Saturday, August 8, 2009

Step One...Done!

I finished the piecing part of my first quilt today! I'm so excited! I was nervous about some of my fabric selections, but I think it turned out nicely after all. The cutting and piecing went more quickly than I expected, which was nice. I started it on Monday, and worked on it for a little while each evening after the boys went to bed. Jeremy had a lot of computer work to do, so he would set up on one side of the table, and I would sew at the other side. Does that count as quality time? LOL!

Ironing all the seams was the hardest part...mostly because I HATE to iron!! But I have to admit it was far more satisfying to iron this than to iron a shirt or something. Now I just have to figure out how to quilt it. The tutorial directions are very specific on the piecing part, but then it just says "baste, quilt, and bind" for the last step after piecing...not super informative for someone who has never quilted before, but I'm determined to figure it out! I plan on getting started after we get back from our trip to Texas, so the beginning of September or so.

Here's as much of the top as I could get in a picture...

And a bit more of a close-up. The colors are lighter/brighter in real life...this is the best I could get at night with the dining room overhead light.

Friday, August 7, 2009


Welcome to my new obsession with all things pink! I know I don't usually blog about crafty-type stuff. I haven't really had much time lately for crafts, and haven't been all that inspired to do so, either. Well, our expected little bundle of pink joy is certainly supplying the inspiration to craft, which is nice since it kind of offsets the other things she is supplying--such as nausea, exhaustion, and those lovely little kicks on my bladder. I've been scouring the web for cute girly things I can make for her...lets just say the list is getting long!

The first thing on my list is a cute quilt. Here are some of the fabrics I chose:

I have NO IDEA what I'm doing, so we'll see how it all turns out! I'm using a tutorial for a quilt that my friend Annalia mentioned on her blog (yes, Lia, the zig zag that you, your sister, and your mom have all blogged about!) The alternating stripes and backing are a light lime-y green print with little butterflies...I love pink and green together. Hopefully it will turn out cute! I'll post pictures of the top when I get it done in the next few days!

The only one of my boys who seems to care that I'm a bit obsessed with sewing for his little sister, who hasn't even made her appearance yet, is Joey. I think there's a little jealousy going on already! For Christmas this past year I made all 4 of the older boys tied fleece blankets. Joey's is a sweet baby monkey print. He LOVES monkeys, and loves his blankie...until now. Now he wants me to make HIM a quilt. I reminded him that he has his own monkey blankie, to which he replied "I don't LIKE my monkey blankie!!!" Ah, the fickleness of three!

On a completely unrelated note, here's one (of many, I'm sure) reason why 3-year-old boys really shouldn't wear lip stick:

And another reason why I should find a better place to keep my make-up bag! He is awfully cute, though!! :)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Back to School!

We are almost done with our first week of school for this new year, and it looks like we will survive! I'm always excited to start a new school year, but usually a bit nervous as well. It can be challenging to get back in the swing of things after the relative freedom of a summer break, and this year the break has been longer than usual.

The boys usually move through their curriculum more quickly than suggested, and we just start the next level as they finish the previous one, rather than waiting for the next year. Well, with the double-doozy combo of pregnancy exhaustion and morning sickness, we just stopped doing certain subjects as they finished the current grade level, rather than moving on. So for several months now, their course load has been getting lighter and lighter, then we took about a month off completely for summer.

In light of all that, I was VERY concerned there would be all-out mutiny when we hit the books this week...but the boys have done phenomenally well!! We did have some convincing to do with Jordan, who is now officially a 1st grader and not accustomed to lots of school work, but otherwise, the boys have been responsible and eager to learn. Yay!!! What a relief!

We're still in the process of ironing out our routine--figuring out what order is best for our subjects, and how to juggle three different grade levels--as well as a preschooler and toddler!! I'm doing myself a favor and only trying to come up with a routine; i.e. just doing things in a particular order and not worrying about scheduling times yet. That's just too hard for me to accomplish while pregnant! My plan is to school up until baby arrives (she's due around Thanksgiving) then take off from Thanksgiving through the end of the year. I'll still have the boys do math worksheets and read daily, just to keep in practice, but we won't resume our full curriculum until the first week of January. Hopefully I will be getting some sleep again by then! :)

So for anyone who's interested, here is what we're studying this year:

Math--Math-U-See Epsilon (fractions)
Grammar--Rod & Staff English 4
Spelling--Spelling Power
Logic--Mind Benders warm-ups and level A, followed by A Case of Red Herrings
Reading--various literature, and selections to go along with history and science studies

Math--Math-U-See Delta (division)
Grammar--Rod & Staff English 3
Spelling--Spelling Power

Joshua and Jonathan:
History--1600-1850...using Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World right now, trying to decide if I want to go ahead and get Story of the World 3 (we used 1 and 2 previously)
Science--chemistry...Adventures with Atoms and Molecules--starting in September
Latin--STILL finishing up Prima Latina, then moving on to Latina Christiana 1
English From the Roots Up book 1 for Latin and Greek root words
Bible--reading 3 chapters a day (chronologically) and scripture memory
Writing--book reports, letters, etc. and Writing Strands 3

Math--Math-U-See Alpha (addition)
Grammar--First Language Lessons
Reading/Phonics--finishing up Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Adding in History/Science/etc. sometime in September...trying not to overwhelm him all at once!!

All three:
Art projects--various
Some sort of music appreciation done weekly or so...still fleshing that one out!

Whew!! Looking at those lists, it looks like a ton of work. But it really isn't too bad...several of those subjects are done on alternating days, and a few of them don't really take very long to do. We're also still trying to figure out what to do about piano lessons for Joshua and Jonathan since our piano teacher is going off to college this year. I'll probably just do it myself for the fall, and maybe put them in lessons somewhere in the spring...I don't think I want to be shuttling them around to lessons in late pregnancy or with a newborn!

So those are our plans so far! We're looking forward to having a great year!!
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