Claire received her first "real" doll for Christmas from her Grandma and Grandpa. (An American Girl Bitty Baby who so far has been named both "baby" and "elmo", we're not sure which name is going to stick!) Knowing that she would be receiving the doll, we went ahead and bought the doll a few accessories including this bed from IKEA.Really IKEA? That flimsy blue blanket was really the best you could do?
So I got to work making baby some much nicer, more attractive bedding. So far, I've made a fitted sheet for the bottom and a quilt for the top. I suppose I should make a little pillow too. And I'm still deciding if the bed itself should stay natural, or be painted.Claire's first response: "a beautiful bed for my baby!"
Her immediate second response: "where baby's blue blanket go?"Ugh, I tried! Now baby uses the pink and the blue blankets!
It's squeaks and screeches every time I use it. Not just a little whiny sound, we're talking a dogs running for the hills sound. We're also talking no sewing for this mumma during nap times because no one, not even my tired two year old can sleep through this sound.
Last time I brought my machine in for service, Grams and Gramps at the sewing shop had it for weeks and I just don't want to go without it for that long again.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Finding a recipe that both my husband and two year old will eat is a major fete. (Emphasis on the two year old. My husband will eat just about any of my normal bad cooking that I put in front of him!) Add to that one that I've already got all the ingredients for in the house, and it's certainly a keeper! This is for sure a good middle-of-winter-looking-for-comfort-food kind of a recipe.
(I took pictures of the pan I made, but they didn't come out as yummy looking as Meg's, so I used her picture instead!)
1. A little family getaway in February that we just booked.
2. The sun shining this weekend. It's still so cold out, but the sun sure helps.
3. Safe travels for my parents who are now vacationing in Hawaii. L.U.C.K.Y.
4. Still managing to avoid the cold and the flu when the rest of my family has been hit.
5. A babysitter planned for all day on Saturday so Eric and I can get some painting done!
6. Getting to work on a house project with Eric again, it's been a long time.
7. A really great preschool that we found for our daughter. Now we'll see if I'm in line early enough tomorrow to get her in. (I had no idea people sat in line for HOURS to get their kids into three year old preschool, that's nuts!)
8. All of Eric's tricks for getting Claire to fall asleep...including singing hymns and telling made up stories that all end with everyone closing their eyes. It really works!
9. A husband who can talk me down from my frustration when I've locked myself into our laundry room, and our two year old out. (did I really do that this morning? no way!)
Mine this year was easy to decide on: Intentional.
Life is just going by way too quickly.
We've been married six and a half years already,
wow that's gone by fast!
Tonight we're going to a preschool open house for my baby girl,
how did that happen?
I've been a stay at home mom for 2.5 years already,
I can't believe its been that long.
I want to slow down. I want to take it all in. I don't want to miss a thing because I was moving too fast and working too hard towards the next goal or item on the calendar.
Here's a few items I'm going to try to be
more intentional about during 2010:But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. ~ James 1:25 (NIV)
I'm a nose-wiping, medicine-administering, cuddle-giving mumma this week. But hopefully very soon I'll have happy, healthy, crafty things to write about again!
Until then, you can have a laugh about the fact that earlier today, when I got excited thinking Claire was coming over to give me a hug or to rest her head on my shoulder, all she was really trying to do was wipe her runny nose on my shirt.
After years of having a gym membership (and actually using it, for the record!) I cancelled my membership at the end of October. I convinced myself that I could be just as dedicated working out at home as I was at the gym. Not to mention cancelling the membership saves me about $80/month.
Lesson learned: I'm NOT as disciplined to work out at home as I thought.
Result: a two month break from working out.
But now the lazy party is over. I've got to get back to work, and I've hired Jillian Michaels by way of her 30 Day Shred to help me get back on track.
My husband and I have made a personal mandate of doing everything we can to raise a daughter who is confident in herself, and who knows that no matter what, we love her and we support her, always. We verbally remind her of this every day, but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to have some uplifting messages on our walls as well, right?