Oh my gosh... There's been so much going on here lately that I barely even know where to begin.
Bug and I have been spending a lot of time at home this week, staying up to late, sleeping in too late, running errands and somehow not managing to get to the studio at all. Or for maybe an hour before we're ready for a nap and come home. It's a little frustraing, but I've been carrying a big bin of work around with me, so I have stuff to do when I find a few minutes to do it. Admittedly, we've also been watching waaaaaaaay too much tv. I'm trying to convince myself that letting Bug watch more movies than normal while I'm pregnant isn't going to ruin his life. I still feel guilty about it. We've also been making more of an effort to get out and play. We had a great water-play afternoon at Bug's bff's house last week, and finally set Bug's little swimming pool out on our patio. Taking advantage of the summer and all that. :)
We also bought a new car! Well, new to us. It's pretty awesome. And I'm really excited that now we not only have two reliable vehicles, but also two that will hold our kids. Awesome.
We drove fo.ev.er to pick it up. though. It was a nice drive. The weather was pretty, Bug was in a good mood and we made great time. Considering that we drove from Houston almost all the way to Dallas, I was stunned. We met the seller and his wife at a restaurant in Corsicana called Collin Street Bakery. It was pretty and relaxed and smelled so good! They sell their cakes and such via a catalog (and even own the pineapple plantation in Costa Rica that produces their fruit), and sell the cakes and fresh baked goods and pickles and such in the store. And they make some really fabulous sandwiches. Needless to say, we lunched there before heading home.
The trip home... Oof. We made the drive to Corsicana in 3.5 hours. The trip home took closer to seven. Seven! Part of that was that we took our time at lunch. Then we had to stop in a small town that seemed to consist of two gas stations, a Taco Bell and a Pizza Hut for a toddler meltdown. That took 90 minutes. Then we stopped at Rudy's on the way home for dinner because we were so beat. (Had NO idea there was a Rudy's in Houston! Woo hoo!)
Rudy's was a little odd. We've been to the ones in Austin and Brownsville and loved them. The atmosphere here in Houston was identical, but it seemed that no one there had ever seen a pregnant woman before. I've never noticed so many people staring at the belly or, even weirder, doing these odd sideways glances as they passed by. Weird.
Just before we left, Richard took Bug to change his shirt (covered in banana pudding and goodness knows what else) and diaper and I chilled at the table. I got up to refil my glass of water and, on my way back to the table, caught sight of another pregnant belly as a woman walked past. I sat back down, looked up as she walked past again...and then realized that I KNEW HER. It was a dear friend that I've stayed in contact with but haven't seen in person in a number of years. Our schedules just never ever align. And she's pregnant with her first baby (so excited for her!) and we ran into each other the day after her due date had passed. It was beyond amazing to see her. She had never met Bug, we had never met her husband....it was awesome. :)
Now, to completely change gears, how about I post some pictures?
I received my block from Sandi awhile back and finally got around to taking a picture. This was for April from the Quilt Block Swap. As I recall, my only request was for a wonky block of some sort.
Sandi seemed concerned about what I'd think of the block. I LOVE it. It's bright and crazy and fun. Bug fell completely in love with it. I think I'm actually going to turn it into a pillow for him.
And I finally finished my May block for Virginia.
She asked for a log cabin block in white and blues with the traditional red center square. I will admit that I was a little terrified by this request. I've never actually done a traditional block...everything's been wonky or otherwise made up so far. And, for some reason, I had a really difficult time picking out the fabrics.
Luckily, Virginia had a really specific tutorial that she wanted followed, so the construction part was actually really easy-peasy when I got to it. It went together really, really quickly and was actually quite a lot of fun to put together.
The fabrics I tripped over at Joann's. Bug and I were wandering the aisles - not our first trip for this purpose either, which made it particularly depressing - and I wasn't really seeing anything that excited me all that much. Then I saw the three white and blue fabrics and that was it. They were perfect (at least in my mind, hopefully Virginia agrees!) and I knew they had to come home with us.
So, I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. Hopefully Virginia likes it, too. :)