Thursday, May 26, 2011

Yay organization

I saw an idea of organizing fabric into mini-bolts and decided to try it out. I got a pack of 100 comic book boards at the mall and started wrapping last night.
Unfortunately I ran out of boards! The bottom three cubbies still need wrapping.
This is my favorite cubby. It's my purse fabric.
All the nice and neat cubbies.
And the bottom ones, which show the huge difference aesthetically and organizationally.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday pictures

We had a nice Sunday today. Sacrament meeting went well, nursery was pretty good (Adam stayed with me and Daniel most of the time too which was nice), both kids napped, I got to read a book that I ended up really enjoying. We also had some family time on the patio because it was so beautiful outside, and both kids ran around a bit.
I caught Katrina with a funny expression there, but she was trying to smile or say cheese I think. These two plants we bought from the Boy Scouts. One is a strawberry plant, and I think the other one is flowers. Katrina loves to stare and them and "watch them grow," and so I had to snap some pictures.
Daniel was darling in his little seersucker outfit and loved doing laps around the big bush.







Caught the kids in a scuffle over the dog stuffed animal.
So neither kid really has much in the way of summer pajamas. Daniel just wears normal clothes, and Katrina usually wears a tank top with shorts. I have a stack of old clothes I keep in order to repurpose them, and so I decided to make them some dedicated jammies from some of my old shirts. This blue one was a polo but I cut off the collar to line the sleeve holes.
The only problem is that they are sewn closed at the bottom because I've run out of snaps, and so this is definitely a nighttime-only outfit because you can't access his diaper. Also, it's pretty funky looking, but works just fine for pajamas, so I don't care.
For Katrina I made a nightgown. Now hers has a really deep V-neck, so I am planning on sewing in a triangle of fabric to make it a bit more modest and to keep it from falling off of her, but I didn't want to try to take it off of her after putting it on, so I'll sew that on later.
She really liked the sides of the shirt that I cut off, which included the sleeves, so she stuck her head in the armhole and made herself a chic scarf.

Monday, May 16, 2011

New dresses for me!

I made myself two dresses this weekend from stretchy knits. I will start with the second dress, because it ended up pretty cute. Yes, the fabric is bright pink!
I pretty much hate how my body looks, but I like the dress.


And here is the second dress, which I only show because what's the use of a good craft fail if nobody gets to appreciate it? The problem with this one was that I followed the instructions for making the pattern fit and added several inches to all the seams, and then tried it on and realized how huge it was, so I had to take in all the seams. The bodice ended up crooked and too low, and so I added some eyelet fabric to try to have a higher neckline. The eyelet keeps flopping open, and I don't plan on fixing it, since frankly, this dress looks horrible on me! I have a hard time knowing which styles will look good on me, but this one is definitely not one.



Anyway, bedtime, tomorrow is going to be a long day, so I need to get sleep.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Phew, Sunday

Since the camera was still sitting on the washing machine, I snapped some pictures while getting ready this morning. First, my hair immediately after being dried. This is what I not-so-affectionately call my mushroom hair.
Then after I straightened it. I really like this look. I just don't like having to style my hair everyday. At least I know I can like it if I just am willing to put some effort in.

Church today was pretty good. The kids are much easier to deal with these days, which makes it actually possible to make it through church without Adam. Daniel actually sat on the bench from the beginning until Sacrament without getting wiggly! I brought his pillow pet turtle, which is probably why. After that things got trickier, but stickers entertained them pretty well. Daniel has become less shy, and he thinks one of the most fun games ever is running away from Mommy. I had to balance keeping an eye on him with ignoring him whenever he started to wander, because if I wasn't watching, he would only go a short distance away and then come back. But if he saw me looking at him or coming to get him, he's giggle, run, and then cry when I took him back. We had to spend the last ten minutes in the foyer because he was pawing at my diaper bag for snacks and crying. I purposely didn't bring snacks because he's a messy eater and the snacks inevitably get ground into the carpet.


Nursery was all right as well. The kids were in a happy mood, but they also had really short attention spans, so we went through all our scheduled activities quicker than normal and had an extra long playtime at the end. It would have been an awesome day but for Daniel, who was tired, possessive of the balls, and just cranky.


Then the five minutes of torture occurred, where I had to take a screaming Daniel from one end of the church to the exact opposite end (he was mad because I took the balls away). Then to make matters worse, Katrina decided that she had to have a particular foam flower in nursery and wouldn't let it go. I put her in my other arm and walked to the other end of the church with two wailing children. I'm amazed my back didn't give out, but I just locked my fingers together and that stabilized things enough. Katrina started screaming in my ear and repeatedly hitting me (normally swiftly punished offenses) but I just ignored it and made my way to the car. I did have to put her down when she started thrashing, but I got them buckled in finally. Sigh. Everything was fine after that, they calmed down and Daniel fell asleep. A few minutes later Katrina told me, "Nina peed yellow panties," and I groaned as the obvious hit me. She had to pee! It's been a year since we first started pottytraining her, and she's always had an issue that she'll have a total meltdown and then pee her pants. So we eventually figured out that if she started screaming and tantruming, just take her to the bathroom. Well, she's been fully pottytrained for long enough that I forgot to take that into account, and with Adam gone, I didn't even think to take her to the bathroom because I was intent on getting to Junior Nursery. Oh well.


Anyway, we're picking up Adam as soon as the kids wake up, and I'm hoping he had a nice weekend. He talked to me yesterday and apparently he had already finished his major assignment, so I think the rest of the time was probably pretty relaxing. This campground is in a different spot and I won't have to drive through the city to get to it, so I'm happy about that.


Oh, and we heard about our temple today, finally! The Philadelphia temple was announced years ago and it's taken forever to get the land, get plans, and all that. They told us today that groundbreaking is in September! We're happy to hear progress about that.