Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Signs of the Times?

So, gas prices are ridiculous, we're in the midst of a drought with crop failures worldwide, and prices are skyrocketing everywhere, but I can beat all that! Today when we got home from dropping by a friend's house there was an honest to goodness LOCUST hanging out on our window. So, we've got famine AND pestilence. So, about that food storage...

Sunday, July 27, 2008

What a Crazy week!

This has been such a busy week for the Deshazer clan!! As a result, we haven't seen nearly as much of each other as we'd like. I'm reminded of the council to minimize church activities... We did get in a reasonable FHE at least, but then Mitch and I had various commitments every night for the rest of this week. Whew! I'm glad it's over.
Logan has been settling in to his new room really well. You can see him here with his favorite things - puzzles and books. We all are actually really loving the change. The kids room is so big and comfy, we've found ourselves all gravitating there. It's been really awesome for family time.
Logan has also been getting better at sleeping through the night, which has been great, although he still needs Mommy and Daddy occasionally. He loves his Big Boy bed, and I love that he can get in and out by himself. At times it can be a little more exciting though, like the morning he woke up before I did and found the bathroom door open. I woke up to the sound of flushing - fortunately it was just paper, an entire roll of toilet paper. Parenting is so fun! He has also taken to following around the cat and copying her. It is so funny to see him sniffing at boxes and furniture! Perhaps we should spend more time with his human friends...
Mitch has just finished his rotation as upper level resident at the VA.. We'll be starting Oncology on Monday and are pretty excited about that. It is one of the specialties that he is interested in, so this month is pretty important. We'll see how it goes.
Of course, this month also is the month that we are expecting our new arrival! Myra is due on the 27th - exactly a month away. As I am getting closer (and bigger!!) I am reminded of all of the discomforts of pregnancy, and discovering new ones all the time. Last night was particularly difficult. I think that I managed to injure myself on Myra's little foot and spent all night with abdominal pain. Not fun. I'm doing better this morning, but will be assiduously avoiding any sudden moves in the future. I was uncomfortable enough that I didn't do any of the sewing I had planned for the day, but the week held several fun projects.
A sling for Eunice... An outfit for Myra... And curtains for the kids' room. These are still a work in progress, as I still have the stars to applique on the other two panels, but this is the general idea... So, busy fun for all. Here goes for another week!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sunday, truly a day of rest

I am so glad that it is Sunday! Logan LOVES church. He managed to sit still (well, mostly still) through the entire Sacrament meeting - a miracle in and of itself. Thank you, Scooby Doo fruit snacks. His best friend Anna is back from vacation, so he spent quite a bit of the time chanting her name. I think it only disrupted our half of the chapel... Then he got to go to nursery, which he looks forward to all week. He and Anna went together as usual, and today Rachel Heidenreich tagged along as well, so I had quite the little baby train going down the hall! I got a chance to teach for Aubrey's Sunday School class today, which was really fun! She teaches the youth (yes, all of them, there were only 7 in class today), so I had fond memories of my kiddos in Sugarland. They are a good group, and the lesson was about Korihor, which is fun to teach anyway. I hope they learned something... Relief Society was great. Gwen is a wonderful teacher and I always get a lot out of her lessons. I always leave church feeling grateful for the blessings that I have and it always seems like the little difficulties that follow (like putting Logan down for a nap) are a little easier. I am so glad for that extra burst of the Spirit that comes from even a bad day at church - but today was a good one.
The other thing that I love about Sunday is that I get to ignore the pile of laundry, sink full of dishes and messy rooms. They can wait for Monday - no guilt. Ahh.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Big Brother got to pick...

I mentioned in a previous post that I had let Logan pick out some fabric for matching outfits for he and Myra. Well, I finally got them finished, and here are the results. I have to say, the computer monitor does not really do justice to the brightness of the green. Here is Logan's shirt. He really loves it, and actually already wore it to church Sunday, for those who may have seen him. I suspect that people flying by on aircraft may have been able to see him...
If you are feeling brave, click on the image, and you can get a good idea of the print - I can't describe it!

Here is Myra's outfit. I was afraid that it would be tricky to make this fabric girly, but with enough ruffles and ribbon, anything can be girlie! I also made her a little hair bow and trimmed some socks with matching sparkly trim. Won't be doing that again - what a pain! Still, they turned out pretty well.
I also managed to mount Logan's new chalkboard on the wall of his room. As you can see, the love of green continues unabated, as he is coloring with green chalk. I mounted it with these cool adhesive strips with velcro between them, so that we could take the chalkboard off the wall and he could color wherever he wants, but so far, he's happy to stand on his bed. I love it, too! Chalk is infinitely easier to clean up than crayon!!!

Saturday, July 12, 2008


What a day! Mitch and I finally had a chance to get the nursery/kid's room together. It was a bit of a chore, as we are moving the kids into what once was the computer/sewing room, and vice versa. So, first the two rooms had to be sort of packed up, so that we could do the switch. The computer room was a wreck!!!!! And I never want to think about that closet again... Anyway, we managed it and have the kids' room mostly put together. Here's Myra's corner.
The crib will eventually fill the space where the swing currently resides, but it will spend the first few months in our room (easier for nighttime nursing and won't disturb Logan). Also, we don't actually have it yet. :-) Jim and Jennie have one that they are not using right now, so we're very grateful to not have to buy one!

Here is Logan's side of the room.
Yep, all green. That's my boy...And here is Logan, checking out his new closet, and wearing his favorite green monkey shirt. You just can't get better than green monkeys!

It is still a bit of a work in progress. I have castle curtains to make, shelves to hang, and an adorable green chalkboard to hang for Logan! But, at least the worst part - moving the rooms around - is over!!!

My baby shower was yesterday (which may have partly prompted the move today!), and I had such fun! I have such great friends! Myra is going to be the best dressed little princess around, and have the cutest nursery ever, thanks to my friends.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Win Baby carriers!!

For those who have been around me lately, you know that I have a complete obsession with baby carriers and babywearing. In fact, I just got off the sewing machine where I am working on a ring sling for a friend. I ran across this link today and wanted to share, for those who love to babywear, or who just are looking to start, this is an AMAZING collection - and you can win it!!

Win the Essential Babywearing Stash from Along for the Ride (one Beco Butterfly, one Hotsling baby pouch, one BabyHawk Mei Tai, one Zolowear Ring Sling, and one Gypsy Mama Wrap)

I am going to admit to being greedy and hope that it comes to me, but if one of my friends wins, that is awesome, too!!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Big Boy Bed

Well, we took the plunge and converted Logan's crib into a Toddler bed. After much discussion and deliberation, we had actually decided to wait, since there is about to be so much upheaval in his life, but when I walked into his room to find him perched precariously halfway between the rocking chair and the upper rail of his crib, we decided it was time! He's such a monkey! Anyway, the deed is done, and so far, Logan loves it! Here he is jumping on his new bed. The bed didn't actually come with a safety rail, so Mitch managed to engineer quite a nice one out of a 1x3 board. It doesn't match, but it is nice and secure, and well sanded. Maybe we'll paint it at some point. We'll see.
Here is the wee prince, fast asleep in his new bed. Note that his favorite color is prominent. He loves green! I'm not entirely sure how I feel about all this. My little man is growing up so fast!

Fishie, part 2

Mitch got to come to swim lessons today! We had lots of fun, although Logan was not in top form, her still had a good time. Since there were two of us, we had a chance to take pictures and some video! Here are Mitch and Logan, just hanging out.And here I am with the wee man.Mitch, tossing Logan into the air. He was a fan of that!!Logan, up high!And playing with Bo and Mason Cochran.His very favorite part - jumping off the diving board!!! He has no fear, and just runs down the board and jumps off, even when you might not really be ready... It gives Mom a little anxiety!
All in all, we had a great time! We also took some video, which I'll get around to posting on YouTube.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Belly

Well, here it is. My Myra belly at 32 4/7 weeks. I feel like I haven't really been that big - at least until the last few days! Suddenly, I am feeling VERY pregnant. Thanks to my snoogle body pillow I am still sleeping OK, but it is getting harder and harder to get around and do all of my usual stuff. 7 1/2 more weeks and counting!!

Also of note, I finally made something for myself! My parents got me a gift card to Hancock's Fabric for my birthday, and so far, I have bought this lovely coral knit that I made into the tee shirt that I am wearing in the picture. It is so soft and comfy!!! I also got myself the cute cherry fabric that I made the tote below out of. I got much more than I ended up needing (mostly because I tweaked the pattern so many ways - who ever heard of an unlined tote bag? I'd just end up with cheerios and fruit snacks stuck in the seam allowances!), so I am going to make a little top for Myra out of what is left. I got a cute pattern on Friday for a top with contrast detail and I think it will be adorable!! But that will have to wait - there is green fabric awaiting my attention...

More to come...

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Green!!! Logan's favorite color right now. We hear it all the time, especially when driving. He loves to be a helpful backseat driver and remind me when the light turns green. I admit, he has actually caught me a few times doing bad Mommy habits and not paying attention to the light, but when else am I supposed to rummage through my bag looking for goldfish crackers? Green is also his favorite color for clothing. He has really developed his own opinion lately about what he wants to wear, and the usual answer is - anything, as long as it is green! I have also let him pick out his fabric the last couple of times that we went fabric shopping, and, you guessed it, GREEN! Actually, he seems to favor a particularly bright sort of lime green - I call it radioactive - that those of us who remember the 80's will recall with something less than fondness. That said, I made him a green tee shirt yesterday that he loves, despite the fact that it is enormous on him. Add to that another gripe of mine - Why, when a size 2 McCall's pattern that I used for something else fit him perfectly, is this one built for a baby linebacker??? Well, Logan doesn't care that it is gigantic, he loves it anyway. I recently decided that I would try out the matching thing (inspired by Amanda and her adorable kiddos), and make a button down shirt for Logan and a dress for Myra to coordinate. I let him pick the fabric... I cannot describe it adequately. I'll have to post a picture later. It is amazing... Needless to say, I'll be burning a few more retinal cells making up this one. It's a good thing I have plenty of radioactive green thread. I'm gonna need it!
Kids are so fun!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Conservative? Perhaps...

This made me laugh.


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