Tuesday, June 23, 2009

busy busy

Since my days of working have come to a temporary close it seems I still can't find enough time in a day to finish everything I need to. I don't know how I was doing so much before!! You'd think with 8 hour chunks of free time I could accomplish it all. Not so much. The more time I have = the more I try to do.

I have been job searching though, found a few leads only to find that "the position has been filled." There isn't much out there, kind of scary. I've also been jumping through the numerous hoops at the unemployment office, which is fun. Really fun.

But all in all I've been enjoying the extra time with Squish, Little Big and hubby. We made it down to the beach yesterday...

And had a wonderful Father's day...

And two weekends ago we made our way up to "the beach house" for some R and R

I *LOVE* summer. :o)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Sew into it.

I love being creative, using my hands, head and heart to make something unique that no one else has. I don't think I really have a specific genre I am "good" at, I just really enjoy doing it all. From model cars and HO scale trains when I was younger, scrapbooking, digital photography, painting, woodwork, refinishing old furniture, sketching, jewelery making, cooking and more...if its has minute details and endless steps then I most likely enjoy doing it.

When I was little (around 6-10) I used to sew alot. I made bedding and clothing for all of my dolls, handbags/totes and even helped my mom and grandma with some larger projects. Unfortunately in highschool and college I would alter something here but didn't really have the time or space for my own sewing maching, I was busy doing "other" things.

Late last summer, in hot/sticky Wilmington, I was given a brand new, Brother sewing machine. Excited at the thought of filling my "stay-at-home-mom days" with yards of ribbon and lace, making dresses for Little Big, I anxiously awaited finding our own place.

Well we found our own place and shortly after, NP lost his job (along with about 12% of the population in NC) and I was forced back into the working world, without even being able to open my new sewing machine. It, along with my creativity, was shoved back into the closet.

Fast forward about 8 months. Yes I am still working, no we are NOT in Wilmington and finally my "brother" has a place of his own. A small corner right outside my bedroom door, very convenient for the many late nights I have already spent with this machine.

I have so many ideas for things to sew...here are a few little ones I've completed so far... I got tired of the "normal" burp cloth so I revamped it a little with some super soft flannel and grosgrain ribbon.

Now here is my new diaper bag and a matching "hooter hider." Both were made for about $10 - Score! Those hooter hiders are normally pretty expensive!

So I guess you could say I am back in the beginning stages, oh well...not for long. I learn fast. Stay tuned for more...

Monday, June 8, 2009

Time flies...

It seems like just yesterday I was waddling around the house complaining about my back, hips, ankles, heartburn... (The list goes on and on...) now all of the sudden I have a 6 months old baby girl! Wow!

I can't believe she has been with us for half a year already. Last year at this time I was barely beginning to feel the little pokes and bubbles that soon got stronger and stronger until my ribs felt like they would explode from all her pounding.

I can still remember the first moment I felt her. I was busy at work, had a moment to relax so I leaned back in my chair and stared at the ceiling, wishing for 5pm to come faster.

"poke, poke, poke."

What was that? Then again... "poke, poke."

A smile came to my face as I realized what I was feeling, then it all suddenly felt very real. There was a tiny little human "poking" around, growing stronger everyday. Wow, that's all I can say.

Now one year later we've got a happy, smiley, cuddly, nearly 18 lbs of baby girl to enjoy every day. And as weird at it may sound, although I can remember a time when "Little Big" was not here, I can't imagine what life was like without her.

Here are some pictures I took of my heavenly flower on her half birthday

Leilani Rose.