I have been working on this sign for Saige’s room for quite some time and I am finally done.  It’s not that it was hard or should have taken this long but I procrastinated and then would do a couple stitches here and there – well finally I am ready to hang it!  I am so thrilled with how it turned out. 


I used some old linen and cotton tea napkins ( I think that’s what they are) I just think they were so sweet and I’ve been saving them with the intent to either add them to a quilt or something and when I decided to do a sign with her name to hang over her bed ( in earthquake country you can’t have anything that could harm you hanging over your bed- even if we didn’t like in California I would be too afraid to hang anything heavy over the bed? I thought these were the perfect things to use. 

I originally thought I would just embroider the initials, but you know how that goes, it never ends up being that simple.  After I got the letters embroidered I thought, I can’t stop there, I need to add a little bit of this a little bit of that.  So I just added the flowers, birds, butterflies and dragonflies.  I’m glad I did. 

I had some leftover fabric from her curtain so I attached it to that and sewed some pretty ribbon for hanging, made a slot for a dowel rod and … there you have it, finally!  I hope this is something that can grow with her. *I do need a longer dowel rod – so that’s the last thing to finalize- but it’s pretty much done!


Just wanted to share.

I’m not sure if you’ve all heard about Phthalates and that they are in a lot of our children’s things (baby bottles, teethers, pacifiers, water bottles, etc.)  Well, I have included a link (safemama) to a website http://safemama.com that gives you a cheat sheet showing which products do NOT contain Phthalates.  It’s very helpful and informative.  Please take a look and see if you have any of the DO NOT use products. 

I’m not really sure why these products are still on the shelfs (obviously this is something that has to be done at the national level- and don’t get me started on that) but since they are still being sold we need to be aware of what not to buy.

We have purchased the “born free” sippy cups for Saige.  Luckily the bottles we used with Ryder were all o.k. but we got lucky that those were the ones he liked.  I know some friends who have been using some of the bottles on the do NOT use list- it is just so disturbing that we even need to worry that the bottles that are being sold could possibly harm our babies!  Sick! 

I know it seems as if every week there is something on the news about what horrible chemical is leaching into our children’s bodies, and it’s hard to keep up with it all.  But just do the best you can and that’s why I am trying to provide quick and easy links for you to refer to.  I hope you find it helpful. 

Good luck in your quest to keep your kids chemical free!

sad face

This pretty much sums up Friday through Sunday- rainy, cold and windy = cooped up.  I know how claustrophobic I get when I’m stuck inside for too long- it’s even worse for Ryder. 

rainy toys

So,much to my delight- Monday was fabulous! 

 blue sky

We got out with some friends and the boys had a fabulous time- running and stomping in all the puddles and anywhere else they could find water.  It was so great to see how much fun they were having.  There’s nothing better than seeing kids being kids. 

 crawling on log

I am going to take a vow to do this more often after a rain storm- just go out and find water for Ryder to splash around in and get dirty. 

muddy boy

This day served as a reminder and proof that children don’t need “stuff” to be happy.  A stick, water, a little (or a lot) of mud and a good friend is all you need for a good time.

running in mud

“A three year old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm. ” ~Bill Vaughan

A lot of trees are starting to blossom- especially the cherry blossoms- and it’s just so beautiful and rejuvenating.  Every year I get so enraptured with the cherry blossoms, this year I am so inspired by them that I am staring a cherry blossom quilt.  I can’t wait to see how it progresses – right now it’s a vision in my head and I’ve started to gather the materials so I am going to start this week- will keep you posted on the progress. 

cherry blossom

ryder running at the farm

Yeah! The clouds have parted and the sun is finally shining!  For those of you who don’t live in Northern California- let’s just say the last month has been pretty wet.  So on Sunday the rain finally let up and we just had to get out and dry out.  So we headed to the developmental center farm.  Might sound weird –  it’s this funky little farm at the developmental center- they use the animals to help with the patients (therapy, etc.) and it’s open to the public. 

 the animalsgiant pig

They have goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, mules, etc. and Ryder loves to go there and check out all the animals.  Doug and I actually like to go there too.

dad and ryder playing chickenchickens crossing the road

Dad and Ryder had fun playing “chicken” and the actual chickens followed suit.

pedro and harley

They have 4 parrots, one named Pedro, that we all love to talk to.  Ryder loves to visit Pedro the Parrot- we talk about him often at home.  I think it’s really cool for Ryder to hear this bird talk back to him (Doug and I crack up over the parrot talking too).  It was a great family day and for anyone who lives around here- you should definitely check out the farm and say hi to Pedro!

Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.

Albert Einstein