Friday, April 30, 2010

Hand Stitched

A couple recent projects:

A handful of photo envelopes from Kata Golda's new book to give as gifts. And baby booties for my (very pregnant and adorable) coworker Steph-- using a free pattern from C&T Publishing.

I am always surprised by the satisfation I get from embroidery. I really need keep a project in my hand bag. It's so exciting to finish a project within the same year I started it!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Killian

Graham's buddy Killian turned 3 this week and we were all invited to a big Dr. Seuss themed party. Here Killian's dad Sean greets us at the door.
Here's the birthday boy climbing on me. As soon as I began tickling him, all the rest of the kids jumped in for a big tickle fest free for all. (Screaming was mandatory.)

Below is Charlie, one of the sweet girls of our friend Diana. Charlie is a strict boy hater, and I truly delight in pushing her buttons when it comes to our "friendship". She insists we will never be friends because I'm not only a boy, but a grown up. I keep telling her that I'm not really a grown up, but an Ogre (like Shrek) and that I'm only 6. You can't imagine the looks I get from her. ;)

Killian's house has literally hundreds of toys. Action figures, train tables, games, you name it, and they probably have it. With all these playthings, the one item that was the focus of Graham's interest was a toy vacuum cleaner. In fact it was coveted by a few kids in the group to the point of arguing over who gets to do the rug. I need to buy him a Dustbuster so he can really help around the house!

Here's Graham modeling the superstar sunglasses he got in his take home goodie bag.
He kinda looks like Elton John.

Sadly, more pictures were not taken. Melissa and I each thought the other would take them and we simply slacked off. We promise to be more diligent in the future!

Monday, April 26, 2010

More S'mores

When I declared 2010 "The Year of the S'more," I wasn't joking around. Not even C.C. can resist gooey marshmallow-y goodness.

Luckily the weekend weather was just a touch warmer than it had been midweek, so the kids were able to enjoy a dip in the tub.

Nicole's grin-- visible proof of supreme happiness brought on by a perfectly browned and delicious toasted marshmallow. (Not to mention the love of holding baby Declan!)

Now if only I could find a subtle way to ask Abby to make us some homemade Graham Crackers for this weekend...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

April Showers

Maybe it's the adorable rubber boots, or maybe it's his devilish grin when he finds a puddle ... either way, his enthusiasm is infectious!

Yellow Finch

We're calling him Sunny.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Yo Ho Ho

Was it a mistake to teach Graham the "And A Bottle of Rum" part? I hope not. This particular pirate was was of the attractions at OH Fest. I'm still bummed out that I missed the BonJovi cover band performance, but at least I heard a tiny bit of their set from the backyard.

Friday, April 23, 2010

2010, The Year of the S'more

I'm declaring an early start on summer! It was a little chilly in the backyard, but the smokey wood fire kept the marshmallows (and our toes) toasty warm.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Sleepover

Graham, Grandpa and Grandma had a sleep over at the farm Saturday night. Before the visit, we got Graham a new book. The storyline was too perfect to pass up:

Little Critter is having a sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa's farm! Join Little Critter as he helps his grandparents milk the cows, pick blueberries, and bake a pie for the contest at the Country Fair.
Sunday morning, Graham woke Grandma up at 6:45 and told her it was time to make a Blueberry Pie! And indeed they did. (Grandma is an excellent sport.)

Here's the victor with the spoils. It was, as Graham says, "Dee-wish-ous!"

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sweet Bay Morgan Farm

Sue Jack, a co-worker/friend of mine needed some fence posts for her horse farm, so Melissa, Graham and I all piled into the truck and took a ride out to make the delivery.

We timed it just right because one of her mares had a foal just a few hours before we arrived and we got to meet the new filly and her nervous mother. (Mama horse was a bit apprehensive, so after a quick peek in the barn we went inside the house and watched them via a video monitor set up in the kitchen.)

Graham loved the horses, as well as the bunny, the sheep, and the cats and dogs, and as you can see in the picture above he shed is clothes to become one with the animals. (Actually it was a diaper malfunction, and a dog with muddy paws that contributed, but it was very warm out so we just let him go free)
The horse above is Athena, his favorite. She followed him along the fence line and came to him when he patted his leg and called her.

When asked if he wanted his own horse, he said "Yes, this one".

That being said, I think we'll need to visit again soon.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Easter Weekend

The day before Easter we went to Capresso's, a coffee shop here in town, to meet Mother Goose who read stories and hosted an Easter egg hunt. As always, Graham was eager to participate, especially when there were candy filled eggs to be found.

After a nap we headed to the farm for a fun afternoon with Amanda, Ethan, Abby, Jason and of course Grandma, Grandpa and Scout.

Aunt Lorraine sent some really fun outdoor toys.

Easter morning arrived, and although I had to work the night before, I was home in time to wake everyone up and let them know the Easter Bunny had been here! Along with a nice basket of Goodies, the Easter Bunny dug out a big treat Santa had hidden in the cellar from a few years ago. Behold the Estate Wagon!

After finding it (cleverly hidden by the stove) Graham's new ride was the hit of the day.

Although his legs are just a tiny bit too short to pedal it himself, he has become a master at working the tailgate and loading and unloading everything he can fit in it. He pretends he is heading to Price Chopper and has a different grocery list each time (although usually cupcakes are on the list).

Among the other treats in his basket, Graham got a new boat for the hot tub!

After a few times around the tub, we hurried to get dressed and get to church for the Easter service. As always Graham was eager to join the other kids front and center up at the altar. This time he happy came back to his seat when the children's sermon was done (phew!).

Here's a great shot of him with a hymnal.

He looks so angelic, you'd never know he actually wasn't too crazy about everyone singing. At the pause of each verse he would gladly (and loudly in the hushed moment) say "The End" only to be disappointed when the singing of the next verse continued. It must have happened at least 7 times, much to the delight of the congregation. I don't recall what song it was, but even I was surprised at how many verses there were.

Next, we were off to the farm for Easter dinner. Graham was thrilled to find out that the Easter Bunny had also left some goodies for him there as well!

Amanda, Ethan, and Abby, helped with an egg hunt (which could have gone on forever since eggs kept dropping out of his basket!)

Some eggs were hidden higher than others!

Graham also enjoyed a paddle catch game with Uncle Jase-

Afterwards, we went inside to help peel Easter eggs, and enjoy a delicious ham dinner.

It was nice to have everyone together for the holiday, but boy all that excitement was tiring... Graham and I napped about 5 hours afterwards, and still felt sleepy!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Warm Day

Looks like Graham got the I-like-to-be-naked-gene.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Birthday, Emily

It's hard to believe Emily is TWELVE! It seems like just yesterday that she was 7. Of course, sometimes I think Amanda is still 12, so there you go.

Wesley cooked up some delish mac and cheese and a strawberry cake which Graham enjoyed at the Big Kids' Table. Everything was going really well until we started singing Happy Birthday. It seems Graham was under the impression it was his party ....until the cake was delivered to Emily. Listen for the background crying: