Sunday, March 30, 2008

The in-laws are in town so I don't have too much time to write. We've been busy being tourists in our own city. Good times. As soon as I have more time I'll give you all something interesting to read. In-laws make great subject matter.

Monday, March 24, 2008

We Eat Way Too Much Canned Food in This House


Here's our first project with the construction paper the Easter Bunny left for me Lane. Tin can stackers. He played with these for a good 15 minutes this morning. That's about 3 years in baby time.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter part II

Overcome with the thought I hadn't done enough for Easter, I made Lane a bunny t-shirt last night at midnight. The thought of him not having an Easter outfit was too much for me to bear. I whipped this up in only a few minutes and I love it so much I plan on making one for each holiday and maybe some for just regular days too.

I started with this candy dish:


which I traced to make this pattern:


Then I cut the felt and sewed it onto an old onsie, added a cotton tail and a button eye. Pretty cute, huh?


P.S. The stuffed bunny was a hit. He's been carrying it with him everywhere today.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Happy Easter

One good thing about having a kid is all those holidays that lost their appeal are now fun again. Easter is no exception. I really can't remember the last time I made a big deal about Easter. Sure, Ryan and I would use it as an excuse to gorge on candy but honestly, that's not a stretch from everyday life.

I am really getting into the basket thing this year. Of course, I know it's a celebration of Jesus' Resurrection, and although I can't say I'm a good little Catholic girl, I will teach Lane the true meaning of the holiday. But what exactly do I say? "Today, Jesus Christ, our Savior, rose from the dead and then a giant bunny drops off a basket of candy and gifts." Does this make any sense to anyone?

After gathering up all the goodies for the basket I realized I don't have the actual basket. I had to improvise and used two small baskets and a bowl. I'm sure he won't mind. Wanna know whats in them? I think I did pretty well if I do say so myself:


A handmade bunny. This isn't my first time trying to make a stuffed animal but I must say this is the cutest one yet. He's by no means perfect but compared to the other mutants I've made in the past, he's the best. I really had fun with this. His simple design is completely my own. I drew my own pattern and figured out how to put him together. I'm pretty proud.


I also made some bean bags. I stole the idea from The Toby Show. (This is also where I got the idea for the felt board project. I love fellow crafty mamas!) I made one for Lane a couple of weeks ago and he loved it so much that I decided to make more for his basket. I forget about the simple joy of a beanbag. They are really a lot of fun. And extremely easy to make. I'm thinking of making a big tic-tac-toe board to go with them.


And what's an Easter basket without dyed eggs?



Then, there's some miscellaneous junk in there too - tadoodles, construction paper (more for me than him), a couple of toys.

Last, but not least, candy. This is for Ryan and I of course. Starburst jellybeans are the new meth. Try them once and you're hooked for life.

So, that's Easter for us. I'll let you know how Lane liked his basket(s) tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

EMERGENCY, EMERGENCY!!


We've got a code blue! Lane's best friend is starting to unravel. I think I caught it in time and tied it off and put some extra stitches in it. We are in BIG trouble if I can't stop it. He cannot live without this blanket. You can see he wouldn't even take his hand off it for me to get a picture. I had to sneak it away while he napped to fix it.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Fun with Felt

Take a look at our latest craft project. I made this simple felt board for Lane. I glued a large piece of felt to a sheet of cardboard and cut out numbers and shapes. The possibilities are endless. At this point, I have more fun with it than him. He's more interested in eating the felt.


Monday, March 17, 2008

Feel the Burn

I hate doctors but, unfortunately sometimes you just need to go. You all know about the blood pressure fiasco which has led to a few visits to hot doctor lately. At my last visit, I complained about being tired all the time. Yes, I'm talking really tired, lay on the floor tired, let Lane play jump on mommy while she lays on the floor tired (that's quality interacting, right?). I'm sure Ryan is sick of coming home to his wife laying on the sofa every single night. So, I decided to talk to hot doc about it. You know what he told me? He said, "I have a prescription for you. Exercise 7 days a week. What do you think about that?" To which my reply was "I think I need a new doctor." Bastard.

Seriously, I hate to exercise. I know some people like it but I find this hard to believe. What is wrong with these people? Don't they know we are supposed to be fat, lazy America. They're ruining it for all of us. To me it's torture. But, I was given a prescription and being the good little patient I am, decided to give it a go. On demand has a good selection of workouts so I skimmed through, trying to find the shortest, least demanding, free (remember I'm not only lazy, I'm cheap too) workout offered.

I start with yoga. Staying still, breathing, reflecting, a little stretching - I can do this right? Wrong. Why do I feel like I'm going to faint every time I do it? I think the increase of oxygen into my deprived lungs has a bad effect on my body. It's like my brain doesn't know how to process it. As much as I want to be one of those twiggy yoga chicks, it's just not for me. I don't really have much to reflect upon anyway. That's what this blog is all about.

So, I move on to kick boxing. This could come in handy when I find myself alone at night in a dark ally in a shady part of town, right? I tried it for a few minutes and I did feel powerful but with Lane hanging on to my leg I was putting him at risk of major injury resulting from a swift kick to the head. I had to abandon that plan.

Hold on, I have to change a poop diaper. Why does the conversation always go to poop? The life of a mommy.

Alright, I'm back. Yes, I washed my hands.

In the end I finally found something I might enjoy. Cardio dancing. It was pretty fun (yes, I said fun) and I know it worked because every part of my body is aching today. It even hurts to type. I pushed through the pain and did it again this morning. You know what? I feel pretty energized. And I'm not one to admit someone else was right but I think hot doc knew what he was talking about. Of course, we won't tell him that though. To me that's admitting defeat.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Time to Brag

My wonderful hubby just got a wonderful new job. He is executive chef of the Hudson Restaurant and Lounge right here in Washington, D.C. I am so proud of him. It's not easy working in a kitchen. The hours are long, the work is hard and the kitchen is hot. So, show him a little support. Hop on a plane, fly yourself to D.C. and eat at his place. But not for another 3 weeks, that's when he starts!