Thursday, May 15, 2008

Adorable Aprons

I love a good deal! The girls and I went to Target the other night and found the most adorable aprons in the $1/$2.50 aisle. I've been meaning to sew aprons for us but never got around to it. For $2.50 I couldn't resist everyone getting a new apron (and saving me some time!). I did monogram our names on them (just so we wouldn't get them all mixed up).
When I got around to Emma's I decided to do something a little different. She is very tall for a 4 year old, but not tall enough for an adult size apron. I decided to shorten the waist ties and put button holes in each one.
I then criss-crossed them on her back and sewed buttons on the front to attach them.
Voila! A perfect apron for a petite chef! These would make great gifts too for Emma's little friends. Ohh, I think I might need to make another trip to Target soon!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

A Mother's Love

There are times when only a Mother's love
Can understand our tears,
Can soothe our disappoints
And calm all of our fears.
There are times when only a Mother's love
Can share the joy we feel
When something we've dreamed about
Quite suddenly is real.
There are times when only a Mother's faith
Can help us on life's way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need from day to day.
For a Mother's heart and a Mother's faith
And a Mother's steadfast love
Were fashioned by the Angels
And sent from God above...

- Author Unknown.

Nature Study-up close

The other day the girls and I were out working in the yard. Mary was mowing, Grace potting some flowers and Emma and I raking. All of a sudden, Emma spotted something...a baby bird!

She had fallen from her nest way up high in our Magnolia tree. I know not to touch a baby bird, but she was walking straight into the street. We knew she's get hit by a car if we didn't move her back. The momma bird (btw, they are Blue Jays) was flying all around trying to check out her baby. Emma was so distressed (see her face in the pic above), worrying about the little bird.

This little one seemed pretty strong. I'd like to think it was able to survive. We haven't seen it anymore in the yard. It was special for all of us to get to see a beautiful little creature like this up close.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Blooming Gifts

Each year at the end of dance we always have such a hard time choosing gifts for each of the teachers. This year we had four teachers. I like the idea of getting them something they can truly use instead of just a dust catcher.
This year each girl picked out a plant for her teacher. I made cute luggage tags to tie around the pots that the girls chose. I think they turned out beautifully. Their sweet teachers loved them too!

Three Ballerinas

We have survived dance recital once again! I always enjoy the dances so much. I have to admit it does get a little hectic, but it's worth it. This year was the same, except I had a cold/sinus thing that drained me a bit.
The dances this year were just gorgeous! Our dance studio has some truly talented teachers. My girls have been taking there since they were little. They truly stress the child being creative, not just a perfect dancer. The classes are smaller and generally have sweet girls. All 3 girls have made several good friends over the years. That's another nice thing about being at one studio so long, they have a chance to develop relationships.
It's amazing to me to look at Mary dance. She's grown and changed so much. She is so incredibly talented when it comes to dancing. She certainly didn't get that from me! That's definitely from her daddy's side. Dance is her passion and it shows when she's on stage.

My sweet Gracie just unfolds on the stage. She was always such a shy child-until it came to performing. She practices almost daily at home. When recital comes, she's in her element. She feels the music and moves so gracefully to it. I'm in awe of her and this gift God has given her.

Little Emma-what can I say? This child was born wanting to dance-not just at home, but on the "big stage". She will readily admit that she wasn't scared or nervous about recital-just excited. She smiled the whole time. I look forward to watching her blossom just as her sisters are.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Baked Parmesan Chicken

Here's another great recipe -Baked Parmesan Chicken. I came across this one day while blog surfing. The whole family thought it was delicious. No left overs with this one!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Healthier Peanut Butter Cookie

Emma and Grace were in the mood to bake this evening. We decided on one of my old favorites-peanut butter cookies. We try to eat healthy but don't always measure up. Today, though, I tried my best to make the recipe a little better for us. The result was a cookie that was just as tasty and hopefully not as bad for us as the others.
Here's our recipe:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup organic brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp milled flax
3Tbsp water
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups organic all-purpose flour
Cream the butter and peanut butter, then add dry ingredients. Next add flax, water and vanilla. Finally combine flour. Drop onto cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for about 9 minutes.

Baby Girl

Emma is definitely the "baby" of the family. She's such a "ham"!
She always wants to get her way and says some of the cutest things. Yesterday when I woke her up she wanted to tell me about her dream. She said she was at Peter Rabbit's house and danced with a horse. How sweet is that?

One of my favorite things about Emma is that she loves to make us laugh!

Hope this made you smile today too!

Easy Breezy Summer Dress

I love JoAnn's fabric and craft store. They have everything! The last time we shopped there we found all we needed for tons of projects. One thing was this cute dress for Emma. I've seen the pleated fabric before, but never bought it. This time they had some with butterflies-Emma LOVES butterflies.

These are simple enough to put together without instructions, but if you need them you can find them here.

While we were shopping that day I went ahead and bought ribbon and buttons to make a matching hair bow. Emma just loves all her butterflies!

Polka Dot Purses

This past weekend my sweetheart swept me away to Houston to spend some time with him. My dear friend, Sandy volunteered to keep the girls. As I was getting Emma's clothes together I realized that she didn't have an "overnight" bag. All of her bags were big and bulky or just small purses. I decided to whip one up for her. I just did a simple bag with 2 inside pockets and Velcro closure. She loved it and it was just the right size. I think we'll be using this bag a lot.

(The inside of Emma's bag)

Emma's polka dots looked so pretty, we decided to use them to make her friend Olivia a purse for her birthday. This happens to be the same fabric Olivia has for her bedding and curtains in her room. I also made her a crayon roll and we included a coloring book. Olivia is getting ready to go to England to visit family. Hopefully this will make the long plane ride easier.

(Olivia's purse and crayon roll)

(Emma and Olivia at her birthday party at the farm)

Frog loving friends

Candice came over the other day to sew. We had talked about it all week, but never decided what we wanted to sew. First things first-as soon as she arrived we had brunch-green salad, chicken salad and fruit. You can't sew on an empty stomach! LOL! Then we got down to business. I found this really cute twirly skirt tutorial. After going through my fabric stash, I came up with 2 coordinating fabrics-both with green frogs on a blue background. I also had plain green ribbon and another wider ribbon of green with white polka dots. There was plenty fabric and ribbon to make Emma and Abby a skirt. After the skirts were done we decided they needed a little top to wear with them. For this we chose the Children's Corner pattern "Lucy". I've made this dress more times than I can count and so has Candice. All we had to do was shorten it a bit to make it into a top. Perfect!
The only other thing they needed was a hair bow. Not a problem with all the ribbon I had! Plus I found 2 frog buttons I had bought years ago and never used.
I love being able to use stuff I already have without having to go out shopping. It worked out perfectly for Emma and Abby to get new outfits and hair bows.