Monday, December 22, 2008

ok... no photos yet... don't hate me!

Well, I can say I though about uploading the past 2 months of photos but I just couldn't pull it together yet. When face with a big job, I can tend to look at the whole elephant several times before I dig in and get it done. I am not a total flake so rest assured, they will be posted soon. We will be going a vacation after Christmas so it will likely be a good time to post photos.

I do want to catch up on a few things, however boring they will be without photos.

Evelina is HILARIOUS! She says the funniest stuff. Let me remind you that she just turned 2. She is singing Christmas songs these days. Some of them, the complete song. She likes the little drummer boy song the best. I am not sure why. There is a version on the radio that is choral and has a baratone voice singing "Boom" for a base line. That is the one she likes. She actually calls it "Boom" and asks for it all the time. She also likes "Oh Christmas Tree", "Oh Holy Night", "Rudolph", and "White Christmas". Like her mommy, she loves the Bing Crosby version of "White Christmas" but not far behind, actually, quite equal to it is the most fun version by the Drifters. Any Christmas season is not complete without watching this at least 10 times. In fact, I am listening it to it right now. And think it is as funny as when I first saw it 4 years ago. If you do the math, that means I have probably seen this upward of 40 times... and think it is stinkin' HILARIOUS!

Evelina also said the following funny stuff:

1. After getting her up in the morning, I was changing her diaper. She looked at me and said "Mama, Daddy toots ALOT!". Hmmm... sorry Daddy.

2. I came around the corner and we bumped into each other. She said "Mama! You scared me!".

3. Every morning she reminds me if I forget to give her Trader Joe's Gummi Vitamins.

4. She has been wanting to wash her own hands lately by stepping on a little stool. I mostly don't let her do it because she gets wet. So... she has been telling me that she touched poo so I will let her wash her hands.

5. After her bath, I was drying her hair. She found one of my hair pins on the counter. She looked at it and tried to clip it to her nipple. I could not stop laughing but I did not want her to see me so Daddy said "What are you doing? Do you see Mommy doing that?". She just looked at me as if to say "maybe she does." I have not the words...

She has also has started asking "why" for everything. I think this is something that will only be funny for a short while.

ok... enough funny stuff.

On the downside, I have been feeling REALLY lazy lately. I am bored but so unmotivated to do anything. I normally lead a very full life but, WOW, I have been so lazy!

On that note... I will sign off but I will be back soon!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Please forgive my absence... See, I am still here!

I know I have promised pics of Evelina's birthday party, which incidentally was almost 2 months ago, but the first-trimester-fatigue and nausea have kept me in a minimally functional state. Yes, I did make Christmas goodies. And yes, I did have 3 events in which I did various levels of catering. I did manage to help host a lovely baby shower for my beautiful friend, Charlotte. And I might have put a dent in the large *read GINORMOUS* pile of laundry that is perpetually on the floor of our bedroom.

Here is some good news... we went to the doc and we saw the cute little bug on ultrasound. We also heard a very healthy heartbeat. For those of you who still think that my mere size means we are having twins, both the ultrasound and the single heartbeat confirm that there is only one little bug.

We ordered a very cute kitchen for Evelina for Christmas. It is not from Pottery Barn Kids but it is from Target and very cute. It is also affordable, where the Pottery Barn Kids one is not.

I do promise to eventually (maybe tonight) post pictures of the past few months but don't get your hopes up. I will try... but I have been going to be by 10pm. I know it sounds lame but I have just not made it much longer than that.

In good faith I will share a recipe... because sharing a great recipe is always a good way to win friends ; ) I made these this week for friends. They were yummy! I just had 4.

See you soon! No, really... I will, I promise!

Friday, November 28, 2008

I am thankful...are you?

There is just so much to be thankful for that I could not possibly list it all. First and foremost, I am so grateful to my Glorious God, who despite my failures and flaws, continues to pour out life into my heart. Though my heart may be divided, His heart for me is single and steadfast. Secondly, I am so thankful and in love with my husband, daughter, and baby on the way. I am so blessed continually to see and know them and share life with these truly exceptional and beloved people.

Though I have been up since 2am, and I am very tired, I am clear enough to be so grateful for the opportunity to live in this age and see God be revealed in unlikely places.

ok... i think i might try and go back to sleep now...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

taking it easy...

I am sorry I have been a bit scarce. I have been spending time resting and such since, well, we are going to be having out 2nd child. Yes! We are pregnant! After 18 months of trying, we have another little one! We are just about 7 weeks along and I am itching to know if it is a boy or girl already. I know I have a lot to catch up on including Evelina's birthday party and the tutu, which turned out adorable by the way. Mostly because an adorable girl was wearing it but cute nonetheless.

I promise more posts and pictures soon! Maybe even tomorrow...

Lots of Love,

Alicia

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Today is the day!

2 years ago today... I was sitting in my room at the hospital after my water broke that morning at 5am. I was probably puking about now and completely non-verbal but, oh the joy, about 10 hours from that moment 2 years ago, Evelina was born. I will never forget her face as I saw it for the first ime. It is etched in my mind forever! I heard almost audibly the word "precious" as I saw her face that very first time.
In the spirit of going green and using what I have on hand to spend less money, i decided to make Evelina's birthday crown for her party on Saturday. (We are keeping it low key and only inviting immediate family.) The bad news is that it is a little wonky mostly due to my incredible lame attempt to write "happy birthday" on the crown. The good news is that it is one of a kind and it matches her tutu.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

oh the possibilities...

I have really wanted to make a quilt for Evelina. I decided that I will make a twin size because she is not going to be in a crib forever and I want her to be able to use the quilt for years to come. I want to use a really soft cotton and make a large tree from flannel and applique it to the front. I want to put this on the back. I will also cut out some of the little birdies and applique them in the tree.

I really am in love with Valori's flannel! I can't wait for its release. She said she thinks it will be out early December. I am saving up! Can you picture some jammies with this cute print? I might have to make some for Evelina too ; )

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Birthday Preview...

I found the present of my dreams (barring the Pottery Barn Kitchen, of course!). This little girl is perfect for my little girl...

In addition, we wanted to get her a little ballerina costume. She will have a ton of fun dressing up. So, in leiu of buying a costume, I decided to make this little number...

You will have to wait for the birthday debut to see the finished product. Mostly because I don't want Evelina to see it before her birthday and I was NOT about to model it in front of the mirror and take a picture. Gotta keep things positive around here and me in a tutu = SCARY!

Friday, October 17, 2008

added to wishlist...

This adorable mailhook is available at Urban Outfitters. I think I will take 3... if money was no object, of course.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I wish I could wear this (sucessfully)

Book available through Textbooks R US

My Precious Evelina,

In just a couple short weeks, you will be 2 years old. I am amazed at how you have grown into such an incredible person! You are scary-smart and do not stop talking. You can say most of the words we can. We talk most of your waking hours about things you like and are learning and I share with you new things to wrap your smart brain around. For the past couple weeks, you have been really interested in my sewing machine (which means you have been touching it repeatedly, even though you are not supposed to). I got a piece of plastic screen and a plastic needle on a thread so you could "sew like Mama".

You are very thoughtful and are always wanting to "share" your food, toys, and even your precious blankie and binky. You like looking at pictures, especially of us! You like to smile for the camera and you say "EEEE" like we do when we brush your teeth. You enjoy using one of my makeup brushes and, after dipping it in Daddy's deodorant lid, you like to apply it to our cheeks, chin, and nose. Even though you know many colors and can point them out, you think it is funny to say, when asked about a particular color, it is pink. You like watching Veggie Tales and love the musical parts of The Sound of Music.

I rock you before bed every night and sing songs like Veggie Tales' "I Love You Today" and Randy Travis' "I'm Gonna Love You Forever". I know it's kinda early but I can't resist - I have been singing some Christmas songs - "Oh Holy Night", "Silent Night", "Oh Come All Ye Faithful", and the ever-popular and profound "Bee Doo Bee Doop, Doop Doop, Doop Doop White Christmas"and "Jingle Bells"Most nights you want me to sing "Doe Deer". And each bedtime would not be complete without a "babyhug" and a "bighug" or a "babykiss" and a "bigkiss". We always say prayers asking God to give us "wisdom and revelation in our knowledge of Him" and be sure to lift up at least one of our family or friends. After the prayer you emphatically say "AMEN!"

I am not sure what we are going to give you for your birthday yet. Last year, we got you a ball (which you love still), the book, The Velveteen Rabbit (which is a bit old for you yet), and I made you 2 dresses. I would love to get you the retro kitchen from Pottery Barn Kids. We just do not have the $650 to get it. I did see a smaller kitchen at Costco but I just am not sure. My heart wants to get you something big, but our budget says we have to get you something a bit less this year. I am asking God to show me what we can get within our budget that will knock your sock off!

This may sound weird but I know you like to play here at the house (Nana's house for the past 10 months) but I always am running around, dragging you along on errands. For the most part, you are a good sport about it. I have been getting better about it and we have been have a most delightful time playing in your room in the mornings before lunchie. We made you a hideout under your crib with your kitty pillow and a little horsie flashlight. You always want me to "come under" but I do not fit so I just lay there with my head under.

I really have been enjoying your world! Especially the past couple weeks. We have gotten along famously and are really strengthening our bond with love and honor for each other. I have really not had to spank your bottom much lately. Though you are strong and are striving for independence, you are confident in our love for you and are really trying to please us more. You do try and boss Mama but I remind you often that you can not tell Mama what to do. We have been doing more together and you are blossoming into quite the little helper! You like to help with everything and the more things I let you "help with", the more I think you feel affirmed and loved.

You have been pottying in the toilet and wearing your My Little Pony panties for a few weeks now. You still have accidents but are telling me more and more when you need to go. For a few days, you were exerting your will and saying you did not want to potty in the toilet so I told you you had to wear a diaper. You have come around and are wanting to potty in the toilet again.

Daddy bought you a set of baby golf clubs and you carry those around all the time. You love to play outside in the front yard at Nana's with Daddy and golf. It starts with you both hitting the balls but when it comes to picking them up and bringing them back, you like collecting them, but you don't want to give them up after.

We have been out quite a bit for fun things lately. We have been to Apple Hill, Fairytale Town, Bishop's Pumpkin Farm, and of course, the park. You have had a lot of fun and we have many cute pictures of you.

You really love church and love to hear Daddy sing on stage for worship. You like to raise your hand and sing "Jesus". A few weeks ago, you walked up to the keyboard in our room, placed your hands on the keys and foot on the pedal, and sang "I love you, Jesus!" It was precious! I tried to get you to do it again while I filmed you but it was not the same. You like to play with your friends in the children's room at church but you are really tired after and want to go "nightnight".

I am prayerfully considering what to teach you next and how to be a better Mama. I know you have such personality and are one of the most amazing people I know! I am always asking God for wisdom in raising you. I pray that we will always be close as we continue to love and honor each other. I know you will have a fun birthday, Sweetheart, and I love you with all of my heart!

Monday, October 13, 2008

I am back in the saddle...

Contrary to popular belief, I did not skip town. I took an unintentional hiatus. I have been writing, just not posting. I think for a while I got swallowed up in bloggieland. It is so easy to do with all of the highly skilled and artistic people who update their blogs even a couple time each day. There are 3 blogs I visit nearly everyday to see if to see if there is anything new. One being Anna Maria Horner's site because I am in love with her fabric. Second is Design Mom because she finds the coolest stuff on line! Third is her sister at Oh Happy Day - she also finds cools stuff and has an eye for great design. I also found this site, whip-up, on which there more DIY projects than one could ever finish and has kept me so busy thinking of the endless possibilities of projects.

So without further delay... a couple weeks worth of posts...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Punkin Patch Play!

We kinda got a late start but this proved to be a fun and happy day!

I attempt to get pictures of a clean girl, we went straight to the pumpkins...



Rocking horsies!


They covered some old spring mattresses with hay for a bouncy fun time!

The hay ride was nice and long as it took us through acres of pumpkins and walnut orchards...

A trip to the pumpkin patch would not be complete without a...

Carmel apple = happy!
Yikes! That horsie has a crazy look in his eye!

Offering some hay to a baby goat...
Someone had sniff all of the flowers on the way to the car...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Welcome Annica!



Here is a little hat I made for Evelina's new little friend. She has been talking to baby Annica on her phone all week! I knit it with a soft cotton yarn and attached a happy felt flower with a tiny french knot of apple-green wool.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

No more diapers floating around my purse

I decided to make a "bootie bag" to hold all of the diapering stuff so that it is not swimming around in my purse. I used my beautifully happy fabric from Anna Maria.

Monday, October 6, 2008

September Celebration

You might remember me mentioning that I was working on an upcoming party. I did not want to give too much info as to the details so that those of you who were planning to attend would have the same experience as those who did not know what to expect. It was an enchanting evening under the big old oak on the church lawn. Stephanie, our director of women's ministry (and one of my best pals), asked me to handle the food and decoration. Here are some pictures of how things turned out...



Sunday, October 5, 2008

A bit of time all to myself

I am out alone with no agenda! No shopping list, no errands, no husband, no baby. I can not tell you when I last had some time out to myself. Matthew decided to golf today instead of staying home with Evelina so that I could go to a dear friend's birthday party. I had made arrangements with him to stay with her durring her nap so that I could celebrate a precious girl's 1st birthday. I was pretty frustrated at his switching plans on me and this, coupled with the fact that I have not been out alone in who knows how long, gave me a pretty good reason to cash in some chips. So, when he arrived home from golf, I informed him that I was now going to go out.

I must say, I feel amazingly refreshed! I wish I had brought my camera to capture this rare and amazing sight, but alas, words will have to suffice. I did a bit of shopping and found a few treasures - a mustard colored coat, a sweet navy blue top, and a lilac colored tank to go with my soft gray sweater. Shopping without an agenda, and a very active near-two year old is bliss! Creativity flowed as I walked about appraising and appreciating each piece of clothing. I nearly forgot what it was like to buy something after really looking at the texture, color and cut.

I then perused the magazing rack and Barnes and Noble picking out the newest relesases of Domino, Architectural Digest, Martha Stewart Wedding, and Harper's Bazaar. On my way to the check out, I found the most perfect day planner for 2009. It has an unusual shape, 12 by 6 portrait, and is covered with beautiful birdies! Perfectly inspiring as I contemplate the places Splendid Wren will go this next year.

By this time, I was getting pretty hungry so I decided to take myself to dinner. I headed to Pasta Pomodoro and ordered this really yummy shrimp appetizer. The shrimp were in a tomato chile base and were served with crisp parmesan bread.

After dinner I enjoyed a cup of coffee while I write this and study the Bible. I am reading this passage in John, vs 3 to be exact where Jesus is being likened to the snake Moses lifted up on a stick to bring healing to the people. I wonder why God chose to compare Jesus with the repugnant image of a snake?

Anyways, I am so grateful for this time out. I know some of you have time out regularly and may be thinking "You need to get more time to your self!" While some of you are thinking "Time out? What is that?" For fun, leave me a comment and share with me what you would do with a night out and how regularly you get one!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

This might be fun...


Petersham Nurseries taken by Lisa Barber

This makes me want to call up a few of my favorite girlies and have a picnic like this! I love how they are all wearing comfy dresses. The food looks amazing too! Anyone in the fall picnic mood?

Monday, September 29, 2008

Dear Father,

I am really struggling with my emotions today. The unknowns of my life erode at my confidence. I remind myself of all of the positives. We have a warm and comfortable home to live in while we attempt to bring healing to our finances. We are healthy. My husband loves me. Our little family is tight. We have jobs. I do feel better once I set my mind on things above. I do know your ways are higher than my ways. Your plan is far better than any plan I contrive. We really are blessed. I see it! Life is just hard sometimes. It is hard living between two worlds. The constant nag of this world versus the loving, beautiful, perfect world above quietly inviting, calling, wooing. It is so obvious to me which is the better road. I wouldn't give up our relationship, Father, for anything this world has to offer. My life belongs to you and my heart is awakened by your constant pursuit. I know my worries stem from the lack of time I spend in your arms. It often feels so petty to ask you about the cares of this life. In the big picture, does it really matter if Matthew is not a worship leader but an assistant leader? Does it matter how many children we have or where we live? Does it matter if I design hairclips? Compared to your glory, the answer would seem an unequivical "no". But for some reason, I feel you telling my spirit that these things do matter to you. Not just in the "of course you care about my life" way. I feel your peace covering me, blanketing me while you whisper, again, you have a plan. However meaningful then trivialized my cares are, you gave them to me. You sowed them into my heart for just this season. For what reason, I may not know. But this I know; I can trust you with everything.

Alicia

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

What!? You want me to PLAY?

I know it must sound ludicrous but I just am not inspired to play with my daughter. It really takes all I can muster to sit and play. I have decided that it because I am really boring. I think that playing is really a fine art. One that requires a great many skills. I have listed the criteria necessary for fun play in the order of importance for any of you, who like me, are struggling.



Skill #1: Lose the agenda. Creativity only flows well in the absence of agenda. (Note the use of the word well. One can be somewhat creative with an agenda but probably will not enjoy any of its fruits in play with an agenda still clinging to one's back.



Skill #2: Use only the tools readily available. Taking your kid to the toy store to pick out a new toy to inspire creative play isn't really play. It is shopping. While shopping my fill many voids (maybe it's just me), it is guaranteed that your child will not be having much fun. It takes real skill to use something you already have to facilitate really fun, totally unique, and creative playtime.



Skill #3: Spend more than 20 minutes with your child in play. I know... it is hard. Many things beckon as you sit on the floor or the lawn. Do not become distracted, even if it seems your child is ignoring you. Even if it seems as though your child would not notice if you got up to do something really important. This skill comes with great patience. Do not give up. Just think, in 20 minutes you can get up and do something else. Once you hone this skill, chances are you will not want to get up after 45 minutes.

Ok... so that is all I have so far. Maybe some of you more experienced moms might have some more tips to help me!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Glorious Wool!






A package came today. I am leaps and bounds closer with these new samples of felt. My wool thread looks so beautiful with these colors. This wool is luxuriously thick and soft. Its texture is very appealing and interesting.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Summer reading...

At the beginning of summer, I think I may have been overly ambitious in my summer reads list. It is not a formal list of books I hoped to read but a mere expectation that I would spend the summer enjoying many good books. While I have read more books in the past 2 years than I have in the previous 6, this summer did not rank high in the book reading threshold. I read the newest 2 books by Brock and Bodie Thoene (some of my favorite authors of historical fiction) in their A.D. Chronicles series. I always enjoy their books for the vast amount of jewish culture and history they pour into their stories. I loved The Shack by William Young. A must read! I read The Pianist and while I loved the jewish history, parts were very difficult to read now that I have a child of my own. The Strong-Willed Child by Dr. Dobson was very encouraging. For fun, I read Bend the Rules Sewing by Amy Karol, a fellow blogger. I am mostly through Father Wounds by Francis Anfuso. A life-altering perspective on loving and being loved. Last but not least, I am reading The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. I own every one of Sparks books and have enjoyed them all for the curl-up-with-a-blankie-and-a-cup-of-tea reads that they are. I had planned to read the unabridged tales of Mark Twain but I just haven't been into it (Dad, I will return it to you when I see you next).

I really am looking to identify some good reads for this next season so if any of you have any good ideas, let me know...

Monday, September 8, 2008

Vacation... a blessed thing! Part 3

We spent out Labor Day at Apple Hill, a favorite place from my childhood and an annual family tradition. I just love the pace there and the beauty. The first group of pictures was taken at my favorite park there, a place where I have pictures of myself as a child.



We watched the stream, ran in the grass, and ate blackberries. Note the messy face!


Daddy picked a little flower in the grass and gave it to her. I think this one will go in the Favorite category!

We stopped in at another favorite spot for Evelina's first pony ride!



She loved the pony ride so much! She was yelling "Yee Haw!" and swatting the horsie's behind. It was a riot. When the ride was over, she cried and kept saying "More Neigh!" over and over.