Sunday, October 30, 2011

this year's costumes

When I first started thinking about Halloween costumes this year, I knew C would LOVE to dress up as Ponyo, but soon after that thought, I realized that little N looks just like Ponyo, with her reddish hair and round face.  C approved, and when we we talked about options for her costume, characters from her other favorite movie (these are the only two movies she had ever seen), "Toys Movie" (Toy Story 3) kept coming up.  We settled on Woody and started putting the costumes together.

N's turned out to be so easy--items from her wardrobe plus C's beach pail.

And we picked up the pieces of the Woody costume at Target, the Dollar Store, and a consignment shop, and added a holster (a kids' toolbelt from Ikea that we already had) and a vest I made.  I think both costumes turned out cute, and C has already worn hers multiple times.  It'll be fun to use it for dress up after Halloween.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

2 years later

remember this?

october 2009

october 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

a favorite place

Another full weekend started off with a Friday afternoon mama get together, held in honor of the newest baby  in our group, a baby brother born a month ago.  Since my N currently wears a bib to catch the river of drool flowing from her mouth, I thought these might come in handy for baby A.

After our little celebration, we rushed home for dinner with friends/babysitters before taking off for for our first late night out in a long, long time.  We saw an awesome Death Cab for Cutie show at the Florida Theatre.  It's rare to get a band I love so much in Jacksonville.

On Saturday we visited one of my favorite places. 

Employees at E's company had free admission to the Cummer this weekend, so we took the girls to the interactive children's area, where C hugged all the sculptures, and then to the garden.

Our wedding reception was here.  It's such a special place.

It's great to see C enjoy it, too.

Until she starts climbing into the pond.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

baby shower quilt

from this collage...

to this quilt.


This summer, our moms group threw a baby shower for my friend Elizabeth.  She organized the crafty projects at my shower (tie-dyed onesies and burp cloths, belly henna!) and she's really creative, so I knew she would appreciate a group-made quilt for the new baby.  I racked my brain trying to figure out the best way to have everyone contribute without leaving one person (me) with a bunch of fabric applique stitching.

Then a lightbulb went off-- Spoonflower, where you can have your own designs printed on fabric--the perfect solution.  So, I bought some scrapbooking paper in a bunch of patterns to give it the look of pieced fabric, like a quilt.  We hung the background paper on the wall, and everyone at the shower cut and taped their creations to our collage.  

When it was done, I used my camera and tripod to take a photo at the highest resolution available (the top photo).  When I uploaded it to Spoonflower, it wasn't quite high enough to print clearly in original size, so I scaled it down and designed the "baby mac" (for their last name) fabric to use in the wonky blocks border.  I love how it turned out, and I think Elizabeth and baby E do, too!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

a full weekend

 You know it was a good weekend when babies are asleep 30 minutes earlier than usual on Sunday night!

We spent yesterday at a farm in Hilliard, about an hour from our house.  Their big attraction is the corn maze, but there was so much for little ones to do.  Like race rubber duckies by pumping water down a trough,

And ride little tractors.  We took a ride behind a big tractor, too!

Chase dad through the corn,

And hang out in the cool barn.  The weather was very cool for early October, but it still got warm in the sun.

Look at the animals,

And choose a pumpkin.  We bought one and then completely forgot about it after our photo session.  I guess we'll be visiting another pumpkin patch this fall!

And to finish the weekend off, Naomi tried food for the first time.  Like Cora, it was avocado.  She kept taking bites and spitting them out.  I think her favorite part was just sitting at the table with us!