Monday, October 31, 2011


The boys had a lot of fun trick-or-treating tonight! Tyson went as a dinosaur and Miles as a shark. In case you're wondering, NO, I did not make either of their costumes. I was not up for costume-making this year. However, both of them required altering. Tyson's hood needed loosening (very easy to just snip the elastic and sew the casing back up) and Miles' shark suit was too big overall (a 2T-3T that I bought from a friend) so I had to shorten the legs and hood. The costume ended up being a perfect fit when I was done with it! The hood went from this:

To this:

Can't have those eyes covered with shark teeth!

Back to the trick-or-treating... this was Miles' first year going and he did great. He just held onto his candy bucket with a death grip and followed Tyson along to each house. We didn't go far, but they got MORE than enough candy (seriously, I need this stuff out of my house, STAT) and we headed home to pass out treats when we got cold.

Couldn't get a good picture of them posing together

All ready to go!

Heading to the first house

Spooky decorations at the neighbor's

The shark was lagging behind

Hope everyone had a great Halloween!

Preschool Halloween Party

I signed up to help out at Tyson's preschool Halloween party today. My mom was able to watch Miles so I didn't have to chase him around too!

It's a good thing I'm so cute!

We had a small mishap at the beginning of the party where four of us "party moms" were waiting in the classroom getting ready, thinking the kids were going to join us and hang up their coats and backpacks before parading through the atrium. Well, we were wrong and we actually missed the costume parade while we were waiting. Turns out they weren't going to come to the classroom until AFTER the parade. Oops... bummer. We made it to the atrium just in time to see them getting class pictures taken, though.

Tyson the Dinosaur

It also turns out that Tyson doesn't do very well at preschool when I hang around. I'm a big distraction to him and he doesn't want to follow along with the rest of the class or listen to the teachers. He had a couple crying outbursts where he thought I was leaving him (I think that was the reason), but then he got settled in and enjoyed the rest of the party. We had songs and story time, crafts, games, and snacks. I helped out with the snacks and that's where Tyson wanted to be the whole time. He was happy to win some cool prizes (a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse watch) from the games, too.

Mmm... sugar

Happy Halloween!

We're gearing up to take the kids trick-or-treating very soon, and will be posting Halloween pictures shortly... stay tuned!

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Mungie's Birthday

Yesterday was my Mom's birthday. The boys (and I) had a great time visiting and celebrating their "Mungie's" birthday. They always have fun playing outside at Mungie and Grandpa's house! Uncle Ross had the day off, so he got to hang out with us too. The boys wore their costumes, but I'll wait to post those pictures until after Halloween.

Uncle Ross raked leaves while the boys swept them

"Don't even THINK about touching my apple"

Crazy Uncle Ross in action!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Decorating Pumpkins

We did a very scaled-down version of decorating pumpkins today. I had picked up some pumpkin transfers and stickers at Target. However, the transfers were no good for the attention spans of a 1-year-old and 3-year-old. They went on like temporary tattoos and you had to wait awhile while you held each piece in place. The natives were getting restless, so we switched over to the stickers. Maybe next year we'll be brave enough to actually carve pumpkins with the boys!

Miles' First Haircut

Today Miles had his fourth haircut, but it was actually his first "official" haircut with our stylist, Katie. I've trimmed him up the other three times but I feel like he needed a professional this time. He is looking quite dapper now. Thanks Katie!

Mouth full of animal crackers

Friday, October 21, 2011

How I Got Started Sewing

I have to thank my Mom for getting me started sewing many years ago. She used to lovingly make dresses and stuffed animals for me when I was young, much like I am now doing for my boys (well, minus the dresses!). When you have small children, there’s just something relaxing and satisfying about creating something – a project with a beginning, middle, and an end. Ahh - very rewarding!

Back to sewing as a youngster – I think my first project was a pink potholder for my Grandma. In high school I made several pairs of pajama pants for myself – some turned out ok, some not so great. I remember making many trips to JoAnn's with my Mom. She always had a great stash of fabric for the many projects she had in mind. I still have a few of the unique stuffed animals she made for me.

As an adult, I bought my first sewing machine when Jeremy and I got married and bought our first home. It was a very cheap, basic machine, but it got the job done. My first big sewing project was to make curtains for our new house. They didn’t turn out too bad!

Living room valances circa 2003

Fast forward several years, and my sewing machine was pretty much collecting dust in the basement, only used for the occasional hem or clothing repair. I attempted to make a couple cloth diapers for my first son in 2008, and while they were cute – they weren’t waterproof (duh) and therefore didn’t get used much.

Tyson at 5 months old

Finally about a year ago I really got bit by the crafting bug and started sewing some small Christmas gifts for my kids. One thing led to the next and I began bookmarking project after project to try from the many great blogs and tutorials out there. My mother-in-law, who does machine quilting, generously loaned me a great sewing machine and serger. All of a sudden I had turned into a crafting/sewing addict and couldn’t wait to finish up one project so I could start on the next! I tuned up my sewing skills and started giving items away as gifts. For the first time, I felt like my work had a professional quality to it.

Over the summer I posted some of my projects to Facebook and they generated interest among my friends and acquaintances. My sewing business took off, and I’ve been sewing tote bags, snack bags, and many other custom projects since then! It has been very rewarding (although sometimes crazy) trying to fit it all in while taking care of my kids, but I am enjoying it. I can’t wait to see where this small business venture leads!

Update: You can find photos and details of my current sewing room here.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Preschool Pictures

As previously mentioned, Tyson had his school pictures taken recently. We just got them back today. So cute, I love it... fake smile and all!

Preschool Family Day

Yesterday Tyson had his preschool family day at a local nature center. We had only been there once before over the summer. This time it was great to see all the fall colors and visit with other families of kids who attend the same preschool as Tyson. The boys had a blast even though we had to wake Miles up early from his beloved nap. The rain held off and it was a nice crisp fall day. The hayrack ride, apple cider, and s'mores around the campfire were all a big hit!

Miles LOVED sweeping leaves around with the broom

Tyson and Dad up in a tall treehouse

Miles playing in the sandbox

Mmm... s'mores!

Small boy, tall tree

Tyson looks thrilled to be in this picture, eh?

Tyson giving his teacher a hug before we headed for home
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