Thursday, May 7, 2015

Status Update

Libby is one week old.

I haven’t cried, in like, three days.

She’s a good baby.

Bryce has been off work.

He’s the best, ever.

The boys have been with Bryce’s parents for the week.

And I really miss them.

{May just be the hormones talking…just kidding, I really do.}

They’re coming home tomorrow and my mom is coming, too.

Then:

Bryce will go back to work.

My mom will go back to Idaho.

The kids will have three more weeks of school.

Then it is summer.

I will have six kids home.

And I may or may not be terrified.

But, for now, I’m trying to enjoy all the happy changes.

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The girls made the sign for Libby and me when we came home from the hospital.

{Can we just all agree that it was super brave of me to take a picture?}

Complete with some poetry:

the pool is cool

but you are not

ewe

life is cool with you

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Our neighbors had this massive blow up obstacle course in their front yard for their granddaughter’s 5th birthday.

And they were generous enough to invite the girls over for the time that it was there.

Guys, it was longer than their house.

Anyway, the family used it for like 2 hours.

And my kids used it for like six.

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….and how she really felt about the scale.

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Katie

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Libby Ann Bell

8 pounds, 2 oz.

20 inches long

Full lips

Squishy eyes

Long fingers

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Katie

Monday, April 27, 2015

I Wish I Had A Baby To Announce

But, I don’t.

Which, is kinda depressing.

But I’m fine with it.

Really.

Who likes newborns anyway?

They’re not at all charming

with their squishy faces

and baby smell

and little hiccups

and sad cries

and their tiny, cuddly bodies.

I mean after all, I do have Bennett.

Who cries all the time and needs to be held constantly.

{Totally the same thing.}

And who also has a black eye because he decided to move the ironing board across our uneven hardwood floors.

Which collapsed on him.

I think I saved his life no less than six times that day.

Seriously, how has the male race survived?

So, yeah, totally doing fine over here.

I’m awesome at this patience and waiting game.

I was made to be pregnant forever.

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But, I did get another quilt top done.

I made this quilt years ago.

And it was probably one of my favorites, ever.

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So, I wanted to use the pattern again.

Bryce’s grandpa used to own a bakery in Utah.

And my mother-in-law was aware enough to save a lot of things from there, some of which I’ve been lucky enough to inherit, like some serious heavy duty cookie cutters and some sugar sacks.

I debated for a long time about how to use the sugar sacks and finally decided to use them in a quilt so the neat graphics would still be visible.

{Guys, can you totally see that enormous fly on the quilt?!}

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Because of this size of the sugar sacks, I had to adjust the size of the quilt, which took a.lot.of.fabric.

I decided to cut up this red quilt.

Well, it’s the back to a quilt.  And I really loved the top side, but wasn’t super thrilled by this side.  The red is a little much for me. 

But, it did have lots of salvageable prints that I though worth using.

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So, after some sugar sacks, my small stash of reproduction fabrics, a quilt back AND a trip to JOANNs, I finally have a quilt top.

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Can I just say, I’m pretty happy with the outcome?

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And also, because I’ve been pregnant for exactly 40 weeks, my ambition is low.

I did manage to get a large, free box off of Craigslist for the little kids.

Because it’s totally an adequate substitute for quality parenting….

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And Spencer’s response when I wanted to take his picture.

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Hope you had a nice weekend and have lots of good things planned for this week, like, if you’re local, dropping off some chocolate chip cookies at my house, baby or not, they would be appropriate under either circumstance.…

Katie

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

My House in Spring and a Quilt Top

This is Adeline sharing her MP3 music with Bennett.

It’s mainly Beatles and Disney.

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And our house.

We’ve had a super mild winter with not nearly enough rain or snow.

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And this quilt top.

I received the components for this quilt from my friend which she got from her grandma.

Most of the blocks were mostly assembled.

So I finished those up, sashed it and put on borders.

Which sounds like not a lot of work, but those pieces are pret.ty tiny.

It’s about the size of a lap quilt.

And the fabric is Moda.

So I’ll be saving my pennies to purchase something equally nice to back it with.

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Lilacs in blue Mason jars in a galvanized planter, container thingy.

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My front door d├ęcor.

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Thanks for the kind words and comments about the photos from my last post.

Hope your week is going well and that you didn’t plan to take away the pacifier from your 18 month old the exact week he decided to cut four teeth and you were 37 weeks pregnant.

Because that would just be silly.

And rather pathetic.

And just plain sad.

Katie

Friday, April 3, 2015

I Told Bryce I Wanted Him To Build A Coast For Our House

So we could:

watch for whales

hunt for crabs

scavenge for seashells

fill buckets with water

build sand castles

go barefoot always

get dirty

and sunburnt

fill our pockets with rocks

and be utterly content.

 

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This picture is my favorite.

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Our jaunt through part of the Redwood National Forest on our way home.

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And this guy turned four.

His mother may or may not have forgotten that she threw away the well used birthday candles and was pretty sure she’d remember to replace them in time, but obviously didn’t.

Ah well.

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I’ve been reading up a lot on taking better photos and making my camera work better for me, so hopefully there will be some improvement.

Any tips are welcome.

Hope your weekend is lovely,

Katie