Sunday, May 31, 2009

Can I Have Too Many Bags?

Yesterday Boris went to the outlets to return some shoes that were giving him blisters and while he was there he saw that Coach was having a HUGE sale (everything was on sale with an additional 50% off the sale price). So needless to say Boris couldn't pass up the opportunity so I ended up with the below fabulous Coach bag. I am very excited about it but between all the bags I already own and the new ones I have been making I am starting to feel like I have too many! Is there such a thing?

Also since I never did a recap of my amazing 5 year anniversary trip here it is...

Boris and I went to the Broadmoor for our first night away from Chase - it ended up going well and we had an amazing time. The Spa was incredible and it was nice to just relax. I think I may have even hooked Boris on massages. Everyone was so nice there! The only negative side effect is that ever since our trip Chase has been super needy and he cries whenever anyone leaves...

Here is the bracelet Boris got me for our anniversary.

In parenting news Chase recently had his first time out. It looked something like this:

- Chase hits mommy (repeatedly)
- Mommy sits Chase on a stool where he flops about and whines
- When we calms down we talk about what happened and why he had to sit on the stool
- Chase gets out of timeout and says "NO HIT MOMMY" and proceeds to whack me again
- Chase ends up back in time out
- Repeat the last two steps for about 20 minutes
- Chase finally apologizes to Mommy and the hitting stops
- The next day Chase walks by the timeout stool and says "No hit mommy"
- Later that day Chase walks by the timeout stool and says "No hit mommy" he then proceeds to find me and whack me
- Chase is back in the timeout stool
- At this point Chase began trying to "get out" of time out but mommy was always there waiting to put him back in...the power struggles have begun - I just hope I can keep winning...
- Now the last stair in our house is also a timeout place because Chase is apparently in a hitting phase (he has tried to hit the dogs, Uncle, Daddy, Mommy, etc. and much to his annoyance he finds himself in timeout every time he hits)

Last but not least - a house update.

We have had two open houses and a bunch of showings - now I think we are just waiting for the right buyer. Very exciting, although I will say that selling a house is a huge pain!!! Here is the house that we plan on buying if ours ever sells. I've already started having fantasies about custom closet shelving, a non-hazardous second floor, a nice backyard, a craft room / playroom area, decorating Chase's toddler room, etc.

Drawstring Backpack

They recently started sprinkler days at Chase's daycare so I wanted to make him a little backpack to carry his swim gear in. I made a little drawstring bag. It has two pockets outside, one pocket inside, and is lined with orange and black. I was very happy with how it turned out. I wanted to take a picture of it on Chase but I just haven't gotten around to it.

I haven't managed to finish any of the other billion crafting projects that I have recently started - I am apparently in a starting projects mood lately.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

88%?! Really?!

Apparently about 82% - 88% of married couples make it to their 5 year anniversary (this number was higher than I expected) - today B and I happily joined that group. It does feel like quite the accomplishment, 5 entire years of getting along nicely with someone else. I don't suppose that I necessarily imagined that by the age of 27 I would be having a 5 year wedding anniversary and that I would be chasing a 20 month old around the burbs. I think I expected that I would be living in a loft downtown doing some kind of high powered job. Funny how life works out.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Photo Shoot

We recently had some professional photos of Chase taken - I am thrilled with how they turned out! If you like them check out Poucher Photography... the best part is that you get full rights to your photos so you can print as many as you like or email them around! If you want to see all of the pictures check out our family website.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mother's Day

This year for Mother's Day the first thing Chase said to me was "Happy Mommy's Day - I love you mommy!" What can be sweeter than that?!

Also, because I thought it was funny, here is what TV time looks like at our house...I swear it sucks a kid's brain out.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Pear Bag

On Thursday I found this wonderful pear fabric - I love it. I made another little hand tote out of it with a matching wallet (which is unfortunately a wee bit too small - I probably need to redo it).

Friday, May 8, 2009


So apparently Give-Aways are not the way to draw people to your blog =) - but it was an interesting experiment. I only had three people enter so they each get something - I am delivering the prizes via Capricious - congrats and thanks for entering!

In Chase news - the kiddo can finally consistently count to 10 and to my surprise he knows about half of his ABCs. The bad Chase news is that he is in another "No" phase, everything is "No Daddy" or "No Mommy", there is a lot of sass going around our house lately. We have even had a few tantrums because I said no and meant it and Chase wasn't pleased with the decision. Unfortunately Chase got stubbornness from both of his parents...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bag and Baby Shoes

Yay! Finally some time to update my page with a few projects I recently finished.

Dew Drop Bag
I saw a picture of a bag like this online and I am very excited because it was my first attempt at making my own bag pattern from a picture. I think it turned out quite well. I would do the handles differently next time because they aren't as neat looking as I would like but overall I was happy with the project.

Here are some baby shoes I recently made from a pattern I found online. I love them because they are quick and easy and they don't use a lot of fabric. I made these for friend who is having a baby shower next week.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Restore-a-Finish / Potty Mouth

This weekend while getting our house ready to sell I discovered one of the most amazing products! It is called Restore-a-Finish (but I hardly think the name does it justice - half way through the day we started referring to it as "Jesus Juice"). It is a $7 bottle that will remove any scratch, fading finish, or other issues on wooden surfaces. We did our kitchen cabinets along with every door in the house and everything looks new. I am not exaggerating - the stuff is AMAZING (if you saw it on a late night infomericial you would think they were full of ****)! It even took out the dog scratches all over the doors. The best part is how easy the stuff is to use - you just wipe it on and then wipe it off and you are done! No removing hardware or cabinet doors or anything. Like I said - amazing stuff - this is by far one of my new favorite products.

In other news, Chase has officially inherited my potty mouth. I definately have a tendency to curse a lot... I have been trying to do better around Chase but this weekend we caught Chase (on numerous occasions) banging his toys on the floor or wall and saying "Damn It Damn It Damn It". It is terrible - definately not a pride mommy moment - and it usually takes all my self-control not to laugh. I am trying to shift him to saying "Oh Goodness!" or "Goodness Gracious" which is hilarious when he says it but we haven't been that sucessful yet. He has been saying other funny things as well such as "I found it!" and "All better" - very cute.

PS. Lately Chase has been in a "mommy" phase where he always wants me - it is so nice when that happens - I always feel so loved. I'm sure we will shift back to a daddy phase soon but I am enjoying it while it lasts.