we flew a kite {30 by 30 list}

Well it’s been over 6 months since I turned 30, but I’m still plugging away at my list. Ben says I can have all year to finish it – like how Disneyland stretches out their “birthday celebrations” for at least a year (sometimes it seems like two) – if they can do it, so can I, right? Right.

Well flying a kite was number 28 on my list – but it turns out it really should have been number 1. How did we wait so long to do this?! We have the most perfect kite-flying park less than a mile from our house. It’s up on the top of a hill with a gorgeous view (you can even see a peek of the ocean, even though it’s miles away) and always just the right amount of wind. There are always people flying kites up there and the kids are obsessed with watching them, but we never owned a kite so we’ve never tried it ourselves.

This weekend we spotted some kites on sale at Costco and picked one up. As soon as we got out on the grass and that gust of wind picked up our kite and took it soaring into the air I knew we had waited much, much too long. Flying kites is just magical. The looks on the kids faces were worth the price of the kite times a thousand. I cannot wait for the next time we can go again!

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we flew a kite {30 by 30 list}

the color run

Running a 5k was on my 30 by 30 list. I’ve sort of always wanted to run one. In junior high and high school I was always one of the more walking than jogging members of my PE class, the slow ones who could barely finish a mile and were sorely out of shape. I was the opposite of athletic. I remember freshman year of college when I wanted to join the crew team they had a week (more than a week?) of novice training sessions and one of the things we had to do which should have been a piece of cake was to do a warmup of maybe a quarter mile jogging? I was huffing and puffing and seriously out of breath. I may have even threatened vomiting. If I couldn’t run a quarter mile I’m sure the coaches thought I was a joke wanting to be an actual rower. The thing is I am extremely stubborn (I like to call it determined) and wasn’t going to get a little thing called “being out of shape” stand between me and what I wanted – which was to be a kick-ass rower. So I worked my butt off, I learned to row. I learned to jog. I learned to like to exercise. And I was pretty darn proud of myself for how much I improved. Then I stopped rowing somewhere around the last year of college and exercise drifted off my radar again until we were planning our wedding. At which point I got into super fit shape… until I had kids… and exercise fell of the radar AGAIN… until I wanted to lose the baby weight… and well I think you can probably notice a trend. I have a habit of making a habit of being in shape… which I stick to for some duration of time and then slowly drift away from.

Lately I have been doing more yoga than anything else but I missed running and I feel like it gives me a big chunk of time to just think and be in the middle of a busy day. So I set out to do the couch to 5k (again) and get back in the habit. When I heard about the color run from a few of my east coast friends I was sold… running while being pelted with colored powder? How could that NOT sound like fun. I was so disappointed when I found out that my local run was while I was scheduled to be out of town photographing a wedding….

well turns out that hurricane Sandy had other plans… tearing through the east coast and delaying my flight so that I was able to make it to the run after all. Never mind that I got on a redeye flight just a few hours later (and with lots of blue junk up my nose nonetheless) it was SO fun! I couldn’t go to something like this and not bring a camera so I busted out my oldest dSLR and cheapest lens, wrapped everything in a plastic bag (if you want to look classy and professional, there’s really nothing better than having your camera stashed in an old sandwich bread bag) and headed out. One note however … if you plan to do the color run while holding a dSLR please realize that they are heavy, that your arm will start hurting, and that you will probably wuss out of the whole “running” part of the race. I ran about halfway before I started seriously regretting my decision to try to run while holding something like a 3 pound weight which was awkward to hold and encased in a plastic bag. Oh well. The photos were totally worth it.

So without further ado… color run 2012! I’m totally going again next year!
















the color run

Easter dresses and bowtie {sewing projects}

Easter was in April – which was about 6 months ago. Yikes. I meant to post these quite a while ago – sewing the kids matching outfits was #25 on my 30 by 30 list. I turned 30 in August and actually checked off quite a few more of the list items, I just haven’t gotten around to writing about them… I really want to do a recap also.

In any case I did manage to get this one done on time and I even had big dreams of making a post about how I sewed these dresses – I whipped them up in about a day without a pattern and (aside from the miscalculation on the length of Edith’s dress… it’s a bit short) was pretty pleased with myself about how well they came out. I want to make them more dresses like this (maybe with a few tweaks or alterations to the technique) and if I do I am hoping I’ll get it together enough to document the process for a tutorial.

Here are a few pictures of the outfits in action –

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The dresses had a simple split back lined bodice – Amelia’s closes with little adorable yellow round buttons and Edith’s closes with pearl snaps (hard to get a baby to hold still long enough for buttons). The skirt is just a basic gathered skirt and the sash is sewed on the sides and ties with a bow in back. I actually used leftover fabric from their second birthday party – the same stuff that I made Amelia and Paul’s Easter outfits from the year before out of. The chick/egg design is a repeat as well – that’s what happens when you ask a 3 1/2 year old what they want on the dress – they say they want just what they had last time. Oh well. I still think it’s adorable. Paul’s bowtie was made using this tutorial from say yes to hoboken… super quick and easy!

One more item crossed off the list. Phew!

Easter dresses and bowtie {sewing projects}

12. Go see live music {30 by 30 list}

I’ve been checking off many of my list items in the last few weeks but haven’t gotten a chance to post about them. My most favorite by far was this one. One of my old high school friends (who I do not see nearly often enough) is Anoushka Shankar. And she just happens to be pretty darn fabulous. She came to San Diego on a tour of her new record Traveller (UH-MAZ-ING) and she emailed to see if any of our friends wanted to come and see her play (um, let me think, YES!)

Allison, Jenny and I had a ladies night date to see the show and it was so fantastic! Photography wasn’t allowed inside the show and it was late when we got out so I didn’t feel like stopping to take pictures of the theater… but I did get one measly instagram snapshot of my ticket.

It was an amazing show and I’m so happy that I was able to check off this list item with such a special outing!

12. Go see live music {30 by 30 list}

14. see a movie {30 by 30 list}

Hooray! We finally saw a movie. Ben and I were brainstorming tonight and as best as we can remember, the last movie we saw in theaters was The King’s Speech (which was a great movie by the way, highly recommend if you haven’t seen it) which we saw in Los Angeles, before we moved and before we had Edie. Yes. We need to get out more. I know.

We ended up doing what we always do, which is waiting until the last minute to decide whether we’re going to try to do a dinner date or a movie date… frantically waffling between should we or shouldn’t we try to go (will Edie wake up while we’re gone, will we get an SOS call like our last dinner date?) and whether or not it’s worth it. Tonight the movie won, and since it was an early (7:10) showing we were *fairly* certain we could make it back before she woke up, even if she did have an early wake-up night. We saw Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which until today I didn’t even know existed (and definitely wouldn’t have picked based on its name but lucky for us Ben reads the synopses of even the ones with horrible titles). But it was cute. And WE SAW A MOVIE! Hooray! I am so excited I think we might just have to see another one… you know… before next year 🙂

One more list item, check! Actually, I have another one that’s done as well but not quite blogged… I made the kids matching outfits for Easter. Cuteness overload! I will hopefully get those photos up soon.

14. see a movie {30 by 30 list}

19. finish and donate a blanket to project Linus {30 by 30 list}

This one has been on my to-do list for ages. Since about September of 2008 to be exact. Project Linus is a charity that collects blankets from volunteers (they can be crochet, knit, quilted… pretty much if you can make it they will take it) and distributes them to children in need of some love and comfort. From the Project Linus website :

As Charles Schulz’s Linus character from the PEANUTS® comic strip was comforted by his blanket, Project Linus strives to do the same and more for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. The blankets our nearly 400 chapter coordinators collect from thousands of “blanketeers” (volunteers) across the United States and then distributed to these children provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort.

When Paul and Amelia were born they spent 2 weeks in the NICU. The first week and a half of that was spent in isolettes, little plastic baby bubbles where they wore only diapers and were hooked up to all sorts of beeping, buzzing, glowing machines. Once they reached a certain size and were able to take their food by mouth rather than tube they were moved into an open crib. When we walked into the NICU to find them in open cribs it was pretty much the happiest moment of my life. They finally looked like they were snuggly and cozy, just as babies are meant to be. Part of it was that they weren’t in their isolettes anymore, but a lot of it was that they were also covered up by beautiful handmade blankets given to them by Project Linus.

Ever since that day I have had blanket making on my to-do list. It made me feel so comforted and loved to know that someone out there took the time and effort to make blankets for my babies. I knew I needed to do the same for someone else who was going through a rough time. Paul and Amelia actually still sleep with their Project Linus blankets every single night.

I started this blanket sometime in 2010 and have had it mostly finished for almost a year now. I was just dragging my feet on weaving in the ends (I don’t like that part) and getting it mailed off, but I’m proud to say it’s on its way as of this morning. Hooray! I finally finished my blanket! Now to make a second one…

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For those curious about the how-to on this blanket… it’s pretty much the easiest crochet project on the planet. All you need to know is chain, single crochet and double crochet. I believe it’s actually this shell stitch pattern from the Project Linus website, but almost all the shell stitch patterns I found were basically the same idea. Three cheers for finishing a project!

One more item checked off my 30 by 30 list, hooray!

19. finish and donate a blanket to project Linus {30 by 30 list}

7. Wear an out of the ordinary nail polish color {30 by 30 list}

I’m not sure why I put this one on the list… I have been getting my toenails painted once a month or so since Edie was born as a treat to myself, during the newborn phase it was an easy way to make myself feel a little more put together when I hadn’t showered in days or had a spit-up stained shirt on. And I always always pick some sort of shade of pink or purple, even with a rainbow of color options at my disposal. I guess I put this on the list because I finally decided “why not?” Part of me feels like a 12 year old with this color on, part of me kind of likes it. I’m not convinced that I’ll do it again but now at least I’ve tried it.

Paul and Amelia noticed instantly “Mommy your toes are yellow” “Why are your toes yellow?” “Your toes are usually pink”… these observations/questions lasted an entire day and started up again this morning. I think I rocked their world just a bit by stepping outside my norm.

One more item on my list complete! Only 27 to go.

7. Wear an out of the ordinary nail polish color {30 by 30 list}