Picture of the Week: Sing Your Heart Out


We were cooling our heels after church last week while hubby talked to his dad, and Small Fry found the wireless mic hiding in the pulpit. When Grandpa’s the pastor, you get a little more leniency in where you can go as a kid in the church ;). Of course we had to take the microphone away almost immediately, but I couldn’t resist snapping a picture first.



Picture of the Week: Harry Potter. Or Yoda. Depends Who You Ask


Yesterday was laundry day, and every single item that Small Fry owns was in there. I washed the clothes at home, and then hubby took them to the laundromat to dry (that’s our normal protocol in the rainy season when we can’t air dry our clothes outside). But I needed to go for a walk to the store for dinner stuff. It wouldn’t do to take a baby out in only a diaper in November. July, yes. But not November. So I put one of Munchkin’s shirts on him. It was way too big, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. Seahawk thought Small Fry looked like Harry Potter in the too-big shirt – it looked like a wizard’s robe – so he put Munchkin’s glasses on the baby for a quick photo. When hubby got home and saw the baby walking around, he alluded him to Yoda. Either way, funny :).

Have a blessed weekend.



We had a baby shower at church last weekend. I wasn’t able to go because hubby and the kids had the car in Portland (they went to a local comic-con, much smaller than the huge San Diego one hubby went to in July), and our church is 18 miles away. But I made a gift anyway.

She’s having a little girl, so I took full advantage of making pink things! Everything around my house is blue…

First, I made a hooded bath towel. We have one of these for each of our boys (even the older ones – they love them!) so I thought it would be a good gift.



It was quite easy to make. Buy a yard of terry cloth, and cut a 13×13 inch square out of one corner.  Cut off three strips that are each 1.5″ times the length of your fabric (usually 43″). From the remainder, cut a square as large as you can get – probably in the 31-inch range. Round off all four corners of the large square and two opposite corners of the small one. Fold the small square in half diagonally with the rounded corners together. Stitch the raw edges together. This triangle will become the hood.

Line the raw edges of the hood up with the raw edges of one corner of the main towel piece. Sew together. Sew the reserved strips to the edge of the towel, quilt binding style. If you don’t know how to do that, click here. Vanessa from The Crafty Gemini explains it so clearly. After four years of quilting, I learned how to properly a quilt from her video tutorial – just a few months ago.

I also made this changing pad.


It’s flannel on both sides (nice and soft for baby!) with quilt batting in the middle for padding.

What’s your favorite baby shower gift to give?


All About Seahawk: A Back to School Interview


Blog Name: Seahawk

Age: 9, almost 10 (birthday is in October)

Grade: 4 (he’s easier to place a number on since his age and grade line up properly)

Favorite School Subject: History

Favorite Food: Baked Ziti and Ice Cream

Favorite Activities: Playing with Legos and completing triathlons

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Book: Biographies (he especially likes learning about anyone who lived between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War)

Something You Don’t Like: Cooked mushrooms. They’re fine raw.

A Chat with Munchkin


Taking an idea from Sanz at From the Mrs, I’m doing a short “back to school” interview with each kid. Up first, Munchkin.

Blog Name: Munchkin

Age: almost 7

Grade: 2/3 (I’m not super strict with the grade the kids are in – he’s 2nd grade age but 3rd grade academically)

Favorite School Subject: Reading

Favorite Food: Chicken Drumsticks and Peanut Butter Sandwiches, but not at the same meal!

Favorite Activity: Swimming and coloring

Favorite Color: Red

Favorite Book: Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims; Charlotte’s Web

Something You Don’t Like: Zucchini

Picture of the Week: Tough Love


We had one of those nights this week when the baby just wouldn’t go to sleep. As much as it pains me, we had to let (make?) him cry it out in his crib. When he quieted down about 10 minutes after we left the room, I came to check on him and found this. I think it definitely wins the prize for Craziest Position in Which to Fall Asleep!

Have a great weekend!



Yesterday was Small Fry’s birthday party. It was a fairly low key affair, but I thought I’d share some pictures.


He started the party asleep on Grandma (my mom). There were a few guests who thought it was weird/inappropriate that the guest of honor was asleep during the party, but at 1 you don’t argue with baby’s desire to nap.


When he woke up (and after eating half a bagel), he was much happier.


I made 2 cakes. This one is Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate cake. I got one of those super huge candy bars for the top – cookies and cream. It had 16 rectangles, so I used 12 of them around the outside like a clock and grated the other 4 up and put the shavings in the middle.


This one is a homemade carrot cake. I altered the original recipe a touch, though – I cut the oil back by 2/3 and subbed in some applesauce to make up the difference. For the teddy bear shape, I used my Wilton Puzzle cakes set.


Of course there’s the obligatory eating cake picture :).


And his messy face afterward!


And some playtime with Mom.

I hope you had a great weekend!