2 moms + 2 states + 2 jobs = 2 little time

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I Heart N.Y.

One of my best friends just had her second baby last week. Her older son in going to be 2 next month. Now, I know a  lot of mother's choose to have their children close together for a good reason, I am not one of those mothers. I think mothers who have children this close in age, are crazy  braver then me.
 We could not wait to get our hands on the little guy. Here he is with my Green M&M. She could not get enough. Being around new babies does put me in the mood to have one, then I go home to my children (who are 5 years apart on purpose) fighting over who gets to turn off the t.v., the mood quickly goes away. So when I say women who have kids close together are braver then me, I mean it. My friend Casey has decided to prove it. She is leaving for New York on Thursday. Why ? Because both her and her husband are originally from there. Let me break this down for you.

Cesarean on Thursday
Released from the hospital on Sunday
Packing and taking care of newborn and 2yr Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Drive to New York (with 1week old, 2 yr. old , 2 dogs and a husband) on Thursday
Did I mention-We Live In Illinois!!!
See what I mean by Crazy Brave.

 I picked up a couple of t-shirts at Goodwill, and made the boys matching hats for the trip.
My friend Shannon showed me a version of these hats. I changed it up a little bit and ended up with these.
Seriously, does it get any cuter?

Now, if only they would stay like this forever.
Happy Babies!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Aiden's Not-A-Box

A few weeks ago while we were visiting our library Aiden came across these wonderful books by Antoinette Portis called 'Not a Stick' and 'Not a Box'. Each story is about exciting and imaginative things you can do or make with ordinary objects. Aiden laughed and laughed when we first read them. Here's an animation of his favorite:

The books have also piqued his imagination. So much so that the other day he asked if he could have his own 'not-a-box.'
Well, of course you can, kiddo!!

So I took a box from work and he directed us on how to decorate it.

We painted it red

cut out some spacey sort of shapes

taped them on

and voila

A Rocket Ship Not-A-Box!

He and Polar Bear landed on Toy Planet where they found a huge bucket of cars.
Hope your summer adventures are just as exciting!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Made with Love!

After the death of my brother Sam, the local golf course decided to rename their parent child golf outing in his honor. It was held a couple of weeks ago, and I believe it is the biggest turn out they have had for this event ever.
One of Sam's favorite activities was golfing with his family. It is a great way to celebrate his life.
My mom had some really cute t-shirts made for the day, and I of course could not help but make this dress out of one for my Green M&M.

The shirts had photos of my brother golfing on the front.

I found this shirt with golfers on it at my local thrift store. It worked perfect for the back of the dress.
I added some orange polka dot ruffles to the bottom. Everything is cuter with polka dots!!

I think of Sam everyday and miss him so much. It is nice to have a day to celebrate him and the beautiful person he was with others.

My husband golfed with one of our good friends and his son.

There was some intense Tug of War after dinner.

Green M&M and I spent the day with my grandma. We are not golfers.
Happy Memories!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Another week gone!!!!

OK, I know I said was going to post more than once a week. Well, it looks like until school starts, once a week will have to do.

I have been doing some sewing and so have the kiddos.
Green M&M got a new sewing machine and asks everyday if we can sew. I Love It!! She even purchased her first fat quarter bundle. Blue M&M has been making drawstring bags. Pictures of those will come later.

Grandma got him a bird feeder kit. I think he did a great job. It is so nice when he reads the directions and figures it out all by himself.

We have been having such a good time enjoying the last few weeks of summer, I am just not doing a good job documenting all my projects. I promise to get back to craft post soon. For now you are stuck with our summer fun.

Blue M&M also had climbing camp this week. He is having such a great time, I think he would like it to last 2 weeks instead of one.
He has done really well and will probably be talking me into taking him climbing more often. Who knows maybe I will get off my lazy butt and climb too. Although I don't know if I want to be shown up by my 9 year old.

Grandma is coming with to  tomorrow. She is so afraid of heights, she will probably be uncomfortable just watching.

Happy Summer!!