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Oh Norah, why must you grow so quickly! We..ahem….I , was a bit late in getting monthly pictures this month. But I did and there adorable! ;)

She is happy a lot! Always smiling at home. But boy is she serious when we are out. It’s not often she gives smiles to easily when we are out and about. :)  She has mastered the rolling from back to tummy and added the tummy to back roll to her list of skills this month. She not only rolls but can scoot around on a blanket from end to end rather well, although not necessarily intentional in those movements yet.  She is also much more involved in holding and playing with toys and is enjoying a wider range of toys. Oh and she loves her feet, socks, and kicking. Also it is adorable when I put her on my bed at night to get changed and in pjs, she gets soooo happy!

 

 

The love each other! It’s so cute how Luke always makes sure to include Norah and shows her affection, and he is still her favorite little person, eyes always following him when he’s around.

That last one of them is only one of many too cute ones of him hugging her. If we hadn’t already printed our Christmas cards…..

 

And a side by side comparison of them both at 5 months. I think they look a lot more alike here even though you can’t really see Luke’s face. They are both round and chubby and I love it!

And apparently I completely skipped posting about 4 months so here are Luke and Norah’s 4 month pictures for comparison at least. :)

 

 

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Shortly after Norah was born I was offered some of this super fun Trucks and Tractors fabric from Laurie Wisburn to play with. Of course I couldn’t refuse because I love everything Laurie does!

 

So I set to work figuring out the perfect quilt to make with it for my little munchkin! I have been loving some of the pixelated and word quilts popping up around pinterest, instagram, and flickr lately and went in that direction. This is what I came up with.

 

 

I made it with 6″ finished squares and kept the focus on the awesome trucks and tractors fabric by using it for my word “dig”. I used a mixture of solids mostly Kona to pixelate the background so the fun trucks and tractors fabric would make the word pop. Although ask my husband how long it took him to figure out it was a word! Men! ;)

I quilted each square with a free motion circle! Yikes that was tough. I used a paper circle and pinned it down on each circle and sewed around it! There not perfect but practice will help right? I figured it would go with the trucks and tractors theme and represent wheels.  The Black and white striped binding is the perfect finishing touch.

 

Oh and the back is this super soft green minky! So cozy and cuddly. I was a bit scared to use it as backing since I thought it would shift a lot, but I stretched it super tight while pinning and It actually wasn’t bad to sew at all! I love the way it crinkled up after washing too.

 

So here’s the fun part!  Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a fat quarter set of Laurie’s four fabrics in the Trucks and Tractors line, along with two half yards of the blue and red solid shown below from Robert Kaufman! I will choose a winner on Saturday!

 

I have a second giveaway too! After I pick the winner of the fabric I will pick someone else to win this fun zipper pouch! It’s the perfect travel size for your little man, or a friends, to store his cars and trucks. I keep one in my purse with a few little toys for Luke when we are at a restaurant or in the car. It keeps them corralled and I am not fishing around in my giant purse in a moment of dire need of distraction! :)

 

Check out my Instagram feed for a way to have a second entry into the giveaways!

But if you just can’t wait to get your hands on some, Trucks and Tractors is available on the Robert Kaufman site!

 

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This summer Luke and I revamped a toolbench for him. I forgot to take a before picture and have searched my phone archives for one to no avail., it was this bench but in blue.  I purchased the bench from a resale for $15 and it sat in my garage unplayed with until Luke was about 18 months old. He played with it that summer periodically when we were outside but not that much. Once he turned two he started playing with it a ton when we where outside as his love of tools and construction have grown exponentially since he was 18 months old.

 

Before Norah was born we started working on it together. It had gotten beaten up in the garage and pulling it out in the sun to play with so we sanded it down and removed the drawer. I then sprayed painted all the parts separately before putting it back together, including the new peg board I cut to attach to the back.  I found some fun peg board accessories including the baskets at Home Depot.  We also added buckets, although we have orange ones now, to the bottom shelf for more storage so his plethora of tools would have a good landing spot.

One of the best parts about the bench is the holes. They were already in it when first purchased so I can’t take credit. ;) But they are the perfect size for play screws and give a real sense of building something.

To say he was thrilled may be a bit of an understatement! From his love of building to the torturous months it took us to finish. I cannot tell you how many times he would ask me if we could work on his tool bench. He was so excited to have it done and inside.  It now resides in our basement play area, which I have a tour of coming up shortly as we have had some changes since the last tour.

Have you built a tool bench for your littles? I would love to check it out. This was such a fun project and simple enough that Luke was able to help at almost all stages.

 

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I figured I better post these before Norah turns 4 months.

 

2 months old.

She was 12 lbs at her 2 month appointment. My little chub. We call her Norah Bear because she is soft, squishy, and cuddle like teddy bears, but also she gets angry real fast when you don’t give her what she wants like a real bear. It’s so cute when Luke calls her Norah Bear. :) She’s smiling a lot and is starting to settle into a routine.

 

3 months

Even more squishy.  She is really showing her personality. Smiling, talking so much, giggling which melts my heart. She still gives most people she doesn’t see often her super serious face. :) But when you get her to smile it lights up her whole face. :) She has also mastered rolling over this month. Whenever you put her down she will roll immediately to her tummy.

And for comparison. Both at 2 months…

and at 3 months….

 

Oh my sweet babies! Some fun recent pictures of them.

And lastly a picture of that beautiful smile she is so good at hiding. :)

Here’s to late night blogging after the babes are finally asleep.

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Norah is one month already! Where did the time go?

She has already changed a lot and is challenging me daily.  In a good way mostly! She is definitely a different baby than Luke. It is fun to see there relationship develop. He loves her and is very sweet and comforting towards her. She loves to look at him when he’s still enough to stay close for a bit and smiles at him a bunch. Two Children is definitely harder than one but we are finding our groove and getting used to the new us.

 

And her is a side by side look at Luke and Norah at One month. They look so different here even though I thought they looked more alike.

 

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The living room is done… for now. ;) It is finally to a point where I am 99% happy with it and can sit back and enjoy it instead of constantly seeing little and big things that I want to change.

As you can see I went with the stripe Olin Rug from Crate and Barrel. I loved several of the rugs from this post that I asked you all what you would do, but after my hubby nixed a couple and I factored in cost I went with this striped one to hold me over until I find something that is absolutely perfect. I do like it a lot and it may stick around. It’s currently sitting on top of the old rug for padding since it’s just a flat weave. I do have my heart set on finding a thicker plusher rug someday. But I also realize we may have a bigger living room if/when we move someday so we would need something bigger. Oh the rug drama continues… :) seriously though why are rugs sooo hard for me to find.. at least within my budget constraints. ;)

I still have to fill that last frame above the seatee. Baby Norah is soon to be born, 3 weeks and counting, so I will put her picture in there. One of my ongoing projects is slowly collecting vintage letters to hang above those three frames. I also am still absolutely loving my new chair! I can’t believe I waited so long to get it covered.  The fabric is by premier prints and I got it last fall from Fabric.com.

Luke’s little table area. I have another matching chair in the basement for Norah. But I also have been crushing on these chairs from The Land of Nod. So you never now what could happen If I spot a couple at our local outlet. (yes we are that lucky to have a crate and barrel and land of nod outlet nearby)

Luke’s radio flyer bike I thrifted so long ago fits perfectly under the table…. which is good since he has way to many ride on toys that don’t have a good place to be stored. :)

My globe collection… I still want to find a black globe. I think they are called galaxy globes. The land of Nod bins are still wonderful and holding up great.

The finished sofa! Yay! It’s a little slouchy, which I can tweak with making some of the seams smaller. no biggie, just a time issue. It is so much better looking than the beige ill fitting slipcover it had before. I do dream of a white sofa someday though. So maybe when our kids are bigger and we wouldn’t have to wash it every week….

So that’s that! I am happy it’s at a great point before Norah gets here as I hate having the itch to do things and no time or energy to do them. Which I know I won’t have much of either for awhile. :)

So now onto getting that back yard finished…..

Oh and I may have my new sewing space storage wall to share next week. It’s awesome! I just need to take pictures.

 

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It’s Friday! Are you excited? I am! Being the weekend means I have completed my 3 hour Glucose test (awful), that we have made it a work week through potty training (going okay), and that we are a work week through our Month of No Sugar (I am craving Chocolate a lot today).

Linking up with Jeanette today over at Life Rearranged.

Luke’s Easter Basket + Car / Easter Best – H&M pants, shirt, vest, Bowtie by me, Childrens place shoes /We started potty training – the first two days where awful. But once we figure out a timer for every 15-20 minutes it started to click. He can now go a bit longer 20-30 minutes depending on his liquid consumption. I’m hoping he will start telling us he has to go soon

He asked me out of the blue to see himself on the phone camera eating a banana, how could I not oblige / My Husband and I are 5 days into the no sugar and aside from a syrupy sweet glucose test drink this morning we are both cheat free. :) I am getting my sweet fix from lots of fruit and smoothies, I still am really craving chocolate though / This year Luke is bigger and apparently he learned how to climb ladder like things super well

He loves to mow and if I could trust him with a real mower it would be on ;) /He also likes to dig and is better at scooping dirt from one pile to another than he is at scooping food into his mouth ;) / New fabrics I received today from Pink Castle Fabrics sale – LOVE -

 

A fun and light of pictures week – potty training and no sugar will apparently do that.

 

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Easter was fun this year. Luke has no expectations about anything yet but can still join in the fun. My Parents came into town for a couple days to give me a little free time and enjoy Luke before Easter so that was really nice too. My Dad is a pastor so they didn’t stay through Easter but anytime with them is always a blessing.

We went to a local Church Easter Egg Hunt since our Church took the year off from hosting one.

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Luke met the Easter Bunny! No fear in him. He just leaned in for a rather loooong hug. :)

It was a really funny to watch him “find” the eggs. He filled his basket half full twice and proceeded to dump them out twice while running and jumping around. It didn’t phase him at all and there where so many eggs that he still managed to fill it up a third time before we left. I think the turning point came when one broke open accidentally and he realized there was candy in it. We don’t allow sweets or treats very much at all and I suppose he thought he would get to eat it all. One piece made it in the mouth and the rest was confiscated. :)

The Easter Bunny was attacked mid hunt when Luke abandoned his basket and ran towards the bunny saying he wanted to hug him. He was rewarded for his persistence.  And as we were walking towards the car, after the hunt to find a park, he told me he just wanted to hug the bunny one more time. He cracks me up!

I whipped this little bunny up the night before Easter using this Pinterest Pin the Original source ( that I can tell) is completely in Japanese? It was super simple and fast, and was passed over pretty quickly for the bulldozer and car. But I wouldn’t change making it for my little man.

He thought it was pretty cool to come downstairs to his basket and car. I am thankful for his innocence and naivety, I hope I can help him keep that, or just be super grateful for what he does get in future years.  I found the cool car at a local resale I do about a month ago and have keep it hidden till now. Since his birthday and Christmas are kind of far away we decided to give him the car for Easter.

And here is my little man in his Easter Outfit. Complete with a mommy made bowtie and a fresh haircut. Man I love that kid.

 

How was your Easter? I Hope it was a wonderful day filled with Family and remembering the amazing sacrifice Jesus made for us.

 

This week we are potty training! Also David and I are embarking on a sweet / sugar based food free month.  I am totally inspired by what Jami from thenatos has been doing since the beginning of Lent and decided that I needed to do this and try and make better choices for my health.

Wish my good luck as cutting sugar and potty training together while 6+ months pregnant might just be the end of me. ;)

 

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I guess I blog through instagram lately! :)

New Toms for Luke and I (Luke’s first pair) / Finally got Liberty Love (it’s Amazing – go buy it) / Luke offering me his after nap snack

the yummiest sandwich pitas – Brownberry I think – / Luke fell in the mud, all I could do was laugh since we were at the park with no diaper bag ( he got striped down before getting in the car) / relaxing

My single girl quilt is quilted / having an impromptu birthday party / a motor train with friends

Luke posing with his Lego excavtor / My single girl quilt finally finished ( I will blog about it soon along with how much I love my Janome) / Luke and I (mainly I) made our first apple pie

Luke and Daddy at the Circus to watch his Uncles’ perform /  I started Norah’s quilt inspired by this lovely Dear Lizzy arrow paper

Stop by Life Rearranged and check out all the lovely Instagramers. I’m linking up are you?

 

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Lately we’ve been hanging out at home a lot more. I’m tired a lot! :) But growing a human will do that to you.  Lucky Charms have been a staple in our diet lately. I crave cereal, and only eat it when I’m pregnant, this time around it’s Lucky charms. Hmm…now I want some lucky charms. ;)

Luke got his first taste not to long ago and has started requesting them for breakfast. :) I indulge him occasionally. He’s getting really good at drinking the milk at the end.

 

But even though we are taking it slower lately I do have some things to share later this week. A tutorial, a single girl quilt, and hopefully I can get a post up about my project life this week or next, a project that I am seriously loving. See you later this week!

 

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