Bunches of Lunches

I’m playing super-mom this week. I’m making Thalia the best lunches. I also created my own sandwich holder for her. I’m in heavy crafting mode lately. It’s made out of a plastic milk container… see?

Yesterday, I prepared homemade mini-pizzas for her… along with melon jello and strawberry yogurt and blueberries.

The shark Easter egg contains goldfish. She decorated her own lunchbox with princess stickers (one of her back-to-school countdown gifts).

NayNay’s Graduation Goodies

Hooray, Renee! We are all so proud of you! But this isn’t a post about how awesome you are and how wonderful your graduation was. This is a post just to show my crafty attempts at making an appetizer and centerpiece… since I like to keep track of my craft endeavors on my site. I’m not trying to brag, I swear!

I found a wonderful recipe in a kid’s cooking magazine. It’s a pool ball setup (cheeseballs) with cues (breadsticks). It turned out very well. The numbers got smudged after covering it in the fridge, but you could still tell what it was. Each cheeseball has a different topping. There were red onions, white onions, green onions, cheddar cheese, swiss cheese dyed blue, black olives, green peppers, yellow peppers, and beef jerky.

Next I made a couple of centerpieces, which turned out to be more difficult than I had anticipated. First of all, lemons float. And getting them to stay put required a bit of patience and luck. One turned out very well.

I’ve learned over the past several years of throwing parties with AL, mainly Halloween parties, that the more patience you have and the more time you spend on party details, the better they turn out… and the more like the picture. So I try not to rush through these things anymore. The cheeseballs took over 2 meticulous hours. But it was fun.

Congratulations again, Renee! We love you!

Barbie Gets a New Dress

Thalia’s Barbie doll came with a pool. So all she has is a bathing suit. Thalia likes her toys to be like real life. So she takes Barbie into the hot tub with us. Then takes off her bathing suit to shower her. Then Barbie sits around naked until the next time we go into the hot tub. So last night I asked Thalia if she would like me to make her a dress for Barbie. She gave me a resounding yes. I told her I would make it first thing in the morning. So when Thalia woke up this morning, she jumped out of bed and ran to the hobby room, ready to get the dress. It took me about an hour to make. She chose pink material with pink trim.

A New Hobby Room

I had a very productive day today. My biggest accomplishment was finishing the hobby room. Yay! Everything is put away and has it’s own place. I bought some shelving while in Gainesville last week, and it was exactly what I needed. I stuffed the closet with all our books, CD’s, and office supplies that don’t have a place yet. Once I got started, I couldn’t stop. I spent about 4 hours. And it’s done! Here’s a couple pics:

Karshia’s Kitschy Sketchbook

I haven’t been updating my site about my artwork in a long time… mainly because I haven’t been making many complete and interesting drawings. I’ve been doing serious studying and learning the basics. It’s tough work, and I don’t have much time to devote to it… yet. But I have joined an awesome online community called ConceptArt.Org. I’m participating in a couple of community activities to keep me motivated and constantly working. I also posted a sketchbook on the site to keep track of some of my work. You can see some of what I’ve been working on these past couple months… but it’s not really impressive or interesting. I only just started the sketchbook a week ago, but plan on keeping it going for years to come. If I ever do produce any interesting art pieces again, I will post them on here as well.

The Renaissance Dress

It took me all week, but I finally finished my dress for the Renaissance Festival. We’re going on Sunday, so I barely made it in time! It looks much better than the pictures show, as always. And I did run into a couple of problems. I messed up on the skirt and didn’t cut out enough material. Fortunately, the pattern was for a size 6 and my waist is smaller than that. So it fits, but barely!

The pile of material before I cut it up and sewed it together.

Cut for the top.

Inside the top.

Top is finished.

Skirt is finished.

Top, skirt, and “sleeves”.

We’ll take a picture or two of me wearing it at the Renaissance Festival. It really came together well!

LOTS of stuff

I just don’t seem to have the time I used to for posting here these days. Thalia, AL and I keep very busy. Every week we have our mom groups, music lessons, yoga, weights or running at the gym, weekly 5k at Salsa Brava, dog training, MAJOR gardening, hiking groups, swimming lessons… I’ll be adding in art lessons for both me and Thalia in the fall. And don’t forget those lovely doctor appointments and vet visits that seem so frequent this time of year. I’ve been working on art daily… trying to put in at least an hour a day when Thalia lets me. So the only time AL and I have to ourselves is between 8 and 10 at night. And I usually will not use that time to blog.

But the good news is we are doing well. Thalia is a lot of fun these days. She enjoys almost everything we do. She’s been peeing in the potty almost exclusively lately. And today, for the first time, she pooed in the potty all of her own accord. She learned how to crawl out of her crib while we were in Florida so we had to convert her crib into a bed. First we had to train her to get used to it. After a couple nights of screaming, she stopped and accepted it. She slept through the night several nights in a row. But a couple days ago she woke up in the middle of the night from a bad dream and has been keeping us up a couple hours a night since. She takes a mid-day nap about half the time now. And usually I wind up taking one with her by accident.

I hadn’t mentioned yet that I took her to the doctor a week or so ago for her 2 year examination. She weighs about 25.5 lbs and is in the 35th percentile. Much better than when she was down below 10%. She is also 35″ long which puts her in the 60th percentile. And her head is 47.8cm which is right on target.

I’ve sort of been in super-mom overdrive lately. I’ve been making all kinds of crafts and doing all sorts of creative activities for Thalia. We’ve been working on a matching card game, coloring and drawing (of course!), singing and dancing (you HAVE to see her dance to “Hug a Pug“), stringing cheerios on yarn to make necklaces, learning how to “wash” dishes using a bowl full of soapy water and a washcloth (I think this is her favorite)… I made her a 4th of July Fireworks pompom out of a stick and target bags… turned out really cute. I created and painted an adorable mailbox for Thalia to receive her own special mail each day. Unfortunately, she doesn’t get the point of receiving her own mail and always takes the mail she gets out to our mailbox to mail it. And I have been cooking all sorts of enjoyable snacks… mostly involving fruit and desserts. I love summer fruits! I plan on making some homemade play-dough and having a play day involving that soon.

Every night before she lays down to sleep we read a book to her. She never used to like listening to stories. She preferred looking at pictures. But after a couple nights of reading Rip Van Winkle to her, she decided she loves story time. So far, her favorite book is Leo the Lop. Which is unfortunate, because we don’t like that book much at all.

In a couple weeks, AL’s Dad is visiting us for his summer vacation. We plan on going to the Renaissance Festival again this year. I intend on finishing my dress that I’ve been putting together for the festival since last year. I’ve been working on it for many months and have made very little progress. It will be beautiful. But I will not be surprised if it isn’t completely finished in a couple weeks… partly due to my craft counter being covered in drawing and painting supplies, partly because it’s very complicated and I’m not a very good seamstress, and also partly due to time constraints. But those are just excuses. If I really put my mind to it, I’m sure I could finish it in time. We shall see what happens.

AL the Side Portrait

I think you know this guy. This took me about an hour and a half to complete. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I’m not very good with details yet. But it does look like him at least.