September 30, 2009

An Autumn Project

Since it feels like autumn today (and for the last few days) and we're starting to see our sidewalk fill with fallen leaves, we did a seasonal art project.

This was Piper's first, allowed, experience with the glue stick. I cut the tree trunk and leaves. Piper glued like a crazed woman and put on the leaves. She originally only wanted to put leaves on the 'ground,' but ended up putting most of them on, or near, the branches.

We posted it on the fridge. Piper likes to point and say, 'I make it.' Yes, sweet P you made it.

September 27, 2009

Weekend Glimpse



: : Milwaukee Zoo : :

: : I guess they are still down there : :

September 22, 2009

Fall Farming

Piper and I started our week late, we took a long weekend. It's was rainy Tuesday, not that the plants didn't need it, but not much was accomplished. Motivation comes hard on days like those. Yesterday everything was saturated, the air and the ground. Which meant drying the diapers on the line was pointless, but that's fine. We took a leisurely stroll and picked up some treasures along the way, fallen fall colored leaves. The presence of changing leaves must mean fall is here. And the start of our nature table, which I've wanted to do for some time now.

Piper and I took our long weekend at Ninepatch. Where much fun was had. We went to a very hip baby shower for my brother and his wife. It was hosted by his boss, who has an amazing home - to say the least. Quite a feast for the eyes.

Piper got a chance to really 'move cows' with Grandpapa in her barn boots. She was up early in anticipation. I *think* she must of had fun, she wanted her barn boots on first thing this morning and wore them until nap time. Good thing we decided to bring them home with us. We joked that she can be the Ninepatch baby (a la the Gerber baby.) We'd hold a contest out of fairness, but we'd already know the winner.

September 17, 2009

Fears Overcome

I not so recently got my Grandmother's inherited serger from my parents. And as I've said to a few, I'm intimidated by it. For many reasons, first it looks intimidating (look at it), plus it cuts the fabric as you sew, most of all it was my Grandmother's. She was a wonderful sewer and took great care of all her possessions, as we all should. I felt that my using the machine meant many things to live up to. One day recently, Zac had to work late and I could think of nothing else to do. I pulled it out of the storage container, put it on the table, stared at it, inspected it and read the manual cover to cover. Still not one hundred percent sure as to what I was doing, I figured I just needed to try. And I did. A few scraps first, then I sewed some butt cloths and a diaper doubler. Nothing that exciting, but I did it. I tread in uncertain waters. I'm on my way. Still think I may need a sit down with my sewing-guru aunt for more instruction (my mama's good idea.)

As an aside... as I was making bread this morning, which by the way goes twice as fast around here as store bought bread ever did, I thought of something my friend said. At our BBQ she told my mama that I was so 'domesticated' (a compliment -- I hope.) At said BBQ, Zac's mom gave me an apron - vintage I think. As I donned the apron this morning to make our bread, I even felt 'domesticated'. Maybe it's just the thoughts of the 'domestic duties' the other women who've owned this apron have preformed in it. Regardless, it all makes me feel grounded. You'll see, apron or not, I still manage to get flour all over Two.

September 14, 2009

sweet outfit

This morning, after a brief lapse in the running commentary from my love, I found her in the porch dressing up. What a great outfit! Apparently, she needed something to keep her a little warmer today while she 'move cows' in her barn boots. A newborn hat and her mittens did the trick, I guess.

princesses and more

We kept busy this last week with canning peaches, a trip to the zoo and new-to-us playground, a crafternoon with a friend, lots of 'moving of the cows' in our new barn boots, some more sewing, and more playing.

Saturday we attended our niece's, Piper's cousin, princess party. The little ladies were supposed to dress up in princess outfits. Since we don't know what Disney is around here Piper wore a mama-made and mama-interpretation of a princess costume. Piper thought it was fun. Enjoyed the skirt more than the hat, as it was hard to keep on for a long time. We gave the princess of honor one of my jackets.

Then rounded out the weekend with an impromptu visit from Marmar, Grandpapa, three aunties and an uncle.

Hoping your weekend had fairytale quality.

September 04, 2009

Yum. Raspberries

This morning we ventured out to the raspberry patch for some deliciousness. A bit earlier than we went last year, the leaves were changing already on our last trip. We couldn't resist, the nice sunny weather beckoned us out. And out we went. Along with us came Auntie, new to town and not yet working which means some time during the day to spend with us. Picking, we found, is much easier in peak season...making note for next year.

Piper ate her weight in raspberries, or at the very least nearly a pint. Now for some jam and some eating.

We hope you all have a wonderful long weekend. And you find some way to savor these last beautiful days of summer. We're going to try our best to do so.

September 01, 2009

September Morn

Why, hello September! Although the weather has cooled, we're not ready for fall just yet. We are looking forward to some of fall's events; apple picking, leaves changing colors, but alas it's come too soon. I encourage you to make the most of the last warmer days.

Have a tomato from the garden! Piper has taken to eating them like apples.