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I realized that there are a lot of fun things happening with Caleb and Eva that I haven’t documented here on the blog. Here are some random happenings:

  • Caleb and Eva love to play “Hitting Game” (Lego Star Wars) on the computer. Eva has also started to have a healthy appreciation for the Star Wars movies and asks for them almost daily. She likes to talk about Obi Obi (Obi-Wan Kenobi).
  • Sometimes I ask Caleb to do random tasks around the house (to increase compliance) like, “bring me 3 red toys”. The other day he didn’t quite bring me what I asked for and he said, “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.”.
  • Caleb can read. He’s been reading for a few months now. When he was two he could recognize a lot of words by sight (mainly store and traffic signs) but now he can sound out almost anything. He doesn’t have a lot of patience to do it for long periods of time but he is getting much better. Sometimes he will just read the words he knows for sure and then make up words for the rest. He asks me to spell words all the time.
  • Eva loves to play with my stamping supplies. She makes my punches jump off the shelves and says, “OH NO! THEY FALLING!”.
  • We had a babysitter on Saturday night and he told Carl that Eva was the most grateful kid he ever knew. Apparently she fell asleep while saying her prayers because she was praying for so long. Carl and I just know that she has a hard time remembering how to finish so we have to help her. Cute stuff. I’m sure Harry Potter and Obi Obi are glad that Eva blesses them every night.


I finished another dress last night before I went to bed. These dresses cost me less than $1. I ended up having to buy a little bit of elastic for the black/white dress. I used recycled elastic (from a pair of Caleb’s old sweat pants that I had cut off for shorts) for the Hawaiian dress.

Eva was such a good model for me this afternoon. She had some great poses! Caleb saw us and decided that he wanted in on the action. He put on his “piggy tails” and we had to find him a twirly skirt. This is going to be some major blackmail material later.

This morning I went with Eva to a few garage sales. I was on a mission for a few button up shirts to make some dresses using this amazing tutorial from Craftster. I found three suitable shirts and decided to practice this afternoon on one of them.

Check out how this Hawaiian print shirt looks as a cute sundress on my baby. This took me less than two episodes of Lost to make. In fact, I think I’m going to make another one tonight. I’ve got plans to use the collar for a headband.

I may have a new obsession.

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What Christy Means


You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.

You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.

A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.

Success comes rather easily for you… especially in business and academia.

Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You’re a strong person.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You’re always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can’t handle you. You’re very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you’re likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It’s easy to get you excited… which can be a good or bad thing.

You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don’t stick with any one thing for very long.

You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are the total package – suave, sexy, smart, and strong.

You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.

You don’t always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don’t have as much going for them as you do.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless – and you have a lot of questions about life.

You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You’re most comfortable when you’re far away from home.

You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.

You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.

You may miss out by not settling down, but you’re too busy having fun to care.

Sting told me (and a bunch of other people) last night that the last time The Police played Omaha was at Rosenblatt Stadium in 1982. All I could think was, WELCOME BACK!

When we got to the concert I had a ticket to unload. I found a guy looking for a single ticket so I sold it to him. Thanks, Dave from Ames, Iowa.

Our seats were in the second section at the back of the horseshoe. It really wasn’t that bad. We had a pretty good view and the big screen helped.

Elvis Costello opened the show. It was so much louder than the Bon Jovi concert. Poor Carl was plugging his ears. Elvis played through some of his best known hits (I was hoping for Veronica, but no luck) but all I could think about was what would Sting be wearing? Seriously. While Elvis was singing “Alison”, a guy came out on stage in black pants, a black long sleeve tee, and a black sock cap. It was STING! He sang along for that song and went back while Elvis finished his set. Wendy and I were hoping that at least he’d take off the hat when he came out with the band. After some “Peace, Love, and Understanding” (I heard it from the bathroom), it was time to gear up for the big show.


Sting brought out the big guns and had on a sleevless t-shirt not unlike the picture above. Andy Summers was rocking some pretty sweet shoes (neon green and black hi-tops) and Stewart Copeland was styling with a headband. I know all my blog readers really care about what they were wearing. Seriously.

About the show, it pretty much rocked. Would you expect anything less? As a Guitar Hero afficionada, I can say with absolute certainty that Andy Summers is an expert. He worked that whammy bar like no other. Seriously.

Stewart Copeland broke out a freakin’ GONG and some really awesome chimes and cymbals for a couple songs. He was so fun to watch!

Sting, oh Sting. His voice is so amazing. It is possible for bands to sound better live than on a cd. He was working a scruffy beard which made him look kind of old. Okay, I know it isn’t the 1980′s anymore—but he still looks so great!

My favorite song of the night? Every Little Thing She Does is Magic. It was probably the 4th or 5th song they played and after that song I felt like I could go home completely happy. Everything else was just like a bonus.

Wendy and I are retired from concert going this year…at least until the State Fair. Uh, hello? They do a free concert every night and we know we’re going to see Styx and Boyz II Men.

Domo arigato, Motown Philly!

I’m finished watching season 1 of Lost. My season one projects: 2 charming bags, 1 turtle, 1 reversible drawstring bag, 2 card organizers, 1 mixed cd, and a couple of inches of stockinette on a sweater. It is kind of fun watching tv in my craft room. I get quite a bit done.

I’m glad I don’t have to wait weeks until I see the next season.

Does it take a while before I find out what happens to Walt? That kid makes me think of Caleb so I don’t like it when bad things happen to him.

I love you. For the past several months I have used you exclusively to let me know when my favorite blogs have been updated. I no longer have to click through my blogroll to see if people have been blogging. Apparently, not everyone blogs every single day. What?

I’ve used you to find new friends and information.

I dragged your useful little widget into my tool bar so if I happen to stumble upon a blog I enjoy, I can click “subscribe” and then I can be a reader of that blog, too!

You’ve made my blog roll obsolete. I kept it around for sentimental reasons but now I’m ready to break the ties. I’m cleaning up the clutter around here.

Google Reader, thank you.

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Do you want to Google Reader? Can I really use that as a verb? I guess so.

I think you might thank me for it later.

I just found out I won this contest! What an excellent day for me!

I won a giveaway over the weekend at The Organized Mom. It is for her Daily Home Planner software. I downloaded it this morning and have messed around with it a little bit. It is very intuitive and looks extremely useful. Each person in the family is color coded. I’ve also already been starting to do my shopping lists and meal planning on my computer (I love laptops!) so this software will be a good fit since I can just move everything over there. I love making lists and there is a section for that as well. There is a 30 day free trial download if anyone is interested.

Gotta go get organized! ;)