Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I finally had a chance to call him yesterday as we were skiing in beautiful weather in Colorado. Something he would really love doing. Instead, I decided that a picture is worth a thousand words. And emailed him. I figured he would get the drift.....
I felt a little bad when I realized that I had also texted one of these photos to my brother who was having a minor medical procedure yesterday. Oops.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I made another elephant like Judah's although I think this one turned out better. As in, it looks less like a mouse with a long nose and more like an actual elephant.
I also made him a name pillow. I had been wanting to make one of these for a while, and since I didn't have anything else planned for sweet baby Ian, I thought he would be the first to get one. I suspect if you are less than 5 and related to me, you will probably be getting one of these sometime in the next year. I know projects like this float around the internet, but my inspiration for this was actually a pillow my kindergarten teacher made me 25 (!!) years ago. Every year, she made a pillow like this for each of her students. (You can see that I had one of the awesomest kindergarten teachers of all time.) We kept it at school, but then at the end of the year it was ours to keep. I love my pillow and still have it.
Here it is in the nursery, before Judah was born. I'm hoping to make Judah's name pillow soon, and maybe then I can post a little tutorial.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Nothing warms this aunt's heart more than seeing her gifts being enjoyed.
Sam, Caleb, and Ashlyn all got superhero capes and masks. This was such a fast, easy project, but one that seems to be a big hit.
To make these, I just took a yard of two different fabrics, folded them in half longways, and cut out a cape-like shape. Using scraps I appliqued each with an initial on one side and a shape on the other (A lightning bolt for Sam, a star for Caleb, and a crown for Ashlyn). With right sides facing, I sewed around the two sides and the bottom, then turned them right side out. I just used some double-fold bias tape to make the ties.
Ashlyn's I also embellished with some lace and sparkly dress trim to make it super girly.
The masks are just craft felt. I freehanded a pattern and top-stitched around the edges, catching a piece of elastic as I went to make the strap. To make the pattern, I got my SIL, Hannah to measure around each kid's head and to measure between their eyes. I used one of my fancy stitches to go around the edges to make it look a little more fun.
Hopefully these will get years of fun use!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Someone else clearly is having a good time, too.
For more DPP, go here.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Then I went right back to sleep....,
Sent from my iPhone
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Aubrey's Baked Oatmeal
In a mixing bowl, put the following:
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 c. applesauce
1/4 c. plain yogurt
3/4 c. sugar (white or brown, your preference)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Mix together with mixer until smooth. Then add:
4 c. oatmeal
1 1/4 c. milk
Stir with spoon until all the oatmeal is well incorporated. Put in a 9X13 baking dish (I use this oval one). Thinly slice pears or apples and put on top then sprinkle with cinnamon. (I actually use Penzey's baking spice mix because I have it.) Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until it's not jiggly. Then Eat up!!
I also got to open my first Christmas present from Jeff.
Isn't is beautiful?
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Chocolate caramel crackers a la Smitten Kitchen. (These are really, really easy and very delicious. I need them out of my house asap because I cannot stop eating them.)
Sugar scrub a la Martha Stewart. Some of mine is grapefruit scented, and some is vanilla orange. This was another quick project - and if I can find the ingredients in Greenwood, then I guarantee you can find them in whatever city you live in. The essential oils and almond oil I found at our GNC. Everything else was from our regular grocery store. So pretty!
Speaking of homemade projects, I'd really like to try some of Martha Stewart's homemade lip balm. Maybe after Christmas....
"...I suspect she has high salt intake. Actually when I went into the room to examine her, she was eating a bag of pork rinds that had 3200 mg sodium in the bag. She was nearly done with it by the time I came in and saw her..."
Monday, December 13, 2010
A few of my recent iPhone favorites....
Sometimes, being a doctor looks like this:
Notice the very large coffee (it was early), the chart, and the computer. I don't think I realized how much work I would do sitting in front of a computer, but I'm always having to look up patient results or other info. You can also sort of see my pen - I'm very particular about my pens. It makes me sad when I have to write in a chart without it.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
We've been reading to him for a long time, but now he seems to enjoy books more.
He especially loves board books because he likes to help turn the pages.
Which he does with just his cute little index finger.