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Oh Christmas Tree…

It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas around here:

We got our tree!

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I was picky about finding one that wasn’t too bald on the top so we went to two lots before finding a non-bald tree. I know, I feel sorry for my family too. When we found the perfect tree, Tom felt the need to strike a pose next to it.

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We broke out Christmas jammies.

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Some of us may have been more excited about it than others. (UGH! The stove looks so dusty and gross!)

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I decorated the rosemary tree in the kitchen with ornaments that the boys made when they were really little. The ornaments are too big for the tree but I like looking at them while washing dishes.

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I have officially lost my stitching mojo. Maybe Santa will bring it for Christmas.

Happy Monday!

Life

What a weekend!

Biggest went to see the new Hunger Games movie with some of his friends on Friday night and didn’t get home until after 10:30pm! This gave us a glimpse of the future teenage years and I DID NOT like it at all!

On Saturday, we took the train into the city for a Scout trip at the Franklin Institute. Did you know that a canary has a really fast heartbeat?

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I love the pendulum that swings in the main staircase.

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And, of course, the giant heart. Who doesn’t love the giant heart?

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Afterward, we rushed home for the big soccer tournament. It was pretty exciting. Our team didn’t win, but I was super proud of the boys for playing really hard.

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The best part of the weekend, though, was when we lit our first fire of the season, had a picnic dinner on the living room floor, and played Life.

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Sammy snuggled in to watch.

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Charlie insisted on being the banker. (He’s very good with money.)

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There is just something so wonderful about a fire in the fireplace and all my peeps at home. I feel so cozy and thankful and happy in moments like these.

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Later on, the fire died out, the kids were tucked in bed, and we were left with sleepy animals and our books. It was an introvert’s dream come true.

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Sunday was a long cold day. Littlest and I somehow ended up at home by ourselves. He was bored so we looked up science experiments on the internet. Who knew that Borax could be so entertaining?

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Scientist hard at work.

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A homemade lava lamp!

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In other news, Charlie showed his displeasure at wearing a coat.

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And I did a little stitching on Day 4!

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Have a great week!

Happy Halloween!

Hi Friends! Did you have a good Halloween?

We are all a bit pooped from an overly social weekend. Too much socializing + introverts like us = eventual melt down.

Our festivities included:

Going to a total of 8 stores in search of SOLD OUT pumpkins. Who knew that this even happens? I finally gave up and bought an acorn squash. So lame.

Having our annual Halloween dinner. It was a bit low key this year since I was exhausted from the great pumpkin search.

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The menu highlights were the Spider (olives) and Jack O’Lantern pizzas,

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And Dracula’s Dentures cookies, which ended up looking more like Jokey Chattering Teeth instead.

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There was also some “magical potion” to drink. It was fizzy and bloody and made curious popping noises. Between you and me, it was seltzer, black cherry kool aid, and pop rocks.

We had a little visitor for the weekend. Holly!

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She did not appreciate having to wear a costume and hid under the table, but it was just too cute to take off.

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I did not get a single photo of the boys before we were off to trick or treat and various events. This was officially the year of bad planning.

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On Sunday, we had family over for yet another birthday dinner. Birthdays go on forever around here. This was the grand finale!

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By the time everyone left, I was ready to collapse somewhere alone with my stitching. Charlie had other ideas though.

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He was almost too cute to move, but even a cute cat can’t keep a woman away from her stitch-a-long. Deadlines, People!

I finished Day 2.

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And got ambitious with Day 3. This is as far as I got before giving up and going to bed.

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Sometimes you just have to quit while you’re ahead.

The End.

On apple muffins, cross stitching, and chain saw killers…

What do you do when you finally fall asleep at 4AM only to have your darling wake you up at 4:45 with his snoring? You get out of bed and make apple muffins.

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The crumbly bits on top were a little dry and weird, but the muffin part was thumbs up. But then again, anything sugary and warm probably tastes good when you are operating on little sleep.

On a brighter note, I’m enjoying this stitch-a-long.

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I got most of the red done for Days 1 and 2 and now need to add the green. These are some greens that are in my stash but they aren’t quite right. I can’t decide between bright & modern or traditional & dark. Thoughts?

And a few more photos from the weekend…

We had our Halloween block party.

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My favorite part was the horse drawn wagon rides.

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I was planning to enter the pie baking contest, but forgot to bake a pie. How do you forget to bake a pie? Then Tom volunteered to be a pie judge and they picked someone else. We really failed at the pie competition this year.

Coal was popular in his sweater.

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You know you’re a boy mom when walking in on this doesn’t even phase you. He was trying to show me that his socks have skulls on them too. A+ for follow through on a theme.

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Happy Tuesday!

YAY! Cross stitching!

Oh boy… Oh boy… What a weekend we had!

On Saturday, I dropped Littlest off at Scouts and ran some errands. A quick stop at Barnes & Noble unearthed this…

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What do you do when you’re giddy with excitement to see yourself in a magazine at the bookstore? You hide behind a shelf and take selfies, of course.

Things only got even more exciting later at soccer. Our timid Biggest begrudgingly took a turn playing goalie. He was dreading it as he hates attention and was nervous about playing the position. His coach gave him a little pep talk and we all hoped for the best. Well… he turned out to be an AMAZING goalie, making all sorts of elaborate saves and fancy kicks. The spectators were cheering like crazy! It was all so exciting and he got congratulated the entire way back to the car. My heart felt like it would explode with happiness as he walked a little taller and smiled his shy smile.

Here we are at the Halloween block party later in the weekend. Love this sweet boy.

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And finally, some actual stitching news…

I am taking a break from “Love Never Fails” and joining Plum Street Samplers 12 Days of Christmas stitch-a-long! This is my first stitch-a-long and I’m already behind but, oh well, fun! I am going to make individual ornaments instead of the full blown sampler. Anyone want to do it with me?

My goals (just because one need goals):

  1. Use only linen from my stash. Since I’m doing ornaments, I thought it would be fun (and frugal) to use the bits and pieces leftover from other projects. That way they’ll end up with a mismatched look.
  2. Embrace this opportunity to get over my fear of sewing/finishing. 12 ornaments = a lot of practice sewing and finishing creatively, right?! Eep. 
  3. Try not to over think things and have fun. HAHAHAHAHA!

So far…

First Day, Partridge in a Pear Tree!

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Second Day, Two Turtle Doves…

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I think this is just the type of project that will give me a kick in the pants to start stitching regularly again. The only downside to stitching regularly?

Getting behind on chores and finding your dog sleeping in dirty laundry. Tradeoffs.

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First Day

It’s hard to believe that another Summer has come and gone.

The boys had their first day of school yesterday, so I took the obligatory first day of school photos. I think that this picture really shows their difference in personalities. 3rd and 5th grade!

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I was so excited to get home and hear about their days. Me: How was your day!?? Was it fun?? Did you like your teachers?!! Who’s in your class??!! Them: Eh… good. 

Boys! After some prodding, I did eventually get the scoop. The teachers were nice. They have friends in their classes. The bus ride was fun. They liked the fancy sandwiches that I packed for lunch (grilled pesto chicken on french baguette… Let’s see how long I last before it goes back to salami on grocery store white bread).

Around here…

I was a lucky duck and got to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I made two batches of soap!

Oatmeal & Brown Sugar and Castile Soap with Lemongrass

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I’m digging the Oatmeal soap. The Castile soap seems too crumbly. Hopefully it will improve as it cures.

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In an unprecedented turn of events, Charlie was discovered sleeping in his own bed. The one that was bought specifically for him when he first came home. The one that he has never even given a second glance. Go figure.

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Last night, Tom had to run an errand after dinner. This is what the animals do until his safe return. Our animals are so funny.

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After a long hiatus, I FINALLY had time to stitch! I made a little nest for myself outside while the boys entertained themselves with the hose and buckets of water.

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It was like rediscovering an old friend.

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I made some progress.

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Of course, Charlie had to get into the act.

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Some things never change.

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F is for Feather

Do you remember how upset I was last Friday? Things have resolved themselves and it is a big relief. Phew.

This will be a busy few days because we leave this weekend for Virginia! There is so much to wrap up at work as well as home, so of course it makes sense to ignore everything and write on my blog instead.

We are driving to Virginia. This will be a first for us to take such a long car ride with the boys. I checked out some books on CD from the library and am hoping that they will keep the gang entertained. I will pack snacks too, because what’s a road trip without snacks?

I have been enjoying my lunchtime walks lately. It has been very hot, but nice in the shade.

I have walked past this gate roughly 1,477,375 bajillion times and just yesterday noticed that it has an F on it!

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Lately I’ve started picking up feathers.

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I try to limit myself to one per day so if I pick up one and then see a better one, I have to swap it with the first and not take both. When I get back to my office, I put the feather in my drawer. I am building quite a collection. I bet that I’m the only person in the office with a feather collection in her desk.

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Last night was monumental…

I had to stop to let 3 fawns cross the road (one was too speedy for the pic)…

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These two (kinda) paid attention to each other…

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And Charlie and I took selfies.

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Oh happy day!

The post in which I actually discuss cross stitching (and a bunch of other things too)

So I need your advice. I know my photos suck and the colors aren’t accurate at all… but what should I do with her skin?

To start, I like how ghostly pale she is supposed to look.

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I don’t know. It appeals to my love of the macabre.

But my fabric choice is too light, and the color doesn’t show up, so I used something a little more creamy. Eh.

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I don’t know how I feel about it. These are other colors I have laying around. Peachy? Darker? Sigh… none of them look right! Should I try straight up white? HELP!

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It is so hot here this week. So hot. My goal is to stay inside the air conditioning as much as possible. It’s good to have realistic goals.

We had a very lazy weekend. Littlest and I dropped Biggest off at a birthday party and then walked around the mall while we were waiting.

Littlest fell in love with this chair which is just about the ugliest thing ever.

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He swore that he would come back one day and buy it for his first apartment. I’m apologizing now to his future wife who will be stuck with it some day.

That night, we all went to an antique car show. Biggest, our resident car guy, loved seeing all of them, especially the DeLorean. I have to admit that it was pretty cool as far as cars go… shiny and silvery like a refrigerator!

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Sunday we spent home because… ugh… heat.

There was Lego playing…

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and snoozing…

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and science experimenting…

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and a little pickle making thrown in for good measure.

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And lots of reading!

I finished Gone Girl. It was so disturbing! And she was so insane! And no one was likable! It was a page turner for sure, but too psychologically upsetting for me. I’ll stick to my Little House on the Prairie books from now on, thank you very much.

Another day… Another post.

Hi Blog. Happy Monday (not!).

We had a delightful weekend. Weekends are the best.

These came out of the garden.

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They might not look like much to you, but they are a pretty big deal. We are not such green thumbs around here.

I got this book, which I am looking forward to reading. Introverts unite!

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I let the boys do a little redecorating, which I am beginning to regret. This is one of their formerly cute shelves. It used to hold vintage children’s books and fire engines now THIS… sigh… boys.

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Proof that Coal might >gasp< LIKE Sammy (a little).

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Proof that Charlie is the softest, cuddliest, fattest cat in all the land.

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I made this Icebox Strawberry Cake from Pinterest. Fresh whipped cream… happy sigh. It was worth it.

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Lest you think that I’ve abandoned my one true love, I haven’t.

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See the creepy lady that is beginning to emerge? There is a little problem. My linen is lighter than the linen that they recommended, so her skin color may not show up. Should I go even paler for her skin so that she is even creepier and ghostlier?

The boys got tired of the “8 Ball Club” upstairs, so they set up the “Hip Hop Club” in the basement. Tom and I were quick to dismantle it because geeeze it was the only quiet kid free area left in the house!

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I practiced the piano, using a new online course.

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And Charlie discovered the dryer.

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How was your weekend?

Here we go again.

First things first… WE HAVE SOAP!

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Soap making is totes fun and exciting. I am dying to try a few more batches and flavor combinations!

In other news, I went out to dinner on Monday with Stephanie and came home with a…

WEAVING LOOM!

Oops. Funny how that works. Stephanie was kind enough to lend me her Cricket Loom, so of course I had to try it out tonight. See how productive I am when the boys are away at camp?

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The initial set up was a bit of a PITA,

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But once I got going, it was kinda fun.

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I learned how to set up the loom and weave by watching YouTube. What can’t you learn on YouTube? It took about 3 hours to weave a little scarf.

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By “little”, I mean dog-sized.

Behold my ever patient model, Coal.

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Looking off into the distance all nonchalant and model-like.

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This is his “I’m a serious high fashion model” pose.

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This is his “spying Tom with his after-modeling treat” pose.

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So marks my first foray into weaving.

Pros:

  • kinda fun
  • super fast
  • better than crocheting (my fingers don’t cooperate with crocheting)

Cons:

  • a pain to set up
  • takes up a lot of space
  • Charlie kept getting into the yarn, so I had to lock him in our room and he got mad and… PEED ON THE BED! OMG! HORRIBLE! HORRIBLE! HORRIBLE! (That might have been enough to end my weaving career.)

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