Here i go, jumping on the end of the year, wrap up blog post wagon....Everyone is doing it!
This year, lots of things were made. Quilts were quilted, and assorted things were crocheted and sewn but most important of all...my most crafty endeavor by far....i made a baby!! She is the sweetest and cutest one you will ever lay eyes upon ( of course i know all you other mothers feel the same about your own little ones!! and that is ok, we will just agree to disagree!).
Who knows what this coming year will hold. I don't make resolutions because i really need nothing else to feel guilty about in my life when i inevitably don't accomplish it...so i will set some goals. Small ones are very likely, and crafty ones and perhaps a few that have to do with being healthier. I can't commit to any just yet, perhaps that will be another post.
Have a happy new year everyone...you all have been wonderful blog friends. I hope that you are doing something fun tonight. I will be back soon with some more baby updates, of course, and a giveaway to start the new year.
You have to try this....i was blog reading the other day and came across this recipe for popcorn cake. It was so easy and it is so yummy. Avery and i took a little time together last night and threw this together in no time. Go check it out at Blissfully Content blog.
Today I am practicing a new skill....blogging while holding the baby. Typing with one hand and bouncing the baby with the other is tricky!!!
This little bit of a girl is changing every day....she is not getting bigger, just changing. Is that not the sweetest smile. She has even been making little happy sounds and squeals.
Here she is having the classic nap with Daddy...we were all up a little more than usual due to a extra feeding to fatten this baby up and the lunar eclipse so sleep was in order!
I will try my best not to make this blog only about a baby, but at the moment i have to say i am quite smitten and want to share the cuteness with all of my blog friends. One day i will sew, craft, quilt and/or bake again! I am sure of it.
Here is sweet Delilah, one week old...i feel like it is going fast already. :o( She is spending a little more awake time with us and is turning toward us when we talk to her. Isn't she sweet?
Here are just a few more pictures from the week. This one was while she and i were still in the hospital.
We are all getting to know one another and working on getting settled in.
It seems like Delilah might be a thumb sucker. I think i am ok with that. Why not right?
She is sleeping pretty great at night(one feeding and we are getting about 8 hours a night of sleep) and in the morning big sister takes over and holds her while we get dressed and have breakfast. I knew having big kids with a new baby was going to be good!
No pictures yet...but by this time tomorrow we will have a baby....well in under twelve hours we will have a baby. I am going in the morning for a planned c-section. I can not wait to share our new little person with everyone!!! We are split here in our house on whether it is going to be a boy or a girl. So keep us all in mind and say a little prayer if you think of it.
I am also being featured over at quiltstory tomorrow for the quilt i made my friend as she is going through breast cancer treatments. I hope if you have a minute and you have not already seen it you will take a minute and go check it out. Thanks Heather and Megan for featuring me, i am flattered again!
What came in the mail for us. I have the coolest blog friends!!! These two packages came to my door over the last weeks. I was shocked, excited and thrilled to receive them. Thank you's don't seem like enough.
This first one is from Kristin of Woollypetals blog. I have no idea when she had the time to make or send me anything when she is about to have a new little baby herself any day now. Isn't that the cutest hat you have ever seen?...and that beautiful fabric back there is a hooter hider, I love it!!! She also sent this adorable snowman as a memory/reminder of the time of your our new little person would be born. Isn't he cool? He is a little jar full of "snow". Thank you so much for thinking of us and taking time to make these things. I love them!
These cute things were sent to me from another blog friend....around our house we call her the other Leslie, since that is me too! She makes all sorts of fun things to gift and sell in her local area and blogs at Chasing Bluebirds Blog. She sweetly set aside this soft block for our baby. I love the ribbons all around it for the baby to play with! She did not want my big kids to be forgotten so she sent along these adorable owls that have a little pocket there on their bellies....for teeth. They are tooth owls! Cute right? Leslie, you already know i love it all. Thank you again.
Blog friends are awesome! I only hope that i someday get the chance to meet these girls in person.
Chris and the kids were busy geeking while i was getting ready this morning. They were inspired by a article on Geek Dad about claymation with the iphone. Here is the amusing results of their work!! Enjoy!!!
Mitchell insisted that this was meant to share with all of you, our friends in blogland!! We knew you could not be here to have breakfast with us but we'll share the recipe so maybe sometime you can try it on a day off with your family!! It is very very yummy! He would not let us eat until i took a picture!
Chris was home, day off for Veteran's day, so we wanted to make our morning special. No cold cereal for anyone this day. We got to spend some time together because it feels like lately we don't have much time. Hmmm...and i am not sure there is going to be any more after this baby comes.
French Toast Souffle
1 French Bread(long baguette) cut into 1 inch cubes 1 pkg.(8 oz) Cream Cheese, softened 6 Eggs 2/3 c. Half and Half 1/2 c. Maple Syrup 1 1/2 c. Milk 1/2 t. Vanilla 2 T. Confectioners Sugar
Place the bread in a greased 9x13 pan. In a large bowl beat together the cream cheese and eggs until smooth. Now add in the half and half, maple syrup, milk and vanilla. Pour mixture over the top. Don't worry if the cream cheese gets a little chunky, it looks a little funny but it tastes good. Cover the pan and place in fridge overnight. In the morning preheat the oven to 375. Take pan from fridge and let sit out at room temp for 30 minutes. Then bake, uncovered for 30 minutes or until done. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar. Serve hot with Maple Syrup.
I thought long and hard about this, but i figured it was time to keep it real, people!!!! Time to share the real current me!! :o)
I am 34 weeks pregnant. There is one big, real baby in there. We are all getting very excited....we have nothing ready in the nursery to share, but when we do i will take pictures. I am feeling ready and not even close to ready all at the same time!
I know that the counter says 39 but it is off by a few days because of my c-section date.
There was some serious pumpkin prepping...i think this was the first year that Avery carved her own pumpkin...with just a little help from Dad. She did such an excellent job
And, despite that look on his face, playing with the "guts" of the pumpkin was his favorite part!!!
We had gone through so many costume ideas before we got to the final choice...mitch was going to be Johnny Cash or a ghost or Snakeye's!! He finally chose a knight. My favorite part of this costume is his head piece, and his much loved duck taped sword! This is his serious business knight face.
Avery originally wanted to be a pirate girl. Her back up plan was being a snow princess....i was a little worried. But Target was able to back up her plan and there it was the snowy outfit. I think she looks like a Victorian caroler. In the end she was glad to have made this choice because several of the other girls on the loop were pirates and she wanted to be original. Mission accomplished.
We only managed a few snapshots of trick or treating before it got too dark!!! This one is my favorite. Chris accidentally shot it like this but it seems kind of halloweenish to me...you know a little ghosty!!!
In the end they had fun, and that is what matters....after all for them Halloween is only about candy and costumes...none of the scary stuff!
You can never really know what is going on in the lives of the people around you, can you? The struggles others go through behind closed doors are often unknown to the people around them. I live in a very small community and had the privilege of lending a hand and a little comfort to someone that needed it. In turn she gave me inspiration.
She is such an amazing woman, fighting breast cancer and being all the things all women wish to be. Strong, beautiful, inspiring. She is always cheerful and happy in spite of everything. Her love for and relationship with God shines through her.
When i first heard what she was going through i kept asking myself what could i do? how can i help her? My skill set is quilting...so, I presented our homeschool group with the idea to make this quilt for her and was pleased that they wanted to take part and participate by writing personal messages to her. I just pray that they do not fade or wash away...i wanted to have the chance to wash it first to see if there were going to be any great catastrophes but i ran out of time. Pray!! pray hard.
I could not bring myself to quilt through any of the personal messages so i just outlined each box in pink. Then i spent what felt like forever straight line quilting, of random sizes, the rest of the quilt. It looks beautiful but was a lot more time and work than i anticipated.
I also wanted to hand stitch in some things that would be personal to her so i did a pink on pink breast cancer ribbon...a purple on purple cross...and the names of her husband and children, so that they would be with her when she used this quilt no matter when or where. I had not originally intended to make it pink but it turned out that they were her favorite colors. What a perfect coincidence.
She in turn gave me a gift...the gift of gratitude and appreciation(and a few tears) which really meant a lot to me. It is hard to know what people really think when you make something like this and then mail it away...and kids don't necessarily love getting a blanket.
This is ironically Breast Cancer Awareness month. What a perfect time to honor her fight by bringing her this quilt. If someone around you opens that door a little and lets you in consider it a privilege to do what you can....what seems so small and insignificant can mean so much to someone that is struggling. I know you don't know her but if you think of her take a minute and say a little prayer, every single one counts!
I am linking this up to Fabric Tuesday this week, as well as Amylouwho's for sew and tell. Got to Amylouwho's and see what everyone else has made and leave a little comment behind so they know you were there.
Yup we are still here....still plugging along...still schooling, crafting, sewing and baby growing. But i am having a serious lack of creativity and inspiration when it comes to blogging. I am slowing down a little.....but i am here and reading all of your lovely blogs, enjoying what everyone else is doing while i finish up my dead-lined projects.....breast cancer quilt, Christmas tree skirt and Christmas quilt! I promise i will show and share when i get them to a point worth showing!!!
A certain little man around here is not lacking in creativity...he was a old man last night(beard and mustache made from paper)...but if you look real close you can see that the tooth fairy has been here again. To the cheers and jeers of a crowd of teenage boys(college students my husband works with) Mitchell used a plastic spoon and pried his tooth out of his head! Crazy i know.
Back a little while, before i knew i was pregnant....my wonderful friend Jonelle put a lot of faith in me and asked me to make her a Christmas tree skirt. I ordered up the fabric right away, but in typical Leslie fashion did not get started right away....it was for Christmas, i had lots of time right? Wrong!!! This week its time has come, it is my designated project. I need to get it done before this baby comes. She is so nice she did not want to bring it up or put any pressure on me about it. But here is your peek Jonelle...since we kind of went into this whole project blind. All she told me is the colors she wanted and left the rest to me. That is why i am telling you, she put a lot of trust into this!
I was able to make up a few blocks to send to her this week. She specifically requested that they be in blues and reds. I hope that they work out Deb, i enjoyed making them. The first two were made from a simple tutorial she provided in case we were stuck and could not think of what to make.
These wonky stars were made for Deb from my favorite star tutorial at Silly Boo Dilly blog. They always turn out amazing and i always love them!
These last three blocks are for my vintage sheet freedom bee, also started by Deb. I am plugging my way through them so that i can be done in time to have them back to all the other ladies before i have this baby.
My name is Leslie. I live in Virginia. I am a wife to Chris, a super husband/great daddy/army officer/PhD candidate. I am a mother to three very exciting kids, Avery and Mitchell, ages 13 and 10 and "baby" Delilah who is 5. I am a little crafty. I love fabric, quilting and I love my friends and family. I hope here I can keep up with all of you that are so very far away.
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