Friday, April 28, 2006

Ashley and Ethan at daycare today!


"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door...You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to. Do your realize that this is the very path that goes through Mirkwood, and that if you let it, it might take you to the Lonely Mountain or even further and to worse places?" --Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings

Where will your journey take you?

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Nothing Exciting

Nothing exciting has been going on here. I did start sewing up a whole new stash of diapers to list on ebay, but since they're not done yet, it's not too exciting. We have still been painting and working hard at getting it done. I like the way it looks so far. Mitch says he thinks we will have to do another coat, which means we'll have to buy more paint. yuck...the end result will be worth it though right??

Sal dropped Ethan off at daycare today, just after I had checked Steph G's blog, so I pulled up the picture of Ethan holding Jaden and said to all the kids, "Look what I found! Come here!" So they all ran over to the computer to see and Ethan shouted, "There's Jaden!" I said it must be Jaden's first day at daycare. =) They all thought he was so cute, and I snapped this picture.

Please continue to pray for Jaden. Eating is a huge hurdle that he has to overcome before he will be able to join his family at home.

Lastly, I snapped this cute picture of Josh. Mitch stuck him in the laundry tub while he was cleaning out paint rollers. It got us a few minutes of peace. =) Check out that beautiful blue wall!

Monday, April 24, 2006

"Anomalies and Curiosities"

I am fascinated by numbers, I must admit. I recently heard a story of a woman who was expecting her FOURTH set of twins. I thought it was remarkable. Then I read the story of another family...

Kirilow was a peasant in Russia in the 1800s. He was presented to the empress of Russia in 1853. He had had 2 wives and you won't believe how many children!! His first wife produced 57 children, of these: 3 pregnancies were twins, 7 pregnancies were triplets, and an astounding 4 pregnancies were quadruplets! It doesn't end there. His second wife had a "mere" 15 children: 6 sets of twins, and 1 set of triplets. Ok, so hold on to your hats (I know you're thinking "1800s, right?"). At the time of the presentation in 1853, all 72 children were still living. I'm thinking, "How?" There was another Russian man who had fathered 87 children, but in 1872 only 83 of those were still living. =) You can read all about these and other anomalies: "Anomalies and Curiousities of Medicine" by George M. Gould and Walter L. Pyle.

Ok, so I admit that this took me a LOT by surprise. I have had many thoughts about it. I mean, when you're a peasant, how do you feed that many babies? Were these people Christians? I firmly believe that God blesses people with what was God thinking? I have often thought, "what's the worst that could happen?" I might end up with like 12 children... Ahem... Well, apparently that's not the "worst" that could happen. Could you imagine a family like this in America today?? I don't think it would happen. I think for all the state "knows better" and would "intervene." Sad. God is the giver of life. Who are we to think that we have the right to tell God what's best? We probably won't be able to find out more about Kirilow, why he had been blessed with so many healthy children, how they managed to live, etc. It would be unfair for us to pass judgement on whether he should have been allowed to have that many children. Clearly God saw fit to bless the wombs of his wives and also to hold those little children in His hands and bring them up. It isn't for us to determine why, only to accept that it was. And you know what, I don't believe that "worst" is the best description for this situation. "Best" is much more accurate!

A gentle reminder: This is my opportunity to "sound off" and this is not an open debate.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

It is really hard to explain our lower level and what I'm trying to do with the paint...the point is, I'm doing it. Choosing to color my walls and decorate has always been this vast unknown that I have been afraid to conquer. Well I don't know if I'll be conquering it any time soon, but at least I have ventured out (meaning I have bought unreturnable paint and I mean to use it!).

I don't have much that needs to be matched, so I thought, why not...Creative Memories has done plenty of market research and has a whole staff of talented professionals who choose color schemes, why should I reinvent the wheel? So I grabbed my paper packs and headed to the basement. I ended up using all perfect fit paper save one solid blue. =) Will they look good? Who knows...

Eden's room...

Mitch is doing the edgework in our master bedroom...

Zeke is such a clown...this is looking from the master bedroom into the sitting room/office area
I have no idea when we'll get done. It will probably be a week, I can't see this going on forever. I haven't been to bed before 11:30 pm for the past 4 nights now, and I'm exhausted! I think the biggest issue is keeping the kids occupied while we work. Micah is some help with the baby, but they have their moments. ;-) Whenever we do take a break from painting, it seems like we have to work double-time to catch up on the normal household maintenace. :-P That's life, right??
I found something fun that I want to share but it will have to wait until tomorrow. I'm too pooped to type anymore!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Faux Fuzzis (free pattern)

This is the most popular post on my blog!  I finally decided that the pattern instructions desperately need an update.  The new pattern instructions include pictures to help you with snap placement and with drawing the pattern.  They also include how to make a back pocket opening, just like in the popular brand of pocket diapers.  DO NOT MAKE DIAPERS FOR SALE that have a back pocket opening.  It is patent infringement.  The instructions are in pdf format and are on Dropbox.  You will be leaving my blog site.  The pattern is free, do not click on anything that asks you to pay money for the file and don't pay anyone for this file!

Download the instructions here using dropbox. When you click the link, the pdf file should open automatically. If a dialogue box pops up asking you to sign up for dropbox or sign in, you can simply click the 'x' in the top right corner to close the box. You can access the file without signing up/in to Dropbox. (Shameless plug: if you don't already have dropbox, you might want to consider using it--I love it!)

These photos are old, but I just can't delete them because Josh is so darn cute.  :) 

These photos of Obadiah at 9 months and 20 lbs, wearing a size medium. This is the diaper I made in the updated instructions.

The first coat of primer is almost on! We managed to finish everything except for 2/3 of the ceiling in the family room. Sorry I don't have any pictures, the white primer just isn't all that interesting. Boss man (Mitch) says we will do two coats of primer and two coats of paint, and for me to be thinking about what colors I want...please. Yikes! This is way too hard for me. LOL. I keep changing my mind. We painted for HOURS yesterday after school. I am surprised, but I'm not sore this morning, and I even did the bulk of the ceiling work. Yay!

Finishing the lower level will nearly double our living space. We have been using it some, even though it's unfinished, but it's not the same. We will add a family room bigger than our current living room, a small (10x10) bedroom for Eden, a large master bedroom (not sure on the size) with adjoining office/sitting space (also about 10x10) that opens with french doors! There is a walk-in closet on the master bedroom. A full bathroom, a closet in Eden's room, a linen closet/cat-5 hub (where all our networking cables meet the router), and a game closet in the family room. I'm so excited!! We are also making plans to declutter and simplify our existing living space. We have lots of stuff in storage in the garage and at Mitch's dad's. We are convinced that we probably don't need the majority of this stuff. Unless a better plan hits us, I am thinking that we will have a "quarter" sale and get rid of lots of stuff for just a quarter.

On a sad note, I managed to burn out 2 washing machines yesterday. How I did that I don't know. You might think this really weird (I do), but we actually had a third washing machine in our garage that we were able to hook up so as not to stop the flow. It's considerably smaller and ooooold, but it works! Emptying our house is going to be a good thing, but I'm sure glad I had that washer for "back up", LOL.

My big boy Josh is pulling himself up on everything now. I think that he'll have his first tooth by the end of the week! He is a good kid, but he woke up this morning at 5:30 am, and was happy and playing. I of course had to get up, and wouldn't you know it that he finally got sleepy again--but it was already after we all had to be up for the morning. Tricky little bugger...

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Whaaa Hooo! Our basement is now textured!! As you can see, Mitch had a lot of fun learning how to use the texturing machine. I think all of us had at least some flecks of mud on our faces, in our hair, and covering our clothes...hehe. Mitch's uncle showed him how to do it in the closet in Eden's room, then basically handed it over to Mitch and he did the entire basement. Mitch did awesome!! I went down to look at it this morning and it looks so good.

I was thinking that this would mean that our journey was almost over, but now I realize the long road ahead of us. I can't wait to go get primer and get started, but after priming, then we have to paint, then there's a whole lot more of that pine to do, then trim, and then finally carpeting. Yuck! Maybe this will take forever?? All of the pine and trim will need to be stained and finished with polyurethane, so that will be a chore in itself. How many coats of primer and paint will that be? It will be many a long nights of paint rolling I guess.

My new diaper fabric arrived in the mail yesterday and it looks fabulous. It's going to make cute diapers if I ever get time to get back to my sewing machine again... Lets not even talk about how my album projects are going!

Our long Easter weekend was so fantastic. Monday was the icing on the cake when I got to travel to the cities to see my friend Steph Gonzalez and her family. Their little Jaden is nothing short of miraculous. I was so nervous driving down, but after I left I felt like I was walking on clouds the rest of the day. He was so perfect and so precious!!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Easter!

We have had a fun Easter Sunday. We had to be at church early to watch the two-year-old room during the 9:30 service. Then we went to the 11:00 service. The sermon was excellent!! The music was good too. After church we visited the movie store (Caleb's favorite) before rushing home to get lunch on. Carrie and the girls came over for lunch--Carrie fixing the bulk of it--ham, sweet potatoes, etc. The kids are now having a blast hiding the Easter eggs over and over. We have some Resurrection Eggs, so it was really fun to hide those and then tell the story with the kids. We had Easter baskets for our kids, but they were pretty meager... :) I decided to only give them as much candy as I wouldn't mind eating in one sitting. However I did cringe as Zeke ate all of his bubble gum at one time. I told him he is going to be farting bubbles...hehe...can you imagine me using such a word? ;-) I think that Mitch and I will try to hit some clearance sales and stock up on candy so the kids can visit the "mom store" and spend their allowance in the coming weeks.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Here are the diapers! And my handsome little man, standing already at 7.5 months. I don't like the snaps so much...these diapers are still a little big on Josh (a good thing, so he can grow into them), and the snaps kind of turn and slide funny. Velcro is so much more adjustable! I have some new fabric that is going to be here any day now--fun prints--and so I will wait and make more diapers when it comes. The fleece inside these diapers is sooooooo soft. Makes me kind of

Josh sure is a cutie! He is crawling everywhere. He regularly pulls himself up onto his knees, and he particularly likes to crawl over obstacles in his path--he looks for things to be in his way! He has pulled himself up to a full standing position a couple of times, and he stands really well with support when we help him grab hold of something. He has not figured out how to get back down yet, so he just cries when he's ready. :) We have gotten him to take a few steps--with help, of course. He's not sure what to think about the outside. He's not ready to take off on his own when we set him down, he's much more hesitant! But put him in the living room, and he heads straight for the stairs (thank goodness for gates). Silly boy...

Friday, April 14, 2006

Happy Birthday to my sister, Carrie! She is 35 today, and I'm proud to tell it to all of the =) We enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Red Lobster (her favorite). She is always a fantastic dinner date, as she truly enjoys herself.

Josh's new diapers are working out well. I am happy that I can add more absorbancy to them. I'm not sure when I'll work on sewing more, but I know I'd better not put it off for too long.

The warm weather has been incredible. I love that the kids are playing outside. I wish that it would be this warm from now until September! Please, please, please?? =) Needless to say, we are enjoying our long easter weekend. It is packed to the hilt with stuff to do, but at least it's all fun stuff. I am totally enjoying myself.

Ah, now for the good news--our basement is pretty much all done as far as mudding goes. Mitch's uncle is going to come down and spray texture for us! Next week!! After that we will paint, then trim, then carpeting...ahhhhh. I'm so excited. I'm nervous about picking out paint colors, but excited too. I can't wait. It will be so nice to have that space fully usable!!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

I got a new stash of diapers sewn up for Josh! His size medium stash is getting a little hard to velcro on, and impossible to boost the absorbancy to the level he needs overnight, so I finally bit the bullet and set aside time to work on a new stash. There are 10, and I did a little experimenting with snaps, rolling out the fleece, etc. They all have the envelope style opening. In my experience, I don't even need to unstuff these before washing--they come out all on their own. So I simply remove the diaper and toss in my diaper (water-resistant) bag. If it's soiled, I spray it off into the toilet with my hand bidet (I have the sanicare 500). I will probably need about 10 more, but I will save those for playing around with my pattern, new fabrics, or to try out other ideas that come up. I tried to upload a photo, but get a "page cannot be displayed" message...oh well.

I also am excited because I got to spend 7 hours scrapbooking yesterday!! I was invited to Creative Escapes in St. Cloud, a small day retreat center. I LOVED this place! The owners were very friendly and accomodating. They were around to grab us anything we needed, even unloading our vehicles for us. My first thoughts were, "they are not charging enough money for this service!" They have lots of tools available for use in the rooms, great table space, excellent lighting, wonderful snacks, a computer with internet access, special journaling software and a printer so you can print off journaling if you wish, and the list goes on. If you'd like to get away, I totally recommend it. For more info, please see their website,

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

This is Eden's new dress. It has a beautiful chiffon overskirt. I think it cost around $11 in materials. I hope to save a little more $$ next time. She is standing kind of funny, so that the sleeves look weird.

Sound Off

Well look at that! There's a counter at the bottom of my page now!! I actually figured it out myself, but not after a few mistakes...

Oh, and I see that Steph & Sal are on my contributors list!! Hurray!

I've been trying to come up with things that I could sound off about, but I've been afraid that someone who knows me irl would read this and then know what I really think, lol. Oh well...

I sewed Eden a new dress. It turned out really nice. Now I'm on a kick since I have a serger that I'm thinking I may venture out and sew her some more clothes. The girl loves skirts, and I will commend the stores for making more skirts that have the shorts sewn in underneath, but they are all still TOO SHORT!! I mean, I picked up a skirt for her the other day and it was a little too big yet in the waist, but her finger tips are already hanging below the length of the skirt. So by the time it fits in the waist, it will be uncompromisingly too short. So I was thinking that maybe I should sew my own...then it can be as long as we want! Sounds like I found something to sound off about, huh? =)

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Pampered Cheeks
Cloth Diapers

What do you think?
I actually haven't been sewing much, least not for selling. My life is otherwise too busy. But I have definitely enjoyed all that I've done. =)