i know i've done some photos from peter's creek before but this
time i brought the dogs with maia and i PLUS the real camera and not
just my cell phone camera. the weather was a little sketchy; the sun
kept hiding behind the clouds but the weather was warm and we all
appreciated spending the morning outside.
was trying to get a picture of maia riding her bike off into the
distance but she turned back and saw me with the camera. she adores
the camera and she hopped off her bike to pose for the picture.
large rock that fell off the hillside--nearly onto the trail!--about
two years ago is a favorite part of this trail for maia. she LOVES to
climb up on it, pretend she is a princess and survey her kingdom. i
think her 'crown' is perfect for a 5 year old princess.
and riley were very eager and pulling so hard on the leashes as we
walked. i know you are supposed to have your dogs trained so they walk
calmly but that is the one area of their training that i've had no
success with. at least not when we are going on a walk that there is a
creek for them to play in! here riley waits...very impatiently for me
to finish taking pictures of maia.
last time we took bob somewhere he could swim he was a reluctant
swimmer. a quick jump in up to his belly and he was finished. i was
very surprised to see that today he was the first one in the water and
was waiting for riley.
is a border collie mix (we think with lab) and he spends most of his
time at any creek or river rescuing sticks and then herding them safely
on the shore. bob only helped with the first rescue then bailed.
maia was worried that they would never come out of the water so we could go back home and did most of the work coaxing them out.
started a princess placemat the other day and then this morning
discovered that i did NOT have batting..but i had stuffing. tons of
it. being too impatient to finish the project i decided to struggle
with using stuffing as my batting and quilt it in diamonds.
wasn't very successful...as it isn't quite as perfect as i'd like it to
be. in fact it's rather imperfect and i took the picture at an angle
to help (hopefully) hide some of the flaws. the different fabrics i
used were really pretty too with threads of glitter throughout--which
of course would require me taking a much closer picture so it could be
seen. not gonna happen. too many flaws. =(
the grass is really coming up!! finally! it's raining here, so forgive the dreary look in the picture:
maia and i had lunch at the spaghetti warehouse with mindy. she was
mildly disappointed we didn't get seated in the train car but otherwise
we had a nice lunch. the kids and i went to the playground after
school where tristyn and maia worked on their clubhouse some more (a
hillside just right for climbing and setting up branches as gates).
tristyn's little friend tyler and his brother came to the playground as
well and when tyler came in the clubhouse he yelled 'tristyn! this
clubhouse is TIGHT!' hahahahaha...it's funny to hear a 7 year old
child use words like that.
had chinese take out for dinner last night and maia ate TWO pieces of
general tso's chicken. TWO pieces. and earlier in the week she
actually ate a sloppy joe. that's two things in less than a week that
she has tried and actually liked. this may be a sign that my super
picky eater may be in the process of downgrading to only a picky
eater. i'm keeping my fingers crossed.
morning maia and i seem to be in the same funk (though for different
reasons). me, because i went to bed too late last night and maia
because it's 'really early. really really early mummy, maybe it's not
even morning yet!' that is her comment on the gloomy weather. she's
lying on the floor bundled up in a big furry blanket like it's still
winter watching a cartoon surrounded by an army of care bears.
brought me some sundress fabric. it's the type that is pre-scrunched
(is that even a word, lol?) at the top for the bodice portion. it's a
relatively simple way to make a sundress. measure off how much is
needed, sew up a seam, make and sew on straps, then hem it up. i added
a little orange lacy embellishment because it just needed something
the true test...can it survive a day of a 5 year old wearing it? i think so! =)
oday i have a lazy day planned. i'm going to do a token load or
two of laundry, maybe make a swipe or two of the dustcloth and spend
the rest of the day trying to relax.
oh yeah, and i guess i'll tackle the kids' rooms sometime this afternoon. =s
the baking front: the last few days saw finnish spice cookies, peanut
butter chocolate brownies and strawberry shortcake. the pics i
attempted to take of them were awful as the cookies looked washed out,
the brownies like more poo, and the shortcake--well the shortcake.
the shortcake... i dropped the cake and it broke into several large
pieces so when i constructed the layers it was kind of like piecing a
puzzle. suffice to say, when it was done it wasn't very pretty, though
i think it tastes pretty good.
i'm still fooling around with hand embroidery. the first picture is a
kitty with a slighty wonky eye (courtesy of my REAL kitty, who thought
it funny to spear this thread kitty with a claw and shake it thoroughly
before letting it drop to the floor) that i must fix. the second is
the first in a set of 4 cloth napkins.
maybe in a few more pieces i'll be ready to attempt some more difficult types of stitches.
i woke up WAY too early. like 6:15 because bob had to go out. we
are working on gettting him to not need to be crated at night (because
the crate is ugly and i don't want it in my bedroom forever). once i
woke up a little and got some coffee in my system, i admired the grass
which is finally despite the various weather issues is finally coming
got a her first sewing box yesterday (it's the round one) and she spent
the morning sorting through her various items and trying to filch some
from mine before we went to the grocery store:
after missy and catharine joined us for lunch at home, we went with
catharine to help her pick out some new glasses. i think maia did more
trying on with me taking pictures than we actually helped:
stopped at the katerbean in regent square where i had a cup of
tea--yes, i said tea! before getting dropped off at home. maia and i
made a welcome sign out of chalk before we went to get tristyn:
now we are are getting ready to take tristyn to piano (i type this as i
wait for tristyn to locate his shoes even though he just took them off
30 mins ago!)
other day, on another person's blog (who found it from another blog,
and so on and so on. i'm sorry if i can't give credit to the proper
person--i really can't remember whose blog i found it on, but it truly
is a fantastic idea. i've just discovered so many amazing blogs so
please forgive me) i saw instructions on how to make 'scratchy rainbow
paper.' it's not unlike the black paper that one uses a special
marker to reveal the colors underneath. the only thing different is
one 'scratches' a picture rather than using a marker with either a
toothpick, coin, fingernail, etc.
here's how we did it:
we colored with crayons onto thick white paper, being careful not to
leave any white spaces with the exception of a border (so kids don't
scribble on the table). the paper should be almost waxy:
it took a long time for everyone to finish because you should try to use as many colors as possible:
the next step we had to move into the kitchen because it was going to
get messy: we mixed two tablespoons of black tempera paint with one
drop of dish soap:
then using a paintbrush cover completely--but not too thick!-- the entire colored surface:
after all the colored parts are colored it will take about an hour or so to dry. it's important to make sure it's REALLY DRY:
Finally, take your implement of choice (toothpick, back of spoon, fingernail, chopstick, etc) and 'draw' your picture:
other colors of paint could be used, but i think the most striking results come from using the black paint =D
yesterday was pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream. i've really
done a good job 'spreading' out the pureed pumpkin i made in the fall
so that i won't run out before fall comes again and pie pumpkins are
available again. =D which is a very good thing...because pumpkin pie
is a favorite around here!
always posting my stuff..so i figured i'd add the kids as well (those
of you that also have kids should do this too! we can get ideas for the
kids as well as letting the kids see their stuff on the computer. i
know mine at least are very proud of seeing their creations online)
my bought of sewing stuffed kitties, maia decided to create something
entirely on her own. it's a mommy bear, complete with every body part
that's important (2 ears, 1 head, 1 body, 2 'hands', and 2 'feet and a
pocket with a baby) she's only five..and i'm rather impressed
she was trying to simultaneously blow a bubble gum bubble for the pic, so that's why the pursed lips
saw her creation and being of the sort that prefers quick
gratification, constructed a sneaky snake. once again the 'design' was
entirely his own =)
hours went into the bear over the course of a few days and about 2
hours went into the snake over 2 days. i must say i was rather
surprised the one day to wake up at 7 am to find tristyn downstairs
working on his snake. only one minor mishap was when the dogs chewed
one of its eyes off! luckily we found one last button and tristyn
this morning, when trying to get back in my good graces maia made me some flowers: