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Memorial Day Weekend

We spent a lot of time outside this weekend, although it rained off and on. On Saturday, Chloe and I went to the Farmer’s Market and David took the day to go fishing. This time we stopped to enjoy a marimba and drum performance, which brought back memories of high school, playing marimba in the drum corp. We also munched  on a lot of freshly popped kettle corn. Afterwards, despite the cool weather, I let Chloe gleefully play in the park fountains along with some other adventuresome kids. She seems to have caught a little cold, though, so maybe that wasn’t the best idea.

Other highlights from our weekend include working in the garden/playing in the dirt, blowing lots of bubbles, a little last minute baby shopping and going with Chloe and David to the pool on Sunday. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen Chloe so excited to be somewhere, but she LOVES the pool. It was so good to see her laughing and splashing with such confidence. The smile hardly left her face for a moment. Luckily it is something that she and her daddy can do together, because once the baby comes I’m thinking I won’t be able to join them for a while.

Besides all the good stuff, I also had two noteable not-so-pleasant moments. One included this surprise crawling up my leg in the car, the day after David went fishing. While I know that stoneflies are harmless, they are ugly and very big. Not something you want to look down and see while you are driving. The second included someone’s poor parking job next to my car at Babies R Us. Even if I wasn’t hugely pregnant I wouldn’t have been able to fit between the cars to get to the driver’s door. Instead I had to awkwardly lumber in through the passenger door. Either this person was simply oblivious, or downright thoughtless, neither things I appreciate.

What about you? Did you have a nice weekend?


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Smocked sundress


Chloe in her new dress, trying to accessorize with her daddy’s grungy fishing hat

After writing the last post, I remembered that I still hadn’t shared photos of Chloe’s new smocked sundress from Weekend Sewing. I finished it right before Easter, and really love it. I honestly can’t believe how easy it was. I can see how sewing with elastic thread can seem daunting, but there really is nothing to it. Plus, there is a helpful video of Heather Ross giving a demonstration on Martha Stewart. I had already read through the instructions and set my mind to making it though, so the video was a lucky bonus.

Posing with her baby doll
Back view, halter version
Chloe’s stubborn tough-girl pose

Eventually I plan on making myself a top in similar fashion, but I’d like to make another kind of top first. Plus, Heather offers a free adult pattern in pdf called the Mendocino Sundress that is similar to the child’s smocked sundress in her book. Hmm, maybe I should just go for the dress and forget the top for now. The material would make a nice dress…


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A Sunny Weekend

What a beautiful weekend, perfect for starting some seeds in the garden and soaking in a little spring sunshine. On Sunday we took a drive so David could throw his line into the Wilson, while Chloe and I sat river side, enjoying the fresh air and view.

Back at home, we all crashed on the grass in the backyard. David and Chloe enjoying a little nap in the shade.


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A lazy, sunny weekend


ceanothus ‘victoria’ & heather ‘c.d. eason’

lithodora ‘grace ward’ & yellow swallowtail butterfly on wallflowers

It feels like it has been a while since we’ve enjoyed an entirely sunny weekend. On Saturday we took a ride out to our favorite nursery (again!) to pick up some color for the two bare spots still left. We decided on shade tolerant impatients for under our front yard japanese maple, and a contrasting mix of spreading blue lithodora and rich magenta heather to add color to the back border of our “round” garden. The only spur-of-the-moment purchase was a lovely blue flowering evergreen called ceanothus victoria. We just couldn’t pass it up, and used David’s 30% off coupon on it. No idea where it’s final resting place will be just yet, but it needs full sun

On Sunday morning we woke up early and decided to head out to Ikea. We weren’t looking for much – a couple replacement 365+ square plates that mysteriously got chipped, a cushion for my office chair, two small vases and a couple of other kitchen and house gadgets. It was also a good opportunity for us to look at the nursery furniture. I thought I’d pick up some fabric, too, but nothing really appealed to me this time around. And if you ever find yourself at Ikea in the morning, their $1.99 breakfast is a tasty value (scrambled eggs, bacon, sticks of crispy french toast and breakfast potatoes).

The butterfly photo was shot moments after we pulled into our driveway. With our side garden in bloom, we always take a moment to admire the flowers when we get in or out of the car. This butterfly was taking a quick dip into our wallflowers and I was able to snap just a few pics before it fluttered away. The rest of the day was spent reading, helping David briefly while he installed irrigation to our vegetable garden, and a quick run to the grocery store for some Ben & Jerry’s and other staples. A sweet way to end the weekend.

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