotic enough, all the while I'm trying to decide what to do while not going permenantly blind from having detergent in my eyes, the dog is licking up the spilled laundry soap, Anja is telling me she has to pee-pee, and Greta is getting into everything, including the bathroom, which is a place she is strictly not allowed for SO MANY REASONS, not the least of which being the fact that Anja won't let us flush her poo-poo (which sits in her little pink potty on the floor) until the NEXT time she has to make a poo-poo, and for some reason, poo is fascinating to Greta.
So anyway. That was today's adventure.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
But on the same trip to Goodwill I found a brown sweater, inside which I could feel the souls of a new pair of pants:
...And a matching dress:
Another matchy-matchy project features a pair of brown linen pants for G: