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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

657,436 Minutes...

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...How do you measure, measure a year...plus 3 months?

Happy 15 months to my little Lily Bean!

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Here she is a year ago...minus a week and a half. I couldn't resist posting this one...even if it wasn't taken exactly a year ago...she's just so darn cute!

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I wanted to remember Lily at this moment in her life by writing about a few things that are special to her. I also quickly wanted to jot down all the words she can say/sign so far. Ya know, a "here's-what-she-can-do-right-now" kind of record so I can look back when she's 4 years old or something and get all teary eyed cause my little girl's growing up too fast. Sob.

1. Her Blanket

A purple and white striped rectangle of softness that was given to her by Andrew's parents when she was just a tiny little thing. I started putting her to sleep with it pretty much right from the beginning actually hoping that she would form an attachment to it. I love that it makes her feel happy and content when she's clutching it in her arms. I love looking up to see her walking around the house, Blanket dragging behind her on the floor. And on that note, I love washing her blanket, knowing that it is well loved.

It goes almost everywhere with her. She loves sleeping on her tummy with Blanket bunched up underneath her.

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When she wakes up from her nap and runs off to play...Blanket always goes too.

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She gets very excited when I take her to her room, turn off the light, turn on her musical seahorse and hand her blanket to her. She knows we're going to have nursies before nap/bedtime. And while she nurses she clutches a corner of Blanket in each hand and occasionally strokes her cheek with it. Gah! My heart melts every time.

And when she's watching TV - which is very rare - she chews the corner of Blanket.

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2. Her Car

I recently purchased a used Step 2 Push Around Buggy. Let me just say that it was the best $10 I have ever spent in my life! While it isn't new by any means - the bright colors have faded to more pastel and the horn and seatbelt are missing - Lily just loves this thing! When I walk down the driveway to get the mail she sits there turning the steering wheel like she's actually driving - with her hands at 10 and 2. Yup, watch out world...my little girl's a natural born driver!

She stores twigs, acorns and other stuff she finds in the yard in the trunk while she's pushing it around the yard. Andrew and I even went for a walk down Main Street one morning earlier this week with me pushing Lily in the car and Andrew walking Toby on the leash. It was nice being able to enjoy the weather before it got into the 90s for the day. And not have to worry about wrangling Lily the entire time. She stays right in the car and watches the world go by. Walks like that are definitely going to happen more often. :)

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The morning after I brought the car home...Lily woke up - and once she realized the car had a new home on our back porch - proceeded to chant "cah, cah, cah" while pounding on the back door. First time she'd ever said "car." Yeah...she likes it a little. :)

3. Her Books

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I think Lily enjoys looking through her books more than playing with any other toy sometimes - well maybe not more than playing with her new "cah". Sometimes I'll walk into her room and she's sitting on the floor, surrounded by her books, and she's "reading" to herself. It's so cute!

She'll also climb into my lap with a book in hand and shove it in my face which translates to "read it to me Mom!"

Sure little one, no problem. Just give me a second to adjust my vision and make sure I'm not blind.

Ok, we're good.

Till the next eye gouging anyway...

I try to take her to the library every few weeks or so to get some new books. For both her and me. She pulls books off the shelves and then runs off to explore. She has a grand ol' time.

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These have been her favorite books for some time now:

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Source: Amazon
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Source: Amazon

Finishing up this post, here is a list of the words she can speak and sign. Her vocabulary has increased so much over the past month. At 14 months I think she only knew how to say "Mama" and "cup" - which used to come out "gup". Even now some words are hard to make out. You really have to pay attention to the context of the situation to understand what she is trying to say. Then there are some words she has no problem communicating. Like "no". She can say that word very well.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Skirt The Issue

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I've been inspired recently to do a bit of crafting and sewing. I blame Pinterest. Those ruffle shirts, fabric flowers and doily lamps aren't going to make themselves. I guess I'd better get to it.

I thought I'd begin by making myself a skirt with the $3/yd. fabric I purchased at Joann's a while back. I'd also purchased a pattern thinking that since I haven't sewn anything in a while, I may want to use a pattern this time and an easy one at that. Here's the fabric and pattern I selected:

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So while Lily was taking her morning nap (gotta love that she still takes 2 two hour naps most days!) out came the heavy duty, trusty ol' sewing machine. I love this thing. I love how old it looks. I love how well it works. I love that it comes with the original instruction booklet complete with date of purchase written inside - July 18, 1972 in case you were wondering.

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This thing actually belongs to Andrew. No for real, it does. His uncle gave it to him...it used to be his (Andrew's) grandmother's. And that's what I love most about it. :)

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Anyway, like I said the pattern is really easy but I made it even easier by leaving off a few steps. The pattern called for patch pockets on the front of the skirt and a ribbon tie at the waist. I thought the pockets were kind of childish looking so I didn't put them on.

I plan on wearing this skirt with a shirt over it...versus tucked in...so I skipped putting the ribbon in since I hate wearing a shirt over something with a tie waist...it looks lumpy underneath the shirt. I like it smooth looking thankyouverymuch.

So without these additions I was able to whip up this skirt in a couple of hours.
Now that its finished, I notice a few things I'm going to change next time. The skirt's a little fuller than I would like. Next time I'm going to decrease each panel a bit by folding it over before cutting out each piece thereby reducing the width of the shirt. With less width there won't be as much gathering from the elastic and therefore less...fluffiness. Also, the elastic waist may be a problem. The pattern called for 1/2 inch elastic. Seemed too thin to me but I went ahead and used it. I'm not crazy about elastic waists anyway...except when I was pregnant. I was right...it feels...awkward for lack of a better word. I'm definitely going to use a wider elastic next time.

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Total tangent for a second. Don't you just love the sight of a strawberry pincushion full of matching white pins?

No? Its just me?

Oh...

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Lily woke up just as I was finishing up...except for the hemming part. She was very interested in the sewing machine and proceeded to poke around and test each knob and button. I discovered later...when I went to hem it...that she had set the tension all the way down to "loose." I had fun ripping out the stitches. Not. :)

And by the way, clutched in her arm is her very well loved seahorse that her "mamma" (my mom) got for her the Christmas before she was born. She does not go to sleep without it. I only wish it played music for longer than 5 minutes. Oh...and that it came with a remote.

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And here is the final reveal! I realize its not a great picture...I think I look frumpy. I need to work on the modeling aspect of making your own clothes.

But there you have it. I feel so accomplished. And inspired to make something else.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Our Weekend

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Most weekends around here are relaxing and mellow, this past one more so than usual. How could it not be when we have this sweet little girl full of smiles and eagerness to play with us?

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Saturday evening Andrew took Lily outside to play so I could get a few minutes to myself. A break was much needed after another meal stressing over whether Lily was getting enough to eat since she barely ate two bites before she was signing "all done" and fussing to get down from her high chair. Maybe she's going to take after her mother. I remember my mom telling me I eat like a bird. Sigh. Payback's a you-know-what.

Anyway, after I had calmed down a bit I went to hunt down my offspring. Didn't take me long to find her from the sounds of squealing coming from the front yard. She was standing there letting Daddy spray her down with the hose - one of her favorite pastimes. She was soaked from head to toe and enjoying every.single.second.

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It looked like too much fun to miss out on, so I too rolled up my pants and joined in the fun.

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We topped off the evening with a bath - for Lily, and then dinner out with Kevin and Marie.

Sunday we decided to visit the pet store in town and it was apparently the perfect day to do so. In addition to the birds, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters and whatnot that were already there...they were having a rabies shot clinic so everyone brought in their dogs and cats to get stuck with a needle. Lily was in her element with so many animals to pet and point at. I didn't get any pictures cause I didn't know how people would feel with me whipping out the camera and giving their poor animals - who were already way overexcited what with all the barking going on - seizures from the flash. So you'll have to be happy with a picture of me with two cockatiels on my shoulders. The one on the right...my right...decided to go for my hair a second later. Let me tell you, that tickles!

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That night after putting Lily to bed, Andrew and I stayed up playing card and board games - Dutch Blitz and Monopoly. I won both games. It was a good weekend. :)

Friday, September 02, 2011

{this moment}

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
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Inspired by SouleMama