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A Busy Easter Weekend

Sorry for the lapse in posts. It was a crazy busy week last week and this weekend was just as busy! It started Friday with getting the house ready just in case someone wanted to come look at it (who does that on Easter?- Whatev, hubby insisted.) Then once I got the house together it was time to head to the in-laws for Easter Weekend. My mother in law and I had all kinds of things planned. We HAD to make the banner for our Relay for Life team so that was first on the list. For some reason she was thinking we could use these two napkins she had to make the banner????? Yeah…. not so much. So we headed to Hobby Lobby and picked up some Canvas and Iron on Letters. We decided to work on the banner Saturday. We decided that our banner would have not just the team name but iron on appliques of all of the cancer color ribbons. So I traced all a ribbon in each color (using disappearing ink or tailors chalk- depending on the color) and we cut them out. We also cut out double sided adhesive. We had an embroidered purple ribbon from the quilt my mother in law made so we made that the focal point of our banner. We then decided that the banner needed some more pizzazz and headed back to Hobby Lobby for some blanket binding to put around the edge of the banner and a car that we could applique since our team name is The Pit Crew. Anyways, during that trip I picked up other craft stuffs that I wound up doing as well. Once we got home I sewed the blanket binding around the edge. I did my best to mitre the corners but honestly it wasn’t great…. Oh well, no one will see it on a galloping horse! No, there are no horses involved, it’s just a saying. Anyways, once the binding was on we appliqued all the lettering, ribbons, and the car. Here is the final product:

Relay for Life Banner!

 I think it turned out pretty great. I have to give my mother in law credit for the end result as it was her vision. I just helped to execute it.

 We also made Rice Krispy Eggs with M&M’s in the middle:

Make just like regular rice krispies and shape them into eggs!

 And of course Stink dyed Easter Eggs for the first time!


Stink LOVED dying the eggs! We all had colored hands afterwards though......

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Roller Romper

Do you remember when you were a kid and you put your romper on and rolled around in your roller skates? Okay, I don’t actually remember it but I have pictures from my childhood where my mom did this to us. It’s waaaaaay cute 🙂 Anyways, I stumbled across a pattern for a “Roller Romper” and of course I HAD to try it. The pattern was purchased from The Chickadee Patterns and is listed as The Roller Skate Romper. The patter is simple to follow and easy to read. There are plenty of pictures to help a newbie like me along the way. It even was a great beginner project for me to practice making bias tape (added bonus!) The pattern was delivered within 24 hours and was simple to download, print, and piece together. I would strongly recommend this pattern to other beginners looking for something beyond a basic dress or skirt to do for their little diva. Another great aspect of this pattern is that from cut to finish it only took me about two hours, and that was with a regular sewing machine and making bias tape for the first time.

I had to add two inches in length but this is based on the 2t sizing

Elastic waistband with zig zag stitch


Made my own bias tape using a bias buddy- totally worth the money!


Since we're not potty trained over here I used snaps instead of sewing up the crotch.

I used a twin bed sheet for the fabric and bias tape. My next one that I WILL do has got to be done in some kind of Rainbow Bright Fabric because doesn’t this just scream RAINBOW BRIGHT!

She looks like my older sister in this pic!

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A Trait She Gets from Her Mother

Stinkerbell has always been delightfully entertained by the act of cleaning. Once she was able to walk she would take wipes and “clean” the walls, stereo, couch, whatever she could reach. She would spend hours pretending to clean and giggling about it. Now she even says, “Mommy clean?” “Me CLEAN!” It’s way too cute. I”m pretty sure she learned this from me. I tend to dance and sing as I clean around the house, thus, she is also doing those things when she is “cleaning.” I have to say it DOES making house hold chores a bit more tolerable. I am totally going to soak it up while I can. Lord knows it won’t be long before she is telling me I am the meanest mommy in the world for making her clean her room.
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Can you do Mommy's room next?


I guess at this stage of development they are all about imitation. She imitates most everything that I do. I LOVE it! I find it cute when she tries to “crochet” or when she is playing mommy to her baby dolls (each of which has its own name…..) Today she set “Bea” up in her booster seat., strapped her in, brought play food over, and pretended to feed her. All while saying “Bea eat.” “No no no, eat!” It was way cute and I ate every minute of its sweetness up!

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15 Months of CRAZY but also AWESOME


See ya! I'm outta here!

 Today I took Stinkerbell for her 15 month check. For the most part the visit went well. She weighed in at 19 pounds and measured 30.5 inches long. So basically she’s long and skinny. Very skinny. So skinny in fact that the Pediatrician has now requested that I feed her 5 meals a day (instead of 3 meals and two snacks) along with one thing of Pediasure a day. WTF? See here is how my kid’s appetite goes, some days she will eat us out of house and home and resembles something like a bottomless pit, other’s she will spit food in your face, swat your hand away, and protest with every fiber of her being that she is NOT going to eat that. She has more bottomless pit days than others. The other issue with my kids eating is that it takes her FOREVER to eat. Why? Because she thinks that meal time is playtime. So, yeah… I now get to have five food battles a day instead of 3. Awesome. The other news is that she has been referred to a Pediatric Orthopedic because she when she walks she hyperflexes her knees. The doctor wants ultrasounds of her hips and knees. Um…. good luck getting Stinkerbell to sit still for that. Not even DORA gets her to sit still long enough for something like that. So… that will be an interesting day. The good news is that developmentally she is ahead of schedule. This is great for a kid who was born 9 weeks premature. She even told the doctor “thank you” and “welcome.” She also told the nurse “bye-bye” and “no no no no” (when she was giving her shots.) She also attempted to hide from the doctor:


Uh.... I still see you....

So once we got home I was all “okay, were going to do this whole five meals thing that is NEVER going to work because who can eat a meal every two/three hours thing.” First she had some chicken nuggets and fries from Chik-Fil-A with ketchup for dipping (and extra calories.) She decided that all she wanted was the ketchup. She proceeded to stick her hand in the ketchup and then lick the ketchup off her hand. She wanted nothing to do with the chicken nuggets and fries. Awesome. Ketchup was everywhere. I mean EVERYWHERE. So then she went and took a nap. After her nap I gave her crackers with almond butter on them and some applesauce. This was the result of that:


And this is when I decided to say “eff it” I am just going to give her juice and feed her sticks of butter. Okay. I’m not going to do that. I’ll stick it out for a while but OMG if I have to clean this up five times a day I am going to go insane. Later in the day I fed her more peanut butter crackers and some mango, which she refused to eat and actually threw her tray off her booster seat and all over the floor and herself. After that we played in the baby pool because my theory was “eh…. it’s water.”

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