Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A baby cape

baby cape

The last couple of weeks I have been working hard on a very special gift.  One of the pieces is this tiny baby cape.  Doesn't it just make you want to squeal a little in delight?

baby cape
It has been so fun making it.  Each and every stitch was made while thinking of tiny babies and tiny baby moments.  I thought of the Bug's birth and his first few months. I thought of  what it felt like to hold him for the first time, how the love almost knocks you down.  How you can't help but stare at them when you are supposed to be napping with them.  I thought of how good it felt to be a mama, so much simpler and more natural than I ever expected.  I would like to think I wove that into this sweet little cape and that it will somehow transfer on to the new mama who will be using it soon for her own special, perfect, divine little person.

baby cape
There are a few more items in this set, hopefully I will be back tomorrow with pictures. 

Monday, June 28, 2010

Where he is.

I had decided that for this second year of the Bug's life I would only do the monthly update style post every 3 months since (I thought) things would be slowing down for him.  In one way, this is correct.  His physical growth is very slow.  But in everything else, agility, language, reasoning he is rapidly advancing. So this post is as much about me documenting that and what he is doing right now, at 14 months, as anything else.

 Super boy!

He started walking just after 12 months and has been fairly steady from day one.  Or maybe I should say, sure of himself.  He falls a ton of times everyday but rarely hurts himself.  You can almost watch him calculating the best way to land on the way down.   He is graceful getting back up most times, easily handles 4" to 5" steps himself and is now capable of going up and down our stairs without assistance (though we do hold his hand most of the time and never intentionally let him have access to the stairs on his own.)  Yesterday he climbed up my legs and into my lap while I was sitting at the table.

train tunnel

He is most interested in things that roll right now.  His pull toy wooden train is played with everyday all day long.  His giant, heavy bouncing ball can easily entertain him for 45 minutes straight.  More if we play with him too.  I bought a little plastic wind up car at the bookstore the other day for him and he and his papa can play with that for 30 or 45 minutes straight as well.  Of course, he loves to empty containers or fill a bucket and carry it around too.

weekending 030

Communication is ramping up as well.  He says dog (dah or woowoov), up, hi, yes, down, help, bottle (ba) and a few other words I'm blanking on right now.  He also signs hello and bye-bye and all done.  We are working on giving him the sounds animals make. (Lions say roar! etc.) He clearly understands directions, even ones we don't use all the time.  He learned the words for open and close the door the other night.  He problem solves to get to things he can't reach, sometimes seeming to think a couple steps ahead (move this chair this way, now that one that way, now crawl under and get the car.) He tells us what he wants with pointing and bringing us things.  The coolest part of this is now I can tell how he feels sometimes, and I can tell that he knows how to change how he feels.  I may be just a proud parent but I feel like that is pretty advanced emotionally.  Example: We have been working on weaning and now he goes all day without nursing (um, yay!) and you can tell it has made him feel a little separated from me (and John interestingly.)  How does he get more time being closer to us?  He walks over to the Ergo and pulls on it or brings it over to us and says, "Up."  This only started the last week since the morning nursing session was cut from our schedule.  Once in the ergo he fairly quickly falls asleep if it is close to nap time or cuddles and observes if it is dinner making time. 

What's for dinner, Mama?
His interest in books is returning after a brief hiatus (hello walking, why would you sit still??)  And I got him a table and chairs his own size for the living room yesterday at Ikea.  He is just starting to understand that you might not just eat a crayon, it also does cool things on paper!  This will be a few more months before it becomes an activity we can do.  He likes to look at magazines and junk mail (of course :). 
We are also trying to sweep more since the combination of the heat making the animals shed like crazy, having a sand and water table on the front porch (an excellent freecycle score) and the nature of toddlerdom being dirty and eating every speck of everything off the floor is all too much.  But E always wants the broom so he can "help" so I ordered him a Little Helper Broom Set so that he can work along side me. (Having him in the ergo so often is helping with house cleaning as well.  You have to keep moving for it to work. :) 
So there you go- all the news that is from his world.

Love Fest

PS- there is a little video on flickr if you click through the pictures which shows him playing with the train and going up and down a stair.  More fun for grandparents than others I imagine :)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Happy Weekending!

weekending 017, originally uploaded by Mr & Mrs Speeed.
And may all your cute pants be mama-made too!

Friday, June 25, 2010

{this moment}

ball flipbook, originally uploaded by Mr & Mrs Speeed.
{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. From Soule Mama.

Have a lovely weekend, friends!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

{this moment}

040, originally uploaded by Mr & Mrs Speeed.

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. From Soulemama.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010



I made this bread.  I put yeast and flour and salt together with water and this is the finished product.  And though I started at 8am and finished at 2am I only did about twenty minutes worth of work.  It is airy and holey and scrumptious. Can you hear my jaw hitting the floor? 
I am so excited.  Maybe I should back up though.  I have tried to make bread more than a dozen times in my adult life and every time was an abysmal failure.  Unless you like rock solid cement made from bread flour.  Even in the bread machine.  Ask Senor, he has watched pretty much all of the attempts and has even been kind enough to try to eat some of them. 
Also you should know- I love bread.  Like when I first heard about the Atkins diet I said, "No one would try that, how could you live without bread??!"  The idea of low carb just doesn't make sense to me. For a while we had a friend in the neighborhood who baked amazing bread and we bought some every week and went to his house for bread and tea parties.  For real. (I miss you Dag!  I so wanted to share this with you and Joyce!)
This loaf is almost gone, the next one will have wheat flour (yummmmy).
I'm going to go eat some right now. 

Monday, June 14, 2010

June Block - Eat

June block- Eat

When I asked Senor what the theme for June was going to be and he said, "Eat!" I didn't quite know what to do. I almost asked him to pick something else. We have been working on the food issues in this house for the last year but recently, it seems to me, there have been more conversations going on under this topic. One of the biggest changes since I started staying home is that I make dinner and so I do most of the grocery shopping and planning. While this isn't a bad thing, per say, it is important to recognize that I like eating a whole lot but I do not like cooking very much at all. I am not terrible at it, I just have very little interest in everyday cooking. I might like to throw something together for a party. But probably not. If it were just me sandwiches, frozen pizza and crackers with hummus would be about all I ate.
So it has been great to finally find a few cook books that hold my interest enough to (sort of) follow the recipes. A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen: Easy Seasonal Dishes for Family and Friends has been so awesome.  It is organized by season and full of flavor but not complication. 
The other things we are talking about all the time are weaning and what the Bug might want to eat (or share with the dog, or toss on the floor...) 
And now, the CSA is here and there are fresh beautiful foods in our fridge just begging for me to do something inventive with them.  And that is where these radishes came from.  Out of my little head and then- how to make this??  I didn't want to do any applique.  But I couldn't find any patterns to make what I wanted.  So I drew it on a sheet of paper and cut out the pieces (luckily I thought of labeling them before I got to far along!  Can you imagine how ridiculous that would have been?? ha! )  I was a little surprised when it worked like I wanted it to.  There are so few things that end up that way....
( You can tell how I feel about cooking by the way that there isn't even a tag in my list about food... heheh.  But I'll be back with even more from the kitchen soon. :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Craft Hope

loch raven crop

This last week I have been rocking my way through a long action item list and feeling very good about it. My whole life is ups and downs of productivity like anyone (?) but I do a whole lot more thinking about doing than actually doing. But when the list gets longer I just have to get to work because it messes with my head space.

tshirt carnage

(Ignore the dirty floor but check out the passed out pooch. So sweet, she wanted to help.)

The first thing I had to complete was our donation for Craft Hope. They are organizing the donation of probably millions of towels to help with cleaning animals affected by the oil spill. I don't have a good picture of the finished project because the light was bad. (Which hardly matters. It just looks like stacks of fabric anyway.) I only have this picture of the left overs. Senor (the saint) and I stayed up late one night this week and cut up about 50 t shirts that his company had given us to do this with. That works out to something like 250 washcloths and hand towels. Which is quite a bit of cutting. Luckily, cotton knit doesn't ravel so there was no sewing. Whew! That would have been crazy. I am so happy that we could help. I made a purchase from the Craft Hope for Haiti project they did and that is when I found out about them. I love what they are doing. I love being able to do something to be part of it. I try, very hard, not to be too involved with the world outside my little scope of "home". I don't watch tv, I don't read the paper. I probably hear less than 2 hours of npr each week. And I like it that way. Right now my job is to focus on this little person and our little family and make sure we are present and together.
But I know there are things going on out there. Terrible things that I cannot control or help or even begin to understand. Craft Hope gives me something different. I don't have to wonder where my money might go or what their politics are. I can just help. Really help. So thank you, Craft Hope ladies! The world is a better place because you exist. You give us the chance to make sure it is.
{I was going to write about some of those other things ticked off my list but I think this should just stand on its own. Come back soon for crochet, bread baking(!!!!) and a crazy idea I have about sewing.}

Friday, June 11, 2010

{this moment}

rearrangin' 012, originally uploaded by Mr & Mrs Speeed.

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. From soulemama.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I will love him

and squeeze him and hug him until he dies!

PS- Check out the Craft Hope Button in the sidebar!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

1593 stitches

Fluffy's sweater

In the last couple of days I started a sweater (ravelry link) for Senor. Already, 1593 stitches. And I have done other things including visiting the farm which is growing our food this summer. I can't believe I didn't take any pictures there. The food was so beautiful and we also got to see piglets, peacocks and geese (oh my!) The Bug loved looking at the animals, he wanted to crawl into the area with the piggies so much. I did too. I have no idea how you people eat these creatures! I mean, I do get it, and I don't mean to judge- but pigs are so cute!
It is really, really cool to know the women growing our food this summer. The really amazing part is they used to work for me about a million years ago. What they are doing is astounding. The amount of work they are putting in just boggles the mind. I really am so thrilled to be able to be some small part of what they are doing. After showing us around they sent us all home with some broccoli, spinach, salad greens and garlic scapes. Have you ever had the scapes? They are delicious! I always look forward to the next meal but now even more so! It comes at just the right time, I haven't wanted to cook with how hot it has been. But if those ladies can weed and water and plant and pick and tend in this heat I should certainly be able to cook!

What's for dinner, Mama?

I also got the chance to clean off the porch finally. We hadn't been using it because the Bug can get into everything and it isn't relaxing to say no every two seconds and take things away from him. It also isn't fair to him. You can't expect him to work on our level, we have to make it comfortable for everyone. He definitely helps me know what need to be cleaned up! And we all benefit. Now I am sitting typing and enjoying the light breeze of a perfect summer day.

Swept away

Hope your weekend has been productive and full of delight as well!
(There are a bunch more pictures so click through to see the rest.)

Friday, June 4, 2010

{this moment}

little boy napping, originally uploaded by Mr & Mrs Speeed.

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
From SouleMama who always reminds me to be present.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

May Block- Dance

May Block- Dance, originally uploaded by Mr & Mrs Speeed.

I think it kind of looks like a head with the brain exposed. Dancing thoughts. I might be crazy though.

In other, completely insane crazyland, do you want to know what I am thinking of making while it is 90 degrees outside? A wool coat for E- the one by Oliver + S perhaps... Also, while adventuring in my folks neck of the woods I stumbled upon a yarn shop and bought about a million yards of merino silk blend gorgeousness. And so I have sweaters on my mind too. Um- can you tell me whats wrong with me? I am trying to think of it as planning ahead, but it is hard! The sweaty part of me thinks this is just plain nutty.

I am looking forward to this weekend being at home and finishing up a few things. We also are going to our CSA's potluck to open the season. I can't wait for all the goodness to come! Yum!