Friday, December 27, 2013

Sissie at 11! Months~

:Have four teeth coming in on the top, all out of order and you look a little snaggle toothed.  Cutie!
:Are quite determined to be standing as much as you can.  I see you lift your hands and balance for a moment or two at a time.  Ack!!
:Are exploring all the drawers and cabinets in the house. I am trying not to go crazy with child protection devices.  We'll see how long that lasts.
:Clap for food, music, laughs, your brother, and anything else you find find fun.
:Wave hello and bye-bye.  It is so cute I can hardly stand it.
:Still have that lovely curvy profile that I adore.  When you sit the curve of your head into your neck and down to your bum is so irresistible.  I always want to kiss you.
:Loved your first Christmas.  Opening presents was fun and eggnog french toast was a total hit!
:Love to hold Nickie Blah doll and pat him on the head.
:Always pull one sock off.
:Really love to look at the big picture book and flip through to find the kitten and the boy in the coat.
:Crawl fast and furious towards the dog bowls anytime we forget and leave them down.
:Hang out by the dishwasher door whenever we are loading or unloading it.
:Do a kind of fake cry or upset where you crunch up your face and say, "Ehh, ehhh, ehhh!"  It is really, really funny.
:Hold up one finger a lot.  To point sometimes, but also just to communicate.
:Started signing!!  You say "more" and I think have made your own sign for "good."
:Chat us up.  "A dee!" "Mon mon ma!" "A dada."
:Love playing "Where"s the baby?"

{I can hardly belive that we are so close to a year.  I know everyone says that but it really has been a blur of sweetness.  You are so precious to us all. Xxoo- Mama}

(And just for kicks, remember this?)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Anjali's Stocking

After all the things I've made over the years, all the time sewing and crocheting and pattern making and altering you'd think a Christmas stocking would be a walk in the park.  Not so this one.  It took three attempts, one broken needle (!) and a trip to my favorite local fabric store, Kitsch, to make this incredibly simple stocking.

If I remember correctly, when I made E's it wasn't so easy either.  In fact, his came out backwards.  What is it that is so hard about this simple project for me?  I've no idea. But it is a good metaphor for all the simple things I make hard for myself each and every day.  I know that sometimes I am just making it harder for me (because really, if you are making it hard for those around you who suffers? You got it.)  I've been trying really, really, REALLY hard to stop it.  Just stop completely and back off.  With any luck, by the time I'm 85 I'll have the hang of it.  I already know I am better at it than when I started.  Any progress is good.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mable & Sable

Well hello!  Look at these little lady bunnies!!
Mable and Sable are twin sisters.  They like many of the same things but each have their own sense of style and character.  Mable likes pretending to be a mouse (Mrs. Frisby to be exact), playing with dirty children (you can tell by her already dirty dress), and having her ears nibbled by teething tots.  Sable is a little more reserved with my children, she is ready for an adventure and has just gone off to make her way in the world.

I felt one day that I had to make a little bunny doll for Anjali and when I said it Emerson suggested making a second one for our newest little friend in Baltimore.  I thought it was the perfect idea.  I'd like to make about a dozen more for the many little friends we know.  I can tell they are good toys because everyone in the house wants to play with them.

Of course, once they were here I knew they needed dresses.  Crocheted sweater dresses to keep the cold out and warm the fingers and absorb the drool.  To get dirty and felted just by being played with.  It makes a crafty mama heart go pitter-patter.

Bunnies are funny things.  Sweet, eternally cute and right up there with mice for the best make believe friends for littles.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Best Day Ever

Part One:
Walk a giant, sweet, furry llama.

Part Two:

Be in the band with Papa and have groupies.

And now? Good night all.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Mrs Frisby

In our house chapter books have just been started.  This is so exciting we all are jumping for joy.  Sure, Anjali is looking at the same books we've been seeing the last four years (which is oh so sweet), but E is on to something completely new.  
We started with with Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.  He is obsessed.  None of us go by our right name anymore.  I alternate between Mrs Frisby and Isabella, John is Justin or Nicodemus, Anjali is Cynthia, and E is any of the characters depending on his mood.  He tells people when they ask his name, "Nicodemus" or "Mrs Frisby" or "Mr Ages" without a blink.  All our little stuffed friends get in on it too.  We've read through it twice.  When we got to the end the first time he wanted to start over right away.  I love reading this way too, a really good book just sometimes needs a second, closer reading.  John hates this and I don't think he'd ever watch the same movie or read the same book twice if it was possible.
At the library we got Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little.  Now I need your suggestions.  What else did you read when you were so little?  The Narnia stories are too much for him yet.  It is hard to find books without too much violence.  With a little plot, and little adventure but without a lot of bad guys or strife.
{For the record we watched the The Secret of NIMH also but it isn't much like the book, so if that is all you remember of the story I suggest reading the book again.  It has quite a social commentary part.  A bit like Civil Disobedience for kids.)