Friday, December 29, 2006

Life's Little Moments

Although I was going to post something else tonight, I thought this was worth substituting. As you can see, my son has his very own hair stylist. His creative big sister. She's not just creative, she's generous. That's her hairband he's wearing! After the initial discovery and photograph, we got a few more shots as she made 'a few adjustments' before losing interest altogether. From PC's expression in this picture, I've come to the conclusion that, what he ended up with wasn't exactly what he had in mind.

I thought it would be interesting to show the 'steps' Dolly used to beautify her little brother. Have fun!
Firstly, the hairband had to come out again.
Secondly, she had to re-comb his hair.
Thirdly, comb just the right amount into the other hand. Make sure to get a good grip.
Attempt to re-insert hairband.
Try again from a different angle.Ignore any protesting.
Re-position client. Continue to ignore protesting.
And finally! Step back and admire work while Daddy and Mommy take pictures.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Our Family Portrait for 2007!

"That in all things he might have the preeminence."
Colossians 1:18

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Five Months Old!

Finally!! Even I thought I was never going to get around to posting this picture. Yes, it took me forever to take it (he's really 8 days past 5 months in this picture), but Dolly's picture was a few days late too, so they're not that different in age. And... yes, he's now only 9 days away from being six months old. (Hmm... it must run in the family)

PC started sitting up all by himself almost a week before he hit the five month mark. Dolly was sitting around that age too, although she was crawling before 6 months. PC is getting soooo close to crawling, but there's always Dolly around to save him the trouble and fetch whatever he's trying to get!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Anything Else?

Note: This post was written on November 23rd(U.S. Thanksgiving). I finally got around to doing the editing on December 11th. Sorry for the delay.

You'd think that rebuilding a $5.00 toy stroller would be easy. Well, at least that's what I thought this morning.

Right about the time that PC was born, Sir and I bought Dolly some 'baby' toys. Among them was a miniature umbrella stroller that within two weeks was starting to fall apart. The frame was in perfect condition and it was just the cheap fabric that was being worn through and torn.

This morning after watching Dolly happily push her skeleton of a stroller around the house, I decided that it shouldn't be that hard to make a new seat for it and started by taking the rest of the original remains off of the frame.
Then, came the challenge of actually getting through the project. Find a seam ripper.... ok finally. Now, take the old seat apart... done. (For anyone else - try to remember how you take things apart as you do it. It will make re-assembly much easier.) Next... oh yeah... go find some fabric - we made a trek out to the shed. Cut out new seat pieces - hey, at least that part was easy.. as long as Dolly let my scissors alone. Set up the sewing machine. This involved re-arranging the living/dining room temporally. Then all the problems showed up.

First off, I didn't thread the machine properly so as soon as I started to sew, gobs of thread would wad up underneath my pressure foot. While I tried unsuccessfully to figure out what was wrong, Dolly was shedding most of her clothes and PC was starting to get impatient and fussy. Finally I called Auntie Kedg and in less than 30 seconds she had pinpointed the problem, and gave me instructions to fix it (Sometimes one can really feel blond).

At last! I was ready to sew. I relocated my son, gave him some toys, put Dolly's favorite CD in the CD player and let her jump to her hearts content. Then I started sewing. About halfway into the project I burnt my hand again on my 50-60 year old sewing machine (the light bulb gets really hot and you skin sticks to it if you're not careful when lifting the pressure foot - yeah, ouch.) I ran out of bobbin thread on my very last ¼ inch seam. And after just over two hours, I finally finished making a little toy stroller seat while my son screamed his lungs out in the background until he finally fell asleep and my daughter went through everything on my nightstand in the other room (between needing my help to dash off to go potty). I think that next time I'll wait until naptime to get a project done!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Snowball Syndrome

Everyone's familiar with the 'Snowball Syndrome' or the 'Domino Effect', I'm sure. I am very familiar with it. Especially when it comes to my life. First one thing is happening, then three, then ten, then more than I can keep track of, then way too many, then- well, you get the idea. There are the odd times that I have nothing happening, and then I don't know what to do with myself... Relax? How do you do that again?

When I'm caught up in my life's version of S.S.(snowball syndrome), I have to steal moments like this one. While my toddler is balancing on the edge of her high chair tray instead of eating her breakfast like she should be and my son is doing his utmost to writhe out of the battery operated baby swing he's buckled into, I dash off to my computer to try to squeeze in a quick update for all the people who are certain I've dropped off the face of the earth.
I know I probably should be changing a diaper, or doing dishes, or wiping up a sticky face, or vacuuming, or changing my sewing room back into the dining room, or folding laundry, or watering my parched and dying plants, or a myriad of other things, but my conscience will just not leave me alone. "It's been over two weeks since you posted last"... "Almost half a month".... "What about the three half finished posts?" "you still haven't posted PC's 5 month picture". There's just so much you can ignore. And speaking of ignoring... I must go rescue my son, since I can't ignore his demands to be released from the monster swing any longer!

So, in case anyone was wondering, I am still around, and eventually the snowball will melt again and my life will slow down and I'll do nothing because it will take me that long to realize I'm in a wonderfully, peaceful lull and have time to start new projects or finish old ones, and be able to update my blog with current news!