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Laura Jammies

laura jammies Isn’t this the sweetest little Laura nightdress you’ve ever seen? We love Little House on the Prairie and it just so happens that my mother-in-law is a wonderful seamstress. This is the second year she has made gorgeous jammies for my kiddos for Christmas. This is the first year that the babe has gotten some proper bigger baby jammies, and aren’t they beautiful? You can’t really tell in the picture, but there are matching bloomer style pants that go under the dress. There is even a mop cap, though we forgot to put it on when I snapped the picture this morning. She doesn’t wear it to bed as I’m afraid she would wake up scared if she had it fall down over her face, but my five year old dons hers every night. I absolutely love them, and the girls do too. This past summer she made a summer version for my five year old, and I think I might just have to ask really nicely to see if she’ll do a summer nightdress for the babe as her birthday is in July, so perfect timing. I’m hoping that this is now firmly a tradition, as I know we all love the end product, but also the time and effort that went into creating these wonderful gifts.

family, gifts, sewing • Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 • 6 Comments »

St. Louis Arch

arch On our last day at hubby’s parents, we went to see the St. Louis Arch. It is absolutely amazing, and it was such fun to see it up close. arch building The arch is 630 feet tall, I felt a little dizzy looking up to the top while I was safely on the ground. I’m not a huge fan of heights, so hubby took the kids (minus the babe) up to the top. They loved it and since I was safely at ground level walking around the museum, hubby took some pictures for me. arch duck pond This is my favourite picture, it’s the duck pond at the park below the arch. It was a little chilly, but we had a really nice time walking around. It was a great way to spend our last afternoon there.

family • Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 • 7 Comments »

Settling Back In

star garland Well, we are finally back home and getting somewhat settled in to our normal routine. It was such a rush when we got home to finish up last minute Christmas gifts, not to mention all the laundry etc. from being gone for two and a half weeks, that I am just now feeling like I am able to catch my breath. It was really nice to get away for a while and visit Hubby’s family. Some of them had not yet met the babe, so that was great. Apart from the really bad weather while driving (we drove through three different blizzards), everything went smoothly. It always makes me nervous as sometimes with different routines, or no routines at all, things can be hard on the little ones, but I didn’t need to worry, they all took it in stride. Granted, they all had a lot more sweets than normal and not nearly enough sleep, but despite this things went really well. It’s always good to get home though, and tomorrow needs to start our normal days again. Back to schooling, cooking, lots of snuggles and reading, and good amounts of resting and sleep. Unfortunately the babe has gone back to waking up a lot at night, so not much sleep for me, but one day she will be older and I will miss these times. I wanted to show you one more gift I made for Christmas. This was one of the garlands I made out of these Grandma Twinkle Stars. I really love how it turned out. The pattern is from The Royal Sisters, and is so hugely versatile. My daughter wants some for her room, so it looks like we will have some fun picking out colours for her star garland. I hope everyone had a really nice Christmas. I am looking forward to this next year and can’t wait to share lots of things with you. Thanks again everyone for taking the time to visit every day and for commenting as well. I truly appreciate it.

crochet, family, gifts, home • Monday, December 28th, 2009 • 6 Comments »

On Our Way Home

lighthouse biscuit tin I just love this tin. Most of the Christmas ones I come across have the idyllic sleigh in the field scene, which don’t get me wrong, is really nice. It’s just that this one is so different, I instantly grabbed it (thrift store) and I really, really love it. Who wouldn’t love a lighthouse all dressed up for Christmas? Well, we are in a hotel, halfway home. It’s been a long, but fun, two and a half weeks and now we are ready to get back. Unfortunately the weather is starting to get bad. It’s very rainy, and it’s starting to freeze, which doesn’t mix very well with driving. So, off to quickly pack up and head out to try to beat the storm. I have so many pictures and things to tell you about, and Christmas is right around the corner, so I have a lot of last minute things to catch up on when we get home. I hope to pop in quickly tomorrow and show you a project that I have been working on. Let’s hope the weather holds and we can get back home tonight. Hope everyone is doing well, and getting ready for a calm, peaceful Christmas.

family, thrift store finds • Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 • 5 Comments »

On The Road In Nebraska

howling wolf sign line of trees nebraska hay bales nebraska windmill

family, travelling • Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 • 8 Comments »

Off On An Adventure

wellies.jpg Sometimes all you need to make a cold, dreary day better, is some cheerful wellies. Well,tomorrow we are off on an adventure, to visit Hubby’s family for a couple of weeks. We haven’t gotten away on a vacation for quite a while, so I am really looking forward to some family time. It should be fun to see some other parts of the country as well. I will continue to post while we are gone, though not quite as regularly as normal. I’ve got a full day of laundry, packing, and baking before we leave so, I must run. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

family • Saturday, December 5th, 2009 • 10 Comments »

Stockings

knit stockingsUp until last year, we all had a hodge podge of stockings. I really wanted our whole family to have handmade stockings, and I wanted the kids to have a part in making them. I purchased one of those little knitting looms and found some directions and we all pitched in and made these stockings. I was thrilled with how they turned out and the kids loved taking turns working the rounds. It was so much fun making them and I just love the look. They make me think of Little House on the Prairie, which just makes me smile.

family, home • Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 • 15 Comments »

So Much To Be Thankful For

hot cocoaWhen I am pregnant, I have a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum. It is not fun at all, it is a condition which you experience extreme nausea and vomiting, to the extent that you cannot keep anything down at all. It is not the same as morning sickness, and it can be fatal if not treated. There are four basic medications that can help control the sickness, unfortunately I am allergic to two of them, one of them didn’t work at all for me, and the fourth barely worked with my first pregnancy. Each pregnancy got a little worst, and by the time I was pregnant with the fourth babe, it wasn’t working at all. I know when I am pregnant, within two days of conceiving, it’s that bad. This time I was in the hospital four days after discovering I was pregnant. A week later I was in for a week and a half. Nothing was working medication wise so they just kept filling me up with fluids and sending me on my way. December 15th, two years ago ( I was only a few weeks pregnant), while Hubby and the boys were away at a wedding, my mom took me to the emergency room as she was really worried about me. Quite frankly, I was so sick I don’t think I realized how bad it was. They said it was a good thing she brought me in. I was promptly admitted and stayed on the maternity ward for the next two months. It was a very difficult time, and it was very hard to be away from my family. No treatment was working so they quickly decided to give me a picc line and for the next two months I was fed through a tube in my arm. It was a long two months, and there were a couple of big scares including one terrifying night that I tried not to panic after they discovered that I had a blood clot an inch away from my heart. By the time the middle of February rolled around, I was finally able to keep very small amounts of food down, for the first time in three months. Soon I was able to go home. For the rest of my pregnancy I was in and out of bed rest, and on tons of strong medications to keep the nausea under a bit of control. The last couple of weeks in my pregnancy, things started to get worse again. The vomiting was back with a vengeance and I was not able to get as much food and water down as I needed to keep the babe and I healthy. I was put on bed rest again as I was having problems with having too many contractions and I was oh, so ready to have this babe. After having my first three children completely naturally with no pain medication or intervention, this babe made her entrance via an emergency c-section. She was born severely tongue tied, so much so, that she couldn’t nurse. I spent the first two nights, in a fair amount of pain, pumping my milk and feeding it to my newborn in a tiny medicine cup. We ended up having to stay for a week as she wasn’t gaining enough weight, but eventually she got the hang of nursing and we were good to go. Two weeks later, I ended up in the emergency room as I was having a difficult time breathing. They told me it was a panic attack (because they couldn’t figure out what was wrong), but three days later I was back. I had a bunch of gall stones in my gall bladder and one had gotten loose and blocked off the duct to my liver. The doctor said she was amazed I wasn’t yellow, as my liver had almost completely stopped functioning. I was admitted once again, and had a minor surgery to correct the immediate problem. Once the little one hit six weeks (and my c-section scar was sufficiently healed) I went back for another surgery to remove my gall bladder. Needless to say, it has been a long two years. My estimated recovery time for just the pregnancy problems was 18 months, not counting the extra healing time I needed for 3 surgeries in six weeks. So last Christmas was spent pretty much recovering from a round of surgeries. All of this to say, that I have so much to be thankful for. After two difficult Christmases, and seventeen months of recovering time, I am finally feeling pretty much myself again. I have four beautiful, healthy children, and my own health is back. I am really looking forward to this season as it’s been a while since I had a really enjoyable one. Wow, I didn’t mean to go on for so long. I have so much to be thankful for, and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat to have my beautiful children. Hope you all are having a wonderful time of year, and remembering that no matter how bad some things get, there is always something to be thankful for.

family • Monday, November 30th, 2009 • 17 Comments »

Being Grateful

longhorn cowToday I am grateful for my family, my beautiful children, my fantastic husband, the fact that we have friends and family who love us. I am grateful that we have a roof over our heads, and warm clothes on our bodies. I am thankful that we are able to educate our own children and that we have that extra time in the day to be close. I am grateful for little bodies nestled close while sleeping, and for big hugs and high fives. I am grateful for the fact that my children have tremendous amounts of creativity and imagination, even if it does get them into trouble sometimes. I am thankful that nursing still comforts the babe when she is tired, or hungry, or just needs extra snuggles. I am thankful that, though they have their moments, my children all love each other. I am thankful that God has given us life and love. Have a wonderful weekend of being grateful.

family, home, nature • Thursday, November 26th, 2009 • 4 Comments »

Many Moons

moon2This Sunday afternoon we went to a play based on the book Many Moons by James Thurber. It was put on by the little theatre group and was acted out entirely by children. They did such a good job, some of them were quite the naturals. The theatre is a beautiful, old building and our seats on the balcony were great. It was really nice to be able to go and the kids loved that it was done by kids. I hope to be able to frequent more of the plays in town as it’s a really nice time for all of us. Do you all enjoy going to the theatre?

books, family • Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 • 2 Comments »