Sunday, June 13, 2010
For Wendy's wedding, she wanted the little girls (my two girls and 2 other nieces, Isabelle and Claire) to wear white dresses. As the outfits came together, I realized that they had white dresses, white cardigans, white tights, and white shoes. I decided they needed some color and what better way than with a cute headband flower or bow. Wendy's colors for her wedding were "earth tones" like browns, oranges, greens, blues, etc. I looked around for some baby headbands in those colors but didn't have much luck. I decided it couldn't be that hard to make my own so I went to Wal-mart and got some stretchy headbands and then to Tai-Pan,a home decorating store with tons of fake flowers, for some flowers in the right colors. I borrowed my friend Heather's hot glue gun (cause I'm not even crafty enough to have a hot glue gun) and started making the headbands. The headbands had come in a package of 6, so I made some extras of different colors. I thought I had done such a good job that I took a picture. I was really feeling good about them, in a Martha Stewart-kind of way. I could hardly wait for the girls to wake up from their nap to try them on.
The top two are for the wedding. Anyhow, I've never made anything like this before, so I didn't realize that as I was making the headbands I had them flat on the table. But, when I put them on the baby's heads, they stretched and rounded out. The result:
Some of the comments made about these pictures as I've told the story were, "They look like they're going spelunking" and "She looks like the queen of hearts".
Well, Doug and I were just laughing, but he came up with a good idea: why don't I just add some more flowers to fill in the gaps. I thought, "Brilliant!" So, I had some extra flowers that I just added in between. I thought that they looked even better. I was so thrilled that I took another picture.
Again, I could hardly wait until the babies woke up from their naps to try them on. When I did, both Doug and I could not help but laugh. When I put it on Ellie, he said, "You know what she looks like? The Chiquita Banana lady!" We both just laughed even harder.
Well, now I didn't know what to do but I was determined at this point to have cute headbands for the wedding. A girl at work suggested a place in the mall and I ended up going there to buy some headbands and flowers. Once at home, I decided I didn't really like the flowers I had just bought at the mall and the ones I had from Tai-Pan were much cuter. My great friend Heather offered to help make some clips with the Tai-Pan flowers. She did a great job and the end result was super cute!
The headbands I made luckily didn't go to waste. Isabelle and Claire were able to wear them and looked adorable. Several people came up to me and told me what a good job I did making the headbands. I just had to laugh.
Friday, May 21, 2010
So, I've come up with a syllabus and a grading system to objectively measure myself.
There are no course requirements. Unless you want to adopt. Then your entire life must be thoroughly scrutinized to be found "fit".
1. To raise happy, healthy children who will have a positive impact on society.
2. To make sure my children always know I love them.
3. To keep the house orderly while children are being raised.
4. To make my husband a priority and work to strengthen our relationship.
5. To make and preserve memories for the family to look back on later.
6. To keep closets, pantries, and the refrigerator stocked at all times.
None. You're on your own. Unless you want to refer to the optional resources.
Other moms, grandparents, pediatricians. Or the thousands of books written on the subject. Pick a few, and good luck.
1. At the end of each day, I will be evaluated based on the following requirements made to help meet the course objectives:
Letter Grade Breakdown:
A: 12-15 questions answered yes
B: 10-12 questions answered yes
C: 7-10 questions answered yes
D: 4-7 questions answered yes
F: 1-3 questions answered yes
3. A final grade will never actually be determined. If, by the time I'm a grandma, I've met the course objectives, then a passing grade will be given.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I know that our spirits lived before we came to this earth. It is obvious to me because each of my children have their own distinct personalities that are evident very early in their lives. Doug was saying the other day he never believed his parents when they said they didn't have a favorite child. Then he understood when he had three children of his own. We love them all!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
2) I got a picture of my handsomes in their new Sunday duds. We just got Doug a new suit for his birthday and Max some new Sunday clothes as well.
3) Doug was nice enough to get some muffins at Sam's Club so I didn't even have to pour cereal for breakfast.
4) Doug also got me some beautiful Willow Tree figurines of a little boy called "Inquisitive Child" that reminded him of Max and some little twin babies. The funniest part of this is that last year for Father's Day I saw a Willow Tree figurine of a father and a son that reminded me of Doug and Max. I wasn't sure whether he would like it or not so I mentioned to him something about it. He said, "What would I do with a figurine?" Well, I'm going to show him what you do with a figurine.
5) Ellie threw up the bananas and mixed berries she had for dinner all over the bedding and sheets that I so painstakingly made. Luckily, the stains came out after much scrubbing, pre-treating, and washing. As we were cleaning up the mess, I said to Doug, "This is why they have Mother's Day and Father's Day."
7) The biggest miracle of all--I have the most wonderful husband and beautiful children and I'm the luckiest mother in the world!
Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
He's also protective of his baby sisters. Whenever we're out and about people are attracted to us and want to take a look at the babies. Max makes sure they know, "These are my babies", especially if the curious person is a little girl. A few months ago, the lady sitting behind us in church was holding Cate. He was a little anxious about it and whispered, "Tell her she can't keep she".
Lately he's been getting a kick out of making the babies laugh. I'm not sure why they think he is so funny, but he gets big belly laughs out of them just by running back and forth in front of them. He'll say to me, "Mom, look, your kids are playing to each other". I hope it continues for a long, long, long time.
He told me the other day, "Mom, these are my favorite baby sisters. These are the babies I want."