Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Whats up with my three posts in one day too? I'm on a roll. No stopping me now!
The fine details...
My sister in law, a teacher, also has been pimping my beaded lanyards for me at her school of employment. I have done TONS of these for just about all the teachers in her school and have even made matching bracelets. Here are a few of those. These are not sterling for cost reasons.
This one is shades of amber, brown, and green with gold accents.
The matching double strand bracelet.
Same lanyard, in a purple, green, clear, and pink combination.
This one is multi-colored. It is my favorite.
One other thing I have done that I enjoy, but takes me a bit longer is embroidering clothing for my daughter. I have embroidered and embellished jeans and such for her. My favorite is the flower hem jeans. She has since outgrown them and they sold on ebay for a nice price. I have not made these for anyone else at this point, but would do so if there was ever an interest.
The hem of the jeans was embroidered and embellished all the way around. I love the little bee...
This is the pocket of the jeans where I thought a cute little sunshine should live.
The shirt was purchased at Target and the jeans were embroidered by me to match the print.
The details. Kinda rough, but it was my first attempt and done freehand. No machines here...
So, there it is. My shameless promotion of my craft. I do it for fun, to relax and to fill a void, if there ever is one. I find it to be mind numbing in a way and a good way to veg and escape all the day to day hub bub. Let me know what you think!!
This past Saturday, Memorial Day weekend, the pool that we are members at, opened. Needless to say, the kids were chomping at the bit to go for the first swim of the season. It is usually always pretty cold the first few weeks and this weekend was no exception. The water was frigid. Didn't stop my two though. I didn't even wear my bathing suit. I knew there was NO WAY I was getting in that water. Short of a kid drowning, it just wasn't going to happen for me. I watched kid after kid jump in and swim, then get out literally turning blue. No thanks. My two were right there with the rest of 'em. Here are some photos from their first dip in the pool. As for me... I will wait until the water reaches at least 78 degree before I even dare a swim.
Harrison getting his "Shark Tail" fin on his feet. Pretty cool toy, but he hasn't quite got it figured out yet.
Maia ventures into the kiddie pool. Slowly.
Once again, Maia wins the photo wars with Mom. It is just easier to catch her sitting still I suppose. I thought she looked cute laying in the sun on her towel.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I am so bummed out about all of this. I am barely 36 and the last thing you want to be told is that you have a disease that could cost you your vision one day. Chances are, with proper treatment, that won't happen, but it is more of a chance than I had before all of this. I am now on an eye drop that I will have to use everyday, twice a day, for the rest of my life. I know, I know, it could be much worse. I know of lots of people who would trade places with me in a heartbeat, to have this problem. I guess I should concentrate on the positives, such as having caught it before it progressed and became a bigger issue. Most people don't know they have it until their vision is permanently affected. I guess I should just stop my bitchin. I have to have the pressure in my eye checked on a weekly basis for a while to see if the drops are working their magic. Say a prayer for me, will ya??
Sunday, May 18, 2008
At "Kids Cove" which is themed like Noah's Ark. It is awesome!! And Free!!
The Sleeping Beauty Cake made by Wendy Coffey of "Coffey Cakes", looks good tastes even better!!!
Maia and her best buddy, Ryan. Isn't he a cutie??
Maddy, Kristin, Katie, and Mary - Kate singing "Rain rain go away".
These little girls are in Maia's preschool class.
Let me tell you, the girl knows how to have a birthday. We went to dinner the other night with my in-laws where she opened a few gifts, had a birthday brownie and was sung too. She received a bouquet of flowers and a balloon. The child has gotten more flowers delivered to her in her short five years that I have had in my entire 35 years! She is loved and does she know it! Her little friend Ryan and his mom took her out to lunch Friday after pre-school and then they had a playdate the rest of the afternoon. Live it up girl! Now the party tomorrow. She knows how to drag out a birthday, huh? That's my girl. Here is a photo of her on our porch before school on May 16th. Ain't she cutie?
Yes, I do have two children. I will devote equal time to Harrison. I just can't ever get him to sit still long enough to get a photo of him. Enough of the birthday girl for tonight. I am wiped out and need to go to bed so I can party tomorrow with my princess.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Funny, it rarely rains in May around here. Today, the weather is EXACTLY how it was the day Maia was born. Raining and cool. I remember leaving to go to the hospital to have her. I was induced because I have pre-eclampsia and my blood pressure just wouldn't cooperate. Her original due date was May 19, 2003. May 16 ended up being her birthdate and just so happens that it was also the day my Grandfather died 20+ years earlier. My mom said it was a day to celebrate her birth rather than morn his death. He would have LOVED my little Maia. She would have adored him. I did.
Miss Maia, as I have always called her, was born at 5:12 pm, just in time for dinner. I knew she would be. My midwife, Sue, had started the induction (no pitocin!!) and left to go home. I am a natural birther, so I was scared and anxious about the process since she was my second. I was wanting it to be over. Sue went home after the second induction process was going slowly. Little did I know how fast things would take off. I felt the first measurable pain at 3:20pm. They were 5 min. apart. By 4pm I thought the very life was going to be sucked of me ( I guess in a way, it was) the pain was so intense. No one was in the delivery room, just Chris and I. Sue had gone home to rest (she lived within a mile) and would be back later. She delivered my son and that was a 20 hour process. I guess she had no reason to believe things would happen so quickly. By 4:30 i was screaming for the nurse, Sue, a Dr. anyone who would listen really. They promptly made the call to Sue to return ASAP and ordered me not to push. Anyone who has had a natural delivery out there knows how virtually impossible this is. Well, long story short, Sue arrived just in time to deliver my beautiful baby girl at 5:12pm. She actually let me reach down once her shoulders were out and pull her to my chest. The little angel never cried the first time. Had her eyes open from the start, eager to take in the world. Funny how they are exactly the same once they are born as they were in utero. She was so determined to be born and so anxious to see all around her new world, very quiet and alert. Just as she is now. Though I think she tries to make up for the first few moments of quiet she gave us with her constant chatter. She has grown into a beautiful, vibrant and fun loving little girl. I am dreading while at the same time excited to see the wonderful woman she will become one day. I know she will do great things in her time.
She is spreading her wings, but I am not sure I am ready for her to fly yet. I want to hold her to me and keep her small for just a little longer. Happy 5th Birthday Miss Maia. Mommy loves you to pieces.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
So back to the original train of thought... I have been in my room putting away winter clothing and pulling out summer things. I have pulled out so many things that i don't want and now i have NO WHERE to stash it all until the big sale. UGGG. To look around my house, one would wonder just what in the world i have done. Doesn't look like much. I seem to collect stuff so there is always plenty each year for a yard sale. I am striving to have less stuff, but it seems the more i aim for this, the further away i get. Oh well, at least i won't go out of business anytime soon.
On a side note, i am so proud of myself. This is my second post in two days!! Way to go me!!
Friday, May 9, 2008
On another note, all of this illness led me to quit my second job working at JCrew call center. I just couldn't take another illness and figured my body was trying to tell me something. As stubborn as i am, i decided to listen. I must say, it is nice having my saturdays back. I worked there every single saturday for an 8 hour shift. Needless to say, my house suffered. My kids thought i was MIA and i was forced to deal with the quilt of sending them packing while Chris worked at the Skatepark (his second job) and I went to JCrew. We are all about family time now on saturdays, well, me and the kids that is. Its nice. They are glad to have their mommy back.
My angel Maia turns five next friday. Mommy is feeling nostalgic about this. She is my baby, and will be five, leaving me for kindergarten in the fall. I have to be strong because she is already telling me she is not leaving me for school. I am dreading the day. I am planning a big birthday bash for her at the local park that has an awesome playground. Most of her preschool class will be there and some of our other friends as well. Should be a day to remember. I will TRY to remember to post about that.
How do people get these blogs going and who reads them?? I think i have one person who actually looks at mine, and that Karen, would be you!! Anyone else out there?? Leave me a note so I don't feel this is all in vain. What is the purpose exactly?? An outlet for rambling on about life? For some, i see the purpose. Karen has family and friends all over the world, so it is a good way to stay in touch. Me??? NO CLUE!!! I can't even remember to post. It took me darn near an hour to figure out how to log in to make a new post!! Yes, i am slow. I guess it is a good way to voice an opinion or just ramble on about stuff. I need to quit being a slacker if i am going to be a blogger!!