Friday, October 26, 2012

7 Takes, Vol. 8 - Hannabert style

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A tent, a toddler, a glow stick, a flashlight, and a blow-up mattress = mini rave

Tired Toddler after a midnight rave part in the tent
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Don't trust parents that take you on the "moderate" nature trail that is located in The Chimneys picnic ground. I had to ask a stranger for help.
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I like to take the trail less traveled.

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Dad made a good call on using one of he last disposables mom brought. My diapers contained colors similar to these

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Road trips with toddler don't require many dollar store purchases or a dvd player. For me, they require the opportunity to expend some energy at a playground or a travel center. And some "Fear of the Dark" on CD.

Happy, go lucky 

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As usual, Cosby Campground had plenty of spots available. We were at Site B44. I only tried to escape the tent once.
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GOOOOOO IRISH! Beat the Okies!
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Monday, October 22, 2012

What I Wore Sunday (vol. 1)

Fine Linen and Purple is hosting a new link-up: What I Wore Sunday.  I am hoping that it motivates me to get out to mass.

We actually didn't go to church.  We haven't been good about going to church at all lately which is a source of frustration for me. It is hard to make the 11AM mass and hard to make the 6PM mass. It is a source of contention.

What we did do on Sunday was wake up in a tent in the Great Smoky Mountains.  We spent the weekend camping, a much much much needed break from realty.

We didn't shower, didn't brush our teeth, or do much more than splash water on our faces.  Yes, there were flush toilets and running water.

This is me at the BoJangles in Pigeon Forge when we were filling up with gas before we headed back to Ohio.  I am wearing a Hannabert in a Boba carrier on my back; a wonderful long-sleeved t-shirt from Sam's (I literally own one in each color); a pair of denim capri's from Kohls, and a pair of Keens.

Yes, I am as tired as I look.  Hannabert is cutting his canines which meant he didn't sleep at all which meant I didn't sleep at all.  Not sleeping in a tent is not fun.

Friday, October 19, 2012

7 Takes - Vol. 7

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Notre Dame was again victorious! Nail biter though...

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We are taking Hannabert camping in a few hours.  I did have a schedule (out of the door by 10am!) but I figured, who cares what time we leave?  Isn't the point the journey and not the destination?

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Had a physical today.  I picked a clinic that (correctly) I assumed has a lot of "experienced" patients due to its proximity (I will be honest, it is next door) to a senior citizen compound. I liked the doctor and she said I was her only patient who was nursing but that she nursed her first child until 18 mths or so.  It was nice to hear a doctor say that.

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I am exhausted. Like fall on the floor exhausted and I never have enough time to do what I want to do...ever. Hannabert has nothing to do with this at all (well, perhaps our night owl child has SOMETHING to do with it...)

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Part of packing for the camping trip resulted in Horn and I reading a lot of personal accounts of camping with toddlers.  I especially disliked the story that interviewed a doctor about camping with toddlers. A doctor's whose idea of camping was staying at a hotel.  No, really, his suggestion was to camp by going to a hotel and the writer took that comment and acted as if staying at a hotel was one way to camp.  It is not and I stopped reading that article.

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We still don't know about any new job prospects. Lets keep praying that we find some.

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This is the reason why I am not in a hurry to leave to go camping.  Let sleeping babies lie (plus, I am confident he is in a growth spurt so waking him results in him clinging like a barnacle around me neck which makes me even less productive than my already glaringly unproductive self.
Dada and mini-me asleep. Notice the nearly identical body positions and notice what a bed hog mini-me is...

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Friday, October 12, 2012

7 Takes - Vol. 6

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I took the advice of the Catholic Newlywed and spun for a saint for the Year of Faith. St. Hedwig will be my saint for the year.  While she had a happy life, I am a bit concerned as she is the patronage for Victims of Jealousy, Brides, Death Of Children, Difficult Marriages, Widows, none of these which I wish had... 

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We (Hannabert) won a fantastic bike at the Midwest Outdoor Experience that we attended last week! We let him try a Strider Bike ('cause it was pretty much the only thing he could do as an almost 20mth old).  He liked it (not the helmet) so we entered a lottery to win it and got the call today that we did win!  YEAH!  Christmas present purchased!

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I am loving Call the Midwife on 

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We took Hannabert in to be examined for a lip/tongue tie. He had them both and we went a head and had them clipped (well, lasered). I thought that he had them but his ped. kept insisting he didn't. I am glad that we consulted a professional who knew what to look for. I should have followed my instinct but regardless, it is done now and I can already tell a difference.  Now, if anyone has a suggestion on how to get a 20mth old to comply with stretching exercises, I am open.

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Horn had a promising meeting on Tuesday.  Please keep him in your prayers as we wait for an outcome.

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I love the fact we purchases a stick vacuum at Aldi's.  Hannabert can now start earning his keep. Our bathroom has never been so clean

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Somehow I found the time to make an awesome (if I saw so myself) backpack for Hannabert so he can be like the "big kids" at daycare.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hannabert's Backpack

UPDATE: This is my prideful post as indicated on Camp Patton in June 2013!

As the kids at daycare headed back to school, Hannabert became upset that they all had backpack hanging on the hooks by the door.

As he is a little guy, I quickly scoured the world-wide web for backpack patterns.  I found a great one from indietutes and decided it would be the one I would make.  I new I wanted to use robots for the fabric and with my schedule, I never seemed to be able to get to the fabric store.  I solved my issue with a purchase form Spoonflower.

Spoonflower had tons of robot prints so after looking, I decided on Rocket 'n Robots for the front, Robot Chevron for the flap, and Rocketstripe Navy for the back. The front and back fabric was designed by leanne and the chevron is by robyriker. Based on a facebook inquiry, I went with the linen-cotton canvas.  

It did fade alot with the pre-wash but I like that it added to the vintage look.


I printed the PDF of the pattern at work but didn't check it so unfortunately, it printed on both sides so I had to recopy the back piece onto a blank piece of paper at home (well, not blank but a recipe for something that I probably won't make).

The instructions were pretty good.  Rather than use interfacing, I decided to line the backpack with fabric left over my the sew swap shrug that I made.  I liked the way it made the bag a bit stiffer.

After cutting the pieces out, I sewed them right side to right side.

The robot print was a bit larger than I was expecting it to be so I picked the center robot to be featured on the front of the pack with careful pattern placement (first time I have ever done that).

Putting the pack together was pretty easy (even with my fake pattern piece).

I did change one part of the instructions by sewing the straps a bit differently.  I sewed the straps by wrapping them around the back piece from the right side to the wrong side to reinforce them.

The hardest part for me was to do the side pieces (measurement is key and I would recommend NOT sewing it into a loop until the majority of it is sewn to the front or face this:
I spent a ton of time trying to get the loop just right; hen I got it connected to the front, the back needed adjustment (and then the fold was too thick for my needle to go through it). Eventually it all got put together.

I have to say it is super cute.

Catching Hannabert to try it on him and then get him to sit still for a photo op was about as easy as trying to get the side loop to work.
standing on cast iron pots

Action shot

Paparazzi step back! 

Captured by Dad for a photo op

It is absolutely the perfect size bag for someone of his size.  I hope he gets that it is a place for him to use for his treasures.

I would definitely make this again.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

What's In My Bag? Too Much Link-up

Mustache Mama sponsors a link-up for What's In My Bag ('cause who doesn't like to voyeur into another's purse?).  Go on over to her website and add photos of what's in your bag.

I am currently carrying a backpack (don't know why) that was a gift from my MIL.  She likes to get her daughter and I a similar gift (same item, different color) each year.  I am guessing she is trying to say that she views me as a daughter.  It is a nice idea to help DIL feel like a member of the family.

This bag (Mesa Red by Vera Bradley; available from July 2006 to July 2008)

contains all of this:

  1. Coach wristlet: (contains 1 pen drive and some club cards, gift cards, and a corporate credit card)
  2. Vera Bradley Travel Oganizer (Mediterranean Blue available from September 2008 - November 2009 - I purchased these as gifts for my sisters bridesmaids) which contains membership cards for hotels, airlines, etc
  3. Black Organizer (contains passports, marriage certificate, birth certificates, etc)
  4. Book: Baby Minds by Linda Acredolo and Suan Goodwyn
  5. Irish linen, embrodiered bag (for lavender, a gift from my MIL who took me to a lavender farm) that contains my FLIP
  6. the mail
  7. 2 mama pads (made by IMKNOEBEL); one with pandas and one with frogs.
  8. Horn's passport
  9. Horn's checks
  10. An usb adapter
  11. recipe from the October 2012 issue of FamilyFun for Ben's Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

And for the record, I am really not a huge Vera Bradley fan, it just looks that way.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Sew Swap Linky with The Little Willow Tree

Sew Swap

This was the first time that I have participated in an anything swap.  It was sponsored by Ashely from The Little Willow Tree.  She has a great blog and a very cool etsy shop.

Lindsay from Two Bobbins sent me a great, perfect for everything bag as my sew swap partner.

I had to unearth my sewing machine from the creepy basement in our new rental and haul it upstairs.  I was looking for the perfect excuse to take over our dining room table.  As my partner (Kyle) was a coffee lover, I went with the coffee cozy idea. I used polar fleece (scraps from a project at my place of employment for Project Linus which I actually didn't work on but my dear husband, Horn did).

 Unfortunately, the tension on the machine didn't seem to be quite right so version is in my car for MY trips.  I went back to the drawing table and redid the cozy.

I wasn't sure what I was suppose to send or how much I was suppose to send so I decided to sew quick shrug (the pattern that I was going to make for my bridesmaids but ran out of time).  There are a number of patterns on the internet for similar shrugs (in case you don't have a library with the book).

The shrug can easily be adjusted by adding some darts and the sleeve are a nice length to provide some warmth.  The pattern was easy to follow.

I shipped it off and then it was misdirected by the post office...but it DID arrive.

Many people participated in this creative journey and I really want to do another swap sometime in the future.

Update:  I used the original cozy while at work today: