Saturday, July 31, 2010

Butterfly flutter by

It was finally, yes finally, time to give Faye her own room. One day about 3 years ago, I told the twins that when they were older they would have separate bedrooms. They screamed and cried and screamed some more. Then when Alex was born I brought it up again, mentioning that when Alex was old enough, he would share a room with Drew, and Faye would have her own room. Hmmm..... they thought about this for awhile and didn't really say much. Then one day about a year ago, Faye asked me, "When am I going to get my own room?" We talked about it again, and both Faye and Drew seemed excited. We just needed to wait until Alex was a little older. Now that he is no longer in a crib, it was TIME!

Faye wanted her new room to be purple, so I headed off to Home Depot on Friday morning to pick up some paint. I am THE WORST at picking out paint colors... I always, always pick out something really really strange or way too dark. But I have been thinking about her room for a long time, and already knew which color I would get... Butterfly flutter by(from the Disney collection). It was the lightest purple I could find.

When I first started painting the room, the kids kept asking me why it was white. It will be darker when I'm finished I told them. And it was... and it turned out great. Faye sat and watched me paint the whole time through both coats of paint. She was so excited, saying over and over, "My new room is gorgeous... I want to move in right now." It smelled too much like paint last night, and the bed we had stored in the basement needed to air out a bit, so she had to wait until tonight. That gave us a little more time to decorate her room. We still have some more pretty things planned for her room, but we'll have to finish those later.

She was so excited! (she actually decided to wear all purple today because she was so excited about her room)

The banner I made for Faye's room.

Her lamp and new basket. We already had the lamp, but the lamp shade was just plain boring white. We picked up some of this beaded purple trim and glued it on this morning. She really loved it!

At first, Drew seemed to really like the idea of sharing a room with Alex. But as the day wore on, he was really having second thoughts about that. He kept telling me, "I want a new room. I want to sleep with Faye." And on and on and on. I think he was OK with Faye having her own room, but we were really concentrating on her and her new room and he was feeling a little left out. After the kids went to bed last night, we talked about it and decided we should do a few things in his room too.

We planned on decorating his room with Mario decorations, we just hadn't planned on doing anything too quickly. Mario stuff is hard to find, which means I'll be making almost everything, which means lots and lots of work and time... and I'm just not that great at this stuff! But we did have some Mario posters that needed some frames, so we decided we would take him to the store to get some frames and make a big deal about him getting stuff in his room. It really seemed to help!! We'll get to the painting and all that later... he wants red and blue in his room, and those colors will be so hard to pick out!

Here is one of his Mario posters... the picture is terrible but you can get the idea.

And here is Alex's little area now, under Drew's bed. We do have a twin mattress for him, but we figured we would use his crib mattress as long as we can, either until he outgrows it or until he is potty trained. His little table fits under there too, and the boys were having a good time playing there.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The forgotten one

Found this in the garden yesterday....

I knew we had some zucchinis growing, but I guess I forgot about them for a couple days. Big mistake when dealing with zucchini! It is probably too big to actually do anything with, but I may try to use some of it for cake or bread. I wish I would have actually let it keep growing to see just how big it could have been.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A nice day

We've had some really nasty weather here the past week or so, with temperatures well over 90 degrees and lots of rain. But finally it stormed last night and brought some cooler temperatures, for a couple days at least. We've also had a stressful couple of weeks here (more to come on that later), but today we've had a really nice day. Finally. We really really needed it. We slept in, well, as much as you can sleep in with 3 little ones, but I think it was past 8am before we were all out of bed. I made blueberry muffins with some fresh blueberries I picked up the day before, and we all sat down to watch the final stage of the Tour de France. Well, Andy and I did. The kids watched for a little bit, then ran around the house getting out all their toys. But they were playing and having a good time, letting me watch my absolute favorite sporting event, so I didn't mind the toy mess. And by the way thank you to my wonderful husband who each year for my birthday buys me live and on demand coverage of the Tour de France, so I can watch it whenever I want!

After lunch Andy drove Alex around so he could take his nap, and Andy and Faye headed out to paint our garage. We've been working on this for at least 3 years now. You can see how motivated we are, right? The first year we got one side done, the 2nd year we did two sides, and now finally we have almost finished the last side. We scraped and scraped and painted one coat last weekend, but then it rained so we couldn't get it finished. Faye didn't help for long today, it was too buggy for her, so Andy has been out there all by himself. We just have the trim to paint, and it will be done. Such a relief! It has taken us so long, we probably need to repaint the other sides again, but I am done. If it needs more work in the future, we're just getting a new garage. Seriously.

I planned on helping paint, but I needed to do something with our tomatoes. We have so many, and I hate to see them go to waste. We have lots and lots more that will be ripe in the next few days and weeks, as I only pick the very ripest tomatoes - the ones that when you touch them they fall off the plant. They are the best!

I decided to make tomato sauce. Sometimes I just wash and chop them and let them simmer for awhile, then put the tomatoes through our food mill. But then I can never tell what the consistency will be like, so I prefer to peel the tomatoes and seed them first. Then I cook them down until they are saucy. It takes awhile, but it is worth it.

I added lots of fresh basil from our garden, along with onions and salt and pepper and let it cook forever. It was good, but the kids didn't really like the consistency. Next time I think I will blend it for them.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Oopsy Daisy!

'Oopsy Daisy' is Alex's new favorite saying. He says it a lot - and he usually has good reasons....

This morning it was after he decided to color his face with markers. Yesterday it was after he dumped out his water bottle on the floor. At the park a few days back he was going to eat a flower/weed (see him teasing me?).

He just smiles and says, "oopsy daisy!" How can I be mad at that?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Last night of T-Ball

Tonight was the last night of T-ball. The kids had a lot of fun learning how to play, but they still need a lot more practice. They took a team photo...

There were almost as many coaches as there were kids (some nights there were more), and they were great. The coaches really had fun with the kids. Tonight they played T-ball for a little while, and then they had a water balloon fight! It was the first for Faye and Drew and they LOVED it!

They also brought out ridiculously sized helmets for the kids. Faye really cracks me up!

some of my favorites

I haven't had any time for making things lately, and it was really getting me down. I'm not great at sewing, but sewing(or is it the fabric shopping?) really seems to improve my mood. I guess it is because it gives me a purpose, rather than just being the laundry person/chauffeur/cook. I took the kids to the fabric store yesterday to pick out some fabric for my latest project - cloth napkins for the kids lunchboxes. I have a small but growing stash of fabric at home, but I thought it would be nice to have them choose something they liked. I usually have to fabric shop without the kids, or they complain and whine non-stop, "mom, are you done yet? I'm soooooo tired." I hope that in taking them and letting them shop for fabric they want that eventually they will also enjoy it, or at least not act like I am torturing them. I know... not too likely, but I can dream.

They seemed to have fun picking something out, and then as soon as they decided we quickly left so I didn't annoy them too much.

The napkins were simple to make and are huge napkins. I LOVE them and had so much fun making them! They are probably larger than necessary, but better to be big than too small, especially with messy kids. I got two fat quarters of each material they chose and 1 pkg of rick rack each. The hardest part was pinning the rick rack just right between the two layers of fabric before sewing. It took some time, but they turned out well. Now I need to make at least 2 more for each kid, so I don't have to wash them every day. I desperately need to make some for home use too, as the napkins we use we got for a wedding present, 8 1/2 years ago. We don't use any disposable napkins anymore, haven't for at least 3 years if not more, so they are worn out!

Baseballs for Drew... the napkins are folded in half and then folded in thirds in the photo.

Butterflies for Faye....

And later today.....

Cookies! I finally got a cookie press( I call it my cookie gun) for my birthday. Thanks Mom! I've wanted one forever and for some reason I just never bought one. The kids wanted to make cookies today and this worked perfectly for them. They had a lot of fun choosing shapes and making the cookies - and then eating them of course.

Buttery sugar cookies are probably my favorite. I have to veganize everything, so here is what I used today and it turned out really awesome. Why more people don't use egg replacer is beyond me. You can buy a huge box/bag for around $6, you don't have to run to the store to buy eggs when you want to bake something, and you can safely eat the cookie dough! Nothing better than that!

1 c. butter ( we use earth balance)
1 c. powdered sugar
egg replacer equal to one egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
baby hand full of salt or about 1/2 tsp.

You beat the 1st two ingredients together, then add the next two and mix, then add the last two and mix well. Put in your cookie gun and get shooting! Bake at 375 for about 7 minutes.

Friday, July 2, 2010


Happy Birthday to Alex! My little baby is now two years old. Two! These two years have gone by so fast - it seems like just yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital.

He was just two days old here! Look at those little baby toes peeking out!

Now he's in his terrible 2's and is into everything! I should probably stop calling him a baby, but it will be hard. Really hard! He's my last baby and I want to slow time down... just for a little while anyways.

He has really been into trains lately, so I made him a train cake for his birthday. It is really a sad cake - I just did not have enough time, and I've never made a cake that actually stands up, so the middle fell in a little, but he seemed to be pleased with it so that is all that matters. I showed it to him this afternoon after his nap, and he had a HUGE smile and said, "Percy!" He told me he wanted a 'Percy' cake, so I was happy he thought it was OK.

Blowing his train whistle...

Blowing out his candles...

Opening presents...look at how hard he is concentrating on this!

He even got on the table for awhile to check out his new train set (thanks Aunt Sarah) and to open one of his presents....

Eating cake...

And here we all are...(why is it that I am always the only person smiling?)

Happy Birthday to Alex! Thanks to everyone for the cards and presents. He loves them all and is still up at 11pm playing with his new toys!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

2nd week of gymnastic camp

Faye and Drew just finished their second week of gymnastic camp. The theme this week was healthy eating and fitness, so they talked about the food pyramid and put on a little skit for us at their performance today. The kids showed us their vault, floor, balance beam(girls) and rings(boys). They were so cute and I loved watching them. They have really learned a lot in 8 days! They got ribbons at the end today and were so excited about those.

Faye vaulting

Drew vaulting

Drew on the rings

Faye on the balance beam

Faye on the floor(at the end you can see Alex running out there - oops)

Drew on the floor

I decided to sign them up for gymnastics camp next week too. The theme for next week is Circus, so I know they will enjoy that. They are having a blast with this camp!