Pitiful Man Baby

Poor little man baby. He is over the fever today but yesterday he was so out of it that he kept falling asleep wherever he was. He slept on my lap like this for a little while before Doug took him up to his bed. :)


Well we are all sick now, thankfully, so far I seem to have a much milder version of it. I have been taking Oscillocoxinum (sp) since I started having symptoms and that seems to be fighting it off pretty well. Thankfully this is not the an illness with stomach issues...more of a sleep it off sort of thing and Moses is being great about telling me when he is ready to go back to bed. The most pitiful thing is that he keeps telling me that he is "all done"...as in "Mom, I am all done feeling bad, please fix it"...I think that defines helplessness for me.
The question from the winner of the contest was "What will I tell Moses' wife someday?"...I have been thinking of this answer for days and the only thing I can think of is, "Welcome, I love you and I have been praying for you since before Moses was ever born. :) I am here if you need me, but far enough away that I don't crowd you, I want to help but know that I have raised a good man, who knows right from wrong and how to treat a lady". :)
Some other questions I can answer with a short answer...
What will I name my next child? Not completely sure but we do want Moses to have a brother named Aaron someday.
What would I do with 100k? Pay of my churches building and and debt that they have, build them an awesome building for kids, pay off my own debt, pay for my children's college. :)
Am I really that organized or do I clean up for pics? Yep, I am...I don't have time to clean up for pics and I get a little kooky if things aren't just so. (Except for my desk). :)
Questions for Jesus...
I have a long list...why do babies/children suffer...ever? Why do some people have children like rabbits and treat them like crap but deserving couples struggle for years and may never be successful in having children? How are some people so blind to You? Are the calories listed on packs of gum for if you chew and spit out or chew and swallow? Why do You love me so much? There are more...but those are the ones that regularly circulate.
One moment to live over and over? The days we spent in the hospital after having Moses and the two weeks that Doug was home with us afterward. Best. Days. Ever. Labor? That is another stories, full of lies people tell you and lack of drugs. Wanna hear?
Do I think Moses is cuter in daddy's mismatched jammies? Yes, but not why you may think...I think it is precious that he has a daddy that will be there every night to put him in jammies.
There were more questions that I will try to answer at some point because they were all really good.
Has anyone really read this far?
Encouraging things that have happened lately...We recently had a friend give us a new washer and dryer. We were willing to buy it from her but after our disappointing tax return, she decided to just give it to us. Awesome.
Discouraging-I had someone give me a heads up in a private email today that they wouldn't buy from my etsy shop because my avatar didn't match my banner and that my shop was too scattered. :(

Love and the WINNER!!!!!

Doug and I aren't huge celebrators of Valentines Day. We do love a good excuse to buy each other a gift (for both of us, a primary love language is gifts). But we are showing love to each other on a daily and regular basis so Valentines isn't that big a deal. To us, if you wait that long to show love then.... I did get Doug this cute plate (shown above). It reads "I Love You" in Norwegian. And he got me the movie "Becoming Jane". My favorite kind of movie. :) I also made some yummy festive cupcakes. :)
But I think our celebration ends there. Doug came home early from work today and went straight to bed (Doug is not the kind to do this lightly). Noooooooooooo!!!!! I hate and dread sickness in the house...it is exhausting, and gross and so not fun...AND I am the only one in the house who does not get a sick day. :( Please be praying that somehow Moses and I are spared this illness and that Doug gets better quickly. :)

Ok, more happy stuff. Just because I know you are wondering...I love Jesus, my Doug, my Moses, cable knit sweaters, ketchup on my scrambled eggs, sweet AND salty snacks, good coffee (instant coffee is not coffee), funky socks, little birds, red birds, blue birds, black birds, nests, acorns, dishes, bowls, big things, little things, tank tops, sunshine, flip-flops, black and white photos, the beach, walking on the beach, being a mom, being a wife, hugs, friends and good family moments. :)

And the WINNER of the goody bag is Amybell!! Her question was:

"For the mother in us, what is one thing you will tell Moses's wife someday?"

I had a hard time being unbiased in choosing a winner so I had a third party choose for me. :) I will have to think on this answer so stay tuned...

Please send me your address so I can get your goodies in the mail to you. :)

How to Needle Felt a Dinky Bird

This is for all those friends that I talked into trying needle felting. My best shot at a "how to".

First, take a portion of wool that will be the main color in your creation. Here, this dinky bird will be a Robin with a brown body and red breast. Roll the wool up, tucking in the ends as you go...tuck more to make it more of a ball and less to make it more like a oval shape.
Begin poking with your needle, focusing on the areas that least look like what you want it to look like, here I concentrate on the ends. Poke all over, and not too deeply because the deeper you poke the more of a dimple you will make in the wool.
See here.
To catch the stray hairs, lay the needle flat against the project, drag a little, then poke.
See here. :)
Keep going until your body is smooth. Or as least as smooth as you would like it.
Next, to make the breast of the bird, take the wool that you have chosen for the color and shape it into roughly the shape that you want it to end up like.
Tack onto the bird body(by poking it a few times) and sort of outline the shape that you want it to be. Begin to poke all over the breast of the bird and continue to outline the area of color, dragging in stray bits of wool to keep it within your outline. Continue until the breast area is as smooth as the rest of the body. You can also add wool on top of any area, at anytime you feel like it needs more.
Next, for eyes, take a small amount of white wool and divide it into two bits (so your eyes can be equal). Kind of roll them between your fingers a bit to make a loose ball. Tack it into place and use very specific pokes to outline the eye shape and drag in the stray hairs.
Do the same with the next eye.
Repeat the same idea on a smaller scale for the pupils.
And again for the beak, using your pokes to shape it into a beak.
Continue to tidy him up until you think he is perfect.
Hope this helps you. :)

Today...and bedroom before pics.

still slumping it but other good things are going on. For example:
Moses is still really, really cute. He is learning to say his Aunt Carolyn's name (aah yin). He has also learned bag, and buh tuh (buster is the name of our friends dog who we stayed with in Radford-now all dogs are a buh tuh)....and uck (truck). :) I am thankful for him everyday. I also got some goodies from my SIL. I had ordered the satin hands kit from Mary Kay and SIL sent me some extra goodies because she is cool like that. It took me forever to buy this kit because I find it so much easier to buy for others and forget about me. You can go buy stuff from her HEREI also bought two of these sweet little birds from Pier One today. :) They may end up in my new room...that currently looks like this:
Don't you love how I have hardly hung anything and that the photos I did hang were covered up when I moved the bed and I have yet to move them. :) And yes, I almost always make my bed.


So, if you frequent my shop at all you will know already that I was out of town for the weekend. We finally got to go home to Radford!! We visited friends and went to our home church. This church is not just a church that we attended in Radford, it is a deep seeded part of who I am and how I have been shaped over the last eight years or so. I LOVE this church, the people, the worship, it is all wonderful. The teachings are relevant and real, dealing with human things and not far away ideas. It meets you where you are and I LOVE that. Since moving to Charlottesville we have had the hardest time getting around to visit churches and finding a place that is anywhere close to what New Horizons is. I have had a pastor from one of the churches here tell me straight out the we will never find New Horizons again. We finally got to visit a church, where we had been told repeatedly that kids/infants/toddlers were welcome part of service (meaning that Doug and I could keep Moses in service with us until we all got used to the people, place, etc) well the one time we got to go, I can't remember how many people reminded us where the nursery was. And they weren't all being polite. At New Horizons no one would blink an eye. And those of you who know Moses, know that he is not a loud child and this Sunday visit was not an exception. So anyway, just being there and seeing what we were not a current part of was really sad, but it reminded me of some core values that I learn and live by and needed to be reminded of.
One is TRANSPARENCY. If you are a friend, you know what is on my mind because I will come out and say it. If you ask me how I am doing, I will tell you and not just say fine. If I make a mistake I will apologize and admit it. I am as real as I can be. One of the things that drove me nuts about my stalker (Hi stalker!!)is that she would constantly flame me on her site, then go back and change it so that she could keep up her perfect Christian appearance. Never for a second being real. You won't catch me going back and changing something on here (except spelling or grammar-those things wrong drive me bonkers). I want to be a person who makes Christianity appealing. I don't want to be a person who walks around pointing my finger at others while I am tripping on the plank in my own eye. I might as well try to convert others to Christianity but throwing mud at them.
Another is LOVE. I am loved, even when I am not there. While living in Radford, I made friends for life. The kind of friends who I will be in touch with and close to 50-60-70 years from now. Friends who I can pick right up with where we left off. Friends who love me for who I am and nothing else.
Another is ROOTS. That church will always be a part of me. I was there from nearly the beginning of it and that church body and I grew together so much that it was hard to tell where one stops and the other starts. Loving God is that good.
So that is where I am right now...in a state of content meloncholy.

Oopsie Daisy...

So I made some fab cookies last night except for one thing...I failed to add the brown sugar. :( They are still very tasty but leave me thinking "what if". I was dying to make these gems at home since the other day when Doug and I had lunch at a local deli and had some of the best cookies of our lives. Oreo cookie cookies. Yum. Ridiculous yum.Like I said, they are still very good and there is no lack of sweetness, they are just a little crispy and go down well with a glass of milk. Here is the recipe for you to try: (I doubled this recipe).

Oreo Cookie Cookies

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 egg
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour (8 1/2 oz by weight)
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
10-12 broken (into halves and thirds) Oreos
Half a bag of chocolate chips.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat butter and sugars until smooth. Add vanilla and eggs and mix until combined.

In a separate bowl, stir together flour, soda, salt, baking powder and cream of tartar. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir until incorporated. Stir in oreos by hand.

Place dough balls 3 inches apart (6 per cookie sheet) on parchment lined or non-stick cookie sheet and flatten tops slightly. You don’t want to flatten it too much, you just don’t want it to look like a ball. Bake for about 15 minutes or until brown around the edges. Cool slightly on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to set: remove from baking sheet. Cool on wire rack. Makes about 12 big cookies


Signs of Hope, Following Directions and Pumping Up His Ego

Look what I found just outside my door today? My sweet little tulips miss me and want to say hello...what a tease! We all know how fun February and March can be, these poor little babies have some tough times ahead. Last year I got photos of snow sitting on the tulip blooms. :)
Moses is good at following (some) directions. :) The banana sticker (of course banana) says place on forehead and smile. :) What a good boy! ANd because I thought it was hilarious to do so, I let him walk around for quite a while with this sticker on his head...he had no idea even though I kept telling him "Moses, there is a sticker on your forehead"...I know I'm a nerd but I am ok with that. : )

And below, is it just me or is this shirt hilarious? I got it for Moses today at my favorite place to shop. Like my husband, I think my son will be slightly full of himself, a quality of Doug's that only a handful know of....but love about him. :)
Coming soon? The BEST cookie recipe EVER!

Room redo...

So since we moved here in April, we have done something major and fun to each of the rooms in our home. Except our bedroom. I have been looking for months for THE color or THE pattern that would lead to inspiring me to redo the whole room. Well today we meandered into a fabric store and what do you know...I fell in love with these fabrics:
In my plan...the floral one will be used to make a duvet (remember I can sew straight lines), the chocolate one will be a valance, the white a curtain that hangs behind it and the fourth fabric will be pillows for the bed (along with some from the other fabrics as well). I FINALLY feel motivated to do something in that room. I will have to take a photo of the before to show you.

Also in our outings, I stumbled on these beauties for the 10th time...

It says birds AND nests...might as well have my name on them. They are perfect and I love them. Here is Moses, enjoying some freedom outside in the 70+ degree weather we had today. :) Today he learned the words Amen and shoes. :)

Where's my baby ya'll?

Seriously, almost every time I looked over at Moses today I was amazed at how BIG he is and how much of little man he looks like. How cute is he all kicked back like that? Today was a good day for Moses. I think he is finally back to normal. He was pleasant all day, played alone, patient and very sweet. Today he learned the words "nigh nigh" (night night) and bus. :) He has begun to use his sign language against us. Recently he learned "help" in sign language and he will ask for help to do things he isn't supposed to be doing...like climbing into drawers, opening cabinets, etc. Thats what we get for teaching him things.

As a side note to my last post about bananas...we think he may have a thing for them because I ate them daily when I was pregnant...out of fear. Seriously, I called them my fear fruit because more times than not, on the days I didn't eat a banana, I would get the mother of all leg cramps in my calf, in the middle of the night. Of course I would shoot straight up in bed, wailing on Doug to do something. He was worthless-giving me a leg massage that had less pressure than a 90 year old woman could do (granted I was waking him up from a dead sleep). I soon realized that he wouldn't help during these late night invasions but I kept waking him up anyway...why should he get to sleep through it?
Here are some more sweet photos for you to enjoy...

Two things...

One is-is it possible for a child to OD on bananas? Moses has used every opportunity he could to ask for a "nana" today. I think he likes that he can say something out loud and get it. He has eaten over two bananas today. At least he didn't learn espresso.

Two is-why is it so hard as humans to admit when we are discouraged? For whatever reason.

Good things...

So yesterday while trying to get dinner started, I had an epiphany and brought Moses' high chair into the kitchen where he could both eat and watch me cook dinner. Usually I am trying to hold him while doing all of these preparations and that just doesn't work because one hand can't do much to food. He loved munching away from a safe distance and I got dinner done just as Doug got home! YAY! I also made these yummy oatmeal bars...I added a cup of chocolate chips to make them extra yummy...You should try them:Moses also started asking for bananas by name today (nana) and in minutes I taught him to throw his hands in the air (touchdown style) when I said "Go Giants"...Doug will love that. :)

Go Giants...

Though I must say that if I were a single person I wouldn't care less about football or sports in general, I am pretty sure that somewhere in my marriage license I am obligated to say "Go Giants!". After all, things in my household are a lot happier when they win. :) So here is to the Giants!

Surprises, sweet things and thoughts...

First, I got a super sweet surprise in the mail from one of my favorite people... How sweet is that? It was a totally unexpected surprise...my favorite! I am not sure why she sent it to me but it makes me happy that she did. My day has been a little fogged, not bad but fogged and this was a wonderful thing to find in my mailbox! Thank you wonderful friend!! :)

Also, before I left on vacation I ordered another (yes another) box of scraps from a great seller on Etsy...see HERE.
It is an amazing deal and there are lots of really great scraps in there...most of them a pretty good size and from great designers...Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry, etc. I used some of them already to make my new little critters, which don't seem to be going over as well as I had thought they would...hmmm.
I have still, for the most part, been completely worthless today. I did run out to get some errands done and it was good to get out of the house a little. I had to reinstall Moses car seat in my car and I feel a little guilty about installing him forward facing. Statistically speaking he is 4X safer in the rear position until he weighs over 35lbs (per the weight limit for rear facing on the seat) but it is so nice to have him forward facing and he seems to like it better...I'm still not sure if I am convinced enough to keep it the way it is.
Moses has had a little difficulty transitioning back to real life from vacation. He had a fever for a couple of days and was a little cranky but he seems to be normalizing. I think he got a little used to us sleeping in the same room as him so there is that too. I am still amazed at how well he traveled. While we were in Florida he learned some new words including -bye bye, bop bop (bop-o aka grandpa), hiss, keys, fish and he will try to wiggle his nose like a bunny. :) He is precious and wonderful!
I had some more thoughts to share but they have escaped me for the moment...so for now I am off to get some coffee and wander around looking for my creative juices. :)

So here we are...

at the moment I am feeling completely uninspired to do anything creative. I am not sure what is going on but it does happen from time to time so I just try to ride the wave and wait for the creative juices to return. In the meantime, I have had several people ask me in the past how I find the time to put so much effort into my Etsy shop.

The answer mostly lies in Moses and Doug. Since we started the sleep system we use, Moses' sleeping patterns have been wonderful. If you haven't read Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child you should. It changed our lives and brought me back from the edge of crazy. It is a "cry it out" method but for us, cry it out only meant one night for about 30minutes. Since then he almost always goes to bed/nap, on his own, without so much as a peep. We went from him waking 8-12 times a night to 1-2, OVERNIGHT (though he has slept through the night for months now but at the time of starting this system 1-2times was age appropriate)!! He now naps for about 2-3hours and sleeps from around 7pm to 7:30am. That right there gives me a lot of creative indulgence time.
For those who do not know, I am a full time stay at home mom. I am also pretty traditional in that, with that role I take on almost all of the household duties and don't really expect my husband to do much around the house. In my opinion, his job lies outside the home, mine is in it. This doesn't mean that he doesn't help, or isn't willing to do anything I ask him, but generally, I take care of all the household duties so that he doesn't have to worry about them. And I do it gladly, with only the occasional grievance. :) All of this to say that I try to get as many of the household things done while Moses is awake and we can do them together...you would be amazed at how fascinated he is with unloading the dishwasher or loading washing machine. He even does his best to help---(saying "he" (sound like the he in hey and means "here" in Moses speak) as he hands me laundry to put in the washer or fold.) By doing these things together, I am free to do what I want with my "free time" during his nap.
Doug is a big part of my success because he supports me in this Etsy effort. I don't think he cares if I make a dime, as long as it is making me happy. Without his support I wouldn't be a stay at home mom and without his support I am sure my Etsy adventure would be long over by now.
So, basically, the short answer to "How I find the time?" can be summed up with "time management and support". Does that make any sense to anyone? Thoughts?

What life is supposed to be like...

We learned this in Florida...Feed Geckos...

Run around in grass so thick that you lose sight of your feet...

End each night playing cards and being entertained by random comments...

Marvel over amazing creations by God...look at all those roots on that FICUS...

Play at amazing free playgrounds...

Take your first ride on a carousel...

Slide down a slide...then see a fox...

More huge tree marveling...

Go on long walks...
Swim...repeat. :)
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