Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Fabrics!

Today Kade and I took a little trip to Shipshewana.  (I of course forgot to bring the camera.)  We went to Yoder's Department store to look at fabrics.  Supposedly they have 12,000 bolts of fabric.  I not sure of that number but there was a lot.  I looked at all the cottons and then made my decision.  I'm really surprised at what I bought.  I definitely wouldn't have bought this a few years ago but it also wouldn't have been available.  Here's what I got:

New Fabric I



Metro Blue Goes Green (Marcus Brothers)



New Fabric II



Bleeker Street (Marcus Brothers)



I'm really loving the blues, greens, and browns right now.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with these yet.  They will definitely be made into something beautiful.  I have a few ideas already.  I'm really considering selling stuff.  Let me know if you're interested.



By the way, Kade was SO good.  He hid in storage cabinets under the fabric I looked at and ask "Can you see me?".  He pushed carts around banging into things but not people.  He tapped on wood display stands and said he was making music.  My favorite thing was when he put his head in a storage cabinet and yelled "Echo!" and then waited for his echo.  I told him there was too much fabric in the room for there to be an echo.  (Yes, I think this is good.  He never ran away from me.)  He could have had the ladies in the store eating out of his hand.  That's my boy.  I don't mean that he takes after me but that's his fun personality.  He also did really great on the drive.  We stopped and got him a coloring book to keep busy.  He colored for about 10 minutes total.  He loved seeing the horses, cows, and buggies.



Here's more fabric I'm working with right now.



Stonehill Fabric



So fun!  It's the Stonehill collection from JoAnn.  I'll have pictures when I'm done sewing.  Stay tuned.







Saturday, September 27, 2008

And Tonight....

Mickey's such a great dad and husband.  Lately he's been putting Kade to bed (as well as making sure the girls get ready too).  This means that he reads a book or two and then lays with Kade until he's asleep, usually about 10-15 minutes.  When he was in his own room or maybe still ours but on the floor he was falling asleep on his own but now that he's got a room mate (Mattey) it doesn't work very well.  They keep each other awake or she keeps him up.  It's a small price to pay for him not sleeping in our room any more.  Anyway, as I was saying Mickey's been putting him to bed.  I've taken a turn a few nights ago and also tonight.  It's got to be a coincidence but both nights Kade's woken up before I've gone to bed.  The first night I was still awake reading.  He came in our room and went right back to sleep on the floor.  (He's got a little make shift bed made out of extra blankets.)  Tonight he woke up earlier and found us downstairs.  I was sewing and Mickey was playing a video game.  Here it is 11:40 and this is Kade...

Not Sleeping



...wide awake watching Mickey play Lego Star Wars.  I don't think he's going back to sleep any time soon.  He'll be in need of a nap tomorrow for sure.  I feel sorry for the people that will have to deal with him in nursery.  Notice the sun he got today at the soccer games.



P.S.  The girls had back to back games today.  The details and pictures will be posted later.  I need to get back to my sewing.  Those pictures will be posted soon also.

A Little Odd

Last night I was in the bathroom getting ready for bed and I happened to look through the slightly ajar door belonging to Kade & Mattey.  With just the night light on I couldn't quite make out what I was seeing.  As I stumbled over the junk laying on the floor I got to Kade's bed and saw this.  Hmmm.....

Kade Sleeping





I always wondered why he kept falling out of bed so much.  Now my mystery is solved.  He moves like crazy when he sleeps.  Note:  He did move back up on the bed, the right way, after I took the picture.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

First Field Trip

Today Kade went on his first field trip.  (The second one is next week, already.)  He's been excited about it since last week when he turned in the permission slip.  We, yes I went with him, went apple picking.  We drove up to a small orchard just north of Niles.  This is the fourth time I've been there.  Kade had fun.  He was given a plastic grocery bag and let loose in the orchard.  Most of the apples were too high but we searched for low hanging ones and found some, enough for him to fill his bag.

Reach Kade I found an apple I found another one



He had to eat a golden delicious on the way home.  They are really good.  Somehow I volunteered myself to help Kade's class make applesauce tomorrow.  There goes my alone time.  Now we'll have to go as a family to pick so I can make applesauce.  Yum.

Soccer Season

This year when the mailers from MSA came we asked Megan if she wanted to play soccer this fall.  She said yes but then decided she didn't want to, she likes softball better.  Mattey said she wanted to play.  We asked her several times if she really wanted to because she tends to not finish what she started.  We told her she had to do all the practices and play all the games if we signed her up since it's not cheap.  She agreed.  Well then Megan decided she wanted to play too.  We signed both of them up.  We heard from the coaches the end of August and practices started the first week of September.  The first games were scheduled for the 13th but since we had about 11" of rain that weekend the games were cancelled.  Both girls played on the 20th at the same time at different fields across town.  Thankfully we only have to do that one more time.  Mickey went to Mattey's game and Kade and I went to Megan's.  Both girls played great.



Mickey took the camera so this week we have pictures of Mat.



I picked her up some cleats with pink on them, very girly, and tied a bow in her hair.



(I love this picture.)



Soccer Star



She played hard.



Trying to take the ball



She cheered for her team.



Cheering for her team



She was ready to defend the goal.



Ready to Defend Really ready to defend the goal



Her team didn't win (0-3) but she did have a great time playing.  I can't wait to watch her this Saturday.



Meanwhile at Megan's game Kade and I cheered a lot.  Kade kept cheering for white although Meg's team was wearing green.  I think he was just doing it to argue with me.  Megan made some good passes and had a lot of long drives down the field that ended up in the other team's posession.  She did manage, in the third quarter, to score a goal.  Soon after that the coach switched up the players and she played goalie for a while.  Within a few minutes she blocked a really good attempt by the other team.  When you watch her play you can tell her mind is really in the game.  Her team ended up winning 3-0 but again it's not about who wins.  Here's to a good season.

Meg's 10th Birthday!

Megan is 10!  (Her birthday was almost two weeks ago.  I'm so behind, again.)  Can you believe it?  Now it doesn't seem like yesterday that she was a baby (maybe still in preschool) but I really don't feel old enough to have a 10-year-old.  That kind of snuck up on me.



Her birthday was on Monday the 15th.  She asked Mickey to come eat lunch with her at school, which he did.

Meg wanted Mickey to have lunch with her.



After Mickey got home from work she opened her presents from us.  She got a lot of Pokemon stuff (I can't tell you what it is exactly because I have no idea), some clothes she didn't pay attention to, and a Flip video camera.  The Flip was the highlight with the Pokemon stuff a close second.  To see all her birthday pictures click here.



After presents were done Megan decided she wanted to go to Hacienda for dinner.  She just wanted to be sung to and have the cake and sombrero.  That cake is really good.

Hacienda cake and sombrero



On the 20th we had a family party for her.  She had asked everyone to get her a gift card or cash.  She had plans to buy her own DS.  And after everyone left she went out and bought it, spending all the (spending) money she had.  Now she has to start saving all over again.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEG!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Evolution of Dance - Worth the Watch

I don't often find myself perusing the videos on YouTube because quite honestly for as many good videos as there are, there are usually twice that many that are bad.  Today for some reason or another, I came across one that happens to fall into that good category.



This guy takes you through the years of dance by mimicking the "hot" dance moves of the times.  It is well worth the six minutes and I found myself laughing and also reminiscing through the entire thing.  You'll see for yourself why this video have been viewed almost 100 MILLION times!



How many of these dance moves have you tried?



Friday, September 19, 2008

Back Seat Driving from a 3-year-old

I had to quickly type this up before I forget.  Today while we were out running errands we went down Grape Rd. and had to "stop" at a light.  We were third in a turn lane with a yeild to green after the arrow.  I hear from the back "Come on, go Mom, the light is green."  Since when does a 3-year-old know about driving?  This is not the first time I've gotten instructions from him either.  I'm sure it won't be the last.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mickey's Birthday

Here it is the 18th already and Mickey's birthday was 10 days ago.  Better late then never, right?  Here's the run down of the day:  after dropping cupcakes off at his office Kade and I took Mickey out to lunch at Panera Bread.  He was told to take a long lunch by his boss so we also stopped at Circut City before lunch and Target after.  (We didn't buy anything, although he ordered something from Circut City later.)  Then he had to go back to work for a little while before taking cousin John to the airport.  Oh, I forgot to mention that John was in town for the day so they got to spend some quality time together at PG.  In the afternoon Mickey opened his stack of presents from us.  All Legos.  What more could he want?  Not much.  The kids thought it was great.  What a nice dad to let them play with his new toys.

Batman Legos More Legos The Kids playing Legos



Then we stopped by Kevin & Mary's to give our niece Crissy her birthday card.  The 8th is a busy day.  Mickey had asked me to make meatloaf for his birthday dinner but we were a little busy so I made it the next day and we went to Famous Dave's for dinner.  There we met one of Mike's ballooning friends Fitzwilli.  He made Mickey a birthday crown.  The kids got a balloon too.  I didn't take the camera.



Then it was time for cake.  He always asks for a lemon one and I comply.  This year after eating the cake he decided to ask for something different next year.  No, I didn't make it taste bad, it just didn't have much flavor.  Here he is blowing out his candles, with a little help from Kade.

The not so lemony lemon cake Making a wish, with a little help



Happy Birthday, Babe!  Hope you had a great day.  Next year we decided we're going away for a combined birthday celebration.  Now where should we go....

Sneak Peek

I mentioned not too long ago about our new bathroom.  I haven't got all the pictures I want yet, mostly because it's not totally finished, so here's a sneak peek.

Green for the bathroom copy



Blue for the bathroom

Saturday, September 6, 2008

My "Bohemian Bag"

One day last month I was surfing the net and was checking out some Moda fabrics.  I was coveting some fabric that comes out this month.  I can't wait to buy it and make something fun with it!  While I was looking around I came across a new designer, Lila Tueller.  I really like her fabric.  There was a little bio of her and while I was reading it I kept thinking, "She's got to be LDS."  I found a link to her blog and found out she is.  She is a creative woman and I admire her.  (How can you not when she's got 7 kids! and is still sane?)  To show off her new fabrics she came up with a pattern for a cute bag.  I thought about buying the pattern but then thought, "I can figure it out and make it without the pattern."



I did my drawings and figured out how much fabric I'd need and then I went to Erica's to look for some fun and funky fabric.  This store is a quilting store so there's a lot of fabric to look at.  I wanted more Moda but couldn't find anything I really liked.  They only display the newer collections together and all the older ones are sorted by color and there's only pieces left.  In the new collection spot was this fabric.

Red Rooster Fabric





It's Fantasia by Red Rooster.  Lucky for me they mostly had the blue/green collection so I didn't have a hard time deciding which color to pick.  I got six different prints/colors.  The next thing to decide was which fabric was going were.  After consulting with my friend Sue I made up my mind, although there was one change after that, but then it was time to cut and get sewing.  It went together fairly quickly.  Having things in my head and not on paper does slow me down sometimes, like deciding what order things go together so I can get the pockets separated on the inside but not have the stitching show up on the outside.



I found a button at JoAnn that matched perfectly, and I didn't even take the fabric with me!  I decided on ribbon for the ties so I wouldn't have to sew them.  I really love the way this bag turned out. This was the birthday present I made for myself that I referred to in an earlier post.  What do you think?  Thanks for the inspiration Lila.

The Bag Inside pockets Button Detail



The bow

Friday, September 5, 2008

Kade's First Day of Preschool

Today is the day that Kade's been looking forward to for months.  In May we visited the preschool.  After an hour he didn't want to leave.  It was a good thing I got him out of there before the fire truck showed up or I never would have got him to leave and then he would have expected the truck to be at school everyday.  He's talked about going to preschool ever since.  I thought he might have a hard time being left because at the time he wouldn't even go to nursery by himself.  In the last few weeks he finally started doing that, it only took 2 years.  (There were a lot of changes made to the nursery that didn't help things.  I won't go into it.)  Yesterday we had orientation and I don't count that as the first day mostly because I forgot to take the camera.  And it was only an hour and it was mainly for the children to meet the teacher, get to know the classroom, and for the parents to be given info.  He didn't want to leave yesterday either.



I consider today to be the official first day.  Kade was very excited.  He was asked to bring in a stuffed animal for show and tell.  He took his big bear from Nana and Papa.  It got carried in his new school bag.  Kade watched me put the finishing touches on it last night and couldn't wait for the paint to dry so he could use it.



When we got there he just dropped his bag and ran off to play.  He did see his name tag laying on the table and put it on and then was off again.  I had to call him back to get a picture with his teacher.  He could hardly stand still long enough before he was off again.  I had to go to him to tell him good bye.  He could have cared less that I was leaving.  I, on the other hand, was a little sad to be leaving my (last) baby.  I've done this twice before, and not been very sad but maybe a little relieved, but I always had someone else left with me.  This time I'm left to myself...isn't this what I've been waiting for?  I think it's mostly that he didn't need me.  I hate to admit that he's growing up.  He just grew up too fast.  Next thing I know he'll be driving and then leaving home.



Here's the proud school boy.

Kade at school



He's showing off his new bag.

The school bag





Kade and his teacher Mrs. R.

Kade & Mrs. R



I've dried my few tears and now I'm going to enjoy my alone time by playing music loud and cleaning the house.  I don't really enjoy that but since I haven't felt well this week the house does need some attention and I don't want to waste a Saturday cleaning.  I'm sure there will be lots of updates about preschool.  There are 4 fieldtrips scheduled in the first 2 months.  I won't be alone as I thought since I'll be tagging along.  :-)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Summer Review

Okay, the summer is "officially" over since today is Labor Day. (I started this last night.  After spending two hours fighting with the slow internet and iPhoto not working right I gave up and now I'm trying again.)  I thought I better get writing about some of our activities from the summer before I forget them all.  You all know about our vacation already so I won't bore you with that again.  Soon after we were home Mickey and I celebrated our 15th anniversary, can you believe it?  Here we are at the National Zoo.  I think it's a good picture of both of us.  Thanks for taking it John.

Mickey & Kelly



I think Mickey finished this project before we left for Virginia but I just got around to taking pictures.  I had to move all my bulbs from the yard where the septic was redone.  Mickey was great and made me a flower bed to plant all the bulbs I kept.  I also planted some strawberry plants I moved for safe keeping.  It has filled in and looks great.



The Flower Bed





Megan finished up another season of softball.  She played second base a lot, some at catcher, and also pitched an inning.  She is an awesome little player.  She's also really good at keeping the girls involved while they're in the dugout.  You can always hear her singing and chanting more than anyone else.  Maybe it's just the loud voice.  Here's a few more softball pics.



Waiting for her turn to bat



We had a really big rain on June 6th.  (I'm so glad the digital photos get automatically dated.)  Mickey took Kade out to jump/run in the puddles and the girls tagged along.  Here's some pictures from that.  Kade was soaked when he came in.  And of course he thought it was funny to splash his sisters.



Kade running through puddles Kade making a splash



Mattey getting splashed Megan making a splash



I think strawberry picking is going to become an annual event for us.  This is our second year going.  There were a lot of weeds in Grandpa's Orchard this year and the berries were on the small side but they were delicious.  I don't think Kade actually picked any.  If so he ate it.



Kelly with a handful Megan taking a break from picking Mattey taking a break from picking Kade actually picking one Mickey hard at work Our haul, two boxes



I froze a lot of them and will turn them into jam.  Mmmm...it's our favorite.



At the end of June we spent a day at Great America.  The girls were so excited to go, and I guess Kade was too.  We went with Mike, Betty, Amanda, Michelle, Abby, and Emma.  I think everyone had a good time.  (I've learned I'm not going back.  It's just not my kind of place.  I'd rather stay home and enjoy the peace.)  Megan and Kade loved the roller coasters.  Mattey and I found the tamer rides.  There was a water ride that was fun but since we got soaked no one wanted to go on it again with me.  Amanda did some American Idol Kareokee and the girls were her back up dancers.  Later Megan and Mattey got brave and sang a song.  They were great!  I'll have to get Mickey to put the video on.  I'll bug him so hopefully it will get done sometime this year.  Here's a link to the rest of the pictures.



The kids at Great America



I've done some sewing this summer.  I made Mattey a little dress and a beaded purse.  (You can't really see the beads, they blend in.)



Mattey modeling



I also made myself a Vera Bradley knock off.  I started with some Moda fabric.  And worked out a pattern.  And came up with this.  I really like it.  Look at all the pockets!  I love knowing where everything is.



Moda Fabric



Moda Bag Outside Moda Bag Inside





We had a family date and went bowling at Chippewa Bowling Alley.  I was a little nervous since I hurt my back 5 years ago at a bowling alley.  I survived and everyone had a really good time.  Kade was hilarious to watch.  Megan has a wicked spin.  Mattey somehow ended up getting a lot of strikes.  We weren't sure how she did it.  Mickey tries to make a dent in the lane by throwing the ball so hard.  I cautiously and slowly walked to the line and gently rolled the ball.  Our scores are somewhere but I don't have time to look for them now.  But here are some pictures of the family having a good time.  The rest are here.  (Please note that Kade and Mickey's date are in this album also, that's why they have two different outfits on.)



Mat got a strike Meg ready to bowl Look at that form



We thought we'd try cherry picking this year.  We went with Michelle and her girls.  Mickey was at work.  It's not really his thing anyway.  All the kids had a bucket and we had about 70 pounds of cherries in 30-45 minutes!  We had to tell the kids to stop picking.  Once again Kade didn't really pick except to eat.  He was a mess!



Michelle picking cherries Emma picking cherries Mattey picking cherries Abby picking cherries Megan picking cherries Kade chowing on cherries



So that was June.  We were busier than I thought.  In July we celebrated the 4th at Jan and Doc's house.  John provided us with a fabulous firework show.  The next week the kids started their annual tennis lessons at Leeper Park.  Kade even got to play this year.  He was very excited about that.  It's great being 3.  It was great being me too because I got to sit by myself and knit.  Meg has an advantage in tennis, she's ambidextrous.  If she wanted she could hit a powerful forehand with either hand.  I would love for her to practice this but she's kind of taken to only using her right hand, just like she does for all sports.  Mattey was a little apprehensive but I think she enjoyed herself.



Megan learning backhand Mattey learning backhand Kade Picking Up Megan Serving Kade Volleying Mattey learning forehand



We couldn't stop with strawberries and cherries we picked blueberries (twice) and peaches.  We picked blueberries at the Blueberry Ranch.



Kade smashing a berry Meg hard at work Mat taking the lower berriesMickey finding some good berries Kelly finding berries



We went once as a family for FHE and once with my sister-in-law, Mary, and her kids, Crissy, Jr., and Sabe.  (I forgot the camera for this outing.  And Megan had the camera for the peaches so not many pictures got taken.)  They also went with all of us to pick peaches.  Sabe is waiting for apple season.  We got the peaches (and also the cherries) from Treemendous Fruits.



Eating a peach A bucket of peaches



We had so many peaches.  We picked 78 pounds!  They were yummy.  A lot of us were allergic to the fuzz so we were rather itchy on the way home.  Next time we'll wear long sleeves and gloves.  As I posted earlier I made a lot of jam with the peaches.  I also made cobbler twice, peach muffins, and a peach pie smoothie.



Mickey and I also planted a tree in July.  We found a crab apple for half off at Home Depot.  Here's Mickey planting it.  I'll take a picture of the tree in the Spring when it flowers, if it survives the winter.



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This year the girls signed up for 4H.  Megan signed up for Photography and Wildlife.  Mattey signed up for Sewing.  The time kind of got away from us and Megan only got her photography project done.  Mattey didn't get her project started mostly because I was the one that had to teach her.  Yikes.  When I was in 4H I had classes and meetings but Meg had almost nothing.  I won't dwell on the negative.  Megan got a blue ribbon for her project.  Mattey will still be in mini 4H next year so she can do the same project.  We can start on it anytime.  It will be a good way to use up some down time in the winter.



The project Meg and her photogrphy project for 4H Mat & Kade on a ride Meg on the big swing Megan showing off her blue ribbon



That ends July.  In August Mickey started a few projects.  One is finishing the new bathroom downstairs and the other is building a deck on the side of the garage, since we don't have a back yard.  It has turned out really nice.  It's in the shade by 4-5 pm and when there's a breeze you can really feel it there.  Now that it's done it's my turn to add a flower bed around it and make it a little cozier.  We are planning a railing or something for next year.  We bought some solar lights to put around it too.



Making the frame for the deck The frame done Mickey screwing boards in place Getting a straight egde Time for weatherproofing Eating on the deck







Since this post has taken me hours and hours to do I'll write about the bathroom later and I have to take a few more pictures.  I'll just say it's sassy green and working.  I'm thankful to have a handy husband.



I'll conclude with my birthday.  I must be sick if I'm doing this.  Anyway, I had a nice day with Mickey and Kade and later the girls.  We went to Chili's for lunch and Mickey surprised me with not going back to work for the rest of the day.  We ran to Meijer for a few things.  It's nice shopping with someone other than a child, except he wanted to look at the legos and things too.  I made a triple layer cake with chocolate and white with raspberry filling.  It was a little unlevel but very tasty.  We just had some deli sandwiches for dinner so we could dig into the cake.  Mickey and the kids totally spoiled me with presents.  I got a thick exercise mat, 27 Dresses, the Fellowship soundtrack, a complete collection of Jane Austen, new ear buds, and the Eragon books.  That takes almost everything off my wishlist.  I'll have to work hard to come up with stuff for Christmas.  I also got some cards, money, and gift cards from other family members.  Thanks.



Kelly and her cake



Now I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  Sorry if you spent an hour reading this.  Hopefully I can get back to posting things when they happen.  Like today our driveway is getting fixed.  I'm so terrible I'm not even taking pictures of it.  Oh well.