Monday, August 28, 2006

My Little Guy

Well, for those who have been following, my little guy began "hooked on phonics" about a month ago. We got it from the local library and he took to it so well that I purchased our own copy for him.
Well, as of tonight, he had completed both short "a" family readers, and could substitue initial phonemes to create words in those families! We begin the short "i" families tomorrow night! I am so proud of him I had to share!! Go DD!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Fun in the Sun

While Daddy was at work today, DD and mom and Greta got out for a little fun in the sun! He loved splashing in the pool, and Greta loved chasing the water from the hose. She is definitely a water dog!
As you can see, she has grown a lot over the past 3 months, and unfortunately she has hit her puppy adolescence so I have had to really sit on her with the training. Funny, it is a lot like having another kid in the house!
I learned at doggy class last week that many of the behaviors, like barking at me when given a command, coming up to me when I am sitting down and demanding to be groomed, and jumping are all ways that she was trying to establish dominance and "move up in the pack". Needless to say, those behaviors were all nipped in the bud quickly!!
She is doing much better now, consistency wears you out, but it really works!
And she loves to play with DD!

Graduation Celebration!

Well, my preschool celebrated its second graduation last Friday, and boy was it beautiful!
The graduates marched in holding tealight candles in small glass containers, then sang This Little Light of Mine. The two-year-olds of which my son is included and the three-year-olds each performed, as did the graduates. I gave out special awards for each graduate - a gift custom -chosen for that student reflecting the quirks and talents I saw daily in each child.
Afterwards, we had a wonderful reception. Each staff member brought a food to share one rule, no fork foods, only finger foods, and we had cake.
This year, I actually got a friend to make the cake for me. I did it myself last year, and the extra time and stress was a lot to handle, so this year my gal-pal Mrs. Wilt stepped in and went to bat for me! Here is a picture of that cake. She made three layers, iced them, and delivered them to the school. I stacked them, added the finishing touches like the star cookies and the graduates, and VOILA! a masterpiece is born!
The graduate faces are blurred, but each little bendable graduate had a facial photo of each of my graduates inside, which personalized the cake. Last year, I made graduate cookies, complete with fondant mortar boards and tassels, but it too WAY TO LONG, so when I saw the bendables on Oriental, I went for it!
Thanks to Mrs. W for the cake, everyone loved it and it was very yummy!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Special Gifts for a Special Guy

I have been busy over the past two weeks, but not too busy to begin work on two top secret projects.

My gal pal Mrs. Wilt has a special little guy who turned 3 this Thursday, and I was busy in my secret sewing lab concocting two very special presents for my favorite little Thomas the Tank Engine fan!

At his birthday party, he received so many cool Thomas presents, and I hope that these will be fun, but also useful for him.

The first was a backpack, decked out with his favorite locomotive! The pattern is called a Quilters Rucksack, and is one that I purchased online. The patterns creator, Bethany Reynolds, is best known for creating the Stack N Whack quilting method. I had made the same one for my little guy in a sports theme. It is a quick weekend project (probably a total of about 1 hour for cutting, 1 hour for quilting, and about 6-8 hours for assembly), and the directions are very easy to follow.

The second gift was a hooded towel with his name on it.

It took me a couple of tries to get the hood right, but patience paid off! I ended up making the hood from a hand towel, pieced together, with a small railcrossing sign on the front. I attached the hood to the larger towel after finishing the applique on the larger piece. The Thomas applique came for a pillow fabric panel I purchased at Walmart. The other piece of the pillow panel was actually used for the front pocket on the backpack, so I got more bang for my buck:).

I will post directions for this online if anyone is interested. I have officially begun my masters (ARGH...YOHOOO... I have mixed feelings...LOL) so if anyone does want it, I may have to have a week or two of grace. I am going to make another one for my guy (he loves Bob the B), and that will give me a chance to show step-by-steps, so if you are interested, let me know and I will take pics as I go, then post when I am done.

His party was lovely, but then it was planned and executed by his mommy, so I knew it would be :), and he seemed to have a lot of fun, I know DD did! Those of you who know Mrs. W., talk her into posting pictures of his cake, she did a GREAT job!!

For a Niece or Nephew??

Here is my latest quilt, all finished. Sorry no pics were posted while it was in progress, but I have been so busy I spent all my time quilting.
A few things are different about this quilt.
#1 - I didn't use a pattern, I simply cut 4 1/2" squares, arranged them in rows, and measured for the borders.
#2 - This quilt has A LOT of Minkee fabric. For those who have yet to be introduced, Minkee is AWESOME!! The only place to get real Minkee is from quilt shops, so yes, you pay more, but there is such a difference between the real deal and the value-priced stuff you get at craft stores. Minkee comes in different colors and textures, so it can be used in so many ways.
#3 - This quilt is BACKED in Minkee too! I wanted it to be super soft and snuggly, 'cause the little one is in New Jersey and will arrive right when the air gets chilly.
#4 - I used a pre-packaged satin binding. I used it just as I would if I made it myself, and I'm not sure if I like it or not. It is bumpy and doesn't actually fold on the edge, just curves. The result is that it doesn't look quite as neat to me. However, I like the added texture to the edges that the satin binding provided. Because the quilt top has so many different textures, included 2 types of flannel, and smooth and bumpy Minkee, the binding texture goes along with the general feel of the quilt. I love to have texture in quilts I make for babies, because they love exploring!
#5 - This one is for my niece or nephew. My sister and brother-in-law decided to be surprised and not have the baby's gender revealed, so I had to go with neutral colors. I have plans to make more goodies for the little one as soon as I know.
Ps. I'm hoping for a girl:)!
For those wondering...I purchased 1/3 yd. or each fabric for quilt top squares, and 2 3/4 yd. of the jungle flannel (for squares and border), used 1 yd Minkee for back, and 1 package of satin binding.
Yummy and Warm, just for you little one!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

I'm Back

Our computer has been in the compuhospital for about a week and a half! ARGH! I'll get you Spam.....
Anywho, my preschool has graduation on Friday, so this will be a very busy week, plus I'm recovering from some really BAD mexican food on Saturday, but I will try to catch everyone up soon!

Friday, August 04, 2006

What Language Do You Speak?

I have No IDEA how that Yankee got there! :)LOL!

Your Linguistic Profile:
55% General American English
25% Dixie
15% Yankee
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern