Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I didn't plan ahead and make a costume for Abe, so I looked through his closet yesterday morning and decided he could be a little polar bear. I probably should have looked at a picture of a polar bear though. I made the ears the wrong shape and sewed them too high up on his hat. He looked more like a baby bunny or Max from Where the Wild Things Are

Still pretty cute...but Abe didn't care what kind of creature he looked like. He was far more interested in what his cousins were wearing.

The gang ready to go trick-or-treating.

Abe and his first pumpkin.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Hunting Shack

This weekend we went up north for Abe's baptism. The weather was great so we made the annual trek out to the hunting shack.

Abe went off-roading in his stroller, and kept his eyes WIDE open the whole time.

Ryan tried out the kids dirt bike...and managed to make it back injury-free.

75° in the middle of October!

The hunting shack.

 Serena, Ella, Magdalene, and Chloe inside the hunting shack.


Built by Clyde's dad and friends back in 1954.

The shot we came for... Front row: Sebastien (7), Lincoln (1), Ella (5), Chloe (10) 
Back row: Serena (9), Abraham (7 weeks), and Magpie (3)

Shirley recording our visit in the hunting shack's journal.

 Abe loves his cousins!


 Three generations: Clyde, Abe, and Noah

I still can't believe we got the stroller through these woods!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

We're ready when you are...

Noah and I have been busy cleaning the house and finishing up little projects getting ready for the baby to arrive. It's really nice to have a clean house, but if this baby doesn't come soon we're going to have to start dusting and vacuuming again! Seems like a good excuse to buy a Roomba...

Monday, August 9, 2010

Knitted Baby Blanket

It's taken a few months and many long road trips up to the cabin and back, but my knitted blanket is finally finished! 

Once I had started I decided that I wanted to add a little texture, so I alternated between the knit stitch and purl stitch when joining the squares together. 

I also stitched around the edges with yellow yarn to make it a little less plain, and to fit in with the milk & honey color scheme in the baby's room.

And it's all made from cotton so it even feels nice in this hot summer weather!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Veggie Garden

My vegetable gardens have been sorely neglected this summer, but we've been getting tons of rain so they seem to be doing alright without my help. 

Romaine Lettuce
Big Boy Tomatoes

Roma Tomatoes

Chocolate Cherry Tomatoes


Leaf Lettuce


Jalepeno Peppers

Green Beans

"Hillbilly" Heirloom Tomatoes

Sweet Corn

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bird & Butterfly Garden

When we moved in I started a garden in an empty corner of our backyard to attract birds and butterflies. As usual it attracted bunnies, which bit the heads off of all the flowers as soon as they began to open! Last summer we set up a temporary fence around the garden to keep the bunnies out and give the plants a chance to get established. This summer the flowers were finally able to bloom! I'm hoping the plants are strong enough now to survive on their own so I can remove the fence next spring.


Black-Eyed Susan

Oriental Poppy

Shasta Daisy

Irish Eyes

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Old Lamp, New Lamp

So part of getting ready for the baby involves getting the rest of the house in shape since it will soon appear as a background in countless family photos. Ryan gave me this old lamp which has been in the family for years. Still works, but the brass base was dated and the lampshade was dusty and hard to clean. I found this cool Liberty of London lampshade at Target but didn't like how it looked with the wooden base, so I decided to paint the whole thing yellow. I think it turned out pretty well...

...and the funniest part is, I picked a shade that was the exact same shape as the original one without even knowing it. Now I need to start looking for some yellow curtains.

Lamp with old shade (on left) circa 1985.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Ring Stacker

I can think of a million sewing projects I've started and given up on when things got a little too tough. Christmas stockings, a winter coat, a windbreaker...zippers are and always will be my nemesis. Anyways, I found this pattern at and had to try it out. 

Of course, shopping for fabric was the best part (as always), and that fabric sat uncut for a number of weeks before I finally decided to tackle this project. Sometimes I think cutting out the pattern is the worst part, and then I remember that my printer and sewing machine have formed an unholy alliance to make my life as frustrating as possible (does my printer really need to eat 20 sheets of paper at once? and then force me to clean the printer heads again and again until I finally run out of ink?! and does my sewing machine really need to go haywire every time I change one of the settings?! No button holes or zig-zag stitching for me...) I'm not aware of any other appliances that have joined this alliance yet, but I'm keeping a close eye on the toaster.

So yeah, despite my grudge against the sewing machine (or it's grudge against me) I managed to complete this project which was only slightly harder than the letters we made in Home Ec class back in junior high. (Do they still teach Home Ec?) I think it's cuter than the plastic Fisher Price ring stackers, definitely more cuddly, and machine washable! Now on to the next soft toy...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Veggie Garden Update

My vegetable gardens are up and growing so I thought I'd post some pictures. The tomatoes and peppers are the same ones I started indoors months ago. Everything else was started from seed out in the garden except the broccoli. We picked that up at a garden center. I've always thought it was supposed to be hard to grow, but it's doing so well I might have to try growing my own next year.


Buds are starting to appear...


Tiny head of broccoli!


Green Bean

More beans! I need enough to make some pickled green beans this year.