Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Sunday!

Today, I ate way too much! People kept offering me candy, and R had a lot that she was offering to me (never turn down a toddler trying to play grown up!) then I tried to counter act the candy with real food, but didn’t feel like making a big mess with dishes, so I just snacked all day. Oh my tummy, and yet no regrets! Every once in a while you need to just indulge! I am sure tomorrow I will feel like counter balancing everything and want apples and carrots or something along those lines.

I have such a bad urge to clean right now, and I know I should just go for it, but my feet hurt (I wore heals today for Easter…it’s been YEARS since I wore heals last, no point at Starbucks!) and I just don’t want to even though I know I need to and I should, and I want the place to be clean. I guess tomorrow I will try. In lieu of actually doing any cleaning today I wrote out a list of deep cleaning projects I want to tackle this month. I have about 30 projects, some are intense, others are fairly simple. I have it sorted by room but that doesn’t mean that I will do them in that order. With the exception of closets, our bedroom, and the desk our place is tidy, just not CLEAN! I always wanted to be one of those CLEAN people and was in college when I only had a little dorm room but it’s harder now.

I put my desk together today. A showed no interest in doing it so R and I put the legs on. I love it! It’s in the living room now about a foot away from this desk so we’ll have to find it a permanent home but for now it works. I washed, dried, ironed and cut the fabric for R’s big girl bed quilt. We will see how it turns out, but I don’t think I am going to like it as much as I thought I would. Mostly because I am not sure how well the fabrics will work together, I think they are going to fight, but I will wait until I judge it until I am finished.

I was expecting two of my friends to stop by today, one was in town visiting family, the other has no family in town but wanted to hang out. I called both of them to let them know I was home for the afternoon (after an egg hunt and other fun Easterie things) and neither of them called me back. That’s ok, I just hope to see them sometime soon! I feel isolated a lot, especially since A usually takes the car to work with him and R is not so great at the company thing yet. Someday she will be though!

Friday, March 21, 2008


Last night, R had a play date with E. It was the first time they have seen each other, and the first time since Dance Team ended my senior year that M and I saw each other. It was nice. Boy is she back in shape! We talked about that a little bit, the struggle to get to a shape we want to be in. We also talked about the troubles of not sleeping and well, everything mommy hood has to offer and challenge. It took E a while to warm up to us. That’s ok, it’s just amazing how different little ones deal with new situations. Once we got food in everyone’s tummies we were happy again and the girls played together. Chase, and rough housed, played with toys. R learned a few things about her toys, it’s just amazing to watch her with other little kids because I can show her how to put the rings on the peg until my fingers fall off but she would never do it. Another little girl shows her and boom she’s got it down and likes to do it!

I got my desk yesterday, and A should be putting it together this weekend. I don’t know for sure where it will be going but wherever it goes probably will not be it’s permanent home. I just can’t wait to get going on things. I am not sure how R’s quilt will turn out with the fabric A’s mom and I picked out (she has nbo taste!) but I will give it an honest effort. When I was going through my stash (teheheh!) I found the fabric mom and I bought when we went with her friends from when their kids and I were toddlers (we all grew up together until about 10) went on a Shop Hop back home. The fabrics are sweet enough but not so kiddie that they might work, and I think I have enough because we bought kits to finish the quilts and pieces to finish the blocks (its all in the box with teh raod maps on it). I think the store that coordinated the shop hop has closed and I don’t know if they do it anymore. That was a wonderful weekend!

We joined the YMCA this weekend with our tax money. I know we needed to fix my car and do other things, but this was something that we really have wanted to do for two years now. We paid the whole year at once and got a discount and hopefully we will get our monies worth out of it. I think I am going to sign up for swim lessons with R and they have water polo, so once I get my water wings back I think I will try and go to that. A was impressed last night that I could catch the polo ball with one hand holding onto R (who had a death grip on me and would not go to daddy so I could swim a lap) and throw it back at him.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

quilting blabs

I ordered my new desk from for quilting on. I am so excited to get it! I love our computer desk, but it has a hutch and is usually covered with bills, papers to file, craft projects (ok that’s not common, but it’s what I am looking at right now!) and computer things. I need a quilting desk to be more accessible, an even top, and most importantly….ALL MINE! I am sure this is not the most practical sewing desk, but I love it, I had actually been thinking of it for a few months, this specific one each time I went online I would sneak a peak at it.
In anticipation of getting the desk, and actually on a night where R was having a hard time falling asleep, I unpacked all my quilting things. I sat down with all my fabrics and sorted them by color, cleaned the shelves, and flipped through mags again. I would love a subscription to either McCalls Quilting or Quilters World, those are two that my mom gets that I tend to find patterns I like the most in, I do enjoy American Patchwork Quilting too, but if I have to pick on, I think Quilters World would be the best (*ahem* A get the hint?)

My aunt J, mom, and I went fabric shopping together once, about a year and a half ago, R was little, and picked out some fabric for me to make a quilt for J with. I have the fabric, and couldn’t find the pattern, while I was flipping through one of the mags, There it was, with J’s name right next to it! Unfortunately I have four fabrics and the pattern only calls for two, so I took some pics of the pattern and the fabric and e-mail it to J, but my guess is we won't figure it all out until I go out for my brothers graduation.

As for other quilt news, as soon as I get my desk I am going to start working on R’s big girl bed quilt, I bought some fabric for it already, and when sorting through my stash I found some more pinks that will work with the quilt, but I didn’t pull them out yet. I don’t know how much I will need, so I will wait and see how things go with what I have for now. I am excited to start it! I don’t know how it will turn out, but I still want to get going. Worst case scenario, I don’t like it and make another one. I also told one of my gal friends I’d make her daughter a big girl bed quilt, she is coming over tomorrow to talk about patterns and colors and ideas, plus the girls will have a little play date!

Oh I am so excited!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The house is a mess, I am tired, but boy am I doing well today!

This weekend, I had three days off! What are the odds? Working at two stores that’s very unlikely, but it happened. I went to visit my friend in a town a few miles away (ok so almost 100 door to door) and had a wonderful time. I spent too much money on things I sort of needed and fixing my car which decided it wanted to lose power a few times on the drive over there (I got an oil change and it worked better but still not up to snuff!)

Today I was going to focus on cleaning the house, but that didn’t happen as much as I would have liked it to. I got the living room in decent condition, and R’s room is good. I need to tackle the bedroom, and A needs to finish the kitchen and bathroom (which he made progress on both!) I have a ton of laundry to fold. Blah!

One of my co-workers came over today to talk quilting. She and I are going to work on our projects together, but she needs some more guidance than I do, so hopefully I will be able to give it to her. I am really excited about starting R’s quilt, but not thrilled at all the fabrics. Hopefully it will look ok all together, and worse case scenario, she won’t be in a toddler bed for too long. I can always make a better twin quilt, and actually need to start thinking of patterns for it but I should finish this one first. I just can’t believe how big she is already! I miss my little baby girl!

Wedding planning is on hold until I actually get a ring and can talk to mom and dad about budgets but I have been dreaming and checking out the which has all sorts of great resources especially for those just beginning their search and planning. I think I have decided on a few styles of dresses to try on when that comes up and we decided on pink and green as our colors, but I don’t know how we will work them, I was originally thinking sage with bold pink and a lighter one, but that might be too much for A, so maybe more pink at the ceremony (flowers, dressed) and more green at the reception (table linens, decorations etc and throw pink back in with centerpieces if flowers and the cake?) it’s a good thing I have time to plan!!

Friday, March 07, 2008

nothign new going on

Well, A and I have set our wedding date. I stared him down and said “A, our wedding date is August 15th 2009.” he said “ok, (long pause) you want at least a year to plan right?” “at least!” “so I have until Aug 16th this year?” “yes” and then that was it. We have talked about it since, and the date will stand unless there is something that comes up (I wouldn’t mind moving it up a week or down, but August sounds nice to me. I don’t want to be a June bride). We have looked at rings, and I think we have picked one out that will work for now, with hopes of upgrading later when we have more money. We are in a debate about colors, I want pink and green, he wants Seahawks colors. My best friend has agreed to be my maid of honor, and R will be our flower girl.
I told my parents, and they didn’t seem thrilled, which disappointed me, but then again A hasn’t formally asked and I do want him to ask my dads permission. A and I are just so backwards. It’s how the two of us are, and I have accepted that, but sometimes the traditionalist in me comes out and I want to do things the old fashioned way. A is the opposite, and that’s part of why I love him.

R has been playing “pretty” and tea party all the time. She’s so funny. Potty training has side railed, but she still enjoys sitting on her potty chair and reading books, but not any action lately. She will be moving to her big girl bed by her birthday. That’s going to be interesting, but I think it will work. A few days ago she fell asleep for nap time under her crib without any prompting. I had asked her if he was ready for a nap “Yesh” “can you go pick out a book to read?” “yesh” and boom she was out! I expect several nights of her not sleeping in her bed but eventually getting it.

I gave up soda for lent. And A asked me how much I had lost since I did that. So I steped on the scale, and was 146 down from 154, SWEET! Just from dropping soda? Now if I can get myself to stop grazing all day on junk food, and maybe eat real balanced meals, hmmm. I also have been trying to go out for a walk when it’s nice enough out, which hasn’t been often this time of year. I did just find out the res a playground a few blocks away from our place up a steep hill that R and I will be able to go to once the snow all melts. No swings, but other things to climb on and a big grassy field to run around on. My goal is to get down to 135. Please offer support and encouragement, and ideas. Hold me to my goals. I tend to kill the loneliness from A being at work all the time with food. NOT healthy, I know!