Thursday, April 29, 2010


This past Monday, for Family Home Evening, we decided to work on Andrew's Webelos Cub Scout badge and have a discussion about budgeting and family finances.

Me (after an explanation of what a mortgage is):  Who knows how much we pay every month for our mortgage?
Emma:  $50
Andrew: $20-$60
Ethan: $300
Andrew:  Yeah, oh, I think it's $300 to $600
Sophie: 8 minutes

Me:  How much do you think we spend on groceries every month?
Andrew: $30 to $100
Emma: $20
Ethan: $5000
Sophie: 6 minutes


We had a good (eye-popping and jaw-dropping, at least on the kids' part) discussion about finances.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Cleo's Big Surprise

Here's the background: Last Fall, my mother was telling me how she really wanted to make my youngest sister Cleo a quilt for college, but with the holidays coming up, and as busy as she was with her long arm quilting business, she wasn't going to be able to find the time. The wonderful, sweet, loving daughter and sister that I am, I agreed to make it... as long as the pattern was super easy. After all, I knew that I, too, had the holidays coming up, and I was hoping for a little meatball to be in the oven before long, when I knew I would get super sick, so I knew it had to be something I could get done quickly!

Mother was extremely grateful, agreed the pattern could be of my choosing, and asked what pattern I thought I wanted to make. I had her find out from Cleo what fabrics Cleo wanted first (she chose Mary Engelbreit's Attitude Girls line) , and then I designed a 4-patch with sashing that I thought would show off the fabrics well.

The fabrics Cleo wanted were pre-order... they were due to come out in October. That was fine, I thought. I'll have plenty of time to get the quilt made, and we could take it with us when we went out West for the holidays. Well, October came and went, and the fabric still hadn't been released. Then November, for sure it would come out in November. Nope... November came and went, and still no fabric. I was starting to get nervous because I had lots to do before we left for California, and was rather dismayed when the fabric arrived 4 days before we were supposed to leave. I could have finished the quilt, but then I couldn't have done any of the other things that needed doing, and I value my sanity too much, so I decided to wait until we got back from our trip.

Of course, then I found out I was pregnant, and by the time we got back, I was sick, so the quilt fabrics sat in the corner (literally) gathering dust.

Finally, about 2 weeks ago, I saw the fabrics again, and decided it was now or never, as I was finally feeling pretty good. I finished Cleo's quilt top on Tuesday, and I am happy with how it turned out.

Unfortunately, these are the best pictures you are going to get, because on Tuesday, I started getting sick again. Not nauseous, but I have been having weird stomach pains and the throw-ups, and pretty much haven't been good for much, including taking stunning shots of the quilt. Oh, the joys of pregnancy.

So Cleo: Surprise! Here's your quilt top! Hopefully the quilt will make it safely to California (never know with the USPS), and once it is quilted and bound, I will have more and better pictures to show!

Have a great weekend!

(cross-posted on facebook and at

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tragedy strikes!

That title got your attention, didn't it?!?  Trust me though, if we were dealing with a real tragedy here, I wouldn't introduce it that way.
If you are an avid reader of Elliott's blog (which you should be!), you would have seen this post a few days ago.  You'll notice at the end of the post that Elliott put the rabbits back in the grass so momma bunny could come rescue them.  Unfortunately, the little bunnies and their momma didn't get that message.  And then, our dear children, along with half the neighborhood, decided to hold the bunnies hostage in a glass cage that formerly was empty and residing in our garage.
Elliott and I didn't realize what they had done because the cage was hidden behind the garage which you have to go past the deck to see, and we haven't done that for a couple of days.
Also, I think it is important to note here that at least one of the bunnies has mites in it's ears.  So we have been telling our kids (and the gazillion neighbor kids who can't leave the poor bunnies alone) to stay away from the rabbits.  And yet every day I see the rabbits being held.
So this morning, we send the boys out to the bus stop, and next thing I know Ethan is beating on the back sliding glass door that leads to the kitchen.  I open the door and he says (almost about to cry), "There's a big hole in the cage!"
That's when I realized the reason the bunnies weren't leaving is that the kids had put them in the old abandoned cage.  I was so irritated that I told him to get to the bus stop and leave the rabbits alone.
It occurred to me a few moments later that something must have gotten into the cage, although I expected to see a hole in the screen at the top.
When I went out to investigate, this is what I saw:

The glass is going inwards, which means something busted the glass from the outside.  It's a complete mystery to us.  Anyhow, one rabbit was missing, and the other was extremely scared and cowering in the corner when I took the lid off.  I let the other rabbit go and am hoping it eventually will make it's way outside our fence boundary, although I just as I am typing this a neighbor girl walked into the kitchen holding it... I can't wait for the lawsuit when one of these rabbits bites a neighbor child!

This was Emma's reaction when she found out what had happened:
I think I may have to take some action and put the rabbit in the yard of the under construction house behind us.  Let them deal with it!

Anyway, speaking of rabbits, I haven't posted a picture of my not-really-expanding-at-the-moment belly.  This is me at my current gestation of 24.5 weeks. (Excuse the dorky look, but Elliott told me I had to smile.) I think I'm expanding upwards at the moment, rather than out.  Whatever works, right?  :-)

(cross-posted at facebook and

Monday, April 19, 2010


Today we had a repairman from GE come to fix (again!!) our dishwasher.  Sophie decided she didn't want him to see her, so she hid behind this chair in our family room.  She stayed there for about 25 minutes, and then had to use the bathroom, so she came and found me to tell me.  I said she could go ahead and use it, but she gave me a look like there was no way she was going to use the bathroom on the main level of the house(right near us) when the repairman was around.  I suggested she goes use a bathroom upstairs which she happily bounded away to do.
When she came back down, I asked her why she didn't want the repairman to see her.  She said she was "shy of him."  She never did let him see her, silly girl.

I was hoping to be able to show you pictures of the big project I've been working on the past week, but didn't make any progress over the weekend because we spent the weekend at Purdue's Bug Bowl.  If you haven't seen our pictures from Elliott's blog, you will definitely want to click here.

A parting word:  Never buy GE appliances.

(cross-posted at facebook and

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Year of the Boy

This summer 3 baby boys will be added to the ever growing list of grandchildren my wonderful in-laws have.  Not only that, but my father in law has two little grand-nephews being born this year also.  Maybe it's caused by global warming.  :-)

My two new little nephews were the perfect opportunity to get back into making baby stuff!

My brother-in-law Lincoln and his wife Mimi are getting ready to welcome their first child into their home, about the same time I'm due in August.  Lincoln is a maniac when it comes to baseball, so what better way to say congratulations than with baseball gear for their little guy.  I made a little whole cloth baseball quilt for baby David, and found him a little matching outfit he should fit into just in time for next year's baseball season.

My sister-in-law Stephanie and her husband Mike are expecting their 4th baby (2nd son) in the next few weeks.  I figure Stephanie probably has plenty of quilts by now, but little Elliot definitely needed his own initialed baby gear.  The pants are made from a pattern in Amy Butler's Little Stitches book.  Super easy, and I think adorable.  The picture doesn't really do them justice.
Baby Elliot also is getting a new burp cloth that doesn't match at all, but I am super in love with the Michael Miller 2D Zoo line, so I bought enough for a few baby items.

These will all start wending their way out west very soon!  In the meantime, I'm almost finished with a super secret project that I can't wait to show you.
Have a great weekend!

(Cross-posted on and facebook.)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

To Do List

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Baby is due in 4 months, and I have a list of 7 things I MUST get sewn before then:

1 - car seat canopy
2 - changing pad and diaper/wipes clutch
3 - pioneer dresses and aprons for the girls
4 - quilt top I agreed to sew for mom (more on that coming soon, I hope!)
5 - quilt for our little swedish meatball
6 - pants and shirt set for above mentioned dude
7 - hospital gown (I hate the ones they give you to use!)

I had two more items; one is all the way crossed off, the other is mostly crossed off but requires a trip to Joann.  Those are both top secret... I'll have reports on them soon though!  Originally I also had a diaper bag on the list, but I found one on Etsy I love.  By the time I added up my time and materials costs, I realized it was going to be easier to just buy the one I found.

What are YOU working on at the moment?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Easter Morning

Easter morning dawned not too cold... perfect for an outdoor egg hunt.  Believe it or not, this is the best picture Elliott could get of all the kids.  Someone (or two) always has to make a silly face.  :-)
Emma and Sophie were the victorious winners of the "who can get the most eggs game".  Luckily they were willing to split the loot evenly with their brothers.
This is what a big chocolate bunny looks like once it's been eaten!
We were lucky to have Elliott's parents here to share the day with us.  Since it was General Conference, we got to stay home and watch very uplifting addresses on the Savior and a few other topics over the TV.  It was a great day. 

PS - For those interested...  the girls' Easter dresses were made from this pattern at   It is a super easy pattern.  Next time I think I might leave the bottom ruffle off.  And in real life, the collars don't look quite to clownish!

(cross-posted at facebook and

Monday, April 05, 2010


Sophie and Emma were discussing who Sophie could marry.  After Sophie ran through a litany of ideas, (including a hippopotamus,) Emma finally decided to make it clear:

Emma:  It has to be a boy, but you have to kiss him when you are getting married.

Sophie:  Yuck!

I know...  revolting to have to kiss a boy.  Haha.  Can we keep them this age forever please!