Six years ago today we drove to the hospital in no particular hurry, chatted with friends we met in the lobby, went upstairs and checked in. I had flunked my non-stress test, so they told us you were done. I was pleased about that, because I didn't really want to be in the hospital on your due date of the 25th. I think the doctor was pleased as well. I had already interrupted her Mother's Day with Aidin. She knew I wouldn't disrupt her Christmas.
They broke my water, hooked me up to all the monitors and drips and we waited. We watched Dragonheart. We visited with Grandma and Grandpa. And finally, around 11:00 p.m. you made your entrance.
Good gracious, you were tiny. And sweet. And snuggly. And loved to be held. All.the.time.
And now, here you are, six years later. So big. And goofy. But still sweet and snuggly.
You are smart as a whip. And you love to laugh. And sing while you work. And play games - of the sporting and video variety. You have quite a little temper sometimes. But you are also a big help.
Thanks, my dear Eliot, for teaching this mama all about boys. I couldn't love you any more. Mwwwwwah!
Since I can't show you the Christmas gifts I'm working on, how about a few birthday gifts?
Eliot's friends (mostly) all have tote bags, so we're moving on to towels. He had two birthday parties last Saturday. Thank goodness I like to sit in my rocking chair and embroider.
For Jordan who turned six and told me her favorite color is pink:
And for Tate, who turned seven and likes green:
The towels I have had the best luck using for these projects are Mainstays brand from Walmart. They don't have that woven band that most towels have near the end, which makes it much easier to applique because the whole thing is the same thickness. They are usually about $5 and come in a lot of kid-friendly colors. They had them on sale on Black Friday for $2, so I stocked up for the birthday season.
There is nothing tricky to the construction of these. I usually just rip a band of fabric, selvedge to selvedge, embroider the name and then pin and stitch the band down on the towel. I usually just leave the edge raw and zig zag over it. Sometimes (like on Jordan's towel) I "quilt" down the middle a time or two so that the fabric doesn't shift. For Tate's towel and the washcloths, I used Wonder Under and fused the shape down before I stitched around it.
And as boring as this gift might seem, it has been met with enthusiasm by everyone. I think kids really like having something personalized with their name. I know in the case of my own kids who have unique spellings, the only way they will ever have something personalized is if it is custom made, just for them. We have been rolling the towel up with a pair of swim goggles, a water bomb ball or dive toy OR bubble bath and giving it in a mesh bag.
Easy peasy for the kids on your list. And I'm sure there are adults who could use a new towel, too.
who called while I was sewing last night. Yes, I would love to give you a contribution. No, I am not really able to at this time. Yes, our budget is tight. So tight that I'm patching the knees of my son's hand-me-down sweatpants.
Okay, truth be told, I'd rather creatively patch the knees than go buy new ones. But I'm still not making a donation right now. Good bye. Have a nice evening. *click*
Wednesday was our final feast at our beloved Montessori school. The kids spent the entire month of November cooking and it was a joyous occasion to witness their hard work and pride in a job well done.
We also had a fantastic Thanksgiving at home this year with 21? people - both our families - sharing the day. And after so many years of hosting, I think we've finally got it figured out. Most things came together on time or ahead of time, and I was certainly less frazzled. My mom came up Wednesday afternoon and baked pies with me - that was fun. And my camera stayed tucked away for the entire time. Yay for living in the moment!
We had two parties on Saturday, so now I've seen a good portion of the cousins on both sides of the family.
On the downside, my grandma* fell while out in her yard on Friday. It was a beautiful day and she was tired of doing housework so she thought she'd pick up sticks in the yard. The result was an arm/shoulder break in four places. She had shoulder replacement surgery yesterday and seems to be doing just fine. She's a tough old broad, but keep her in your thoughts, won't you, please?
I'll catch you up on advent tomorrow. Til then, enjoy.