Friday, April 24, 2009

Crocs finally put out a cute shoe!

Seriously... how cute are these?!? I'm going to have to go see them in person!

photo courtesy

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tagged (kind of!)

Heather, of Anka's Treasures (who has fabulous patterns, by the way... I have one of her quilts in the works for the girls' bedroom!) agreed to send a copy of her latest book to the first five people to agree to be tagged from her blog. I was number two, so I get to think up 6 more random facts about myself.

1 - I was on swim team in high school. I'm not really sure why I signed up for swimming, beyond the fact that I did not want to be in regular PE, and that I enjoyed swimming. It was a great experience, even though I was slooooooooooow. But hey, someone has to lose the races, right? I didn't mind for the most part, and I was in super shape!

2 - I play the string bass. Or I should say, played. I haven't played since we have lived in Indiana. I started in elementary school playing the violin, but could never get the hang of how to vibrato. I switched to bass in junior high, and was happy about the decision. It is a fun instrument to play. I have had lots of great opportunities because of the bass, including going to Germany and Austria for a big music festival that a youth symphony I was in was invited to. I didn't play in college, but after being married for a few years, I had the opportunity to be in a little duo. We called ourselves the Mar Vista chicks, and she sang and played guitar while I sang and played bass. It was fun, we had a few gigs, and I love watching the video of our main performance!

3 - We have way too much stuff in our house, but I have trouble getting rid of things that I might need. My main issue is all the fabric. I have tons that is not my style any more. But it pains me to get rid of it as it represents a lot of money! Luckily, I am not as in to buying fabric as I used to be. The other thing we have way to much of is toys, but no one (read: kids) believes me, and so they don't want to get rid of anything. Sigh... I guess they take after me a bit.

4 - I really like playing board games. It is something we grew up doing, and I still love it! I think it is really fun that the older Andrew gets the more fun games he can play with me. In fact, sometimes he wanders around begging to play games. I've had to hone my chess skills to keep up with him, although he still pretty much slaughters me every time we play!

5 - I was really scared to learn how to drive, so I didn't get my learners permit until I was nearly 16, and then I didn't actually get my license until about 6 months later. I remember the day. I took the driver test in the morning, and then went and took an AP history class in the afternoon. And I was wearing a peach sweatshirt I had painted with puffy paints at Girls' Camp. haha I guess I also just admitted to no fashion sense!

6 - I have a hard time trying new things. Whether it's food, crafts, or an activity, I usually put off learning or trying something new until I have thought about it for a looooong time. But once I try new things, I usually like them, and wish I hadn't waited so long! My current want-to-learn? Woodworking.

What are your six random facts?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Online Quilt Festival Spring 2009

If you are at all into quilting, you have no doubt seen other blogs that are participating in Amy@Park City Girl's online quilt show. When I first saw news of it, there were about 40 participants. Later in the afternoon, when I had time to sit and go through all the entries, there were about 160. Now there are over 400! I love being able to click through to all the beautiful inspiration, especially now that I have deleted most of the quilting blogs from my Google Reader feed.
This morning I decided to join the fun, so here is my entry: My HB quilt.

This quilt got me excited about using more white in my quilts. Up to this point, I had a different style of quilt that I made. Maybe I spent one too many gloomy days in Indiana, and needed the lift that white can give you!

My mother did the machine quilting for me. I even let her use a pattern that has hearts! (generally a no-no for anything I make!)

I really love this quilt! I love the colors and fabrics (Heather Bailey's Freshcut). I loved that I didn't have to think, and mix and match different fabrics. I just bought a charm pack of fabrics, and started sewing! I love that it is light and airy, and best of all, I love that it is completed. Bound, washed, and soft and cozy. It got lots of use this past winter!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

He takes after his father

On Saturday, Andrew competed in the Regional Math Pentathlon tournament. There were about 300 children competing from all around the state, and even a few schools from Ohio that participated. MP consists of 5 different math games that the children learn throughout the school year, and then play against another child (of their grade level) at the competition.

Andrew's first round was a devastating loss. I'm not quite sure why, but Andrew had been taught different rules than what was played with at the tournament, so he had a strategy that didn't quite work out. It was really hard on him, but after a little pep talk, a little peanut butter and chocolate for fuel, and lots of prayers by his mother, he went on to win the other 4 games he played!

The scoring system is such that if you win all 5 games you get a gold medal; if you tie one game and win the other 4, you get a silver medal; and if you lose one game and win 4, you get a bronze medal. According to the gentleman who was running the competition, there aren't very medals given out. He was very congratulatory of Andrew.

We skipped out as soon as the games were over, as Elliott was out of town and I didn't want to leave the other 3 kiddos at my friends' house any longer than was necessary (Thanks Kewishes!). One of Andrew's friends was going to pick up his medal for him during the ceremony and bring it to school on Monday. So we were surprised when his friend brought him a silver medal yesterday! Apparently there hadn't been anyone who tied a game and won the rest, so the kids that were supposed to receive the bronze medals got silver instead!

Andrew had a great time, and I was happy to be able to spend the day with him.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Spring Break Review

We had Spring Break this past week and I can honestly say I was sad to see all the kids go back to school this morning. We had a lot of fun together playing, and slacking off (I have 7 loads of laundry to fold today, and mounds more to wash!), but I guess sooner or later all good things must come to an end!

We started off our break with a trip to Chicago. I love that city! No pictures, but we stayed at a hotel with an indoor water park, which was really fun for the kids, and then we spent a day at the Field Museum with my good friend Lori and her family. We hadn't seen each other since she was pregnant with her Kate, and I was pregnant with Emma. Time flies. But we had a great time!

After we got home, we spent several days learning new card games and relaxing. Sophie decided this week that since she was too young to play many of the games, she was going to learn to use the toilet. Pretty much toilet trained herself on her own (after my aborted attempt of a month ago).

(isn't her diaperless bum cute??)

On Thursday, we took advantage of beautiful weather with a trip to the Indianapolis Zoo. The animals were out and about due to the great weather also, in fact Ethan almost got eaten by a giant Boa!

Saturday morning we went to a local Farmer's Market. We bought a dozen eggs, including this gorgeous green one! No need to dye Easter Eggs weird colors when the chickens do it for you, right?

We also got to watch my jalapenos grow... These had just started sprouting when the week started. I can't wait until it's warm enough to plant more veggies outside.

We saved our Easter Egg hunt for Sunday after church, when we knew it would be warmer.

(It wasn't really warm enough for flip flops though...)

I hope you all had a joyous Easter. I am so grateful for the Savior and willingness to suffer for my sins.

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


(at a local burger joint a few weeks ago to celebrate a super warm St. Patrick's Day--Hugh, we looked for your picture but couldn't find it!)

Mary tagged me for 6 random things... luckily this is a slow week in the P* household, so here ya go...

6 Random Things You Really Didn't Care About:

1. I am really bad at reading privatized blogs. I am sorry, I just am! I use Google reader for all the blogs I read, but it doesn't pick up private blogs. So if you have one, I probably only reading it once every six months when I remember. I'm sorry! Really, I am! It's just that it's hard to remember, as I am usually on the computer with the kids trying to wiggle in and watch John Williams tributes, or silly kitties on You Tube, so what can a girl do? Using Google reader has streamlined for me. I love it!

2. For the past 6 months I have been on a major food storage/emergency preparedness kick. I don't know why, but I have really been obsessed with it! The good thing is, it encouraged me to get my garden boxes made last Fall, so we have already planted lettuce this past week, and have jalapenos growing in the family room! I even bought a humongous pressure canner so that when we get our huge yield of tomatoes (we are growing 9 plants!) we can preserve some of them, plus all the pears we will hopefully get again! Yummy!

3. I really like to travel, but almost every time I fly, I get a major migraine, and end up throwing up on landing. Seriously, it's a problem! One year, we took the 3 oldest kids to Hawaii for Spring Break, and I was about 3 months pregnant with Sophie. Traveling from Indiana to Hawaii takes a long time, and then one of our bags was lost, so we were at the airport for a long time, and then it took a really long time to get to the condo we were staying at. I threw up 5 times en route to the condo. It was awful! Luckily I had a plastic bag with me, but it wasn't a good way to start the vacation. Elliott had to put me to sleep, and set the kids up with a video, before going off to get groceries for us. Poor guy! He is always so good with me and my crazy sicknesses!

4. I like brown rice better than white rice. The funny thing about this is that about a year ago my mom said the same thing, and I thought she was crazy, but we have been having lots of brown rice lately, and I really do like it better. My kids are starting to like it more too (at least they don't complain when they get it!), which is good because it is so much healthier than white. Maybe I'll post a couple of recipes later...

5. I just received Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in the mail, and I can't wait to read it. Weird, I know. But I couldn't resist when I saw it on Amazon. Its Jane Austen's P&P, exactly, but with Zombies stuck in. I'll let you know how it is...

6. Along the lines of #1, in the past 2 weeks I have unsubscribed from about 30 blogs that I used to waste time on. Yes, I admit.... they were a super time waster. They were either quilting/craft blogs, or "design" blogs. You know the kind... they post all kinds of pretty things I can't afford. I realized that both types of blogs were sucking me into a materialistic mind set, and if I wasn't buying fabric/patterns/stuff, I was lamenting the fact that others were able to have cute houses, and get lots of quilts/sewing made in so short a time. I realized it was sucking my joy from me. I don't need that, so I got rid of the blogs. I have loads more time, and don't feel bad about how little crafting I actually do. I'm pretty happy with my life as it is, which is a very lucky way to be.

Speaking of my life... I'm trying to decide if the kids and I should clean the basement first, or go to the market first... either way, I'm off! Consider yourself tagged if you have a spare moment, or fill the need to sluff off for a moment! :-)

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Overheard, part 2

This was today, on our way home from Chicago (love that city-- Lori and Cory... thanks for a great day!)

Ethan: Mom, when can we go to Antarctica?

Me: I don't know, maybe when Sophie is a little older.

Ethan: Like when she's two?

Me: No (laughing), she's two right now!

Ethan: Like when she's three?

Elliott: No... like when she's 10.

Andrew: But that will be too long. We need to do it now, while we are losing teeth!

Me: Why do you need to go to Antarctica while you are losing teeth?

Andrew: Because we want to freeze our chocolate bars and then we can pull our teeth out with them!

Me and Elliott: What??

Ethan: Yeah, we can freeze the chocolate bars because it is so cold there, and then we can take a bite into them, and then our teeth will get stuck, and then they will come out when we take the chocolate bar out of our mouth.

Elliott: Uh, you can freeze a chocolate bar here, in Indiana.

The Boys: You can??

Me: Yes, just put it in the freezer at home.

Ethan: This is going to be awesome!

Thursday, April 02, 2009


It's becoming a theme, apparently!

Emma: (laughing at Sophie)
Sophie: Don't laugh at me, I'm a princess!