Thursday, April 29, 2010

So easy, even I could do it...

Shy and I have decided to have a craft night; monthly, bi-monthly... we haven't quite figured it out yet. We had our first one last Saturday. We excitedly ran off to the craft store with one idea in mind. When we got there, they didn't quite have the materials that we were wanting to use. So, we ran off to a different section to get materials for another craft. Hmm... they didn't have that stuff either. We wandered for a bit (see: nearly an hour!) trying to come up with something that we could take home and work on. Shy finally mentioned the headband idea that I'd been looking at doing but dreading at the same time. (I'm not terribly confident with a sewing machine yet.) So, we sat on the floor and looked through remnant fabrics. Half an hour later, we ran around the store looking for elastic. We eventually asked an employee who looked at us blankly and pointed at the rubber band balls. Uhh... yeah. One super-speed trip to Walmart later and we were on our way home with our goodies.
I've been hunting for cute crafty ideas for quite some time now. I found this fun headband idea here.
The boys left for 4th Meal and we started cutting up our fabric. When it finally came down to braiding, Shy couldn't find her safety pins, so we used push pins on the wall (not the best technique). I managed to get one headband sewn together before Ben came over and announced that he was ready to go home.
"I'm almost done with this one," I said as I pushed the fabric gently through the sewing machine and promptly got it stuck in a huge, tangled thread mess. Shy patiently picked apart the mess while my Post-Surgery Honey-Bunny gave me a too-tired-to-give-you-an-irritated-look-but-I'm-going-to-try-anyway stare. I smiled apologetically and got back to sewing my rescued mess together.
A couple of days later, I finished off the lot and I now have six cute headbands to wear. (And I have been nearly every day.) Dad wandered into the kitchen while I was sewing the batch up and asked if I was going into business with Shy.

"Are you going to make some big bucks selling those?"

I informed him that the possibility was rather unlikely at which he turned back to his spring rolls with a grunt.

Anyway. I think they're adorable! Don't you?

I'm wearing this one today:

I have enough fabric left over to make about 50 more... I still need to make smaller versions for little Aud. Still... Christmas Gifts anyone?? :)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Haircut, Sky Donut, My Shoes

Henry's mohawk was starting to get out of hand. It was hanging in his face and wasn't nearly as cute as when we first cut it, so we buzzed it off. Looks pretty good, eh?

We've been having interesting spring weather. Warm one day, snowing the next. This was an interesting cloud formation that Ben snapped a picture of. Looks a bit like a funnel cloud trying to happen. Not something you'd expect to see in the shadow of the Rockies...

And... my shoes... I LOVE these shoes. I think they're super cute and, since I got them a size too big, pretty comfortable.
The reason I bring them up is that Ben participated in the Walk a Mile In Her Shoes walk-a-thon a couple of weeks ago. And, yes, he wore my smashingly cute shoes! Good thing I got them a size big, or he wouldn't have been able to wear them. I was slightly disturbed yet intensely amused by his enthusiasm.
He came home with a t-shirt, new found respect for those of us who sacrifice comfort for beauty and very, very, very sore feet. He said he didn't understand how women could do it and that it cured him of any passing interest in trying out my shoes.
The t-shirt has joined the ranks of Audrey's pajama drawer and the shoes are back in my shoe trunk. The respect is still there in his eyes every time I put on a pair of high heels.

He also got a lot of comments and pictures taken while he participated in the walk. His physical fitness instructor even toyed with the idea of giving him extra points for actually wearing those shoes.

Today, when I asked him to put the shoes on so I had actual proof of the fact, he refused saying he'd never wear those shoes, or any other women's shoes for that matter, again.

I suppose I should be immensely relieved instead of mildly disappointed.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Remember This??

Okay, since some "power that be" removed the video embed (which Youtube allows for crying out loud), I have included the link. It's well worth the visit.

BTW - Shy - you won't have seen the video before, I was talking about the imagery being familiar. :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Old Friends and New Craft Projects

Why do I always want to start my blogs with "Okay..." or "So..."? What in the world is wrong with my brain?!?


A week and a half ago, you would have found my little family attempting to keep ourselves busy in the front room. We almost never go in there unless we're having some sort of festive occasion or if we're visiting with someone. In this case it was both.

I fussed over the kids while Ben took pictures of me... fussing over the kids.

Why do things you're anticipating always take freaking FOREVER?

And of course, the moment our guests arrived, we were trying to get organized with a couple of neighbors who had come for a short errand. So, our rather weak facade of relaxed welcome was shattered. Oh well.

Scott came!!! Yay!!

We only found out he was going to stop by about two hours before he did, so it was a lovely surprise. He and his dad were making a big trip through Utah and Idaho to see family and friends.
We visited for about an hour. Scott is doing REALLY well. He's getting through his rehab faster than anyone expected. He's looking like his old self again too, which is wonderful! He's talking about what he would need to do to get back to work at a regular job and he's going to school (which is basically occupational classes preparing him to get back into the workforce).

His sense of humor is back and the only obvious residual effect of his accident is that he sounds like he has a deep southern drawl.

It also didn't take long for Ben and Scott to get back into their old antics.

The visit was far too short and Audrey has been asking to see "Uncle Scott" ever since. A trip out to good ol' Cali might be in order if we can scrape up the green.

We're so excited for Scott and can't wait to see how improved he is the next time we see him!

I stole (uh, borrowed) this idea from Jenn. I loved it so much, I just had to do it myself. It was super easy and I have enough screen left over to do about 50 of these things. Hmm... Christmas is only eight and a half months away.....



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