Monday, May 23, 2011

When we stayed home...

...we picked the first of our small garden's bright red strawberries.

Strawberry Boy

...and ate them on the spot.


...we had good friends over for a cookout and campfire and whiled away the evening hours listening to four little kids play a spirited game of hide and seek in the backyard.
...we listened to our little cherub, Mags, sing her heart out at church once again.
...we took time to talk and plan and re-schedule our summer.
...and at least one of us, slipped...

Ready Set Go

...and slid with delight.

Slip n Slide

And, we forgot about that vacation we were supposed to be on.  And, we all took care of ourselves.  And, minus a few minor slip-n-slide injuries, it was perfect.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Two for Two - KCWC Days 3-5

Yup, I ended up just where I thought I would.  Whew,what a week.  Two kids with strep...blah!  But, two new clothing items sewn...yay!  And, Joe got his shorts.  They came together ridiculously fast...and sloppily.  Thank goodness you can't really see that hem, with all of the madras stitching that was already there.  But, they fit and he loves them.  And, that's really all that matters right? 
Joe's Simple Shorts
And, let's face it...bellies really are cuter than shorts, don't ya think?
I probably won't do much more this weekend.  I find myself at the end of this week needing to refocus on other things, like going on a special playdate to the museum with my girl tomorrow and maybe doing a date night in with Mark tomorrow night, since in the midst of this icky week, our 9th wedding anniversary came and went.  I'm feeling like Sangria, what about you babes? : )     

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

One for One - KCWC Days 1 & 2

It's Day 2 of the Kids Clothing Week Challenge, and I have finished one skirt for Maggie.  One.  But, it's one cute skirt, if I do say so myself.  I used the Simple Skirt tutorial over on Made.  It really is so simple!  I had to laugh when I saw this post where Dana talked about making one in 17 mins - wow!  I feel like challenging myself now to see how fast I can make one...without distractions of course!

Anyway, Maggie snubbed her nose at the fabrics when I showed them to her last week, but once put together in this cute comfy skirt, she says she loves it!  Score!!  Both fabrics are lightweight - a seersucker on the bottom and a super lightweight swiss dot (??) fabric for the top layer.  I found both at Joanns...score again!  After some debate, and advice from the flickr group, I added the orange bias tape to the hem on the tom glad I did!
Simple Skirt Closeup

I call Days 1 and 2 in which I made one very simple skirt a total success.  Anything to get my girl doing this

Simple Skirt, Twirly Girl 

and this, is worthwhile.  : )

Now, I get a LOT of grief from the boys in this house for not making anything for Joe.  The truth is Joe gets loads of hand-me-down clothes and Maggie does not.  But, I don't want to hurt my little guy's feelings so tomorrow I'm going to attempt to make some shorts for him.  And, if my slow pace continues I might be two for two by the end of this week.  We shall see...

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011


:: Growing up, my friends always thought you were the nicest Mom ever.  
:: When I was little I remember asking you if we were rich (not really understanding the term).  You always told me we were "rich in love".  I love that you taught me that and I will never forget it.
:: Whenever I hear Paul Simon, I think of how you had that picture of Art Garfunkel on our refrigerator because you thought he was "so cute". Hmmm...

::  You are undoubtedly the college basketball goddess.  I can't think of another female on this planet that appreciates and knows more about college basketball than you.
::  I almost always forget to ask Mark those questions (usually related to basketball) you tell me to ask him when we're talking on the phone.  When I do ask him, he always laughs and says something like "Oh, Penny....".  He usually has no idea what I'm asking.
::I always regret that I didn't begin asking you for gardening advice until I was in my late 20s and Mark and I bought our first house.


::  This will be me one day, even though we always picked on you for doing so.


:: I think your paintings are fantastic, and I hope you keep it up!
:: As a teenager, I might've felt a very slight twinge of embarrassment when you would sing in church.
:: That said, I love that you sang anyway, you played music (even Willie), and you encouraged me to make music.  Thank you for taking me to every violin lesson, every recital, every concert and camp.  I may not play anymore, but it truly changed my life.     
:: You make THE best apple pie! : )
:: I thank you for convincing me that together, we could make a quilt for Pam, when she had cancer, even though I could barely sew, and knew nothing about quilts.  I loved doing something special for someone else, but I had no idea what it would do for me.     
:: I loved having you around when Maggie and Joe were born.  You have a calming and confident spirit around babies that I think is amazing.  I suppose that's why you had seven. : )


Thanks Mom for all you do!  Happy Mother's Day!  I hope you enjoyed this little tribute of're next Pop! ; )