Jack’s Missile Defense

Jack is very interested in missiles these last few days.  I can’t really remember what might have been the catalyst for this.  He keeps asking to look at pictures of missiles on the internet and wants to know what they are doing.  I explain as much as I can, from what I know and what I’m reading about the picture.

I just built him a missile out of a couple pieces of construction paper.  He’s happily playing with it along with a Lego airplane and a plastic box.

“Mommy, do you know who Berker is?”

“No, Jack, I don’t.  Who is he?”

“He’s the pilot of this airplane and just shot the missile out of it.”

“Oh, okay.”

The plastic box is his aircraft carrier.  He’s moved on to a bigger one because it’s easier for the plane to take off and land.

“Mommy, do you know what a surgent is?”

“No, I don’t Jack.  What does it do?”

“It helps the planes take off from the ship.  It gives them a surge.”

“Like the catapult?”

“No, it’s a surgent.”

“Where did you learn about surgents?”

“I just know it.”

Next question.

“Mommy, do you know what this missile is going to shoot?”

“No…”

“Think about it first Mommy, don’t just say it.  You can think about it.”

This has been going on for 30 minutes now.  His missiles are coming out of submarines, airplanes, ships and big places underground.  He has definitely been absorbing what I’m telling him.  Welcome to Jack’s world.

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What the Future Holds

Jack:  Mommy, Casey and I are going to get married when we get older.

Casey:  Yeah, and I’m going to be a princess when I’m married.

Jack:  Don’t you want to be a ballerina when you get older, Casey?

Casey:  Yeah, I’m going to be a ballerine

Jack:  I can be a firefighter and Casey can be a ballerina.

Casey:  I want to be a ballerine

Jack:  ah, Casey, ballerin – ah!

Jack’s Quilt

After finishing up my daughter’s quilt for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, my son, Jack, asked me every day if his quilt was done.  A few days later I finally finished it.

While I was making Casey’s quilt, Jack requested one for himself.  I had just seen some of Alexander Henry’s 2D Zoo fabric and asked Jack if he wanted his quilt to have zoo animals on it.  He most certainly did as long as there was a lot of blue involved.  I ordered a little bundle of fabric, including the 2D Zoo and some coordinating prints but I didn’t have much of a plan for it.  I knew Jack was going to bug me about it every day until the quilt was done, so I wanted it to be simple and quick.  I also wanted to try to showcase the 2D Zoo and not cut it up too much.

This quilt is the first quilt that I have designed myself and I’m proud of that.  But because I was in a hurry, I made a bunch of mistakes on it and all the way up until I put the binding on, I didn’t like it at all.  I just wanted to be done with it.  Thankfully, now that it’s a finished quilt, I like how it came out.  It’s backed in a light blue minky that Jack picked out himself and I used some Alexander Henry elephant fabric for the binding (not that you can see the elephants but it was the only piece that had enough fabric leftover and that matched the back).

To be honest, the quilting isn’t entirely done but after spending a night quilting straight lines like a mad woman, I didn’t have it in me to outline the big squares the way I wanted to.  And a 4 year old was demanding his quilt so I just let it go.  I might go back and finish them later.

Pretending to sleep after I first gave it to him.
Quilt burrito

But the best part of this quilt is the reaction from Jack.  He loves it.  Here is some of his praise:

“This is great for rolling on.  I love my new blankie.  I like mine 168…you know that Mommy?”  (He’s big into trying to describe things with numbers, the bigger the better.)
“Mommy, this has all kinds of good boy colors in it.”
“Casey is going to be excited when she sees my blanket all done Mommy!”
“It’s great for cuddling.”
“I can do anything with my new blankie!”
He really said all those things on the afternoon that I gave it to him.  I doubt I’ll ever hear such gushing praise for one of my quilts so I’m so happy that I got it finished, imperfections and all.  After school on Monday he even said, “Mommy I told Miss Holly and all my friends that you made a quilt for me!”  

Christmas Catalogs

“Oh, a new vaccuum” says Jack as he looks at the computer screen where I’m actually looking at steam mops.  I tell him it’s a steam mop to clean the floors.  “I think I should probably ask Santa for one of those for Christmas too.  But…maybe in a smaller size for me.”

The Christmas catalogs are arriving daily and Jack has a lot things that he wants from Santa.  He has been pouring over them and with a little assistance from some commercials he has seen on TV he thinks he has a pretty good idea of what he would like.  Just a few things from each page usually.  As he is looking through the magazines for the first time he’ll say, “Mommy!  You’re not going to believe this…come look at what’s on this page.”  That’s pretty much for every page.   But he’s so serious about it, like I’m really not going to believe it.

After looking at the back page of the Target catalog, he said, “Casey is going to want those princesses and I want this [garage] and one of these [nerf guns] but I want it in blue because blue is my favorite color and I saw a blue one in here somewhere else.”  When I asked him what he might do with a nerf gun, he said he would shoot it in the backyard.  I’m not sure Santa is going to be able to pull that one off this year.

This week I feel like Jack has been growing up before my eyes.  He seems taller and seems to be talking more maturely.  I just keep looking at him and wondering when he got so big.

Casey’s New Boots

How cute is Casey in this outfit?  She had the dress on but the tights were still in the wash, trying to recover from getting trampled on during a rush to get Halloween candy.  Then I pulled out the new boots.  Daddy thought she was so cute that he took her outside to get a photo shoot.  I ran out with my camera and I think these are some of my favorite pictures of her.  Later Pat and Casey went on a date to the mall and Pat said there were some older girls in line who couldn’t get over how cute she looked and the fact that she had those cute boots on.  I might be a little proud of myself for having purchased the cute dress and boots but it’s really the model who makes them look so good.

Halloween 2010

We had a great Halloween weekend, but super busy!  It started off on Friday morning with Jack’s class Halloween party.  Casey and I attended and the kids all enjoyed ghost shaped sandwiches, fruit, spider cupcakes, crafts, a story and a fun game.  It was cute seeing everyone in costume although I thought it was funnier watching the little kids in costumes tumble out of their cars in the drop off line.  We spotted another dragon right in front of us.

Oh yes, Jack was a dragon and Casey was a princess.  Since I bought Casey her costume, she’s been asking to wear it but I had to hold off because I knew it wasn’t quite durable enough to take on and off many times for dress up.  So on Friday morning, she was so excited to wear it and Jack was excited to be a dragon and it just started my day off right!  Casey was also introduced to tights to keep her little legs warm.  She’s worn them before but I know she doesn’t remember.

On Friday afternoon, we had a birthday party to go to at Color Me Mine, a pottery painting studio.  Jack had gotten a little warm in his dragon costume at his school party, so he opted not to wear his.  However, Casey wasn’t missing out on another chance to wear hers.  Jack and the princess got to paint little pottery pumpkins.  I was a little concerned when Jack didn’t pick out any orange to put in his paint tray, but eventually Casey got some and the poor little pumpkin got a little bit of it’s real color.  Jack was pretty disappointed that he couldn’t take his pumpkin home.  Wasn’t too concerned about the whole baking and glazing process the pottery has to go through.  He wanted his craft!

On Saturday morning we headed to the zoo for Zoo Boo.  Different businesses hand out candy as the kids trick or treat around the zoo.  Sounds very cute and the line of cars to get there indicates that a lot of people thought it was great.  But, the cynical me notes that we paid money to trick or treat at the zoo for not very good candy and didn’t even see any animals.  The kids had a good time though and don’t really have a preference for “good” candy yet – it’s all good to them.

There was a community picnic on Saturday afternoon where the kids bounced off a lot of their candy energy in the bounce house and had a great time.  I volunteered to help clean up after which meant that I came home with a car full of leftovers.  That was probably my main clean up function – try to take some of these leftovers so they don’t go to waste.

And Saturday continued…we got a babysitter and went out to Homearama and dinner.  Homearama was a builder showcase of 10 new homes in an up and coming area.  We love to walk through the homes and get ideas as they are all beautifully furnished and highly decorated.  I actually like to pretend I’m moving into these homes and try to figure out where our furniture is going to go.  That might be taking it a little further than most people.

And then Sunday…dinner at a friend’s house before trick or treating.  We were treated to a great Halloween feast and the best dessert I’ve had in a long time – Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.  So yummy.  Jack and Casey were excited to get to the trick or treating though.  Pat took them through our neighborhood and I stayed home to hand out candy.  They came back dragging their bags because they were so heavy from the candy!  They got home and we had a few more trick or treaters.  Jack said, “I want some more customers to come so I can give them this candy.”  He gave out our last two pieces of candy to some customers and we called it a night!  And a weekend!

 And now I’m going to wield the power of the candy controller for the next month.  Won’t eat your dinner?  No candy.  Won’t stop fighting?  No candy.  In fact, I just told Jack that if he didn’t go to bed he wouldn’t get any candy tomorrow.  And it worked.

  

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Fall 2010

This is my first time participating in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy of Amy’s Creative Side.  I’m excited to have just finished this quilt for the show.  This quilt has been a labor of love and a labor of frustration and I’m so happy that it is done!

 I love this quilt because I love the fabrics.  It is the first quilt for which I went to a fabric store and picked out all the fabrics instead of using a coordinated line.  They are mostly good quality quilting fabrics but they were all in a discount store in Maine and I have no idea how old they might be.  This summer when I was visiting my parents there, I asked my mom to watch the kids while I spent quite a bit of time picking out fabrics.  At first I was overwhelmed, but then I just found a few fabrics that I loved and started looking for others to coordinate with it and ended up loving the resulting stack of fabric.

I couldn’t wait to start making something with these fabrics when I got home to my sewing machine and I decided to try a zig zag quilt.  I used a quilt is nice’s zig zag tutorial.  This was my first experience with half square triangles and they frustrated me a little bit.  Once I realized I needed to do a little squaring, it all started coming together a little better, although a lot slower than I wanted.  

The dog and my daughter were both trying to “help”.

In the middle of the process, my 4 year old son wanted to know who the quilt was for.  I told him it might be for his 2 year old sister…the colors would look great in her room.  He didn’t like that answer so much…if she was getting one, he wanted one too.  So I started trying to finish this one up and order fabrics for him.  I love that he wants me to make him a quilt, but I am definitely feeling the pressure on all the Christmas projects that I have planned and now a quilt for my son.

In a way, this festival has been just what I needed to get this quilt finished (along with the looming Christmas deadline).  I’ve been so frustrated the last few days knowing that I was so close to finishing it but seeing everyone else start to post their quilts.  The four year old social scene around Halloween left me very little time to work on it.  In my haste to finish though, I messed up the binding.  After putting my quilt sandwich together and trimming, there were a few rows where the batting was still a little wider than the row.  I decided I would just use a wider binding but when I sewed it on, it ended up being too narrow in the front and didn’t catch the edge of the quilt top in a couple places.  Grrr!  I decided to just finish the binding and I will fix it later.

The finished size ended up being 48 x 60 and the backing is a lavender minky.  I even took my kids to the quilt shop to pick out their minky backings and they had a great time.  I quilted along the zig zags with my walking foot, about a half inch from the top of each fabric.

Anyway, I love how this quilt turned out and I will fix the binding soon.  This will be the first quilt I’ve made that will live in my house, so I’m glad to be able to see it on a daily basis.  Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for my son’s quilt soon!