Thursday, May 31, 2007

Pebbles vs Peanut

I think I know who Daphne will be next Halloween.

Modelling the Banner Pants

Originally uploaded by Tara H.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Banner is Pants

I made the LRHS banner fabric into some pants. I wish they were for me.

Monday, May 28, 2007


Summer Dress for Daphne
Originally uploaded by Tara H.
The Ikea fabric is now a dress for the Peanut. For anyone who is interested, the pattern is Burda 9708, and it is EASY. I will post another picture when she tries it on.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Mosquito Be Gone

Today at breakfast, my friend Ken bragged that he has only been bitten by mosquitos four times in his life. "They don't like me," he said smuggly, over his huevos rancheros. If this is true, Ken could become a bazillionaire and a hero to mankind if he could figure out a way to bottle and sell whatever he has that the mosquitos steer clear of.

The place where we ate breakfast was called the Divine Coffee shop. Ken's 7 year old son, Audie, calls it "the old lady restaurant." Everyone in there looked like they lived at Del Boca Vista with Mr. and Mrs. Seinfeld. Audie is funny. He hadn't seen us for a while, and on the way into the restaurant he said to Ken, "Well, it looks like we answered one question. Daphne is gonna have orange hair when she grows up just like on Scooby Doo."

On a completely unrelated note, I would like to informally poll the 2 or 3 readers I have left on the topic of putting on your shoes and socks. In my little family, one person puts on both socks before putting on both shoes (right sock, left sock, right shoe, left shoe). The other one puts a sock and shoe on one foot, then a sock and shoe on the other foot (right sock, right shoe, left sock, left shoe), thus throwing the world way out of balance and causing the first person to feel very uneasy. (FYI: The second person is not Daphne, as she rarely wears shoes at all.) Please tell me if you put YOUR shoes and socks on the right way, or the crazy way. Thanks.

Daphne Walks Part Two

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Daphne Walks!

I have tried again to embed a YouTube video...please let me know if it works. Thanks!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Ikea = Danger

Today we went to Ikea. I could have gone crazy in there. Luckily, the Peanut started getting cranky so we had to leave. But not before I found a small duvet cover in the children's section for $7.99 made of this cute orange owl fabric, which is going to be made into a dress for Daphne if I ever have time to sew again.

It has rained and rained and rained. At least it isn't hot though.

It is not even 9:00, but I am going to bed. Friday night just ain't what it used to be.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


My blog continues to evolve, but I am still not completely happy with it. I feel like I have to rush through everything I do these days. But, I will keep working on it until I get it the way I want it.

The embroidery hoop in the banner was my great grandma's (thanks Kathy). I think that's pretty cool. The yellow flowery fabric will most likely become Peanut Pants.

Tonight, Kev and I took the Forester for a drive to the lake. Then we went to Sonic and got root beer floats. For about an hour, it felt like we were on vacation. But I miss Daphne. She is a funny little baby.

By the way, she will be ONE year old two weeks from today. Unbelievable.


Tomorrow I have to go to an all day conference about Asperger's Syndrome, and since I have to be there by 7:30am, I took the Peanut to spend the night with her g-ma and g-pa in Garland. My plan was to drop her off early, do some errands, and come home and have a little time to do something fun. But it is already 4:15, and I just finished all the errands and whatnot and the day is almost over. Oh well. Do you think it would be rude if I knit during the conference tomorrow?

Monday, May 21, 2007

Mommy's New Wheels

I heart my Subaru Forester!

Friday, May 18, 2007


Well, the blue Buick is no more. That means the weekend will be spent not doing fun things, but going to look for a new car for me. I hope we find something. I have been without a car since last Friday, and it is a drag. Thanks to my parents for coming to help me out so I could do errands and stuff.
We are supposed to be at play group right now, but Daphne just went down for a nap, so we'll probably miss the whole thing. I was looking forward to it, too. It was going to be outside, and it is a rare nice day...not too hot.
I am addicted to flickr and have joined three sewing/crafting groups. It is fun to see other people's projects. I get inspired.
My friend Emily and I are working on getting the "selling stuff" idea going. It is going to be fun even if we don't sell anything.
I had a nice Mother's Day. Daphne is a good little baby. She can say "daisy." It is cute.
I think I'll go do something else now. Have a good weekend.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Fun with Pork Products

Please do yourself a favor and go read Fooie's newest post about the bacon viking.


As you can see, I am monkeying around with my blog, trying to customize it and make it a happier place. It will not stay like this, but it will take me a while to get it like I want it, so don't be surprised if it's a little different every day.

Also, I am thinking about making some stuff and putting it in an on-line shop at I will not even pretend that I am not telling you this just because I am hoping that now you will leave encouraging comments. I am generally really not much of a go-getter, so I need all the help I can get.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

Baby Ducks!
Originally uploaded by Tara H..
And if you are feeling overwhelmed and tired like I do sometimes, think about this poor mommy...she's got eight babies.

Upside Down Peanut

Upside Down Peanut
Originally uploaded by Tara H..


Originally uploaded by Tara H..

Thank Goodness!

I noticed this seal on my paper bags from Central Market. Is there really a paper bag council? How do you get on it? If that is your job, do you actually tell people?
After noticing this on my CM bags, I checked a bag from Whole Foods. No seal! Not only is Whole Foods more expensive than Central Market, they send you home with sub-par bags. Hmm.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

TV Rant

One of the mommies in my playgroup emailed us all this from the Today Show or somewhere:

Children of all ages are constantly learning new things. The first 2 years of life are especially important in the growth and development of your child's brain. During this time, children need good, positive interaction with other children and adults. Too much television can negatively affect early brain development. This is especially true at younger ages, when learning to talk and play with others is so important.
Until more research is done about the effects of TV on very young children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend television for children age 2 or younger. For older children, the Academy recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours per day of educational, nonviolent programs.

Apparently it was all over the news yesterday that we should stop letting our babies watch ANY TV at all. No Baby Einstein, no Sesame Street, nothing. With all due respect to the experts, I think it's a bunch of hooey. I feel I am qualified to say this as:
  • a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist
  • a parent of a baby who watches TV
  • a former baby who watched TV

My kid loves TV. She is 11 months old. Sometimes in the morning if the TV is off, she points to it, says "On?", looks at me, and does the sign for "please." That is pretty sophisticated stuff for a baby who has suffered from tv-induced developmental neurological damage.

Here's the thing. Once again, we seem to be looking for something to blame for what is actually poor parenting. TV is like everything else. You have to use some common sense. Don't stick your baby in front of the TV all alone and ignore them all day. Don't let them sit around watching Cops and Pants Off Dance Off. But if you need to make dinner, it is not going to hurt them to watch Blue's Clues for 20 minutes while you cook.

The thing that can REALLY negatively affect early brain development is lack of human interaction and stimulation. If you want your baby to learn language, talk to them. It's as simple as that, provided, of course, that they have normal neurological functioning to begin with. Talk about what you are doing. Talk about what they are doing. Talk about the dog across the street. Talk about what Cookie Monster is doing on TV. Read books to them from day one, and tell them about the pictures. Then, give them some quiet time to play by themselves, process things, and learn about the world.

The reason this makes me so mad is that I know that there are some very nice and well-meaning young moms out there who are going to fear that they've scarred their babies for life because they thought Baby Einstein was OK and let them watch it because they didn't know until yesterday the evil it was doing. Now they will take their babies and hightail it out of any place within 100 yards of a television set, wring their hands, and try as hard as they can to undo the damage. What have I done, what have I done!?

I was awake for two hours in the middle of the night thinking about how mad this makes me.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Chillin' with Joe

G.I. Joe decided to take it easy today, but he has his pistol displayed and ready in case Gumby tries anything funny.