One thing that I’m coming to realize as a parent is that time goes by so quickly. I’m looking at photos on my phone and google conveniently makes me these flashback photo comparisons that really make me think about times that seemed like yesterday, but in reality they were a YEAR ago (or sometimes more). I think about all of the things I’ve meant to do that just haven’t gotten done. Part of me knows to forgive myself and think about being present, however the other part of me pushes myself to work harder to achieve more for my family and be better.
One example of this is reading. I realize that I have not been reading enough with my daughter. This is particularly on my mind as she’s having some recent challenges with reading. I think about how I could have facilitated her passion towards reading more than I have. We read together, but I haven’t taken her to the library as much as I should have to pick her own books. I’ve often been tired and moved through our reading time quickly instead of treating it like a fun and engaging time for both of us. I’ve often been climbed on and had books torn out of my hand by my young son which prevents me from reading books with more complexity and age-appropriateness for my daughter. The past week has made me feel like a failure and has made me realize how much time has flown by.
But then again, I stop and think about all that I have done right. She is creative, fun, playful, and DOES love to read. Even though I haven’t done it all right or always had time to be perfect for her, she’s doing pretty great. It is a reminder to me to check in with myself and the priorities of our household.
This parenting and life thing is pretty crazy. You definitely can’t have it all, but I have everything I need. I’ll keep a positive attitude and remain even more mindful of parenting choices going forward.
So I guess anybody who has a little girl should be prepared for a ton of headbands. I found myself in this predicament and decided I need to find a way to make them more organized. After making this simple do it yourself headband organizer, now my daughter is able to find any have been she wants much more easily. I love that she got to choose the fabric and design and it was something that we already had in our pantry.
To make this all you need is a large oatmeal container, A scrap size of fabric to cover the oatmeal container, some paint to paint the top cap and a hot glue gun.
We got around to planting the garden today and it was fun. So far we have tomatoes, eggplant, tomatillos, jalapeños, two kinds of sweet peppers, a zucchini and some herbs. We also have a blueberry plant in a pot. I’m seriously hoping the snails and Caterpillar’s don’t eat it all. Lex and I will be checking it for bugs and she’ll be helping me take care of it. I’m hoping this will be a fun family project for us over the summer! 🐌🐛☀️☀️☀️☀️🌱🌱🌱🌱
Here’s some photos of our work (and a little baby boy trying-and succeeding- to eat grass)
Posted in Garden, Parenthood
Tagged California, eggplant, Garden, jalepenos, peppers, raised bed, San Jose, tomatillos, Tomatoes, Veggie Garden, yard garden
I just found this article in the San Jose Mercury News that has LOTS of great events for the summer. I need to make a point of getting out to more community events and festivals and this article had so much information about local events. I’m thinking Artichoke Festival, Kite Festival and maybe Boogie on the Bayou? All of them look like so much fun!!
San Jose Mercury News Summer Events Calendar
So I really need to get better about updating this more often. Despite being super busy in Graduate School, I have had some limited time to sew some fun stuff. Also, with baby boy on the way, I’m getting inspired to start knitting again. I’ve taken a little bit of a knitting break because I’ve been so busy and tired (growing a person is EXHAUSTING!!). In my queue I have a pair of Overalls for baby boy. The pattern is called Pepita and I just added it to my projects on Ravelry. I’m also getting a little bit more excited about expecting baby boy and I joined the “Due in September 2015” group on Ravelry.
I found this baby carrier a few months ago on Ginger Snap Crafts and it is originally from The Crazy Tailor. I finally had the time to make one. I’m pretty sure that baby boy is going to live in the TULA carrier that I recently got at Granola Babies in Southern California, so I’m sure Lex will want join in the baby-wearing fun by carrying around some of her own little “babies”. She’s truly at that age where imaginative play is really emerging and she loves to take care of things and be a helper.
Posted in Design / DIY, knitting, Parenthood, sewing
Tagged baby carrier, baby girl, baby wearing, babywearing, gingersnapcrafts, granola babies, knitting, Pepita, Ravelry, sewing, thecrazytailor, tula
Yep, we have 2 toddlers in the house who are STILL talking about Yo Gabba Gabba Live which they went to go see at the end of the month in November. So, I decided it was time to make some Yo Gabba Gabba ornaments to add some Gabba cheer to our HUGE Christmas tree. At first I thought I’s make them as a craft that the kids could help with, but I soon realized that they were a little too complicated for the little ones due to all of the little details and tiny eyes. I decided to make all of the characters plus DJ Lance and Leslie Hall (Lex ha been OBSESSED with her since Gabba Live). Here’s the materials that I used in case anyone is interested in making some of their own. Overall the project was pretty easy and straightforward 🙂
You will need:
large popsicle sticks
various colors of tempera paint
clear packaging tape
some googly eyes (one large and 4 small)
Glitter to mix with the paint (if you want to make Leslie Hall….we did)
Brown yarn (for Leslie’s hair)
Fine point sharpie
White Sharpie paint pen
String to cut and make the hooks
Hot glue gun+hot glue (to glue to hooks)
The directions are pretty self explanatory. I basically painted the sticks first, glued on the eyes and then added the final details using a sharpie. For certain details, I had some white paper and sketched them out. I then laminated them using the clear tape and glued them onto the characters. The items I “laminated” were: Foofa, Toodee, Plex and Brobee’s eyes; Brobees mouth and spikes; Foofa’s flower; Leslie’s lips; Plex’s antenae; and Toodee’s ears. I also glued the googly eyes and hair onto Muno, DJ Lance and Leslie Hall. After glueing all of these parts on, I went in with the fine point sharpie and drew mouths and other details. I drew the eyelashes onto Foofa and Toodee as well. Finally, I went in with the white Sharpie paintpen and touched up the teeth on Muno and Toodee, Leslie Hall’s belt and some of the details on DJ Lance. The last step when everything is dry is to hot glue some hooks on the back. I made mine out of yarn. This was a fun project that yielded some fun results! The kids LOVE them 🙂
If anyone has suggestions for making some glasses for Leslie that would be great!
Posted in Design / DIY, Parenthood
Tagged Brobee, children, children's television, Christmas, craft project, DIY, DIY Christmas, DJ Lance, Do it yourself, Foofa, Gabba Live, Leslie Hall, Muno, Ornaments, Plex, toddlers, Toodee, Yo Gabba Gabba