Archer is definitely not a fan of the alien head...I'm not sure we'll even be able to convince him to put it on again.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
We didn't actually end up with any pictures of the finished products though. Hmmmm. Well, I had pumpkin gunk on my hands so don't blame me!
And Archer did what he does best (besides climb): eat! He really wanted to be in on the action though. Next year, Archie!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
B didn't even want to give it a try:
"Mommy, I don't want to! I'm pretty sure if I would do that, I would fall!"
"Okay, B, you don't have to...maybe next year?"
"Yes, maybe when I'm 4 I can do it."
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Despite the fact that our first frost has come and gone, and it is now nearing the end of October, our raspberries are continuing to produce! No complaints here, especially not from the boys who are picking them clean daily.
Definitely my kind of berries. I still refuse to admit summer is over too.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Anyway, here's a sneak peek at their Halloween costumes. Preston's is still being pieced together since the costumes we found for Woody were pretty much hideous, but you get the idea. (And Archer wouldn't keep his on long enough for a picture, of course...hoping he'll be cooperative enough to at least let me get one picture of him at some point!)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Anyway, it's difficult to find a homemade bread that will stand up to spreading refrigerated peanut butter on it but apparently it can be done! I tried out this new recipe yesterday and it was a huge hit. It's by the same authors as Healthy Bread in 5, but it is a bit less...HEALTHY. Tastes delicious though! I did sub a bit more whole wheat flour for part of the all purpose flour (ended up doing about half and half I think). I'm curious about what it would taste like with all whole wheat, but I doubt it would've gotten the rave reviews unfortunately.
I froze half the batch, so when I have time I plan to make the breadsticks (or maybe just another loaf of the bread since it was such a hit).
Monday, October 18, 2010
I finished a few more sewing projects last week! Bryton is definitely a little more reluctant (sounds a little bit better than "stubborn" right?) to try on clothes. I made him a t-shirt and jeans, but it turns out the t-shirt was too big and actually fits Preston. Oops. But the jeans fit, despite the fact that I didn't use a pattern and just kind of went for it. Next time I'll make a slightly higher rise because they are a little low on the waist, especially because I made cuffs on the pants so theoretically he would be able to wear them longer. Now he'll definitely outgrow the rise before the length. He's wearing the pants today...I wish I could get a picture but he's unwilling. I'll try to sneak one later after he's forgotten that I was trying to take a picture!
The t-shirt was incredibly difficult for me. I'm guessing it's because of the stretchy knit material. UGH! Complete frustration. It ended up a little bit puckered around the neck band but after a few re-do's, I decided to leave it because...well...I gave up. I'll get it right eventually. Plus, I recycled fabric from an old shirt of John's so I figured that must have had SOMETHING to do with it. It couldn't be my lack of experience, of course. :)
I'm in the process of making him a pair of corduroy pants from the Japanese Pochee magazine. They look like they're going to be really cute, but they probably won't fit perfectly either since I can't get him to try them on (or sit still long enough for me to measure him!).
Friday, October 15, 2010
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Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I ordered this Japanese pattern magazine for kids called Pochee. It has super cute kids patterns and a surprising amount of stuff for BOYS. Rare. It seems like there are about 10 patterns for girls for every 1 boy pattern normally, but Pochee has it right...they give almost equal attention to the boys! Anyway, I told the boys to look through the magazine and pick out something they wanted me to make. Well, they basically chose every pattern in the book (seriously, the stuff is CUTE), but Preston especially wanted overalls. Now, I love overalls on little boys, but I think Preston is a bit beyond the "little boy" stage, plus I was trying to imagine how he could independently use the bathroom in overalls. I don't want to stifle my children's fashion sense...however...ummm...I just didn't see overalls happening.
I managed to convince him that these suspender pants are in fact "overalls" and I think he's in L-O-V-E. They are far from perfect (seriously, what was I thinking using a pattern WITHOUT ENGLISH INSTRUCTIONS for my first apparel project?!), and they still need a little work (the suspenders are too long), but they actually look like pants! It turns out I'm not very good at sewing straight lines - I need practice! As a bonus, they actually FIT him as compared to the multiple pairs of pants he has that are gigantic on the waist but short in the legs.
After I finished the pants, I found out the REAL reason he wanted overalls. He put the pants on, shoved his hands in the pockets and said "Now I have pants like A Pocket for Corduroy."
He picked out his own shirt to go with his overalls - I think he did pretty well. And he looks so EDGY with his collar up. :)
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Okay, it's OCTOBER and we're still (finally) getting tomatoes.
Yesterday I finished picking the tomatoes and decided that I probably had enough to do either tomato sauce or diced tomatoes (I canned a few jars of tomato soup a couple of weeks ago). I opted for the tomato sauce since we use it more, but in hindsight, I probably should have done the diced tomatoes since it's easier to find tomato sauce to buy in glass jars. Oh well, the tomato sauce was MUCH quicker to do, and since I started this while John was still at work, I kinda needed something low-maintenance thanks to 3 little boys and 1 destructive dog. I washed the tomatoes, cut the bigger ones in half, and tossed them in the vita-mix. I seriously love that thing. It makes my life just a little bit easier.
Anyway, out of that gigantic pot of sauce, I ended up getting 11 pints. My pantry is filling up quickly! I'm hoping for another week or 2 of warm (by warm, I mean above freezing) weather to possibly get enough tomatoes for some salsa...yum!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
And Archer didn't want to be left out of the fun, so he dug through the closet, found 1 yellow boot, and carried it around like he knew exactly what was going on!
We got lots of looks at the Kroc.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Last night we went to Costco. Before we left, I made sure the downstairs bathroom door was closed and the dog was fed. If we leave the bathroom door open, she generally gets into the garbage and drags it all over the house (she isn't allowed upstairs so I don't have to worry about those bathrooms). Anyway, I generally make sure that the gate to the playroom is shut so she can't get in there and wreak havoc but apparently last night I forgot. Oops.
The boys had been perusing John's "Gray's Anatomy" book and had left it in the playroom. Jasper apparently spotted it and decided to have a little fun. As far as we can tell, that is the only thing that she actually destroyed, although she had plenty of fun otherwise as you can see! Keep in mind, she did all of this in approximately 1 hour...can you imagine what she could do with a longer amount of time?!
Monday, October 4, 2010
Apparently not. The weather is nasty, and I'm ready to take on a few projects. So, after a couple of days of intense research and driving John crazy with sewing machine talk, I placed an order for this...a cute little Janome:I'm excited! Except that for some reason, my order is being subjected to "Security Authorization" by the "Verification Team" - whatever that means. Not sure exactly what they are planning to verify, but I hope they do it quickly! Maybe they think I stole my own credit card?!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Some people get all excited by sweater weather, falling leaves, and slippers...me, not so much. When John got offered a job in Hawaii, it was tempting PURELY BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER to me (logic won, obviously, since we are in N. Idaho!). By winter, I'm a little better. I've forgotten how much I love summer weather, and the snow sort of makes up for it as long as it isn't EXCESSIVELY snowy (I'm kind of demanding when it comes to weather, apparently).
Anyway, because today is October 1st and that made me a little sad, I started looking at pictures from past October's, and stumbled upon October 2008 where both Preston and Bryton were completely infatuated with a pink cowboy (cowgirl?) hat. It made me smile and I almost forgot that Fall is soon to be upon us.