Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Goal {ALYOF}

July Goal: To Finish the Monikered Baby Bag for Baby Burke




I'll be seeing his mom at the end of the month, so I hope to be able to give it to her then... instead of shipping it to the PNW!




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WIP (works in progress) List
  • 1 tiered skirt for E ... preparing for family pictures this fall (fabric chosen and ready to be cut)
  • 1 Manhattan tops for E (I cut out the pieces before JT arrived)
  • 4 Monikered Baby Bags (fabric chosen and all but one of the names embroidered... need to cut and sew the actual bags now) 
  • A tote bag needing straps


UFO (unfinished objects) List...
  • Twin size quilt top needing a border then quilting and binding
  • A quilt top from my grandma needing quilting and binding
  • 1 lap quilt needing quilting then binding 
  • 6 baby quilt tops needing quilting and binding
  • A pile of Christmas half-square triangles that need to be trimmed and then organized into a table runner/table topper/pillow/etc

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

JT at 2 Months {Update}


Quick, before June ends! Here's James' 2 month update...


He had a doctor's appointment at 6 weeks, where he weighed 10+ pounds and had jumped 2 percentiles in height. We then started him on reflux meds... he doesn't spit up (maybe 3 times a week) but he is a pretty fussy little boy, and we can see when he does "reflux" but then we watch as he swallows it back down (meaning the acid is hitting his throat twice). E also had some reflux issues, but we only kept her on meds for about a week. We can tell that James has increased the amount of time being content, but he still gets pretty fussy throughout the day. He especially hates his carseat. This makes going out and about difficult on my nerves! It would be one thing to have him screaming in his carseat if I knew that I could easily calm him down just by holding him upon arrival, but no, it takes a lot of bouncing and holding and patting and white noise for him to calm down in my arms. 





 
With that "fun" info out of the way, here is our first family picture! We went to a family wedding about 4 hours away. (You can imagine what that car ride was like since he barely slept).



 I love his faces!! It is easy to coax a smile out of him when he's content and he can see your face and hear your voice. He has even started "coo-ing" and there's a hint of a chuckle, but he hasn't quite laughed yet. 


 He's a strong boy and likes to have help sitting up so he can look around. E still loves her little brother, as long as she gets enough playing time with Mommy or Daddy :) The glasses in the first picture was her idea!



We were blessed with a baby shower from the church ladies. Something that I definitely didn't expect, but was thoroughly appreciated! 


  • He's still in 0-3 month clothes, but I'm sure he'll be ready for 3-6 after his next growth spurt. 
  • We will soon switch to size 2 diapers as well. 
  • We can help him grab toys, but he doesn't realize that he's holding something fun. 
  • He calms down with rocking and white noise. 
  • I looooove it when his long afternoon nap overlaps with his sister's. 
  • I can usually get him to take 1-3 naps by himself in the crib, otherwise he naps on me or Dan. 
  • He sleeps in the pack-n-play at the foot of our bed at night, and usually wakes up once to eat during the night. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monikered Baby Bag for Kate

So many of my friends have had babies... you may remember all those quilts I made before JT arrived? Well, for those new moms who don't receive a quilt, they get a baby bag instead. (And some very close friends actually receive both!).

We recently had two couples over with their children for a fun Saturday at our house (and at the local beach). We hadn't yet met one of the little ones, so I hurried all week to finish this bag... Thankfully (with Dan's help as he took care of JT several evenings so I could work on it) I was able to finish it in time! I'm also thankful that my mom had already appliqu├ęd the name for me :)


All of the fabric is from my stash and several of them are actually from fat quarters that I've won in giveaways. I didn't have any matching corduroy on hand for the inside, and it was a particularly difficult week with JT (a fussy, reflux baby who absolutely hates his carseat and so never arrives at a destination calm enough to allow me to really focus on shopping) so there was no way I was heading to a local fabric store. Thus, I used some patterned denim I had on hand instead. I think it turned out alright!



And, here is the little lady herself! Cutie pie :)

I think my July goal will be to finish another bag... I'll be seeing another of the new mommies at the end of the month!

Wedding Reminiscing [Cake!]

It's anniversary month! 

Oops, here I thought I was done reminiscing with the previous post about the reception, but here is one last post: it's cake time :)

(Thanks for putting up with all my reminiscing this month... I've had fun revisiting the pictures and remembering all the fun details!)



My mom and dad had a square wedding cake, so I had always dreamed of having a square cake, too. Besides, they are easier to cut, right?

The pictures are of a few greats and grands in their wedding attire. If you remember, you saw a few more pictures on the gift table. Doilies finish the table, along with borrowed cake serving pieces from my cousin. The cake topper is a gold cross that now hangs on the wall in our bedroom.



Close family members cut the cake... 
and even closer family gathered after one of my showers to help make mints - purple roses and green leaves. 
I don't have a picture, but each plate of cake had a swirl of chocolate syrup under the cake and a few mints on the side.



Here we are handing out the cake. The entire wedding party helped hand out the cake to our guests. The second picture is from my brother's wedding - the wedding party handed out the cake then too... and you guessed it... every since then, I knew that my wedding party would also be doing that! It's a great way to mingle with the guests :)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Wedding Reminiscing [Reception Details]

The last post in my Wedding Reminiscing Series...

Here we have... the Reception :)

Remember how I really didn't enjoy bossing my helpers around to decorate for the reception? And even so, the decorations turned out really well! I loved how it all came together...



The Head Table





The Head Table with a few of the circle tables to show all they all coordinated.




My mother's wedding dress, my mother-in-law's dress and my grandmother-in-law's dress. 
(I wish I would have had these labeled).



Old wedding pictures from my family and Dan's family. (I wish these would have been labeled as well).



The punch table and the gift table (the cards were put into a hat box - it's hidden there on the left side).



I loved borrowing glassware and doilies from family members and being able to use them at the reception, along with the old dresses and photos. It was nice connecting to historic family celebrations in that way :) 

All in all, the wedding day was a fun day (that I'm glad that I never have to do again!, Ha!)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Easy Sundress Complete {June Goal Done!}

Finished! 
A quick and simple project, but every finish is a happy accomplishment for me right now :)


My goal was to make a sundress for my 2 year old daughter, who we hope to potty train soon - the sundress could be a helpful tool once I feel ready to let her go diaper-free to start the process!


E has one Little Mermaid pajama top that she has grown fond of, and she has a small mermaid figurine somewhere in this house that she always wants to play with when she wears the pajama pant. So far, she hasn't asked to wear this, but whenever I point out that the dress has Ariel on it, she smiles and runs to find her mermaid toy :)



I think I made the straps just a little long, but otherwise, I'm quite happy with this. 

Number 32 in the linky party.


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WIP (works in progress) List
  • 1 easy sundress for E (current post - finished!)
  • 1 tiered skirt for E ... preparing for family pictures this fall (fabric chosen and ready to be cut)
  • 1 Manhattan tops for E (I cut out the pieces before JT arrived)
  • 4 Monikered Baby Bags (fabric chosen and all but one of the names embroidered... need to cut and sew the actual bags now) - this used to be 5 bags, but I finished one recently because they were coming to visit! I'll post about the bag soon.
  • A tote bag needing straps


UFO (unfinished objects) List...
  • Twin size quilt top needing a border then quilting and binding
  • A quilt top from my grandma needing quilting and binding
  • 1 lap quilt needing quilting then binding 
  • 6 baby quilt tops needing quilting and binding
  • A pile of Christmas half-square triangles that need to be trimmed and then organized into a table runner/table topper/pillow/etc

Monday, June 22, 2015

Wedding Reminiscing [Reception Tables]

It's Anniversary Month!

Now it's time for my least favorite part of preparing for the wedding...



When I am under time crunch and there is a lot to do and a lot of people are looking at me for directions... yikes, I was not a fan. 



And yet, I know we couldn't have done all the decorating by myself and I am so very much appreciative of all my helpers... my mother, mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers