Friday, June 29, 2012

someone is growing up

Time seems to have escaped me. I don't like going too long between posts because I feel like I have to catch up.  But I won't.  At least, not everything.

Yesterday Zara had her four month check up.  FOUR MONTH!  She's been such a darling to me I just can't stand watching her grow so fast.  Because I want a record of her facts, here they are before I forget.

:: weight - 12 lbs 10oz., 25 percentile
:: length - 26 inches, 97th percentile

Yep, she sure lengthened out the last two months.  I wouldn't have it any other way.  To be perfectly honest, no matter how short/long, chubby/lean, tanned/fair (etc) Zara is I will always think she's perfect, because she's my baby.  Oh yes, all mine!  And I'm enjoying every minute of the sunshine she brings to me!

Monday, June 4, 2012

book review: Bitterblue

Bitterblue is third in Cashore's fantasy book series following Graceling and Fire.  This book, like the other two, is centered around a completely new cast and main character.  It follows Bitterblue, the daughter of book one's villain, and her struggles with queenship.  Although it's not a mystery or suspense novel it is filled with mysteries and puzzles.  She seeks out what her father, Leck, did while he ruled and why.  I felt the book focused too much the negative things her father did rather than what he was trying to discover with his "scientific experiences".  Because of the mysteries in this book I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going on because nothing made sense but felt disappointed and a little unsatisfied by the end.  I was also hoping this book will connect the first two together but nothing was addressed until the end of the book and it felt rushed.  Even with my disappointments this novel was creative and well written, if a little worldly.  Not sure I can recommend it to you, Geneva, but you can borrow it if you're interested!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

kayak at the lake

You know how Andrew goes through phases of hobbies and such.  Some of his recent ones have included soap nuts, ukulele, knives, his phone - Stella, and now his Kayak.  We named it Sir Freedom Fred.  The last month or two Andrew kept talking about how fun it would be to have a kayak or canoe so when a neighbor had one for sale I snagged it up as an early Father's Day gift.  Andrew was thrilled so of course we took the first available opportunity to try it out.  We had some family come along with us to Canyon Lake and we had a blast!  Warning:  lots of pictures of Sir Freedom Fred, the newest addition to the Freeman Family!
This was a family outing we're definitely repeating soon!
Also, the photo below is close to my !
Grandpa with my girls.  They are quite smitten!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

book review: Fire

Fire is the sequel to the fantasy book Graceling but is in a different land, with a whole new cast, and centered around a completely different character.  In the land of Dell there are no Graceling but there are Monsters.  A monster is a colorful animal of irresistible beauty.  There is also one last human Monster and her name is Fire.  Read how she saves the Dells and encounters a younger version of the villian from the first book.  I really enjoyed this book apart from a couple gay references.  Lame!  I would rate this PG-13 for mild sensuality and some violence.
I tried to match the lips from the book up with mine :)

Friday, June 1, 2012

sewing project: navy top

This top was my May sewing project.  I wore before I even hemmed the bottom or put sleeves on.  Of course it didn't matter in this outfit.  Sleeves are one of my least favorite things to sew.  Sleeves, buttons and zippers.  If you sew what tries your patience?  That's a funny question because everything tries my patience when I sew, I just do it because I'm so excited to see the finished product.  I also love learning and getting better as I go.  It's hard to see in this picture but there is a lovely collar on this top.  Gives it a classy look, don't you think?

Inspiration here.