Monday, January 31, 2011
Last night as I rocked him into the wee hours, I recalled a similar frustration 6 months ago, feeling helpless and frustrated at my huge size and hormones in my ninth month of pregnancy. It's the feeling that motivated the Summer Joy photo series. I've decided to do it again for February- Winter Joy, hopefully to get out of the funk that a sad baby and dreary weather have wrought on me. I Made it Monday, What I Wore Wednesday and Cookie Friday may not be as regular this month, as we hit survival mode with this tiny teething terror. We will be seeking our Winter joy, while we wait for spring.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
1 box of cake mix
1/2 cup oil
Preheat to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients well. Roll 1 1/2 inch balls and bake on greased cookie sheets for around 10 minutes, or until center is firm. Makes a flat-ish, but very chewy cookie. Use canned frosting to make sandwich cookies or eat as sugar cookies.
Easiest Cookie Friday ever? Yep!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
I walked up the stairs to change out of pajamas and it wasn't long until I heard another pair of feet tromping up to find me. Stinky walks with the lightness of a rhino, but we always have a warning that he's coming. "Whatcha doin', mommy?" he asked. I told him I was getting dressed so I can tackle the day. He started posing, flexing, and stretching. "I'm going to tackle this day, too," he said as he did a double-bicep flex. "And I will choose my coolest clothes." A red striped polo shirt and blue plaid pajama pants were what he had in mind.
Once I'd settled Rotten into a nap, Stinky became my shadow. He helped me wrap potatoes in foil to bake in the crock pot. He helped pick up laundry and wiped down the table. The last was a surprise to me, as I sprayed it and left to swap the laundry. I came back and found him "tackling the day" on top of the dining table, wiping it down becoming a whole-body workout. What a helper.
I think a kid's favorite toy will always be his mother- even when she's just doing chores. My sweet Stinky shadow reminds me of that- asking to help with the 'gredients when I'm cooking, changing to tackle the day with me. He reminds me that even the daily drudgery of things like wiping tables and doing laundry are a joyful thing, if I can just look at it the right way.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
They're becoming best friends. Stinky asks if he can 'babysit' Rotten. He wants to help with him all the time. Blanket time involves both of them and cab go on for half an hour sometimes. Rotten wiggles with delight when he sees Stinky and looks at him with terrifying admiration, as if to say "I can't wait until I can keep up and we can make Mom extra crazy." I know it won't constabtly be wonderful with them, but I love watching the love they have for eachother grow.
Yeah, pardon me while I pull the knife from my back. I promised him the next thing I made would be for him, and he was satisfied. Then I checked out Iron Craft's Week 4 Challenge. Coffee Cozies? In a coffee-free household, for a four year-old, nonetheless. Awesome. Still, I did promise.
Meet Clark Kent's Coffee Cozy:
this template from LittleRedSaid. As he excitedly watched me stitching it, I refused to tell him what it was, only that it was for him. He'll just have to see when he wakes this morning and gets hot chocolate with his breakfast.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
- Build a rocket ship from boxes and duct tape. Your children will spend hours decorating it.
- Read about Super Mamika, a 91 year-old real life WWII hero turned into a superhero by her photographer grandson.
- Enjoy batter-dipped french toast. May I reccomend Cinnabon Bread for this?
- Check out The Iron Craft and get crazy inspired.
- Spend much too much time browsing Etsy's Get The Look Decor articles. This one is my favorite.
Friday, January 21, 2011
As I write this, I've just eaten a warm cookie. I can barely type, it's so yummy. Oatmeal raisin cookies are my favorite, and these just take the cake. The pudding adds a great vanilla flavor, and keeps them moist and chewy. Enjoy!
1 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 3.5 oz package of vanilla pudding
1 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups oats
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter and sugar, add eggs. Mix in pudding. Hold Raisins aside and mix dry ingredients until a thick dough has formed. Mix in raisins by hand. Drop by 2-in balls on to sprayed cookie sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes.
Let me know if you give them a try, or if you've got other suggestions for spices. I'm going to try to hold back on eating another cookie or ten.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Here's the bride's brain necklace, be sure to note the skeletal hand clasp, too. He never ceases to impress me with how skilled and creative he is!
Linking up to What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Boys, there is something I want to make sure you know beyond doubt, and that's how much I love you. I love you more than I love Mountain Dew and Diet Dr. Pepper. I love you more than I love sleep. I love you more than I love those frozen chunks of Strawberry in Dreyer's Ice Cream. You will soon know that I love those three things almost more than life itself. I hope that if you know I love you even more than those three things put together, then maybe you'll have an inkling of how much I love you.
You were prayed for in a way that sometimes makes me wonder if God sent us spirited children because we annoyed him. We went through hard and sometimes scary pregnancies and c-sections to get you here, and those round the top things I've ever done with my life, joining marrying your dad. I am so grateful to be the mother, the person you've made me.
Someday you'll understand the beautiful gift wrapped up in guilt that is parenthood. See, I'm still waiting for my magical cloak of knowledge to fall on my shoulders, but until then... guys, I'm winging it. Unfortunately, sometimes in all this trial and error, I really blow it. I lose my cool or interfere when I should step back. I sleep too late, then let you watch too much TV or forget that your diaper needs changing until you've blown out the sides. I forget that it's lunchtime until halfway through church and you're acting up and I don't know why.
For all my flaws, my screw ups, the ways that I can really drop the ball, I hope I get more things right than wrong. I see glimmers of hope for that in Stinky's creativity and affection for his little brother. I see it in the way Rotten screams/cries/laughs with relief when he sees me after being watched by someone else, or collapses into sleep in my arms the minute someone hands him back when he's screaming. I hope that I have something to do with those things. Then again, maybe I just got lucky.
Maybe someday you two will commiserate that it's a miracle you made it out alive, but I'm crossing my fingers that stays my little secret.
Monday, January 17, 2011
These bows were a gift for a sweet friend turning two this week. Knit in seed stitch from cotton and cotton/acrylic blends, they're mounted on clips and looked so sweet in her golden curls. I think they look a bit like something the girls from Peanuts would wear. Wouldn't they be right at home in Frida's "Naturally curly hair?" I'll definitely be making more.
What did you make this week?
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Thomas S. Monson
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
So, the outfit you see below was worn no less than three times this week. It is embarassing to admit, but it's true. It was washed at least once in there, so I can take some solace in that.
For church I did a little better, I think. Like my styling bead necklace? It's a one of a kind, Stinky Original.
We're finally all feeling better, so here's hoping for a better week, with another wedding outfit thrown in. It gets better- it's a ZOMBIE WEDDING.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Tealah introduced us to Firefly earlier this year- that series was too short-lived. We really enjoyed it, though, and when it came time to make Christmas presents, a hat inspired by Jayne Cobb seemed like a great option. Now I'm making another for her roommate as part of the Facebook Pay it Forward craft trend this year. It never crossed my mind that WBH actually kind of resembled Jayne, until I had him pose for this picture.
For the story of the hat, check out this video:
Happy Monday! Did you make anything this weekend?
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
I received an amazing e-mail from a friend this week. She thanked me for writing what I do here, letting me know it inspired her. During a hard week of illness running like a racehorse through our family, it made my ever-loving day and almost made me do the ugly cry. I'm not trying to brag here, or fish for compliments, honestly. It's just that I don't know that I do that enough- thanking the people who inspire me with the things they do. I'll be spending sometime this weekend working on that.
Who is inspiring you? Have you let them know lately? Because you might make them do the ugly cry. Just sayin'.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Mexican Chocolate Brownies
1/3 cup butter
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 heaping tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x9 pan. Melt butter in sauce pan on low, then add chocolate chips. As chocolate melts, mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Crack and wisk eggs in a separate bowl. Wisk in melted chocolate to dry ingredients and then wisk in eggs. Pour into pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until a piece of spaghetti poked into the middle comes out clean.
Allow to cool, and enjoy! Let me know if you try them!
Thursday, January 6, 2011
This summer we went to the zoo in the morning as soon as they opened. This, by the way is the very best time to go to the zoo. You eat breakfast in the car, there are no crowds for all of the good exhibits, you can see the zoo keepers at work, and you can be done by lunchtime. One of the things we saw was a muskox being traquilized so an injury could be examined. We watched her, the little pink tail of the dart sticking out of her rump, fight to maintain her composure and carry on as normal, then stagger to a rock structure and lean for a while. A few moments later, one of the staff said "...and she's going down." Then, down she went, collapsing to the ground in a rather undignified position.
I've felt some empathy for the muskox in the last few weeks. Don't get me wrong, the holidays were wonderful. Last weekend was one of the most successful weekends with the boys that we've had in a long time. There's just been so much going on that today, I find myself leaning on the nearest structure, waiting to collapse to the ground in a rather undignified position.
When WBH goes back to work after vacation, there's always a pout day, and today is the one. I sort of putter around the house, wishing he was home and we could do something fun. I'm not out of my pajamas, neither are the boys and it's past lunch time. I'm tired and I just want to get back into my warm, fluffy bed.
Fortunately, my boys snap me out of it. Stinky stacks his red blocks over his eyes and yells "laser eyes! laser eyes!" I give a performance normally reserved for LARP-ers, and Rotten laughs at me hysterically. We do this over and over again. Laying on the ground, I realize that I've done it. I've collapsed to the ground in a rather undignified position- and I'm totally recharged. As it turns out, dignity is totally overrated.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Church this week. Right as we needed to leave, WBH pointed out that my new shirt was a little low for church if I'd be standing around anything but children and munchkins (one of the benefits of marrying a tall man...). So this completely unflattering ensemble was reminiscent of Nanny from The Muppet Babies. Lesson learned, ladies- have your husband check out your chest before the moment you're walking out the door.
It gets a little better (hey look, she colored her hair and it makes her look less tired...)
Sweater: Thrifted, Target
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
- Read Northanger Abbey
- Read 4 books (Northanger Abbey, plus the Hunger Games trilogy)
- Faked some button holes on bibs I sewed, because I didn't have time to learn to use the attachment. Will figure that out later- but it's progress!
- Read 80 pages in the Book of Mormon
- Made marshmallows
- Lost four pounds (and gained 1.5 back. Merry Christmas!)
- Exercised. Once, but I have plans to exercise today- does that count?
- Tried to post 7 days a week. I didn't always make it, but I doubled up a few that made up for it.
- Saw an increase in blog traffic- thanks!