January 2014

January 2014

When the weather is very cold outside and the boys still need to get out, the barn is one of those places.

Basketball in the barn 3

After Christmas was over I started trimming branches off the tree to burn in the wood stove.  I slowly trimmed the branches and when it was time to take the ornaments off I continued to burn branches in the wood stove until it was a manageable size for a big boy to carry outside.

Christmas tree bare

Charlie carried it down to the burn pit and I started it on fire.

Christmas tree fire

Nola Mae carrying a box down to the burn pit to burn.

Christmas tree bonfire

Sledding hill boys

My Dad and Lynn came to visit us for a weekend.

Dad & Lynn visit skiing field Dad & lynn visit skiing hill

Piggy back

 

Almost every day Nola Mae puts on someone’s ski boots and tells me “skiing!”

Skiing girl always

I bought 40 pounds of grapefruit this winter.  This was the biggest one.

huge grapefriut

 

The boys went away for a weekend with Jack.  Jack took these (and many more) great photos, these are my favorites.

Ice fishing Robbie

Ice fishing Charlie

Ice Fishing Henry

I got this idea from my friend Sarah.  I filled these balloons with colored water,

ice ballons

and decorated our igloo with the ice balls.

Ice balls

Nola Mae photos:

She enjoyed playing with my cake decorating tips by making towers with them.

Future cake decorator

Henry did this to Nola Mae while I was doing some laundry.

Marker head

Nola Mae just reading (warms my heart).

Nola Mae reading

Another “heart warming” photo, when one sibling sweetly kisses the other.

playhouse window kiss

Playhouse steering wheel

I told Nola Mae to watch me out the window while I fed the dogs, started the car and checked the skid steer’s hydraulic fluids.  This is where she was when I came in.  Usually, she stands on the shortened chair so I was a little surprised she found this good seat in the window.

watching out the window

We had a great month of skiing. 

                Ski family Charlie crash Ski family pulling Henry

Ski Henry pulls Nola Mae

Ski Henry leaves us

ski snow eater

This winter two kids in the sled is a heavy load!  I got a good work-out and a nap out of both of them.

 ski sled double load sleepers

Breaking a new snow shoe trail  during a snow storm…Nola Mae wasn’t happy when the sled tipped over because the trail wasn’t wide enough for the sled. Eventually she fell asleep and she didn’t notice when it happened.

   sled tipping on snowshoe trail

  Upcycle projects:

This upcycled trivet made with denim and scraps of yellow and orange fabrics., inside lining is fleece from an old baby blanket and the backing is two pieces of corduroy that were given to me.  This was my contribution to the Art Exchange for the Vater family Christmas.

upcycle denim trivet

Jack’s Art exchange item:

cigar box guitar canoe paddle

Jack made two other cigar box guitars.  If you have facebook you may be able to view a video he made  click here to see  the video.

In my research for a upcycle project I found a denim rug that I wanted to make for my kitchen.  I have used this wool rug, weaved by Jack’s aunt.  I like a rug under the sink area and have always thought that I needed a rug that had an angle for that spot.

kitchen rug

So I made this…

kitchen rug upcycle denim rug

Inspired by this design – http://lieslmade.com/2013/08/15/parquet-inspired-denim-rug-tutorial/

Upcycled elephant from a felted wool sweater.  The cutest thing I have made in a long time!

Upcycle wool sweater elephant

Ring slings that I made this month:

I made this one for a friend who just had her first baby.  This was a table-cloth that was used at her wedding.

Ring sling Upcycle from table cloth

This ring sling went to a first time mama.  These two mamas are smart – baby wearing with their first baby!

Ring sling turquoise chevron

Week 29 – July 16 – 22, 2012

Week 29 – July 16 – 22, 2012

Monday, July 16th:  I can’t express how tired I am of spilled milk!  I have been threatening that I am going to charge the boys for their spills of wasted milk and start counting how many spills we have in a week.  I don’t really want to know because I would probably get more irritated.  When they spill they are expected to clean it up themselves.  I had to take a photo of Henry cleaning up his spill by wanting to drink it off the floor.  This is problem solving from a 3-year-old that makes me laugh and scream all at the same time.

Charlie wanted to write a letter to my dad, Grandpa Bob, because he wanted to know if he could play video games at his house when we come to visit.  Charlie wanted to have Nola Mae’s company.

Tuesday, July 17th:  This week I finished making this bag.  This is my purse/diaper bag.  I didn’t use any kind of pattern for it.  The design was inspired by Nola Mae’s baby quilt (not done yet and no photos to share).  I took the dimensions from a free bag that I got from JoAnn Fabrics that I was using until I wore the handles out.  It is huge and I fill it up every time I leave the house.  I never expected to have such a large bag but when I have a baby in cloth diapers, a 3-year-old not fully potty trained, a wrap to carry, snacks for kids and water bottles it fills up quickly!

I am seeing the fun possibilities of having more purple in my life, thanks to Nola Mae.  I bought these fabrics this week with plans to make her some things.

Wednesday, July 18th:  Robbie has been reading and listening to the Harry Potter books.  Today he spent three hours listening to Harry Potter on CD.

I ordered 15 pounds of these Rainer Cherries through my neighbor.  The price was good, at least, better than what they are in the store.  They appeared to be “seconds” and tasted delicious!  I am not sure how long they lasted here, maybe a few days.

Thursday, July 19th:  Nola Mae rolled over from her back to her belly for the first time today at 3 months 11 days old.  How did this time come so fast?  I am not ready for this!

During the last day of swimming lessons the kids get to play – go off the diving board and down the slide.  Robbie surprised me with this dive.  I didn’t know he could do this!

Charlie was entertained by doing twists in the air.

Friday, July 20th:  We love blueberries in muffins, pancakes, yogurt and just plain.  Because I have four kids, I decided that this summer we would skip going to the blueberry patch to pick our own blueberries.  So I cheated and ordered 50 pounds of blueberries from Country Corner Sales in Marion. Pick-your-own at Chet’s Blueberries in Custer was $2.25/lb and I paid $2.53/lb.

I now have 22 quart bags of blueberries in the freezer.

Saturday, July 21st:  Nola Mae rolled over from her back to her belly!  She has also been able to get things to her mouth to chew or suck on.

A pillow case for Robbie’s birthday party gift.

Sunday, July 22nd:  Blackberries are ripe!  I think Helen (Grandma Hanna) might have a photo of Robbie at age two, wearing this same shirt, in this same pose.

Week 26 – June 25 – July 1, 2012

Week 26 – June 25 – July 1, 2012

Monday, June 25th:  Nola Mae was weighed today.  Since the last weight, four days ago, and the start of me taking fenugreek she gained 5 ounces!  During these four days I noticed a more active, alert and very happy baby.

Our first handful of blueberries.  I was surprised the blueberries were ready.  Last year on July 12th was when we got our first handful.  Click here for Week 28 in 2011.

Tuesday, June 26th: Henry was having a hard time this morning.  I couldn’t figure out what he needed until I picked him up and hugged him.  He seemed to just want to be held.  I asked him if he wanted to ride on my back.  He was very interested, a rare moment.  I can’t remember when he last wanted to ride on my back!  I put Henry on my back in my Ergo and Nola Mae in my Mei Tai and off we went to do our outside jobs.  This is the best picture I could get in the mirror.

My olive oil order arrived.   As usual the UPS guy drove too fast into our driveway.  One of these times I am going to yell at him or just call his boss!

Wednesday, June 27th:  I was gathering our things for the beach.  I needed to see if this yellow hat fit Nola Mae.  Henry tried it on for her.

Henry’s first dentist visit was this afternoon.  Bad news from the dentist for my little boy who loves everything sweet!  It doesn’t feel good to get yelled at from the dentist.  I kept telling myself there are other kids out there with worse teeth and worse mothers.

On our way home from the dentist we picked up 36 pounds of cherries (six days later they were gone).

I took a photo of Country Corner Sales’ fruit order sheet so I could email it to friends and keep a digital copy for myself.  The other fruit that I have ordered for this summer are blueberries and peaches.

Thursday, June 28th:  Sunset lake – Robbie and Charlie’s first trip to the beach this summer.

Friday, June 29th:  I have been wanting to get our exercise ball out for many, many months.  Finally!

Saturday, June 30th:  Jack has been working on refinishing my/our canoe.  Jack made this canoe for me as a wedding gift.

(photo taken August 2, 1997)

The canoe is refinished and ready for the water.  Once the temps cool down a little I would love to go paddling.

Sunday, July 1st:  I have been encouraging the boys to go out to their fort in the woods to make improvements.  They went out there today and I joined them about 20 minutes later.  One of the things we worked on was making a fire pit.

I made calzones for dinner. Click here for the recipe.

Henry has learned from cooking with Grandma Helen and Granny that he can have his own dough.