Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Today was the first day of Kindergarten! We walked.  Or rather Mommy walked, wearing the baby and pushing the double stroller.  We got to the school and waited (mommy doesn't have a watch so we left the house 35 minutes before school started).
 There were about a dozen other kindergarteners and their parents and younger siblings standing around.  Drama Queen asked me, "Mom, why is everyone's parents taking pictures?"  It made me laugh and I explained to her that the first day of school was a big day for parents too.
 Slowly kids started to show up for school including the primary president's daughter (a first grader) who spotted DQ, ran over, and gave her a "First day of school hug".

 She was rather over my taking pictures and probably wanted me to leave.

 Finally she got to line up with her class.  That of course is when we started noticing the papers they were holding and realized we forgot her "About Me" page we were supposed to bring.  Ooops. I told DQ she could bring it tomorrow and she was okay with that until more kids showed up and I saw her standing there so quietly looking at the floor and occasionally peeking up and realized she was trying not to cry.  I asked her if she wanted me to hurry home for it and she said yes.  So off the little girls and I went, didn't get to see her go inside.
 On the way home I realized just how out of shape I was and made up a slow song to go with every shuffle of my feet that went "I'm going to die.  I'm going to die.  So this is how I'm going to die."   When we got home, I called my sister-in-law who so kindly gave us a ride back to the school and then to my visiting teaching appointment.  After my VT appointment with the fabulous Heather, it was time to head to the school to pick up DQ.   We got there more quickly than I expected so Mischief played on the grass in front of the school for about 15 minutes.  Then we had our Kindergartener back!

She had a great day and loved it.  She colored and practiced drawing straight lines.  They sat on the rug and they played on the playground.  She made a friend but he didn't tell her his name.  And she has requested her hair be in two braids tomorrow.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Something ate it's way up me yesterday.  Three bites on one leg, two on my arm on the same side as the leg, and then one on my finger of the opposite hand.  SOOOOOOooo uncomfortable.

Make it WORK Monday

No matter what time I go to bed, I'm still exhausted in the morning and don't want to get up.  For the last few weeks I've dragged myself out of bed no earlier that 8am.  Coming from a family that gets up around 6am (or earlier) it's just weird to me to be sleeping in so late.  Mr. Man says it's due to this little one:

Since she wakes up to eat about three times per night (last night it was around 11pm, 1am, and 5:45am) plus tends to be restless.  I was so tired that at 1 after she ate and was fidgety instead of falling back asleep, I put her in her swing an got four straight hours of sleep then, wow!  I don't feel rested though.

Well this no schedule life of ours just isn't going to cut it anymore.  This kiddo

starts Kindergarten tomorrow and I have to be awake and dressed and have the kids fed and dressed by 9am to walk her to school.

This morning I got up with the alarm set at 7:28am.  I'd kicked Mr. Man out of the bed before then because Mischief was hollering.  Their bedroom door was closed all the way and she couldn't get out.
I got up.  I got the kids cereal.  I emptied the dishwasher.  I loaded and ran the dishwasher.  I got laudry going.  I made Mr. Man lunch for school.  I put laundry away.  I played with Hazel (she enjoys 'If you're happy and you know it' and 'The wheels on the bus').

Now I'm going to get shoes on us all and we'll go over to the school to meet Drama Queen's teacher.   Dagnabbit.  Mr. Man took the quarters I was going to use to buy nail clippers.  It's not socks that disappear at our house.  It's nail clippers.  That's really kind of irritating.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mischief has hair

Well the day has finally arrived.  
I can put Mischief's hair up in pigtails!!
 Note to self:  do not try to photograph a toddler when there are books around.  You end up with more pictures of the nearest book than anything else.

 I tried getting a picture of how blue this one's eyes are, but she didn't want to hold still.  Her eyes are the same color as Daddy's (Mr. Man).

Chubba Wubba

 Hey little Chubba Wubba, whatcha doin'?

 Thanks for the smiles!
Her eyes have lightened up and will be blue like her sisters. and mommy and daddy.
And check out those neck muscles!

Mushroom Princess

Instead of going out to do a photo shoot of Mischief's new dress, we went to daddy's school to price books.
 And I snapped a few pictures since the lighting in the book store was good, so you can at least see how it fits her and how perfectly it matches her crown from Green Mountain Wee Woolies

I'm hoping some time this week to get away with just her to do a photo shoot.  Either that or I need to make outfits for the other girls.  But today is not a creative in any sort day.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hazel Mae asleep

She's been enjoying the bed to herself for about 2 hours now.  Squirmed a little when I put the flower on her head, but did not wake up. Since I likely won't be getting a Mischief photoshoot today, I sneaked one with Hazel.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Light Blue

I just scheduled our family picture appointment with Fotofly.  It will be in October when Hazel is 3 months old and so hopefully more interaction.  That will also hopefully give me a month and a half to lose weight.

I'm trying to decide what we'll wear for pictures.  Mr. Man wants us in light blue the color of his and Mischief's eyes.  So I'm planning on something along those lines.  Of course I can't just go with plain blue shirts and jeans.  No way.  So I'm browsing around for creative ideas.  Mainly what I should make for the girls.

The way Fotofly works is that you pay $79 for a 45 minute session and they give you a CD with your pictures and you can print them how you please.

Just finished this dress.  It was supposed to be more of a tunic top for Mischief.  Not the end result.  It will fit her like a baggy dress and likely may end up for sell or as a top for Drama Queen.

I'm going to add ties and see if that helps.  Still longer than I would like!  We'll see how it looks on her tomorrow.

Hazel at 6 weeks (I think, sorry the days blur together still)

Monday, August 22, 2011


blogger is having video issues for me, so i uploaded it elsewhere.  interaction between Mischief and Hazel today, pretty average for them but super cute.
Have you ever noticed that all cooking temperatures go by 25s?  275, 350, 425, etc?  What's up with that? I'm pretty sure the women who came up with the recipes in their wood burning stoves didn't think 'Hmmm, that feels like it's exactly 325 degrees.  Perfect!'  No, it was hot, medium, low, something like that.  I don't feel like hunting out my ancient copy of Joy of Cooking to see if it goes by that or temperature readings.
I've gotten rebellious.  When I'm baking chicken or well anything that isn't a baked good (i.e. bread, cookies, cake) I switch it up a little, not by much because I feed my family burnt offerings often enough just following a recipe exactlly.  Instead of 350, I'll do 355.  Though if I'm roasting potatoes, I go all out and do something crazy like 385.  Is that insane or what?  I know, I'm just a risk taker, a thrill seeker!  Who knows what I'll do next.  Maybe I'll clean the microwave MORE than once a week. Or by golly, I could even get dangerous and get rid of any knick knacks on the shelf so instead of dusting little fru-fru statuettes, I'll just have a shelf to wipe off!  Or I could get rid of the shelf all together!  HAHA!

This post has been brought to you by a mother who's newborn wanted to be up until 2am and then would not sleep unless her head was resting on mom's warm squishy milk scented pillows.

The end.

Back-to-school: The Wardrobe

You already saw the Necessary Dress.  Here's a pair of pants and shirt I finished this past weekend.  The shirt is too big (will probably fit her until she's 8. At the least), so you can't see the cute pockets on the pant legs.  I love this pants pattern by Kati Cupcake.  No saggy bum!!  Next to make some denim ruffle pants for her and a few more peasant tops, probably in a size 3 so they're not quite so baggy.  Or I'll try a different style.
 Also finished this weekend: