Sunday, May 31, 2009
The rest of the day was tame. We stocked up on our essentials and went to the park with the kids. I hope I never want to sit on the bench and watch again. I really like playing with them, it makes us all happy. We had hot dogs and watermelon for dinner and I am still smiling about the whole day.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I have come up with 2 more cape designs as they seem to be something of interest around my immediate real-life area and online. I will have to wait almost a week so I can get what I need (or want) to create the perfect toddler capes, as well as ones for older kids (I think the toddler capes should be a little shorter and easier to pull off).
I have dishes to do tonight and depending on how ambitious I am after that I may finally finish the dress I started early in the week.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
He just woke up, don't mind the skivvies!
Showing off the car print on the other side.
When we got back from the pool, RJ went right to sleep. He had a long day of playing since Matt took them to the lake when I went to work. He said they stayed until the sun went down. So I set off to do another project, a cape for Aubrey. I had some cute strawberry and plaid coordinating prints, so I modified my last template and came up with this one:
I think I need to make a few more tweaks. I would like to fuse the fabrics together and applique a design on each side. I like the fact that is is currently reversible to the appliques will have to go on before I sew them together. The other projects I was working on? They're still in progress, I am just trying to go with the flow. It is much easier than trying to force myself into doing something.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Matt has decided to start taking pictures of everything he's been cleaning up in the desert around BC. He goes every Saturday morning, while the rest of us are still snoozing, and picks up random dump sites (I can't believe these MORONS dump stuff in the desert and not in a dumpster!!). So far he has collected enough trash to fill the back of the truck five, yes 5, times! I may start a separate blog just dedicated to what he finds (or I may keep a weekly post here). These pictures were taken on yesterday's trip. He cleaned up some road signs people had stolen for target practice (don't even get me started on the entitlement that runs rampant anymore). The second is just a picture of the town we live in from where we were in the desert.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Matt bought me a stash of sewing supplies since most of mine are still in dear old ABQ. I have my sewing machine set up in a little corner and I am ready to get to work. Who needs a Halloween costume (yes, I know it isn't even June yet)? We are doing a family theme this year again. Last year we were Peter Pan (RJ), Tinkerbell (Aubrey) and Wendy (me). RJ has decided that this year we will have costumes from Alice in Wonderland! I am actually excited about this and not JUST because Tim Burton has decided to do another that looks AWESOME!!
Did I mention that Johnny Depp is the Mad Hatter? Yummy!!!
Anyway, back to the family thing... RJ wants mommy to be Alice (awwww, that's sweet... but I think Aubrey is blonder and cuter!) So Aubrey will be Alice. RJ will be the Cheshire cat, which should be fun to make! I am planning to be the queen of hearts. I like the costume and I get to do crazy make-up. Matt will be the Mad_Hatter, naturally. I will try and keep up with pictures and what not as I go. I will probably do the adult costumes first because they are larger and because the kids will most likely grow between now and then. I am SO excited about this Halloween though!! Yeah, I am starting soon
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
So, Matt and I had a conversation about finances and my general well being, and yes, they are related. I would like to be a full-time SAHM who also brings in some dinero. I would LOVE to turn some of my hobbies into income generators. He has more faith in my than I have in myself. He knows what I am capable of. So, he has decided to (finally) take over all of the bills and to "bankroll" an endeavor once I come up with a sound plan and a budget. Easier said than done!
I have several ideas, but most of them revolve around my affair with gymboree and all the cuteness they have. I have found a group of equally obsessed mamas at gymboplace. Talk about needing a 12-step program now? So anyway, there is a huge demand for "M2M" or Made to Match products. I see a lot of hair bows and some jewelry ... but I am good at things like sewing and paper crafts so my idea is scrapbook pages, handbags, grocery bags, etc. I am going to have to do a little research first ... but it seems viable to me. I'll keep you guys posted!!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
So off to bed I go, hoping for a better day tomorrow.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
My kids always seem to make friends quite easily
I need a pedicure (and better walking shoes)!
She still holds my hand ... he is becoming his own person.
A ladybug RJ found. He seems to be the keeper recently, he ALWAYS seems to find them wherever we are ... or maybe they find him?
Saturday, May 16, 2009
SO here it is:
1 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. dark brown sugar
1/2 tbsp. pure vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt (it might seem like a lot but it makes all the difference)
2 1/2 c. unbleached flour
1 pkg. semisweet, butterscotch, milk chocolate or white chips
1c. nuts of your choice... I use walnuts w/darker chocolate, pecans with butterscotch and macadamias with the white chips.
These will bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. Cream the heck out of the butter and sugar. You don't just want it incorporated, you want it to increase in volume. You need to work air into it. Then add your vanilla and egg, mixing until well blended (I do mine in a stand mixer, but a hand mixer works well too). Add first cup of flour, mix, add salt and baking powder with second cup, mix, then add the last 1/4 cup. Stir in chips and nuts by hand.
Do not let the dough sit out, when butter is too soft the cookies will spread and thin. I like chewy cookies. I pull mine out at 8 minutes when the tops are just slightly golden and you can touch it without leaving a dent (touch, not push!). They will continue cooking for a minute so don't freak and think they are undercooked.
I pre-portion my cookies with a rounded tablespoon so that I can bake at will and the cookies won't get "old" tasting (as RJ says). I get about 3 dozen out of this recipe.
Hope this recipe helps some of you!!