Thursday, January 21, 2010

An Arrow Bag For My Little Archer

My little archer is so happy. I finally finished his arrow bag. I probably should have looked at examples on the net before whipping this one up. It isn't very authentic, but it is practical. Daddy bought him a bow and arrow from the dollar store and let me tell you, arrows have been flying everywhere. It is so cute to watch 4 year olds dress up and be little heros. He is protecting the queen (his big sister) as I write here. He was just so cute, I couldn't resist.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hearts For Home ♥ ♥ 19th January


"In today’s busy and aggressive society mothers at home are not given much encouragement to be committed to their role in being home.

In my weekly 'Hearts for Home' post I am encouraging myself and others to commit to thinking about what 4-6 things we can do each week to bring our thoughts, prayers and actions to keeping our 'Hearts for Home'.

I am praying that a spirit of gentleness, generosity in thoughts and time along with loveliness and grace would lead us to be all that God wants us to be.

So each week list 4-6 things you will commit to that will keep your "Hearts for Home". Gae from Cherished Hearts at Home



My list for the January 19th is ♥ ♥

♥ Keep sewing for baby. I am in the midst of making more diapers, homemade wipes, and various other little projects. Pictures are sure to follow.

♥ Make a family blanket for the baby and post some pictures of the finished project. I have everything ready to go. I still have to do this. It was on my last list. I really hope to get to it this week.

♥ Make a few soups for after the baby is born. They freeze well and don't take up space. I only have a fridge-top freezer.

♥ Declutter closets!!! This has been on previous lists, but we did some painting on the weekend and this was not a priority.

♥ To make taking rests a priority. Snuggling up with the kids and maybe watch a movie or too should help.

♥ Buy enough gluten free flours to make ahead some baking mixes for after baby. Have I mentioned that gluten free baked goods only taste good fresh? Now that hubby is eating gluten free at work, there are plenty of muffins, scones and fresh bread to be baked.

For more "Hearts for Home" ♥ ♥ lists, visit Gae's blog at

I thought I should post a picture of our newly painted bathroom. Yes, it is tiny, but it is cozy and comfortable enough to take long baths in. Thank you dearest, for all of your hard work.

Gifts for Baby Brother

We are getting ready for baby in every way possible. This morning, before school I began cutting squares so that the kids could make gifts for their baby brother. These are special handmade baby blocks with a personal touch. I got the pattern here. I have tons of scraps, that all seem to be green. On two sides, the kids were able to personalize the baby blocks with fabric markers. Their little baby brother is going to have so much fun. They make great balls (which they are tossing around at the moment). Here are some pictures of the process....




and the finished products...

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~ January 18

FOR TODAY...

Outside My Window: It is dark and about -6C. Not too cold. I hope it warms up nicely and is sunny.

I am Listening to: Owen looking at a great preschool resource book that I picked up at the library on Saturday.

I am wearing: Pj's. I think that is what I am wearing everytime I post is this category.

I am Thankful For: My bed. After two nights of sleeping on the pullout sofa while the bedroom was receiving a new coat of paint, I was so glad to sleep in my comfy bed last night.

I am Pondering: How much longer will I be pregnant. I have so much nesting left to do, but am finding it more and more difficult to finish all of these "to do" lists.

I am Reading: A few different books. Trying to find time to read without falling asleep is becoming more and more difficult.

From the Kitchen: Leftover chili today. I will wing the rest of meals the rest of the week, like I usually do. Gluten free foods taste better fresh, especially baked goods.

I am Thinking: about the movie I watched last night. Mother Theresa starring Olivia Hussey. Blessed Mother Theresa was an amazing woman. Why can't I be more like her?

I am Creating: Too many things! I still have lots of diapers to sew, a family blanket for the baby, cloth wipes, mama pads, and eventually a skirt for my post-partum days, a Christening outfit and a First Communion dress.

Towards a Real Education: Week 21 of Seton Home Study. Woot!!!! I can't believe we have made it this far. Also, we are getting everything ready for the new arrival, plus going to art class and piano lessons.

Towards Rhythm and Beauty: We have a wonderful rhythm established for school and chores, I just have to work in the beauty a bit.

To Live the Liturgy: Pray more and make it to adoration. I really need to make more of an effort.

I am Hoping and Praying: For a safe and healthy home-birth. I keep offering up everything for this one particular thing. We have never had a home birth and the children really want to be present to welcome their little brother into the world.

In the Garden: ugh. It is so gross. The dirty snow has melted and froze so many times. It looks ugly and untidy. I wish the rest of the ice and snow would melt.

Around the House: A freshly painted bedroom, a freshly painted bathroom and lots of decluttering happened the last few days. I have a few more hot spots to declutter and need to find room for baby stuff.

On Keeping Home: CLR is a great invention. My bathroom sparkles. We have really hard water and CLR worked its magic in my bathroom. I want everything in my house to shine like those tub and tiles.

One of My Favorite Things: sleep. I really love a good night's sleep and can't remember the last time I was blessed with one.

A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week: Nesting, sewing, cleaning and trying to stay awake while doing the above mentioned tasks.

A Picture Thought I'm Sharing
Owen working on making a Frosty for letter "F" Along the Alphabet Path

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Few More Diapers for the Stash

I must admit, that my diaper sewing is not going all too well. I have six weeks until my due date, but feel the pressure to get everything done. I am such a procrastinator and very indecisive. I finally figured out which patterns I wanted to use and what materials I could afford. It is really hard to make decisions when you are strapped for cash. I want to make good quality diapers for little cash. There are many opinions on the perfect pattern, best materials, whether hook and loop tape or snaps, diaper pins or snappies are best. All-in-ones, pockets, fitted, prefold, flats, wool soakers, pul wraps and many more diaper lingo to learn. Not to mention the acronymns TT, CD, AIO, AI2 etc. I am just beginning to recover from the mass confusion in my head. After deliberation with my CD (clother-diaper) experienced husband we decided to make:

Shar's Newborn Umbilical Scoop Pocket Nappies
Wee Weka Fitted/Pockets S-M-L

Here are a few of the NB (newborn) diapers that I have sewn thus far. I have a few more than on the picture, but you get the idea. The diaper on the left will get snaps, but is pinned shut for the photo.



The left diaper is made of an old flannel duvet cover and there is a soaker make of 6 layers of flannel. The diaper on the right is made of diaper flannel which I got on sale for $2/meter just after Christmas. These are not sewn like in the pattern, they are fitted and not pocket diapers with a sewn in soaker. I hope they fit for a few weeks at least.

On the bright side, I have 20 diapers cut for the S-M-L sized diaper out of diaper flannel and flannel pieces that I bought for next to nothing. The local fabric store has a "end-of-roll / scrap" bin that is priced to sell: buy one, get two free. I need to sew another 13 soakers which consist of two layers of terry (old towels) and two layers of flannel. These will be sewn as fitted diapers as well. I intend on buying some microfibre towels and sewing them in thirds inside flannel to make doublers for those diapers, but it will take me a while before I get to that. I will post pictures as I progress.

Thank You Oma!!!

Something exciting just happened. A truck like this...



just pulled up in front of our house and brought us a parcel from amazon.de. Inside were five wonderful books. Oma lets us order from amazon.de for Christmas and birthdays and this was the kids' Christmas gift. I am so excited to read stories about holy people and events in German. I don't want them to forget their German heritage. Afterall, they were all born in Germany. I plan on expanding our German Catholic book collection. If you have any suggestions, let me know.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Hearts for Home ♥ ♥ January 5


"In today’s busy and aggressive society mothers at home are not given much encouragement to be committed to their role in being home.

In my weekly 'Hearts for Home' post I am encouraging myself and others to commit to thinking about what 4-6 things we can do each week to bring our thoughts, prayers and actions to keeping our 'Hearts for Home'.

I am praying that a spirit of gentleness, generosity in thoughts and time along with loveliness and grace would lead us to be all that God wants us to be.

So each week list 4-6 things you will commit to that will keep your "Hearts for Home". Gae from Cherished Hearts at Home


My list for the January 5th is ♥ ♥

♥ Finish up last weeks lists. I really enjoyed taking it easy over Christmas and New Years, but I have to get my act together and get these lists finished.

♥ Keep working on my cloth diaper stash. I am really going to try to cloth diaper until potty-training this time.

♥ Start making our birth plan. I am having a hard time with this one. The midwives would like to have one, otherwise I would just let things happen.

♥ Keep on nesting. Maybe tackle those most dreaded closets in the childrens' rooms.

♥ Spend lots of time with the kids reading, and relaxing.

♥ Make a family blanket for the baby and post some pictures of the finished project. I have everything ready to go.

For more "Hearts for Home" ♥ ♥ lists, visit Gae's blog at Cherished Hearts at Home

Do You Have Your Heavenly Helper for 2010

New Years is a time of making resolutions. I find it hard to make resolutions because I tend to live from day to day and don't believe in making goals that I can never keep. I am not saying that I don't plan or make goals, but I don't save them just for New Years. I try to stay realistic and be the best version of myself, no matter what.

On New Years however, our family has Patron Saints chosen for us. We have been doing this for three years now. We have had some very well-known saints be our guides as well as those who are not known by many. It is so much fun getting to know our Patron Saints. This year our Patron Saints are as follows:

Mom was chosen by St. Boniface, feast day on 06/05,
Dad was chosen by St. Peter Claver, 09/09,
Noah - St. Stephen I, Pope, 08/02,
Maria - St. Dymphna, 05/15
Owen - St. Cletus, 04/26 and
Our Baby - St. Andrew Avellino, 11/10!

You can have a heavenly helper for 2010, too! Follow one of the following links to have your Patron Saint of 2010 chosen for you.

The 2010 Patron Saint of the Year Ministry
Totus Tuus Family and Catholic Homeschool Blog
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