Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Random Photos

[Some of you have trouble viewing my photos- this may happen if you are viewing them from a company computer.]












I know I've been slacking on my posts. Life has been busy, and I haven't really felt like writing. (Well, I feel like it, but I don't.. if that makes any sense!)

Hope you all have a wonderful Christ-filled Christmas!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

[Not So] Wordless Wednesday: Evangeline- 3 months old

Our sweet little sugar dumplin' hit the 3 month mark yesterday. Weeks are flying by in mere seconds, it seems. She has really great head/neck control and smiles a lot. She's a great sleeper. For the first few weeks of her life, I would feed her before I went to bed (10:30-11pm) and then again at about 4am. Now she often sleeps until six or seven in the morning, giving Momma a few extra morning winks! I cannot believe she sleeps through the night! (I think I hear a bunch of jealous mothers out there!)

She loves to have little chats with us. She coos, squeals, and gives us the cutest drooly grins.

Cloth diapering a bitty-baby (especially one that is 100% breastfed) is so much easier than cloth diapering a toddler. She's a very alert and aware baby. She does not like to sit in a diaper that is wet or soiled, so she lets me know when she needs a diaper change. Keagan is the sort that would marinate in his diaper and not care. (He does now, though! I think our adventures in potty training have had that effect on him.)

She's most alert in the morning when we first wake up and around supper time. She likes when we say words that begin with "puh" or "buh", so sometimes I repeat, "Pretty, pretty princesses blowing big blue bubbles," over and over and watch a smile stretch ear to ear!

She really is an easy baby. I'd say they've all been easy, but I'm pretty sure some of that belief is due to a forgetful mind and a bit of sugar-coating!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

"Sew Matchy-Matchy"

I've had this adorable apple & pear fabric I've been dying to use in a cute way. After seeing my friend use this same fabric on a super cute diaper cover for her daughter, I was tempted to do the same (and I still might with the leftovers), but was feeling sort of lazy and decided to do this instead:


The skirt waistbands are made from an old cotton knit t-shirt of mine (the sort you can purchase from Hobby Lobby). The boys shirts had staining down the center (messy eaters, I tell you!) and so these little faux ties made the perfect cover-up. I know it may seem a little feminine a fabric for a boy, but I know our boys can pull off these cute tie tees. Merikalyn loves her skirt, and Evangeline seemed to like hers as well.... although she was less enthused about the little cap I made.

Later I made two hairbows.... one for me and one for Merikalyn. I'm still considering adding a bit of this fabric to a t-shirt or something for myself.. but I haven't decided what yet.

Photos of the kids in their super cute matchy-matchiness to come!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Baby Comparison

A few have asked to see photos of my other babies when they were, well, babies to compare them to Evie. I see little flashes of my other children in some of her expressions, but she's got her own little look.



Nolyn, appx 2 months old


Nolyn, 9 months old


Merikalyn, 4 months old

Merikalyn, appx 2 months old


Keagan, appx 5-6 months


Merikalyn, 4 months old


Merika, 1-2 months old (with Uncle Chip)


Keagan, 3 months


Nolyn


Merika, a couple months old


Keagan- 3 1/2 months

And, of Evie:








What do you think?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A great week in photos

I've been super busy sewing. It's become an obsession, a part of every day. So, I made myself take a break yesterday.

And yesterday happened to be our wedding anniversary! Eight years of marriage (Nine years together), and I love him more today than the day I married him. I'm glad I can honestly say that.

Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos of us together. So you'll have to settle with a self-portrait.



Not quite as wonderful as a photo of both of us. He truly is my better half!

Life has been quite wonderful lately, and I have just felt like God has rained down His blessing on us so abundantly that I can hardly hold it all.

I mean, I have the most precious sweet cheeks! (She's TWO months old now!)







And I've had the privilege of sewing some super sweet diapers for some super sweet friends (and myself!):





And I've had some great fellowship with my family and friends over the last week. My heart is so full!



Dad/Poppa and Evie


Celebrating Granny's 75th Birthday!


Uncle Tommy hogging the baby.


My friend Kelly snuggling Evie (Kelly is expecting a little boy in April!) at our weekly playdate.

It's just been a great week! Thank You LORD! :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: I forgot to post these...

Now that Evangeline is (catch me, I just might faint) almost two months... (woah, feeling dizzy)... old... (get out the smelling salts)....

I thought I would share the shots I took when she was one month. Can't believe I didn't post these sooner!








Sometimes I snuggle her and try to describe the feeling to myself, but it just cannot be described. Her soft fuzzy noggin, those sweet cupid's bow lips, her tiny ears, dimpled hands, rolly-polly thighs....

*Sigh*

And so, the only words I can think of are, "Thank you, God."

So much for the wordless part of this Wednesday post!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Personalized Bracelets


Hey folks,

Looking for a nice, personalized gift for a birthday or Christmas stocking stuffer? How about a super cute personalized cloth bracelet by Mandy Mom? Email me:

talkto (at) mandymom (dot) com

Bracelets are $5 a piece, with $1 flat rate shipping within the USA no matter how many you order. (I can also ship to Canada, but I'm not sure of shipping prices.)



Here are the current fabric choices:
Mini Polka Dot (Gender Neutral)
Girly Polka
Flower Splash
Brown & Blue Damask
Original Camo
Blue Camo

(close-up photos of the fabric choices available upon request)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Saving Faith: The Surrender of Your Life to Christ

I'm really enjoying watching and listening to sermons of my favorite preachers, like Paul Washer, which is why I'll be posting quite a few this week. Here's a snippet I really loved- hits you in the heart! Happy Sunday! I hope your week is full of praise and worship to God!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sew Excited!

Just had to use a sewing pun, yanno.

It's finally in my possession: The Brand New sewing machine I have dreamed of having for years. You know how it is... you know it would be useful, but you end up using any extra money on other items (repairs, other tools, clothes for the kids..). But now... I have it. YAY!



I'm super thrilled with the machine I purchased (Brother, SQ-9000). I have yet to take it out of the box though, which might lead one to believe I'm not as head-over-heals as I claim, but I have read through the manual. I just didn't want to get it out and get really into it because it was late in the afternoon when we arrived home, the baby needed feeding and we had planned to watch a movie together (How to Train Your Dragon- CUUUTE!). Plus, I knew if I started sewing anything, you'd have to drag me away from it and nothing else would get accomplished (yanno, like supper....).

But, tomorrow? Post-church/lunch? I'm totally losing myself in thready goodness. I honestly felt like skipping out of the store singing, "My hubby just bought me a sewing maaachiiiiiiiinnnnne." Instead, I tried to reign in my bubbly cheer and act like an adult (which, is hard for me to do in general 90% of the time).

I did do a lot of mental squealing and cartwheels. (Which is good, because if I did a physical cartwheel, something or someone might get broken.)

Now that I've rung the spare change out of the budget (well, not really, but I hate dipping into savings), I'll have to sift through old clothes to find material to sew with. I did purchase a few patterns and a two yard of pretty fabric yesterday with plans to make something for the girls. What that may be, I'm unsure of. Pillowcase dresses are great starter projects to get myself familiar with the new machine. There's some super duper adorable pants I want to make for Merika and my niece, AJ. Maybe that'll be my second clothing project.

Here's the fabric:



(Also grabbed a bow to match to make the pillowcase dresses)

*Ladedah....* I may have to pull out the sewing machine post-supper (but then I'll be sleep deprived and half-asleep at church tomorrow.....).

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Create Your Own Pizza

Thank the Lord folks are feeling better in our household. I've been aching to do this little lunch activity, but it's just not fair to spring on the kiddos when one of the crew is sick and can't participate. It's a simple recipe. I planned on using English Muffins, but then came across Thomas' Bagel Thins, which were even better as the pizza crust.. and of course, I included different toppings.












Left to right, Keagan's, Merikalyn's, and Nolyn's. Mine didn't fit on the pan, so I had to watch them devour their nummies while mine baked up in the oven.





"Genius idea!" Nolyn squeals. "It's a pizza burger!"













Keagan decided the Pizza Burger idea was pretty darn nifty. He ate about 6 bites, which means he really liked it, since we usually manage an average of 3-4 bites per lunch. I don't know how the boy survives.





Deliciously cheesy. Yum!





Whilst plucking ingredients from the fridge for the pizza bagels, I saw a tube of Pillsbury rolls. I flattened them out, baked them, and (once cooled) topped with strawberry cream cheese, beaten chocolate (seriously, I beat a mini-Hershey's bar into crumbly submission), butterscotch chips, and sunflower seeds. It's just stuff I had around.



Kids enjoyed, and it wasn't crazy-sweet. A perfect ending to a create-your-own-adventure lunch.




The Best Day of My Life


"This is the best day of my life!" my son announces as we head off to the park (after giving me a huge squeeze). It doesn't take much to please him. Yesterday was the best day of his life because I made pancakes. The day before was the best day of his life because we watched his favorite movie. The weekends are the best day of his life because Daddy is off of work. Some days he just wakes up with a grin and says, "Today is going to be the best day of my life."

This is the attitude I've tried to implement in my life. I wake up in the morning, and I think, "Today is going to be the best day of my life."

When I read this post from Holy Experience, I felt myself nodding. Today is the Most Important Day of my life. Read it.