The Days are Just Packed

4 10 2009


I love this photo. S is drawing a maze on a breakfast in bed type tray free-hand. He is so amazing at that. I wish I had had a chance to take a photo of the finished product, but I never even saw it before it went off as a belated birthday gift. A and E saw S “coloring” and wanted to join in.

Yard sale treasures


How great is this! I had been wanting a small “plastic” or whatever it is Xmas tree for a decade. My timing was perfect as I grabbed it before she finished putting the “free” sign on it (nicely though, of course. I didn’t yank it out of her hands or anything). With a toddler, two boys and two cats, this is going to be perfect for an out of the way tree. And it was free!


$1.50 for 4 yards of this beautiful creamy flowery fabric. I think I found my purse fabric! While I was distracted with piles and piles of amazing fabric, Z was up to his usual yard sale magic. I turned around and he has this 5 inches from my face…


“It’s a lemon shark mouth”, he tells me matter of factly. He’s a smart guy and usually right, plus he had this mouth of shark teeth pointed at me, so who was I to argue?

“He caught it himself!” Z continued, “he wanted $5 for it but I talked him down to $3.”


I did it, I made them all matching pj pants. At one point I didn’t think I was going to be able to figure out Z’s but hurrah! I got a twin sheet set at Target for $10 (not a thrifty find to be sure, but I liked the car pattern) and used one sheet, so 3 pants came out to $5.

Mini Golf


This is how we spent part of Saturday. I think A won.


I have no idea what was so funny, but I love candid shots such as these.

Sneak Peek
I hesitate to post without knowing how it’s going to turn out but here’s your sneak peek.


Tennis, World Music and terrible sewing

23 09 2009


Z has just a few more tennis lessons left and it’s been amazing to see how much he has improved from just a few weeks ago. He loves it. I’m so happy, I really felt that he needed a sport to participate in since he quit Kung Fu. I love that he’s excited about it and looks forward to it. I am sad that it’s almost over, but he still has piano.

Yard Sales

The boys cannot wait to go yard sale shopping on weekends. I didn’t find much for me this weekend (a few pieces of cheap yet cute jewelery) but the boys did well. They spent about $4 total.

But they definitely have different approaches: A buys things he finds exciting or different or fun. He “backwards bargains”. It goes something like this:
A: How much is this?
Seller: X.
A: *sad tone* ohhhh… I don’t have that much.
S: Oh? Well… how much do you have?
A: half of X.
S: OK, you can have it for that. And while you’re at it, why don’t you pick out a free rug for your room?

(Yeah, the boys both got free – and super cool – rugs for their rooms but I didn’t get photos of them)

Z is more cautious, he thinks through his purchases. He weighs his options. He decides if he can do without. And then he bargains. And can he ever bargain! He talks people down so well I have him do it for my purchases as well.

Yard sales are a great opportunity for kids to learn so many things. They get to learn the value of a dollar, how to take something old and reuse it, how to bargain, how to check merchandise before you buy and how to shrug it off if it’s broken, how to count out money, how to navigate streets and maps, how to deal with people and best of all, how to decide it it’s really worth it. If you don’t already, I really encourage you to take your (appropriately aged) children to yard sales.

World Music Festial


On Saturday we were lucky enough to attend the yearly world music festival. We’d missed the last few years so I was excited to go this year. S’s mom gave us some money to try different foods.

When we arrived the band that was on stage was playing heavy metal. Don’t get me wrong, I love heavy metal, but it wasn’t what I was expecting at a “world music” festival. S teased me that heavy metal is played in the world!


Beside that one “sour note” (ouch!), the festival was quite fun. Lots of booths selling African art and drums, flowy “hippie-ish” clothes, amazing handmade jewelery, purses, all sorts of crafty type booths.


E was instantly drawn to the purses. What a girly girl. I am not kidding when I say she already has more purses than I do.

One booth featured a woman doing henna. I so wanted to have some done but A) There was a huge huge line, B) The kids were restless and wanted to eat and C) I didn’t have the money to waste on it.

We had a delicious Indian sampler (the kids got to pick and they chose Indian over burgers, so proud!) with curries and coconut sauce and lentils and … yum!


We had a blast, I love when we are able to get to events like this. My health doesn’t always allow for family adventures and it was so nice sitting on the lawn, eating curry, listening to drummers and watching a spontaneous display of hula-hooping.

As for sewing, I’ve been doing a lot with very little to show for it. I finished a prototype hoodie for E that I’m fairly pleased with. I need to figure out an enclosure and shorten the length, otherwise it’s pretty alright for a first try.

I made myself a t-shirt based on one I love, but the fabric is terrible, all ravely, and I tried to do an interesting shoulder tie so it turned into a mess.

I decided to create some bloomers with ruffles. The ruffles didn’t make it on the bloomers and they were too small for E anyway.

Even through all this I feel undaunted – a strange sensation. Usually I would be filled with loathing and self doubt. But I know I can only improve from here!

Look for another post soon, I only had time and/or room to post about half the weekend.

Super Brothers

10 09 2009


These super brothers are S, on the right, my husband and T, on the left, his little brother. The photo was taken at E’s birthday party. I have no idea why they are wearing matching sombreros, mardi gras beads and Superman T-shirts. I really don’t.

There is quite a large age difference between the two and they always have seemed to have more of a father/son relationship than brother/brother. Sometimes S is the father, but sometimes it’s T. They really don’t have much in common, but they look out for each other and care about each other.

T, who has had his pilot’s license for something like 2 years now, has been accepted to the Air Force. We are all so excited and proud of him! He leaves for basic next week I think? Not so sure, as he wasn’t sure last time I talked to him.

I need to learn about the Air Force now. I’ve had close friends go into the navy, the army, the marines… this is a new one to me. I asked my mother-in-law what I could send to him and all she knew was, “no dirty magazines”. Damn.