Friday, March 28, 2008
Trying to get my act together after T's spring break and some trips and visitors. I'm dealing with some seriously bratty/ sassy behavior now that Talia is 4. I'm so shocked by it that I'm not sure how to deal. Time to revisit those "gentle discipline" books I looked at about 10 months ago, which was the last time we went through a rough patch. Let's not forget that everyone in my house has been sick and this winter is never ending.
Anyway, made this quilt a while back for a friend and I'm happy to say it has now been delivered (no pun intended?). It's the first time I ever made a whole cloth quilt-- I thought it would be quick. It wasn't quick because I did a lot more quilting on it than usual. I hand quilted around select fish with orange and then did closely spaced waves throughout the whole thing. It's pretty cute and just right for a new healthy baby boy (over 10 pounds!). I have a bunch more ideas for whole cloth quilts. Perhaps I'll get to them someday...
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
took Alex to the doctor and discovered he had a "raging" ear infection. He absolutely HATED taking any medicine but luckily didn't notice it slipped into his bottle. He's still taking the antibiotics, which I'm not sure if I support or not. I guess he's still a little guy and he was so sick... he perked up the next day after starting them so maybe they helped. Now that we took him in to see the doctor I wonder if he hasn't had other ear infections as well. I bet he's had at least one or two others. He has a cold on top of the whole ear infection thing. Ron had it, then Alex, now Talia too. Early this morning Talia wet her bed (for the first time since she started sleeping in panties) - totally my fault- because I gave her a huge glass of milk about an hour before bed. Anyway, she came into my bed at 5:30 and basically had her face right next to me and coughed ALL OVER ME so I'm sure I'll get it next. I'll be happy just as long as we're all healthy for our trip to Holland next month!
Monday, March 10, 2008
The birthday party was extremely successful. It was so nice and easy to have it outside of my home! I'm not sure I'm ever going to have a party at home again! I just love The Little Gym in Middleton. The people who work there are so professional and nice and really have this party thing down! It is so clean there, they learned all 20 kids' names so quickly, they really worked hard to make Talia feel like the center of attention-- it was just excellent. In, out, done! She had a great time, the kids had a great time, I had zero stress whatsoever, it was so simple! Tomorrow is her "real" birthday and we have pretty low-key plans, since Tuesday is the day we rarely leave the house. We're going to go out to lunch with friends and out to dinner (sushi, of course) as a family. I'm not going crazy with presents-- I bought her a cash register and pretend money because we've been playing "store" recently and I have a big princess dollhouse that I bought her for Hanukkah that I never gave her. I'm going to strategically place it in the basement because that's where my sewing room is and I'm hoping to get her to spend more time down there with me!
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Another thing she's been doing is fibbing a bit here and there. At first it was to avoid trouble, like when I ask her if her panties are a little bit wet when she has to go potty. She'll say "no but don't come feel them." Or if I ask her if she had one glass of milk or two she might say one when it was really two (I know we're crazy to limit her milk but she would drink two gallons a day and never eat any food!). Last night I was busy with Alex and she wanted dessert. I asked her if she finished her dinner and she said yes and I didn't believe her. She had totally finished it. I never really anticipated this fibbing issue so I haven't really thought about how to handle it. It's really only come up in the last week or two. I have to figure out a response that I can be consistent about... and soon!
Friday, March 07, 2008
Talia and Ron are crying because they are scared to go on a rollercoaster. Talia, Alex and I have high pigtails. Talia is wearing pants and sandals.
She made this for a friend at school. Next to the family drawing is a big loopy rollercoaster.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Talia had the WORST time going to sleep last night. She naps at school on MWF and we have the most awful time getting her to go to sleep before 10pm. Last night there were major hysterics, of the type we haven't seen in a long time ("I don't want to sleep in my bed, I don't want to be alone, My tummy hurts, etc."). Sometimes kids have sleep trouble before they reach a new milestone. I can only hope she's about to cure cancer. Or win the Nobel Peace Prize. Or learn to read. Or use scissors properly.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
swap-bot. I pulled this little one together (it's about 12 inches by 14 inches) and machine quilted it with wavy lines (my specialty since I don't have a darning foot or any such attachement for my sewing machine-- I keep thinking I'll be getting a new sewing machine so I never buy the attachment for $20 but I'll never be able to choose a new machine...). Then I find out that the receiver of this swap is MIA and I can't print her address from the internet so... perhaps I'll be keeping this one. Love the birds on the wire fabric. Love all bird fabric, actually. Now I'm trying to throw together a little baby quilt for a friend who is due really soon. This is all in addition to the Four Seasons Quilt Swap and The Spring Fling Round Robin...
Actually, this is just from a Rachel Ray episode. The cucumber salad was nice and tangy, the mushrooms and scallions were definitely yummy and both dishes were very easy to make. The third dish was a hoisin noodle/ veggie stir fry bowl. Mine came out kind of spicy so I poured the rest of the vinegar-y dressing on it, which cooled it off a bit. I don't know if I would make that again but definitely the mushrooms and cucumbers...