Sunday, May 24, 2009

Three Day Weekends

Well, sort of anyway. Technically I have to work tomorrow, but the day care is closed so I decided to work just the morning tomorrow and spend the afternoon with my boys.

Saturday afternoon Mat and Braeden went to the pool for the first time this year. Mat brought the vest and kickboard but was hoping Bray would want to swim without the vest this year. And he did! Braeden held onto the kickboard and Mat supported him a little under his chest. And Braeden kicked around the pool!

We went out to dinner Saturday night and after we put the boys to bed, I made a bag. That sounds funny to me. After years of not being able to sew or knit or do anything crafty, here I am knitting socks and making bags. Mom and I bought fabric at Hobby Lobby when they were down for my birthday. Mom bought some too which inspired her to buy herself a sewing machine. I know she's sewn a pillow or two, but I don't think she's done anything with the fabric she bought when we were together.

When I bought the fabric, I was thinking of making a big square tote bag. Then I was reading one of my favorite blogs and got inspired by these bags. The shape more than the size, really. I knew I didn't want a bag nearly that big...everything just falls to the bottom in a bag like that. It's not practical to carry every day.

So I traced a rough outline on paper and decided to just go for it. Not over think it for once. I knew I wanted a pocket on the outside for my blackberry. And it absolutely had to have pockets on the inside for the stuff I need to get my hands on fast. Actually, other than my phone, there's only one thing in my bag that I ever need to get my hands on fast. Lip balm. I live for that stuff.

The last few bags I've made haven't had a flat bottom, but I really wanted this one to be practical and that means doing a gusset. I didn't do one on my last bags because I had myself convinced it was really hard. Guess what? It's not. It's so simple! So this bag has a two-inch flat bottom which makes it really easy to find what you're looking for. When I started it, I had no idea what kind of strap to give it. But as I reached that point, I figured it out. And then I was done. And just like that, in a few hours time, I had designed (in the loosest sense of the word) and sewn a bag. And then immediately filled it with my crap!

Sunday, lazy Sunday. Bray and I went to Dunkin Donuts around 11:30. I had showered and was dressed, but he went in his PJs. Doesn't get more lazy than that. :) We had lunch then headed to Target to pick up a few things and back home again for rest time.

While the boys napped, Mat worked in the garage to put together our new bedside tables. They look great, but the process was tough on Mat. One of the boxes didn't have all the necessary screws, so we cannibalized what we wanted out of it and Mat took it back to the store to exchange it for another. While he cursed the shoddiness of Target's furniture, the boys and I played outside. Gagey rode his little bike around and Braeden played with his Matchbox cars. Both boys had fun playing in a puddle; Gage even sat in it and laughed!

It was so humid out, the kids were sweaty and hot in no time. I brought them in with me and started on dinner--macaroni and cheese. We started eating while Mat finished up the tables and brought them inside.

The new tables aren't the only improvements we've made to our bedroom. Last weekend Mat installed new blinds. When we first moved in, we got white wood blinds installed in all the downstairs windows except the three in our bedroom. Those blinds have been terrific, but I was pretty sure they would let too much light into our bedroom in the mornings. So we went with curtains instead. They've been fine, but we were both just tired of them. Plus, the cat practically lived on the ledge behind them, so the curtains were covered in cat hair. And the boys loved to play behind them so they ended up covered in hair too.

I'll probably end up buying a couple of panels to frame the windows. Maybe some sheers. I'm still figuring it out.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mother's Day

My Mother's Day was really more of a Mother's Day Weekend! Pretty awesome, huh??

Friday Mat picked up the boys and took them to the grocery store. I enjoy grocery shopping. Really, I do. But it's also really nice not to have to worry about schlepping over there Saturday morning with two boys in tow. They came home with a beautiful big geranium for me. I absolutely love geraniums. It's not even the flowers I love, it's the leaves. I love those ruffly, deep green leaves. And their amazing smell. Anyway, the first buds on my geranium opened today. Bright pink petals with dark, deep green leaves. So pretty!

Then I opened my Mother's Day presents that the boys had made for me at school. I loved the wrapping job they did on the gift from Braeden. Just look at those big paper flowers! I need to get a picture of Braeden and Gage with my gifts, so for now you'll just have to be satisfied with this picture of the wrapped presents.

Saturday morning I treated myself to a Mother's Day Weekend caramel macchiato, my new favorite coffee at Starbucks. Nice.

The Gendles came up Saturday afternoon, so they took Braeden for a walk while I stayed in with Gage during his nap. Then they took us to our fave Mexican place for dinner before heading back to their condo. We got delayed at the restaurant for a while thanks to a gigantic rain storm. Thunder, lightning, flickering lights, and sideways rain pounding off the pavement. I love storms like that but I was glad it happened while we were inside and not trying to drive home.

Sunday morning Mat took care of breakfast for the boys. I opened my Mother's Day cards...of course, Braeden had already told me that I was getting a Spongebob card. :) And then we headed out to brunch in Greensboro at the Village Tavern. I love brunch, so going on Mother's Day was an extra-special treat! Even with a reservation we had to wait about 20 minutes for our table. And there were more kids than high chairs, so I had to hold Gagey for 10 minutes or so, which was fine because it meant I could feed him pieces of muffin. He loved the apple-walnut muffins and ate almost two all by himself. The boys were great. Braeden had his moments but he's four and we were definitely cutting into his nap time by the time we left. But the boys ate so well. And so much. :) French toast, strawberries, melon, hash browns (Gage, not Braeden), and apple-walnut muffins.

And that afternoon we spent some time outside enjoying the beautiful day. In the background (on the left) you can see my geranium. On the right side of our stoop, you can see the herbs I bought at the festival with Misty and Braeden.

How sweet are my boys in their matching outfits??!! I tried to get a nice picture of the two of them together, but this is all I could get before Gagey tried to escape. I love that Braeden is trying to corral him for me so I can get a nice picture. He's a very good big brother and a very good little helper for me.

It was a wonderful weekend. I really do love Mother's Day. I know there are a lot of people out there who think it's ridiculous to have an arbitrary day on the calendar to celebrate moms. Or feel that we should honor the important people in our lives every day. And that's certainly true, but I still think it's a worthwhile tradition to raise our kids to think of others. And if a special day for moms and one for dads helps get that message across, what's the harm? Besides, I like to think that Mat and I do a good job of teaching this to our boys every day, so why shouldn't I get one day, scratch that, a weekend of special treatment?

Saturday, May 2, 2009


Friday morning I took Braeden to the dentist. We tried to get x-rays of his teeth but he couldn't hold the film in his mouth. Every time the hygienist got it situated, he would push it away with his tongue or start coughing. I'm sure it was uncomfortable for him and he doesn't understand how to sit still with it in his mouth and just wait it out. Personally, I don't see what the big deal is. Apparently we'll try again at his next appointment in November.

Other than the x-rays, his appointment went well. He had no plaque on his teeth, so we can feel good about the brushing we do twice a day. The dentist said we might have to worry about the fact that there's no space between his bottom teeth. He said sometimes no space between baby teeth means when the permanent teeth come in there won't be enough room and he'll need braces to straighten them. It's not worth worrying about it now, although Mat did joke we should start the orthodontics saving account now. :)

When we finally got out of the dentist office, I took Braeden to school. I thought I would just peek in the window of the door at Gage. The kids were getting ready for lunch, so they were climbing on a small stool in front of the little sink to wash their hands. I was so excited to watch Gage, so I was glad to see he was next in line. He climbed right up on the stool and stuck his hands under the water. His teacher was helping another kid dry his hands, so he waited for her with his hands in the water. She turned back to him and squirted soap in his hands, then helped him wash his hands. When she let go of him, he put his hands back under the water until she helped him down from the stool and dried his hands off.

It was adorable! And it made me wish we had a sink that was about two feet off the ground so Gagey could wash his hands at home too.

Then she told him to get in his chair. He walked right over and climbed into his chair to wait for lunch. And that's when he saw me. He stared at me for about a minute before getting up and walking towards the door. When I opened it to go in, he got this huge smile on his face and ran to me. Normally I would worry about interrupting his day and then leaving him there, but it was okay Friday because I could leave him eating lunch.

These photos are from last weekend. My friend from Rhinebeck, Misty, and I went to the herb festival sponsored by the Women's Center and we took Braeden with us. I loved his outfit and thought he looked so cute, so I had to take a picture. It was a little dark in the kitchen, so it didn't come out that well. But he's still adorable!

I bought basil, parsley, and rosemary at the herb festival. We dropped Braeden off at home, then Misty and I went to Chapel Hill. We had lunch at Weathervane, shopped at Trader Joe's, and 10,000 Villages then came back home. It was a great day. And so much fun to spend time with someone I've known my whole life. It's funny how nice it is to have someone like that when you live so far away from where you grew up. We always end up talking about people we know--what they're doing now or something funny we remember about them from 10 (or more) years ago.

Then there's cutie-pie Gage in a one-piece from Carter's. I bought two sets of these and would love to go back for two or three more! He looks so cute in them.

And this is a little washcloth I knit for Braeden. It's a little hard to tell in the photo, but it has a VW bug on it. There's a little heart on the door of the bug and at the top it says Beebeeep. I'm not sure Braeden really sees the car design, but he loves that I knit him a washcloth to play with in the tub. And that's enough for me!