Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Review

When I was working on a littly diddy to go on the back of our Christmas Cards this year, I asked Cam what he did and he couldn't think of anything. Not that it was a boing year, only that pillaging in rubbish, dying your hands unnatural colors on 6 separate occasions, and attending other people's weddings just don't usually make it onto lists of important events in one's life. Consider it a "building year" if you must. However you think of it, the rehashing begins (as usual) in:

Cam wrote his blog post of the year when he was a nutt-o and went camping in the rain. Kim finished decorating Wes' room, just in time for him to start crawling. We decided that we should make an effort to be a little classier, a resolution that lasted until...

When I discovered what a gold mine our dumpster is and dyed my hands blue. Cam put the fire alarm back up, and we built a pantry. Wes miraculously managed to avoid spraypaint, dye, smoke, and splinters respectively.

Wes was in his first talent show and (on a related note) in his first youtube video! He also took his first flight when we zipped back to Utah for Cam's bestie's wedding. I recruited some child labor to help me paint my bookshelf. We got our hands dirty as we began...

Working in the garden. I made a rug (in two parts) and micromanaged my sister from across the pond. We house-sat most of the month for a family a few blocks away-- a job that came with two large dogs, a bunny, oh... and two pre-teens. Wes enjoyed the added attention, living in a zoo, and his new freedom in walking.

Cam had his white coat ceremony! Wes loved riding the MAX train and playing in the fountains downtown. We saw a solar eclipse thanks to my mom owning eclipse glasses? We went on a whale tour for Cam's birthday and ended up with some chubby cheeks instead.

We learned about the importance of quality residential restroom architecture, and discovered my butter-knife skills. Wes slept through upwards of 76 trombones and discovered cup holders. He also slept and sang with Cam on our road trip to California for an engine block BBQ and a little wedding reception. I died some doilies and my hands peach in preparation for...

Cam's little sister's wedding that I managed AND micromanaged. Both. Now that Wes is 1 he learned how to jump, ride, and slide.  We finally figured out where we're going on rotations! Planning was immediately shirked to enjoy the sunshine.

We enjoyed our bountiful harvest (Wes most of all). Cam finally had a 3 week break from school, which we enjoyed by traveling to the coast and Port Angeles. Wes touched a llama.

I chalked up another year at the sidewalk art festival and made a sweet headboard to finish our bedroom. We canned, pickled, and dried. Cam began his last year of classes ever. Wesley had a cold followed by an ear infection.

We flew to Colorado for Cam's older sister's wedding (which I still managed to chocolate dip oreos and paint some burlap for). I made a soccer ball cake with Cam's geometry assistance. We carved gigantic pumpkins from our garden. To this day, Wes still talks about the big pumpkins on the porch. Wes had another cold, and an ear infection.

Wes learned what a pirate is, how to cook, and began his quest to rid our house of bugs. We learned that Wes has an allergy to penicillin.  I threw a baby shower for a good friend. Cam picked up a little job at school fitting lenses to frames.

Because I clearly didn't make enough stuff this year, I participated in a craft fair opened an etsy store and designed christmas cards. Cam plowed through finals, and challenged my family to a nerf war. Wes is all set to be the fastest bug hunter in the west, and with any luck will be more helpful in the kitchen.

That's year 4 down! We're looking forward to 3 moves, 4 road trips, and Sheila dying somewhere in North Dakota in the next year, so hopefully we'll have even more good stuff to report!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Wes' Christmas

Remember last month when I posted about Wesley's two favorite games? I had a picture of him playing kitchen, which requires him getting out all the pots and pans and then we pretend he's made something fabulous. However, I didn't have a picture of him bug hunting, which I was scolded for repeatedly. So, here he is a couple weeks ago teaching the fine art of bug hunting to his best bud Ross. 

In the last one he's saying bug. He says it with his nose plugged because he's an odd cookie and that's the sign he made up for bug (and mug incidentally).

Anyway, we had Santa get him a little kitchen for Christmas, so he could make a mess with his own pots and pans, and I might have some left over for the making of real food. Here he is with it first thing Christmas morning.
Check out the mini spatula, isn't it cute? On the shelf below Wesley's hand are a couple of miniature hot pads that Cam crocheted that match the ones I use. He loved it so much that he completely ignored the stack of presents next to him there. He held on to a little plastic knife all morning and used it to open the rest of his presents. 

Cam's mom was awesome enough to get him some plastic vegetables that he cut up with his little plastic knife over and over all day.
*Sidenote, this photo was taken with my sweet new 55mm f/1.8 lens that Cam got me that stayed within our $25 trying-to-be-prudent budget... not. Sorry, but I'm still trying to figure out how to focus with such a small depth of field.

My mom also made a super score for getting Wes a proper bug hunter:

Be afraid dirt specs. He's not showing any mercy.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Cards

I made Christmas cards for real this year! Don't be sad if you don't get one in the mail, it turns out we actually don't have anyone's address, so feel free to print this out and put it on your fridge... or mantle... or dart board.

And as an added bonus I finally got to take over my family's card! Since we weren't ever all in the same place at the same same time this year, a family picture didn't ever happen. But no matter! In case you needed added proof that my family is awesome, they let me do this:

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Craft Fair

Last weekend I did my first ever craft fair! A friend of mine who is big time in the local craft market suggested that they were looking for vendors... but I was a little nervous to take on a booth alone, so I roped five of my friends into doing it with me.

I probably spent more time on making sure our stuff had cute little tags than I did on my actual items. That's what these things are about anyway right?

Sadly the only pictures I have are from my friend's iPad... because I totally spaced taking any.

Those of you who have been following our blog for awhile probably recognize the sailboat mobile from last year (I made a couple new ones, and some butterfly ones as well).  Based on your kind comments, I also explored more into shoe-building and came up with these babies:

There were more, but you get the idea.

It was fun, but as these things go... we didn't sell everything. Since Wes is a boy and is (by Cam's mandate) not allowed to wear fuzzy boots, we decided to do an experiment and put some of the stuff that was left over in an Etsy store.  So, tell everyone you know. please.