Saturday, September 29, 2012

Friday and Saturday

I got a sudden burst of energy on Friday (I've been pretty lazy/tired recently) and checked a few things off my to-do list.

First, I dyed a bunch of Calvin's stuff purple. All the clothes were white but had big gross spit-up stains on them. Now you can't tell! And I had to dye the burp cloths purple since they are Calvin's "blankies" and I'm sure he would constantly be taking them and claiming them as his. That would be really annoying. Now he knows that baby sister's blankies are purple and his are white.
 Next, I made a bunch of tights out of old shirts of mine. All of the shirts were long sleeved so I could use the sleeves to make one pair and use the main shirt part to make a bigger pair. I used this tutorial. I'm pretty sure I am going to need to alter several of these (babies do NOT have legs that long and skinny) but I'll wait until she comes so I know how long to make them.
 I made some leggings too using this pattern.
I also cleaned up a pile of dishes, cleaned our sinks and toilets and made chicken noodle soup from scratch yesterday. Superwoman? Possibly.

Today we rented a carpet cleaning machine from Home Depot and cleaned our carpets. It was a real pain trying to keep Calvin off the wet floor. And of course today he didn't take his nap either. Fortunately, his room didn't need to be cleaned so at least he could play in there.

Oh yeah. Speaking of Calvin's room, have I mentioned we got him a toddler bed? We were originally just going to get him a twin, but the toddler bed was only $15 and it fit in our car (which means we didn't have to rent a truck to bring it home) so we bought it and now he sleeps in it. We are still trying to convince him that the crib isn't his anymore. It isn't working too well, but we still have about 4 and a half months left.

We also finally got a table to put a lamp on for Calvin's room. He hasn't had a light in there they whole time we've lived here because we didn't have a table for a lamp. Haha. Well, now he does. And he loves it.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thrift store finds

The other day I stopped at Savers to see if they had any baby leggings (I need some to trace for a pattern so I can sew some more out of old shirts). I may have ended up getting a little more than just leggings.
This was my favorite find. Only $1.99 and pretty much brand new! Calvin is going to be stylin!

These are the only baby girl clothes that are actually small enough for her to wear in the next year. I kept forgetting that babies are not the same size as Calvin. 99 cents each.

Adorable, right? Only $1.49.

Jeans for Calvin, $1.99. They probably won't fit him for another year, but it is hard to find cheap jeans without carpenter loops or cargo pockets, so I went ahead and bought them.

And the best part: an adjustable waist for my skinny boy!

Church shirt for Calvin, $1.99. Probably too big still.

Boots for Calvin, $5.99. He'll need them this winter!

Firetruck shirt for Calvin, $1.49. He wanted this one.

Maternity shirt for me, $2.99. Not my favorite, but I hate spending a lot of money on maternity clothes since I only need them for about 2 or 3 months.

Maternity shirt from H&M Mama, $1.99. I wish the H&M closest to me had maternity!

Elf gifts for Christmas. Don't tell Calvin! $2.99.

Adorable girl coat, $4.99. I just love little girl coats!
And that's it! I think that is the most I've ever bought from a thrift store at one time.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dressed for church

Calvin found his too-small tie on Sunday morning and wanted to wear it to church. Then Evan took care of the rest of the outfit.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Wheels on the Bus

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Calvin LOVES to sing The Wheels on the Bus during family home evening every week. Here's a video. It is kinda long and not that interesting, but I think it shows his enthusiasm.

Monday, September 24, 2012

A chair, a shirt, 2 scarfs, and a blanket

I thought it was about time to update you all on my most recent projects.

1. I painted and recovered this chair. I was too lazy to take a before picture, but I got this chair for $5. It was dark brown with a leather seat and very old looking, but very sturdy. I bought new foam for the cushion (the inside was filled with really flat STRAW. Weird. Must have been old!) and covered it with some fabric I had leftover from a pillow. Eventually I'd like to put a cover with a white and yellow print on it, but I haven't found the right fabric yet.
 I also sanded the wood and then primed and spray painted it. I should have done a more thorough sanding job since the old finish was cracked and bubbled in some spots, but I got too bored of sanding and we needed the extra chair for our murder mystery dinner so I had to get it done fast.
 Now we keep it in the basement and use it as my sewing chair.

2. I sewed some lace on a shirt. I have a big box of lace that I got from a garage sale a while ago and I got a shirt for a couple of dollars from Target a while ago so I though I'd try making something like this:
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 This is what it ended up looking like. I've only worn it once and I'm not sure I like it. It makes me look pretty fat. So I think I may have wasted a perfectly good shirt and a lot of lace, but maybe I'll give it a few more tries before I give up on it.
 3. I learned a new crochet stitch and made this scarf following this tutorial. It used a lot of yarn and took a while to make, but it will be great for super cold days in winter because it is really thick.
 4. I made this scarf. I had some lightweight grey fabric sitting around and just sewed it into a tube and hemmed it. It was pretty quick.
 5. Now I am working on a baby blanket. Here's the link to the pattern. When I'm done it should look like this picture, but with different colors:
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These are all yarns I had leftover from other projects. I need to buy more purple and I am thinking about getting grey too. I probably won't use the darker pink color.
 Without the dark pink:
 And here's a picture Calvin took of me after we finished taking pictures of all the projects.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The time my parents came to visit

My parents came to visit us for a week and it was fun to have them! Calvin loved having people to play with all day. And my mom brought him a puzzle that he LOVED. He did it about 20 times a day. Maybe more.

Some highlights of their visit include:
  • Visiting Dinosaur State Park.
  • Visiting Mystic Seaport.
  • Taking afternoon naps nearly every day.
  • Going out to eat at an Italian restaurant on Middletown Main Street.
  • Going on a date with Evan while they babysat.
  • Going on evening walks to see the horses in the beautiful weather.
  • My dad fixed a broken light switch and put a hole in Calvin's door frame do now his door will stay closed.
  • Going on a hike near the Connecticut River.
  • Going apple and peach picking.
  • They cleaned up dinner every night! They can come back any time!
Evan and I went to a creepy army surplus store and a fancy grocery store on our date. He bought this hat and that "Toxic Slime" soda.

Hiking by the river. No ticks this time!

Hiking on the railroad tracks. Calvin loved poking my dad in the bum with a stick on the hike. He thought it was hilarious.

The rest of the pictures are from Mystic Seaport. It was kinda boring there, but they had a children's museum (aka room full of toys) that Calvin loved and a playground with boats he really liked too.


By the seaport village

Inside the general store









The children's museum

Steering one of the play boats


Before my parents came, I warned them that there were  a lot of spiders in our basement, but assured them that they were the small daddy-long-legs type. Then, the first night they were here, right before bed time, Evan found a HUGE and very scary looking black spider down there. It was enormous. The biggest spider I've ever seen in a house. He caught it and flushed it down the toilet and they decided to sleep down there anyway and we haven't seen any others since then.

But just to frighten my mom even more, the next night she felt a bug crawling in her hair. She didn't want it escaping into the sheets so my dad turned on the light to catch  it and found a cricket on her head! At least it wasn't a giant spider! Haha. Probably no one will want to come visit us anymore since apparently our basement is infested with bugs.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Murder mystery

We hosted our second murder mystery dinner a few weeks ago and it was a lot of fun. We picked up the game instructions brand new and still in their plastic wrap at a thrift store for a couple of dollars. Unfortunately, as we discovered at the beginning of the party, the CD had a huge crack in in it. But fortunately, the game still worked out just fine.

We put Calvin to bed shortly after our guests arrived, but we still had to dress him up at least a little bit!


The setting of the game was a vineyard, so wine was a huge part of the game. We (and all of our friends we played with from church) substituted with grape juice (white and red), sparkling cider, and Canada dry. I was afraid our neighbors would see us all drinking and think we weren't good Mormons or something so I shut all the blinds.

 Props to the two guys who had to pull off Italian and German accents. They did great! (And when they occasionally forgot to do their accents, it was pretty funny!)

The murderer! (And no, he and Calvin did not even coordinate their mustaches!)
Thanks to our friends for joining us! It was a lot of fun. We'll have to keep our eyes out for more murder mystery games at Goodwill so we can do it again.