Friday, August 01, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
My first baby boy is 7. Seven! He's such a good, cute kid. I'm so happy he had a good day. These pictures are pretty lousy, but hard to capture a boy always on the go. The biggest hit present was a set of real 2-way radios. The whole family is having fun...
Sunday, July 20, 2014
- I'm grateful for those 5 kids up there (Amelia is represented by the sling). They are my life. So much so that I cannot get a shower in or barely get dressed most days, but I would not trade it for the world.
- The winter break we had this week. We had cool, cloudy, misty weather in the 60s. The 60s!!!! In July! In Memphis! It was amazing. It really hasn't been too stifling this summer, but Monday, before the front rolled it, it was feels like 101 degrees. It was miserable. And oppressive and it made me remember how much I like moderate temperatures. We spent a bunch of time outside, including going to the Memphis Botanic Gardens.
- After no Internet for a week, it's so so nice to have it back. I don't realize how much I use technology to print out a pattern, check directions, find a recipe, print postage...
- Tomorrow, Tyler goes back to being a claim rep. For the last year almost, he's been a team manager, including hiring and training a whole new team. That ended on Friday along with all the stress, worry, phone calls and emails, meetings, early mornings and late evenings. I am so glad to get him back for a little while before our life might get crazy again.
- I've lost 6 pounds. I am so big right now, and the baby weight from the last 2 babies is NOT magically coming off. I've always thought dieting was hard, but never knew how much harder it is when you have 5/6 other mouths to feed. Either I eat crap because my life is stressful and I need some form of enjoyment, or I go all day busy and rushing around and don't eat anything until I'm starving and eat crap again. It's a bad cycle and I have to fix it. I do love my fitbit and I've been striving for 10,000 steps everyday and trying to only eat garbage on weekends. Elle wants to bake treats constantly (like >3x/day) and she doesn't like anything she makes, so I end up with it. Not good. Not good at all. For that I will be grateful for school to start and get these eating/mess machines out for awhile.
- Speaking of school, it starts in 3 weeks. That's nuts. I am not ready for it to start at all! If I could just get Maddie and Elle to not bicker so much, and Elle to stop baking, I would live like this forever. I have really enjoyed this summer.
- And here's "Miowya" (said in a rather nasally voice): She is an anti-nap baby right now. She's happy and cute but always awake. We love her.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Today is our ward pioneer day celebration, so I finally made up a bonnet for Amelia. I used the Peek-a-boo bonnet pattern which has been in my files for quite some time...
This was my second one to make up (I made one for my niece to take to the beach) and it didn't go much better than the first. It's not hard, there's nothing difficult about it at all, but I am not happy with the finished product. In order to make it reversible, there's a seam line that runs over the gathered part from the other side. I tried hand-stitching it, but gave up on that too. I need to actually shorted a pattern piece so that the seam runs perfectly in the flat part. If that makes any sense.
It's still cute. Elle wants one now too.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
That baby girl is 5 months today! And in honor, I finally edited her weekly pictures. All 21 of them. Actually 20, because I cannot find a picture for week 10. I thought I had been taking them every week, but apparently I missed one. That's what you get for being baby #5.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
So as I was looking through all my "to sew" pins I found some really cute baby shoe patterns. So I bought those. But it was 3 patterns for $10 so I got some others too. And then I saw this adorable pattern:
I had to have that too! So even though I said I was only gonna use up the patterns I already had, I added this one and made it the same day.
I stuck a small locking-lid pill bottle with some beads inside as a rattle. Amelia loves squishing it and grabbing the ties and Wybee always brings it to her when she's awake. It was really nice to use some of my favorite fabrics that I've hoarded for way too long. This was the perfect project for that!
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
I follow this cute pattern company on Facebook and when they enlarged their pattern to include sizes 6-10 they offered a few for free. Older girls plus free pattern, yes, thank you. So I finally made it up since Giselle was asking for a summer dress.
The pattern itself is very easy, since it's only 2 pieces--your typical peasant style. It went together as fast as can be with 5 children with constant demands. So about 2 days...
The size 10 fit her well, I was worried about it being too tight in the armpits, and she doesn't like elastic on her arms, so the sleeves are a bit puffy because of it. The sash we already had. She wore it last Sunday to church and didn't take it off all day so it must have passed the comfort test.
She had me "curl" her hair right before taking pictures. It lasted oh, about 5 minutes. Poor girl has beautiful sleek perfect straight hair I would have killed for and only wants curls...