Happy birthday Momo!

It's my moms birthday today (and thanksgiving).  Happy happy happy!  We are so thankful for her help around the house and it's so great to see her interact with Jonesy. 


Book 55 - The Bassoon King

Book 55 The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson - this year I am on a roll.  Nobody saw that coming.  I have read a lot of celebrity books this year I feel like.  I actually really liked this one.  Rainn had a lot of interesting things to share and I appreciate his passion for education and philanthropy.  I also already loved Dwight Schruete and soulpancake.com (one of his side projects) so I enjoyed his book. A I liked his question towards the end of the book "What are ten things you KnOW" - I plan to blog that later this month.  But anyhow this one I would read again probably best celebrity book all year (of course I have already forgotten the other 5 or so don't quote me on that.)


Tuesday 10 - Thankful For

Well I have missed too many days of blogging in November but I have been working on this list for at least a week:
1. Snuggles from this guy.  There's something so great about a baby hug.  I also am a fan of how he tells me "hi" each I enter a room.

2. IMQG - it's so excellent to have a group of friends with similar interests and inspiration.  (ps we made this quilt).
3. Nana who comes to play for a few days.  Jones has soooo many things to tell you.
4. The hard work this guy puts in each week.
5. Date nights that include baby jones.  
6. Quiet moments to myself.
7. Healthy baby coming in 2016.  Ps like 75 days!
8. Heat!  Our heater filter needed to be changed (shame shame). And I thought my furnace was broken!
9. Gods grace.
10. Friendships both new and old. 


6:12 Pot Roast

I haven't made pot roast since my days at crackerbarrel and I am not ever sure why not.  It's super simple.  I am probably going to have to make it again soon.  I ended up following this recipe from QueenBee coupons... http://queenbeecoupons.com/slow-cooker-crockpot-coca-cola-beef-roast-recipe-simple/
True to form I did alter the recipe to use more coke (a whole can) and we didn't add potatoes although I ate the leftover roast with leftover mashed potatoes from another night.  (This is shown in said photos).  Our roast was super large too so I actually split it into two parts and cooked on in the oven at 275 for like 5 hours.  
Overall it was good.  I wished it had more flavor but it was better the next day.  And also the crockpot roast was by far superior to the oven one although they looked the same.  


Pitch-in Friendsgivingish Dinner

A month or so ago we talked about having a pitch-in with friends.  We never scheduled it because of various things going on etc.  But with thanksgiving coming up I thought why not now.  
I invited some friends over.  
I made pot roast and spinach artichoke dip (more about those later).  
People showed up.
They brought dishes.
They played with Jones.
We fixed plates.
We ate.
We talked.  
We watched YouTube videos.
Jones entertained.
I held baby Louise.
Jones gave her hugs.
There was dessert.
I took literally one photo and didn't pay attention to my phone.
It was a good evening.
(Said photo is here... jones waving bye to Louise)


Childless Date

Meant to post this like 5 times!  Our friend Lynley babysat for us.  And boom we went on a childless date to our friends surprise 30th party!  
We got stuck in traffic and literally were pulling up to her house as she arrived back home.  So we almost spoiled the surprise but we had fun!  Happy 30 Mrs Hawkeye aka Ashlie!


Adventures in Potty Training

We decided recently it might be time for potty training, he started telling me he "beed" which was something we were waiting for before we started.  
So we got him a seat and set forth.  So far we have been working Jones up to not being terrified of the potty.  Last week he was mortified by the idea of sitting on it.  Literally he was screaming and begging for us to take him down.  
But we have been talking about it.  Pointing at it when in the bath.  He's even been putting his seat back on when we've removed it for ourselves.  And gradually we are convincing him it's okay to sit on without a diaper.  We've been reading on the toilet which he enjoys so maybe we'll get there.  He has been telling us more about using his diaper though which is good.  Like yesterday he brought me wipes and a diaper and said "botty... shooey". Botty = Potty so he was very aware that he went to the bathroom just doesn't quite get we want it in the potty.  
Some people keep telling me he's not ready or that we should have started sooner personally I that he is our baby so we can decide what we think.  And I see progress so this is good.


Date Life with a Toddler

We went out for steak the other night.  Jones attempted to use the booster seat it lasted long enough for him to grab all the things on the table and then we resorted to putting him into the belted high chair (ahhhhh much better).  
He did enjoy sorting the sugar packs with me, and then one went in his mouth and we promptly snatched them out of his eyesight.  He continued to enjoy himself though waving at all the servers and employees as they passed by.  He also decided despite his normal distaste for bread that he was into it and are two whole pieces. He also ate his mashed potatoes with a butter knife which he seemed to think was a spoon.  We tried several attempts to swap it out to screaming fits in which we just gave back the butter knife.  
He seems to prefer mommys well done steak to daddy's rare although he eats them both.  At the end of dinner jones needed his own take out box too for his crayons as he was very interested in the one with leftover steak in it.  
Overall aside from a few screaming fits about the knife, and the giant mess he made on the floor it was a good date.  


WIP - Quilts

This was supposed to be yesterday's post but I got sidetracked and then fell asleep instead of blogging.  Oh well I mostly blogged every day in November.   Anyhow here's what's in the works...
My block of the months.  Several months ago I cut pieces for three blocks.  Sadly I didn't label them I didn't put the pieces in a separate bag so it's really hard to tell what piece goes with what.  I did finish the May block though although the finished dimension is funky but it's too big so I will trim it.  These are the BoM that Thea and I are working on.  http://www.sewmamasew.com/2012/05/modern-block-of-the-month-bom-may-sew-along/
My Michael Miller Challenge which I need more black solid fabric to finish.  This is really much bigger than this photo in real life.  I do love how this neon gingham worked with the rest of the prints though.
My rainbow scrappy quilt.  I need a larger piece of batting to baste this.  I think the quilt will be for the new baby though.  I am going to make her a quilt for her room too but I want to keep this one as well.
Thanks to my little helper who sat on my lap as I finished the May block. 
I have my improv quilt almost pieces too but I put it away, before I took photoshop.  Also I have two gift baby quilts with pieces cut.  But I also want to make our baby a quilt.  Too many projects too little time.
I think it's time to finish a project.


Tuesday 10 - Thankful November

This week I am doing things I am thankful for since its November.
1. Our new blessing.  This pregnancy is flying by she will be here before we know it.  
2. Small group, thank you for bringing gods grace to my house for a small segment of time each week.
3. Spinach artichoke dip leftover from small group. So good.
4. Best friends.  This summer took some of my friendships to a whole new level.  
5. daily joy.  Every day I experience with this guy.  You don't know what you are missing good and bad until you add in the biggest challenge of your life.
6. Father and son relationships blossoming.  Yes and yes.  
7. The "spot" book aka "pot book". Despite reading this between 10-20 times a day it's like a tiny gift to see your son interpet the book and start to repeat the words before you do. 
8. Having enough even a little more.  Sometimes you learn the value of enough and not in the way you want.
9.  New pants.  I needed these sooooo bad everything I owe seems to have holes and Dustin bought me three pairs and after I exchanged the one that didn't fit I don't need to do laundry daily.
10. Creative time.  From about 9-11 several nights a week I work on a creative project and it's great.