Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I started cutting out squares for my first ever quilt. I cut out 5 of them before someone small desperately needed me. again. Someday I will make a quilt. I envision sitting around all day quilting when my kiddies grow up. In between quilting I will knit sweaters and hats for the grand babies. I will get nice and plump watching chick flicks and crafting all day. Actually, I thought of the perfect store in the world that I need to open. It would be a little fabric/yarn store in the downtown area with bolts of designer fabrics and bins of super soft yarns made of natural fibers. If I have room, I would also include paper-crafting supplies as well. There would be comfy chairs, couches and tables in the back for crafting and chatting. There would also be a kitchenette for coffee and tea making. Because caffeine and crafting were made for each other. :)
So all the little things combined with time outdoors, walking and the girls wading in their pool while their mommy hangs ridiculous amounts of laundry on the clothesline because the dryer isn't working well either. Did I mention the vacuum cleaner also broke? So I have been slightly overwhelmed since we returned home, as well as inspired to redecorate. Let me make it clear that being inspired and having the time to do are two different things entirely. so while I have so many great ideas, I don't have the time or money to put them into action. And I am secretly dreading winter. I mean, 2 days until August? Holy cow... then fall and winter. I hate winter. I just hate being cold and I am always cold. I wouldn't mind if it snowed all winter and I had a warm house. I do love snow. I love Christmas but would be perfectly happy celebrating it in Australia on the beach. I guess it wouldn't be as "cozy" but it would be warm.
I think I will stop rambling and go to bed.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
We started the day right with a midwestern breakfast at a 24-hour diner, as we did almost every day on our trip. And we had Gayety's icecream:
Poor Isabel wasn't feeling her best, and came down with a bad cough. Poor thing. She recovered quickly. We also went to Cabelas, a sportsman's paradise. I didn't buy anything, but did really well on the shooting gallery. Anastasia loves the glass elevators and all the animals. What fun!
We left Nick's parents after packing the car around 7ish and headed to mass. Then we drove to Lafeyette and this is all we saw for that two hour drive:
Monday, July 20, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I have been trying to get items for the car ready while simultaneously making creative meals out of all perishable items in the fridge. Don't ask me how I ended up with loads of watermelon, a pineapple, half of a cantaloupe and a BIG bag of sweet cherries... all to be eaten by Friday, packed for the trip or composted. Not to mention all the dairy and farmer's market produce loaded up in my fridge. So onto the cute stuff, I made wing-less fairy outfits for some little babies I picked up from Target. they are only about 8inches tall, and I bought them for the trip, one for each girl, but Anastasia saw them and has adopted them both.
Ok, and let me tell you, I tried out the finger paints, and this stuff is AWESOME. I mean, really, really neat. So much for my lofty ideals, I have sold out. Actually when I was small, my mom used to buy me and my brother those magic ink activity books. Did you ever have these? We only got them on trips, so they were really really special. Color wonder is the new magic ink and more open-ended in my opinion. I am really hoping they buy us a couple of fuss-free hours. At least from Anastasia's end, I am a little more worried about this little monster:
Notice she is bathing in our sink with NEW faucet from Ikea. The greatest thing is there are actually handles (instead of previous nubs) and a faucet that swivels which is why Isabel is smiling in the picture, and not crying because she bonked her sensitive little head. For her, my mom bought her a backseat mirror that lights up and plays music. She rarely sees herself in mirrors, so I think it will be interesting for her for a little while. A friend lent us some baby toys she hasn't played with yet as well, so hopefully that will entertain her when the novelty of the car wears off.
I am hoping and praying the rest of us don't get sick, and that Anastasia doesn't get any ear infections because we have a very fun vacation to look forward to.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
And Isabel upgraded to a bed from her basket finally: I put a little basket of toys on the bottom shelf for her too. It gets me an extra 30 minutes of sleep in the morning. yeah! And I made Anastasia a very buggy lunch last week:
She thought it was neat... but I think I was far more excited about it. Isabel used to hate anything with bananas in it... but she seemed okay with this one: