14 September 2014


What do you do when the drawers under your bed fall apart? If you're 3, you turn the empty space into a nice, cozy, hide-away.

Not that she stayed hidden away for long. But she did tell me that she was going to sleep in there. I didn't argue with her because I remember dragging my pillow and blankets in the closet to sleep. In the end, she decided that her bed was much more comfortable.

Now for the grandparents, here is our baby laughing:


30 August 2014

The Kids (Yes, plural)

Kaylee is now 7 months old. She has two teeth, loves to smile and laugh, and scoots around on her butt a lot. She is almost crawling, and can pull herself up to stand. She may skip the crawling altogether and go straight to walking.

Emma is 3. She loves to climb things, spin, and run. She likes dinosaurs, trains, and cats. Sometimes she will help wash or feed Kaylee, but most of her interactions involve the phrase "No, Kaylee, don't grab it."

They do enjoy having tummy time together though.

27 August 2014

Pop Culture Funnies

Letters, memos, text messages, diary entries, and online forums are just a few of the formats that the correspondences take in Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: and other pop culture correspondencs.  The pop culture references range far wider then I expected. From the titular Star Wars to Jaws and The Walking Dead to the Superbowl to The Eagles and Lenard Cohen, plus a lot more. There's reference for every genre (movie, music, tv) and decade, starting from the 1950s on. While I enjoyed this book, I'm not sure of its fit in my library. The other few pop culture books we have do not check out much, except for How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You, so there may be hope for it.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

3.5 Stars Because all humor is subjective and some things were just funnier then others.

01 August 2014

Returning to Art

I am not an artist, artist, but I like creating art. I'm one of those people who doodles in the margins. Colored pencils are easy to use, they're very portable, they come in lots of variety, and you can use them on just about anything. I've always been a bit frustrated with them though, because I haven't been able to get the same type of richness and depth out of them that I see other artist do. The New Colored Pencil book by Kristy Ann Kutch explains how to do that, and you don't have to have the most expensive, made for the serious artists only, pencils.

Kutch reviews different types of colored pencils, wax based, water-soluable, and wax pastels, and explains how they work on different surfaces and how which techniques work best with them. She even has a chapter on how to mix them together. I love all the charts and tables. There are many techniques, new to me, that I will be testing out.

4 stars.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

04 October 2013

The Pregnancy Post

For those of you who aren't family and haven't seen my husband's posts on Facebook, here's the big announcement. I'm Pregnant!

Baby number 2 is due on Feb. 2nd. We are having another girl. Her name will be Kaylee Seraphina.

This pregnancy has been full of anxiety and weeping, especially in the first trimester. I was freaking out about all sorts of things, miscarriages, chronic illnesses, deformities, moving, clothes, food. I was a very hard person to live with. I'm over most of that now, I think. At least I haven't broken down over the thought of wearing the same 2 skirts and 2 pants for the rest of my pregnancy in over 3 weeks.

I am all mixed up about what to expect from the doctors and the hospital though. With Emma, I went to the birthing classes early and then watched a lot of birth preparation videos in Japan, but the Japanese have a completely different attitude towards birth then the United State does. They are very much into natural child birth, but they use a lot of meditation, relaxation, and massage techniques for labor.  They had a video of dolphins and aromatherapy candles in the delivery room.

I often think that if I had had Emma in the States, the doctors would have given me a C-section, or least forced some extra drugs on me, because of how long my labor took. I don't want to have the exact same experience as I had in Japan, but I also don't want to be forced into something I may not need. From things I've read and people I've talked to, it seems like that happens a lot, especially in hospitals. But the hospital is the only option I have here. There are no birthing centers and my insurance won't cover a midwife/home birth.

Should I be worried about this? Or is this just my pregnancy anxiety morphing from many issues into one?

15 September 2013

What I've been doing all summer

So back in April, when it was decided that Mark would go back to school, I thought that it might be nice if there was a way we could earn a little extra money. Yes, he's also got a part-time job, but all those funds are going directly to school, so it's not like we have any more for things like Christmas and birthdays. I started looking into opening an Etsy store. I've spent most of my summer working on these crochet bags to sell. (I also played with the idea of knitting socks and gloves, but the first sock was terrible and took way too long.)
This one with the waves is my favorite, so far. I'm going put a chain strap on it and maybe some sea creature charms. It depends on what I can find at the craft store.

Emma's favorite is the brown flower bag. Whenever she re-discovers it, it spends the day with her around her shoulder or neck.

This is one that I ran out of yarn with. It'll be finished someday, when I can get more of the green color. I have a large, see-through, bag of yarn, and sometimes when I think two colors match in the bag, they don't actually when I pull them out of the bag. It's often a subtle difference, like between egg white and snow white. Most times you can't tell the difference, unless they're right next to each other.

I'm not sure about this one. I was trying to make a bag with a broader base, but I don't think this yarn is sturdy enough for it. To me, it looks like a hat where the pattern got put on upsidedown.

I was planning on opening an Etsy store at the beginning of September. You can see how well that worked out. Now, I'm shooting for the beginning of October. I'm put a link up here when I'm officially open.

13 April 2013

Adventures in Sewing

A few weeks ago Mark and I were discussing the state of Emma's pajamas. She has two, one pink and one blue. They are both in good condition, but Emma has been growing. These are footy pajamas, so they can be hard to squeeze into once a certain height has been reached. Emma was getting close to that height.

Mark has several old T-shirts that we've held onto for possible costumes or other fabric needs. I'd already snatched two to turn into a new dress for Emma (more on that later). So I found a third one and, in about half and hour, turned it into a nightgown.

 Its a little long, but it works, and should last for a long time. She is amazed that she can see her toes when she lies down.

The nightgown was a quick and dirty sewing job. I cut the sleeves down and took a couple of inches off the side seams. The dress was suppose to be a better fit.

As you can see, the front is really big. It hangs off her shoulders and the neckline is far too deep. I'm disappointed with this because I measured her and read a lot of crafter's blogs on how to take adult T-shirts and turn them into children's dressed. I didn't have a pattern. And she was dressed and a bit wiggly when I measured her. I'd really like to fix it so that she can wear it without someone constantly watching to make sure she doesn't flash anyone. The only solution I can think of is to cut out a new front piece. But that's a lot of unpicking that I would like to avoid. Does anyone have another solution to suggest?