Sunday, February 22, 2009

Kai Lan set finished :)

The whole Ni Hao Kai Lan set is finished! YAY! :) I'm sending my craftster partner these four characters along with a bunch of other little things for her and her kiddos. These characters are (from left to right) Kai Lan, Tolee on top, HoHo on bottom, Rin Too. Kai Lan is a doll, Rin Too a pillow, HoHo a ball, Tolee a hat.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Give Me A Moment To Whine.

I really try to keep negativity off the blog, but damn, I really need to whine right now. The kids are sick again and now dh and I are getting it too. The boys have been sick more days this winter than they haven't. That isn't exaggerating at all. We've gone from one sickness to the next. We've battled pneumonia, bronchitis, chest colds, sinusitis, raging ear infections, stomach viruses, pink eye, flu and all of this compounded by allergies & asthma.
I know part of this is due to T starting school this year, but come ON! We've tried to do everything we can to prevent all of these things. I clean down the house and get rid of the germs constantly. We got rid of our shedding type dog. We pulled up the carpet in the bedrooms. We got rid of the excessive stuffed animals. We run humidifiers in their rooms. We do breathing treatments. We give them their medicines. We wear hats on them when they go out in the cold. We give them vitamins. They eat a healthy diet. No one smokes in or near our home. (We are non smokers anyway, so this one was easy).
You'd think that that would make this winter crappy enough, wouldn't you? Oh no, we have more. We've been hit with a TON of snow. DH is out there constantly snowblowing, scraping the ice off the vehicles, taking care of our water pipes (that froze twice this year), getting our vehicles unstuck in snowdrifts and more.
I can only be thankful that when FIL passed away, the kids were healthy enough to stay with my family and the snow had melted quite a bit. Now, however, they are sicker than dogs and we have a huge storm coming in today & tomorrow. T has sinusitis, N has a double ear infection with cough and A has bronchitis.
I will definitely be glad to say goodbye to this winter and welcome the spring in (if it ever gets here).

Here are a couple of my sick boys yesterday.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Grieving ... and Thanks.

On Friday we received a phone call that FIL wouldn't make it through the night. We rushed up to be by MIL's side as FIL passed away. We had some hours there that dh and I sat with him, talking to him, singing to him and letting him know we loved him. It was hard, really hard. I've never been present at someone's passing, and it was so much more difficult than I could ever imagine.
Earlier on Friday, Timmy was at school and informed his class "Grampa's still alive, but he's going to die soon. That's okay, though, because he's going to live with God." A few hours after that, FIL collapsed and quickly went downhill from there. I swear my little boy was talking with the angels to know that.
The night after FIL was buried, Timmy slept with MIL. When he woke up in the am, he turned to her and told her "Grampa's writing you a note. He wants you to know he loves you." She just held him and cried. The sweet, loving innocence of children makes my heart swell.
We spent 6 days up there with MIL and helped her do up all the arrangements, helped her through the funeral and then spent one more day with her before we had to leave (Dh to go back to work, Timmy to go back to school). The kids stayed with my parents and family for most of that time, until the day of the funeral. We brought them up and took them to the burial (military). They were such good little boys. Didn't make a peep as we watched the Honor Guard folding the flag and giving it to MIL. (My FIL fought in WWII). We told them that Grampa had died and he was an angel in heaven now. The day of the funeral Niko came out to my mom (who came to the funeral) and told her "God's teaching Grampa to fly right now".
The kids seem to be doing ok with everything. Timmy understand. Niko gets it sometimes, but doesn't at others. Adrian is totally clueless.
I've been receiving emails, pm's, yim's, phone calls and cards and want to thank everyone for all of their thoughts and prayers. I really appreciate everything. It has totally meant a lot.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Woot! I got a head!! YAY!! :)

I still need to make a light box, but at least this is my first step in looking a little more professional!! :)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Ni Hao Kai Lan!

Here is a Kai Lan I made up from my own pattern! :)

Half A Bag

My purse has seen better days, so I decided to make one up! I really want to make the Fat Bottom Bag, but don't have that pattern yet, so I whipped this up! Pics below show pre-felting and then the final piece. It fits my wallet, digi cam, cell phone, some chapstick, keys and a couple other small things! Yay for another finished object.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

An Elfish Endeaver

Quickly made this up tonight. I love it. I think it is super cute! :) It's a little big for Adrian here, but fits Niko perfect.