11/24/14

a quick homemade birthday gift!





















I started this project several weeks ago and realized that it would make the perfect little birthday gift for Edwin's third birthday next week.  I quickly finished it up this weekend and I think it turned out so cute.  I followed this pattern for the cozy car caddy, but made a few of my own changes, like gluing on the felt numbers instead of painting them on, and I also skipped the piping around the edge, and instead turned all of the edges under.  I used quite a bit of scrap fabric I had on hand but found the license plate fabric and gray felt for the road at Jo-Ann Fabric.  The matchbox cars were in a little grab bag at the thrift store, so the whole project cost less than $7!  I've been trying to come up with new little things for Edwin to do during "quiet time" in the afternoons and I am hoping this makes a good toy for him to play with in his bedroom.  Either way, I think it's adorable!  I've been seriously bitten by the sewing bug lately and have plans to work on his quilt in between meals this holiday.  My goal is to finish the quilt by Christmas and I already have ideas for curtains to make after that.  See what I mean?  One project leads to another these days!

11/15/14

the first snow of the season!

The snow is officially here for the winter and truthfully we are sort of happy it is.  Having snow on the ground makes playing outside so much more fun.  We are definitely making the most of it!

Early in the fall we put up a little play set in our backyard.  I had forgotten that slides are so much more fun in the winter because the kids just fly off of them in their snow pants!  It's pretty cute and makes the backyard just that much more entertaining.

We've also enjoyed a few winter walks, having snow for a snack, and making snow angels.  This toddler of mine is really easy to please these days and spending my days with him helps remind me that sometimes the simplest things are really the most fun. 
I know the farmer's almanac is predicting another terrible winter in the mid west, but I am trying to stay blindly optimistic and will do my best to enjoy the good days, with blue skies and hints of sunshine, when we get them.  We had a few this week and I am thankful for that.

10/30/14

20 weeks!

I can't believe we are at 20 weeks already!  We had our ultrasound today and it was so much fun to see this cute wiggly baby up close.  It has the sweetest face and looks very healthy.  Our due date of March 20th is spot on.  We opted not to find out the gender again, and boy or girl we will be so thrilled.  Honestly,  I just can't wait to have this snuggly baby here with us. 

So far I've been feeling really good.  I sleep and eat all the time and I've already gained 15 lbs.  Knowing that this is my last pregnancy, I am trying not to worry too much about my weight gain, but this bump is definitely bigger the second time around (take a peak at my tiny little bump with Edwin.)  I am staying very active and still exercise several times a week, but it's also kind of nice to take a long nap once in awhile or have an extra bedtime snack.  No harm done, right?!  

Some serious nesting urges have kicked in and I've begun sewing a quilt!  I also started tearing up the old linoleum flooring in our kitchen because we hope to make a few updates to the space before baby arrives.  I've been cleaning out closets and trying to figure out a better system for getting chores done around my house.  Last weekend I went crazy prepping food for the week (check out what I made over at the Lean Green Bean) and it helped so much to have quick lunches and dinners ready to go.

I feel like I'm finding a good groove with this pregnancy and with being at home.  It's taken some time to adjust but I am really enjoying it.  Thanks for letting me share this big bump of mine.  Here's to halfway!

10/13/14

my favorite picture lately...

I started off the year working on Project 52, a photo challenge to take a portrait of my child once a week each week in 2014, but I fell off the wagon somewhere around week 25.  I blame it on a few things, like my venture into shooting with a film camera and my new pregnancy distraction!  I have definitely continued to take a lot of pictures of my (almost!) three year old, but have slowed down and have tried to become a bit more selective in what I capture, on film especially.  It recently took me about 6 weeks to finish a roll of film and this is one of my favorites from our trip to a friend's orchard early last month.  For some reason babies and toddlers eating apples are always so cute! (here is Edwin's apple photo from last year!)  And, I think this is probably the best shot I've ever taken using a roll of Fujifilm Pro 400H.  For some reason I haven't been real happy with the quality of my photos using that film and I don't know if I would buy it again, because I just don't know how/when to use the film properly.  When I saw this picture I was blown away at how beautiful the film grain looks on Edwin's skin.  It definitely stood out as a winner amongst the rest and I am pleased that I did get to see how lovely this film can be, even though I'll likely be sticking with the Kodak Porta 160 from here on out.  Anyway, thank goodness for apples because some days that is all I can get my kiddo to eat!  I hope you are having a beautiful fall.  I am going to miss the pretty leaves when they are gone. 
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