Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pillow makeover.

The current throw pillows on our couch are, let's say, less than impressive. I've been unhappy with them for quite some time, but I HATE spending money on things that just look pretty and serve no practical purpose. Also, I wasn't sure what direction I wanted to go with them.

This morning, as I looked at them with disgust...again, I realized that I could just sew new covers to go over the existing filler. That thought was good in theory.

The pillows that I have do not have covers. They're all one piece with stuffing inside. Does that make sense?

Anyway, I had to cut the pillow to get to the filling. Since I wanted to sew a simple envelope cover, I had to first sew a cover for the filling that would then be inserted into the real cover.

It all sounds very complicated but turned out to be pretty simple.

I made a trip to hobby lobby this morning and found some super cute fabric that I think I'll be able to find other fabric to coordinate with.

The real plus is that with the existing filler, the fabric that I already owned to make the inside cover, and a 40% off coupon for the fabric, the updated pillow cost me $5.51. I can handle that!

One down, three or four more to go.

On another note, I would've posted a comparison of the old and new, but I currently have one cute boy taking a nap on the matching old one.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Recent quotes from the Ramirez family.

Jerry: "cici's pizza slices are like old navy clothes...short and wide."

Casen: "I want to marry you like daddy did."

Jacob: "this is the horriblest rice I've ever had." (about my Spanish rice.)

Casen: "momma, I'm so thirsty! I just don't think I can hold it!" (in a really whiney voice, like he's talking about peeing or something.)

Jacob: "momma, I want one of those things that zip around my tummy so I can be as skinny as you."

Mya: "mommaaaa!"

Monday, February 6, 2012

Ten months.

since i'm way late posting this time, i'm sad to say that my baby girl will be month! she looks like such a big girl now. dramatic changes have occurred in her appearance and personality since last month. i can hardly stand it.

here are her ten-month stats:
  • 17.6 pounds. (down from last month due to all her sickness.)
  • 28 inches.
  • more and more blonde hair.
  • less blue, more slate-ish eyes.
  • still two teeth, although she's been pushing hard on her top gums. you can see the shape of them. won't be long.
  • we finally had somewhat of a nap routine going, and then grandma and papa came to visit. back to square one. :)
  • says "momma" and "dada" that order.
  • still not crawling. she inches forward by planting her face on the ground with one arm stretched out and pushing off with her tip toes. she mostly prefers to roll though. and she's fast at it.
  • legs are getting stronger. she can stand supported for quite a while now.
  • still fascinated with outside and now her brothers' room also. anytime we walk past a door to either, she gets really excited followed by really angry if she doesn't get to go out or in.
  • is so happy lately. i mean, a little ham! she smiles at everyone. that is, after she plays shy. i think she thinks it gets her more attention. she's probably right.
  • takes baths in the big bath tub now...usually with her brothers. she loves it.
  • has no interest in a sippy cup...except to chew on the spout part.
  • is working on building up her appetite again. she was so stopped up for weeks that she had no desire to eat...hence the slight weight loss.
  • had three ear infections this month. grrr...
  • had her first visit to the ER this month. double grrr...
  • got her very own nebulizer mask this month. grrr...grrr...grrr...

i attempted to take these pictures in the morning before we took casen to school. this was the result.

much better results in the afternoon. 
(even though she about gave me a heart attack every time i tried to snap a picture. she was getting so excited she almost fell off that chair eighteen times.)

look at those big eyes.

i'm absolutely in love with the top right picture. those chubby fingers are perfection.

happy ten months, baby girl. love, momma.