Sunday, June 28, 2009

Ella's Photo Shoot

I did a photo shoot today for Ella's First Birthday Invite. Although we are just having a small party with family, I still wanted to do an invite, as a keepsake for her scrapbook (when I ever get to THAT!)... and... well just because!


The bunny pose...


The cute clapping pose...


The fairy princess in the grass pose...


And my favorite... she was laughing at her daddy...


But I chose to use it in black and white since the rest of her invite was in color!

And I'll show the invite when it gets closer to the bday. :)

That's it for tonight, going to watch Freaks and Geeks with Joe now! :)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Blueberry, Ms. Darcy's Knitted Cupcakes


Photos by: Jessica Chapman

So adoreable and so cute, yet, not edible. The best kind. ;)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Finished the Art Quilt


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


Joe played in a softball tournament this week so I was able to finish the art quilt wallhanging Etsy order in the evenings this week. It came out wonderful. This is just one of the views of thread writing that I did. I also quilted the little girl's name throughout it. I'm very pleased.

In other news, there is nothing much going on. We spent the day today at the pool and that coupled with a long weekend and an even longer week, I'm pretty much exhausted.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sew Connected 3 May Block for Sunnynole


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


My block made by Solihubb... It's SO AMAZING! She is a talented quilter!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Love


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


Just wanted to post something quickly today. I've been sick with a miagraine and throwing up all day. That and taking care of kids made for one rough day. I'm just posting a fast one today.

I love it that my little boy asks for a plate of veggies as a snack before dinner. Raw. Veggies. (With a side of dressing of course!!)

I've been exploring Meal Makeover Moms. And if you have picky eaters in your house (or are just looking for new healthy recipes and tips, they are a GREAT resource!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sticker Time!


Photos by: Jessica Chapman

I've been really studying preschool curriculum books to figure out different ways to work on fine motor skills... and one of the ways is to have kids peel stickers off of a page and stick them onto a card.

Boring... I thought...

BUT, I did it anyway... and THEY LOVED it ... and it literally kept them occupied for 30 minutes! Talk about fun!

The act of peeling and sticking develops fine motor skills by exercising small muscle groups in fingers in coordination with the eyes. The development of these skills helps preschoolers eventually write, draw, button their buttons, work zippers, etc. Very important skills!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Where Have I Been?


Photos by: Jessica Chapman

I don't know where I have been- probably changing diapers, cleaning up macaroni off the floor, grocery shopping, cooking, making bottles, filling up waterguns, taking kids to swim lessons, washing clothes, weeding my garden, oh! that's where I've been! Too busy with the thrilling things in life.

Today was one of those popsicle kind of days.... and we had a lot of fun in the back yard with the water guns.

I still have pictures to share from Fort Lauderdale. I'll get to that soon. I still have orders for etsy to finish. And a quilt for my husband's friend. And a yoga bag that needs a strap. And a LOT of monthly quilt blocks from May and June. It's all piled up on me.

And, I'll get to it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Just a Quickie


Photos by: Jessica Chapman

A quick update in list form:

We are home safely from Fort Lauderdale.

We have great pictures to share and I will get them loaded soon.

Joe and I are on day 3 of Jillian Michael's 30-day shred.

She is a tough trainer, and I have never cheered for ab work in my life but I do now because I actually get to lay down.

Even Joe thinks it's a hard workout, he who sort of snubbed workout videos in the past.

We are eating more healthy and are having one raw night a week where raw fruits and veggies are what we have- with some dipping sauces. Believe it or not, Camden is loving it. How many three year olds do you know that will eat raw broccoli and cauliflower? If he has a bit of Ranch dressing he will.

All the rain that we have gotten in past weeks has really helped our front garden take off. I have to weed it every morning.

I'm working on an online bible study Believing God by Beth Moore. There are a lot of great women in the group and I'm already seeing it blossom and we're just approaching week 2.

I am way behind on quilting bee quilt blocks and custom order quilts. I have lots of things waiting in my queue- Finish an art quilt, a yoga bag, a few father's day projects. So, I'm keeping busy.

Ella is eating solids now. She has become quite the foodie.

I have recently discovered that Candy Land is the most boring game...ever. I played it a lot when I was little and thought it was great. (Thanks Mom and Dad..) But the more and more Camden begs me to play it with him the more and more I just... think it's boring! Maybe we need to get TROUBLE (popOmatic!)... I know my sisters and I played that like crazy. Or perhaps Guess Who.

I've missed yoga for three straight weeks now and I'm just going to surrender to going by myself... When I invite someone, it just never seems to work out. I even got my sister TO THE DOOR and they ended up being closed that day, hmph.

And that's it. That's all for now. I'm off to drink my Crystal Light and put my feet up for the last remaining nine minutes of nap time.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Bittersweet


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


I spent a half day at school today - away from the kids - cleaning out my classroom and packing up my personal belongings. The school that I have called "my school" - that I have taught at since I started teaching is closing. I have been reassigned to a "new school", and even though I have applied for and have been granted family medical leave for another year, it was bittersweet packing up my things today. I pulled books out of stacks to show my sister with excitement. Truly I've missed being in this element.

I have completely enjoyed spending the last year with my kids and I am blessed to be able to do it for another year at least. It was with bittersweet joy that I signed off on the paper at my new school today that confirmed "yes, I will be out another year". And I spent the day in silent prayer with God questioning if I had made the right choice. Another year? Is that the right thing?

Later that evening, as Camden and I pulled out of the driveway to do an errand, just the two of us... he called my name.

"Mommy?"

I pressed my foot lightly on the brake and turned to him.

"Yes, hon?," I said.

"I missed you today. So much."

I paused. Unable to utter a word, struck by this confirmation from my three year old son. The expression on his face as he uttered those few words will forever be branded on my heart.

"I missed you too, baby." I managed to get out.

And as I turned my head back to the road, my eyes misty with awe, I knew. I knew I had made the right decision.

And I'm happy that it was confirmed.