Friday, February 27, 2009


Yesterday I was considerably more productive than I could have expected considering I have a toddler and a 2 week old! I was pretty impressed with myself - especially since Cuddle Bug was testing my patience for most of the afternoon. He's at the I'm going to ignore my parents when they're talking to me stage. I was repeating myself all day yesterday:

"Do not walk around the living room with open markers."

"Don't use your markers on the living room rug."

"We don't draw on the furniture!"

"I love that you adore her so much, but please don't kiss your baby sister when she's nursing. It distracts her."

"We don't put our Lego trains on the stairs. Someone could get hurt."

"You don't get to tell Mommy no."

I hate days like that. I feel like a witch of a mother telling him "no" and "stop" and "don't" all day. But what alternative is there? Markers on the furniture and someone falling down the stairs... We can't have that! There's got to be a better way to get through to him, though. Any mommies with toddler experience who care to weigh in?

All the behavior correction aside, I actually had some time to finish AmeriKat into an ornie for my sister! Cuddle Bug amused himself with his art supplies and Lady Bug napped in the Moby Wrap while I sat at the table and finished this little pinkeep ornament (sans the pins).

Another overcast day means another bad picture. The fabric is the backing fabric. Believe me, it's a lot more blue IRL.

AmeriKat by Calico Crossroads
Stitched one over one
Thread: Crescent Colours and DMC
Fabric: 26 count white evenweave
Stitched: 2/22/09 - 2/23/09
Finished: 2/26/09

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! I'm hoping to get my first giveaway ready this weekend. At this point that depends on whether or not we get the heat in the car working so we can go out tomorrow. This morning DH reported to me that the car's heater wasn't working on his way into work. We can't take the kiddies out in the freezing cold with no heat in the car :/

Thanks for all your wonderful comments and support. I so appreciate them :)


Laura said...

Oh, the Terrible Twos are not fun! My daughter is 4.5 now and I still have those days when I feel like I've said 'no' or "please don't do that" at least a 100 times. I'm impressed that you can get some stiching time in with two little ones. Good for you!

BeckySC said...

It's been a VERY long time since I went through the terrible twos, but I do remember them well :) I hope someday to have grandchildren so I can go through them again :)

Congratulations on your CC piece :)

Have a lovely weekend :)

Lelia said...

Hey GF: Your AmeriKat is lovely ; ) It turned out great!

As for the 2yo -- and feeling witchy -- it is called Parenting. If you don't 'parent' now, your 2yo will be in terrible 2s for 5 years : ) LOL

Hang in there. Most moms and grandmoms have been thru it with their loved ones. We usually survive.

When all else would fail, I'd take the largest newsprint sketch pad out of the closet -- set it on the kitchen floor & give my kids plastic cookie cutters, stencils and washable markers.

They'd have a ball b/c it was on the FLOOR & the mess would wash up easily. The cookie cutters weren't the biscuit cutter - sharp ones!!! They were plastic ones.

They'd eventually go around their feet & hands -- but still, it was the kitchen floor & all washable.

Just a thought

Michele said...

I love your finish!!!

hang in there .. the 2's will be over way too quickly!

Ruth Rachel Vendsel said...

I am tagging you at my blog!
Cute finish. :)

Michele B. said...

Hi Kim - You're tagged at my blogg too!

Cheryl said...

Well i have to say i dont know how you have time to finish an ornie and blog and look after a baby and a toddler! I am so impressed!

Emily said...

I hope things improve for you! Remember soon enough you will be missing these days when they are so cute and small. Your finish is cute!

Nicole said...

Hi Kim! I completely understand. By the end of the day I'm like that and my husband just looks at me like what's wrong with you? He's been at work all day around adults and eating lunch - At restaurants! I know he does work too, but sometimes I'd like to escape - even if it is to work! LOL! :)

Your little pinkeep is adorable by the way!! :)

Sonda in OR said...

Those days are tough. I especially like the "You don't get to tell mommy no." My boys are now 10 and 9 and I still use many versions of "That's not a choice that you have" and "Because I said so". It never ends... Your little girl is a cutie and I love your Amerikat finish!!e