Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween - 2008

Halloween2008 004, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Our halloween started at Joe's office, where we got the kids dressed up and just hung out. Then, we came home for awhile and had dinner and got ready to go Trick or Treating. Camden completely enjoyed Trick or Treating. He especially loved knocking on people's doors and having LOOOONG conversations with them... explaining to them WHY he had to knock on their door (his words: "because, had to say trick or treat, and then, had to get some candy, and then... had to go to knock on your door and then say happy halloween.)... LOL. We were laughing our heads off at him... so cute. More pictures following this post.

Daddy & Buzz Lightyear

Halloween2008 003, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

2 Infinity & a pumpkin!

Halloween2008 016, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Buzz Lightyear, Space Ranger has completed a very important mission... to capture the alien pumpkin!

My Little Pumpkin

Halloween2008 019, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

It's Buzz Lightyear!

Halloween2008 025, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Remember this hat?

I knitted this little hat when I found out Ella was going to be a girl.... seems like so long ago!
I never even imagined how cute she'd be in it. It doesn't totally stay on because I knitted it for a 5-6 month old, so she could wear it during Christmas vacation... but its already getting cold enough to wear it now!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

He loves her.

Camden&EllaOct29 006, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

When she's older, she won't believe our stories of how he tormented her so. Most of the photographs that we have of them together are just sweet. You can see the adoration in his face. He is delighted to be holding her. Even more delighted that she reached over and grabbed his hand. "I teach her to run," he always says. He wants to teach her many things, and reminds us every day.

Don't cry it's only a picture.

Don't cry it's only a picture., originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

When I was not looking, he grew, and grew, and grew.

Monday, October 27, 2008

She gave me a look! I know that look!

Ella 003, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

She gave me the Haskew Girl look. The look when someone is trying to take your picture and you're irritated at them! She's saying "Enough with the pictures mom, I haven't even done my hair and make up this morning yet, so get that camera out of my face!"

Friday, October 24, 2008

Super Dad Makes a Lasting Impression...

Change. Even if it's a change for the better- it's the fear of the unknown that scares us. Although we fear change, we are the ever-changing human race.

Change of self can be brought on in many forms, and when you're in a committed relationship, the change happens (or is supposed to happen) simultaneously. I'm a different person now that I'm married and have kids. It's hard for me to pin-point the exact ways in which I'm different, but I know I've changed. My husband (who used to be laid back and completely care free) has totally changed now that he's a father- he's very protective of his little ducklings and is a very active father- always doing, questioning and caring for them. This is a good thing- although sometimes even though I understand it's a good thing, I get defensive. "I'm the mom, I know what I'm doing." Like when he gets irritated if I fall asleep at night while nursing Ella, or when he reads a parenting baby book cover to cover and suddenly is the expert on feeding and night-time routines. In the moment, I may roll my eyes, I may chuckle, or slightly make fun of him, but in the back of my mind, and later when I'm reflecting on the day's activities, I'm thankful. Thankful that he's there, helping, caring, and doing. Instead if letting me do it all. Because, I'd be a nut without him. (Have you met my two year old? Yes? Good. Then you know what I mean!)

When a person gets married, they date, so they are able to "test the waters" to see what type of spouse the other person would be. What's amazing, is, that if they're planning on having kids, there is no "testing the waters" to see what type of parent that person will turn out to be. So, in a way, they're taking a chance. There is no way to know.

I know I'm not an easy one to live with, but my husband knew this going into it.... I give my husband hell a lot the time for various things, depending on what I've decided to harp on that day, whether it be house chores, organization, or letting Camden wear his "good" shoes to school. His favorite phrase is "It's always something." Yes. It's always something. Because I strive for perfection and I'm very controlling. It's in my blood. I knew all of Joe's quirks going into it... he's a little disorganized at times and usually can't find his shoes or his wallet (the two must-haves for going ... but I knew that and that was all fine and dandy with me because he accepts my flaws, and Lord knows I'm pretty flawed when it comes to fussing about any and everything! And yet, as parents, we have changed so much, and have grown to be a really great team. As a father, I have seen Joe transform into this completely amazing person- even more amazing than he was before. Seeing him be a great father is much better than just being a great husband, way more wonderful than that.

It's amazing how the father's roles have changed over the past 50 years. They have slowly, gradually, become more a part of the home, playing a more active role IN the home, and I'd venture to say that Joe and I do most everything 50/50 now that we have two kids. Seriously, the only thing that Joe does NOT do is nurse Ella- and that's because he doesn't have the "tools". All other things, he can handle, sometimes, doing them better than even I do them, and when he does, I have to swallow my pride, let go of the control, and be thankful.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Flourishes Dress!

DressFromMary 001, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Mary over at Flourishes made this dress for my little Ella. Isn't it just perfect? Seriously. It's in *our* favorite colors- pink and green- and of course the cutest fabric from Sandi Henderson's Farmer's Market line... the perfect dress for a little girl whose room is a "secret garden" right! :) I just can't wait for her to get big enough to wear it! :) Mary has some awesome things in her shop. I'm in love with the funky tunic in the pop garden!!! Thanks again Mary!!! :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Evan's Bedding Complete!

EvansBeddingComplete 004, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

I finished the bedding set this morning. Now, I'm asking myself, "Why didn't I make Ella's bedding?!?!" I could have made an awesome secret garden set... Guess I was just too tired!!! LOL. Love this. Now, I have to figure out a creative way to package it up for gift giving...LOL.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Seeing Stars...

Rocket Ship Baby Bumper, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

I've been working on a Rocket Ship baby bedding set for the last three days. It is coming out awesome. I have to finish the quilt and then maybe add a few finishing touches and I'm done! If I have extra fabric I _may_ try the wall-hangings but I think I'll be content with just this set.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

New Joann coupons!

Here they are!

Working in the Garage with Daddy.

Working in the Garage, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

I can't believe that he's such a big boy. He's so adoreable. This photo just makes me want to cry... he has grown up soooo fast.

Monogram Geisha Girl Pillow

MonogramGeishaPillow 007, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Worked on this one yesterday, experimenting with the monogram. Love the outcome. You can't see the back, but the back has a kimono-look for the closure of the pillowcase. The case is removable. I also was able to use my little SunnyNole boutique tags! Fun! Lots more to come... I've got so many projects to complete by December. I'm trying to get the smaller ones out of the way now!!

In other news, my wonderful husband has cleaned out the entire garage. He had been working on it for awhile. We bought a ladder from Craigslist and so now he is able to get up into the attic! So, we've got our Christmas stuff in the attic, which frees up wayyyyy more room in the garage. It is so awesome to have it all cleared out. Now, I need to go through my crafting closet and see what can be put up I REALLY need to get that thing cleared out. I couldn't find my rotary cutter, so when I was working on some sewing, I had to use old fashioned scissors... and it just was not fun! LOL. I also can't find my cutting mat. I'd like to look for my other ones before I have to go buy another...

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Just a Peek...

Just a Peek..., originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Just a peek at a project I've been working on. Can't show everything until January. The Christmas Sewing has begun!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sweet Toez Custom Order

Sweet Toez Custom Order, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Hooray for custom orders! I have a custom order for an awesome pair of sock monkey sweet toez. I can't wait to get started on these.

Today was meal and grocery plan day and tomorrow is grocery shopping day. ...and I just remembered that Cam's daycare is closed tomorrow so I'll pretty much be going coo-coo with two kids and trying to grocery shop.

My sister stopped by today bubbling with excitement about her lesson plans and the class she is teaching. It made me want to go back to work _NOW_. -But then I look at Ella and I _SO_ don't want to leave her... but I really can't wait to get back to work! (Ever feel THAT torn between two things? LOL.)

Today has been a good day so far. I hope it will be an even better day when the mail arrives later on. I have some new fabrics coming my way and some plans for some awesome Christmas gifts. :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sweet Toez, Babe!

babyshoes 001, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Ella and I had fun making these shoes today! They are so yummy you almost want to eat them! I will have to modify the pattern for her for her next pair... These are a tad bit big - she's still just so small !!!! You can also get them in my etsy shop if you're interested.

Joe has a game tonight so it's just me and the kids at home. I think I may do something special for Camden if he had a good day- like McDonalds and the park... that way not only will he be fed with no mess and no clean up but he can burn off some of that energy and go home tired. With this idea, we all win. :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." -Charles M. Schulz

Fuzzy Hat., originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

So here's a little eye candy for ya. Isn't she a cutie? This is a little hat that my student Morgan knitted for her before she was born. Her head is finally large enough for her to wear it. It seemed so small when Morgan gave it to me... who would have thought that she'd have to "grow" into it? LOL. I saw Morgan's mom in the grocery store a few weeks ago. Morgan's sister was with her, but Morgan had decided to stay home. Her mom said she'd be "mad at herself for staying home..." that they ended up running into me was so funny! The kids are really missing me at school. It makes me feel good that I'm so needed and wanted and loved there, but it also makes me feel so uneasy about being gone. I have to make myself stay away, and make myself "not worry" about them. They are in GREAT hands, but I'm not there. Which leads me to how I will feel in November when I go back to work... Ella will be in GREAT hands... but I won't be there. I went in to talk to the little old ladies today at the church where Ella will be going. They thought she was so adoreable, and I assured them that she's a good baby- just like Camden was. Joe and I have worked it out so that she won't be at daycare long. If he takes them in a little later and I pick them up by 3 (on days that I don't have a meeting, which will be most days)... they will only be there for a few hours each day, which makes us feel so much better.

Creatively, I'm beginning a new adventure that I'm hoping to learn a lot from in the next few weeks. I will be able to talk about this more soon. Ella will be coming with me- thank goodness for the zolowrap- my favorite sling ever!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Halloween Horror Nights... A Fun Thing Gone Bad.

As a college student, I attended Halloween Horror Nights. A group of girlfriends and I actually went in 2003. We were going to the annual FCTE (Florida Council for Teachers of English) conference that was held in Orlando that year. We all stayed at the conference hotel, sharing a room to make it cheaper, had awesome meals out, attended awesome workshops during the day, and one night we skipped the night-time festivities to go to Halloween Horror Nights. (One can only hob-knob with a group of frumpy coffee-sipping, vera-carrying teachers for so long! ... if only we knew that's what we would soon become... lol)...

Anyway, Halloween Horror nights was cool. Back then.

Now that I'm a mom, it's AWFUL. The commercial alone is appalling. And if it's appalling to me, I can only imagine how others feel, because I consider myself a pretty laid-back mom. I'm not too uptight with what Camden watches as long as it's not violent or sexual. At two years old, his favorite movies include The Sandlot, Toy Story and Shrek. I also don't oppose Halloween. It's actually a lot of fun and our family enjoys the festivities. This is not a religious complaint by any means. I support Halloween Horror Nights and Universal Studios and their rights to cater to adult entertainment needs. However, I do have a problem with their ability to bring terrifying images into my home via FAMILY programming.

This commercial plays at all hours of the day on all channels that we watch including ABC Family, which is one of our favorite channels to watch since it offers re-runs of Gilmore Girls and other fun shows. Now, realize, Camden is not watching these shows, but he is in the room when they are on at 4pm and 5pm and 6pm... you know, the normal hours when a FAMILY would be together! We tried just watching other channels and found that this commercial is EVERYWHERE. This is NOT something that I EVER want my son to see. We already have trouble getting him to bed, do you think this would help? No. AND, the commerical scares the shit out of me, so I can only imagine how it must feel to a two year old.

Note: There are two versions of the commercial, one where she is painting her lips with blood and the other where she does not. Of course, the one shown in our area has to be the most bloody one!

So, I wrote ABC Family with my complaint of their distasteful advertising choices. I then proceeded to write Universal Studios and a quick search brought up all sorts of things. Moms in the Orlando Area have boycotted the awful and distasteful billboards. One mom wrote that her daughter was terrified by the billboards and is now drawing pictures of "Bloody Mary" in school. Further searching just made me mad because people were awfully insensitive toward parents and children. People made comments such as "moms need to get a life", and "don't drive that way anymore", etc. Really? There are 80 billboards in the Orlando area. Moms should be able to take their children wherever they need to go without having to avoid billboards. The comments about the article were pretty much almost as appalling as the billboards themselves.

If you live in the area, and would like to petition the billboards, go here.

Part of the petition is so true, it states "As an adult, I can look at this image and realize that it is not real and "just for fun" yet, how do I explain this to my three year old son? Our young children should not be exposed to these images." <-- AMEN-SISTA! So, I'm signing the billboard petition, and I'd like to find one about these AWFUL COMMERCIALS, but I haven't found one. So, Joe and I continue to distract Camden when we are watching a show and the commercial comes on. Or we turn the channel quickly. And we've stopped watching certain channels altogether because of the frequency of the ad. It's just not worth it.

Violence does not belong in our house.

Friday, October 10, 2008

New Joann Coupon!

The new Joann coupon is out. 50% off sale this weekend with coupon. Happy crafty spending!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

My Ella, My Model

Ella is a lovely model because she's always happy!

Here, she's sporting the sweater handknit by Omly. Thanks, Omly! What a warm and special gift! ...and the chocolate brown looks lovely with all of her PINK! you see the little brown and aqua owl peeking out from inside the sweater?! That's "FB's Owl", a sunnynole SNAPz! ...and you can get it in my etsy shop, along with your customizable garment.


This is the convo that transpired between me and Camden last night. I was cooking dinner and he climbed up to sit on the barstool to talk to me.

Camden:"what are you doing mama?"
Me: "cooking dinner"
Camden:"what are you making?"
Me: "spaghetti"
Camden: "sweeeeet!!!!! i 'wike' spaghetti!"

Sweet? since when has my 2 year old become so cool? LOL!

Making a comeback at Etsy!

I've had my etsy shop opened for awhile. Over a year now. I sold everything that I sewed last winter and then focused my energy on Christmas. Now, I'm back in the saddle and ready to list a few new items! ... but right now there is nothing in the shop. Nada. (Well, except the one listing that's been sitting there for awhile, that I'm about to donate for Jamacia!)

...But there are lots of things C O M I N G S O O N! So, just keep that in mind! And of course, if you'd like to request a custom item, you can email me at SunnyNole (at) gmail (dot) com. Currently I'm working with awesome textiles from Alexander Henry. I've placed a logo on the sidebar and will make announcements there as to not take up my precious space here. (...and I have readers who could care less about this and are just visiting to see photos of my lovely children....*grandparents*, you know who you are!!)

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Where does the time go?

June 27 Beach Day 013, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Looked at the calendar today and I can't believe we're already in October! Where does the time go? Seriously. It seems like just yesterday that Camden and I made this trip to the beach.

And now it's October, and Ella is here, and it's almost time for me to go back to work. Very soon.

Wow. Time flies.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Our Weekend!

Our Weekend!, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

We had a nice laid-back weekend. We made brownies, Grilled out as usual and just relaxed. The burning question of the weekend was "Where are Wayne Gretzskys Pants?!?!" LOL!