so far.

 two brothers.
58 hours. 
6 baths. 
two times running the steam cleaner before 8am. 
12 loads of laundry. 
6 or so outfit changes per child per day. 
2-3 per adult.
three kinds of saltines. 
ten hours of sleep per adult for the last two nights.
10 different kinds of clear liquids.
30 hours or more of children's programming. 
two rugs hosed off out in the yard.
one terrible diaper rash.
and one thankful mama.
and I am not thankful because it's over, because we aren't sure it is...though once it IS over (which we are ever so gently hoping it IS) I will be thankful. 

I am currently thankful that this is the worst we have ever had it.  That in a few short days our lives will be (God willing) back to normal.  That in a couple of days my boys will be back to their normal, wild and crazy boy selves.  That in his almost four years on this Earth we have only had to take Moses to a non-well baby visit three times.  Aaron has never gone. 
I am thankful that we could get in the car and just buy whatever it was we needed or thought we needed to help our boys get better.  I am thankful that we didn't have to think twice to buy everything we thought they could/would eat to help them get back to normal.  I am thankful that they are normally super healthy and happy boys.  I will take our last 58 hours over some of the things that other parents have to deal with on a daily and sometimes forever basis.  

This whole time they have been sick, I have had such peace and knowledge of God's presence.  Not saying that it was easy(because it hasn't been)...but it was definitely God that has helped me to clean these messes...messes that otherwise would have normally been impossible for me to clean.  I could almost hear God saying "One minute at a time...this too shall pass". 
God has been gently reminding me how good I have it with these two boys...these two, strong, fast growing boys who rarely fall out of the high percentiles for height and weight.  

These last couple of days God has gently nudged me and brought to mind people to pray for...who have kids who are always sick...who are fighting more difficult things than a stomach bug...who have kids who never came home. 

I am thankful for this stomach bug.  
And even though I am totally drained beyond drained...I am thankful that at least this was Doug's weekend off.  And even though I am weary at the thought of starting up this next cycle of work at below zero physically, mentally and spiritually...I will take these problems and give thanks for them. 

One moment at a time.

I am also thankful for clorox wipes, my steam cleaner, a working washing machine and a temporary gut of steel.

So if you are waiting to hear from me...or you just think of me...please be praying for us to be on the all sorts of ways and on all levels. 


boys {and other things i made}

Just some boy things going on around here lately...Moses *needed* a new backpack for his two day a week preschool.  Somehow preschool does not play into the "to homeschool or not" debate.  He is going to one of the best in town and Uncle B wanted to pay to send him.  And Moses is thrilled.  And this is a great way to "test the waters" so to speak...
...oh, and of course hoho needed his own monogrammed back pack to match. :) 
I love these wonderful boys.  Moses and his "I hate loud noises but I am the loudest noise ever".  And Aaron and his insistence on feeding himself...and doing a better job most times than his older brother.
We learned this summer that the boys love frozen things.  In this case I just froze some water in plastic cups.  Free entertainment for an hour.  Mommy loves.
We also did this again this this summer...several times.  Tiny toys, frozen in a bowl.  Hours of entertainment as they use water squirters, a small screwdriver and toy hammer to pry the toys out of the ice.  More free fun.
Hoho loves to help with the hoho making process.  He's in charge of cuddle quality control. You can tell he takes his job seriously by all the squeals and giggles that he exudes. 
I walked out one morning to see that Moses had lined all these little guys up on the fence...I'd love to know what scenario sparked this formation. :)
And in other things I have made...I have a new favorite quilt pattern...the wonky star.  This one is for a group project I am working on...
And this one is on a pillow going in the shop. :) I LOVE it.  The center was begging for a little doodle embroidery. 
And this is another set of squares for the same project...another I am sure to use again. 
CJC-What do you think of this pattern for your table runners?
And if you are not a Facebook fan you may not have seen these...these are a pair of "keepsake hoho's" I made for my last batch of hoho's.  These are made from baby clothes given to me to use by the customer...wouldn't you love a hoho made from your sweet bundles baby clothes? 


Well...that's life in a nutshell lately...bits of this and that all over the place. :)

it's my 31st birthday...

But I want to give you a gift. :)
Enter to win and I will make you a bag out of the above fabrics...your bag will look something like this:
All you have to do is leave a comment...saying anything you want. :)

I'll choose a winner Monday. :)

Happy day to you!

more messy fun.

I have decided that I like any activity that ends in "just hose them off".
After I posted our last messy fun activity, Morgan suggested that I let them paint with pudding.
So we gave it a go.
I covered their picnic table in wax paper (held in place by tape) and dumped two pudding cups on top.
I'm pretty sure it was love at first taste (they had never had pudding before).
Hoho insisted on using a spoon. :)
I will just have to hope that they don't think this is how you always use/eat pudding.
Then we added more fun to the mix.
At the end of it all...I just hosed them off.  Good as new. :) And for less than $1.
This his hoho...smiling happily for the camera. :)

Now go squeeze some fun out of these last few weeks of summer. :)

cheaty mc-cheats-a-lot quilt how to!

Forever ago I made this quilt...and promised soon after that I would show you how I did it....and now here I am. :)
For the last one I used a down comforter...full size.  For this tutorial I am using a crib sized one...those lap sized down comforters they sell at Target would be perfect for this too...
So you need a "blank slate" blanket...down is best for making poofy squares. 
Scraps of fabric...size depends on your particular blanket.
Determine the size you want to make your squares...this blanket had 8in squares so I thought 6in squares would look best...
Cut as many squares as you need for your particular blanket...
Play around with the could use a different fabric for each square...or use your kids old t-shirts...or anything...
Then cut out squares of iron on material (I used Wonder Under found at Joanns)
Cut your squares a little smaller than your fabric squares...for my 6in squares I cut 5in squares of backing...
Iron on according to directions...
Arrange your pattern again and iron on...peel paper off first.
Then starting in a along the edge of the square...
when you get to the end of the square...cross the "road" to the other square...
and sew along all edge of that row...when you get to the other end of the blanket...turn the to the edge of that square...turn the corner again and sew down to the other end of the blanket...parallel to the line you just sewed. 
Continue back and forth until you get to the end...
Then...start doing the same in the other direction...if you are doing it in true mc cheats style you will go over some of the stitching you did going the other way...
When you are done you will have sewn around all four sides of each leaving you with nice poofy squares...if you want you could also sew around each square individually.
Perfect puffy cuteness...cheater quilt style. :)
And it's hoho approved. :) 


P.S. the edges will fray...I like that look.  If you don't want this you can zig-zag stitch around the squares. :) 
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