Christmas and Craftiness

I have been crafting up a storm over here! But you can’t see any of it until AFTER CHRISTMAS.
I am very excited to announce that 90% of my presents are homemade this year! I really think that is a record for me!
I have always loved making gifts, but since expanding the kinds of crafts I do, I have been able to practically eliminate store bought gifts.
I dearly love giving presents, and by making most of them I have been able to keep my cost lower, and thusly, give more.

There are some Dragon’s involved, and other crochet items, and my first attempts at homemade ornaments! I am making three different kinds, and I am very excited about them all.

Prior to Christmas gift making I did start working an making a few pairs of pants for myself. My favorite slacks were biting the dust, so I took them apart and used them as a pattern for some new ones!

All pinned and read to cut!

All pinned and read to cut!

I was quite displeased with the first ones I made (pictured here), but the second ones turned out alright and I wear them regularly. I have two more that I want to make, then I will show you the progression. All in all I think it’s going to be great for me. I have a very hard time finding slacks that I like, and now I can make indefinite pairs that should fit perfectly.

I really need to find some more awesome plaid to make another pair like the originals though. I loved my funky pants!

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Thanks to Lala I have been re-computered! And it’s fabulous.

You can’t write a blog post on an Ipod, turns out.

So what have I been doing you ask? Well, we are very blessed to have lots of vacation time in our lives. We were able to go to California when Drake was a couple months old and see family, whilest relaxing in warm SoCal. It’s was delightful. We also spent some time on the Oregon coast this fall. The husband and I have decided we want to live by the ocean. It’s so wonderfully peaceful there. We would get up and eat breakfast, then go for a nice long walk on the beach while Drake took his first nap in the Moby wrap while mom carried him. Delightful for all!

Drake has been a total trouper about all the traveling. He gets tired of being in the car, but he has put up with lots of missed naps and driving hours after his bed time.

Here are some pictures of our fantastic adventures!

First trip to Disneyland!

First trip to Disneyland!

He basically napped the whole time, but he would wake occasionally and look at all the bright colors. My dear friend Mollie says Drake is crazy spoiled since he got to go to Disneyland at just two and a half months. =)

The whole family on the beautiful Oregon coast!

The whole family on the beautiful Oregon coast!

He loves the Moby Wrap more than anything! Nothing like being snuggled while mom and dad explore!

In the evening we would walk along the beach and pick up these little guys. We frequently found live ones as well, which are amazing!

Our Sea Stars collection!

Our Sea Stars collection!

All in all it was pretty fun Summer! Course, the two of us are excited about just about anything we get to do with our little man. =)

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I live!

It’s been a long absence from my blog, but I am attempting a come back now!
My little one is currently trying to take a nap in his bouncy chair. I say trying because he is not a fan of having to sleep by himself, but he is so tired that he is doing it anyway. And I am taking a few moments to work on my latest project with BOTH hands ;), a rare treat for me!
I am loving motherhood! Babies are awesome (and exhausting). I love watching baby Drake figure things out (even when it’s him figuring out how to make me hold him all day and all night. My child? Yes, yes he is.). It’s amazing to see them becoming whole people, watch him try to communicate with me, and get to see him smile for the first time. The other day he started trying to talk back to me when I was playing with him. He worked pretty hard to get those noises out!

Surprised baby is surprised!

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My confession of a less than perfect parent: All the yummy candy!

This post was written for inclusion in the May blog carnival hosted by One Fit Mom. Today, participants share their funny, honest and even poignant confessions of how they are less-than-perfect parents (or parents-to-be). Please read to the end of the post to see the full list of links to other carnival submissions.

I eat pretty healthy most of the time. I love fruits and garden fresh veggies, eat a good amount of protein, I avoid fast food (except burgers…I love big juicy hamburgers), and crave salads on a regular basis. I feel better if I eat better, so it’s never been hard to convince me to eat my carrots. I have especially been good since I got pregnant at the end of last summer. I’ve eaten well balanced meals, came up with good snacks to take to work that were high in vitamins, protein, and other such nutrients, and generally avoided refined flours (it helped that they didn’t taste good the first half of my pregnancy)
I also happen to like sugar, but since there is no food value at all, I restricted sugar for occasional desserts, where I feel it should be. and honestly I spent more time craving a glass of wine than anything sweet (Not that I would complain if it came with a bar of salted dark chocolate…).
Now, having said that: I have eaten more candy in the last month than in the previous YEAR.
It’s true, and I’m not done yet. I want Smarties, Runts, Necco’s, Nerds, and the list goes on. Milk shakes are my BFF, and peanut M&M’s are the new standard for work snacks with protein. Pure sugary goodness is all I want.
Now, I still try to get as much protein as I can (while only being able to eat about 3 bites of anything at a time). I would eat steak 3 times a day if our budget would allow it. Eggs and cheese are still high on the list too, but the days of healthy snacks between meals have vanished over the last month.
I’m tired of making myself food, and I just want a bowl of ice cream.
The best guilt trip I’ve found was in one of my pregnancy books: “Now just because it’s your last trimester, don’t give up on eating well!” That is, ironically, exactly what I’ve done.
I try to curb my desire to simply down a bag of potato chips with a nice cold coke, but being in labor (albeit early stages) for weeks will suck your willpower to go make those eggs every morning, and fry up those veggies for your afternoon snack. And honestly I just sit there sometimes and wish I wasn’t hungry for once so I didn’t have to go make food, and I could just ignore it like I use to. Now I have to plan enough snacks throughout the day that I don’t get weak or queasy.
Fortunately the child will be here any day now, and I promise I will jump back on the healthy wagon. But for now, I’m going to go eat some cookies, and maybe have a glass of chocolate milk.

Other submissions:

Cassie at Mama PhD ‘N Training discusses her cloth diapering dilemmas, and how they might be interfering with the progress of her dissertation.
Carmen at I Love Being Mom shares the guilt and relief that came with the end of her breastfeeding relationship.
Cheryl at Mommy & Co. learns firsthand why her mom may have made some of the parenting mistakes she did.
Vicky at TGAW shares some of the hilarious mishaps of computer programmers turned parents.
Carli at One Fit Mom reveals an amusing list of her best, er, worst parenting transgressions.

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I wanna buy new clothes.

My wardrobe is in sad shape. And by sad shape I mean SAD SHAPE. It’s about 2 years over due for an overhaul, and the future is not looking bright for it. I have practically nothing that doesn’t look and feel like it’s falling apart, and non of it matches or is the style I like now.
I had talked to husband about doing a serious revamp once I got a job, and he thought it was a great idea. Unfortunately the job didn’t happen until I was already preggo, so there really is little sense in buying new clothes now.

And so my wardrobe sits. Horribly warn and full of holes. I removed all of the unwanted clothing from  my closet because I just didn’t want to see it anymore, (I chose not to throw it out just yet, since I will have an awkward phase after baby and before I will be able to wear my favorites again.) but it practically left me with nothing.

Instead of actually buying the clothes, I’ve been Pinning a board with the style and cuts I want. This way I will be able to find the things that I like, but won’t be spending money on things I won’t be able to wear anyway!

I especially like this one:

And I can’t wait to add some sweater dresses. Like this:

I have seriously been considering buying the shoes I want before I am done. I figure those don’t change sizes like the rest of me is. What do you think?

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Where in I tell you all about how uncomfortable I am…And you get to see the bulging belly.

Sorry for the extended periods of silence over here. I am coming to the end of my pregnancy, and it’s really taking it’s toll on anything that doesn’t involve sleeping, peeing, and eating. 😉

I feel like I have had a pretty easy time of it (being pregnant that is). I have been tired, hungry, etc., but nothing to severe like some women I have been around. I was able to work out at the gym, sometimes to the angst of my beloved husband (weighted squats are good for you!!!) I was tired my first trimester when I was working crazy amounts of hours, but once the second job ended I was pretty well set! I haven’t had any weird food cravings, and my energy has been reduced for sure, but still there.

But I’m starting to feel it now. Baby is quite rambunctious. He has always kicked at what ever happens to touch my stomach. Boxes, arms, seat belts, and he kicks the bed until he is tired at night. It wasn’t so bad when he was only 1 1/2 lbs. I could even sleep through it! Now he will brace his feet against my ribs and “jump” off the bed, which results in hilarious alien like contortions of my stomach (and hysterical laughter from the two of us), difficulty sleeping, and very tender spots on my abdomen. I have been having braxton hicks, and “false labor” daily, and working on my feet is only making it worse. I started fighting restless legs a couple months ago, but was able to keep it mostly under control until the past couple weeks. It’s enough to drive a person insane! And even if I can sleep through it, my legs are sore and tender the next day from the weird muscle contortions. And last but not least, the insanely small amount of room I have in my stomach make eating meals practically impossible, and normally followed by hours of heart burn.

I am very grateful that the first part of my pregnancy was easy. And I know this is a short lived phase, though still quite unpleasant. And I’m sure the discomfort will all fade when I get to see his little face!

Almost there…

Last week. 31 weeks!

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Ironically posted after the “No more sewing” post.

Here are a couple projects I had done before the end of the year.

Both people must forgive me for the delay in getting their gifts to them. I was a zombie for about three months there, and then I was working tons (almost full time. Don’t judge…)

But they are done now and have been sent off!

The first is a purse I made my my D.F. The Debsters. She picked out the material for this awesomely classy and fun clam-shell purse.  And now I sorta want one for myself.

She chose to line it with awesomeness as well:

How cute are these flowers!

The other project was for my cousin.

She just had her first baby, and wanted his room done up African style.

I personally think this is the cutest Giraffe print ever:

It's very soft and snuggley.

Bumper pad, pillow, and blanket.

And last but not least, these are the hats I made for my little one.

This one is a newborn size, so we will keep his head warm, and have dino spikes to boot!

This one should be big enough for him to wear this coming fall. Nothing like planning ahead! And I really felt like we needed more dinosaurs going on here. =)

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