Hello, long neglected blog. What can I say? It's summer. We're busy having fun and/or staving off boredom.
The chairs were picked up last week. We had a great time visiting with our friends. And now I am having a little resurrgence of my longing for Chicago. Sigh...
I've been embroidering a lot lately. I try to bring something with me to stitch when we go to the park for the morning. Once in a while I actually have to get up and help one of the boys out of a jam, but for the most part they are very independent playground players. Here are two little pieces that I made for baby Lydia.
I was very happy with how the first came out, with the cute little flowers and birds. Adorable. The deer, I wasn't so sure about. The image came from a shopping bag that my mother-in-law once brought back from one of her many international trips. I loved the image on the bag, but it was considerably bigger. I think that shrinking the image to fit on my canvas made it a little too crowded, too busy. I don't know... I wasn't crazy about the end result. But I still gave it to my friend. I guess I couldn't bear to waste all those hours of stitching. But, Bonnie, if you choose hang up one and not the other, I won't be offended.
The boys and I are trying to find our summer rhythm. We are outside a lot, going through a lot of sunscreen, and sleeping hard at night. Today I put out this umbrella to provide a little shade while they drew with chalk.
Little sidenote: This umbrella used to be kept in Nate's car, but one day he discovered he was too embarrassed to walk in to work with a polka dot umbrella. Soon after I found the following item written on my shopping list: "manly umbrella."
One last thing: Someone suggested that I post some ideas of what to get T for his birthday. I am glad to oblige, but I want to say, first, that this boy doesn't need a thing. Our house is bursting at the seams with all the things a little dude could ever want. So please don't feel obligated to buy gifts. We certainly don't need them. That being said, I know it's fun for people to pick out a little something for the birthday kid. Right now T is super into puzzles. It's not uncommon for him to want to sleep with a puzzle these days. I know he would love more puzzles, the wooden kind with pieces that don't interlock (like this). We always love new books around here, especially picture books with great illustrations. Finally, T will gladly accept cold, hard cash or IKEA gift cards.
Can't wait to see everybody at the party!