Saturday, March 31, 2012


 This week was Spring Break around here, but my poor, unfortunate, deprived children don't go to school, so the only effect on us was the J-bird's tumbling class being canceled. In place of tumbling this week, we met my friend, Jaimey and her three kids at Outdoors In, a very cool indoor playground in Hillsboro. We'd never been there before, but it was really neat, and the kids had a blast.

 Imaginative play.

 Climbing (Are you surprised that it's the Child With No Fear successfully climbing the equipment with no help from Mommy? Because I'm not.)

And wedging oneself into a car intended for dolls.

We stayed until all the Spring Breakers showed up and crowded the place out, but we will definitely go back. In Oregon, where it rains a lot, something like this just makes sense, right?

And no, Outdoors In has no idea who I am. This isn't an ad. We just liked it. :)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Wrap It Up

When wrapping gifts, I like to try to add a little something special - a little flare, if you will, and I'm always looking for new, fun ideas. ;) This is my current favorite gift wrapping trick: I wrap the gift with whatever paper I have in the back of the closet, then cut out the first initial of the recipient's name in craft felt - a matching color (or two) - and glue it right on. I use a glue stick, because it dries faster and is less messy. In this case, I also cut a little tag out of some cardstock and added a scrap of ribbon. Simple, inexpensive, and cute!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Church Socks

Every pair I own seems to be holey. (ha)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

From Snow To Sun

Last Thursday, there was snow on the ground, and it was cold. The next day, it was sunny and gorgeous, perfect weather for playing outside with all the neighborhood kids. Oregon Springtime, everyone!

Monday, March 26, 2012


When my mom was here, we took a little trip to Fabric Depot, and I picked out some fabric for a new valance over my kitchen window. I think that changing curtains and pillows and accessories is a nice, less expensive and involved way to change the vibe of a room a little, and I was tired of the red one I'd made a few years ago. This fabric was hanging just a few rolls above the fabric I used for the living room curtains I sewed a few months ago.

Since the kitchen and living room run together (open floor plan), I wanted complimentary fabrics, and I love the way these work together. It's funny: I've never been a real fan of yellow, but, used judiciously, it sure brightens up the place! I topped my valance off with a bundle of dried lavender from my garden a couple of years ago, just to add some interest. Also, I lurve lavender. Fin.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Cake That Walks Like A Sandwich

 Our babysitter/family friend, Bailey asked me a couple of weeks ago if I would help her to make a cake that looked like a sandwich, as a birthday gift for a friend of hers. I said I would, so she and her friend, Lauren came over one afternoon, and we put it together. The "bread" was white chocolate cake, and the meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and crust were all marshmallow fondant, with some vanilla cream frosting in there as well.
The girls had fun, and their friend really liked the cake. Win!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hand Me Down

 Hand-me-down knock-around-the-house clothes, cowgirl boots on the wrong feet, and light-up glasses.
Yep. That looks about right.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sweet Boy

Ornery. Argumentative. Silly. Infuriating. Precious. Beautiful. Funny. Naughty. Energetic. Imperfectly perfect. Mine.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Monster Patch

 The J-bird tends to wear holes in the knees of all his pants. I usually just patch them, but I saw a patch online that someone had done that looked like a monster face, and I had to try it.

 He loves it!
First, I tidied up the hole in the jeans with some scissors. I serged several thicknesses of red fabric together for the patch behind the hole and sewed it on. I used white felt for the teeth, again (tediously) hand stitched on. I painted on the green fur and the googly eyes with fabric paint, and voila!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Kansas In Oregon

 My parents and two of my sisters flew out to Oregon this last weekend to celebrate the kids' birthdays. We had so much fun!

 On Friday afternoon, the kids and I went to the airport to pick everyone up. The kids were SO EXCITED (and I was too!). The airport is like a giant, thrilling playground to my children - the escalators! the baggage claim area! the people watching! the random announcements over the intercom! AND they got grandparents and two aunts out of it. How cool is that?

 When we got home, my mom broke out the birthday gifts, including cowboy boots for both kids, books, playing cards, a dream catcher for the J-bird, St. Patrick's Day necklaces with blinking was a birthday extravaganza!

On Saturday, we split up and went out. The boys went to the LEGO store, and the girls went to Fabric Depot and out to lunch. On Sunday, we made a big brunch together and just hung out all day. The kids got tons of time with Granny and Papa and Aunt Olivia and Aunt Tassi. It was beautiful to see.

We even spent a little time outside!

And no birthday celebration would be complete without cake and candles.

 The J-bird even got some LEGO time in with his Papa on Monday morning, before we had to set out for the airport again. He could not have been happier (minus the dropping everyone back off at the airport part).

 We all went out to lunch, then walked around the airport a little bit. The kids even conned their Papa into buying them each a toy.

It was, as always, brutally hard to say goodbye when it was time for them to go. We made some lovely memories though, and we're always so glad to have time together.

Thanks for making the journey west, guys. We love you!