Thursday, May 24, 2012

My, What a Big *?* You Have...

Those of you who are friends with me on Facebook might remember this status update from back in August: "wondering how you explain to a 21-month-old that his "pee pee" and an elephant's trunk are not one and the same while he's looking at a picture book of an elephant and pointing to himself...Oh X, I love you!!!"

Well, we have come full circle since then with lots of talk of potty training and body part names.  After the picture book incident, I decided I had better decide just what exactly to call his *pee pee,* lest he go into the world as a man forever referring to it as an elephant's trunk.  After much contemplation and confusion, I decided to call it like I see it.  A penis.  He, and every other boy and man on the planet, has one.

At first we thought we'd go the way of euphemisms and call it his *pee pee,* but after many roundabout conversations on the potty about having to go pee pee out of his *pee pee* so that the pee pee stayed in the potty (confused yet?  I know I was), I looked at Matt with bewilderment and said, "Let's just call it his penis, ok?  I mean, we want him to be comfortable with his body and be comfortable talking to us about it, so we might as well start off right."  So ever since the elephant incident, it's been what it is, but he's never actually taken much interest in talking about it.  Until I heard this coming from X's room today while Matt was changing him...

"That is a big penis.  That is a big, big, big, BIG penis.  I have one.  And daddy has one.  And Mommy has one, and C has one.  And I have two nipples.  And daddy has two nipples, and so on, and so on..."  So there you have it folks.  Straight from the horses, I mean elephant's, mouth.  Guess we still have a little work to do on just who in this family belongs on the elephant safari.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The MOTHER of All Long Weekends

Have you ever had a weekend planned, so perfect in your head in every way, so ideal, that when the actual weekend happens and nothing goes right, you feel like you were cheated?  That was my Mother's Day weekend.  

The local drive-in movie theatre was supposed to open last weekend and, being as I still have a baby attached to me and haven't been out to see a movie since last July, I really, really, REALLY wanted to go.  No such luck.  The theatre didn't open until Sunday night, which, being a work night for Matt, did NOT work for us.  The rest of the weekend was pretty crappy, literally, since baby C pooped in the tub, with me in it.  It was one of those slow motion, nightmarish moments, you can see it happening, but just can't figure out how to stop it.  Overall, Mother's Day was a bit of a write off.

Enter this past weekend.  It was the MOTHER of all weekends, and, in my books, a complete do-over of Mother's Day weekend.  Saturday we had friends over for breakfast, went shopping, bought a kiddie pool, swam in the kiddie pool and went to, wait for it...the drive in, which was, at times, a bit of a disaster with the kids waking each other up, but we stuck it out, got home at 1:30 in the morning, were up at 6:00 am Sunday and drank coffee, coffee and more coffee.

X and C enjoying the new pool.
On Sunday, Matt finished the front-yard makeover: painted shutters, cut down trees and cut the grass.  Here is the before and the after.  Still more work to do, but we're on our way.

Two big cedars, one evergreen bush and white shutters.
No more cedars, no more evergreen bush and spiffy new black shutters.

Hard at play while Daddy works.
We had more company Sunday night and Monday morning, and Matt even put some trim up around the chalkboard we painted on the wall over 6 months ago.  Seriously, he was like Superman this weekend.  And he kicked my butt last night when we did our first couch to 5K run.  I'm going to chalk it up to the fact he's a whole, entire foot taller than I am.  But the entire time he was way ahead of me while pushing the stroller, and I thought I was going to puke for a good hour after.  I am determined to get down to my pre-baby weight by my cousin's wedding in July though (check out their fabulous YouTube invitation here), just in time for my birthday, and by pre-baby, I mean pre FIRST baby.  Couch to 5K, bring it!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Etsy Shop in Full Bloom

After trying for years to take great (or even good) pictures with my old Nikon point and shoot, I finally upgraded to an Olympus E PM1.  Although it wasn't my first choice, it was a great price and a big improvement and, so far, I love it.  On Mother's Day, I had a chance to get outside and photograph some quilts that are now for sale on my Etsy shop.

On of my favourite quilts that I've done so far is this bunting quilt using Cloud 9 organic fabrics.  It was my first time doing applique and I absolutely loved it.  In fact, I may now be addicted...

This quilt reminds me so much of a spring breeze or clothes drying on the line.  I did all of the quilting freehand and followed the curve of the bunting.

Here are some of the Minky Stroller Quilts now back in stock at Lil Pig Designs.

Tempted to make one for myself in adult size for next winter's chilly nights.

Spring is definitely in bloom!

Far Far Away Quilt

At this time last year, I had just finished the quilt below and blogged about it on my old blog.  Here is the content for those of you who missed it:

Erin had bought some fat quarters from Heather Ross' Far Far Away II fabric line as well as some off-white flannel and told me to go crazy and be creative. The quilt was meant to be snuggled with but also fit a twin bed. After much deliberation, visualizing and literally dreaming of designs in my sleep, this is what I came up with:

For the back I used the off-white flannel given to me by Erin and mixed it with the same floral I used for the binding and a green Rapunzel.

I decided to fussy cut all of the images in the fat quarters and use a variety of fabrics for scrappy log cabin framing. To highlight the whole quilt, I used Kona white as a border for the outside and the vertical row of pink and green Rapunzels off-centred on the left.

I used a double layer of cotton-bamboo batting and quilted along the frames to give it extra focus. Wash and dry and this quilt was ready for the Birthday girl!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Little Bit of Hand Holding

Last Friday we had the nicest weather we've had in a long time, so X, C and I took the opportunity to go for a VERY long walk and trace the route we take when we go looking for our infamous muskrat friend.  When we got to his house, I peeked into the stroller and saw this:

Can they stay this way forever?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Between Everything Else

Between the things I love to do, the things I should do, and the things I have to do, I often feel like I don't really accomplish anything in a day.  To all you moms out there who stay at home with your little ones and have your houses clean by breakfast, have your daily yoga done by lunch and have your home businesses closed up by dinner - I salute you, but I also kind of loathe you in a green-with-envy sort of way.  I really don't know how you do it.  

In my house, there are always dirty dishes on the counter, the floors are never as clean as I'd like them to be (I think we've become a safe harbour for dust bunnies) and my kids usually exceed their daily Disney Junior quota.

This is one little bunny that will always have a place here!

I'd love to say that I get time to do all the things I love: sewing, knitting, reading, painting, decorating, crafting, writing, etc.  But the truth is, I don't.  Which always leaves me with a VERY big to-do list and, being the type-A person that I am, the creeping feeling that life is passing me by.

So...instead of trying to do it all, I'm going to do a a time...and see how it goes.  Oh, and I'll try to write about it too (in between everything else).