Sunday, November 18, 2012

Whatever Craft Weekend

Last weekend was amazing--the ultimate girls' weekend.  I had the opportunity to road-trip to Newton, Kansas with two of my friends, Amy and Tiffany, for Whatever Craft Weekend.  I started following Meg's blog about a year and a half ago, after discovering it through Amy's blog.  When Amy invited me in August, I couldn't believe it--hundreds of people are on the list, and I never imagined that I'd ever get the chance to experience this.

Amy and Tiffany picked me up early Friday morning, and the trip down to Kansas went pretty fast.  We were SO excited when we finally made it to Newton that we had to stop for a couple of (windy) Newton pictures.  We arrived a couple of hours early, so we first drove by the house to make sure we knew where it was.  We felt a little like stalkers, but were already in awe of how amazing the house looked.  We checked out a couple of shops in town to kill time.

Friday night was so much fun--meeting Meg and Kimberlee, and helpers Megan and Becky, checking out the incredible house, delicious fajita supper, and getting right to work on the ruffle aprons.  Being a very beginner sewer, I was probably most nervous about this craft, but ended up enjoying it the most.  A local news crew was doing a report on the craft weekend, so they were around while we were working on our aprons, taping and interviewing some of us.  Around midnight, we loaded into the 15 passenger van and drove to the local donut shop, which opens at 11:30 on Fridays and is a big hangout for this college town.  When we got back, some continued working on their aprons and some (me included) were just too exhausted and went to bed.

My bed
Amy, Tiffany, and I got to sleep in this cute room

The swag--amazing!

Photo courtesy of Tiffany--cutting fabric for our aprons

My finished apron

Saturday morning, we had another delicious meal made by Kimberlee--cinnamon rolls, eggs, yogurt, and fruit.  We had some time to finish our aprons and get ready, then headed out for a day of antiquing.  We went to a local town to a cute antique store, then out of town a little bit to The Barn.  It was fun to see all of the treasures that people found when we got back to the craft house and spread everything out on the table.  After The Barn, we stopped at Sonic for happy hour.  We enjoyed our treats out of the wind in the van.

After sharing all of our treasures from antiquing, it was time to get to crafting.  Meg and Megan introduced our 5 projects for the night, and we got right to work.  We only stopped for a yummy chili supper and amazing cheesecake break later on.  Here are pictures of my final projects:

It was another late night, but fun to have time to create and learn more about the women from all around the country who had also come to craft weekend.

In the morning, after our last amazing meal from Kimberlee (creme brulee french toast), we took pictures and got packed up.

Meg and me
Me with Kimberlee
Meg, Becky, Megan, and Kimberlee

This weekend was exactly what I needed--time to do something just for me, a little break from real life, and a chance to create.  Meg and Kimberlee were so gracious and kind, and are such down-to-earth, incredible women.  I'm so blessed to have met them and the other amazing women from the weekend.  Definitely an unforgettable experience!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

8 months old

I can't believe that Norah turned 8 months old yesterday!  She's still just a little peanut, weighing in at just 14 1/2 pounds on our baby scale that we are borrowing from a friend.  She's still a busy, happy little girl--loves her piano and Little People toys, playing with Abby and Sadie, and her puffs and yogurt melt snacks.  She really only gets upset when she's hungry at suppertime, and is otherwise very content.  She's been getting tired around 6:30 each night, and sleeping pretty well at night, but caught a cold this weekend (of course, when Dave is gone for 4 nights) and has had a rough couple of nights of sleep.  No crawling yet, but she can roll wherever she wants to get, especially if she spots something that she really wants to put in her mouth.  I realized today that Dave took our camera hunting, so had to just take a couple of quick pics with my camera--I'll have to try to snap a couple of clearer shots when he gets back.  I can tell these photo shoots are going to get more and more challenging the more mobile she gets!  I tried to get a good shot of her sitting in the rocking chair, but she wanted to turn around and look behind her.

Happy Halloween!

We had fun celebrating Halloween this year, with celebrations and activities spread out throughout the whole week.

Last Friday was the ECFE Halloween party.  You'd think we'd learn after going for a few years that it's not Abby's scene...I don't know if it's all of the people in the gym that she doesn't like, but once again this year, she refused to play any games.  We'd try waiting in line and watching the other kids, but she'd get up to the front and cry and run away from it.  She enjoyed the story time, and we did tell her that she had to play at least 3 games to get the goody bag before we left, which she did.  She had fun seeing a couple of her buddies, but was ready to go home pretty early.  Oh well...maybe Norah will be more of the Halloween party type.

On Monday, we spent time carving pumpkins.  Dave was very ambitious this year, and spent part of his day off that day emptying out most of our many pumpkins, making sure they were all set to carve by the time we got home.  Abby designed her pumpkin--Dave told her to make the second eye a little bigger, so she took his advice to heart:

We had to recreate the baby-in-a-pumpkin picture from when Abby was a baby--Norah's pumpkin was a little narrow, so we squished her inside and she thought it was pretty fun.  She wasn't a huge fan of the pumpkin goo that Dave put in her hands, though.

Here are some of the final products:

On Tuesday, Abby and Norah had their daycare party.  Our daycare provider met us at the door in her costume--hand made, and so creative!

That night, Abby celebrated at her preschool Halloween party.  I helped lead a craft station with two friends, and it was fun being on the volunteer side of the classroom.  Here is the whole group dressed up for Halloween:

After a quick supper of jack-o-lantern pizza, Abby, Norah, and I took off for trick-or-treating while Dave stayed home to hand out candy to our few trick-or-treaters.  It was a nice night, and we had fun going down the street.  Abby and Dave later went to a couple of houses of friends around town.  She definitely has enough candy to last a long time!  Dave was also excited this year to pull out the banana costume from when Abby was a baby, to complete his gorilla/banana costume.