Tuesday, February 14, 2017

happy valentine's day

To Clara, from the flower lady at Costco.

And to everyone else, from these ladies.

Monday, February 13, 2017

beddy bye

It's Monday night and David's at basketball and the kids are waiting for me to get Janie down to sleep. That's usually chaotic. But not tonight.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

it's snowtime

We've had a pretty brown winter so what a treat this weekend to have a couple days of fluffy snow. We played. We built. We snowballed. And then we hot chocolated. Thanks, Winter.

janie the camel

Doesn't Janie look like she's the four legs of the camel? Because that's the creative brilliance I was going for.

So now Jane is ten months. She has six teeth, she is a very fast crawler, she's trying to stand up, she can say dadada and mamama, and she eats all sorts of things (paper and small toys, mostly). This month I won't mention that she's still not napping.

Thursday, February 9, 2017


Imagine the terror.

Monday, February 6, 2017


Once upon a time (four weeks ago), Annie and I set forth on an epic adventure (sewing). We (I) volunteered us to be pattern testers for a twirly garment (a skirt) that we could create together (mostly me). And it was fun (really, it was). And we did work together... I mean, I did most of the sewing but Annie helped pick the fabric, and cut some of it with me, even sewed a few side seams, and, most importantly, kept me company while I did the rest. It's very helpful to have someone sitting directly at your elbow, chatting right into your ear, while you sew (not recommended for everyone).

Anyway, we made, we took pictures, we sent in our review of the pattern, and - voila - the result.

All of this was for Sherri, at Thread Riding Hood. She created this Fat Quarter Skirt pattern, which is (1) fun, (2) quick, (3) perfect-for-beginners, and (4) has a lot of potential for new ideas as you get more confident and creative in your sewing (like pockets, and detailing, and, I don't know, maybe glitter). Sherri loves to sew and create, and her blog is not only a great read but filled with lots of good, useful, fun projects, sewing tips, and funny stories. She's a Canadian gal and she has lots of links to awesome Canadian fabric stores, too (go, Canada!).

Sherri posted her pattern here: http://www.threadridinghood.com/wordpress/fat-quarter-skirt-pdf-pattern/
And here is her post about the pattern testers (look for Annie in her cowboy skirt, near the end of the post!): http://www.threadridinghood.com/wordpress/fat-quarter-skirt-tester-photos/

Moral of the story: sewing is great. I already knew that, but now Annie knows it, too. Because she got to do a project AND wear something out of it at the end AND that something twirls. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Hello - my name is Henry and I'm a handsome guy.