I am thankful for the temple and for the lessons I learned there this year.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I am thankful for the temple and for the lessons I learned there this year.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Flower gets a break from being a sister today and gets to go to her mom's house for the afternoon to check out her presents. She is looking forward to it, as am I. It will be quiet here without her, and I need a little quiet. She'll be back by bedtime, so tomorrow we have to plan something super fun to make her excited to come back.
Mini-me told us last night that life was bad. It's a hard realization to come to at age 5, but it's an important lesson to learn. She wanted chocolate, it was 9 pm, and I said no. Poor dear. I'll give her money to see a therapist when she's older.
Patch has been singing the "Bob the Builder" song since last night. Only he can't get all the words out. "Can we fix it" is a very hard phrase.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
After we saw the lights, we let the kids take part in our after-temple tradition: the Silver Diner in Rockville.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Flower's favorites were the Barbie vet and the Barbie house accessories.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
This is a great picture. The girls are waving, and Santa just wants the paparazzi to go away.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I whipped these up in what seemed like no time (well, after I deciphered the picture-less directions that had me scratching my head more than once).
This one is for Flower. I call it Sigi.
This is Sepp. They are skiing elephants in the snow circus. He's for Mini-me.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
My other favorite thing to watch is Christmas in Washington. I don't care who you voted for, there is something cool about the party the President hosts every year. And, it's from America's home town. I really like finding out who the performers are, because generally they are people who support the President. I really enjoy finding out who's a Republican in showbiz.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper.
2. Real tree or Artificial? Real.
3. When do you put up the tree? As soon as Flower can go with us.
4. Do you like eggnog? Not so much. I prefer hot chocolate.
5. Favorite gift received as a child? It's a tie between My Friend Mandy and a pink radio.
6. Hardest person to buy for? My inlaws.
7. Easiest person to buy for? Patch.
8. Do you have a nativity scene? Only one. Mini-me broke it today.
9. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail, but Curly is in charge.
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I don't want to offend anyone, so I plead the 5th.
11. Favorite Christmas Movie? White Christmas.
12. When do you start shopping? November.
13. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes.
14. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Do I have to pick just one? Hmm, peppermint bark, followed closely by sweet potato casserole.
15. Lights on the tree? White (although I secretly want huge colored bulbs).
16. Favorite Christmas song? God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlin.
17. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home or travel, I like them both.
18. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Yes
19. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star.
20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Pajamas on Christmas Eve, everything else in the morning.
21. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Overindulging.
22. Favorite ornament theme or color? Department 56 houses.
23. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Turkey.
24. What do you want for Christmas this year? World peace. Or maybe some fabric.
25. Who do I tag? Emily, Rebeccah, Lauren.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I am including this picture for two reasons. First, the kids eyes glow and look freaky. Second, that guys bald spot was in nearly every shot.
Flower played Mary in the nativity scene. She did a very good job. So, in case you're keeping track, I have played Mary this season, and now Flower has. We better do a family nativity this year so Mini-me doesn't feel left out.
Mini-me was very proud of her sister. She had been looking forward to this night all week. I'm glad it did not disappoint. She even got to sit on "Missydell's" lap (that's what she calls The Ex). Here's the part where I tell you what an awesome step-mom I am: Mini-me and Patch both love "Missydell." They can't get enough of her. That just goes to show that I don't trash talk. Well, in front of them. I'm an awesome step-mom, but I'm only human.
See this here? Patch had a melt-down in the babysitting room, using the complete sentence "When my mommy coming?" whilst tears streamed down his face, causing me to pull out the emergency gingky. And Mini-me? Well, guess who was taking this photo. Guess who she wanted to go to. Really, guess. Yup, "Missydell." Oh well. At least Flower looks happy to take a picture with me.
PS -- when I did my proofreading, I noticed the title said "Angles Among Us." Ha. While everyone may have a little larceny in 'em, this is not about playing angles or percentages. It's about Angels.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
There was a hole in our tree. Flower fixed it. By putting the smallest ornament we have right in the middle.
Patch really wanted to touch the tree. Here he is, after I gave him a warning. This is his "I wasn't doing anything" pose.
Meet our newest village. A friend gave it to us last year before she moved. She never put it out, and didn't want to take it with her. It's the New England village, but I think it has a real western vibe, a la Sun Valley or Park City. The house with the demonic glow is actually the outdoor outfitters store. Mini-me explained the difference between this village, and our other villages. See, in this one, people have a job and have to go to work. There's a farm, a fish cannery, a sawmill, and the outfitters. The little figures are working; one is ice fishing and the other is chopping wood. Those other lazy villages where no one works. They should be ashamed of themselves.
Then I got artsy with the black and white. You can almost hear Patch say "cheese" in this shot.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
As we were driving home from dinner at Curly's brother's house, we were listening to the local radio station that plays Christmas music around the clock. Fleetwood Mac was singing Silent Night, and we were all doing our best to sing along. Finally, Flower said: "She sings like a sheep."
And, if any health food stores need an idea for Christmas, Patch has a unique way of singing Jingle Bells. He says: "Ginko bells! Ginko bells!" Let me know if you'd like him to do a commercial.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
This one was not sideways before I uploaded it. Huh. Anyway, it still looks cool.
These represent two different orders, even though it's with the same fabric. It's great fabric -- little chocolate truffles with pink and brown stripes. Yum. I thougth for this shot, I would try one of those fancy off-center shots. It really doesn't work. I'm really a straight shooter. Ha. Have I mentioned it's late?
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
My quilting machine is down for the count. I part has been ordered from California, hopefully to arrive today, and the quilting mayhem can continue. In case you're wondering, it's the stitch regulator. There is a problem with the connection. Like I said, hopefully it will be resolved today. Tomorrow at the latest.
It is very cold. There has been frost on the windshield every morning this week. I drove Mini-me to school today because I just couldn't think about walking in this. She loves driving to school, hopping out of the car, and running up the stairs to the building, just like a big kid.
It's time for me to hit the showers. Have a great day!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Here's to hoping tomorrow is better!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
You can see the pie crust in the background. Mini-me helped measure the ingredients, and then pressed the "pulse" button on the food processor. She did all the stirring for the pies. She was so excited about the pumpkin pie. She didn't eat it, but she was very excited for it. Please pardon the messy hair. Baking is a messy business.The next morning, she woke up, got dressed, and put on her apron. That girl had more work to do! We made the chocolate pie, which was a hit with the under-4 crowd, and then made the rolls. Mini-me did most of the kneading and all of the rolling. Then I cut the rolls out, and she rolled them up into crescents. Man, could she roll like nobodies business.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Patch is my little shadow today. Well, everyday. He is so sweet, I don't really mind. If only I could train him to sew a little, I'd get more done.
We need to go to the grocery store today, along with everyone else in the city. I have a short list, and Giant Eagle has this really cool personal shopper thing where you scan your items while you shop. It's genius, really. Then there's a dedicated lane for you to just scan your card, then input your scanner, and you're done! Voila! If it takes longer than 30 minutes, I'll know I'm just wasting time.
Even with the business of today and the past few weeks, I have had time to think about the things I'm grateful for. The list is long. Do you have a minute? I am grateful that my kids grow. I am grateful that our personal economic bailout has been successful (Obama is right about one thing, though, it does takes time). I am grateful for Curly, who makes me laugh and swoon. I am grateful that I can contribute to our family finances without having to leave home. I am grateful for pretty fabric. I am grateful for wonderful memories of Thanksgivings gone by. This year I will try to bring some of those memories to the present, by serving instant breakfast and black donuts while watching the parade.
The shrieking has begun. I must go tend to my children. Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sorry, I just had to pick myself up off the floor. I'm okay, really. I am on schedule with my Molly Patch orders, and hope to stay that way for the duration. So far this week I have made two library totes, a doll quilt, and a pillowcase. I have 2 large bags cut and ready for sewing tomorrow. It's ambitious to do two bags in a day, but if I'm going to stay on target, it needs to happen. I have given myself off on Thursday (which was quite nice of me), but if I don't get both bags done, I will have to do a little work before we head over the river and through the woods for dinner.
I had hoped to post some sort of holiday musings today, but it just didn't happen. Check back tomorrow, won't you?
Monday, November 24, 2008
On the docket for today, I have to finish the binding on a set of placemats for my Grandma's order and get them off to the post office, and then I have about 4 more things I'd like to get done today on the Molly Patch list. I would really like to get some orders on their way by Friday. I think it's totally doable.
My friend Colleen stopped by for a few minutes yesterday to borrow New Moon, and said this:
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
In other fun news, my friend and Zumba instructor has been talking with me about becoming an instructor. Wouldn't that be fun? I a pretty sure it's because my hips move like lightning and because I'm part Latina. By way of Germany. My mom was an aerobics instructor back in the day of leotards and sweat bands. They did really fun routines to songs like "Jump!" and "Dancing on the Ceiling" and "Caribbean Queen." I'm pretty sure that last one was a cool-down song. I used to go with her and do my math homework, which is how I remember the songs. It would be muy divertido (that means "really fun") to be a Zumba instructor. I'll let you know how it goes.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I was planning on doing laundry today, but shout out to Curly who did most of it yesterday. Holla! The bad part about him doing the laundry was that he was in my space for most of the day. He does not care for the state of my sewing area. You show me a quilter who has a clean studio, and I'll, well, I don't know. I doubt you can find one! We creative types need a bit of a mess. He straightened some things and then gave me a speech I haven't heard since I was 17 years old: This may be your room, but it's in my house.
Anyway, on Saturday afternoon, after the trunk show, I have big plans to clean and organize. I am going to need major organization if I'm going to keep up with all the orders I'm going to get Saturday. Plus, I need to get started on Christmas presents for the kids. Patch is getting a Cars quilt. I found Lightning McQueen fabric while we were summering in Lancaster. Well, not summering. But it was summer. Anyway. The girls are getting aprons with matching tiny aprons for their dolls. I did a sample last night for the trunk show, and it is too cute. Pictures to follow as soon as I find my battery charger.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Onward and upward. Only 2 more days until the Molly Patch trunk show in Northern Virginia. I have a few more things to finish up, but other than that, the major stuff is done. Woo-hoo! Hopefully it will be a good showing and people will order things. I really need people to order things. I started The Molly Patch for a couple of reasons, the chief of which is that I don't want to work outside the home. I feel strongly about being here, even when my kids are in school (which is only a few short years away). But with the economy, that's going to be tough to do. Tough, but doable. So thank you thank you thank you to all those who have ordered and continue to order from me! Now back to the sewing machine.