Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Preschool Thanksgiving

We had a little party to celebrate Thanksgiving at Preschool today. A few of us are already on vacation, but the rest of us put together some goods and had a kid feast. It was both yummy and fun. Now I can't wait for the real deal on Thursday!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Her Blanket

You may have noticed I like making blankets. There is nothing quite like a cozy, warm and inviting quilt. I started making blankets when I was a little girl, around 10 years old. My sister made a blanket out of t-shirts and after I saw that I wanted to take part in the magic too.

Now I've made a blanket for each baby I've had in my belly before they have come out to greet the world and us. We were in Alaska when I saw that groovy hand dyed fabric for Liam's blanket. Using up scraps and recycling fabric was a big part of my sewing for Ezra's blanket (hey, we were living in PNG!). For little miss' blanket I have been getting into more organized quilt patterns and designs so I think this reflects that a bit more without being too organized looking :)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Morning at the park

We went to the park by our house for a nice morning walk/ scooter ride today. Oh how I love autumn! I can't say it enough. I love the crisp air, the colors, sweaters, autumn foods... 

It was a lovely morning.

baby girl is 32 weeks this coming week!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Stuff I've been making :)

My dear friend N is pregnant and we are only 3 days apart in our due dates!  It has been so fun to have a pregnant buddy and to have parallel experiences. I made this for her baby boy. I'm so excited to give it to her! It has dragons on it!
My dear friend C asked if I could make some lunch bags for her kids. She couldn't find what she wanted online so we just made it! Fun huh?!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Clever Fellow

I love having stools around so the boys can get what they need or see what is going on in the kitchen. I do not like when the use the stools to do acrobatic stunts or get into mischief while I am too busy to stop them before a huge mess or injury happens. So the stools are on probation right now. Liam is the better of my two stunt devils, but he still doesn't get the stools by default. Poor kid.
Even still, that isn't stopping him! I have found stacks of books next to the snack cabinet so that he could climb up and get what he wants. I told him no more books. Now I find kitchen towels stacked up so he can get to the snack cabinet! It is so creative, I am seriously impressed! Good thing I put the treats on top of the fridge where no stacked towels, books or stools can be reached by his four year old arms. :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Afternoon at the park photo shoot

We have some awesome friends here in Beijing. I asked if I could do some family photos for our friends and they let me! I had a blast! I think they did too. :) Their kids are all able to stand still and pose and so I was in shock of how many different sites and and poses we could do! Here are my favorites from our little photo shoot.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Baby Shower!

Saturday was the first day in a month that we had Ben. That APEC conference was beastly hard to endure in all the prep work. So I decided we would do something fun as a family and just Ben and I. I asked a friend to watch the boys and Ben and I set out to brunch! We let some friends borrow our car the night before so we walked over to pick it up all dressed up and ready for a fun time. 

Then something unexpected happened. Everyone yelled surprise and before I knew a ton of friends came out and I slowly put the pieces together. A surprise. For who? They said for me! A baby shower! Ben was in on it the whole time!! He still owes me a brunch out, but a party with my friends was great, so the disappointment wasn't too harsh. The Young Women in the branch planned it. I was seriously so touched. My dear friends helped put together all the details with the Young Women and it was amazing. We had the candy bar melted in a diaper game and we guessed which gross looking candy was which, we ate yummy brunch food and opened presents and talked and laughed. It was amazing!

This was so special because I didn't get a baby shower with my other pregnancies. I was either about to move to a place or away from a place in both instances. Some friends offered with Liam's pregnancy, but I just wasn't up for it. I'm glad that time gave me a a whole community of friends to celebrate with and to have such a blast with for my epic baby shower. What a wonderful memory this party is!

the young women made onsies that looked like cupcakes!

the melted chocolate diaper guessing game

How to love going to church article

A friend sent this link to me and I loved this little article. I found it inspiring and worth some sharing.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Our dear friends

You may be recognizing this family by now. Oh how we love the D family. They are truly gems of friends. We went to the beautiful park near our home and we took family pictures for Christmas cards  today and it was so much fun. I really enjoy getting to take portraits and group portraits. We got some real money maker shots too! Have a look!


So much better freshly made! Ezra ate two and a half bowls this morning! I love autumn!