I’m not a nature photographer but it was fun to scope out a new location with a couple of friends.
I’m not a nature photographer but it was fun to scope out a new location with a couple of friends.
Sporting his new kicks.
Breakfast. Somebody wanted an almond butter + jelly sandwich for breakfast.
Morning date with the duplo machine.
Fire alarm went off this morning. Made for a poor start to my day.
Desk at lunch. Today’s lesson was on pie graphs, hence the protractor.
Dylan, Ricki + Samuel = best buds.
My tomato plants are out of control.
Enjoying a few new reads tonight.
This is my fifth year with this project. The last couple of years were documented with photos and words but I never got around to putting them into a book. I am hoping that this year will be different.
Here’s a look at our Wednesday, September 11, 2013.
All of the images here were taken with my 5D. I find that it is easier/quicker to use my iPhone for self portraits. I have been using my iPhone more and more for this project.
This little cowboy is just a little over 2.5 years old.
He’s my pal. We spend a wild amount of time together and we enjoy every minute together.
He’s happy, curious and constantly on the move. He reminds me that life is for living.
I’ve never been this close to a horse before him. I have a new appreciation for horses because of him.
I adore him so.
I bought the fabric three years ago with the intent to make a quilt for Samuel. The fabric sat in my closet and this year, it made it to the living room where it sat for most of the year. And then this summer, I put it on my project list.
The design for the quilt came from Rae.
In a couple of nights, I stitched the quilt top. Then it sat for a week because I was nervous about sandwiching the quilt and quilting it myself.
Determined to clean off my kitchen counter (that’s where I do most of my sewing), I sandwiched the quilt in one afternoon while Samuel napped. That same evening, I quilted it — yep, I quilted the entire thang.
After quilting it, I sprayed the quilt with water to remove the pen markings. Bad idea because the red dye bled like crazy — many white sections turned pink!
The next morning, I bound the quilt, sprayed it with OxyClean and threw it into the wash. The thirty minute wash cycle took forever. OxyClean is the miracle stain remover — the white sections came out white!
Here’s the finished quilt:
Front of quilt. Measures 46″ x 46″. I am so in love with it.
The back. I love the colorful strip in the middle.
Close up of the quilting. I love the texture from the straight stitch.
I’m glad the recipient of the quilt loves it too.
It was a super hot and humid Fourth of July here. At some point during the day, the temp was 110°F.
He was a bit overwhelmed at the beginning.
Cowboy boots & long stripe skirt.
He warmed up a bit when he was given the 1st place ribbon for best dressed. We earned a first place ribbon last year too. Go, us!
He’s really into being a cowboy (and knight) so we went with the cowboy theme for the parade.
The original plan was to ride our stick ponies. Good thing I brought along the trike. He was so overwhelmed, he didn’t ride the pony at all.
Love this photo of our family. Thanks Tina.
Thrilled that our friends were able to join us.
The kids were so hot they didn’t want to do anything except drink their Jamba Juice. They hardly moved at all.
He is one very serious cowboy.
Checking on his horses. Love how he treats them and cares for them.
Jim ended up carrying all of the horses — and pushing the stroller.
Happy Fourth of July!
6:30 am :: morning run. 3.25 miles, 38 minutes.
7:30 am :: Breakfast outside while waiting for the garbage trucks. For him, Kix cereal + milk. For me, coffee.
8:00 am :: already on the horse.
9:00 am :: garbage man sighting. Hooray!
Jim working on painting project #2.
9:30 am :: bike ride — on the hunt for more garbage trucks + tunnels.
11:00 am :: dentist office. Preparing the visit with a book. He was very excited about the visit and was happy to have the hygienist check his teeth. He was thrilled at getting a big boy toothbrush + toothpaste.
12:30 pm :: lunch at In & Out.
12:32 pm :: waiting for food. This book is a new find at the thrift store the other day.
1:25 pm :: in search of the perfect cowboy boots for this little cowboy.
1:55 pm :: feel asleep on the way home.
2:10 pm :: prepping a pie.
4:25 pm :: back in the car.
5:30 pm :: conversations with Haley.
6:30 pm :: hanging out with Josh.
9:15 pm :: getting ready for bed.
Week 15 :: April 08 – 14
Samuel is still bathing in the infant tub. Our Wednesday date was at the local library — he loved visiting with the fishes and reading horse books. Over the weekend, we took him to a Kid’s Expo in Placerville and had a picnic outside (per Samuel’s request).
Week 16 :: April 15 – 21
Samuel is enjoying the easel a ton — there has been a lot of painting and drawing with markers. On Tuesday, Jim stayed home with our sick boy (pink eye!). Then I stayed home on Wednesday – we had a pretty good day until he woke up from his nap. Mr. “I Don’t Want That” cried and screamed for about an hour. When he was done, he said, “Mama, I all better.” We went for a walk to look for big trucks and his daddy (who was on his way home from work) and everything was grand — as if that hour never happened.
Samuel celebrated the Week of the Young Child at school with spirit days and fun activities. On Saturday, we celebrated our friend Samantha (who turned two!) and enjoyed plenty of sunshine. We love being outside. This has been a great week for lots of outdoor fun.
Week 17 :: April 22 – 28
Another week of beautiful weather here in Sacramento. We spent a lot of time playing outside and hanging out with our neighbors. I made four aprons from men’s ties for spirit week. On Saturday, I got together with a few girlfriends for a fun Project Life crop. Our group started in January and we’ve been meeting once a month. On Sunday, we had lunch at my mom’s. She and Samuel had a great time — there were a ton of hugs, kisses and giggles. Love that she let me photograph her this weekend.
A year ago, I was on the hunt for men’s ties for spirit day wear. I scoured the thrift stores for cheap ties — but was disappointed to find that they were $3-5 a piece. Upcycling projects ain’t happening at that price.
I texted my buddy Jo about my dilemma and she said, “I have a bag of my dad’s ties I am going to give away. Want the bag?”
Ummm … yes!
She brought the bag to school and after a google search on upcycling men’s ties, I made this outfit in two evenings.
My stitches are not perfect by any means, but the skirt is pretty rad.
Next week, tie day is happening again on campus. I could wear the same outfit again but something different would be awesome.
Last night, I pulled out the bag of ties and immediately went to work.
Made three aprons (one with a bib — see above) in three hours! That’s right, yo! I was offline last night for three hours for some serious sewing time.
My boy makes a great model.
After seeing him in this, I am thinking that he needs a cape made from his daddy’s ties (or a mini apron for play in his kitchen).
This morning I surprise my friend Jo with an apron — made from her daddy’s ties.
She had no idea what she was opening this morning.
At first glance … “Ohhhhhhhhhh.”
Love you, Jo. Thanks for sharing your daddy’s ties with me.
Week 12Rough start to our week. Samuel had a low-grade fever over the weekend and doctor’s visit on Monday confirmed that he has yet another ear infection — that’s two ear infections in a two month period! Poor guy.
Samuel continues to wear his rain boots — even when it is not raining. Sometimes he makes me wear them too – so we can be “same same.” I love all the stuff he’s saying right now. Just love it.
Spring Break. Oh, yes. We have been enjoying the nice weather and time with kids in our neighborhood.
We spent part of the weekend at my mom’s house. She told us to take Samuel to visit the Easter Bunny … and of course, I jumped at the opportunity! We talked about the Easter Bunny on the way over and Samuel seemed very excited. Once there, he was fine while we were in line — even planning the photo. He said, “Dada and Samuel sit with bunny. Mama take picture.”
But when it was our turn, he freaked out as I was setting up the shot — hence the picture of the Easter Bunny without Samuel. Ha!
I made the Bunny text card using Wordle (online site). I entered everything Samuel said about the Easter Bunny photo op/debacle and picked an arrangement of words I liked. Saved it as a pdf and resized it in Photoshop. I’m really diggin’ the bits of washi tape (Studio Calico Project Life March Kit) on the white card.
Love this photo of my mom, Samuel and me sipping pho.
We took Samuel to visit the Children’s Museum of Stockton while we visited my mom. He loved the toddler area and the life size vehicles. Such a fun place for kids.
Loved how Samuel visited the irises in our yard this week. He said hello to them everyday after school.
Love that he asks to look at the scrapbooks.
Washi tape is rad.
Continue to love that PL is a great place to store everyday memorabilia — like cards, happy notes, etc.
Week 13My friend and I took our kiddos to Daffodil Hills. Samuel loved visiting with the horses and peacocks.
We spent a few days in Monte Rio, CA.
And I totally stole Ali Edwards’ idea for the peek through page. Love her and her work.
Lots of inserts this week.
We spent a few hours at Goat Rock Beach (just north of Bodega Bay) and Armstrong Redwoods.
Cowboy Samuel rode his horse all week.
I was thrilled that I got in some reading time.
Documented a day in my life on paper — haven’t done anything with the photos yet.
When we returned from our short trip, Samuel asked to look at his scrapbooks. And so we did.
He is also really into pretending that his pull-toy alligator is his pet dog. He calls it Huey and takes it for walks, washes it, and even trains it to sit. Samuel cracks me up everyday.
Our week ended with an Easter Egg hunt at the local church and a sick boy.
Week 14A doctor’s visit on Monday revealed that Samuel has yet another ear infection — that’s two ear infections in two weeks! Samuel is still in good spirits and asked for a bike ride and a visit to the park.
This week, I’m becoming friends with my running gear (again).
Samuel and I continue to have our Wednesday outings. This week, we visited the post office (and what an adventure that was!), checked out the local thrift store, and had ice cream at one of our favorite ice cream shops.
During the week, my sister came down from Portland for work. We visited with her and got some new knits.
The blanket (above) was made by my mother. It’s made from all the leftover yarn from my sister’s projects.
We ended the week with a visit to a new park. Samuel got some play time with my siblings.
And I finally bought some plants for my planter boxes.
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