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Monday, August 24, 2009

Two Weeks In...

and I'm completely exhausted. It could be that I'm still in my first trimester, and apparently it's normal to be exhausted. Or, more than likely, it's because the past two weeks have been the first of the school year, one of teacher preparation and one with students. Getting ready to teach the students is more work than actually teaching them. Plus, it's way more invigorating to interact with them instead of get my classroom ready and figure out my schedule and plans. Today was my first day teaching, and we're off to a great start. My students are the exact same ones I had last year (benefit of being a special ed teacher), so we picked up right where we left off. They're a great group of kids.

Unfortunately, all this focus and energy on work has meant little energy for quilting or scrapbooking. The weather was too beautiful on Saturday to waste the day catching up on sleep, though, so we took a family trip to the zoo. I love going to the zoo as a family. Darrin's there to help me with Ian (he's getting too heavy for me to lift up), but more than that, I love watching Ian and Darrin interact.

He held him up so he could feed the koi fish:

He got down on his level to watch the giraffe:

He helped him across the rope bridge:



He hoisted him up onto the rhino:


And he held him through the butterfly house so I could snap lots of pictures of the butterflies (just one of many) :

Thursday, August 13, 2009

While Mommy is Away...

the boy will play.

We had "Safe Walk to School" night a.k.a. "Meet the Teacher" so I had to work late. My boys had one of their many Boys' Nights.

They got home from Applebee's and Darrin headed up the stairs. Ian didn't come up, so Darrin went to see what he was up to. He found him like this:


I had unloaded some stuff from my purse, which had included my lipstick and put it on the stairs. Apparently Ian found it and knew what to do with it. The crazy thing is, I think I've only worn that lipstick two or three times (and I've owned it for at least a year), so he's practically worn it as much as me now. I'm actually surprised he knew what to do with it.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The winner is...

I determined the winner in the best way I knew how... names on pieces of paper. I had the cutest assistant in the world draw the winning name:




And the winner is:



Congrats Moneik. Now to figure out what to make you, someone who churns out more quilty things in a month than I do in a year :)



And apparently picking the winner is exhausting work, because Ian pushed away the bowl and took a break as soon as we were done.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Quick Finish

I've been using my last week of vacation not doing what I intended: looking through all the curriculum I brought home in May. Instead I've been enjoying time with Ian and my sewing machine. Today we went and met Meeghan and Alexa for lunch, but before we left, I stitched up a diaper/wipes carrier for them. Since Ian's gotten older, I tend to grab the one I made myself instead of his whole diaper bag. It's just more size-friendly to me.
Yesterday we took advantage of the afternoon sun (it was cloudy all morning) and headed to my co-worker's pool for one last time this summer. Ian did a lot better in the pool this year than last year, getting brave enough to put his face in the water and lay on his belly. He wouldn't let me let go, though. He loved playing with the different balls she had in the water.


If you haven't already, you have until Friday at noon to win a prize for my 100th post. Just check out this post and leave a comment.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Celebrations

I've had lots of reasons to celebrate lately and thought I'd share (in no particular order):

1: This is my 100th blog post, which means a giveaway. Leave a comment to this post by noon on Friday, August 7 for your chance to win. I'm not sure yet what the prize is, because it depends on whose name I draw, but more than likely it will be something quilt-related. Only those who comment can enter, so for those of you who just email me your response (mom and dad, that's you) just click on comments at the end of the post, click anonymous, and sign your name at the end, or sign up for a google account. You can use your hotmail address as your login.

2: I've got two new quilts to make. I'm making this quilt for Ian. He went along to the store to pick it out. I think the fact there was a shovel and rake attached to the kits sold him on it- that and the fact he's completely obsessed with tractors right now. I bought two kits because I need to make it at least a twin for Ian's new bed. Turns out someone is coming along in about 7 months who will need the crib. Yep, quilt number two is a baby quilt for Ian's baby brother or sister who will show up in very early March. We're all super excited. To add to the baby news, Darrin's sister is expecting a boy in December. We're so glad Ian will finally have a cousin!

3: My cousin got married this past weekend, and we had a blast, as we always do when the Warnecke family gets together. The food at the reception... mmm... I wish I could eat the leftovers tonight. It was so good. The best part was watching Ian dance, or lack there of. He had more fun running around everyone or watching in amazement. When everyone was dancing the chicken dance and hokey-pokey, he just stood in the middle of the cirlce and watched everyone. We're sure he was thinking, "What are these guys doing?!?!?"
All the great-grandkids were at the wedding, so we snapped a picture with Great Billie.

When Ian wasn't dancing, he had so much fun running around and playing with all of them. Especially Makenna, who is 11 months older than him. Makenna's brother Layton is in the picture, too. They still call him Baby Ian, even though he's almost bigger than Makenna.

4: The weather here has been AWESOME! I hate hot, humid weather, and this summer has been a pleasant surprise. We got replacement windows in last week, and finally have a cross-breeze for the first time on the main floor of our house. It's been blissful. I was so thankful the weather cooperated and I could open all the windows up and enjoy our new purchase. It didn't make parting with the money as hard.

5: I finished another UFO! I began this block almost 2.5 years ago, shortly after we brought Ian home from the hospital. I finished the I and A block at least 2 years ago, but Ian never played with them, I hated doing the embroidery of the words, and just moved on to other things. Why I didn't stick with it, I'm not sure, because it only took me about 5 more hours to finish this thing up yesterday. I just shake my head thinking how long that sat on the shelf. Ian has had a blast throwing them around like balls, though he got upset when they didn't stack like his wooden blocks do.

6: Ian has spent lots of quality time with his grandparents this summer (5 out of the last 6 weekends). When they live 6 hours away, this doesn't usually happen. It will be weird this coming weekend to just hang out at our house. We haven't done that since the middle of June. I'm so glad he was able to see them this much. He got in LOTS of tractor riding, saw two parades, and met some extended family for the first time. Here's just a few pictures of the fun he had back in Iowa:
driving fire truck

getting a pull on his H- he needs longer legs
wrestling with Jared

checking out parade loot

driving the 706 with Grandpa Dan

This is my last week of summer vacation, and it will be an busy one for Ian and me. We're headed swimming and to the zoo one last time (weather please cooperate!), meeting a friend for lunch, and trying to finish up the to-do list. I've got to start digging into all the bags of curriculum I brought home from school over the summer that haven't been touched since May. Can't believe the school year's almost here. Summer went too fast, as always.