Saturday, October 22, 2011

Owen 17 months

Kissing/holding Naomi with the help of Aunt Casey

A quick post to chronicle my ever changing son
at 17 months:

* Closed mouth kisses. His tiny puckered mouth is so cute. We have a bedtime/nap time routine which always ends with cuddling and singing Jesus Loves Me. Usually he just rests his head on my shoulder and gets sleepy, but this past week he has started turning his face up to mine 3-4 times to give me kisses. Nothing sweeter to melt a mommy's heart than spontaneous kisses from your little boy.

*Owen continues to LOVE infant babies. I have a feeling when his sister or brother shows up there will be no shortage of kisses and hugs, smothering is probably an appropriate word for what will happen to his sibling.

*Trying new words, Spanish and English, he will actually try saying a word when prompted by us.

*A growing list of words: cup (cuck), kick, ball (no more ba-ba...sad day), ni-night, adios, hello, gracias, all done,
Pop, Woah!, snack, and lots of new animal sounds including - horse, chicken, cow, duck. It's amazing to see how all of a sudden new sound combinations/words pop up.

*His favorite book is by Eric Carle (I can do it, can you?) which I'm going to have to purchase since it was a library book. I actually watched him search through his book basket to find it only to have to tell him we'd just returned it to the library.

* He is still OBSESSED with any kind of ball; balloons are an ever exciting sorce of entertainment. Trucks and tractors are starting to hold his interest, but he'd still take a ball over a truck any day...although watching the garbage truck with Nana every Wednesday is a highlight of the week.

*Singing is one of the sure fire ways to change a diaper easily or calm him down. His current favorite songs are: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (and consequently the ABC Song), I may never march in the infantry, Old McDonald had a farm, the frog song.

*He has 4 molars, four teeth on top and four on bottom.

*Still in 18-24 month clothing.

*Wrestling with Daddy is becoming a nightly activity. I can tell he's starting to need this interaction with Josh daily.

Owen and one of Pops carrots.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Thanks Pottery Barn!

The holidays are coming and my mailbox is quickly filling with lovely seasonal catalogs from stores tempting me to spend my precious dollars on silly decorations that are over priced. With that said, there's nothing more I'd love to do than decorate my house like crazy for each season that comes. However, my practical side just can't ever find a reason to rationalize spending the money that this kind of decorating suggests.

While perusing through the Pottery Barn Kids catalog I came across this lovely jewel - A Thanksgiving Countdown Calendar.

Each day has it's own pocket to fill with things you are thankful for. I was in love and dreaming of what a fun tradition this could be with our kids in the future. Then I looked at the price tag and my dreams came crashing back to reality...$70 dollars are you kidding me?
Then it hit me, I could make my own, or attempt anyways. So thank you Pottery Barn, for being soo expensive that I'm forced to be creative!

Hope you enjoy my very first DIY project:

Thanksgiving Countdown Calendar

5-6 different remnants of fall colored fabrics (They sell samples of 1/4 yds of fabric at Joanne's for $1-2)
1/2 yd brown felt
1/2 yd yellow felt
1/4 yd red, green and white felt
Crotchet yarn
1 pointy needle with a large threading hole
Tacky Craft Glue
1 leaf cut-out
Lettering (font size 150 and 200)
Chalk (for tracing)

**Disclaimer, I didn't take photos of every single step so use your imagination****

1. LEAVES: Start with the leaves as you will need these to know how big the top of your tree will be. 30 days of November divided by 5 colors of fabrics = 6 leaves in each color. I layered two colors of fabric to speed up the number of times I had to cut and traced my leaf on to the fabric using a sharpie. Then cut them out.

2. NUMBERS: After cutting out all my leaves, I began on the numbers alternating fabrics as I traced. After cutting out all the numbers I used Fabric Stitch to glue the numbers in the center of the leaves and laid them out to dry.
Here is my chart for how many I needed of each number:
1 (12x)
2 (13x)
3 (4x)
4 (3x)
5 (3x)
6 (3x)
7 (3x)
8 (3x)
9 (3x)
0 (2x)

Lay out all the leaves in a random pattern over the golden yellow colored felt. Following the shape of your leaves, cut around the outside row of leaves.

Beginning to cut around the leaves...

...finished "leafy" portion of the tree.

Lay out your brown felt, place the "leafy" tree portion over top of the trunk felt. I left about a 4-5 inch "seam" for branches.
Using a piece of light colored chalk draw out the shape of the trunk.
The top of the tree trunk I drew five branches, some of which would eventually overlap on top of the leafy portion of the tree. Even the branches that went under the yellow felt, I left a one inch seam to glue to the leafy portion.

Using your green felt, place the trunk on top and trace the shape. Make the base a few inches wider on either side of the tree base (my picture below doesn't show this fyi.) Cut inside the chalk line about a quarter inch, you will need this allowance for stitching the base to the trunk. After cutting out the base shape, using white crotchet yarn, stitch the base and trunk together (see final picture or lettering picture for an idea of what this look likes.).

(You could do this step before cutting out the trunk, but I chose not to as I didn't know where my branches would lay on top and which leaves would lay on top of the branches.)
Using Tacky glue, fix the leaves to the felt. Make sure not to glue the upper portion of the leaf otherwise you will not have a pocket for your thankfulness notes.


For the lettering, I printed off the saying "GIVE THANKS"
in several different sizes of font. Cut out the paper samples, use your trusty sharpie to trace the letter face down on to the felt, and cut out the fabric letters. Then using your Tacky glue, glue them to the trunk.

The next part is optional, since the word THANKS was larger I used my crotchet yarn again to stitch the letters on to the trunk.

You did it! Now find a lovely place on your wall so when November comes you can start the thankfulness party! This part is still not finished on mine, since the tree is rather floppy, I'm going to find a thin dowling rod to attach to the back of the leafy portion and base on the tree to help with the flop factor. I'm also going to sew on a string at the top to hang the tree from instead of using 2 million tacks.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Dress Up!

Naomi Constance Stroh
Meet my sweet little niece Naomi. She is one week old today. Last week she was making her debut, an event I had the immense pleasure of being a part of, tears of joy welling in my eyes as I watched my strong, courageous and beautiful sister-in-law bring her into this world. My role is a quiet one, to capture those moments of the birth process that are so inspiring, so tender, so full of emotion. This time around was just as precious as it was when Levi was born. I planned on posting some of those photos, but then today happened...

For her inaugural one week old celebration, Casey decided to introduce Naomi to the wonderful world of dress up. It just so happened to coincide with the newborn photo shoot I was about to engage in - perfect. What is more precious than a tiny naked baby girl with a flower adorning her head and pearls draped across her chest? Nothing, I tell you, nothing is more precious than that.

Tiny sweet Naomi, I so look forward to all things princess and ballet with you in the years to come. What fun it will be to watch you bring a sparkle to this boy filled family. Having grown up amidst all things boy, I will make sure you have an appreciation for fort building, Legos and snakes but make your girlie mark sweet girl for it is priceless and beautiful.


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