Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Stitchery and such

You know I make a lot of stuff right?  Some I keep, some I sell, but mostly I love the process.  I haven't shown you the stuff I've been making lately so here's some of the most recent things! 

These I'm selling on etsy: 


Peter Pan, my favorite! 


My take on a line from "So Long, Farewell" from the Sound of Music


Have I told you how much I love The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde? 


Also, the eternal Princess Bride


You've gotta love sweet ol' Winnie the Pooh


Then there's some quotes I've found  that really motivated and uplifted me lately so I decided to stitch them to keep for myself!  I haven't put them up yet (and likely won't before we move--in one month! Ack!) but I'm looking forward to finding lovely places to put them in our new home! 



In case you can't read them: Clockwise from the top left they read 1) "They say our tree may never grow back.  But one day something will." -Fantastic Mr. Fox 2) "My life is not an apology, but a life." -Ralph Waldo Emerson 3) "Whatever you are, be a good one." -Abraham Lincoln

A silly quote I actually made months ago (but haven't photographed!) has been hanging in my kitchen for awhile now.  


"People who love to eat are always the best people."
-Julia Child

Let's just say I really love to eat, so I had to stitch this quote ;) 

And finally, a few months ago I got the wild idea to embroider a stylized version of St. Basil's Cathedral.  It took forever to complete because I had to look at photographs, sketch a small version, figure out how to simplify it into lines vs. empty space, and then stitch stitch stitch stitch stitch! 


We found this awesome frame at the LDS distribution center (would you believe they make them out of the scraps from those awesome gilt frames in ward buildings?) and decided it went really well with the gold steeples in the embroidery.  Sometimes I worry it's a little bit ostentatious but other times I LOVE it so I try not to worry about it ;) 

And here's a close up! 


It's kind of wonky and cute and basically I'm really proud of it--so if you don't like it, please don't tell me because it would severely damage my ego ;)  

Anyways, I hope you don't mind me dumping all these here! I've had fun making them so I hope you have fun looking :)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Nightly routine


After months, we've finally developed what we feel like is a satisfying bedtime routine with Nikolai. 

Somewhere around 7:45, we give our little buddy a bottle with milk and let him wander around until he's finished it.  Then he gets a diaper change and we brush his little teeth (he has 11 now! can you believe it?!) and then corral him in his room for scripture and prayer with mommy and daddy.  After that, I take off to the livingroom to have a few minutes of quiet time while Jesse reads him some books and then sings him some songs in the rocking chair.  Usually by this point Nikolai knows what's going on and realizes he'll get to rest soon so Jesse often only gets through 1-2 songs before Nikolai squirms out of his arms to be put in bed! It's a great routine for us and let me tell you, I much prefer it to the early months when we had no idea how to get him to sleep every night.  Hoorah for the fact that babies get older! ;) 

Anyways, I snapped this adorable picture of Niko and Jesse the other day and couldn't resist sharing. 


I love my boys! 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Dots and such

Have you heard that you can tell when your baby recognizes themselves in the mirror?  You're supposed to put a dot or small mark on the baby's nose and then let him look in the mirror.  If he touches the mirror, he doesn't recognize the dot as being on his own nose, but if he looks in the mirror and then touches the dot on his own nose, he's recognized that the mirror is showing him himself.  We tried this experiment with Nikolai recently and  it worked--he touched the dot on his own nose! 


(evidence of the dot)

Speaking of dots--I've been playing this puzzle game called Tapestry recently where you make a picture with dots by putting certain numbers of black dots in a row.  I finally finished all of the puzzles recently and the final one was this! 


It takes a second, but do you see it?  Mama and daddy, kissing their sweet baby?  Does it, bychance, look familiar to you? 

It sure did to us! 


(Hey Niko, you were tiny once!!!)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Our life so far, summed up in 50 photos

I recently got 50 free prints from shutterfly so I took the opportunity to FINALLY order the pictures I wanted to begin putting together our Adventure book!  We've been wanting to make an Adventure book ever since we saw Up! and we've been collecting momentos and silly little things from our life to put in it ever since--but I never got around to printing pictures for it!  So I went through about a million pictures and sorted out the important events in the last 3 years that I wanted to put in our book.  


It's sort of fun to see our life summed up so...summarily.  I've already begun putting them in our book so maybe I'll put some pictures up of that soon! 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Tim and Jessica

On Wednesday, Jesse's brother Tim and his girlfriend Jessica came to have dinner and hang out with us! They were so awesome to drive all the way up from Provo and Jessica even brought super awesome Star Trek themed rice crispy treats. So awesome!!!


They were awesome sports and played some games with us after Niko went to bed.  


We loved seeing you guys and look forward to seeing you again before we move! 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Oh hey, we met Brandon Mull!

Remember how we went to the Beyonder's launch party a few weeks ago but it was so packed that we didn't get to get our books signed?  Yeah, that happened.  SO after that, Brandon Mull went and did his national book tour (so famous!) but I cleverly followed him on twitter so I'd know when he showed uo back in UT--and as it turned out, he tweeted that on Tuesday he'd be at our very own public library here in Bountiful!  Obviously, we had to go, cause he showed up practically in our backyard! 

So the doors opened at 6:30 and he'd begin speaking at 7...so naturally we left to get there around 6:45.  That'd be plenty of time to get in, right?

Wrong.

The auditorium filled up (with 250 people!) in the first 10 minutes, and we got there literally 1 minute after the last people got in.  We were all "nooooo!!! We can't come to TWO book signings just to not get our books signed!"  The line kept growing behind us until we heard reports that there were as many as 150 people behind us.  But then, the awesome Brandon Mull heard that so many people had come and agreed to talk to both groups--each for 20 minutes with a 10 minute Q and A, instead of just talking to the one group for 45 minutes with a longer Q and A, as he had planned.  So after taking turns wandering the library and holding our place in line (while trying to keep Nikolai sane) we finally got to go down and hear Brandon speak! I forgot to bring my camera so I didn't take any pictures of Brandon Mull, but here's a delightfully grainy picture of our patient little buddy leaning on the stage while I calm him with the offer of cheerios.  


After Brandon spoke, they filed us out of the room and into a long snaking line behind the first group, who obviously got to get their books signed first.  At this point it was around 8 pm--aka Niko's bedtime.  We hadn't guessed there would be so many people there so Nikolai wasn't even in jammies or anything, and by the looks of the line we knew we'd be there a loooong time, but we hadnt come to a second signing just to go home empty handed! So Nikolai got to stay up a little past his normal bedtime and play with some fun library toys, after which we slid him into the baby backpack and Jesse dutifully walked around and around the library until he fell asleep.  After he finally crashed we stood in line for awhile longer until we finally reached the front--at a whopping 10:15 pm!  I got to tell Brandon all about how grown-ups love his books too and a few little reasons about why I think they're great, he signed our books, and we were off! It was a long wait for such a quick pay off but we were so glad to be able to tell him that we appreciated his work and to have a little bit of proof that we saw him :)



By the way guys, Brandon Mull is insanely nice so if you're ever tempted to go to one of his signings--definitely do!  And if you haven't read his books, you NEED to go check out the Fablehaven series and the Beyonders series! They're excellent! 

p.s. Thanks Brandon Mull for being so nice and for staying there insanely late even though I'm sure you really wanted to go home and see your family instead! 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Park schmark

Given Nikolai's current love for the outdoors, I thought it was about time to introduce him to the park.  He'd love the slide and swings, right? 

Wrong. 



After a few trips, we've finally managed to get Nikolai to not hate the slide--but as it turns out, he's not really big enough for it anyways.  I think we'll try again in a few months, but until then we'll go and just let him walk around in the wood chips, which seems to be fun enough for him! 



Niko's new favorite hobby: pushing the stroller. 


Also, a note: Niko only looks grumpy in these pictures because it was almost bedtime! He really was having fun :)


I love my boys!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Eva's bakery/I love springtime

We ate some yummy stuff, and I want to show you. 


Apricot pinwheel


Chocolate something-or-other

We're enjoying our last few months with an income by treating ourselves to a few quick indulgences, one of which was Eva's bakery a few Saturdays ago.  The sun was shining, the air was clean, and we ate yummy food! It was about the perfect afternoon. 


I love Niko's face here.  He's was happy, I promise! 


Springtime, I love you!