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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Autumn | Projects & Pictures

It's been six months into this foray of being a full-time stay-at-home-Mom, and I have to say, I love it!  This has been an amazing experience already, watching Miles learn and grow, and being a part of so many milestones along the way.  It also gives me ample time to keep the house up (although, I don't always use that time for cleaning), and create lovely things that I didn't take the time for when I was working.

I will definitely miss Miles' nap time when he grows out of it.

But, as it still exists, I will do what I can to utilize it to the fullest.  That probably means I shouldn't spend time scrolling endlessly on tumblr or pinterest, but that's neither here nor there.  I am happy to say that I have created quite a few things when I'm not being lazy or actually doing my chores.

I crocheted some leg warmers for some of my dear friends that have little girls right around Miles' age.  He was the oldest baby born in 2011, and so many of my close friends had girls later that year.  Then my bestie, Sam, had her baby girl in April 2012.  I was trying to make some leg warmers for one of the one-year-olds I know, but they were way too small, so they ended up being for Olivia.  I got home, and started to work on some more.  We'll have to see if they fit, and then I'll get some pictures of them up.

Right before my birthday party in July, I created one of my pinterest ideas:  A family calendar that is dry-erase.  I don't remember if I already posted about it, but here's another photo.

This was an oversized tee upcycle

But this next project I created was inspired by this blogger.  I have a dear friend whose son's room is a vintage travel theme, and I pinned this idea long before I thought I'd have time to actually make it.  But then I finally realized I had plenty of time to create this craft!  So I took felt that I had in my sewing box, and created a hot air balloon mobile.  I am so pleased with how it turned out!

Last but not least, I wanted to upload some of Bubs' Autumn photos.  We were on our way out - to church or somewhere - when I realized I loved his outfit so much that I had to have an impromptu photo sesh.  (The flannel shirt was a gift from Clarissa!)

"I have two sticks."

My handsome boy.

His eyelashes!!  I'm jealous.

"Why haven't my lemon trees given me any lemons?"

"I'm saying 'cheese,' Mom!"

Miles continues to impress me with his skills.  He talks using complete sentences --- however, the words aren't always English.  He climbed a two-rung ladder today at the park, and ventures off of the slides on his own.  I love his curiosity and ability to try new things.

I just buzzed his hair off yesterday at my Mom's place, so his Thanksgiving pictures will definitely reflect his new haircut.  I wish I knew how to cut it into more of a style because I love his hair when it's longer, just not around the ears.

Anyway, I am continuing to work on my Zumba-teaching situation... I have a possible lead already, and I will keep you all informed about it if something wonderful comes of it.

Oh, and here's one more picture at our friends' place.
He was trying to dress up like a snowman,
but ended up looking more like he was wearing a poncho.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Pumpkins and Parties

October has come and gone, and Miles is already 19 months old.  He's getting bigger and bigger, and there's nothing I want to do except be able to be a part of all of it!

Last month, we had lots of warm, early fall fun.  We went to Michelle & Phil's costume party on the 27th, and I was incredibly sleep deprived because of my gumption to have homemade costumes for Miles & James.  I was up until 3AM sewing, and then spent a good 5 hours finishing items the day of!  (I'm pretty sure that if you look at my B.A., it was not really for Biology, but for a degree in Procrastination, with an emphasis on Crazy Determination!)

The very next day, we went to the Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch, in Redlands with Heather, Richard, Micah, Audrey, Clarissa, and Cannon.  It was so much fun - and it was really hot!  We ate a tasty lunch at In-N-Out, followed by getting lost in the corn maze.  It was a cool setup:  
  • You go in, and they give you a card that has spaces for a code.  
  • When you find each post (A-D), there is a corresponding number, that when filled in, gives you a combination to open a door to the second part of the maze!  
  • Then you have to find four more posts to get the combination to unlock the door that lets you out!

It took FOREVER!  But I had so much fun.

On Halloween night, we went over to Matt & Tiffany's for trick-or-treating --- our one time a year that we hang out with the Specks!  It was great to see the costumes that Tiffany made for Jonas (Angry Bird), and Elijah (Brobie from Yo Gabba Gabba), and to take Miles up to the houses now that he can walk and talk.

Now I have to hide Miles' trick-or-treating pumpkin because he is obsessed with candy.  He hollers "pumbem!" at me, meaning, "Mom, I see my candy, and it is only right for you to give me all of it now."

James was having fun with stickers

Sunscreen application time

Micah S.!!

Batty for these babies
Miles, Audrey, and Micah
(Oh, and James)

Miles Yo and the faceless american gothic

Micah was mesmerized by the John Deere power wheels

Heather found Post B!

Yes, Post C!

On our way to the second half of the maze...

This is our desktop background.

Hi, Love.

Our final attempt of James setting the timer on the camera

Family portrait

Khhhh :D

"I will battle anyone for these pumpkins!"

sooooooo many pumpkins!

Costume inspiration
Secret Squirrel & Morocco Mole
(New School)

and Old School

Miles' styling was new school head
with old school blazer/ascot

"Shhhh, it's Secret!"

Laura=Snow White
David=Jesse from Breaking Bad

I was a Jem & the Holograms fan
(so basically, myself)

Halloween with the Specks

"Trick or treat."

"Let's go, Ma!"

"Mmm, milk is the BEST!"

Miles' latest interests:
  • Climbing the curved, stationary ladder at the park
  • Talking in sentences that I can't understand all the time
  • Watching The Chipmunk Adventure (1987) everyday
  • Wearing long sleeves, even when it's not cold
  • Running around in James' cardigan
  • Mojo Jojo from PPG - he is both fascinated and frightened of him
  • CANDY!