Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trick-or-treating rules.

  1. No teeth/can't walk/drinks breast milk exclusively = too young. Parents, no matter how cute he/she is, we all know your baby can't even eat candy yet.
  2. No costume = no candy. And don't act annoyed when people ask you what your costume is.
  3. Don't go to the same house twice.
  4. Age 12 or 13 is probably old enough to quit trick-or treating. Basically if your parents don't need to go with you, you are probably too old.
  5. Smile and say thank-you. And act like they people giving you candy are doing you a favor because they are.
Follow these rules and I'm happy to give you candy because you are probably adorable.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Our hurricane arrived yesterday and we escaped pretty much unharmed. We got some pretty strong wind and a little strong rain and our power flickered out about 10 times throughout the day but then flickered immediately back on. Luckily, it never went off for longer than a second.

Yesterday they shut down all the freeways in CT and all the schools were closed and I think they still are today. Evan worked a half day yesterday and then they sent him home. We just spent the day watching the news and relaxing.

Apparently conditions are pretty bad along the coast and places less than half an hour south of here had major flooding and power outages, but we are far enough inland that we were fine.

The sun is peeking out of the clouds now. Maybe I'll go shopping today. We need some Halloween candy since it looks like we'll have Halloween this year after all.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Blanket and dress

I made a few more things.

Dress. Pattern and tutorial from Sew Much Ado. This only took about an hour (maybe two, tops) and I thought it turned out pretty cute!
 Blanket. Pattern from Three Beans in a Pod. Originally I was going to have more colors, but I really liked these three together. The only problem was I didn't have enough yarn when I only used these three so had to buy more. Unfortunately I couldn't find the yellow or salmon anywhere, so I had to order online. And I ordered the wrong color of yellow at first so I had to order online again to get the right color of yellow. So instead of only using yarn I already had (and the blanket costing nothing to make), I ended up paying full price plus shipping for 3 more skeins and half price at JoAnn for another grey one. Not that $17 or $18 is a ton of money, but it was still kinda annoying when the blanket was supposed to be free.

Anyway...
 This took hours and hours of work while watching tv and Calvin. I am definitely improving my crochet skills and I think this one will stay together better than my granny squares blanket. I still need to work on making my tension consistent since some circles ended up being much bigger than others, but overall I think it turned out well. I hope it isn't too gender-neutral for a girl!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pumpkin Town

We found a great autumn activity place for Calvin this year! It is called Pumpkin Town and it is full of people with pumpkin heads. It only costs a dollar on weekdays, which is pretty good.

Evan took work off a little early last Thursday and we made the half hour drive across the river. It was totally worth it because Calvin loved it!
See the pumpkin people in the car?



The tractor was Calvin's favorite part.

I loved watching Calvin do the hay maze. By the time we left, he was pretty good at it.




There were a whole bunch of little buildings the kids could either go in or look in the window. They had a barber shop, a church, firehouse, post office, store, and a few more.



See how big my belly is getting?


Not pictured were the giant inter tubes the kids could jump on and the fire pole that kids can slide down out of the fire station.

Calvin loved this place so much that when a friend invited us to go on Monday, we jumped at the chance to go again. I think Calvin may have loved it even more the second time! This place may become a yearly tradition for us.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Autumn in New England

I haven't been going on many walks recently (insert a variety of pregnancy related excuses here) but the other day I had a burst of energy, nothing to do, and a beautiful day so Calvin and I walked down to see the horses that are near our house.
Calvin loves to collect grass and sticks to hold onto when we go on walks.


I had a hard time getting a good picture of him with the horse.

 We decided to keep on walking our usual route past the horses. Evan was on his way home too, so he picked us up along the way and we drove to the "big water," also known as Crystal Lake, which is about 2.5 miles from our house. Calvin loves going here.










Friday, October 19, 2012

What I wished I learned in school

Schools are good at teaching a lot of things, but I think they should add real-world classes too. Here are some things I think are much more important to learn than calculus:


  • How doctor's offices, medical billing, and insurance works. This includes learning medical terms so that instead of saying, "something feels weird inside of me," I can actually describe my symptoms to a doctor. And I just spent an hour and a half trying to figure out how I can get my free flu shot. Guess what the answer is? Go to CVS, Walgreens, or Rite Aid and show them my insurance card. Why did that take me so long? Because I just don't understand insurance.
  • How a car works and or at least how to figure out of your mechanic is just trying to get extra money out of you.
  • Finances. I learned about this in college, but it should be taught in high school. Where do I go to invest my money? What is the process or buying a house? And I already know about budgeting, but enough people don't that it should be taught in school.
  • Basic home maintenance. Like how to unclog a drain and replace a light switch. I know nothing about this kind of stuff which means I am going to have to hire someone to fix anything that breaks in my future home.
  • How to get stains out of laundry. And how to clean things like hard water, grout, and mildew.
I'm sure I could think of a lot of other things, but that's all for now. Maybe after I learn all that stuff I'll be a real adult.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

At bedtime tonight...

"Mom! I have a question for you."

Ok. What?

"Um... uh... Something about animals and tigers and lizards and airplanes."

Not sure he knows what a question is. Haha. But he is pretty good at stalling bedtime.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Dino jacket

Remember Calvin's dino tail? Well, here is another part of his Halloween costume. He already had the hat, but I just made this jacket the other day. And by made this jacket, I mean embellished a plain orange sweatshirt that my mom sent us in the mail the other day. Here's the tutorial.


This is what I get when I tell him to smile.

Ahh... that's better!

"Come on Mom! Lets go get my lawn mower!"


Love his face in this one. I think I told him to smile.

Here he is trying to take apart the parking lot with a stick. Such a boy.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Neutrals for Baby Girl

I decided that since all of Baby Girl's clothes aren't pink, we needed some neutrals (white) so she has things to wear with all the different colored skirts I've been making.

Sewed some lace on a onesie:
 Ruched onesie. Got the idea from here, but didn't use her method. Instead I just did a few back stitches, turned the stitch length and tension all the way up, sewed a couple inches, put the tension and stitch length back to normal, and did a few more back stitches. That way I didn't have to use any elastic, which seems like it would irritate a baby's skin.
 Ruffle bum leggings made from a t-shirt. Tutorial here.

 Ruffle bum diaper cover. Also made from a t-shirt tutorial and pattern here.

Now I need to buy a few more sizes of white onesies. Anyone know where to buy them individually? Or the cheapest place to buy packages of them?

Monday, October 8, 2012

More skirts

I can't stop myself from making baby things these days. I've pinned a bunch of stuff to try and I'm working my way through the list. I'm trying to only use fabric and supplies that I already have, but we'll see how long that lasts since I'm almost out of white thread and elastic. The purple skirt is based on this one from MADE.
 I have made this one a few times before so I didn't even need to pull up the instructions this time. It is made from the sleeve of Evan's shirt. I actually made two because, you know, his shirt had two sleeves.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Some videos that are Sunday appropriate

One day day Calvin surprised us by singing  I am a Child of God all by himself. We sing it occasionally at home, but he must have really learned it in nursery because he knows the whole thing. Sometimes I even catch him singing it to himself while he is playing. He's got the words down. Now we just need to work on the tune.
We taught him how to do this though.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

More baby girl clothes

Dear World,

Calvin is driving me crazy today. He had to have a 7 minute timeout. That's pretty long for a two year old.

But here is what I've been working on today and yesterday.

Exhibit 1: Idea from here. This didn't turn out quite as cute as I thought it would, but it is still cute. I got a huge box of lace and other trimmings at a garage sale earlier this summer and I think this little girl is going to give me an excuse to use them! I just took one of those onesies I dyed purple and sewed a little lace on.
 Exhibit 2: Same idea. Calvin wore this for the 4th of July a few years ago and I thought I would try to make it a bit more girly, but I'm not sure I really like it. Maybe if I make a really really cute skirt to go with it...
 Exhibit 3: Same idea and also one of Calvin's old shirts. This time I tried putting some lace on the sleeves too.
 I may end up making this into a dress since shirts never stay down over baby's bellies.
 Exhibit 4: Idea from here. I made this skirt from some fabric I had laying around and some pom-pom trim that came in the big box of lace. I thought I would love the grey and red together, but I don't. Plus, there aren't very many girl shirts to wear with this (pink and purple won't look so great), so I made another one. Read on...
 Exhibit 5: I like this one better than the grey and red. This fabric was from a sheet I got at DI a while ago and I have enough left that I can make a skirt for me too if I ever get around to it.
 Isn't it adorable with those little yellow shoes? (I didn't make those. I bought them from the dollar store forever ago. Calvin had the same ones in blue.)
I love sewing skirts because they are so quick! I can sew one in half an hour even when Calvin is awake!