Opps – Never hit publish on this one. Here you go!
Gwen asked me where Halloween went. It was funny and then it dawned on me. We started talking about Halloween in August. Asking her what she wanted to be. Telling her about the tradition of trick-or-treating. They talked about it at school, at her grandparents, at our house….her aunt Lindsay and Uncle Joe threw a Halloween party. She walked in TWO kiddo parades the day of Halloween then BOOM. Halloween was over. This year she was dedicated to dressing up like Toodee from Yo Gabba Gabba for Halloween. If you don’t have kids Yo Gabba Gabba is an interesting fantasy show about some large puppet characters that live in Gabba land. They have great music on the show apparently Toodee even went to Coachella back in 2010 (video)….and it actually is WAY better than lots of other shows for kids like F’ing Cailou, Dora or even Mickey Mouse Club (which in my opinion is crazy annoying). Did I mention I hate Cailou (the show on PBS – the cartoon kid is annoyingly lame, whinny and mean to his little sister, luckily that phase is OVER). Okay, back to Toodee for Halloween. For some reason they don’t make and sell a Toodee costume anywhere. I mean no where. So I decided to make one. Well I modified one. This is what I did to make Toodee. If your toddler wants to be Toodee too I highly recommend. I would say I am moderately good at sewing, I have been sewing on-and-off with my Mom since I was a kid but really just jumped back in having kids on my own. Here is what I did to make Toodee.
- Purchased a Blues Clues Halloween costume. It is the perfect blue for a Toodee costume and I could easily add too and reconstruct the puppy into the Toodee costume.
- Purchased light blue, white and black felt at the local fabric store, along with pipe cleaners and stuffing for the tail.
- Fist things first I gut the feet out, all the reviews said the feet fell apart fast so I cut those out at the seam
- Working on the “head” I cut the puppy mouth off at the seam and pinned the ears to look more like cat ears that Toodee has. To make them more pliable I added pipe cleaner in the ears to move them a little. I created side scales that go along Toodee’s face, just make little zig-zag pattern stuff it and sew it on. Easier to do. The scales with your machine over hand sewing.
- The Blues Clues eyes were all wrong, so using felt I covered up the eyes and hand sewed on new eyeballs to match Toodee’s.
- The body of the costume needed the most work, I covered up the blues clues pattern belly with white felt and added a mouth and teeth for Toodee.
- The most challenging part was the scales and tail.
- Using felt I cut out a zig zag pattern for the scales and tail. The tail you want to keep pretty short so it doesn’t fall on the ground. I used a stuffed Toodee doll to reference in size along with the size of the costume. The tail was about 16 inches long. Sew everything with the machine to ensure the stuffing will stay tight. I sewed it all keeping the right side together then flipped it right side and stuffed it before sewing it onto the costume.
- Gwen hatted the “clip” part of the head so I took that off and sewed some soft ribbon under the chin so she would be more comfy.
- To finish her look she wore her Yo Gabba Gabba shoes.
It was a hit and she wears it around the house often. When she enters the room she goes “Toodee is here and ready for the Halloween party!” It melts my heart and makes the costume reconstruction very much worth while.
I am a planner. I like organization. I am a self conscious mom in public. I want to be in control. There I had my therapy for the day.
Today I embarked on my first zoo trip with two kiddos in tow. My sister-in-law and her little 4-month old joined us as well as my Momma. I didn’t do my research and felt very unprepared for the day. My diaper bag was on point for the two kiddos. But my plan of attack at the zoo wasn’t.
Becoming a Mom has made me very aware of a few things. I need to do pre-planning, prep and re-con before outings. I didn’t do my planning for this outing and because of it I was feeling nervous all day. But we did have a good time. A few life lessons learned:
- Who knew you could take your own food into the zoo!! I mean really. That would have been nice to know to save $$ and calories. But the cheese pizza was delish and Gwen ate almost all of her lunch.
- When in public I feel super judged by other mom’s as my kid throws a half hissy fit for a popsicle. Why do I care? I don’t know…I gave her the popsicle she ate two bites and wanted her lunch. Again, why do I care?
- You can’t feed the giraffes until 10:30AM….Opps we were too early for that…I should have figured that out and went there first to keep munchin #1 from having melt-down of “I don’t understand why I can’t go pet the giraffes”…Check mark….Lesson learned.
- Gwen is much more adventurous than I thought. She wanted to ride the camel. It kinda freaked me out but we went for it. It was fun. And fun fact….Camels can carry about 3x their weight. Crazy!
- My nephew Henry loves being outside. It is adorable and I think he will be a wilderness man one day.
- Our little dude Van went in a carrier and he will slept through anything. Essentially the entire zoo trip!
- My Mom is a super-star Yaya. Her grandkids choo, smile and Gwen thinks she is the best playmate ever. It is a joy to see. I couldn’t get by without her for sure!
- Gwen has great balance…she took a little tumble and I freaked out but she has recovered and didn’t whine at all.
- The giraffes, camel (his name was Isaac), lions, tigers, bears, flamingos, monkeys and rhino are all rad…the birds and turtles are too. The elephant however looks sad.
So, I’ll do re-con next time. I’m sure everyone else will have the same amount of fun. But I will be more at ease with my inner Jenna monolog and chill out. I’m such an ESTJ….Welp…Both kids are passed out. Gwen is holding her new monkey toy very tight. I cleaned the entire house in a furry to control something and now I want to know when can I have that glass of wine I promised myself this morning??
Pinterest is my friend and foe with this house remodel. Post-Pregnancy brain probably isn’t helping, either. We are looking for a paint color (this is ongoing since ever inch of our current beige, peach, tan, yellow colored house needs to be painted).
We love the idea of white upper cabinets with cool knobs. Done. Easy.
The bottom cabinets are causing lots of Home Depot and paint sample runs. So far we have sampled 6 colors.
Our goal is a contemporary kitchen. Not southwestern. We wanted blue, but that felt it was looking too Santa Fe…so I think we have settled on more of a gray…we will see…
Cabinet color ideas…
We have the knobs purchased (on sale from Anthro):
Progress post to come soon…painting cabinets is no joke!
We bought our second home this past summer. It feels like a huge deal. We moved to a completely new part of town and have more square footage. The house is current beige. Very very very beige. We aren’t really beige kind of people. So needless to say the entire home has to be covered in paint. Inside and out. The tasks at hand are exciting and daunting. This entire house is BEIGE. I. Hate. Beige.
Why is picking out paint colors so hard? We have a pretty good idea of our vision. We like whites, grays and blues for home paint colors. Our old house was mostly whites, grays and greens aside from my mustard yellow (AKA amazing) bathroom. So you can see we are really breaking the boundaries moving from green to blue.
Here is a current gallery of what we are working with….Just for benchmarking purpose. Please note ALL furniture found in these images belongs to old ass people who owned the house prior to us. We don’t like them. There is legit reasons for us not liking them I will share another day….
Get ready for some transformation. We love it!!!
Opps! This post was meant for I Dream In Jenna!! Check out my personal blog there at idreaminjenna.com…More Rutschman and Gwen news to come later.
Happy 2013, everyone. Here is the annual music run down! I enjoyed an amazing year of new-artist, old classics and some amazing shows. Cheers!
Jenna’s Music 2012 Run Down
Top 10 Songs (in no order)
- The House That Heaven Built – Japandroids
- Lord Knows – Dum Dum Girls
- No Tell by Smoke & Jackal
- Its Time by Imagine Dragons
- The Only Place by Best coast (off The Only Place album)
- “45″ by The Gaslight Anthem (catchy as all hell & the lead singer sounds hot)
- Ho Hey The Lumineers
- Comeback Kid by Sleigh Bells
- All Your Gold by Bat For Lashes from The Haunted Man
- Forest Whitaker by Bad Books
- Take A Walk by Passion Pit
Top 5 Albums (in no order)
- Dum Dum Girls – End of Daze
- Japandroids – Celebration Rock
- No Doubt – Push and Shove
- Tennis- Young & Old
- The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten
- No Doubt (Gibson Amphitheater, Los Angeles)
- Sleigh Bells (Rialto Theater, Tucson)
- Willie Nelson and Family (Celebrity Theater, Phoenix)
- Japandroids, (The Sail Inn, Tempe, AZ)
All Concerts (no order)
- No Doubt and Fitz & The Tantrums
- Bob Log III
- Martina McBride and George Straight
- Young the Giant
- The Kills
- Foster the People (Kimbra and Mayer Hawthorn opened)
- Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
- We Were Promised Jetpacks
- Willie Nelson
Top 4 Songs- Love but overplayed:
- Simple Song – The Shins
- We are Young- Fun
- Anything by Foster the People
Cody and Ihosted my family for Thanksgiving this year. Last year we did a big Christmas Eve dinner but this year the pressure was on for the Thanksgiving feast. We had a total of 7 plus miss Gwen. My Mom and Sister were a huge help the day of the big turkey entertaining Gwen while at my house with coloring books and Yo Gabba Gabba stuffed animals and helping to cook parts of the meal. I made two pumpkin pies (homemade pie crust) and a pecan pie. My sister-in-law Lindsay was kind enough to make a killer Apple pie so the pies were complete.
Cody manned the grill and grilled a 16 pound Turkey that took about 18 hours of prep with a brine and butter rub and let me tell you…it was perfect.
The dinner table was my masterpiece. Mixing Tulips and cranberries for center pieces and mixing my McKensie Child checked dishes with my grandmothers Pamonia dishes and amazing chargers (Thanks, Merren) and silver (Thanks, Mimi & Terri) that we received as a wedding gifts along with a simple table cloth borrowed from my Mom the table setting was a hit.
We enjoyed great Italian wine, anti-pasta platter, amazing AZ weather, a perfect Thanksgiving meal ful of emotional Thankful messages amoungst my family and a fantastic after dinner fire in our backyard.
Gwen is our super hero toddler. She can change emotion faster than a teenage girl gossiping with friends. And can change her mind regarding her favorite food in the middle of eating (used to LOVE strawberries, now acts like they … Continue reading
Cody took a long weekend away with his buddies this weekend. Celebrating a pending wedding for our friend Dylan he and the boys hit the town in Austin, TX. Gwen and I spent the weekend at home, at the park, with my parents and friend Mary Beth who was also solo with her munchi’s.
Spending time alone with Gwen is so fun, funny and busy! She is growing so fast. She loves talk talk talking. She insisted on wearing her blue tutu today and she surprises me daily with her smarts, wit and dazzling personality. Gwen is just shy of 19 months old and I can’t believe it.
She is teething and picky with food. Very observant of her surroundings and loves her “bike” her dad bought her. She is busy but loves to sit quietly and look through her books, one by one.
Enjoy her latest picks. We can’t get enough of her.
Gwen has had three swim lessons which have gone as such:
1. Sick and we had to cancel
2. Loved it 75% of the time, even laughed after going under water and willingly jumped/leaned in from the side of the pool
3. Cried essentially the entire time and had a pooh-pooh moment that had us wrap up swim lesson a little early
So we will see how next week goes…
Bath time however is super fun. She plays, chats, splashes and had a grand old-time. I’m not giving up on swimming. I know there is an inner fish in there. I mean I was going off the diving board at 2
Gwen is very chatty. Almost 16 months.
She uses baby sign language and says words like “more” with her sign language. She says, Momma, Dadda, Ducky, NO, yeah, Hi, Bye, Poppi, Ya (we think this is for yaya) and Moahway which seems to signal when she wants her hippo. She also blows kisses which is ridiculously cute.
She had her first extremely successful Skype tonight. We were on skype with Cody’s Parents, Shuga and Papaw, Shuga requested a kiss and Gwen went up to the screen and kissed precisely where Shug was. It was adorable.
Still having a ball with our little panda. She keeps us on our toes. Not walking yet, but will be soon and then our life is over. We are well aware of that