Archive for October, 2008

teens are fast approaching

October 21st, 2008

Look at those two boys. Will has always made his current age seem old. At 2 weeks, I felt like he’d been alive (and awake) for months. At 6 months, he had the speed and agility of a toddler. At 2, he seemed so self-assured and worldly. And now, at 4, when I turned around […]

late night sewing

October 21st, 2008

It has been a long time since I’ve worked on the small fun stuff – somehow quick flannel pants don’t count – so I dug a shirt out of the box waiting to go to Goodwill and went to town on a new shirt for Sylvie. Gap mens shirts are really soft and nice to […]

one sick kid and un-used napkins, a horror story

October 19th, 2008

One of the few good things about the kids falling ill is that I got to spend some one on one time with Will last week. Monday he stayed home and we wrote daddy a love note – I made dotted letters which he traced. We made a garland of ghosts out of cheap napkins […]

christmas ideas…

October 19th, 2008

The Christmas shopping season begins the day after Thanksgiving, but the Christmas crafting season goes all year round. In case you are at a loss for semi-manly ideas – I’m thinking we might make a round of keychains using techniques I’ve learned for making resin jewels. Here’s a tutorial for making resin jewels from threadbanger. […]

pumpkin patch

October 19th, 2008

It can’t help our society that once you have kids, it becomes more and more impossible to fit exercise into your daily regimen – what with the requisite weekend morning activities that every good parent drags their kids to. Since Will has not been enjoying soccer, we skipped out Saturday, took the kids for a […]

16 ways to re-use

October 17th, 2008

I’m always interested in ways to re-use products that we’d otherwise throw away, but the ideas are usually… how do you say… dumb? Basically, turning junk into more junk. Or art, and well, my house barely contains the people that live in it much less the tons of art we could produce with our waste. […]

backup plan

October 16th, 2008

If dragon doesn’t work out, we’ve got a back-up non-superhero plan:

torturing kids with fancy food

October 15th, 2008

We’ve been lucky that our kids are good eaters and fall for the 10 bite rule, but I still enjoyed this article on Slate about the extent some parents will go to get their kids to eat veggies.

dragons vs monkeys, a halloween fable

October 15th, 2008

I pick up our 3 year old neighbor and Will from school on Thursdays. We’ve been talking a lot about Halloween, trying to convince Will to branch out away from superheroes. My neighbor is going to be a Monkey. Will has now decided he is going to be a Dragon. The conversation went down like […]

homesick Texan finds Homesick Texan

October 14th, 2008

I stumbled across a great foodie blog, Homesick Texan. Great to me, at least. There seems no shortage of great recipes on the wide Internet for how to serve the fresh cranberry beans, heirloom tomatoes or fava beans I’ve drug home from my farmer’s market, but although delicious, they all seem a little soul-less. But […]

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