Thursday, June 30, 2011

Easy no-sew curtain

Lately I've been notorious for coming up with all sorts of ideas and being determined that they need to be done. Some of my ideas are good, some are not so good. A common denominator is that I usually think "this is going to be easy!" I see something and think "Hey! We can make that!". Sometimes it's true, sometimes not so much.

One idea that I came up with is our yellow laundry room. I didn't think about it long and hard, it was more of a spur of the moment decision. I'm actually pretty glad we choose bright yellow. It's clean and crisp looking, just the way a laundry room should be. I decided that I'd like to have a yellow pinstripe curtain for the window and I wasn't able to track one down. I looked through some of the stores where we regularly shop and I even looked on Etsy. Oh yes, they do have yellow pinstripes curtains on Etsy but, holy smokes...they are spendy! I'm into decorating our home.....on a budget.

After having no luck finding a yellow pinstripe curtain, I decided that I was going to make one. However, I don't have a sewing machine and as much as hand stitching can be fun, it didn't sound fun to hand stitch an entire curtain. I bounced the idea off my very smart sister and she suggested I use a product called "Stitch Witchery". It's an iron on adhesive that acts in place of thread. Brilliant!

Thankfully, I found the perfect yellow pinstripe fabric and a package of Stitch Witchery at JoAnn fabrics and last night after the kids were in bed, I got busy.

Cut the fabric to the desired size. Place Stitch Witchery between fabric layers. I pinned mine because it was pretty long and I wanted to keep it straight.
Cover with damp press cloth. Set steam iron on "wool" and press for 10 seconds on each side. Do not slide.
This is how it looks after it's pressed. All nice, flat and secure.
For the top of the curtain, I just folded the fabric down farther so, there would be enough space to slide the curtain rod through.
After I finished the curtain, I decided that I wanted the top to have loops. I found some ribbon-type stuff in my wrapping supplies and secured loops onto the top of the curtain with safety pins. The safety pins aren't visible and I think it turned out pretty cute. Ideally, I'd like to have the curtain hanging by clothespins but, I didn't have any laying around.
If I get tired of the loops, they can always be removed and I'll just slide the curtain onto the curtain rod or I'll pick some clothespins up sometime (if I remember!) and hang the curtain with those.

It was a pretty fast and inexpensive project so, if I change my mind in a few months and want to do something different, no biggie!

Tidy Mom

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A post I loved from SouleMama

Awhile back, a friend shared a blog that she loves to read and I was instantly hooked. SouleMama is the kind of blog that leaves me feeling inspired to be a better mother after I read it. We can all fall into the trap of feeling inferior or inadequate but, I never get those negative feelings from that blog.

I read something on SouleMama the other day that I wanted to share. It really touched me and reminded me to listen to my mothering instinct. I find it so easy to get too busy with things that don't really matter and I forget to slow down and really enjoy the days of being a stay at home mommy to my young children. It's also so easy to compare how different families function and wonder if I'm not measuring up.

This article reminded me that God gave me my children, specifically for me. God has given me and will continue to give me the wisdom to mother my children. It's a beautiful thing if you really think about it.....God made our children uniquely and we were created to be their parents! I guess that's a beautiful and overwhelming thought because our responsibility is so large.

Here are some pieces of the article that spoke to me. You can read the entire thing here.
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"I sat in the hospital room and cried. Mixed with overwhelming awe at this tiny life suddenly made visible and holdable, came such an emotionally exhausting challenge. I could not get my baby to breastfeed. With each change of shifts, a new nurse would enter my room with a completely different way of doing things--football hold, cradle hold, let her sleep at your breast, never let her fall asleep.


I grew weary as I waded through unknown, uncharted waters and had no idea which path I should travel down. Who I should trust. Which advice I should heed. Everyone had a different approach.


A few days later when we finally settled back into our home, tired and tearful, I called my mom.
"Trust yourself." she told me. "You'll know what's best."


There is so much information available to me, to us, about how to mother. So many approaches and philosophies. And so many of them sound right and healthy. If I'm not careful, I find myself questioning the path that I've taken, thinking that perhaps, all along, it was the wrong path and that there's another one that's smoother and easier and has better scenery.


It is in those moments when my own voice is hard to hear. When it is but a whisper.


I still have so much to learn. I see my grandmother in the way I move about my kitchen. I see my mother in the way I rally my girls for chores or carry a baby on my hip out to the garden to snip spinach.


I take wisdom from a phone call with a friend. I scribble a few lines in my journal from a book by Wendell Berry. I tack a Bible verse on my bathroom mirror.


These are the things that strengthen my voice. They are the things that remind me listen to my mothering soul. There is freedom when I learn to trust. Peace in letting things go. And joy to be found in finding your path."
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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sometimes

Sometimes, the sun is shining.
Sometimes, I need to capture how precious Paisley is in her church dress.
Sometimes, I head outside for a quick photo shoot.
Always, I love this silly little baby.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Judah's Special Day

For the last month or so, we've been on the go non-stop. When I go in to get Judah in the morning and the first thing he says to me is "Mommy, where are we going?", I know we need to slow down. Even though we've been too busy lately, we still decided to head out to see Cars 2 this morning. We dropped Paisley off at Auntie Sally's house then Judah and I headed out on our special date. I wanted Judah to have a morning with me that was all about him. I wanted it to be all about us just spending time together with no agenda.

On our way to the movie theatre, we played the music loudly. We sang, we danced and it was fun. We stopped at the grocery store to buy some M&M's for his first theatre experience because, I'm cheap and I don't want to pay $4 for the candy at the theatre.

When we got to the theatre and walked in, it was dark and loud. Judah didn't like it at all and he kept on asking to go back to the car. We walked out of the theatre and walked around for awhile talking about it. I could tell that he really didn't want to go back in there so, we gave the ticket I bought to someone that was standing outside and we headed into the arcade to "drive" some cars.

Judah totally loved driving the cars with me in the arcade. It didn't matter that we weren't in the theatre watching the movie. It was his special day and it was about him being comfortable and having fun. Besides, he's just 2. He'll want to go watch a movie in the theatre soon enough.

After we drove the cars for awhile, we headed to Petco to go look at the animals. We looked at fish......
 We looked at lots of birds.......
 It's a good thing that the birds are in cages that two year olds can't open.......
We even looked at snakes. Most of you know how I feel about snakes so, I'm sure you're very proud of me!
After Petco, we went into Costco and we ate pizza together. We didn't do any shopping, we just had our special date. I'm so thankful that I was able to spend the morning with my boy, while Paisley spent time with her Auntie and cousins. When we were leaving the movie theatre, I saw a mom-friend of mine that has 4 children. She said "it's all about being flexible" and boy is she right. Sometimes we need to throw our plans out the window and go with "Plan B".

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Our Tuesday in a nutshell

It's true, life goes by so much faster with little ones. I know that someday, it's going to be hard for me to remember what daily life was like when Judah was 2 and Paisley was 7 months. For that reason, I'm so glad I have a little notebook that I write cute and funny stuff in that Judah and Paisley do. I'm also glad that I blog about our normal life.

Today was pretty normal day. We did breakfast (Judah and I had our oatmeal together), a few chores around the house and Paisley took her morning nap. After that, we headed over to Sally's house to have a little visit. Judah was in undies all morning while we were at home and he went on his potty chair really well. He also had a few accidents but, that's to be expected. I was brave and put him in the car to go to Sally's in his undies. He was dry when we got there but, he got upset and wanted to play with toys and not use the potty chair so, I put him in a diaper while we were there. I'm thinking we're just going to use the potty chair while we're at home for awhile.

After our little visit, we came home and while Judah and Paisley napped, I did a few things around the house. Paisley woke from her nap early and I was feeling a like I had a long evening ahead of me because Jeremiah was going to go golfing after work. I ended up heading out with the kids and we spent the early evening getting some errands done. They really are great shoppers *most of the time* and we had fun.

This evening, after I put Paisley to bed and I read Judah his stories, Judah and I had the most fun together that we've had in awhile. We  layed on my bed and talked and talked for a long time. It was so special to spend that one on one time with him and talk about the day together. He amazes me with the way that he can carry on a conversation now with full sentences. We layed there for so long talking and it was like neither one of us was thinking about anything else. I tend to always think about what I need to do next and not just "be in the moment" so, it was refreshing to spend such quality time with my precious boy. Plus, I sometimes feel like he "likes" Daddy better and that I'm just the Mommy. I know that may sound weird but, that's how I feel sometimes even if it's not the truth.

After they were in bed, I went out and watered. We have so many more plants in our yard now and although it's not perfect and we still have a lot to do, the yard is coming together. When we moved in, there wasn't a single plant. Now we've planted 4 trees, 3 rhododendrons and a bunch of flowers. We've stumbled upon amazing sales so, that's been fun also. It always seems more rewarding to find something that's a super deal.

So, that was our day in a nutshell. Oh, I almost forgot to mention my yellow flowers in my yellow laundry room. This morning I was walking by and I saw how the sun was shining on the flowers in the window. I thought it was beautiful.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Potty training? Maybe....

This evening while I was vacuuming, I peeked into our bedroom and this is what I saw....
Judah had grabbed one of his books from the book basket in our room and tucked himself into our bed to read. I was even more tickled when I saw what book he had chosen to read.
I love the contemplative look on his face.
After he was done reading, he got up and asked me where his potty chair is. I got it for him and he went potty in it! I asked him if he wanted to wear some Thomas the Train underwear and he wore them all evening until we put him in a diaper for bedtime. He went potty in his potty chair 3 times and only had 1 tiny accident. I was so proud of him!

Potty training isn't something that I'm going to rush but, if he's into it, we are going to go for it. I'm all about putting him in his big boy undies and taking him every 20minutes if I need to. It's just another adventure in my life as a mom!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Celebrating my mom's Birthday

Tonight we celebrated my mom's Birthday. I am so thankful for my mom. I love that she's not only my mom but, we are great friends.

The boys played great together. My Dad got them both a "construction worker" hat and they love them. I think the hat is one of Judah's new favorite things.
"Hey! Get back to work!"

"Twinkle, twinkle little star...."


Sally made the most amazing dessert. It was a chocolate, mocha, amaretto semifreddo. It was one of the best desserts I've ever eaten.

Happy Birthday, Mom! We love you so much!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Baby Face

Over a month ago, we got a new camera. I've had every intention of reading the entire owners manual and learning how to use all the manual settings but, I haven't gotten around to it yet. The Pioneer Woman has written some great tutorials on aperture. She writes in a simple way that is easy for me to understand and her camera lingo isn't overwhelming. So, thanks to her, I've learned a bit about aperture. Hey, it's a start right?

It's funny to think about how many pictures I took before we had kids and compare that to how many pictures I take now. One of the things that I love about blogging is that it encourages me to take pictures on a daily basis.

Today I was feeding Paisley a little snack in the highchair and I decided to snap a few pictures of her beautiful face. The faces of my children are one of my favorite things to photograph. Their beautiful faces are always changing and I love to capture their unique expressions.




Monday, June 13, 2011

Tonight....

Tonight I'm thankful for my mom, who came and cleaned a (very) dusty window shade with me today.

Tonight I'm thinking Play-Doh at the kitchen table is pretty fun. This is Judah's "smile for the camera" face. Can he even see the camera with his eyes squinted like that?

Tonight I changed into my jammies early because I'm exhausted and I intended to go to bed early.

Tonight I stepped out and had to take a few pictures of the amazing sunset.
Tonight I'm thinking that it's been a really good Monday and tomorrow will be a great day also. We get to spend some time with our MOPS friends and that's always fun!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Weekend Wrap-Up

Some weekends go by too quickly and this was one of them. It's been fun, full and tomorrow is Monday. Our weekend started with going garage saling first thing on Saturday morning. We found some great deals and it was so much fun. I think garage saling could become addictive. I see the signs and I just want to follow them and see if I can find any treasures.

One of my favorite things that we stumbled upon is this painting. The guy that sold it to us (for only $3) said that it was very old and had been in their family for a long time. I've had a special love for barns since I was a little girl and this painting relaxes me.

 Here's a picture of another fun garage sale find. This quilt and the pillow cases were $3 total!!! The quilt needed a small amount of hemming in only two places and I sat in the sun today and fixed it right up. Sitting in the sun and sewing the quilt felt a little "Laura Ingalls Wilder" and it was fun. I washed them and they are as good as new. I don't think I would've picked this set up if I was to go by it for regular price but, for $3, it's a fun change. I like how the quilt colors look with the paint color in our room. I need to find some pictures for our walls and continue to make our room a peaceful spot. It's all coming together but, it doesn't happen over night.
After we did our share of garage saling (I mean, Paisley got tired!), we headed to the Home Depot and picked up some un-finished cabinets and some stain. Jeremiah is working on staining some cabinets for our kitchen because we need more cupboard space and we have some empty walls. As I've been un-packing, I've noticed that our kitchen is really lacking in the storage area so, I'm glad he's working on these cabinets. Honestly, the kitchen has brought me to tears but, I have hope! 

Saturday after we put the kids to bed, I went grocery shopping alone while Jeremiah stayed home. After grocery shopping, I met up with my sister and we did a little shopping at Ross. I hadn't been there in a long time and I forgot about the cute things that they have there and the great deals. It was really fun to be out late having some shopping time with Sally!

Today we went to church and then stayed home for the rest of the day and worked around here. I made some granola and planted some flowers outside. Jeremiah hung some shelves for me in the laundry room. I never thought that I'd be so excited about plain white wire shelves on yellow walls. I totally love it!

We had to lower Paisley's crib because she's starting to pull up on stuff. She is getting big way too quickly. I noticed today that her 3rd tooth is coming in and her sweet little personality is developing more everyday. She's spunky, fun and I love it.
This little boy melts my heart. Last night when I was out grocery shopping, Jeremiah was putting him to bed and Judah was asking "Where's Mommy? Where's Hun?" Sometimes he calls me "hun" and I think it's so cute. Today he was out on the porch sweeping and singing "clean up, clean up Rosie's mess". Then tonight when I was putting him to bed, he told me that he wants to ride a school bus with me and sit by me. It was so sweet and it made me a little sad because I know that most likely, someday he will ride a school bus and he won't want to sit by me then. Right now, riding a school bus with me would be the highlight of his year.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

I'm loving it---Hummus!

We've been on a bit of a hummus kick lately around our house. Judah loves it and it's super healthy and yummy so, I decided that I should try making it instead of buying it. We can go through a tub of hummus pretty quickly around here so, having a good recipe is something I needed. I did some searching around for a good recipe and here's what I tried this evening:


•2 tablespoons minced garlic

•2 (19 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, with the liquid from one only one can

•Juice from 2 limes

•4 tablespoons tahini

•1 teaspoon salt

•black pepper to taste

•Red pepper flakes to taste


Mix everything up in a blender and chill. We dip crackers or vegetables in ours.



Tidy Mom

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