My friend just had a little boy 4 weeks ago, so my favorite gift to give is a handmade blanket.  Her “theme” was nautical.  So I found the sweetest fabric with little sailboats and I appliqued a big sailboat and embroidered his initials and date of birth.  I fell in love with the chenille I used for the backing.  They live in Chicago – so it will be nice and warm for the little fella come winter.  I wish I could wrap myself up in that chenille. 

It’s really pretty awesome to see this little guy.  The mother of Evan was at my house the day my parent’s brought me home from the hospital.  There is a picture of her and my brother sitting on the couch holding me.  She was only 4 or 5 at the time.  It’s so great to be a part of her child’s life and her to be a part of our children’s life. 

I’ve always known this but there is nothing better than old friends.  Every time I go back to Chicago I am quickly reminded of this.  There is something about the history we share with each other, no matter how much time passes, things just seem to pick up where we left off. 

I was lucky enough to see my other friend’s baby- whom I’ve been friends with since preschool (we even roomed together in College- and survived!)  It’s great to see our children playing together.  Our other BFF is going to have her first in November – so we are all excited about the much anticipated arrival (especially since we don’t know the sex). 

Just wanted to share the latest creation.  Sweet dreams baby Evan

‘We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet.
‘Even longer,’ Pooh answered. ”
— AA Milne (From Winnie the Pooh)

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