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Another Finished Road Trip Case!

3 Mar

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I finished Gavin’s Road Trip Case today!! I’m so proud of myself! This time I decided to try to machine stitch the binding down. It was my first time attempting this and while it will take some practice to make it perfect, I’m pretty happy with the results. I think this case needs to be sturdier and machine stitching the binding makes sense if these are for kids. Now I need to go and make myself one!

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I’m so happy with how these came out and the second one definitely came together in half the time it took me to make the first. I definitely learned some new skills sewing these up and it makes me so happy that the boys love their new cases.

 I read this article today on Facebook “Mommy, Somebody Needs You” and I had to share it here too. This really hit me hard. There are some days I want to pull my hair out in frustration, days I can barely keep my eyes open I’m so exhausted, and days when taking a shower and brushing my teeth are last on my mind as two little voices are telling me they’re hungry yet again. These days, right now, are so hard and full of constant need yet they truly are the most beautiful. Just today I was going to the bathroom when Gavin ran into the doorway and said “Mommy, I love you” and ran away back to what he was doing. There will be a day I will miss that. A couple days ago we had a thunderstorm which is extremely rare in Southern Cali and Gavin got so scared he would not let me move my arm from his grip. The simple act of my arm being around him and my hand in his was enough to make him feel like he was safe. There are days when Caleb comes up to me and just throws his arms around me and hugs me and looks into my eyes and tells me he loves me and I feel like I am complete. These moments go by so fast and often get overlooked by the temper tantrums, fights, the constant need for something-anything, that even in these moments I should just remember that this is what I have always wanted. This beautiful chaos. Motherhood. Some day there will be all the time in the world for me, but right now, I am loving that somebody needs ME.

#33weeks only 7 more to go!!  #pregnant #babynumber3 #readyornothescoming @readysetren

And next month we add to the beauty and chaos. I can’t wait.

Valentine’s and a Birthday Weekend

19 Feb

Last weekend was insane! Good insane though, just really busy and action packed. The weekend for me started off relaxing to a 90 minute massage my brother in law treated me to from The Zen Mama. She came to my house while the kids were in school last Thursday and gave me one of the best massages I’ve ever had! My back and sciatica pain are gone! I still feel nice and loose and if you know someone who lives in the South Bay and is pregnant, I highly recommend Zen Mama! Friday was our first busy day with it being Valentine’s Day. With the help of my hubby and Caleb I was able to make 46 felt hearts and have them stuffed with chocolates and bagged up with a Valentine’s card for the boys classes.

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Caleb was able to write his name in all of his cards this year and helped me fold them and sticker them closed. I’ve made these felt hearts for the past 2 years while Caleb was in preschool and this year making them for 2 classes was a challenge! I’d never had to make more than 20 before. Later that day my Mother in Law flew in and took the boys out to a special Valentine’s dinner while the hubby and I went to a friends restaurant, C&M Cafe in Los Angeles where for the night she did a pop up dinner and served gourmet food. It. was. amazing. Not only was it nice to get out on a date with my hubby, but it was so nice to eat food that our kids would never touch. Adult food. After eating dinner there we are anxious to go back during normal business hours to eat some of the amazing food on the menu.

Saturday was Caleb’s 6th birthday. I can’t believe my baby is 6 years old. It blows my mind. We started the day out as a family going to eat breakfast in Hermosa Beach and then asked Caleb what he wanted to do. Without hesitation he said Chuck E. Cheese. So off we went to let the kids run wild and play games. Later that night we went to Blaze Pizza and got to create our own pizzas! Then we came home to sing Happy Birthday and have some ice cream cake, yum!!

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That face!! He’s such a sweet handsome little guy. I’d say he had a pretty good birthday full of fun, except the celebration continued the next day with his Uncle Jerry coming into town to go with us to Boomer’s in Irvine. This place was crazy!! They have go-carts, mini golf, laser tag, arcade, batting cages, and more. Everyone went on the go-carts first which I had to sit out, but at least I got a couple of cute pictures of the boys.

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Talk about fun! Gav had a huge smile on his face every time he went by me, it was adorable! We then played the kids first ever game of mini golf. That was interesting. I helped Gav on the first hole and managed to score him a hole in one, after that he more or less played on his own. It took them quite a few holes to figure out the rules but towards the end they started to understand they had to wait their turn. I ended up winning by 1 point with my hubby and his friend tying for second. I don’t know that I’ve ever laughed so hard while playing mini golf, but everyone was cracking me up! Especially my MIL, I had no idea she was so competitive! After spending all afternoon there we came home to have some yummy home cooked Peruvian food by my MIL. We were all pooped and tried to watch a little of the Olympics but we all just wanted to sleep. We went out to breakfast the next day and then my MIL had to go home. It was a busy weekend, but we all had so much fun. I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s (yes I know i’m late on that), and are having a great week so far! I’ll leave you with my latest belly shot, courtesy of my 4 year old photographer-who still cuts off my head in every shot.

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Has it been almost 1 year??

3 Feb

Has it really been almost a year since I last blogged?? Wow. That is terrible! And understandable. It was a busy year for us, Caleb graduated Preschool and started Kindergarden in the fall. Gavin started Preschool in the fall and has just blossomed, it really blows my mind. We spent many, many, many days at Disneyland enjoying our season passes and I managed to fit in a little sewing here and there but mostly selfish sewing. I got a little overwhelmed in the fall when Caleb started Kinder because I had no idea how busy our days would become. From waking up around 6:30am, getting breakfast made, lunch packed, everyone dressed and dropped off by 8:15, entertaining Gavin when he wasn’t at school, picking up Caleb at 2:30, homework, a little play time, clean up, dinner, bath, bed, I was exhausted. Turned out I may have been tired for an entirely different reason as we found out in September that we would be welcoming another little bundle of joy into our family. And here we are 29 weeks later, closer to welcoming our third son into this crazy family.

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Only 11 weeks to go, give or take, and only 9 more weeks left of work-so close! I didn’t sew for a good 3 months due to having morning sickness that lasted all day and peaked at night around 5pm. Unfortunately for me the sight of my sewing machine and fabric made me nauseous and claustrophobic.  I think what finally snapped me out of it was my desire to finish Gav’s birthday quilt before his birthday. If you remember this was supposed to have been for his 3rd birthday but that came and went. It’s finished now and currently resides on Gavin’s bed where he loves to sleep under it.

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I love the way this came out and am even happier that Gavin loves it. Lastly I have been sewing up things to help pay off the newest addition to my sewing machine family, a Juki HZL F600. I love her. I made a deal with the hubby since he had found me quite a bit of unclaimed money that I sent in paperwork to get back, that I would use that money towards it (which paid for most of the machine) and I would sell handmade goodies to pay off the rest. I have an amazing husband who knows how much I love to sew and fully supports my desire to pursue it as more than a hobby. I’m still searching which online store I want to open so for now I have them up on my Instagram @robbynsnest. It’s a little hard to part with them because I want them all for myself!

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I’m trying to stock up before baby comes in April because Lord knows when he gets here the last thing on my mind for a few weeks will be sewing. Hope you all had a great start to the week and I’ll try not to be such a stranger round here.

During a Commercial Break…

24 Feb

I’m watching the Oscars, even though I didn’t get a chance to see any of the movies, so I’ll make this fast. I wanted to just give a little update on yesterday’s fiasco. Shortly after I hit publish on yesterday’s post I told the kids that if I made their beds, they had to do the rest. And guess what. They did. I just helped show them where to put stuff since they definitely needed some help with that. I gave them the rest of their lunch and later at dinner asked Caleb what he learned. He said, “To play with one toy at a time and then put it away.” It may seem harsh to give them lunch late, but it’s been a struggle at times to get them to put their toys away. I want them to understand organization and cleaning up after themselves, at least as much as a 3 and 5 year old can. It starts now. I know that as they get older they will remember these things we teach and repeat over and over to them. Caleb already knows it’s dangerous to text or look at your phone while driving because we say it over and over as we are driving. So at the end of the day, they were fed, cuddled, loved, and they learned a lesson.

Ok, now i’m off to try to catch who won Oscars for movies I didn’t see. I leave you with a somewhat blurry photo my hubby took of the boys new haircuts.

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   Don’t you just love them?? You know what’s missing??? A sister….

Quilt Basted!

21 Feb

I was too tired to blog yesterday. I spent my morning/afternoon at Caleb’s school and then the boys both woke up from their naps with fevers. By the time the kids were finally asleep I had time to baste Gav’s quilt and try to relax a little. Sick kids are exhausting. They’ve been running us ragged today. My poor hubby woke up to this

photoThat’s vaseline and toilet paper. Funny looking at it now, but it wasn’t so funny for my hubby at 7am. Trying to get these kids to relax and rest to get better is next to impossible. This moment right now as I type this might be the first quiet moment we’ve had in the house all day. Toy Story 2 is on and they seem to be captivated-that is until a commercial comes on. So I better type fast.

Last night I managed to get Gav’s quilt basted and I’m hoping I’ll get the chance to start quilting it tonight. We’ll see how much energy I have after dinner and our night time routine is finished. Here’s what it looked like on my floor last night

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This is my least favorite part of quilting. #quilt #sewing #robbynsnest

I don’t know about anyone else, but basting a quilt has to be my least favorite part of the whole process. My living room floor is the best place to lay out my quilts but that also means i’m on my hands and knees crouched down and that’s no bueno for the back. At least it’s not a huge quilt. Now that it’s basted I’m anxious to finish it up and put it on Gav’s bed before it gets too warm for him to use it.

Before I lose this rare quiet moment I’ll end this with one of the cutest pictures I’ve taken at Caleb’s school so far. This is Caleb’s best friend. This is why Preschool is so fun. And lucky me, I get to experience it with him. Happy Thursday everyone!

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I’m back for real this time!

18 Feb

Well, hello again dear blog of mine. I took quite awhile off this time, but I assure you I was very busy. It all started after Halloween, trips to the in-laws, broken bones, hospital stays, botched holiday plans, Disneyland Annual Passes, school, work, and sewing. I think that covered it all. I also found during the holidays that planning events, outings, visits, working at the school, sewing up 2 quilts, and dealing with Caleb’s broken collar bone and then staying in the hospital for 3 days with Gavin who had pneumonia Christmas Eve to the day after Christmas, left very little room for blogging. Blogging was the last thing on my mind. And so now 3 1/2 months have passed and it’s time to get back to regular blogging. I’ve missed you. All 3 of you who read this blog. If you’re still with me, thank you for sticking around! I am going to try my hardest to actually blog regularly, of course I am at the mercy of my children so as long as they play nicely I can make a habit of this.

I just went into the kids room because they were awfully quiet-they’re supposed to be cleaning up-and what did I find??? They were drawing all over themselves with a pen. Caleb has ink all over his face and arms. Oi. I’m ready to put these little monsters to bed, kick my feet up, and catch up on Grey’s Anatomy. I better make the rest of this post fast. I leave you with a couple of things I’ve been sewing lately. More to come, I just didn’t have time to edit them all. See ya tomorrow!

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The quilt I made for my Mother-in-Law for Christmas

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Happy Halloween!

31 Oct

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We are trick-or-treating twice today!! Caleb’s school was dismissed an hour early so that all the kids could go trick-or-treating at the shops on the block where Caleb’s school is. It’s really awesome to see how excited the store owners and patrons are when the kids come in all dressed up, especially the ladies at this little beauty parlor that looks like it’s from the 70’s. The ladies there were so sweet and before we left Gavin said “thank you, Happy Halloween!” The ladies just LOVED that and I think the visit from the kids really made their day.

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The kids all had a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go out tonight, especially now that Gav actually knows what to do this year. Who knows, I may even get dressed up!

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I managed to get one of the whole class, with some siblings added in there. We made the bags last week in class which is perfect because now Caleb has a bag to use tonight! Well, we are off to take naps now, and then get ready to get Daddy and go out! Have a safe and Happy Halloween everyone!