Thursday, December 24, 2009

Great Reader

Jason sanded & painted this rocking chair for Ivory. I made the seat cushion. I'd say it's a success!

Christmas Celebrations

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Recent Project

Found this shirt at Target for $1 & just couldn't resist! Spruced it up with applique from leftover fabric remnants of the overnight bag I made for my sister.

Also super busy with many other secret Christmas projects!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Santa Suit

Ivory doesn't even have a clue who Santa is, but doesn't she look cute in his suit?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

First Parade + Christmas Baking

What's kept me busy & away from my sewing machine the last 3 days:
Goodies for neighbors & friends. I tried my hand out this delicious cinnamon honey butter I discovered on one of my favorite blogs. And then, being the over-achiever that I am, couldn't just give it to the handful of people I planned to, but more like 15 + rolls to go with it. Then, I ran out of containers & supplies for more cinnamon honey butter but still wanted to complete my list so I made goodies such as these:
Basically a take on buckeyes converted into Reese's-sorta-look-a-likes. This batch was for one of our church secertaries who likes them so much she asked if she could pay me to make more for today when her relatives came. I bartered for free babysitting instead.

And this is what kept Ivory occupied for some of the time I was creating above treats:

She loves "reading" & is quite entertained by it. I love hearing her read anything she comes across, t-shirts, signs, numbers, labels, books, posters, etc. She "reads" quite well.

Ivory was absolutely *precious* when we delivered the goodies. She was politely entertained & well behaved at each stop & said good-bye & blew good-bye kisses quite appropriately. Very proud Mom moments!

Tonight was Ivory's first parade and she was completely enthralled:

It's rather cold for us Southern folk so Ivory sported my gloves for a little while.

Ivory was showered with goodies.
Maybe 1/10th the candy she actually received (she doesn't even eat candy) & 1 of the 3 stuffed animals she was given.
We gave her the very first sucker tonight.
She really took maybe 5 licks & then was finished. Fine by me!

Check it out, Colonel Sanders was in our parade...on a scooter...behind the dune buggies & motorcycles but before the the tractor, lawn mower & tiny cars.

Small Town Parade - Take 1

Take 2
Please excuse the poor lighting--it's just to get that hometown-parade feeling.

There was a Sunday School Christmas party for young families following the parade. Here the kids are bartering with their parade treasures. Ivory just walked around taking a little from each pile (don't worry, she gave it back).

Well, now that Ivory's in bed & Jason's enjoying marshmallows at the party bonfire I better scram & make some progress on my many unfinished projects & finish wrapping gifts!

align="center">Here's wishing you and your family joy this holiday season as you reflect on the incredible gift of Jesus Christ our Savior when he came as a baby. And can I just tell you how much I love teaching Ivory about baby Jesus & reading her the new nativity story board book we bought her?! So fun to tell your child Bible stories for the first time. It's definitely something worth savoring.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gymnastics with Daddy

We watched her do this in her crib the other night before going to sleep...let's hope she doesn't tumble all the way out one night!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunday Happenings

Ivory dressed in her Christmas attire & ready for church.

Sporting her jacket passed down from cousin Bella.

It's always a treat to watch our preschoolers sing.

The kids did a great job with their Christmas program!

Ivory was enthralled...most of the time. She found the peppy songs most entertaining but wasn't too into the talking scenes.

Dressed with an international flair for our Lottie Moon Christmas Banquet Sunday evening. Ivory is sporting a dress Aunt Debi bought in China for Bella. Debi bought me the shirt on her China adventure and I bought the tie for Jason on my China adventure!

Night Out

Yesterday afternoon Jason & I enjoyed an entire afternoon/evening together! We went to 2 fabric store (props to Jason) & then headed to an outdoor shopping mall to spend the afternoon browsing stores & wandering aimlessly. Why we chose the outdoor mall is beyond me--it was freezing! Oh well, it made it feel more "Christmasy" & presented a perfect opportunity for a peppermint white chocolate mocha. We were also just glad to not be dealing with diapers, stroller, diaper bag, whining...etc. We were able to spend the afternoon worry free knowing Ivory was with her beloved "Ca" (Cassie), Mrs. Robin & Brother Mike. We also knew there was no way she'd starve as she eats constantly when at their house (this visit included 2 pieces of pizza, a large helping of ham, broccoli, smoothie, crackers, and a few other small snacks--and yes, she ate lunch before going over there!). There's something about their house that brings out the hunger bug in my child.

Target is one of my all time favorite places to shop, besides having fabulous diapers, great two pieces & a wonderful $1/$2.50 section, they also have incredible customer service & very speedy check-out (as opposed to our extremely slow, yet very affordable, Super Wal Mart--I must always be on guard for my Christian testimony is always on the line when I shop there). We managed to pick up a few stocking stuffers for Ivory's stocking and discovered skidders at Target:

Moms out there can appreciate why these shoes are so amazing. I love that they're machine washable, sock is attatched, easy to put on, very durable yet flexible soles, and they're only $12 at Target! I struggled between this style & this one:

But since I will mainly use these for long car rides & play shoes, I decided white probably wasn't the best option. And brown will look cute with most of her play outfits & jeans.

We managed to snap a few self-portraits in front of the Christmas tree in the outdoor shopping center.

Some sweet girls walking by offered to snap some pictures for us.

We ended the evening with a nice, quiet (no family section for us!) dinner at Olive Garden where we used the gift certificate a Sunday School class at our church generously bestowed on us during Pastor Appreciation month back in October. We even treated ourselves to alfredo dipping sauce--delish!

And I haven't even shared the icing on the cake yet--Saturday morning my sweet husband got up with Ivory, fed her breakfast, took her to the church with him while he worked, brought her home tired & ready for a nap. For me this mean sleeping in (until 9!), a quiet shower, time to get ready, and even a little time to sew before she woke at 11:30. So basically I had the entire day off! Can we say amazing?! Now I feel re-charged and ready for another week with my precious little screamer! No, she really is a joy & a true delight that I treasure every single day.

Hope your weekend was great, too--though I know it can't beat mine since I spent it with the most amazing man on earth. ;-)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Sewing Projects

I've also been working on a few other projects that must remain a secret for now.

I did make a stocking for Ivory, but I'm just not quite finished with it yet and want to wait to post pictures until I can add some finishing touches. I am going to buy fabric (hopefully today!) to make Jason a stocking, too! Until now I was the only one in the family with a handcrafted stocking (my mom did hours of cross stitch and gave it to me for my first Christmas). I love having a special, handmade stocking and want to give that same gift to my family.

I'm loving being home and able to sew again--o how I missed it! I miss the business of going and doing, and Ivory does to (that girl *loves* to go!), but I enjoy having the extra time to sew. We're still busy at church with Bible Drill, Christmas gatherings, youth stuff, etc. I've had dr. appointments for baby 1 & 2 and unpacking joys, but things are still slower then they were. With the Bible Drill Weekend over (which was so amazing!) I'm able to focus more on family, home, and Christmas sewing projects. I'm excited to be making some gifts from hand to give to family and hope they enjoy them as much as I've enjoyed making them! I love finding creative ways to re-use things I have or fabric people give me.

Speaking of sewing projects...Ivory's napping & Jason and I are going on a date this afternoon! Sooo, I better run and get ready myself for the date & get in a few more minutes of sewing before she wakes & we leave!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I've also been busy with some Christmas dresses for the little miss--pictures soon to come!