Wow, after several years ive decided to try and resurrect this little blog of mine. I recently told a friend I missed having a place to write. Then out of nowhere a blog "challenge" if you will came about on a public group im in. So here I am and I'm going to try and keep this thing going. Bare with me as I make changes and update content. Feel free to sift through my old posts, you just might learn something new about me....

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mom's 50th!

This month was mom's 50th birthday.  The Big 5-0!  She didn't seem to upset about it though.  My goal was to make her feel special.  She is always doing things for everyone else and I wanted to make sure someone did something for her!

She is always borrowing my Coach purses after I get a new one, so it was high time she had one of her own!

I am actually jealous of her purse, if I'm being honest.  I feel in love with it when I saw it.  Of course I also loved it because I knew SHE would...

 It's not the best picture, but if you can't tell it is this pale grey patent leather.  With a pink silk lining.  Love it.

Next I worked with her coworkers on her actual birthday to decorate her cubicle and then we all went out to lunch.  Of course she was sang to.  Even today, 9 days later, she is still finding some confetti at work.
 I put confetti in her files, her desk drawers, work notebooks, everywhere! 
This is mom's "I'm embarrassed" expression.

Then after she thought all her surprises were done, the weekend after her birthday I put together a some lunch for family and one of her closest friends.  Again she was very surprised and got sang to!

All and all, I think it was a very successful birthday for her.  Of course, she would be been more than thrilled with just the purse!  I told her to just expect a card next year.  :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wednesday Randoms

So I have a lot of random things to say, and well, this is my place to say them!

-  Anyone else think the new show "Up All Night" sucks?  I was so excited to watch this show, because on the previews Kris and I could 100% relate!  I mean, arguing over who was awake all night, and begging the other to take a turn.  The reality is, the show is a dud.  I don't think it's really that funny and I don't plan to keep watching it.  Sad story.

-  "Whitney" on the other hand cracks me up!

-  Out of nowhere lately I have been concerned about breast cancer.  My biological sperm donors {you know, the douche bag} mom has had breast cancer 2 times.  It didn't really bother me before, but lately all this breast cancer awareness has been on my mind.  I used to worry that I may not be able to have kids, clearly God has proven to me that is not a concern, I've been blessed.  Now I worry that these size 42E ladies on my chest {yes, crazy size isn't it?} will cause me trouble in the future.  Kris told me last night that it wouldn't be a problem, and if it was he has had 2 aunts go through it and he would be here for me and love me no matter what.  Now I don't feel so bad, but I can't shake this strange concern.

-  I've been craving peanut butter lately.  We went peanut free in our house, completely that is, a month ago.  Now Eli and I are really wanting some PB.  I think I'm going to need to break down and hide a jar.

-  How is it that Aiden can lay down at noon almost daily this week and fall asleep on the couch and take a nice 2-3 hour nap and yet he won't lay down and go to bed at night?  Goodness it is driving me insane! 

-  The Percy Jackson and The Olympians book series is WONDERFUL!  I love it.  I had seen the movie and decided to try the books since I have 13 left to read this year.  No doubt I will finish the 6 really quickly. 

Wordless Wednesday

Well ti's been a long time since I did wordless wednesday, so I thought I'd overload you with pictures...

Aiden's new "fade" haircut from Daddy
Eating "Happy" aka grandpas cheesecake
Aiden loves playing potato heads, and I taught him to put the mouths in his own!
Before haircut - he found my heels for the first time!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Christmas Quilt

So I'm a bit behind, no big surprise there.  I bought some clearance 12 Days of Christmas fabric, by Kate Spain, last year and now my mind is racing with ideas.  It may not be July, but it's gonna start looking like Christmas here for me!
Here are the fabrics I have....

I am thinking of using the red, green and cream fabrics to make a zig zag quilt with a lot of white around it.  Much like the image below, but with only 3 large zig zags in the middle and white above and below them.  More similar to the 2nd image....

I think I will use the blue for the binding?  Not sure, but it isn't the same print, so it's a sad outsider.  Not sure what I am going to do for the back yet.  I think I will end up zig zag quilting it, so I want something that is the same angle.  I may do a few large sporadically placed diamonds of each color and mostly white on the back.
inspiration pictures both via FITF

So what are your thoughts, opinions?  Got any great examples to share with me?  Would you do a solid binding of the red to add more christmas feel to it?  Or sporadic stars on the back?  I want it to be simple, but really stand out.

Sewing Again!

I finally got a small space carved out in our new place for my sewing machine.  My hubby brought me a small table from his parents house and we made some space next to his desk in the dining room.  I plan to get a couple ikea shelves up above the desk in order to make it look a bit more put together.  I was thinking of putting some mason jars with scraps in them, you know one for each color of the rainbow. 

Here is my little corner so far.  I can't wait to get started sewing again! 

On my small design wall I have started laying out Eli's baby quilt.  It is Lily and Will and I just love it.  The back is still a mystery.  It will either be a solid brown cuddle soft fabric, or I'm going to try my hand a a faux chenille back.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

18 Weeks.

Only 21 weeks to go!  Don't question my math.... {repeat csection}

Our big news this week is that we are ready to share Eli's full name... It will be Eli Xavier.  We really love it, and when we first suggested it we knew it was perfect.

I am really starting to feel pregnant in the last week.  Been out of breathe after walking for a while, out of breath after going up stairs.  Feeling a bit off balance and getting very clumsy.  I have also felt Eli move around just a little bit.  It's different this time around though.  With Aiden I had an anterior placenta.  So that means my placenta was against my stomach and Aiden was hiding behind it.  So the feelings I got with him early on felt like a goldfish flopping around.  With Eli my placenta is in the back and Eli is front and center.  So when I have started to feel him move around it's more like full movement.  Like someone is doing flips in there.  It's been interesting to me to see the difference.  Again I haven't felt him much yet, just a random here or there, mostly at night and when my bladder is full.  Hopefully in the next couple weeks I will start to really feel him move around.

I haven't really had craving with Eli.  I mean something might sound good, but it's not this strong urge!  However, some foods either taste really good, or really boring or bad to me.  The other night I made tuna helper, simple, but something we usually enjoy once in a while.  It tasted awful to me.  Then I kept burping and tasting it.  Oh so bad.  The next night we had plain ol' spaghetti and meatballs and I could not get enough of it.  So that has been interesting.  I'm drinking coffee again, but it's still not tasting as satisfying as it used to.  The one things i'm constantly enjoying is a chicken cup of noodles and string cheese lol.  With Aiden I ate chicken ramen like everyday.  :)

Sleep hasn't been too bad yet either.  Once we finally get Aiden to sleep I usually sleep okay and only get up about 2-3x a night. 

Eli is about 5.7inches and almost 7oz.  That size of a sweet potato so I have read.  He's getting big and I can't believe we are nearly halfway through already.  Until this week I have nearly forgotten I was even pregnant some days! 

Friday, September 16, 2011

My Master To-Do List:

I'm way behind on a lot of things in life lately.  I decided I needed to hold myself accountable, so here is my master to-do list:

- Mom's quilt
- Eli's quilt using Bunny Hill - Lily and Will prints
- Christmas quilt
- Christmas tree skirt?
- Kaleidoscope quilt
- Baby girl quilt - gift to Mallory?

House Stuff:
- Unpack that last bathroom box - you know the one with stuff you never actually use?
- Go through the boxes that are probably full of stuff to donate to goodwill or just throw away
- Buy shelves for living room wall so I can unpack my decorative stuff
- Buy a frame so I can hang my odd shaped collage photo
- Figure out what to hang above our bed

Baby Stuff:
- Exchange the girl bedding @ Ikea for the boy one that matches Aiden's {yeah we were hoping for a girl and bought it "just in case"}
- Decide if/when we are going to share Eli's middle name
- Buy crib/changer @ Ikea
- Eventually sort through Aiden's preemie and newborn/3 month clothes and wash
- Buy wood name letters for wall and paint
- Paint rocking chair and bookshelf white
- Register @ hospital
- Do small registry for things like diapers and formula
- Decide on small family shower?  Mostly because I know people will expect at least a small celebration.  Just for things like diapers/wipes/formula.

Aiden Stuff:
- Decide on Halloween costume to buy or make
- Work on 2nd Bday party stuff {solidify food and decorations}
- Buy paint and repaint his name letters for the wall
- Decide on bday gift
- Decide on Christmas gifts/Santa gift
- Find stuffed animal hanging corner net for animals

Whew... That's a lot of things on my mind.  No wonder it takes me forever to fall asleep.  I am sure that's not all either.  But at least now I have a list to look at!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Seriously, I hope this time to keep up with blogging again.  A lot has happened in the last 5 weeks and I've just had little time to sit and do anything for myself.

We moved into an apartment of our own again.  It feels so nice to have a place to call "home".  I have slowly unpacked, still have a few stray boxes here and there, and hung photos and tried to really make things cozy.  I will try and post pictures eventually.

I haven't sewn a damn thing in like 2 months.  I had no energy at all during my first trimester and since moving 2 weeks ago I have no desk to put my sewing machine on.  This of course will soon be solved as I have the Kaleidoscope quilt to finish, a baby quilt for Baby E, my moms quilt which she nags me about weekly, and I might be paid to make someone a quilt for Christmas.  So hopefully this will still be a somewhat sewing blog!

I have to stop and telling you that Aiden is sitting on the floor reading a book to himself, and he has heard it soo much he is able to say the right words "touch your nose" while on the right page.  It's beyond adorable.

Okay so the big news in the last 5 weeks is about Baby E.  We have had some great appointments, I have still not gained a single pound in 4 months, which makes me beyond thrilled.  I knew being heavy would pay off eventually!  My body seems to using my extra weight, which is healthy for me instead of gaining another 50lbs.  I'm sure before the baby comes I'll put on some weight, Lord knows I'm eating enough to be gaining, but my dr. and I are both very satisfied right now.

Hmm... gender?  Yes, we know.  We were all very shocked to learn we are having ANOTHER BOY!  Yep, another boy.  I thought for sure it was a girl, but if I'm honest here, my mother's instincts kept telling me it might be a boy.  I think I just ignored it.  :)  We are very excited though, and I am getting used to saying "my boys!".  It will make things a lot easier too, we have all of Aiden's clothes, which up until about 12 months, are in great condition.  Having the boys share a room will be fun, plus much easier to decorate!

Name?  We are still very much in love with the name Eli.  We have been considering different middle names, and think we finally agreed on one last week, but I am not ready to share it yet.  We love it, but my mom doesn't know the name yet so I can't post it here!  I don't know when we will spill the middle name, but it's kind of fun saying it to ourselves and keeping a little secret.  So no mom, don't bother to call me after you read this and ask what it is.  Hehe, in time we will share, but Kris and I are still "trying it out" and are having fun having it special just between us. 

Kris is still looking for a job, but has had a few good leads.  He applied to a cable company, much like who he worked for when Aiden was born.  He loved that job, and the pay was wonderful.  They are really busy and hiring a lot, they keep telling him they are interested in him but haven't been able to sit down and do more hiring yet.  To just be patient.  So fingers crossed.... it would be a prayer answered.

I think for now that is a long enough update for you all.  If there is anyone left waiting around to read my blog that is.  I hope to have my readers around still, I loved you all and will try to make it to your pages to say hi shortly. 
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