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Saturday Words of Wisdom

By on December 20, 2008

I just finished reading the book Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World by Jill Rigby and while it is full of lots of little goodies (a great library read for sure), there was this one quote that has just stuck out in my mind since I read it.

Theodore Roosevelt said many years ago: “The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life.”

What a smart man and how true.

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party planning | photo story Friday

Visions of a Party: Part 2 & PSF

By on December 19, 2008

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Little Chick’s birthday party went off without a hitch. I had so much fun decorating and setting up all these little friends all over the house and her face when she walked in (my parents had kept her all afternoon) truly was priceless.

The cake (crazy, crazy full of blue dye) really was pretty good and she loved it!

cookie monster cake

The cupcakes were fun and turned out pretty cute (if you can’t tell it is Elmo, Grover and Ernie)

elmo, grover and ernie

I set up her little friends all over the house:

Big Bird,

big bird & his nest

Cookie Monster,

cookie monster and his jar of cookies

Ernie,

ernie and his rubber duckie

Elmo with his goldfish Dorothy.

elmos and dorothy

and my favorite Sesame Street Little People (which she plays with all the time!)

little people sesame street style

It really was fun and she was crazy funny all night long.

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sewing

Merry Kristmas Dress

By on December 18, 2008

Here’s Little Chick’s Christmas Dress.

kitty dress front

The fabric is kitty kristmas by Alexander Henry. I got it months ago when our local quilt shop was having a sale. The girl loves cats and I just loved this fabric.

kitty dress close up

I tried a new Children’s Corner pattern this time. This pattern is Mallory and is basically the same shape dress as the others I’ve made, but has a bodice top, box pleats in the front and buttons up the back. I really love how it turned out.

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journal | mothering | venting

Why I’m Really Beginning to Hate Mall Playgrounds

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This morning Little Chick and I had to run to the mall. I thought I would throw in a trip to the mall playground at the end, hoping to wear her out so that she might nap (yep, still no nap!)

She was playing along just fine and starting to really enjoy it when I looked down at the far end of the play area and see a boy about 3 years old grabbing her and shaking her. As I start to get up and run down there I see him taking her whole hand and shoving it in his mouth. At this point it feels like slow motion; I just can’t get down there fast enough. I start yelling, “no! no! no!” and grab her and pick her up and she’s got these HUGE bite marks on her hand. I’m thinking, “where in the hell is this kid’s parents?” Finally his mom pops up and grabs him and makes him apologize (which I do appreciate), but then she takes her kids and throws them in the stroller and BOLTS! She honestly got out of there as fast as she could and never looked at us again.

I was so angry. If my kids had hurt another child that badly I would surely be mortified, but I would never, ever leave without making sure the other child was o.k. and would do anything possible to help that mother.

It all just made me really sad and I really didn’t know what to do. What would you have done?

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crafting | sewing

Play With Your Food

By on December 15, 2008

I mentioned before that the gift theme of Little Chick’s birthday is stuff for her play kitchen. I’ve been working on this felt food in my head for months. I finally got it done last week and my best friend extraordinaire created these AMAZING labels for the food tins. So awesome! I’m extremely excited about how they turned out (now if only the baby would take a nap…we are on day 3 of no nap)

felt eggs

felt peas

felt bow tie pasta

felt ravioli

felt goldfish

oh, and please excuse the dust and smudges on the train table. Dusting is #38 on my list of things to do before the big party.

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