November 30, 2010
November 29, 2010
- Watched cooking shows for days with Bryon, along with the Travel Channel in an effort to plan our honeymoon
- Made Thanksgiving dinner for our 6 plus Bryon's mom
- Watched umpteen movies both alone (chick flicks lounging in the bed, yo!) with my honey, and with the kids
- Finished 2 more scarves and started the next one
- Cleaned out the garage (not me, B) and bought the first bit of basement implements
- Planned our wedding
- Christmas shopped online
- Decorated for Christmas
- NO WORK EMAIL, NO WORK AT ALL x 2!
November 27, 2010
November 24, 2010
November 23, 2010
Naturally, it was time to start on the girls' quilts. So stinking fun to sew with pink and purple, People! H helped me pick out the final fabrics for her quilt. She watched me use the rotary cutter and sew seams with eyes as big as saucers. It was a joy to have her helping.
Here are H's final fabrics:
And her design (that spiral down there is a wonky log cabin made with the same fabrics in the strips):
Mabel's final fabrics:
And her design (same wonky log cabin block, and I'm not sure about the two strips on the left... might take one off yet):
November 22, 2010
Before I share, allow me to tell you that my drive to work this morning took 90 minutes. It took 90 minutes because winter is finally hitting Da Plains. In fact, it will be below zero on Thanksgiving with the wind chill. Is it wrong for that to make me excited?!?! This morning the roads were a sheet of ice. Bryon texted me on his way in at 5am to say it was snowing (oh how my heart leapt at that!). Now, I didn't see any big fat flakes fall, so in my mind it didn't happen yet. But it sort of did. Made me super excited for the season that's coming. I looooooove snow. Have I mentioned that?
Anyway, on with the weekend!
Our #3 turned 6. Love on the chocolate cake with pink, purple, and blue icing, Peeps!
It wasn't cold in the house, but Bryon looks so damn good in a stocking cap, I ask him to wear it as often as possible. Notice anything hanging on the window? How about framed in the corner? New!
Also new pillows for the downstairs couch (which is not downstairs yet) and a new cousin for my 3.
...which I just noticed - *smirk*. [Future sister-in-law alert!] Hello, Auntie Gretchen.
That's Uncle Mitch chilling in front of the canvased wall. Don't the canvases look amazing?!
As luck would have it Andy ended up sharing some home improvements while simultaneously documenting Hayley's big day. Thankya, Son.
November 19, 2010
I'm rocking my uniform today: a pair of skinnies and my Lucky boots, black v-neck sweater with a yellow tee underneath. I blew my hair out straight this morning. I'm still loving the wave, but I enjoy being able to play back and forth. I've been thinking about how I want to wear my hair on our wedding day, but I'm betting it will be a decision I make the morning of. It will be casual, I am certain of that.
Last night we went out to dinner with Bryon's mother for H's birthday. She got there before us and had to ask for a table for 7! I love that.
I always, always, always wanted a big family. I worked with a guy in Kentucky once; he was one of 13 children. The stories he'd tell were so fantastic. I'm not sure how his mother had a hair left on her head, but... wow. I also worked with a mother of 5 then (same place) who shared her way of staying organized with me. I was pregnant with Trevor and dreamed about one day lining up 4 backpacks on little pegs on the wall.... or doing up an organized assembly line for laundry. Little baskets with names on them. Working around the house with my children - one doing this and another doing that, one underfoot and another helping with dinner. Anyway. Last night before I closed my eyes, I realized that I will soon have 4 backpacks lined up on little pegs on the wall! Talk about a dream come true!
Tonight I'm going to make H's chocolate cake. I'm going to slap a piece of bread on it like BakedBree this time, see how it works at keep the top soft and ready for Saturday frosting. I've previously covered my cakes with foil or plastic wrap and it makes the top all gooey because it traps in the moisture. I'm very unfond (is that a word?) of sticky cake tops + icing = dragged crumbly mess through the frosting. Having a different go at it this time. I'm also going to use the crumb coat method (pre-icing the cake top to seal in the crumbs, chilling, and then re-icing the cake) this time, if you care.
I also want to tape H's room and work on a quilt this weekend, but we will see. Might order my wedding coat, too!
And Dear B: Last night you rubbed my back while we watched It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. I'm not sure why that's your favorite show, but I love you anyway. And because you are DVRing Grey's for me every week. Anyway, I like to think that I am a very strong person - I am proud of that - but it is true that I need reminders of some things every once in a while. So you leaning down and quietly, but deliberately whispering, "you...are...beautiful" to me? PERFECT. I had no idea how I needed to hear that until you said it and filled my cup. Thank you for searching out my empty spots and filling them with your love and homeboyness.
November 17, 2010
Last night, Bryon went out with one of The Boys and another friend for a man's evening. Beer, sports, whatever. I stopped on the way home at the fabric store, Michael's, and McDonald's for dinner. After dinner, the kids drifted off to watch Disney in the other room while I turned up the stereo and settled into this:
Next I laid out the strips I'd started sewing for Andrew's quilt on the floor and immediately I knew they weren't right. They might have been perfect a year ago when I picked out fabric for him (it seems that long ago anyway) - all puppy dogs and fishies and little boy cute. It was perfectly lovely (and dang near big enough for a crib quilt already at least), but didn't identify with him anymore. So, I folded that away and picked out a new group of fabrics with his help. There is one Japanese puppy print, but that's it. The focal piece is Heather Ross's camper fabric.
November 16, 2010
Last night we ate dinner as 6 and planned H's 6th birthday. I've got another girl cake to make! She requested a chocolate cake with pink, purple, and blue frosting. Got it. And I absolutely cannot wait to mix my love up in a bowl and bake it for that little patoot. I'm so blessed to be able to add love for her into my heart. God is amazing. And I'm super excited that she is excited that I am baking for her!
I did find time last night to put another layer of paint on the end table. Whoot!
I did NOT find time to plan out whatever quilting I'm going to attempt to conquer tonight. Ouch. That's like going to a crop without planning your scrapbook pages ahead of time. Actually, it's like not planning pages and showing up without any scrapping supplies. OY. On the fly, I can tell you:
Trevor: Has a quilt top made, which (and please don't shoot me), I'm going to rip apart into at least two pieces. I'm no longer in love with the direction I was going with his quilt (too little boy-ish for my almost 10 year old), so I'm adding some solid pieces. White. Grey if I can find it. I need to bump it up bigger than a twin, too. I'll use the rest of the squares I made on the back. Come to think of it, he may end up with a two-sided quilt. Whoot!
Drew: I've picked out fabrics and started sewing coin stacks, but am also no longer in love with that direction. So, I'm going to wonk it all up on purpose and make it more 8 year old friendly. Boy howdy, I'm in denial that my boys are as old as they are already! His will be twin-sized.
H and Moo: The girls and I have stewed over fabric umpteen times (one of my favorite activities with them). I know what they like. I know that H is far more purple inclined than Moo. Moo prefers pink every time. They love the same prints - Heather Ross's mermaids and bicycles are on the list, among others. So they will match mostly. I want lots of white, too. Their room will be purple, so let's make those quilts POP. My plan for both twin quilts is to split the prints up, make H's more purple heavy and Moo's more pink. Big chunks mostly, but I'll make up a square or a heart or some kind of paddywhack for each one. I also think I'll embroider something on each.
Great Scott, I've got 39 days. Lulu did it; so can I! Lulu, tips? Please?
The end of November also means my bestie's birthday is a-comin' (Lulu, do you mind that I announce that to the world?). Oh - and Thanksgiving!
This will be our first Thanksgiving as a family. I haven't cooked a Thanksgiving meal for anyone other than my kids in several years - and if you disclude Nana - hmmm... I really can't find an example in my memory because my ex-mother in law did all of the official cooking. Barf.
I'm all a-twitter with turkey ideas. I bought a 16 lb bird to serve 3 adults and 4 children. I'm pretty sure we'll have enough for leftovers. I'm not planning to stuff it with stuffing, but to shove a lemon, an orange, an onion, and some garlic cloves in there instead. Going to see what happens.
Bryon is making stuffing (it's his thing and as his independent self, he absolutely deserves to make this his way - go, Honey, go!). I also want to make mashed potatoes, rolls, and steam some veggies. Have a can of yams with mini-marshmallows and jellied cranberry sauce, too. If I were cooking for more of his (our) family, I would MAKE the cranberry jelly and brine the turkey. But, time is short, Folks. I've got 4 kids these days, Yo.
Have I mentioned that Judy is coming to Da Plains? Oh yes, yes, yes! She will be here in 24 days. I'm certain she will want to Christmas shop and go to church and watch Bridget Jones. Smother the kids with her Nana-ness and butterfly kisses. I can't wait to see her. We will certainly be having a dinner while she is here as well; Bryon's mom and my mom are so similar, we can't wait to see them together.
Christmas shopping needs more time. I've gotten a good start, but there are more people to shop for and no longer does B need to wait until the days before to shop. I'm on the case! I've also got to get crocheting because I have at least 6 more scarves to make...
Also, at some point? Need to get the permits and the builder in the same place and do the print for the walkout. Get building! We know we can frame it in one weekend with The Boys, but we need to get crackin'.
So. This was a mighty update. Now I'm off to make another list or three...
November 15, 2010
Lucky Brand (those are the black version of my boots).
November 12, 2010
November 10, 2010
November 8, 2010
Conveniently, I spend countless hours online at home, searching for images to inspire me. We find something we love and then look for it cheaper online.
ANDY: LOVES MAPS, FORTS, AND ALL THINGS CAMO
Here is Andy's room moodboard:
Floating bunk by BumperCrop (wouldn't this make the most fantastic fort?! - right up Drew's alley and total luck that Bryon is drooling to build this)
Inflatable globes to hang from the ceiling, found HERE.
Chalkboard map light and camo bedding inspiration from PBTeen
TREVOR: LOVES BOOKS, LINCOLN BREWSTER, FOOTBALL, GIRLS, AND ALSO BOOKS. DID I MENTION BOOKS?
Camo duvet and football mural from PBTeen. VW bus pillow from Ohlittlerabbit
From Wall Worthy via Etsy
Trevor will also have a LOT of reading books in his room... most of them, in fact. We need a place to store them and the kid loves books. Seems like a good storage solution. He will also have a desk and chair in his room. So, I am on the hunt for a vintage desk and bookshelf!