Tuesday, December 30, 2008
My social climber dress was featured on the front page of etsy... and I missed it! Can you believe it?! However, thanks to the awesome flickr group Etsy Front Pagers I was able to see a screen shot of the lovely yellowy treasury... thank you Etsy Front Pagers!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
In the process of putting together some color combos and designs with Piper's upcoming birthday in mind, I've come up with this dress... I love the new Amy Butler fabric with the Anna Maria Horner, makes it somehow more cheery and more spring-y. I don't know if this is exactly what I want for Piper's birthday, but it's close, especially the colors. Piper LOVES purple and orange. Especially together. Some may say she has her Mama's love of color.
I'll also post a photo of her Christmas dress soon, it turned out so cute... as for Apple, I made her a dress but she always has another plan. She opted for a t-shirt from Santa (pink of course) and a summer skirt. That's my Apple.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Jack's been smiling on and off for a couple weeks, but they've been of the sporadic "catch-me-if-you-can" variety until today. Upon wakening and being charmed by both my sweet little love and the early morning light I grabbed my camera and was able to capture a few of these precious firsts.
Hey, Jack, would you like some ham with that cheese?!... Oh, that face. I thought for sure I'd be a mess at this age, as it means unofficially, of course, that the newborn stage is over. But when I see those smiles... I had also forgotten how amazing it is once babies are able to stay quietly alert during feedings. Although I loved those first nursings, they all ended up with Jack induced into the "newborn coma" and now he wants to nurse just to say hi to me, to stare at me, to have me hold him while we both say so much, and nothing at all, all at the same time.
Life is good.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
A gift for one of my sweet customers who has a new baby boy about the same age as Jack... It's really more of a patchwork blanket, than a "quilt", as there is no batting between the layers, but it is pretty thick as it's backed in super-soft vanilla fleece. I love how this turned out, and hope the new baby loves it, too.
Friday, December 12, 2008
The answer to the first question is simple: I don't. I would like to volunteer more at Rye's school, and in his classroom, but I know that that's really not possible for us right now, so I just try to juggle what I say "yes" to... I don't feel compelled to cook every meal myself-- Richard actually does more of the cooking in the evenings than I do, and on the weekends. I really just try to enjoy this fleeting, magical time of early childhood, even in the midst of meltdowns and diaper blowouts, because I figure the cooking and cleaning will always be there.
And the answer to what it's like? Of course it's ever-changing, but there are some constants that we can count on:
There's always someone there to comfort you when you're crying...
And on the flip side, if you're not crying, there's probably someone who can oblige with that, too...
... and we try to remember that even when we're not putting our best faces forward...
there's always beauty to be found in the messes that we've made.
Yes, some days are easier than others. But when all is said and done, and all four babes are tucked in at night, and the house is finally quiet, all I really know is that we've been truly blessed by these four kiddos, beyond any expectation that I ever could have had.