Thursday, September 19, 2013

Embroidery machine fun and getting ready for baby

I've had quite a few little projects on my mind the past few months.  Little things I wanted to do to get ready for Miss A.  This past week-end we had a "girls week-end" which was the perfect opportunity for getting to some of these projects.  I loved that the girls were able to be involved in some of these projects too.

I made up a couple of burp cloths with our family crest/shield.  The one with the full crest is backed in royal blue minky.

I made some sweet "harvest" burp cloths and backed those in orange minky.


A couple of new burp cloths for the diaper bag were needed.  I love these verses!  One is backed in brown minky.  I may or may not back the other in turquoise minky, I have not decided yet.

"eat me" and "drink me" Alice in Wonderland burp cloths were something I just could not pass up.  I still want to make a white rabbit one as well as possibly Mad Hatter and Alice also.


After being in use for 3-5 years nearly all of our cloth wipes were about done for.  I made up a large stack of green wipes (with a small dot print) and a smaller stack of girlie colored wipes as well.

I also completed a couple of bibs that were left nearly done.  Miss C was so excited to see them, she still enjoys getting new bibs even though she has mostly grown out of wearing them.
Incase you can't tell, the embroidery is pieces of bread with PB, the backgrounds are "strawberry jelly" and "grape jelly"

Whew!  What a productive day!  I was able to mark quite a few things off of my list.  I feel like anything else I manage to get to at this point (in the way of sewing) will just be a bonus.

*Nearly all of these items have duplicates that are available for purchase.  If you are interested in purchasing any of the above items you can contact me through commenting here or e-mailing me  
gabe @ gabesbabes (dot) com

Monday, September 16, 2013

A girl's weekend (plus one little boy)

Rob and the big boys were out this week-end on a camping trip.  While I enjoy going out with the trailer, this trip was in the desert and there was no hook-up (meaning no AC).  That sounded absolutely miserable to this very pregnant mama, so the girls and I had our own fun.

The boys were still preparing to go when the girls and I left for speech group on Friday morning.  I had an errand to run after that and we made it a fun one by having Chinese food at the mall, playing in the play area there, visiting Claire's and looking at hair bows and earrings and then picking up pretzels and frozen yogurt on our way out.

While the boys were having their own sort of picnic that first evening we had one on our cool tile floors while watching Sleeping Beauty (as promised to Miss C who had been asking to see the movie for months).


This is a picture of the boys, looking at a picture of our picnic.  It looks like they are rather hot and are contemplating the wonder of AC (and missing it more than a little).

On Saturday Miss E was wanting to go to Hobby Lobby; she had a gift card she was wanting to use.  Then we ended up next door at Toys R Us scoping out birthday baby dolls for Miss C.  We came home to work on some fun crafts/projects.

Miss J loves to help trim threads on my embroidery projects.  She is such a good little helper!


In the evening we played some games and read books together.

On both Saturday and Sunday mornings we had little tea parties and raided my stash of biscotti (reserved for post birth recovery) while we did our Bible reading.

We had a great time together, and it was a wonderfully relaxing week-end while still being quite productive.  Mr. K didn't seem to mind too much that he was the only boy left behind, and he managed to have plenty of fun too.

*Oh, and despite the lack of AC I hear the boys had a great time!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Congratulations Lt. Col. Harder!

We celebrated my husband's promotion to Lieutenant Colonel yesterday with a promotion ceremony and a party after.  Though the forecast was for temperatures near 100 and for rain showers (aka, monsoons), the weather turned out to be perfect for the outdoor ceremony.  It was a grey day (no intense sun), it rained for 30+ minutes starting about two hours before the ceremony (giving a cooling effect).  By the time guests were arriving things were mostly dry (but it still felt cooler), the intermittent drizzle and gentle breeze kept the cool feeling while not getting things wet.

One friend that arrived early had very thoughtfully brought some (fairly quiet) games for the kids to play while waiting for the ceremony to begin.  Her thoughtfulness was very much appreciated while we were setting up.

Rob provided each of our kids with a pack of tic-tacks and passed them out just before the ceremony.  I appreciated his strategic gift to the kids, our little kids were so quiet during the ceremony despite their lack of naps.  Thanks Hun!

After the singing of the national anthem Rob's boss went through the highlights of his career and many awards and accomplishments he had achieved in the last 15 years.  It is always nice to be reminded of what a great, smart man I'm married to (he does not boast of his work accomplishments at home, so even though I know he is wonderful, it is great to hear from others!) and to see him recognized for all of his hard work.


The oldest three kids pinned on his new rank for him.  The boys did his jacket while Miss E did his cover (hat).

Next came the oath of office.  I always love hearing it, and being reminded of the duty my husband has sworn to fulfill.

Rob very thoughtfully thanked me and presented me with a beautiful bouquet.

Next came the good stuff we had all been waiting for.  The party!  We had On The Border cater, yum!  In an effort to distract the kids from the food we knew they didn't really care much for anyways; we had a whole table full of candy and cookies.  It worked splendidly.  At the end of the party kids (not ours) were encouraged to fill their pockets so that we would not have to take much candy home.  They did a GREAT job accomplishing this assignment. ;)

We are so thankful to our many friends that turned out for this event.  These promotion parties are usually mostly fellow military members.  This time the civilians outnumbered the military (so much so that it was commented on during the ceremony).  We are so very thankful for our church family here that provides so much love, support, and fellowship (and for the many friends from past assignments who have done the same and always have a special place in our hearts!).


I think kids may have outnumbered adults.  They had a great time playing in the open field (until being called in because of lightning in the area).

Some special "Thank Yous"

*Thank you to our Pastor who gave the invocation.  God has led and guided Rob through his whole career granting him wisdom, strength and favor.  We appreciated our pastor's effort to be there, and to proclaim the name of Jesus.

*Thank you to everyone in Rob's office who worked so hard to prepare for this event and did so much during the celebration to make it all go off without a hitch.  Someone even ended up with bathroom shuttle duty.  With so many kids, and a restricted access building, this was a big job!

*Thank you to my friend "F" who took the lead in the clean-up effort.  She has such a servant's heart; I'm so blessed by her and the wonderful example she sets.

* A HUGE THANK YOU to our incredible babysitter (who goes way beyond the call of duty as a baby sitter in general) for spending the entire day with us.  She helped get the daily chores done, allowed me to run an errand with only one child, bathed kids, dressed kids, did hair, helped the boys load the van, helped with set up.....OH MY she did it all!  My hugely pregnant body was just not up for all of this work today.  I'm so grateful to her.  Because of all of her hard work I was able to relax and enjoy this celebration far more then I otherwise would have been able to!  (oh, and she took pictures too!).  Thank you J for your servant's heart and for what a blessing you are to our family in so many ways.