Wednesday, 30 December 2009

It Begins! (200th Post)

Most of the readers of this blog have followed Team T (Terry and Tawny) through an almost 10 year journey. From two kids living in Speechly Hall at the University of Manitoba, through both our graduations, through a rough time when I went to Calgary, and when I came back to the place I belonged. Through the birth of our two children. Next year we invite old and new readers to follow us through another big event - our WEDDING!

Yes, we're actually going to get married during our 10th anniversary year. Yay!

As a New Year's resolution I have to get going on our wedding. My dress especially. And I've decided (well actually I've been coerced) to keep all of you informed of every step.

It begins! And it's only fitting that it's my 200th post for this blog! I made the "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" ring pillow.

I found the tutorial at a wonderful blog called Craftystylish. Actually it doesn't take too much brain power to make a pillow. I just used this tutorial for the fun idea.

Something old: The top left corner is made out of fabric from a dress that I used to wear in high school circa 1994.
Something new: The brocade on the bottom. I bought this stuff to practice the top of my wedding dress before cutting into the good fabric
Something borrowed: Well technically you can't borrow something because it can't be returned. But I got this linen from Jen who got me to hem her baby curtains in the summer. I "borrowed" the linen that I cut off the bottom.

Something Blue: The top right is blue.

As for the applique - that's the most special touch. It's from some super cute jammies that we put both Logan and Laney in. The wording says "Snuggle Buddies" and it represents not only our two beautiful children, but the fact that Terry and I will be snuggle buddies for life.

Corny I know! But our wedding is going to be rather corny and we wouldn't have it any other way! :)

The final touch is 2 heart buttons that hold the whole thing together. Because really, there are going to be 2 hearts holding the whole thing together isn't there?

To keep up on all our wedding news this year I will be sure to tag all these posts with "wedding" for your convenience.

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Laney''s First Christmas

7:30 PM Christmas Eve: Logan gets into his jammies and puts cookies and milk out for Santa

Somewhere around 10:00 PM Christmas Eve: Logan is still awake. Parents are regretting letting him stay up as late as he wants. They try to bore him with the movie "Up" which turned out to be a huge snoozefest for both parents. Logan ignored the movie and kept on playing.

10:20 PM Christmas Eve: Parents forced Logan to lay down and rest. He fell asleep finally.

Maybe going to bed so late was a good idea? Would he sleep in? ....

7:45 AM Christmas Morning: Logan calls from his bed.

Time to open presents!

Laney checking out her stocking. She has no idea what's going on.

Logan opening presents. Notice that it's still dark outside.

Laney didn't get her two front teeth for Christmas like she was hoping, but she's content to chew on wrapping paper instead.

Logan still opening presents. Getting a bit lighter outside. We notice that the wind is drifting the snow all over the place out there.

11:30 AM Christmas Day: It's time for Christmas lunch!

After playing with lots of new toys, talking to Grandma and Grandpa on the webcam, and eating tons of junk food, it's time for some nutrition!

Mommy prepared eggs, toast, bacon and hashbrowns. Nummy.

The afternoon is filled with more playing with toys and eating of junk food.

2:00 PM Christmas Day: Parents get their traditional Slurpee hankering.

Daddy and Logan go outside to dig us out of a snow bank that's formed at our front/side door.

Mommy gets Laney ready for a car ride to 7-Eleven.

Laney is wearing her new parka from Grandma. Cute little Inuit baby!

Both kids fall asleep in the car so parents enjoy their Slurpees and have a little peace on earth for half an hour while they drive around enjoying Winnipeg in winter.

4:00 PM Christmas Day: A good time to put in the smoked chicken that we got for our Christmas dinner. Everyone told us that it only needed heating up.

5:15 PM Christmas Day: All the fixings are made, stuffing, potatoes, corn... no gravy yet, waiting on the chicken.

Check on the chicken and find that it's practically raw underneath it's nicely smoked exterior. Boo!

5:20 PM Christmas Day: Briefly contemplate the idea of having Peking Duck on Christmas ala A Christmas Story, but then decide to heat up the leftover potpie from Christmas Eve dinner. It was fabulous, unlike our sad chicken.

Mommy looking a little chubby and tired after this Christmas dinner.

Logan, his usual photogenic self. :)

Daddy and Laney all done!

From the LT Experience to all of you out there - Happy Holidays!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

O Christmas Tree 2009

This year, Logan is really starting to figure out this Christmas thing. He knows from last year that Santa brings him presents, but he totally forgot about the tree and the now-yearly trip to see the Christmas lights.

After his birthday we decided it was safe to start in on the Christmas celebration. So last weekend, Terry took him to the tree lot to pick out a tree. They did a fine job. The tree is the perfect size. There is something special about setting up the tree in our own house.

Logan really enjoyed hanging the decorations. At first, he tried hanging all the decorations on the lighting cord leading to the plug in the wall. But mommy told him not to do that. So then he tried putting all the decorations on one branch. This resulted in all the decorations falling to the floor. Then he started putting them all over the place and this worked out much better. The tree doesn't look too bottom heavy does it? Terry and I got a few decorations to put at the top. The crowning event was putting our beloved snowman at the top. Logan really liked that part!

One of the candycanes that was destined for the tree never made it. Logan decided that it would be better in his mouth instead of on the tree hehehe

We also bundled up the kids and drove all the way across town to the Christmas lights display at the Grounds. We stopped at a Timmy's on the way and got some hot chocolate and some Timbits for Logan. And then we drove around looking at all the pretty lights. Laney fell asleep for most of the trip, but I think she was just quiet because there were a lot of lights bouncing of the car windows to keep her occupied.

Logan remembered a little bit from last year, but this year I think he really started to understand a little more. He was pointing out what everything was and asking questions the whole time. He also fell asleep on the way home. We were up past his bedtime! It'll be so much fun to go when the kids are a bit older because there are sleigh rides and outdoor skating there as well. Too cold and too young this year for any of that.

And, we were pretty successful at pulling off an entirely Handmade Christmas this year. Most gifts that we're giving out this year were handmade by yours truly! I'm very proud to say that most everyone on our list will be getting a gift made and designed just for them. There are a few exceptions. We had to purchase some gifts for Logan and Lane (although some are handmade by me if I ever get my butt in gear this weekend). And we purchased the gift for Terry's dad.

Phew! Now that Handmade Holidays are almost wrapped up, I can concentrate on other sewing projects such as pants for the boy who never stops growing! Made this pair of jeans for Logan last night. They are made out of Terry's old jeans and an applique that I took off of some baby PJ's that both kids have outgrown. The best part about these pants (other than the fact that they are adorable)? The only thing I had to pay for was the elastic and thread. These jeans cost me about 30 cents. :D

Sunday, 13 December 2009

A Rocker and a Roller

A few videos that we took in the last couple of days for your viewing pleasure.

The first video is of Logan showing off his new Buzz Lightyear pal. According to Logan, "Buzz is rockin' out!" (Song is "Tick Tock" by the Doodlebops, Superstars CD)

The second is Lane learning how to roll all the way around. I have a rocker! and a roller!

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Logan's Third

I haven't posted a blog in awhile, but there has been lots of activity going on. I held my first giveaway last week and got an overwhelming amount of responses (79 entries). I had a great time, visited tons of new blogs and found lots of people who are awesome sewing mamas like myself. I've picked the winners and sent out the prizes. Now it's time to move onto Team LT's busy season. We had my birthday a few weeks ago, and Logan's yesterday. Then Christmas and Terry's birthday. Then New Years. Then we rest hehehe

Logan's third birthday was awesome! Since I had my birthday first, he had a test run to figure out cake and presents and the whole bit. So when his birthday arrived, he knew exactly what was happening.

The night before, we went shopping late for some boots for mommy (my old ones had holes in them, which will never do in Winnipeg). Logan was very sleepy. Although he did have enough energy to have a look at Santa. He wouldn't go near him, but he did check him out from afar. He also loved to look at the lights in the mall and investigate the TVs in some of the stores. Apparently, they weren't on the proper thing and he wanted to go tell someone to fix them. Weirdo!

He slept in until 8:30 on this birthday, but was fully awake when he heard that there were presents to open. He got a mug with his name on it and Buzz Lightyear from Mommy, Daddy and Laney. Very exciting!

Buzz was kept very busy all day. He danced with Logan and flew around the room. He was also posed for pictures with the family, so we could send daddy a nice Friday picture of us all while he was at work.

When Terry got home from work, he pulled the gift from Grandma and Grandpa out of the shed and told Logan that the "mail" had come. He rushed upstairs to see what it was. It was a big kitchenette. Same like the one at the doctor's office that he so loves to play with!

While daddy put it together, I started to work on Logan's birthday dinner. He decided that he wanted meatloaf (which I was to cook), fries (which he wanted to cook), and salad (which he wanted daddy to make). I also went to the Safeway to pick up his Batman cake. He had picked it out with daddy earlier in the week.

Uncle Cory came over for dinner and brought him a new truck and a bunch of farm animals for his birthday. Two things that he really loves. He's such a boy, trucks always go over well.

And then there was cake!

What a great birthday!

Of course, we can't forget Laney in all this Logan Birthday business. She learned how to roll all the way over (360 degrees) yesterday and kept doing it over and over and over. Good job Laney!

Here she is taking a break and posing for a nice picture:

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

December Giveaway Day

One of my favourite blogs Sew Mama Sew is hosting a December giveaway day. I've decided to participate this year. I had so much fun entering all the fun giveaways during their May Day giveaway, that I knew I had to offer up something this time.

So without further ado, here are the prizes I'm giving away:

Prize #1

A set of 3 boys bibs and a pair of baby dino booties (0-6 months)

Prize #2

A set of 3 girls bibs and a pair of baby flower booties (0-6 months)

To enter:

1) Leave a comment on this blog telling me which set you would prefer. (Make sure that there is a way that I can contact you, like an email address, if you win).
2) I will ship anywhere in the world, so anyone can enter.
3) I will leave this giveaway open until December 6th, 2009 at midnight
4) I will choose the winners via a random number generator.
5) I will ship the prizes to the winners before December 12, 2009

**If you don't let me know which prize is your preference or you don't leave a way to get ahold of you, I will delete your entry. ***

I know you have tons of entries to make but, if you have time, I'd love for you to browse my blog. Or just follow me and check it out later.

Some other ways to learn more about me and my little business called Tawny Bee:

I would love for you to become a fan, follow me on Twitter, or check out my Flickr account. And if you're in the mood to shop for handmade items, check out my Etsy shop (although I know most of you can sew, and can probably do a wonderful job at making your own handmade gifts hehehe).

This Giveaway is now officially closed. I will draw the winners using a random number generator. I will send an email to let them know which prize they've won. The winners will then have 24 hours to contact me with their info. If they don't, I will draw another number, and so on.