Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I Surrender

... to Mother Nature. I am done stressing out and trying to get this baby to come out. If I've learned anything from the other two it's that NOTHING is going to make me go into labor, unless my body is ready to begin with. Besides, as soon as Callen gets here I'm permanently enlisted in more work and exhaustion, so I am just going to enjoy this time with my TWO kids, before they become starved for attention due to the "New Kid on the Block" ( OH, how I wish I were going to their concert this summer!).

HOWEVER. I am not one to just sit on my toosh and do nothing unless it's absolutely necessary, I get stir crazy, and bored, and it's not pretty.

For a while, I've been wanting a return address stamp that is round and customized, but they are expensive, and I'm cheap and poor, even more expensive when you have to get the ink refilled, etc. etc.

SOooooooooooo. Because I am focused on doing nothing more than spending time with the kids and doing mundane non stressful housework, I decided to sit down and just make a label I can punch out with my circle punches and use.

WHO WANTS A LETTER?! 'Cause I'm dying to use one!

They were pretty easy to do, and my favorite part is I can make them any color I want... which is great, because we've already established that I get bored super easily. 

I can't wait to stick something in mail!... It's the simple things that make me happy!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Distractions

I've been bustin' booty to get a few projects done before The New Kid gets here. I still have a couple tiny ones left, but for the most part.... I don't. Which means I'm bored and forced to do the mundane motherly things like, feed, bathe and clothe the kids (just kidding, well kinda), or mop the floors or do BLEH LAUNDRY! 

I bought a glider/ottoman for $20 on Craigslist.com when I was pregnant with Trevor. The seat foam finally deflated to about 1 cm. thick (not kidding). So I decided to make a new one, and then thought, well, the back needs to match. When Gramma and I started taking the back apart to get our pattern we realized that the batting was sewn to the individual pieces and that calls for WAY more work than I felt like, so I just went with a slipcover.  Gramma is the BEST. I would be lost trying to do stuff like this without her.  Here are the before and after.

Before
After 

I had a close up of the fabric, but I guess I deleted it. I LOVE it. Thanks to Hobby Lobby for always having cute fabric. It doesn't really match Callen's nursery, but I don't care that much, it's close enough. This is actually Trevor's crib, ignore it. Their room isn't done yet either. Just a few more things. 
I'm going to hand stitch a few darts in it to make it more fitted looking. Also, the foam is really a little too long and hangs off the end, so we are going to have to tweak that. All in all, it wasn't AS hard as I thought it'd be, and I'm pretty proud of myself for not giving up and ripping my hair out half way through.

I would also like to add that this whole project (Including the original price of the chair) cost me somewhere around $56.00. Yes, you heard me right! Who says you have to spend a crap ton of money to make your stuff look good? NOT, I,




Jam It Up!


My due date has come and gone (yesterday). Needless to say, I've been trying to keep myself busy and distracted as to the fact that I'm STILL with child. What else am I going to do? Sit on my keester and watch TV? IN MY DREAMS. I couldn't if I wanted to, HELLO, I have children.

I ran out of strawberry Jam early last week (we made a bunch last year). It was quite perfect timing too. While at Sam's Club, a few days later, they had strawberries $3.98 for a 2 lb package. So I called up dear ole' Ma and we made a date.

We eat A LOT of strawberry jam in this house. In fact, it's the only kind I eat on my PBJ's and on my pancakes. I'm weird. I know. I promise, I can not help it. It's a compulsion I have... I just can. not. do. it.

 So I made about 13-14 pints for about $12 (b/c we had jars, sugar and Sure Jell in bulk already). I would have gotten 3 jars of Smuckers Seedless Strawberry Jam for that price... HECK. YES.

My favorite part is that I know exactly was is in it and what goes into my babes mouths (even if that includes 7 cups of sugar per batch!). I had to make cute labels for the top, it makes my heart happy every time I look at them, and they are so quick and easy to do... WHY NOT?! I say!


SEE! Isn't that a much more pleasant view than the Ball or whatever it says on the lids!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Aaaahhhh!

 I lose things... A LOT. Ask anyone, they will tell you. It's not that I do it on purpose or am irresponsible. I usually put it in a safe place... a MUCH too safe place... and then fail to relocate it. 

Sometimes I am just in the middle of several other things and don't pay attention to where I set things down. 

Sometimes, I just have no excuse. 

Right now I am missing (my wedding rings... but I didn't lose them, they literally vanished). 

but really, I am missing the cord that connects my camera to the computer. BOO! I KNOW where I keep it, I don't mess around with the camera stuff... I think the kids must have found it and played with it. 

OR it could be in the pile of crap in the playroom that hasn't found a home yet.

REGARDLESS, I can't post anything else I've been up to until I have it. 

Furthermore, when my cute little baby boy finally decides to grace us with his presence, there won't be any memory left on the card to capture it all. I suppose I could buy a new memory card... but I don't feel like spending the extra cash on it right now. I will, if it comes down to it though, let's be honest! 

It's driving me insane not knowing where it is!  

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Freezer Meals



So I keep saying I'm going to make a few meals and stick them in the freezer for when the baby comes, and I have yet to do it. My excuse is that I don't know what will freeze well.

Then I got to thinking. Why in the world did I just now figure out that it's a great idea. I mean seriously, When Jeffrey is in school I don't do a ton of cooking, because the kids are picky and I'm exhausted, etc. etc. etc. and we end up eating brinner at least 2-3 nights a week, not counting cereal nights (which are frequent)... last night for example!

So I think I may start making it a regular thing. One Saturday a month I think I am going to make around 5 frozen dinner meals and then I have a freebie one day a week that I can just get it out and thaw it and pop it in the oven for the family and me! {Yes, that was said to the rhythm of Patty Cakes}. Don't judge.

So. Feel free to share any freezer friendly recipes with me, because I am low on them. I have Campbell's Cheesy Chicken and rice casserole, Ziti, Rigatoni, Chicken Tetrazzini... and then I'm all out... I may try some enchiladas or something too. But that's only one month!

Putting food in our bellies will bring peace {and energy, sanity, etc.} to my soul!

1-2-3 GO!

{and thanks a ton in advance!}

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I wish I could say I Quilt.

My friend Melissa suggested this blog a while back. Remind me to thank her for my lack of productivity due to blog stalking :) I have NEVER had the desire to quilt... until now. (Melissa is a GREAT quilter by the way).

I NEED this quilt... not one like it, THIS one. Fabric and all. I can not find the fabric anywhere. So I think I will just end up making one for Callen out of the fabric that will match his room and deny my obsession with this one... because I have to, OOOOH how life is unfair.

Until then, I still have to finish recovering the seat to my rocker, BUT I did get the back slipcover done, and it makes me happy to look at, just a few finishing touches and I'll show pictures!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mission Crib Sheet: Complete.

So this was fairly straight forward and easy, and it turned out that I actually had a pattern (and a Gramma) to help, but it was pretty easy... and SO much cheaper than buying one... woo hoo!

 Seriously. Easy peasy.
Step one: Measure 45" by 69" and cut it.
Step two: Fold corner diagonally and measure 9" sides (only on 2 sides) and then cut.
Step three: Take the corners and put right sides together and stitch.
Step four: fold and press 1/4" and then 1/2" seam.
Step five: Hem it all the way around leaving about 2" somewhere (not on a corner) so you can stick the elastic through.
Step six: put a safety pin on one side of the elastic and feed it all the way through (I used 3 yards, but didn't end up needing that much). Sew the ends of the elastic together when it's the right length.
 and VOILA! Your done.  Easy Peasy.

If my bulbous pregnant bellied self can do it... I promise, so can you!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Nursery Theme.

I like things that are unique. I'm not a fan of having things everyone else has, they lose their appeal and originality. I still like them, I just don't go so far as to obtain them.

When I was pregnant with Trevor I was in love with the Dwell Studio Circles nursery theme {still like it}. It got discontinued, and I didn't purchase the clearance crib bumper, etc. Because A- things were tight, and B- I knew he'd be sharing a room with Bailey and I couldn't bring myself to mismatch their room.

So I bought the Crib skirt, wall decals, and changing pad covers {even though I've never owned a changing pad... I don't know... I'm a little nuts!}

So I have been racking my brains trying to figure out what to theme Callen's room. I don't want to waste the money I spent, and I don't have the money to completely overhaul with a new theme. So I've been at an impasse.

Until Monday.

I stopped in Ross to see if they have any table lamps to adorn my living room with. They didn't. However, I went looking at sheets and stuff in the kids department {Bailey is moving up to a twin sized bed p.s.... I found a comforter for her for $13.99!} that I happened upon and HELLO!

I found this entire sheet set {the guitars} for $9.99. I thought to myself. Seriously? There is so much fabric in there... a double bed sheet set... including..... 2 pillow cases, a fitted and flat sheet, for $10?!

SO, I lobbed it in the cart and told my old man, "Don't judge, I'm saving you money."

When I got home, I busted out the crib skirt to confirm that they work and they totally do. So it looks like I have a new theme for Callen's room and plenty of fabric to customize anything else I'd like. My favorite part, is that no one else will have the same nursery theme... that I know of, and let's face it.... that's the important part! Ignorance is bliss!

I shall post these projects as they are completed. The first thing will most definitely have to be a fitted crib sheet.... shouldn't be TOO hard right? Heh... right....we'll see!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Project Carseat Canopy: Complete

Ok.  So I'm going to avoid telling you how long ago I started this project.
I lied.
I started it months ago. That's plural, as in more than one month ago. It has been finished except for attaching the velcro straps onto the body.  Seemingly easy, but for some reason crap like that is mentally overwhelming to me; and by crap like that I mean measuring and figuring out exactly where to place them.
I'm a fan of tutorials that tell you these things, but I merged two different tutorials together to get the end result I wanted. I contemplated doing the ones with the fronts that open, but I just did not feel like dealing with the extra work.

It still feels like it's missing something to me, so I'm sure I will go back and add something later on, but for now, with my impending delivery, it's DONE. Stay tuned, Saturday I finish the slipcover for my Glider/ottoman.... or at least make some progress on it.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Motherhood.

I'm Mormon. However, Mormon or not, this is a fantastic message. It's one we all need to hear from time to time. Me, Myself and I sometimes forget that I'm not alone. I forget that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and has an enormous amount of trust in me to raise the sweet spirits He has sent to our family.  This both makes me feel like I'm capable, and it scares the crap out of me, but afterall- no one knows me better than Him. That said. I hope this message touches  you as much as it has me.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Nurture vs. Nature- It's not what you think.

Today is one of those days of desperation. As I am wrangling my darling, innocent and mischievous son from climbing on the table {his new favorite pastime} and as Bailey's begging to watch TV despite the fact that she's been sitting down for around 2 hours in the car while we run errands and I try my darndest to keep Trev asleep in the car- I am ready to rip my hair out. BIG SHOCKER, I know.

Then I think to myself something along the lines of "HOW IN THE HELL AM I GOING TO GET ANYTHING DONE, IF THESE KIDS DON'T LEAVE ME THE FREAK ALONE!!!!"

That thought led to "why is it on the days I am or try to be most productive because there is a ton to do, I just can not keep it together!? Why can't they just behave so that I don't go NUTS and can wash some of my flipping underwear!?"

Which led to- "Oh CRAP, HOW am I going to do this with a BABY?!"

Followed by- "This seems to be a trend. Maybe the nature of the momster beast in me just blames them and gets frustrated because I feel pressured to get things done (particularly now, that I'm about to bust open with baby) and they are just being kids so I get cranky, then they get whiney because I'm not providing for their needs, and am more worried about getting crap done."

I'm neglecting to nurture because of my nature. So I need to find some balance and not worry about things like clean underwear ....

{seriously, I'm out. I had to drive across town to the old house because all the detergent got left over there, so I crammed my fat mom butt into some saran wrap sized ones to make it through the day... and nothing makes me more cranky than being uncomfortable!}

.... and unpacking crap that it's not going to kill us to look at in boxes, or sleeping {since I'm not going to get much anyway in the near future}


And there you have it folks nurture vs. nature. I need to let some crap go and nurture my kids a little more and say to hell with the rest of it, because years from now, it's not going to matter if the mailbox key, a spice rack, laundry and trivial crap that seems important now, ever got done.

So Nurture it is.

 I think I need to put several of these throughout my house.PSP07237a.jpg
  I truly do like it a lot, but once things turn super trendy- they tend to lose appeal to me... but it holds true and is a good reminder nonetheless.

The End.... finally, I know.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pardon Me....

for the random and ever changing blog design. I change my mind and get bored easily. But mostly, I got on to blog last night, and the blog background was no longer there... which is UBER lame. So My apologies while I update. Thanks :)

Backyard Shenanigans

Oh. this. heat. 

... is ridiculous, especially when incubating a human. Wellll, we just moved (literally this past weekend) and our rental house has a nice big back yard. 

What does this mean? 

We are the proud new owners of a $10 kiddie pool, compliments of Gramma! It is THE. BEST. THING. EVER. 

Day 1: Surviving the Summer

On Monday we went out back to play and it was hot as Hades. Really, boiling.  It was interesting to watch the differences in behaviors of the boy spawn and girl spawn (I use the term lovingly, I promise).

Trevor is ALL boy. I know he doesn't look it here, but he was FILTHY. Bubbles and dirt adorned his T-shirt as well as every other inch of his body. 

  
He was not the least bit squirmish to jump in and dig in this whole in the back yard (probably from the previous tenants dog, in which I thank them, for providing endless entertainment for my children). In fact, we were at The Home Depot last night and Jeffrey wanted to get filler dirt to fill it in. I advised him that, that was not in his best interest. 


Love this expression. He is having a BLAST.... dirt and all. 

Bailey on the other hand, was content to blow bubbles and neatly dig in the whole, but whined when she got too hot, etc. etc. Ya know, typical girlish behavior, don't get me wrong, she doesn't mind so much getting dirty, but she doesn't ENJOY getting dirty, or hot.  She started hamming it up for the camera doing this manuever with her hands.... that NEVER, LET ME REPEAT.  NEEEEEEEVER happens. So I snapped as many as I could and was in such a hurry I didn't wait for it to focus. C'est Lavie. 


Day 2 

Yesterday, we busted out the kiddie pool. Heck yes! Now THAT is the way to go. I put on my mismatched maternity bathing suit top with a too small non maternity bottom and sat in a chair with my snausagey toes- yes you heard me, snausegey- like little snauseges... I don't know it just came out. Just go with it- resting on our broken cooler as Bailey dipped a cup in the water and came and poured it on me. I almost felt guilty, like I was endorsing child labor or indentured  servitude!  I was staying cool, catching rays, and my kids were entertained without me having to entertain them. 


HOWEVER. I learned a valuable lesson. USE A WATER HOSE TO FILL THE POOL UP. I didn't feel like getting the hose from the front of the house so I just pulled the pool to the spigot. I only filled it up about 3-4 inches max... but I could barely move that sucker! I got it about 4-5 feet from the spigot. Sooo- YES. My children played right by the trash cans like the redneck spawn they are.


Bailey decided to use cups to pour water in the hole. Trevor decided to dig up the mud and put it in the pool. Then sit in the hole, and get in the pool
 Furthermore, I couldn't find a swimmie diaper for Trev so I put a regular one on him... not wise, but I figured if he had to poop, at least it would be contained! It was bulging out the back and the little beady things were going into the pool, but, did they care? Not.at.all. 

So. Redneck as it may be we are thoroughly enjoying this new backyard, it just may be how I survive the summer, having three kids. 

They were so worn out that they both not only ate dinner, but went to bed fairly easily! Heck, yes!

What do you do with your kids to beat the heat and keep them entertained? Do you have regular movie days inside, go to the pool, beach, park, or other recreational places? I'm up for ideas, particularly cheap ones!

That's my end note. Well Actually, THIS is my end note.... who can resist some baby butt crack?!

The End.