Friday, February 22, 2008


So now that Ashlyn is 2, I have been preparing myself for potty training. I must say I have been kinda lazy, because I know Ashlyn is probably ready to be a "big girl." I just know that once it begins that it will take a lot of effort on my part to take her to the potty throughout the day. And then there's also the dreaded "taking her to the store and praying that she will not have an accident." All of this has kept me from really getting excited about potty training her. Inevitably, I know it must be done.

So, Jason and I have decided to take it slow. We have just been waiting for her to say she wants to go sit on the potty. She has asked a number of times over the past few weeks ,but every time we take her she just wants to play with the toilet paper or flush the potty and nothing else.

So today, she came up to me and said she was stinky. When I checked, she wasn't, so I said, "Do you want to go sit on the potty?" And she said YES! Now I didn't get my expectations up to high, but I thought there might be a chance this time! And when I sat her down, she actually went potty on the potty!!! I praised her and told her what a good job she did!

Now I don't know what will happen next...will she ask to go every time? Probably not:( But we are on the right track! If any of you potty training experts out there have any advice for me, please share! But for now...I will be a proud mama that we have gotten this far:)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I Love Her

Our God really poured Himself into this one.

Out of the shadows of teaching 3rd graders, self expectations, and the rigors of living life, grows my two year old miracle. We enjoyed about 20 minutes of Daddy-Ashlyn time after school today. We picked flowers that are starting to grow in our flower bed, kicked the soccer ball around, and just sat together. She is amazed by everything: a bird in the air, a butterfly passing by, the moon, grass, flowers... I find myself in amazement of her.

Today reminded me of the book I read to her almost every time I put her to bed at night -- "Guess How Much I Love You." A really sweet book about a baby rabbit and it's mother or father talking together about how each loves the other more. They go throughout the book enjoying just being together. That's how today was. I kept telling her to tell me she loved me when we took pictures...and she always responded, "I love you, daddy."

Saturday, February 16, 2008

My Big Sewing Project

When I first decided that I wanted to start sewing, a shopping cart/highchair cover was one of my big projects that I knew I wanted to try my hand in. I own one of these myself that I bought off of ebay, and I love it and use it all the time! I could tell by looking at it that it was going to be a big project. I knew I needed to start with more simple projects first and build up to it. Now I would still call myself a "beginner" at sewing, but I decided to just go for it on this project. Last weekend, I found a pattern that I liked and started buying all the necessary supplies.

I really feel like I spent half the day working on it....I think it took me a total of 5-6 hours working on it. Now that I have done it once, I'm sure I can speed it up a little. I am so proud of myself for actually finishing it with very few stags....and I think it turned out great!
It comes complete with: a front pocket w/toy loops, a side pocket, and slots to put a safety belt through.

The finished project!!!

Just another view

Side pocket

Front pocket w/toy loops

I hope to perfect this a little bit and make it my own and one day maybe sell these....and it would even make a great baby gift!!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Sew Fun!

Last weekend, a few of us girls got together and had a little sewing party. It started off with us just hanging out and talking, but we soon we broke out the sewing machines and got busy. There were a few there that hadn't really even touched their sewing machine before, a few who had a little experience, and then the sewing "masters" Morgan and Erin. We all had so much fun learning and making things together. It was especially fun to watch the few (Casey, Mel, and Catherine) who had not sewn anything before, make something for the first time.

I was going to try to make a baby sling (with the help of Morgan), but unfortunately I purchased the wrong kind of material:) So, I (along with Mel) made a nursing cover....not for me!....I just think they are great baby gifts, so I wanted to know how to make it.

Then, when I got home, I wanted to continue my sewing adventure, so I attempted to make a checkbook cover I found in a sewing book I have. I think it turned out great for my first attempt.

Who thought sewing could be "sew fun"!