Friday, July 24, 2009

I take that back...

So I had to laugh at my last post - all those sweet things I said about Madeline. Today I'm not feeling so generous with my compliments. Madeline is generally VERY good in public. She hardly ever makes a peep, but today was a whole new story. Nothing spectacular happened, just the behavior of an 18 month-2 year old.

I had to drop off our car to be worked on and walked over to the mall to wait for it. Madeline was ok at the beginning, but after an hour or so, she began to throw a fit. She wanted to be held, then wanted to get down, then wanted to run away. I had to wrestle her into her stroller. She has perfected this shrill scream - the type that makes her start to gag. She kept this up and people began to stare (believe me - I don't judge moms anymore). My plan was to just ignore her in her stroller, especially since I couldn't even reason with her - it was like she was possessed. I'm sure people thought I was a horrible mom. I felt completely out of control and really embarrassed. She hadn't done this before. We went to pick up our car. I forced her into the carseat - all the while she's screaming. We went home, she refused to eat lunch, (still screaming) so I put her in bed. She's been asleep for 2 1/2 hours and my sanity is slowly returning.

Is this what the terrible twos are? and how long does it last?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

18 months

Madeline had her 18 month check up this month. Besides being a little petite thing, everything looks good. Here are her stats-

Weight - 20 lbs 15 ounces - 10th percentile

Height - 30.5 inches - 25th percentile

Right before we are about to go to sleep, Matt usually leans over and says, "Madeline is the best." It's true - this girl has brought us so much happiness. She is starting to become a true girl (tantrums and all) but most of the time she is a sweet, loving girl who likes to help, clean up, play with dolls, paint her toenails, give kisses and cuddle. My friend took some photos of her recently. Check out her website here.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Shoe Fetish

Madeline is in love with my shoes. She likes to go through my closet, put on a matching pair, and wear them around for quite awhile! Stacy London would be proud...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Quiet Book

Before Madeline was born, my lovely sister, Jessica, made every family a quiet book for church. Now that Madeline really needs some entertaining, I wanted to add pages to it. Well now I have and Madeline loves it. Here are the pages:

Jessica's Page 1 - mirror
Jessica's Pages 2 & 3 - felt cutouts that fit into the shapes

Jessica's Page 4 - Laminated pictures of LDS prophets fit in clear pockets. Their name and dates of service are written on each square. The pictures are colored on the back so you can match the color with the outline on the page.
Jessica's Page 5 - President Hinckley's Be's. Each is a flap that has a corresponding drawing underneath. So creative, Jess...

Jessica's Page 6 - In the pocket, there is a ring of church pictures
Malerie's Page 7 - Felt flowers that you can button and unbutton.

Malerie's Pages 8-9 - I printed a paper doll pattern directly onto pellon. I printed the dresses out on pellon and ironed them to felt. Then I created a felt armoire that ties to store them in.

Malerie's page 10 - Felt popcorn velcros to the tree and can be stored in the little basket.
Malerie's page 11 - Turn the wheel under the ark to reveal cute animal pairs

I had a lot of fun making this and experimenting with my new sewing machine. I hope this means a busy Madeline sits through church without making a peep!

Here are some links to quiet book ideas/patterns

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

And the Winner is...


Research Randomizer Results

1 Set of 1 Unique Numbers Per Set
Range: From 1 to 38 -- Unsorted

Job Status:
Set #1:


Congratulations Mrs. Johnson!!! I will email you shortly and get your contact info to Shabby Apple. Hope you enjoy your lovely new dress!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Free Shabby Apple Dress!

I am SO excited to announce a Free Giveaway on my blog!!! One lucky reader will win Shabby Apple's 90 Words Per Minute dress.

There are three ways you can enter. You are not required to do all three, but the more you do, the better chance of winning! EACH entry must be in the form of a comment to this post. I will determine the winner by giving each entry a number and will use to select the winning number. Anyone can enter. Just make sure to leave your email address in your comment so I can tell you that you won.

Ways to enter:

1. Post about the giveaway on your blog and leave me a comment with the link.
2. Go to Shabby Apple and tell me which dress is your favorite.
3. Follow Shabby Apple's blog via Facebook or Twitter and make sure to let me know in a comment.

Please leave your comments by 11:59 pm PT on July 13, 2009.

Also, Shabby Apple is offering my readers a 15% coupon when ordering anything on their site! Just enter theweeds15off at checkout. This coupon expires August 15, so hurry on over to Shabby Apple!

*note - the 90 WPM dress looks pretty short on the model, but the description says it falls below the knee.