Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Big milestone

Two nights ago I realized that Sanders had, yet again, pushed his feet up on the railing of crib and caused the spindles to come out of their slots. Sigh. It takes FOREVER to put everything back together so I decided that is was time to get rid of the crib.

Apparently, all the big milestones with Sanders are going to happened unplanned.

We do have a bed frame for him but no mattress. We just used the crib mattress and put it on the floor.

It went just like you would expect it to. He was SUPER excited for the change and could NOT sleep or stay in bed.

Last night was better and tonight went great!

He grew up so fast.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kids are great!

I got to spend most of the day with my friend, Nicki, working on Disneyland shirts. It was so fun to be reminded of my very favorite kinds of friends. The kind that can hang out all day with you and it's never boring, awkward, or tiresome. Just relaxing. Even if our project didn't match suit ;) PLUS she even did my dishes. Now THAT'S the kind of friend everyone needs! Thanks!

The whole time Nicki and I were crafting the kids were playing so nicely. Very few hiccups.

I was reminded why little kids are so fun to be around shortly after Nicki and her kids left. I noticed Sanders out of the corner of my eye coming up the stairs slowly. In his hand were a toy tea pot and a toy glass. He stopped at the top of the stairs to see if I had noticed him....he knows he's not supposed to bring those particular toys upstairs because when he does I know it only means ONE thing. He wants to play in the water with them. He didn't want to risk a, "No." from me so he was trying to be sneaky.

I just gave him a look that said, " Umm...excuse me now. Where do you think you are going with those?"

He  interpreted the look correctly and responded by pointing out, "My eyes are closed!!!"

I laughed out loud! I had totally forgotten that 2 and 3 year olds believe very strongly that if they can't see you, you most certainly can't see them! HA!!!!

The other funny thing happened just after Karaia had a new foam mattress put on her bed tonight. As she laid down for the first time she sighed, "This. is. paradise! I could get used to this!"

When did she get so old?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Back in the game

I can't believe it's been over a week since I posted!!!! Sheesh. I might have to go back to daily for the rest of the year.

Does anyone even read this blog anymore?

The fantastic news is that I have overcome my design block!!! Whew! I was starting to think I might have lost whatever talent the Lord had blessed me with. I am very excited about the changes I have made and might be sending them off as early as tomorrow!

I will also be sitting my rear down and catching up with pictures and posts. Sooner than later!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Really Should

I really should blog today. I have so many pictures I haven't posted lately (ha! Like I was ever really good at posting pictures). I have pictures of the kid's valentines that they made/help me make and other fun things. But today has been kind of lame. Not because it's Valentine's Day, that part has been good, (Kevin got me Brian Reagan tickets!!!!) but because I have inadvertently caused or attracted drama in my business life and in one little area of my personal life. The one in my personal life makes my insides hurt! I just want to crawl into a hole, find a time machine, turn back the clock and stuff a bunch of socks in my mouth before I can open it up.


Tomorrow is another day right?

Friday, February 10, 2012

A new life

For the last 9 years diapers have been part of my life. Thankfully not wearing them myself ;)

Before today Sanders was accident free for 4 days! Including running to the bathroom himself. He has even been waking up dry through the night. YAY!

I said before today. You see, Kevin got home from a 2 week business trip today. That's kind of thrown off the rhythm of things. Still, I'm hopeful.

This is an end of the diapers. 9 years of diapers. It's kind of awesome!

OH, and Tennyson had been wearing pull ups at night for a long time. When Sanders started potty training Tennyson announced he would no longer be wearing pull-ups at night. I told him, "OK, I'll see you at 2 am." But I didn't! He's stayed dry every night since.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Stick together

My friend, Jaime, invited me and the kids over for dinner tonight. Her husband was at school and mine is, well, away.

It's truly lovely to spend time with someone you like but especially because you know that you are both feeling lonely and would rather not.

She is a great blessing in my life.

On the way home I asked Tennyson why he didn't eat very much, "Because I'm having a REALLY big snack at preschool on Valentine's Day so I'm trying not to eat very much."


It's true. There is a feast planned. Well a Tea Party. They are all to come in their Sunday best and practice their manners. Including leading girls into a room by the arm and all of that. It's darling and very appropriate for the Holiday of Love.

I tried to explain to him that maybe he should only do that on Tuesday and that a week of "saving room" was probably overkill. I'm not sure he bought it. This may make for very interesting meals for the next week.

Monday, February 6, 2012

It's something

Holy Cow!!

It's been nearly a week since I posted. It's such a shame that good habits are so easily replaced.

I got an answer from the manufacturer today! It was....encouraging. You know what? I'm just going to copy and paste most of it.

Thanks Emilie for checking back in…We have not made any decisions at this time.  After reviewing what we have & adjusting ship dates according to our selling we kind of feel we need to slow down a bit & make sure we have the proper sell-thru on the collections as they stand now.  As for the future right now we have collections thru the Spring Quilt Market and have already started to move into the fall deliveries, but we are always looking for talented designers /artists!  Please do not be discouraged we just need to concentrate on what we have right now before we look to sign on new artists.

One thing that I am not sure if I had mentioned before or not… I love your collections, but we are really looking for that specialty groups, ones that tell a story.  The collections would consist of conversational prints or icon driven prints with flowers & geos as supporting patterns.  We have really noticed from our selling the groups with animals (From our website - Feather N Stitch & Babysaurus) or icons (Kitchy Kitchen and Tinsel- which we have already reordered and it has not even shipped yet) are blowing out compared to the floral/geometric based groups plus I think with our artists we have already signed we have the floral/geo-look covered.  If you want to rework what you have & maybe try to add something more that would be fabulous…I would love to see anything you send, but it is your call.

Thanks again for checking in & I really do hope we can work this out!!

I call that good. It seems to me she likes what I have done, but needs a specific fit. At first I wrestled with this. My personal taste tends to shy away from icon driven prints. That being said, as I looked over the collections she referenced, I began to envision ways to stay true to what I would buy while incorporating what is wanted.   It's all a balancing act. PLUS, it's not a bad thing to get your foot in the door.

So. YAY! Progress!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Work has exploded! I have so much to do and just a short time to do it. I really like what I do, I'm the Marketing Manager. It's very fulfilling and uses my creativity in a new way every day.

I also emailed the manufacturing company I am waiting to hear from to see if they had made a decision.

Fingers, hair, toes and anything else I can crossed!