I made blankets for the kids this year for Christmas, and gave them on Christmas Eve. They both look exhausted in this photo because it was 9:30 at night and we had just gotten back from a long night of dinner and festivities with family.
We had a great Halloween! Nola as Frog Princess, Gunner as Finn the Human, and me as (at least half of) Lady Rainicorn!
Cramming in some last-minute summer fun, before Gunner’s return to school on Monday for second grade! The summer break went by way too fast, as usual. Gunner has all his school supplies, complete with an “Annoying Orange” backpack, and today he got a slick haircut at JCPenney’s for FREE (always nice). Then we went to lunch with Grandpa, and he had a super-cool surprise!
So, yeah, I’m a bit late in posting this. HA-HA! Go figure!
I applied myself to the Elsie Marley Kids Clothing Week Challenge Spring 2012 with blazing ferocity, and the result is a cute little Southerny apron-style sundress! Even I was not expecting it to turn out so “country”, but that’s where the fabric led me. Seems appropriate, since we live in the country, after all.
My little boy is 7-years-old!
To celebrate, we had planned a morning-to-night birthday Saturday — with family in the morning, friends in the afternoon, and a couple friends staying over night. BUT THEN: Ear infection sneak-attack the night before the party. Arg!
At the last second, had to push the friends/sleepover party back a week (with lots of phone calls at 10:30-at-night to attendees’ parents, *awkward*). Luckily we kept the “family” party as planned, so it wasn’t a total destructo-bummer for the birthday boy, who had been waiting in great anticipation of epic-birthday-party-day. Still had grammas, grampas, aunt & uncle, presents and decorations — and I forced the dozen family members there to eat the 4-dozen cupcakes I had prepared for the weekend. Who doesn’t love a birthday cupcake brunch?!
I made a 4-foot Finn doll for Gunner! This was my first attempt at a real “plush” sewing project, and it turned out pretty darn good (and big)! I call him Proto-Finn; I’ve made some planned adjustments to the pattern so I can make another and fix some of the wonkiness. He’ll still have the same noodle’y limbs, though — that’s the best part!!
He’s got magnets in his mouth and buttons for eyes, so we can make some other facial expressions for him, too! He still needs a backpack, and Jake the Dog will be made sometime in the future. Mathematical!
I made the costumes for both kids this year and actually finished them. Several stuffed animals (and one leather handbag) were sacrificed to make Nola’s barbarian costume. Her boots were the cutest part, but you can’t really see them in any of the pictures. Nola the Destroyer!
This is what happens on a restless summer afternoon, when Mom falls asleep on the living room couch for half-an-hour:
I gotta admit, he did a really good job — it stayed up until bedtime.
The topic of “sharing” this week in Gunner’s kindergarten class was pets — either pets you have or pets you’d like to have. Since we couldn’t exactly take the dogs in to the school (for a multitude of reasons), we decided to take a photo of Gunner with the dogs for him to take in and show to the class. Here is the result:
Yep, that’s the “best” one. This was the only one where all the dogs were in-frame, and Gunner was paying attention and smiling. Unfortunately, he just happened to be itching his leg awkwardly. *facepalm* But hopefully no one noticed.
The dogs are: Festus (yellow lab/pitbull mix), Hutch (chocolate lab, AKC name “Mr. Trouble Hutchins Pterodactyl”), and Daisy (smooth collie/terrier mix). There hasn’t been a photo of Hutch since he’s been fully grown… so here he is! What a lovely bunch of smelly mutts!
Now that Nola is no longer a flailing newborn, she needs a proper baby girl’s room to grow into. I have plenty of plans swirling around in my head already, and most of them are simple and I already have most of the stuff I need. It’s just a matter of finding the time and getting it done!
In other Gunner news, he filled his Good Noodle Jar, and got a LEGO tank!
He switched his “prize” several times over the course of the months: LEGO tank, Wolverine Claws, Spider-Man web shooter. He would have ended up with the Wolverine Claws, but they don’t sell them in stores anymore! He decided on the LEGO tank, and to celebrate his accomplishment we also went out to eat at Red Robin (our whole family, and it actually went smoothly)! Now we have reset the jar, and Gunner is already thinking of what he will get with his future points.
Last year, we began remodeling the back room to move Gunner into that larger room. A long, long time ago, it was a roommate’s room, then when the new baby (namely Gunner) came along, it became the “junk room” because there was no way I was putting a baby in that room with the nightmarish electric-puke-chartreuse walls. But as Gunner grew and accumulated more and more stuff, he quickly outgrew the smaller “baby” room and really needed more space.
We took a trip to Bever Park to visit Old MacDonald’s Farm, which is not so much a “farm” as it is an “exhibit” in the middle of the city with some farm animals. Chickens, cows, pigs, lots of ducks, goats, and even a Prarie Dog section. Oh, and lots of bugs, butterflies, daddy long legs and worms. It was a little hot out, so of course we were both sweating insanely (thanks, genetics!) but it was a fun and cheap (free, actually) way to kill two end-of-summer what-are-we-gonna-do-until-school-starts hours. Plus, we went out for ice cream afterwards! WOO!