Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bad mom

Amy and Audrey had some friends over to swim. I didn't take any pictures but Amy sent me one that she took of Logan. We had so much fun, except I took my eyes off of Logan for a second and he fell off a step, breaking his fall with his forehead. Poor guy has a bump/bruise on his forehead and abrasion on his eyebrow (Ashley L. please don't make fun of me for saying abrasion, I don't know what else to call it).
We had so much fun swimming with our friends and it was the perfect way to forget about the earthquake. Thanks Amy!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

One easy/one not so easy project

vc Before I was even pregnant with Logan I got it in my head that I wanted to make two books. One, a sacrament book (I don't remember where I got the idea from), and the second, a quiet book (inspired by Martha Stewart at the time).

Now, I few years later, I have Logan who is nearly one and is not very reverent in church. So I just finished the books in hopes that they would keep him entertained on Sundays. I know some of you wanted to make a quiet book so I posted each page just in case it would give any of you ideas on how to make your own.

Easy Sacrament book
All I did was use stickers for a front cover and self laminated each page I bought some pictures at the bookstoreand cut out the rest from magazines after I was done with them
I also found a brief testimony from each of the prophets of the Savior and included them in there for the day when Logan can read them.
I have about 30 pictures in total so it is a pretty thick book, the hardest part was punching holes in each page. So there it is, an easy Sacrament book, if it doesn't keep Logan quiet, maybe I will look at it and it will give me peace instead of the feeling of wanted to dropkick my son.

The not so easy book is my quiet book, and it is actually easy but time consuming. I found ideas from Martha, church vendors, and of course blogs!
Front cover: just iron on letters that I stenciled and cut out. The picture is just print on fabric that I sewed on.
A cute apple tree. The four apples are snapped on and can be put in the basket.
A little tithing lesson. I laminated 10 pennies so that Logan didn't put them in him mouth and choke on them. They are attached with tiny pieces of velcro. The idea is that he will eventually learn to put 1 penny in the tithing pocket and the rest in the pocket in the piggy bank.
Jonah: I just sewed a zipper in the felt whale. I don't have a finger puppet yet because I can't draw but I'm hoping to have my brother draw me a little cartoon Jonah so that I can finish this.
Just a little house where the windows and doors open up to reveal a cat, bird, and mouse.
Popcorn popping: Just snaps on the back of each popcorn piece and another basket to put them in.
Noahs ark: I had these pictures from when I taught nursey, so I just colored laminated, and put little pieces of velcro on the back. The ark is a large pocket to put the animals in.
Flower garden: the flowers unbutton, very simple.
Pres. Hinckley's B's: The beehive is sewn on and the yellow material is fuzzy. This page had a lot of potential until I made a bad choice and decided to use fabric paint to stencil on the letters. The problem was Logan wouldn't stop screaming and I wanted to get it done, so I did it all one handed which didn't turn out so good. Oh well, I'll just pretend Logan painted them. The bees are cut from fabric I found, laminated and velcroed on.
Kinda girly, but I saw the idea on someones blog and had to make it. It is just a clothes line and I made little clothes items and attached clothes pins. So the clothes can be attached to the line or put in the basket.
I am like a star: iron on letters and a velcroed on mirror that Logan can change from star to star and of course see his reflection.
Back cover: made same as the front.
There you have it! Hope someone else will try making one soon. They are pretty fun and once you start thinking of ideas it can be hard to stop. I think I have 12 pages and it was pretty hard to sew the binding in so I wouldn't make too many more than 12 pages.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Just an average day

Almost every single one of my friends is either days away from giving birth or have brand new babies so we haven't had many playdates lately. It's made me realize that playdates may be more for the moms instead of the kids. I've had to think of as many things to keep Logan entertained during the day in order to keep me sane. Here are a few of the simple things we do.

Logan loves our cat but she doesn't love him back and he never gets to pet her. Kyle's co-worker Kim gave Logan this little weasel attached to a ball that rolls all over the place. For now he meows at it and is able to catch it. Most of the time!He's also developed a love for grapes. He'd eat them all day and that keeps him happy. Dangerous little fruit for an 11 month old, I know. We play in the sprinklers...he doesn't love it
And play in a little blow up pool and he can splash for hours.
I'm always trying to think of ways to fill our day so if anyone has good ideas pass them my way!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I need to get out more

Today Logan was babysat for the first time by someone other than a family member. Who else would be better qualified (although I don't know if she knows CPR).....except Miss Megan Hess! Logan absolutely loves her....but who doesn't? Thanks Megan!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Bye bye birdies

I finally decided that it was time to part ways with my birds. So they have a new home at Petco.

Kyle told me that he is going to sleep with one eye open because he fears that he is next! But for now I am happy with the size of my family; just Me, Kyle, Logan...... and of course Gato who will never leave our home although I think she is wondering what is happening to all her friends!

Hooray for only having one pet!!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008 computer is up and running!

Well, we are all moved in minus the office/guest bedroom/sewing room (at least in my eyes) which still needs a lot of work. It was our first move since we got married and I can't believe how much stuff we had in the one bedroom apartment. It was enough to fill three bedrooms. We lost the fish in the transfer, next on my hit list are the birds! Anyways, here are a few pictures of a couple of areas in the house for any of you who are curious.

The backyard (I killed the spot on the grass the day we moved in)

The guest bathroomMy new two lovesLogan's room

I haven't had much time for sewing but I finished this little project that I started a couple weeks after Logan was born. It's just a shadow box documenting Logan's life. I put the pajamas I took him home from the hospital in (thanks Megan).

We also had our first visiters (besides my mom who stayed for three days to watch Logan while I unpacked). Cory and Ashley my bro and sis-in-law came down for the weekend.

We took a trip down to Sea WorldSpent a day at the beach

where Logan spent lots of time with his tallest uncle
Who somehow got convinced by his older brother to crawl underneath our house to drill holes for some kind of wiring. Logan woke up with some crazy hair and squinty eyes wondering what the heck was going on under the house. and we celebrated the 4th by BBQing (I didn't mean to put Logan in bright red pants for the 4th)

That's about it! Logan and I miss our friends who we have been too busy unpacking to spend time with, and Logan especially misses his uncle and aunt. Thanks for visiting and for the gifts.