Archive for May, 2012

Eating is fun

Posted in Leah, Video on May 28th, 2012 by c-had – 2 Comments

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What a booger.

Crafting for family

Posted in Sewing on May 19th, 2012 by jen – Be the first to comment

My sister and I worked together to pick out fabrics and make this car seat canopy for JJ. It was perfect to cover a sleeping baby during our trip to the zoo.

Car seat canopy

I made the cover reversible so Michelle could be stylish when visiting her Louisiana friends!

Reversed side

I also made my mom a reversible sewing machine cover for Mother's Day. Thank goodness for a sneaky Dad who could take measurements for me!

Sewing machine cover

Another angle

Swinging monkey

Posted in Family outings, Trip, Video on May 18th, 2012 by c-had – Be the first to comment

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While at the Birmingham Zoo, we happened upon this White-Handed Gibbon getting his daily swinging workout. While the zoo is usually fun, the animals are generally just laying around. It was great to find an animal really putting on a show.

Note that the HD version is also 60 frames per second, so the motion should be pretty smooth in it.

A weekend in the South

Posted in Leah, Molly, Trip on May 18th, 2012 by jen – 1 Comment

Last weekend, we flew down to Alabama to meet our new nephew/cousin JJ. Molly and Leah got to meet the pilots thanks to the very nice Southwest flight crew, which the girls were very excited about.

Meeting the pilots

As soon as we met JJ, Molly wanted to hold him.

New cousin

The girls could not get enough of their new cousin!

Forehead kiss


Beginning that aunt/nephew bonding…

Bond forming

Sunday morning, many family members were present for JJ's service of Christian dedication.

JJ's dedication

Sweet snuggles with JJ.

Such a snuggler

A dapper little guy modeling the jon jon I made for his dedication.

A dapper little guy

Chad even got to hold JJ occasionally when Leah took a break :)

Me, too

We also took a trip to the Birmingham Zoo while we were in town. Here are G'Mom and Grampa with all 4 of their grandkids. And an elephant.

Zoo trip

The zoo also had a little splash pad, so the girls donned swimwear and had some fun. As always, Molly didn't want to get too wet. The jets didn't stay on all the time, so Molly figured out she could fill her bucket by setting it down when the jets were off and waiting for them to come on and fill it. She seems pleased with her scheme.


There are a lot more pictures from our trip here on Flickr.

Aprons for Haiti

Posted in Sewing on May 15th, 2012 by jen – Be the first to comment

I participated in another Craft Hope project. This project partnered with Haiti by Hand to collect aprons for the women of Haiti, who rarely receive anything made special and pretty just for themselves.

Craft Hope Aprons for Haiti

I'm a big fan of pleats, so when I saw this pleated hostess apron tutorial, I knew it'd be perfect for this project.

Pleated apron for Craft Hope

If you'd like to participate, there's still time. The deadline for Project 17: Aprons for Haiti is May 31st. So, sign up and get to sewing!

ETA: Although the official Craft Hope deadline is May 31st, Haiti by Hand is accepting aprons through the end of July. Send them to the address listed in the project details.

Kids Clothes Week Challenge

Posted in Sewing on May 13th, 2012 by jen – 1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago I participated in Kids Clothes Week Challenge with Elsie Marley. The challenge is to sew one hour a day, each day for 7 days. It could be anything from tracing patterns, cutting fabric, sitting in front of the sewing machine, or putting finishing touches on a garment.

I was able to finish up a two jon jons. One for a family friend who recently had his first little boy.

Dressing baby boys

And another for our sweet little cousin (though a bit of a delayed congrats since he was born in November!).

Sailboat jon jon

I also made a pair of overalls for my nephew. I used the Whipstich Overmost pattern. I was finally able to give them to my sister this weekend (which is why this post is so delayed). I can't wait to see him in them next summer!



Whew, that is a lot of little boys clothes, especially for the amount of pink in my house!

Celebrating Mom

Posted in Celebrations, Leah, Molly on May 12th, 2012 by jen – Be the first to comment

My Mother's Day celebration was a tad early this year. First, I headed into Molly's preschool class yesterday for the Mother's Day celebration. This included a performance of "In the Meadow" with Molly the Duck (hence the duck hat).

Preschool Mother's Day

I then came home to a celebration with both my girls. Leah knew exactly what I wanted for Mother's Day…a double boiler!

Early Mother's Day

And the best part - big hugs for Mom.

Happy Mother's Day Mommy!

Pop, pop, pop!

Posted in Leah, Molly on May 11th, 2012 by jen – Be the first to comment

In Molly's mind, a sunny day = water table play. However, the wind yesterday would have made that one cold activity. So, Chad took the girls outside for some fun with bubbles instead.

Blowing bubbles

Leah preferred the automated nature of the bubble gun. Look at that face! She's gonna get you now!

Bubble gun

Two little bubble girls.

Bubble girls

Dressing for the Dedication

Posted in Sewing on May 8th, 2012 by jen – 2 Comments

We're finally going to meet our new nephew and celebrate his Christian dedication. My sister asked me to make him an outfit for the special occasion. I can't wait to see it on the little guy!

The jon jon is again the Scientific Seamstress Reversible Romper pattern. (Can you tell I'm a big fan of that pattern?!) I scored the shirt at a local consignment store.

The complete outfit

Springtime treats

Posted in Family outings, Leah, Molly on May 7th, 2012 by jen – 3 Comments

Spring has definitely sprung. Saturday we headed out to the tennis court as a family for a little fun, then headed to Rita's after lunch for some cold treats. Leah's enjoying her black cherry italian ice.

Springtime fun

Molly wanted Daddy to take her picture as well, so she started acting silly to attract the camera. It worked.

Take my picture too!

Leah then began to act silly like Molly. Nice silly face, Leah.

I'm silly too

After finishing her strawberry italian ice, Molly decided to share what was left of Leah's. It looks like this shocked Leah.