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buddies at the runway.

5 Mar

a front seat view of the runway at the santa monica airport proved to be an excellent spot to meet our buddies this week.

g and max had a wonderful morning cheering on the airplanes landings, waving to the pilots taking off, and yelling in glee over the roar of the planes while mirela and i had a great time chatting away and catching up. it reminded me of the days when dad would take us to the small waterdown airport after church and a dairy-queen run. fun memories to think back upon.

some moments required intense concentration and silence…

good buddies…


afternoon awe.

3 Mar

g fell asleep on the couch yesterday afternoon.

reminded me of those sweet afternoons when he was just a few days old. going though the routine of nursing and sleeping and nursing and sleeping while lying on our bed with the afternoon sun streaming in on us.

i would just lie beside him and just look at this tiny being, in awe of our tiny miracle.

it was nice to take a moment yesterday and do the same.

really enjoying perusing this website these days…


19 Feb

A couple of interesting finds…

Items I certainly could not have found at a Pottery Barn or any new store.  Hard to believe I was looking for this sort of thing…these objects caused some light bulbs to turn on in my little ol’ brain.  Another project idea to add to the list!

I just can’t get enough of this little person..

happy saturday!


18 Feb

When G was just a wee babe he would lie on his back in the bassinet of the stroller looking up in the sky and become fascinated by the birds.  Perhaps it was his first reaction to his surroundings that made this so sweet. I will always remember those moments on our walks when he would giggle away and try and reach for the birds that danced above him in the California sky.  I thought that he’d like his own little bird that could settle by his side and wouldn’t flutter away at his slightest movement. So I set out to make him a bird by hand. His own buddy made with love by me.

Well, he didn’t care for it.

He had no interest in this bird that I stitched by hand. As he began to crawl and then walk I would sit the bird by his side, thinking how cute it would be if this would become his little side-kick he’d bring to bed with at night. Nope, no interest whatsoever. He would push this bird away and reach for his car, a truck, or a block that he could pretend was a car or truck. So I just put the little birdie on top of the shelf.

Well, now this 2 1/2 year old has found his friend. One day G saw the little guy up there on the shelf and asked me to take him down.  Now, this little bird goes with G on all his adventures.  The felt is getting a bit fuzzy, and his wings are looking a bit weak, but he is loved!

I got the pattern for this bird from the site ”Wee Wonderfuls“. I think the pattern cost $5 and I only needed a few materials of felt, embroidery and stuffing. I made this guy before I ever started using my sewing machine. It was just cutting and stitching by hand.  I made him while T and I were watching Colombo. Hard to believe that I could even manage another task with such intense viewing going on!

I realized G’s recent interest in this guy may be due to his favorite book at the moment…

Oh how I love this book too! This was actually Travis’ childhood book.

T and I have this book memorized as G wants it read to him numerous, numerous, numerous times a day! No more skipping pages in an attempt to rush through the book, G will catch us everytime!

I must say, I was quite impressed when I realized how well he knew the story so when I asked G to read it, he did! Every single page he recited the words.

Sometimes the reading must stop as G finds it extremely frustrating when ‘birdie’ falls out of the truck…

And moments later, the bird is settled in nicely and G is sweet once again. Oh how I love this pic…

don’t be mad G

15 Feb

these were just too cute G, i had to do it.

i know, i know, one day these will be embarrassing and you will think about how ridiculous your mom is for not only taking these pictures but also posting them on here to ensure the memory is recorded. i just had to do it.

you were just so engrossed in driving your car as you were talking out a play-by-play i couldn’t resist.

i find it so great listening to your stories and the expressions you’ve picked up from us and use in your own little scenarios…’okie dokie car’….hey ‘mister’ you get back here…

tonight as you were going to bed you told me “i need my travis”, and then as i was leaving your room you called out “merry christmas mama”. oh you are sweet little thing!


27 Jan

the warmth of george’s arms around my neck.

the warmth of his giggles in my ear.

the warmth of the sun on our back.

a perfect day.

instead of doing the dishes.

25 Jan

Lately G’s imagination is in full gear and he will often role play going to the store for me. Unfortunately he doesn’t ‘imagine’ using a wallet, instead he always seems to find mine. Then I can’t find mine.

So I solved this dilemma and made him a wallet.

When I saw this material I HAD TO HAVE IT! I saw some little wallets like this at a store not too long ago and tried to memorize the dimensions and design.  I liked the idea of a key ring attached to the pouch so it can be added to my key chain/bicycle/stroller.

It is a time like this that I am so happy that I own a sewing machine. I wanted a wallet for G. I didn’t feel like going to a store to buy a wallet for a 2 year old.  I wanted to avoid doing the dishes. This only required a simple design. SIMPLE is a requirement for me. Anything that causes my eyes to cross from intense concentration or causes me to throw my apple across the room in a fit of frustration is just not worth it for me. I’d rather do the dishes. But instead, a quick 45 minute project while humming a happy tune and eating my lunch in between cutting and sewing is the way to go. A simple need. A simple creation. A happy solution.

More satisfying than watching T.V. for 45 minutes. Especially more satisfying than doing the dishes…although they are still just sitting there.

I made sure this had ample room for a car or two since they always seem to be required on any journey…imaginary or real.

G first checked to see if there were any treats hidden in there. Man this boy has a sweet-tooth! I wonder where he got that from???

You’re welcome Mr. Smug!