Saturday, September 8, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mr. Charles!

Charlie turned two yesterday. It was pretty cute to watch him soak up the day. He kept saying, "I'm so excited!" but I don't really think he knew why. :) I think his favorite gift was a mylar balloon. After dropping Madeline off at preschool, I took him to pick out one. He chose Mickey. And are you aware of this helium shortage? Very weird, but as a result, the ballon cost $6.50.... yeah.... We celebrated Thursday night since Matt would be out of town at a work conference the rest of the weekend. Here is a little peek at our celebration. I'm not sure there is much cuter than a two year old on his birthday.


I tried my hand at cake pops this year.  At the beginning of the process, there were almost tears as the cake kept getting swallowed in the melted candy melts, falling off of the sticks and crumbling to pieces.  I persevered and made them work, although they're not as easy as Bakerella claims! I'm glad I tried them, but I may try something else next time.
You can find the recipe for the Winnie the Pooh and Hunny Cake Pops HERE.

We got a steal of a deal on a train table and set of Thomas trains from a lady that Matt works with. Charlie slept with Harold the Helicopter and Thomas the train that night.

Charlie is a very silly little boy who recently has turned all boy with his love of cars, trains, buses, helicopters and planes. He's always cracking us up with some new phrase of his or his cheesy grin. He loves to read. Some of his latest favorites are Jamberry, We're going on a Bear Hunt, and The Napping House. He also loves puzzles and playing with his sister, although he can definitely cause a little trouble.   Happy, Happy Birthday Charlie! We sure love you around here!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Black Apple Dolls

When Madeline turned one, my friend made her the most darling little doll.  Madeline has loved it ever since.  I'm not sure why it took me so long to make one, but it turned out to be a fun and fairly simple project.  The fun part is that you can add to the pattern any way you like to personalize her.

The one on the left is Madeline's.  The one on the right now belongs to the lovely Miss Jadelyn.

 I added a skirt and pigtails.  I was nervous about painting her face, but I drew it on with a pencil first and it came together pretty well.

Madeline had fun helping me. She picked out the fabrics, helped me sew and loved stuffing her with fluff. :)

I'm pretty sure every little girl in your life needs a black apple doll. Here is Martha's pattern: Black Apple Doll. Oh and make sure to add seam allowances to the leg and arm patterns. Otherwise, they turn out a little small. If you make one, I'd love to see how it turned out!  Happy sewing.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Love-Hate Relationship

Charlie is cracking us up these days. He really can't decide if he likes this bird or not. Maybe it's because I'm the youngest in my family and never had anyone to tease, but it's a little fun to see his reaction. :)  And if you couldn't tell, his latest, overused phrases are, "I don't like it" and "Stop it!" usually with Madeline after it. He turns two next week and he's definitely got a mind of his own.

And a Madeline update: on Wednesday when picking her up from preschool, she actually said, "I had such a great day.  I never want to leave preschool!"  I'm sure she'll have good and bad days, but she seems to be enjoying it more now that she has gotten used to her classroom, the people, and the schedule. She also is joined at the hip with a little friend, which I'm sure helped a lot.