Thursday, August 27, 2009

Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Way back at the beginning of summer.... way back when my computer was down ......when I couldn't post pictures.... my girls and I heard that one of their favorite shows was going to be close by. Extreme Makeover Home Edition was coming to our area!! Talk about excited-I knew right away I was going to take them to check it out.
We didn't know exactly where at first, just that they had picked a building company and were looking for volunteers.
We kept checking the day they were announcing the exact location and decided to visit that week. It was really amazing-so different from what you see on TV. We were lucky, we went on a beautiful day in a week of rain and were able to get real close-there weren't too many people. Everything was very organized from letting you know where to park and busing you to the site to where you could watch everything.
My girls were able to meet Didi and were thrilled. My older daughter saw her walking down the street and called out "We love your show". Didi came right over to talk to them which was so nice-you could tell she was hot and tired.

This is the view walking up the street after the bus dropped us off. You can only walk on the side of the road and there are trucks and workers everywhere. This house was in a development and I felt a little bad for the neighbors. Everyone had to pass by security and had signs in their cars that said resident. One thing you never think about is the houses around the house being built. Their yards are pretty much taken over and used for the tents where work is done, viewing spots and places to cook/serve food.

This is the house being built. While we were there, they did a lot of electrical work, put in the front door and started the siding. We talked to some of the workers who had been there all night and they had put in all the duct work. You can't really see in this picture but on the left hand side of the front door, there is a huge window made up of smaller windows-that was my favorite part of the house.

As I mentioned before, at the start of the summer we had rain almost everyday so the site was a mud bath. I took a picture of my daugher's feet and this was in the beginning. Our feet were filthy when we left and our clothes were all splattered in the back. There was a cow field close by too so there was a bit of a lovely smell in the air :)

My girls were interviewed by the local news and were on TV too-talk about double excitement. Celebrities for a day!!
Can't wait until this is on in the fall-it'll be so cool to see the show after having actually seen the house and the work being done.
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Monday, August 24, 2009

We're Back Part II, Bibs and Burps

We're back from another wonderful weekend of camping. My sister's family and ours always go camping the weekend before school starts. We had to go early this year because her kids go back on Thursday. Mine don't go back until next Tuesday-yeah, another week of summer!
The kids had a great time again-they love being with their cousins. The baby loves being outdoors so camping is right up his alley!

I went to a baby shower last weekend for a friend in town. I already knew the baby was a girl and her name started with K so I had picked up two outfits and made a pair of matching bibs and burp cloths. They came together quick and easy which is good because I was sewing right up until I had to get ready per usual.
These two pictures are the bibs-front and back.

These are the burp cloths. Usually I cover the center with flannel and add ribbon but I tried something different this time and everyone liked them. I used the same K as the bib and tried to copy the cupcake on the flannel.

We also had a birthday party that same weekend but I forgot to take pictures-the downfall of sewing up until 10 minutes before you have to leave. I made her a shirt with her initial and a headband just like this one I did for a previous birthday. My 6 year old loves giving these as gifts as much as she loves picking out the fabric.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wordless Wednesday


More Wordless Wednesday on 5 Minutes for Mom

Could we make that a 1/2 hour for mom :)
My girls are having a bit of a problem getting along today.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

We're back........

Me to 4 year old: You didn't finish your bagel

4 year old: Where is my bagel?

Me: On the table

4 year old after a pause: What's on the table?

We're back from a wonderful week at the beach and it's been one of those mornings where nothing goes right. We woke up late for soccer camp and nobody likes to rush. The girls are tired and cranky and one doesn't feel well. The baby discovered he can climb up on top of the kitchen table and threw down all the laundry I had folded last night......... yes, all of it, sigh.

But, here's to a better afternoon, and on the bright side, the baby had a wonderful time throwing all the clothes around and we had a wonderful week at the beach. Another great week with beautiful weather, lots of digging in the sand, bike riding, relaxing, and eating ice cream. The girls had so much fun and none of us wanted to come home.

I hope you are all having a great week. I have a baby shower this weekend and one of the girls has a birthday party so hopefully I'll be sharing some projects soon.