Installment Two Little Letters

January 19, 2010

Dear plastic toys,

I was worried about getting rid of you, but am glad I did.  Our daughter is delighted to have some spending money and is putting half of it in her savings account.  You took up a lot of room and some of you were never even played with.  Have fun in your new home.

Dear leftover lasagna,

You were less than desirable tonight.  I am looking forward to you being gone.  Hopefully I can convince my husband to take you for lunch tomorrow.

Dear playdate friends,

We had a lot of fun today!  When my daughter woke up from her nap she asked if we could come to your house again tonight.  It is nice to have friends close and we’ll miss you when you move.  We promise to stay in touch and visit.

Dear baby in my belly,

Please move over to the left side.  I’m not sure my right rib can take anymore pain.  Ouch!  We can’t wait to meet you.  Your sister and I wrapped a present for you tonight that she’ll give to you at the hospital.  What should we buy for your gift to your sister?  Any ideas?  Maybe a book?

Dear husband,

Thanks for going to work and supporting our family.  We appreciate you and all of your sacrifices.  We enjoy it when you come home each night and we look forward to our weekends with you.

Dear Babies R Us,

Thank you for carrying the waterproof crib mattress cover and crib sheets that we need at a reasonable price.  I’m glad I called to price check at your store today.  Thanks for the good customer service.  I’ll see you later this week to pick up the goodies.

Dear laundry,

Go away!

Dear nice weather,

I really am enjoying you.  We’ve been outside the last two days.  It is nice to see the sun shining and feel warm outside again.  Please stick around for a few more days!

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Fun Little Letters

January 13, 2010

I got this idea for Little Letters here.  What a cute idea.  Little things I think about throughout the day.

Dear daughter,

Thanks for being so much fun today!  I enjoy you having your own room.  I’m not sure if I totally enjoy when you come and wake me up from my peaceful sleep, but I do like when you snuggle with me and we chat.  You are so vocal lately and ask so many questions.  Sometimes I crack up and other time I wish there were someone else here to help me answer them all.  You are very curious lately.  Love you!

Dear husband,

I don’t want to make the bland dinner tonight that you requested.  I think it is nice to use up what we have on hand once in a while, but really, who looks forward to a made up stir fry that contains carrots, peas, brown rice and some random lime ginger sauce we’ve had in our frig. for months now. 

Dear baby,

I love to feel you move in my belly.  I will really miss that.  I’m very excited to meet you, but also a little scared.  Things will change here and I know it will be for the best, but change is always a little difficult for me.  We will do our best in our sleep deprived state to give you all the love you need.  We love you already!!!  Now, if we could only find a good name for you.

Dear friends,

Thank you for being so supportive!  I have met many very awesome women in the last few years and I am so blessed that you are in my life!  Thanks for all of your support!

Dear Chelsea Lately,

I love your show!  Every night I look forward to watching you and laughing at your jokes, which are most of the time super funny, but at someone’s expense.  It is a release for me at the end of a long day.

Dear dark chocolate,

You and I have become fast friends in the last few months.  I feel guilty every time I indulge in you with this little one growing in my belly.  I try to justify the shame by telling myself that you are dark chocolate and have some health benefits.  I will also only eat you if you are organic.  I have become a bit of a chocolate snob.  We will continue our friendship for some time!

Dear toilet,

I’m not sure why you keep clogging up, but please stop.  It gets super annoying!

Dear Stoneyfield Yogurt,

Thank you for being part of our daily routine.  You are a fast and delicious breakfast, snack or addition to our lunch.  Thanks for putting funny things on the cows on your containers.  My daughter loves you!

Dear family,

Thank you for making me feel sane and offering to help take care of our daughter when this little one arrives.  We are extremely blessed to have you as part of our family!  Thank you for all of your suggestions and thank you for listening to be rant and rave.  I know it is not always easy.

Dear frozen food,

Please do not get freezer burn.  We would really like to eat after our new baby arrives and I have spent a lot of time and money preparing you.  Thanks!

That’s all for now, but I will be writing more of these Little Letters soon!  How very fun!

Transition

January 12, 2010

I’ve been away for a while.  There has been a lot going on here.  Some of it is just in an emotional way and the other is in the spirit of preparing.  The holidays were very stressful this year.  We try our best to be gracious and to accept that others don’t always see our values and respect them, but it has been tough.  I’ve spent a lot of time visiting with family and friends.  I’ve found a lot of comfort and support.  I’ve been taking a lot of time for myself and have been reflecting on what I am willing to let go of and what I am not willing to.  I have grown a lot!  I have not felt much in the blogging mood and have not felt like sharing.  I have turned inward and outward.  I am starting to realize what matters to me and what is truly important.  I needed time to regroup. 

I’ve also been nesting.  I’ve been rearranging, organizing, purging and preparing.  I’ve been sewing and cooking.  I have been list making and making calls.  I have been a little sad about the upcoming change.  I have also been very happy about the baby’s arrival!  We’ve made changes to our daughter’s bedtime routine.  We’ve been involving daddy more and giving our daughter more freedom. 

I’m counting the weeks now.  Only a little over 5 more weeks until our due date.  We are anxiously waiting and wondering what life holds for us.  We still don’t have any names picked out…not even dwindled down to five or six.  We don’t have a clue in the name department.  We have the baby’s room mostly ready, but there are tons of things to buy and last-minute things that we really can’t do for a few more weeks.

My mind has been occupied.

Books We Love

January 7, 2010

Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli:  This book is hilarious!  We read this book over and over again until we had to return it to the library.  A must have for anyone who likes a laugh.

All In Just One Cookie by Susan E. Goodman:  This book is fun and educational!  The book teaches a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe, while also teaching about the origin of each ingredient.  A dog and cat saying and doing funny things also make this book kid-friendly for any age (as long as they have a good attention span for books).

Nurse Nancy by Kathryn Jackson:  This is a ‘Little Golden Book.’  We love the simplicity of this book.  Our daughter requests this book time and time again.  Simple story with caring wrapped up within.

Piggy Monday:  A Tale About Manners by Suzanne Bloom:  This book was originally purchased for my career as a School Counselor, but since I am not pursuing that right now, I have pulled my book collection out for our daughter to enjoy.  She really likes this book.  As the title eludes, it is a book about manners, but it is funny and relatable for even small children.  Children growing tails, ears, hooves and snouts, what is not to love?

Making Me Happy Right Now

December 6, 2009

*  Freshly made brown sugar body scrub on my bathroom counter (Why did I procrastinate so long to make this?  It only took a few minutes!)

*  Clean floors

*  Warm home

*  Full belly (Organic cream cheese and english muffin…need I say more)

*  Loving husband

*  Beautiful daughter (Although giving us a run for it tonight…not sleeping)

*  Clean rug…feels so good under my feet

*  This year’s Christmas ornament handmade and hung on the tree

*  Fabric stash sorted and rearranged

*  Possibility of snow and staying home (Yay!!)

*  New cloth diapers (Can’t wait to wash them and try them out!)

Shame On You…

November 30, 2009

Shame on you Melissa & Doug.  I trusted you and stood up for you.  I believed you and raved about you.  I am disappointed in you.  I shouldn’t be surprised though.  My husband questioned you and your China made toys.  I defended your honor.  No more!  I purchased some of your toys for Christmas.  They are wrapped, but not for long.  They will be returned on Saturday.  I deleted you off our Christmas Wishlist.  I have deleted you from my toy memory.

Here are some recent links on Melissa & Doug toy recalls in Canada.  Yes, they are not being recalled in the U.S. yet, but I rather like Canada’s standards compared to ours in the U.S.

http://www.growingyourbaby.com/2009/11/21/health-canada-recalls-3-melissa-doug-toys-for-exessive-barium-in-paint/

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-23788-Minneapolis-Attachment-Parenting–Examiner~y2009m11d22-Three-Melissa-and-Doug-toys-recalled-in-Canada-for-barium-in-paint

http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/pr-rp/recall-retrait_e.php?langCd=eng&searchTyp=1&re_id=889&searchstring=&searchyear=2009&searchcategory=&StartIndex=1

Will you still purchase Melissa & Doug toys?  You can guess what my answer is.  There are plenty of other options out there.  Melissa & Doug I hope you clean up your act!

Sewing Sunday On The Fly

November 29, 2009

I really did not have anything planned to sew this morning other than patching my husband’s pants (again), so I really did not expect to get done what I did.  I pulled out some fabric and made a pattern and here is what happened…

I made a dog bone for our daughter’s wooden dog friend, Snoopy.

What dog doesn’t need a bone, right?

I also made her this Lazy Days Skirt.  This is a favorite pattern of mine and the more I use it the less time intensive it is.  It usually takes me an hour or so to make one, so not too time consuming.

The fabric is a heavy corduroy material I bought months ago, but didn’t have the heart to cut up.  I have been trying to use more of my favorites out of my fabric stash lately, so that was the inspiration for this one.  I think this will make a nice Fall skirt for our daughter.  I love the patterning of the fabric…yummy for sure!

I really need to make some drawstring bags to store all of my fabric scrapes, but not sure when that will happen.  We have a busy weekend coming up with a shopping trip and evening dinner (okay, so a work banquet for my husband, but still dinner without the little one) on Saturday and then on Sunday, I plan to take our daughter to the Children’s Museum.  We missed the whole second floor last time we were there and it is a free family day, so I figure why not.  Maybe the weekend after I will get to the drawstring bags…still deciding on fabric for them anyway.  I’d really like to use some of what I already have here, but not sure which fabric to pick. 

Any fun sewing projects your way?

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

November 28, 2009

We went to get our tree today.  It was a beautiful sunny day!  We had a fun time talking with the owners of Cedar Creek Farm.  It was quite the coincidence when I asked my husband the name of the owners of the farm and when he responded, I was surprised because they are my friend Emily’s parents.  My husband is familiar with them through his work and I am familiar with them through Holistic Moms.  Small world indeed. 

We really enjoyed our time at Cedar Creek Farm.  We enjoyed the scenery and the quiet of the country.  You can tell they really care about their trees and the environment.  The trees are replanted each year too! 

It took us quite a while to find ‘the tree,’ but after lots of walking and laughs, we found the perfect tree for us.  We kept saying, “I like that one do you?”  My husband or I would reply with a small reason why it wasn’t ‘the tree,’ or we would say, “that one looks nice, but what about that one there,” just to end up forgetting which tree was which and moving on with our search.  Our daughter wanted to be carried most of the time.  It was near lunch and nap and she’d say, “my legs are tired.”  After cutting the tree down my husband found a bird’s nest on some of the lower branches.  We hear this means good luck for a year!  My husband and daughter pulled our tree to the “tree checkout” (a two-year olds reference) on a blue sled.  We had our tree measured (7 ft) and then paid, packed it in the back of my husband’s truck and came home. 

Once home, we were all hungry so we grabbed a bite to eat, then our daughter and I enjoyed homemade hot chocolate and decorated the tree while listening to Christmas music.  (I always decorated the Christmas tree with my mom and siblings, so this may just be tradition for the children and I to do together.)  My husband was off to work at the duplex again (at least it is now that he is away so much tending to that, instead of when our baby arrives into this beautiful world) and we finished up decorating and then took a very late nap. 

(I finally figured out how to insert a picture that was once horizontal…yay for me.  Only thing is that the image is flipped…couch is actually on the left and kitchen on the right, but no one would know but me.)

Our daughter and I read two Christmas stories when we woke from our nap, ate supper and played.  It was a great day!

So Thankful

November 28, 2009

I’m a few days late, but better late than never, so…

Here are a few pictures of our Thanksgiving activities we did throughout the month of November…

Our Turkey…each day our daughter picked out a feather and added it to the Turkey.

Many colored turkeys with wiggly eyes (what more could a little girl want than wiggly eyes).

We are thankful!  Each day we each said something we were thankful for.  Here are a few examples of what our daughter was thankful for:  “girls who make good choices”  (this was a theme for a while),  “mommy’s presents”  (she made out like a bandit on my birthday), “Milwaukee Zoo,”  “Elephants who clean themselves with dust,” “Daddy coming home”  (he has been very busy lately),  “My baby”  (the little one in my tummy),  “Mo & Jo”  (local donkeys), “Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All The Way” (can you tell we started listening to Christmas music fairly early), “Snowmen,”  and “Daddy being in the tent.”

I hope you all had a great November and a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sewing Sunday

November 22, 2009

Let's Play Mail SetThis is what inspired Sewing Sunday.  It is a Let’s Play Mail Wool/Rayon felt mailbox by Giggle.  I already made our daughter some felt mail for Christmas, and there was no way I was paying $50 for the mailbox.  I thought there was a chance that I could make something similar, and with a little thought, I did!  Yay!  I’m pretty impressed with the results.  There are a few things I would change, but overall, not bad for putting it together with just an image in mind.  I’m actually a little more creative then I give myself credit for (at least that is my feeling now).

I’m not too thrilled with the front door, but overall…a great victory for me!

Sorry for the poor photos!  My lighting is bad and I was trying to squeeze in a shot or two before the little one saw it.  Nothing like making Christmas gifts for her right in front of her.