Thursday, December 15, 2011

Moments



I will be honest- as a mother, sometimes it is so hard to keep a good attitude. I find myself grumbling all the way to the nursery some nights when Daniel is waking me up to nurse. All I can imagine is that he is ruining my sleep... on purpose. At least, that is what one would think if my grumblings were heard by another.

Yet still, I have been able to find great solace in the thought that I should appreciate every moment- no matter how annoying- because one day they will be grown and I would do anything to go back to when they were little babies. So that is what I {try} to tell myself at 3am as I unwrap his squirmy body from the three blankets I swaddle him in, kiss his nose and spend those moments with him that I will one day remember as some of the most precious.

___

As a side note, I have been working on lots of crafty things, but I have been afraid to post them lest a family member unwittingly discovers a soon-to-be Christmas gift.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sourdough starter from the Oregon Trail. Woot!

I just completely lucked out was blessed to be given some sourdough starter that was used on the Oregon Trail! Seriously. I have spent the day reading up on sourdough recipes and how to not kill my starter. I am making crackers and bread today.

Sourdough today...Keffir tomorrow! (Maybe not yet)



Sunday, December 4, 2011

Another tea party

Today a few of my friends gathered to watch Lark Rise to Candleford.

I got to use my vintage set for the first time :)

 Of course, we had to do it nineteenth century English style and throw a tea party. Why oh, why, did we only start doing these our last year of all living near each other?

Katherine loved her little tea cup.

So far these have all been very small. We have been getting together since we started seminary, but have only done it with a proper tea twice. I really want to have a larger one and invite a lot of people. I think it would be grand.




I have been adding many more pictures to my Pinterest board. I thought I would {hopefully} brighten your day with some pretty pictures.
Source: flickr.com via Rebekah on Pinterest


Have a lovely day!

Monday, November 28, 2011

So I went AWOL

I guess "blogging everyday" turned into me taking one of the longest blog respites yet. Oh well.

I don't have anything crafty today, but I do have a cute video.

At the end credits of a Veggie Tales movie, Katherine started dancing. I laughed so hard I cried.



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It's OK, I can explain

So, blogging everyday? Phhhhh. Sure. Oops. You see, I have been super busy and when I wasn't busy, Matt was using the computer to write a nine page Bible study. Then I fell on a toy car and broke both of my legs and all of my fingers. I am typing with a pencil in my mouth.

Maybe not all of that was true.

So, the prompt for Monday was asking how do I make time for family- ow do I balance work, children and marriage.

Work for me has been almost non-existent since Daniel was born. I had planned to work how I did with Katherine, but it was just not happening. The stress factor of two babies just made it too hard to be able to focus. It still is hard, but I really want to get going again. I am hoping that our bigger living space will help as well. Since Katherine has more playing room, she has needed me less.

Matt and I get most of our time together after the babies go to bed. We have them on the same sleeping schedule  so that helps a lot. Bedtime is between 7 and 8, so we have a lot of time left in the night. We haven't gone on a date in ages though. I miss that a lot. I really want us to go out sans babies together. Since Daniel is starting to establish a consistent sleeping pattern, I am hoping that will start happening.

And now for a new video of Daniel! I took him for his four month check-up. He is 15 lbs, 8 oz and is doing great!

I made fake sneezes to entertain him. They are pretty funny.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Music

Ah, finally a prompt that I can get into.

Do you listen to music while you write? What song did you listen to today?


Unless I am TRYING to inspire myself by listening to something epic like an instrumental sound track or Romantic Era piano music, I generally get distracted by one or the other. I can listen to music while I write but I don't pay very much attention to it.

Now I can talk about my favorite band. *yay*. Ah, Coldplay. I listened to their new album today, specifically The Princess of China. I was shocked when I downloaded the track to find that it also features Rihanna. At first I thought it would ruin the song, but thy actually sound great together.

I'm not really sure if this post is super irrelevant, so I will make it better by posting a link to my newest Katherine video. She is singing and dancing to Matt singing the Star Spangled Banner. Teehee

Writing

Do you prefer writing with a pen or typing?

It depends on what I am writing. I generally prefer to type so that I can edit as much as I would like without having to rewrite everything. However, back in the day, I used to only be able to write if I was writing in a notebook. I actually found some of my old writings. (Though I do think this was typed.)



Leaves rustle gently in the eternal silence
That falls slowly over the fading trees echoing
In the blowing wind that floods over the valley

Snow falls from heaven mingling with
Dead leaves on the dark barren ground
Ravished by autumn’s cruel storms

My thoughts fall and fade as the snow
Cascades softly down as each new thought
Overtakes the other slowly dying.

I used to be still am pretty melodramatic.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

I wasn't lying, really.

So, the day I declared myself to blog every day for the next month, I got a surprise. Bam. I got sick, plus the internet stopped working on my laptop {again}. Oh pickles! I am still sick and have had a headache for hours, but I am determined to not let another day pass.

Without further Adieu,

If you knew that the next thing you are would be your last meal, what would it be?


A bowl of white rice.

I would each each grain separately. This why my life could be extended right? No one said how long AFTER the meal death would be.

I actually wrote a whole post for this already and found it pretty lame. I couldn't think of an angle to make this prompt interesting. So I figured I would use it to segue to my new favorite cookbook. I actually read this cookbook like a novel. It is that good. Nigel Slater writes each recipe like you are sitting in the kitchen with him; descriptions are almost "cozy." I feel like I am rereading the Hobbit. A plus for my Anglophile self is that he is a British author. In fact, my British friend gave the book to me.
Amazon
The recipes really are very quick. Also, this book helped me to appreciate simple foods more. I realized that a few select quality ingredients really can go a long way- even on a budget. For example, I am done with those little cans of grated Parmesan. I bought a brick of fresh Romano and Parmesan and started to shred as needed. This not only brings up the level of taste by a lot, it also lasts for quite a while because you don't need as much of it. Keep in mind that this s just Matt and I. I don't know what it would be like cooking for more people.


So that is it. Run. Run to the library or bookstore and get this book.  Now for my next post.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fairy tales and crazy adventures

"What is your favorite part about writing?"

This is the first prompt for NaBloPoMo. I guess this is more of a confession of how I started writing. Back in the day I loved to read. I felt like I could live a hundred different lives vicariously through the characters. After a  while, my dear cousins and I decided that we could take it up a notch. We could customize our own stories. This not only ensured us of the perfect romances, but also was a way for us to connect over the few hundred miles that separated us. Thus, we set out to work writing. My cousins also inspired me to write in general- since long distance phone calls (remember those days?!) was expensive, we wrote very long letters- quite often. The deepest of friends, our relationships back then was mainly cultivated through writing.

My cousins and I, several years ago, in Scotland.
I would say that the start of my academic writing was from my mother. I was homeschooled and for history one year she made me write a one page essay EVERYDAY for months. I cannot begin to say how helpful this was to me.

Look out the NaBloPoMo Bandwagon is heading out- and I'm jumping on.

I've been needing something to help me get back into blogging after the move. I worked like an insane person and got the new place in order, but I don't feel that I have done anything blog worthy. Or if I did, I don't have pictures proof of it. At any rate, between being tired from working and suffering with a spotty internet, I have pretty much been AWOL from everything.

Any who, some lovely ladies I know are participating in the NaBloPoMo, which is a fancy acronym for National Blog Posting Month, hosted by Blog Her in which bloggers blog everyday for a month. I am (sigh) three days behind since this shin dig started on the first.

Here goes!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Moving!

Wow, a lot can change in a super short amount of time. Our apartment is super small and closed in. There are no open doorways from one room to the next. Each room is only connected to the hallway. Don't get me wrong, I love this place, but it is simply quite difficult to raise two babies in such a small area. We had planned on staying here, but we recently came across a place (the other half of a duplex that our friends live in) that is only a little more for rent and is bigger.

We saw the place yesterday and we are moving Friday. I already emptied out part of our car trunk. It is happening so fast, it doesn't seem real.

Though we have one month left at our current residence, our new landlord is being very generous and letting us move in early. This way we can have a smoother transition into the new place.

I am very excited, but sad too because I have so many happy memories here. It is my home that I have grown to love. We have lived here for most of our marriage- just looking around the rooms reminds me of countless happy times. However, I know having more space to move around in will be worth it. Granted, it is not TONS bigger, but it will suffice for what we need over the next few months.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Little owls

I have been getting pretty sentimental about Katherine getting bigger. I have been going through her old clothes to see what can leave. At the same time I have been planning on making some little stuffed toys for her. It suddenly occurred to me that I should use some of her old clothes to make them. It would not only be free, but something that would be more special to me to her.

I get sad holding these old clothes, haha. 
I traced the shapes that I wanted to use. 
I am not going to give a detailed explanation of what I did as it is pretty straightforward. Cut out the shapes, sew them together and bang. I used the shredded remains of the clothing to stuff the toys with.
These might look more like birds than owls, but hey.

And then Katherine blissfully carried them around the room for the next hour. Actually, I had to keep handing them to her to take pictures because she was having more fun dropping them off the chair. Sigh. She will like them more when she is older, haha.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tea organization

Scene: Friend visiting our house
Me: Would you like a cup of tea?
Friend: Sure.
Me: What kind? We have .... (forgets all because we have so many). Uh, why don't you just look. (Opens cabinet door)
Friend looks in cluttered cabinet, dismayed. Does not wish to rummage so chooses closest variety in sight.
Friend: Uh, I'll take this one.

Sound familiar? Well, for me it is common enough. I don't even know all of the tea that is in my cabinet. Upon looking at it this afternoon, I had this idea.


I simply cut out the front of each of the boxes (to identify the variety) and put in a plastic bag with the tea. This not only saves tons of space, but guests can now easily flip through my tea basket to make a selection. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Vintage 50's dress and pinafore for Katherine.

I seriously scored today. I went to my favorite shop in town and got Katherine two vintage dresses and a pinafore for about $9.00 total. The dresses for sure at least from the fifties. I am not sure about the pinafore, but it probably was too. Both dresses were in perfect condition. I took pictures of one of the dresses with the removable pinafore.


As you can see, she had a good time.


Ah! Shield my eyes! The cuteness is killing me.


I will put up pictures of the other dress sometime as well. I also got two vintage fifties dresses for myself. Woot! Both were super cheap and look modern enough to be worn today without looking out of place.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cheap cloth diapers (sort of)

I am a subscriber to Zullily deals. I am sure most of you are too. I have to admit, I usually ignore my daily deal email from them, but I actually looked at it today. If any of you are into all in one cloth diapers, you can get Fuzzibunz for 12.99 today. Personally, that is still pricey for me, but for all in ones it is a good price.


here

You can also get these cute pea-coats for girls. I wish I could find Katherine a well priced pea-coat in her size. These start at 4t.

29.99
23.99
I would recommend joining Zulilly as some very great deals do come through. They often have nursing and maternity clothes as well. I am not saying this just because I get credit if people sign up using my link; I genuinely like this company. If you want to join, you have to sign up first. It is a pain, but you only have to do it once.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Modcloth happiness

I love Modcloth but can barely afford a pair of socks. I knew about their super sale that happens once in a while and have been waiting for it. I am in NY now and was just checking my email on my phone before bed last night. Little did I know the sale would start then! I am not going to lie, I crept in the room where Katherine was sleeping and used my friends' computer. I seriously scored on a couple of great dresses for $12.99 and $13.99.


They might be a little short for my taste, but I can easily lengthen them by layering- or wearing with leggings or something.


ModCloth.com 


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Some pretty flowers

My Hobbit corn may have been somewhat of a disappointment- along with my blighted tomatoes and green beans infested with a mystery plant that I think is Boston Ivy but looks scarily like Poison Ivy... at least there is this:

Sunflowers, Butterfly Bush, Forget-Me-Nots, and a mystery weed flower.

Vintage recipe for apple dumplings

I was given a cookbook of my great aunt. Most of the recipes seem to be from the fifties.


This is from a little Betty Crocker pamphlet. She kept lots of newspaper clippings and pamphlets of recipes. This seems like a perfect recipe for fall, since apples are now in season.

Enjoy!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Antique book covers


I thought I would share my collection of old books with pretty covers. I have been saving them for years. I only have a few, but I love them.

This is a family heirloom.
My dad gave this to me from a box of books he got at an auction
I once made the huge mistake of giving this to my cousin. She gave it back because she is too awesome for words.
Yep, it is an original. It belonged to my great aunt.
Another auction book from my dad. (He's the best)

That is it for now. I hope to find more over time. Right now my task is keeping Katherine from "giving them more character."
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Friday, September 16, 2011

The giveaway of your dreams

This is probably the best giveaway that you could ever find on a blog. Why? Because it is for an exclusive, original, beautiful, lovely, fantastic, amazing bag, (cough)made by me.



What?! You are probably screaming as you stare bleary eyed at the computer screen as you pick yourself off of the floor from where you just fainted. This can't be true!

Yes.

I am trying to learn how to use white space in photos This is what it would look like in heaven. 
Just the right size for a small book.


Haha, for real though, I thought I would do a giveaway for my lovely (excluding Fr. Andreas) readers. I made this bag a while ago. I love the blue miniature rose print. The bag is small- perfect to take when you need to bring a few things, but don't want to lug around a big bag.

The top right corner features a fabric flower. 
To enter you must leave a comment.

For additional entries (leave a separate comment for each):
1. Be a follower of this blog.
2. Tell me your favorite item from my Etsy Shop.
3. Post on any blog/Facebook/Twitter about this giveaway. You can even plagiarize my pictures for it.

The last day to enter is 10/01. Winners will be selected via a random drawing. I will mail the bag to you; consequently, unless you want to pay postage, this can only be available for delivery to the United States.




 
 You can use this code if you wish.
So there you go. Even if you hate this bag, just think, it could be a present for someone you don't like. SO ENTER ANYWAY. Haha, kidding, kidding. But seriously.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bonnie Prince Charlie

I have lately been reading about Bonnie Prince Charlie. He was the last hope for the Scottish Jacobites (And the entire Stuart Dynasty) to regain the throne of Britain. I absolutely love British History and have a passion for my Scottish ancestry.

This is my favorite painting of Bonnie Prince Charlie.




I would like to post more historical posts in the future, but for now, I will suffice to say that his cause was popular among the Highlanders. They were quite successful, but lost at Culloden. This led Charles to flee to France. His journey is memorialized through this song:


Skye Boat Song
Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
Onward! the sailors cry;
Carry the lad that's born to be King
Over the sea to Skye. (Chorus)
Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar,
Thunderclaps rend the air;
Baffled, our foes stand by the shore,
Follow they will not dare.
Chorus
Though the waves leap, soft shall ye sleep,
Ocean's a royal bed.
Rocked in the deep, Flora will keep
Watch by your weary head.
Chorus
Many's the lad fought on that day,
Well the Claymore could wield,
When the night came, silently lay
Dead in Culloden's field.
Chorus
Burned are their homes, exile and death
Scatter the loyal men;
Yet ere the sword cool in the sheath
Charlie will come again.
This song sounds like a lullaby. Yeah, the lyrics are kind of violent to consider it a lullaby, but for history's sake, I love this song. Soldiers and battles used to be remembered in song, so I don't think it is weird.

Charles escaped through the help of a young woman, Flora McDonald. Disguised as her maid, he was able to make it through the treacherous journey that led him to freedom.

I have had mixed feelings about Bonnie Prince Charlie as though he stood for the Scottish cause, he also did flee (understood) but never returned. However, he is still considered a hero despite the fact that he fled dressed as a woman and never returned to his loyal followers. I can never fully understand that. I still like him, but I just don't understand how he is regarded as such a hero. I think it is that at least he tried. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

AHHHHHHHHH

 I feel kind of shaken up. I left a pot of water to boil on the stove and went in the other room (not for long). I smelled smoke and came in to find that there had been a flame on the stove (gone when I got there). I know there had been a flame because my pan was scorched and there was ash. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH. OH MY GOODNESS. I was kind of freaked out. I have no idea what could have burned as there was nothing on the burner but the pot. Who knows, but I feel so relived that God spared us.

We had Vespers tonight at our neighbor's house. It was mostly candle lit. It was beautiful. For those of you who don't know, Vespers is a prayer service, typically done at night. We are hoping to make it a practice of doing once per week. The monastery does it daily, but it is hard to work out going to everyday- especially with kids (and one car). Since it was at their house, it was much easier to keep track of kids.

To end this post, I have to say that Coldplay just released a new track. It is on iTunes, but you can listen to it (officially) on youtube.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Happy baby

I am pretty happy that Daniel is smiling. He looked so serious for the last two months, I was getting worried, haha.

Enjoy :)


Friday, September 9, 2011

New netbook!

I am a happy person. My birthday present came in the mail yesterday. Matt got me a new netbook! In truth, we will both be using it, but hey, it is rocking awesome. We have been using a netbook for a couple of years and love it. We use it all of the time. Sadly, it seems to be slowly giving up on life. It is what allowed us to travel to visit family while I was working. Matt uses it for all of his notes at school. He can type nearly the whole lecture word for word. I hate him for that. (thinks back to pages of handwritten notes back in college).


And for the deal of the day, you can get 15% off your purchase at Shabby Apple with the code: Ivy.
  Dresses from Shabby Apple

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Post-birthday bliss

My birthday was yesterday, yay me! Overall, it was a great day though it had some lame times. It was predominately based on Daniel barely sleeping the night before. Not fun. Matt watched Katherine so I could do shopping. I went to a thrift store and had a good time. He got me an ice cream cake and a present that has not come in the mail yet, so I still don't know what it is, but I am excited.

Last night we decided to camp out in the living room so that I would stop shoving a pacifier in his mouth whenever he moved Daniel could sleep by himself. The difference was phenomenal. I am a light sleeper and usually go on auto pilot when he stirs. Without that interference, he slept until dawn, then even more after that.

In other news, if the current rate continues, I will probably be investing in wigs in a few days. I thought that I had escaped the post-pregnancy hair loss. Nope. It is kind of scary, but I'll live.

I kind of miss the 21 day challenge, but I was super happy to wear jeans today. I DID dress up for my birthday though. This is it:

Shirt: gift; belt: Nine West; skirt; made by me; petticoat: its in Japanese so IDK;  boots: Khols
Here is a funny video of Katherine. If I already posted it, forget this.


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