yes, this really happened, and I can't believe it either

Sad to say, I honestly can't remember this happening more than once in all of my 10 years of homemaking...


Since I finished washing the clothes during the evening, the sweet satisfaction lasted less than one hour before the kids added in their dirty clothes from the day . But really, two empty laundry hampers? I'll take that, even if it's only for a few minutes. :)

I still can't believe one of my dreams came true. ;) It's amazing what setting a goal can do for laundry motivation!

And speaking of goals, here's the flannel baby blanket that was on my goal list to sew last week:


I finished it in about an hour, and in the process learned what not to do with binding on blankets! I also remembered that sewing is some form of torture for me. I have no idea why I keep trying? I can't even sew a straight line. Or put thread on the bobbin. {Seriously, that was the longest part of the whole thing. Grrr.} :)

Oh well, at least this sweet boy will have one thing his mama made just for him. Hopefully he won't notice the many imperfections.... ;) 

I also painted a few frames last week, which I hope to show you with finished artwork sometime soon {one of my new prints here, in a different frame!}:


And I painted my globe, which I'm still stoked about! :)


After all that work, I had to celebrate {of course} by indulging in my newest pregnancy craving: a chocolate mix with M&M's. Forget watermelon, I wanted the good stuff:



There's nothing like Braum's frozen yogurt. It's perfectly chocolatey. :)

I even had a yummy red velvet cupcake and a chocolate chip muffin at a shower this weekend too, so the cravings for sweets after that sugar high hit me hard on Saturday, and all I wanted was chocolate! :) Sometimes, I decided, you just gotta go for the sugar and do better the next day. When you're pregnant, sugar is just worth it, you know? ;)

Oh, if only cakes like this tasted as good as the sugared version:


Maybe they're on to something there- next time a craving hits, I'll just stack up my lettuce and pretend it's a cake. :)


Here's our menu plans and goals for the rest of the week:

tentative menu/dinner plans:
pinto beans and rice
asian chicken stir fry veggies {frozen} with rice {I have no idea if the kids will eat this!}
semi-homemade pizza/ frozen crust w/turkey pepperoni
chicken fajitas + refried beans with rice
mexican skillet hodge podge- corn, new potatoes, black beans, salsa, and chicken
tuna salad sandwiches + fruit
oatmeal + scrambled eggs
red potatoes + beans

goals for this week:
make a new budget
hang pictures
cook pinto beans {an all-day process!}
eat only from the pantry this week {I need to pick up two things, but other than that, I want to clean out the cabinets}
keep up with the laundry- or at least get it done for one day hour again! 
make a new kitchen pantry cabinet + move food
paint scroll wall decor
print photographs for frames

And if I do all that, I'll be really excited....haha! :)

What's your favorite ice cream blizzard/mix combo?
Chocolate with M&M's, ever since I was a little bitty girl. If I'm sharing with Rob, Oreo Cookie Jar {oreos, cookie dough, brownies in vanilla since mine isn't his fave}.

Do you sew? Did you teach yourself? Or is sewing your nemesis like it is mine?

How long does it take you to wind a bobbin?...never mind, please don't tell me the truth. I might cry. Just say 30 minutes instead.


42 comments

Margaret said...

I laughed at this post, because the bobbin is my nemesis too, and why I don't sew at all! My grandmother, mom, aunt, mother in law, and sister in law all sew, so I feel both sheepish at not mastering the bobbin and machine, and also relieved because I've got plenty of people who can make whatever I or my babies need. :-) I'm glad I'm not the only one with that problem! Good for you for sticking with it. :-)

Vanessa said...

I've always wanted to learn how to sew! But I can't figure out how to thread a bobbin. Apparently YouTube is a good teacher but I can never find the time.

Your goals sound amazing- such a full plate! I struggle to stay on top of everything and I only have one little guy. But I'm getting better at scheduling between work, family, and quiet time.

Rebecca W. said...

My laundry was actually done for a few hours yesterday, too, and that's a rarity at our house, too! And I have that same globe, minus the coral paint- we live in my grandparents' 65 year old house and it came with it. The house also came with my grandmother's sewing machine, which I still have not learned to use- the bobbin gets me, too- if I just had someone to get it started for me, I think I could sew a seam or 2- maybe when the kids are older? Have fun with all your projects! I'm having fun cleaning out stuff getting ready for a yard sale in a few weeks!

Janelle said...

I always think I love to sew and I guess I do in thought. I sewed some blankets for our sweet boy and grumbled the whole time. :) My husband always asks me why I sew (he asks this while I am in the midst) and I always growl back that I love to sew that's why. He just walks away with a smile. I want to want to love it but it just frustrates me. I have made quilts and shirts and dresses. I do plan on making some flannel pants for this little one to. I am still hoping I will love it some day. :)
This weekend I had to have ice cream. The icy cold sweetness is something I always crave. Because I have so many food allergies that means we make it at home. It was decaf coffee ice cream and I was in heaven. With just five ingredients I don't feel to bad indulging once in a while. So good!

Jeanne said...

Bobbin and tension issues here.

Emily said...

The blanket looks great! I just recently started sewing, and I am having a blast learning. I really love it, but have made many many mistakes :) I shared some of my recent sewing projects on my blog last week, even with the imperfections. I have always wanted to sew and am pretty proud of my results! The bobbin was for sure the trickiest part to get down!

Laundry is another story...Although the stomach flu a couple weeks ago kind of forced me to get caught up! It is just never ending though, isnt' it (especially cloth diapers!)?

Anonymous said...

Some people find sewing such a soothing past time. Well I am not one of them I get so frustrated that I just want to scream. My girls still talk about the pjs I used to make every Christmas when they were young so I guess it was worth it?????
Keep smiling!!
Deena

Angie Kerr said...

I want to love sewing....really, I do! But I have to admit: I get out the manual--EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. to load the bobbin and to thread it. Sad, but oh, so true!

The chocolate with M&M's looks yummy!!!

Just Jenny said...

Have to admit - I LOVE to sew! And I LOVE to teach others to sew!! Plan a trip to Kansas and I'll teach you some tricks!
I learned to sew when I was 5 by just watching my mom. she was upset at first that I was on her machine - but couldn't yell since I was doing it right! took sewing in school for an easy "A" every year!!! Now showing other mommies in my church how fun it can be if you're not too serious about it. One little project at a time!
Love Braum's! wish we were close to one!

crystal woolever said...

Looking at your empty laundry baskets has me envious. New goal for this week, get all my laundry baskets empty too :)

Elena said...

I would love a M&M delight......

Mandy said...

oh good- I'm not alone!! :D my mother in law and mother can both sew, but I wonder if that talent must've genetically skipped me... :P

Mandy said...

that's awesome! And just making the list for the blog really makes me do stuff I wouldn't do normally. :) Don't feel like you need to do more- it's so much fun to have only one too- you should just enjoy the moment! :D My early homemaking days were nothing like they are now, and I don't regret getting less projects and work done back then. The laundry won't go anywhere! :D

Mandy said...

wohooooo! that's awesome! It would be so hard to figure out how to use an old machine-- the only reason I finally got it was because of Google, lol! :D someone posted the same thing I needed. Good luck with your yard sale!! :D

Mandy said...

We are so alike when it comes to sewing! I want to do it, but it gets to me! :D oh, and except all of my dresses turned out terribly... LOL. your coffee ice cream sounds amazing? Do you have a recipe?

Mandy said...

hahaha! that's so awesome your girls loved that! I know exactly what you're feeling when I sew!!

Mandy said...

I do too- and I totally lost mine so after 30 minutes I googled it. Why I didn't start there is the question! LOL! :D

Tasha Klewe said...

I was frustrated with sewing when I started as well... then I took a class and watched a few episodes of sewing with Nancy. If you're making it up as you go (like I did because I had no one to teach me,) you can learn a lot from people who have done it a long time. I always tried to do things the lazy way: I don't need to iron that, I don't need that many pins. Then, when I started doing things the right way, sewing became much more enjoyable for me :) Also, I had a friend once who didn't know that the sewing machine had an automatic bobbin winder. I just took for granted that everyone knew that... And one last thing: if your sewing machine hasn't been serviced in a while, the tension can be off which can cause the bobbin thread not to catch... that's super frustrating.

Adrienne Reina said...

My favorite ice cream blizzard mix is reeses peices peanut butter cup from sonic. Yummy!! I have taught myself to learn how to sew, many many frustrations. It is why it sits in my craft closet collecting dust. i think it does that better than sewing. LOL. However, I do enjoy when i make something in 5 mins or less, which is very rare. LOL...so for the bobbin...my enemy sometimes. It takes about 30 mins yes...wink wink!

I think your blanket is precious, he will not notice the unperfectness of it because you made it. And that is all that will matter to him is that you made it just for him. And that is just sweet!

Blessings to you on your sewing adventures! You can do it, and you did you made the blanket..you go girl!

Blessings,
Adrienne

P.S. good job on your goals your so inspiring!

Stephanie said...

The sewing gene skipped me in my family too :) I like to crochet though, and it is very soothing once you get it down. I only know the regular stitch and a bubble stitch but it's enough to make a cute baby blanket once in a while!

You are my laundry hero btw. lol

Janelle said...

2 cups whole milk, 2 cups half and half, 3/4 cup maple syrup, 2 tsp. vanilla, 2 TBSP. instant decaf coffee (if you want chocolate ice cream you just omit the coffee and add 1/2 cup of cocoa), stir briskly with whisk.
* I double this for our family of seven*
Add to ice cream maker and freeze according to ice cream freezers direction.
* You are supposed to do half and half and whipping cream but I feel to guilty. :) So if you want a creamier ice cream its 2 cups half and half and 2 cups whipping cream. I have always made it this way and we love it.

Theresa said...

Okay, I guess I'm in the minority here - I love to sew.
In the beginning there were many mistakes but now I have gotten the hang of it. It took many calls to mom, library visits, and Internet searches. Persevere! (And since you are such an avid goodwill shipper, sewing opens up a whole new wardrobe!)
One thing my husband pounded into my head is that gift receivers do not notice the mistakes.

My fave blizzard Congo is oreos with chocolate ice cream. Yum!

Kelli H. said...

When I was in high school I took a sewing class, got a 100 for the semester and even earned an award at the end of the year for the pair of pajama pants I made. Fast forward 10 years and I have not been able to successfully make anything since. I have taken more classes and tried teaching myself, but something tells me that the teacher was carefully setting up each machine everyday before we started to work. It is hard figuring out what settings to use with which fabric. I finally gave up and sent both of my sewing machines to live with my sister... I constantly see cute things I would love t make for my kids or my home but then I have flashbacks of sitting in front of my machine crying for an hour bc it kept getting hung up. Your blanket looks great, a lot better than I could do!

Kimberly Hall said...

My stepmother taught me how to sew. She thought it was something every woman should know how to do. I do like to sew but the thrill doesn't last long. Like you I get frustrated and it begins to feel like a chore. Bobbins are definitely the worst. This made me laugh!

I just love your blog! I always find things that are SO much like our family life. Thank you!

Teresa R said...

I sewed in high school and my mom taught me some sewing tips, then I made baby clothes for my two kids. I have not sewn in about 15 years. My sewing machine no longer works and right now I don't have money to buy a new one or get mine repaired

Bekah said...

My favorite blizzard is either strawberry with chocolate chips or coffee with chocolate chips. I love to sew. I started when I was in high school, and I had some help from my Grandma and my mom, but mostly, I taught myself. I don't have much time for sewing, but my boys love when they get to pick out material and I make them something. I love making blankets, because I can get those done in less than an hour usually, but how many blankets do we really need? (:

Mandy said...

oh thanks for sharing!! :D

Mandy said...

LOL- if I can do it anyone can! I loved to crochet but I totally would mess up the tension at the beginning until I got a rhythm and my blankets are crooked, lol! :)

Mandy said...

oh so true! How cool that you love it! I keep trying and hoping, but it hasn't caught on yet. LOL! :) mmmm to the oreos with choc. that sounds GOOD! :)

Mandy said...

PJs? that's amazing! My husband once sewed pants for our boys when they were little. I was so impressed- I couldn't if I tried! :) And I KNOW that hour of crying and getting hung up- it happens to me almost every single time! I'm sorry! :( I totally feel your pain!

Mandy said...

oh yay, so you can and do like to sew and bobbins are still frustrating? If so, I feel so much better!!! hehee :D thank You for encouraging me! :D

Mandy said...

Oh, there are many days when I would gladly give you mine! :D I broke my last one, I was so bad at it all. :P have you tried goodwill or craigslist? they have cheap ones there if you're looking!

Mandy said...

mmmm I like your blizzard combos! how sweet of you to make your boys something!! I think blankets and maybe pillows are my favorite to make too! You're right- one can only use so many blankets, esp. here in Texas where its 92 already in April, LOL! :P And our pillows end up on the floor all the time here too... if only I could make something like a dress in an hour with an even hem and sleeve holes... LOL!

Mandy said...

ooooh my hubs loves reese's too! thank you for your encouragement! I'm so with you on the 5 min or less thing...especially if I can use the thread thats already in the bobbin... hahah! :) for some reason that machine just gets to me when I have to get it to sew in the beginning. After that I enjoy sewing my semi-straight lines once I'm done! :P

Mandy said...

one thing's for sure- if I can do it, anyone can! hahah! Laundry is right behind sewing nemesis-wise for me... :P let me know how it goes!! :D

Mandy said...

that might be my problem! I'm seriously a lazy seamstress because I'm always in a hurry to get it done. The short cuts probably kill me. :) thank you for sharing about the tension- I will keep it in mind...it's very likely I'll break this machine somehow in the future....lol! :D

Mandy said...

mmmm sounds good right now!!

Mandy said...

oooooh yay for loving sewing! you should start a sewing for beginners blog! LOL! I'm amazed that your sewing talent was so evident at a young age! that's AWESOME! do they not have Braum's in Kansas? I've never been there.

Mandy said...

oh good, I'm not alone! :D

Mandy said...

your projects look awesome! so good to know the bobbin is hard to do! I thought I was the only one! and way to go on the laundry! Any reason is still exciting! :) I'm trying to stay with a load a day to keep up, but I'm not sure it's going to be enough! LOL! :)

EpicMan said...

I love an Oreo blizzard! And pregnancy did make the craving stronger. ;-)

I have made quilts for both of my babies, but not without tears! My mother is a wonderful seamstress and only recently have we accepted that I am not. But I do like my children having *something* I made with my own two hands.

Mmolesy said...

Empty laundry basket/s? I've never heard of such a rare sight! I have Mt wash more permanently stuck in my laundry room and the valley of fold-a-lot is my lounge room. Lol!