Thursday, July 14, 2011
This is an oldish picture from almost a year ago now. First of all, I had fun decorating the room! Zebra print rug, turquoise leather chair, lots of light: heaven. But I love most of all sitting in the chair with my little ones. They are so delicious! Their warm soft hair, squishy cheeks and tender little hands. I just want to munch on them I love them so much! This is what being a mommy is all about. What would I do without these beauties? I think I'd be bored out of my mind! They've taught me so much, I wouldn't be "Me" without them.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
to American Fork. Miss Rebecca runs the cutest preschool in her home
super close to ours. She really loves the children and they love her.
All the kids wore men's short sleeve white shirts backwards with paper
graduation hats. They sang a few songs and we had a potluck after. So
darling and fun. Ben will continue there in the fall and Sarah will be
off to kindergarten.
"Oh mom this is sooooo awesome! Can I get it please please please!
I'll be really good! Can I get it for my birthday or Christmas? Which
one comes first? Pleeeeease!"
My special way of warding off overly zealous little hoarders is to
take a picture of the thing they want, then they are appeased and I
have an idea for a future gift. Sarah wants a super messy volcano set
instead of a (clean) fluffy pink stuffed animal? Darn. Messes were
sure more fun when I was a kid and had a mother to clean it up.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I'm going to make a huge one of these memo boards for the office. Time to search for fun, pretty fabric! (update 8/11: Still haven't made it, but perhaps it's more likely to get done having posted the link here so I don't forget where to find it!)
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Who knows what spurred this picture on... a rainy day? especially fragrant plate glass? babysitter boredom? but it makes me laugh every single time I see it.
Ah, to be a kid again, where face-making is an act of daily life! I plan on getting this thing printed as big as I can get it and putting it up in my kitchen to keep me smiling no matter what.
I think it's quite clear how my blog got its name: these are the funny little people I live with!! They crack me up!
But one big thing has changed. We are officially building a new house in American Fork in a super cute gated circle. The views are amazing: Mt Timpanogos soaring out the front, the Timpanogos temple back-lit by the sinking sun out the back.
Hopefully the interior designer (me) likes what she's picked for color and finishes. How do I describe my style? Eclectic-beachy-modern with a bit of glamour? It should be a warm mix of textured grays and silvers, pale turquoise, and weathered wood finishes. I lie awake most nights planning where I will put this mirror or that chair or what type of bed I currently covet (right now my absolute favorite wished-for bed is a low king platform with a spare lined canopy in dark chocolate. Modern and clean, yet with a nod to tradition.) I'm having a blast planning everything.
Instead of reading fiction like I usually love to do, I have been poring over every magazine I've saved, tearing out rooms and ideas I love and getting design ideas for the new place. Who knows, if it all comes together like I hope, maybe there's a future in design for me. At the very least, by filling it with stuff I love, we'll have a home that makes me smile (and hopefully my family too!)
I'll try to post pictures that I have so far. It should be sheet-rocked this week and the finish date is the end of March! We'll move as soon as it's done.
Here's a link to the listing for our house. Ours will be a little different than the one shown, but the same design. So exciting! We'll miss our current friends and neighborhood, but the change should be a great thing for our family.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
|A free picture collage by Smilebox|
You guys are dang awesome! Thanks for all the good times.
|Encarnacion and Nacho at a Halloween party in our neighborhood. We got an award for best couple and Jon did a pretty good impersonation of Nacho; had 'em howling.|
|I had fun making this costume. Lizzy's Princess Leia hat hair turned out perfectly!|
A few weeks ago our dear neighbors were babysitting Lizzy and they brought her with them to an art show. Jon's aunt also happened to be there. Upon seeing this random baby the aunt asked if she was a "Brinton baby" and our neighbor laughed and said "yes!" So I've compiled baby pictures of each kid at around the same age. Yeah, they do look quite alike. So much so, that sometimes we can't tell who we are looking at in a given picture. But here they are, three of each in order of age.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
My brother Cory, wifey Krysta, and their 4 cute kids came over today for a quick visit. (I should have taken more pictures, so let's get together again soon!) Sarah and I notice that sweety Maliya has the same shoes as Sarah, only way tinier. So Sarah put on her shoes, and here they are together. Great mommy minds think alike, eh?
..and look what I find tucked behind her ear!
|This is a little baby quilt I started when I was expecting Sarah, yes almost five years ago! It is made of little quilted squares sewn together, with the raw edges all on one side, clipped and frayed and kind of ruffly.|
|back of tummy time floor blanket|
|Front of tummy time floor blanket. I just added a layer of muslin between each yard of coordinating fabric, sewed it all together an inch from the edge, with raw edges out and clipped to make ruffly tabs around the perimeter.|
|And here is the blanket in action! Yes, Ben is climbing ON Lizzy. She didn't seem to mind, poor kid.|
|deer in the headlights...too innocent to know she's being wrestled by her big brother|
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
up an hour early, at 6am? He wants "brepast." But the strangest thing
happened after we eat some pb&j for brepast (his request.) I go to
nurse the baby and he goes back in his room and shuts the door and is
quiet. He put himself back to bed! (for how long I'm not sure anymore) Then I was tempted to go back to bed, so I did. Which means Allie was too "distracted" to get catch the bus. oops!
Monday, September 13, 2010
I was getting bored of all my plain jane shirts. Now they have a little spice to em!
(I did not picture the bleachy-green practice shirt which turned out ug-ly, but hey, you gotta start somewhere!)
I played with stacking buttons or making little collages with tiny buttons (they look like jewels). These make great little gifts. Cheep, easy, cute, fast: what could be better? And seeing one sticking out of a book makes me want to read the book some more!
That brings me to my next little button/ribbon craft:
Take a little bit of quilters thread and needle. Double the thread and tie a knot.
I didn't take a picture of the process, but pull the thread almost all the way tight. I liked it a little loose though so the flower laid flat. Tie a strong knot. Quilting thread won't break. Shape the ribbon flower till it lays how you like it. Glue on a button. Glue the ends of the ribbon together if you want, so they stay hidden in the folds. I glued hair clips to the back so the girls can wear them in their hair.
These look a little like a ribbon you would win at the fair, without the tails, so it seems a look more suited to a kid. I'll have to try lace and see what it looks like though. Or maybe thinner ribbon would make a cute smaller flower.
***I got the idea to do this gathering technique from a little kit I bought at the local quilt store, Quilter's Haven. You can make a cute flower out of gathered jelly roll fabric (that's a piece of fabric 2 and 1/2 inches wide, 45 inches long, cut with pinking shears, often they come ready cut in coordinating colors, rolled up at the fabric store). You take a half jelly roll strip (22 1/2 inches or so) then fold it in half lengthwise, so it's long and skinny. Sew a running stitch along the folded edge, pull tight, tie a knot and glue on a button to cover the gathered center.