Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Project

You know how I normally crochet like baby blankets and things?  
Earlier this week I had a friend ask me if I would make candy corn hats and cocoons for her newly born preemie twins for Halloween.  Um.... Sure.  I've never taken an order before.  I have no idea what to charge.  But I just finished the first hat, a preemie size hat comes together pretty quickly.  Except that This Little Big Boy stole it, and took off with it.  He was waving it around like a flag.  

The only picture I got today...because I've been trying to crochet up a storm. :)

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Kousa


While Eric was doing some work on the front door, Sam reported to me that he'd been helping, and that he'd wanted to go out and take pictures of my tree, the one the boys got me for Mother's Day, because it was turning colors.   I went out to see for myself, and found him right.  So I had to take pictures of my tree. the Kousa Dogwood.  2 major ways a Kousa is different from a regular dogwood is that a. it's flowers are different, and b. the way it color changes in the fall.  

It's just getting started.  
But there are a few leaves turning red, and only a couple already red. 

I'm loving all this red and pink, I do so love fall!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sharing the Love


Last night was our friend Suellen and Alicia's wedding.  They had gotten married in New Hampshire 2 weeks ago, and returned home to have a beautiful reception here in Indiana.  I don't generally talk politics here, but this is my place to talk about what is going on in my life, and this was a highlight for some good friends.  I was thrilled at the beginning of October that the Supreme Court agreed to leave the gays alone, and just let Love be Love.  It couldn't have come at a better time to be able to share in our friend's joyous celebration.  And since these were friends from Butler, it was even better, because so many of our old friends were coming into town for the occasion.  It was going to be Awesome.  

And it was.  
It was Beautiful.  When I was young, I never would have thought orange would have made a great wedding color, but the couple times I've seen it done, it is Beautiful.  I tell you truly, this was the best reception I'd been to in a while, the most child oriented wedding reception I'd ever attended.  So Family Friendly!  I guess it helped that Alicia and Suellen have a little girl just Sam's age.  From the moment we walked in the door, my boys were bonkers with joy. So appropriate, as so were we all. But for them there was popcorn and crayons, and hats and googly eyes.  It was perfect for my little yahoos.  

Sam went straight for the popcorn.  

Chris needed to play a little first.  

We found our friend Joe, and his eldest and mine bonded again immedieatly.  They are only 5 months apart, and about the same height, and have equal levels of crazy.  It's too bad these guys only see each other once a year or so.  I should do more to fix that.  They are hysterical together. 

While all the littl girls immediately took over the stage with their coloring, Jacob just wanted to take over the stage.  

Our lovely table, and a few crazy boys. 

The First Dance. 

This was my favorite moment of the evening.  All the kids, or most of them, took it upon themselves, to just go and sit on the stage to watch the first dance.  It was simple and sweet, and full of love.  When I mentioned that this was my favorite moment of the evening to Suellen as we were saying goodbye later, she said she began to cry during the dance at this vision of an entire new generation, raised in tolerance, that to them seeing a gay couple get married was no big deal, just another wedding, and not thinking anything strange or unusual of it.  And it was true.  My boys aren't going to be thinking that a gay couple having a wedding is any different from any other couple having a wedding.  We did have to have a brief talk with Chris before we went because I told him it was our friends Alicia and Suellen, and he said, "If they're both girls, who's going to be the Daddy?"  So simply, I told him, they are both the Mommies.  But that they know that they want to spend the rest of their lives together, and that's what getting married is, choosing that special someone you love to spend the rest of your life with.  And they chose each other just like Daddy and I chose each other.  There are lots of different kinds of families, just like there are lots of different kinds of people because God Loves Variety.  And that was enough for Christopher.  

All the kids couldn't wait to hit the dance floor.  
They had a conga line full of kids that went for like 2 hours.  Those kids were all circling the drain and the dance floor at the same time.  And yet, they held it together.  The kids had a great time.  

Yes, we all circled up and did the chicken dance.  
The old is once again new and awesome through the eyes of a child.  

Christopher was breakdancing.  He got down on one shoulder and circled around.  He was having so much fun, he eventually just closed his eyes and kept on circling and circling, feeling the beat through the dance floor.  Maybe he was tired.  I could have left him there a while, but once he tripped a girl, it was time for him to get up.  And he was tired.  

But not as tired as this sweetpea.  He was acting so tired, but he just wanted to get right back out on the dance floor.  Even when Jake was too tired to dance, he let us all dance with him.  Here, Kathleen, his Godmother got to get a dance in with him.  

Sam was getting a bit punchy there at the end too.  
After the third boy started getting punchy, we decided to say our goodbyes and hit the road.  

The boys got to say goodbye to Suellen, they loved how much she looked like a princess.  
It was all so beautiful and joyful.  We had a wonderful time.  
It was so wonderful to be able to share their joy and love. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Oily projects


I got a little crazy yesterday, getting all crafty and stuff.  Ha!  These oils are going to my head.  I'd done some research about different laundry detergents that one can make at a discount.  I'd had trouble finding the ingredients.  We found Borax at Kroger a month ago, but the other most basic (supposedly cheap) ingredients were getting to me.  Finally, a friend suggested Walmart. I hate Walmart.  But I actually needed to go there for a yarn and bagel run anyway, so Thursday I went.  So if I was going to go ahead and go to Walmart, the odious place that it is, I thought I'd give it a try to see if they had any of the ingredients that I was looking for, (still on the lookout for citric acid for toilet bombs, zinc oxide for sun protectant, and arrowroot powder for my own deodorant ;)  ).  Turns out it was a mighty successful run - I found pumpkin palooza: pumpkin bagels (with carmel cream cheese), pumpkin english muffins, pumpkin cake mix.  I got all these, but there was a billion pumpkin products I didn't pick up.  Really.  I did leave a couple. ;)  But they Also had the washing soda and fels naptha in the laundry soap aisle.

Anyway, one of the recipes I found was this one.  

I used 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of Washing Soda, and I grated the bar of Fels-Naptha.  

For the record, grating soap is weird.  However, I loved how easily cleaned the grater was afterward.  
I thought it would be nasty to clean, but it all rinsed right off. ;) 

Then I put 2-3 drops each of Lavender and Purification into the mix and stirred it up.  

And put it into a jar in the mudroom. 

It smells very clean. 
I started a load of laundry, and can't wait to see how it goes. 

The second thing I made yesterday was These Lotion Bars.  

The recipe calls for a 1:1:1 ratio of beeswax, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil.  Hot Dog, I had all 3!
I had beeswax that was 1 1/2 ounces.
Turns out you can't melt beeswax in the microwave, so I went old school and improvised a double boiler with my pyrex over the boiling water.  It took some time, but the beeswax melted, once it was all hot and melty I used about 1 1/2 ounces of the others, just under a quarter cup of them.  They blended together quite nicely.  But started to cool as soon as I removed them from the heat.  

So I poured them in my silicone cupcake mold.  As soon as they were poured, I added a 2-3 drops of essential oil to each bar.  I made two lotion bars with Lavender oil, and 2 bars with the Joy oil blend.  I'd heard somewhere that silicon was great for popping them out.  That was true, they did, I left them in for an hour to cool, and they popped right out when I was done.   Easy peasy.  And every time I handle them my hands get a little oily, and smell great, but not too slimy.  I think these will be great for winter! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sockin' up lockal color


There's an episode of I Love Lucy, where they were traveling, and she was up to no good, so she told Ricky, she was going to go out and 'Soak up some local color'.  Ricky repeated it, and he sounded like he said, "sockin' up lockal color".  My family uses the phrase 'sock up lockal color' to mean that we are up to no good in the neighborhood.  This was me yesterday.  Every boy in my house was up to no good, sockin' up lockal color.

Jacob found a hat.  
He gets very frustrated that he cannot put hats on his own head. 
He is very vocal in his frustration. 
But man, he's cute when he gets the hat on. 

Finally, a coat of Spirit Blue on the front door!  
Although I must say, it looks Purple to me.  
But that was the name of the game, I wanted something between blue (Butler bulldogs) and purple (Brownsburg bulldogs) and the paint chip was right where I thought it should be.  It's coming out a little more purple than the paint slip though. 

Jake and I went on a yarn mission.  For orange yarn. 
I hate driving to Avon.  JoAnn's has bunches of yarn and craft supplies, but I hate the crowds of driving around there.  So I checked Micheal's Tuesday, no dice.  So we tried to find orange yarn at Wal-mart.  SCORE!  They had multiple flavors of orange yarn, AND the other colors I needed.  Who'd have thought?!  But Jacob's favorite was clearly the orange.   He's such a good shopper. 

Eric didn't have anything to take for lunch in the morning.  And Jake and I didn't have plans, so I offered to kidnap him and take him to lunch.  We went to The Tamale Place.  If you have never been there, Go! If you've never had tamales that don't come in a jar, Go!  It's like little mexican grandmas in the back making tamales all day long, and when they are done, they are done.  And when they run out, then the store closes.  It's a good place to go for lunch!  In addition to my chicken verde which I can never seem to stray from, I ventured so far as to try a fish taco (I know, tacos at a tamale place, but it was Yummy!) and a pumpkin tamale for dessert (which was really good, and not as sweet as you'd think it would be).  I love this place!  Plus it was really nice to have lunch with Daddy, in the middle of the week.  We're crazy like that. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

My Totally Cheesy Boo


Yesterday we had our semi-regular BAM! meeting.  BAM stands for Butler Alumni Moms.  Granted, it's only 4 of us, but we have a good time, our kids all around the same age, and they are finally getting old enough to kind of play with each other.

Our sweet J girl is going to be 2 this coming weekend, can't believe how fast they grow.  

I got a wild hair digging through Jake's 18 month clothing bin on Monday.  I found 2 black long sleeved t-shirts.  Who needs that in October?  I needed something spooky to go with his brother's skeleton shirts.  So I made him a ghostly "Boo" shirt with felt.  He looked pretty adorable in it.   

Our sweet crew.  Just barely old enough to sit up on the couch and get their pictures taken. :)

After our playdate, I went over to Micheal's to find yarn for a new project.  They didn't have it.  Bummer. 
But by the time I left hunting all over that store, I was starving.  So Kathleen and John John were able to come over and meet me for lunch.  It was gross, rainy, chilly.  It was definitely warm food weather.  Something soup like. I wanted to try out a new place, called Tom + Chee.  They specialize in grilled cheese sandwiches, and they have three different kinds of tomato soup.  Oh yeah! 

Jacob was a big fan of the grilled cheese.  

Both boys loved the soup crackers on the side. 
But for me, who wants crackers, when there is grilled cheese to dip in my soup! 

A school visit


Monday I got to have lunch at school with Christopher, and I got to help out Sam's teacher.  Although because I arrived during Sam's recess, I only got a little drive by hugging from him.  Luckily, that was just what I needed.  And Jacob was my special helper.

It was chilly outside, and Jacob found his pumpkin hat from last year.  He picks it up and tries to put it on his head.  He's letting me know he wants to wear it.  OK, fine by me.  It's getting a little small, but I think we can make it through this fall with him wearing it.  

Blue skies!  Nothing but Blue Skies, Blue Skies, do i see!
Yeah, Jakers and I took a selfie.  
He actually was rather a superchamp in the stroller while I made copies, as long as I plied him with Fruity Oh's. He's a sucker for Fruity Oh's. 

I also got to have lunch in the cafeteria with Chris. 
He wanted to take a silly picture.  I don't know where he gets it. ;) 

Jake and I stayed to finish because I messed up making copies on a booklet and murdered many trees until 2 oclock.  He was practically falling asleep in his seat.  Me too.  Well, not falling asleep in my seat, but I was exhausted.  How do teachers do it? All day long!  I am so Thankful.  
God Bless Teachers!