Thursday, August 30, 2012

Blue Moon

While driving into our development this evening I noticed an enormous full moon staring me right in the face. We weren't even in our driveway when I told Jay I had to run inside and get my camera.

In a humorous tone, he said the photo would look like garbage since any photo of a spectacular looking moon never comes out the way we see it in person. The camera lenses I own aren't for this sort of thing, they are more portrait lenses. So throw a person in the photo, cue Nathan, and it all works - perspective. So what if the moon looks like a sun, and Nathan is a bit grainy/blurry - the moon was spectacular, and large, both of which I gain a sense of when looking at this photo of my little boy.

And since Jay reminded me that many people have died this year from West Nile Virus, I had less than a minute to get a photo.

During evening treatments I did an internet search and found that this full moon, the second full moon this month, is going to be a blue moon.  How exciting.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"Happy Birthday to Nathan"

Just a grandiose version of "Happy Birthday to You" for a very grande little boy.  Major props to the family for stalling while I reloaded memory card.  There is no time like the middle of an important song to fill up the memory card.  It's almost like the time my the batteries in my flash died during vows (Thank God for 2nd shooters!)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

An Apple {Cozy} for Teacher

Friday was Nathan's preschool teacher's last day. Since Nathan loves apples and often brings a bag of apples for his preschool snack to share we, or I rather, figured an apple wrapped cozily inside its own little sweater would be the perfect farewell gift for Miss Mary. Inside the card Nathan carefully outlined a box around his name and drew his favorite doodle of a bomb on the back (the one he often draws on the driveway with sidewalk chalk).

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My baby is almost 4

Nathan is turning 4 years old on Saturday. I can NOT believe it, not even one teeny little bit.

These past two weeks have been a whirlwind of photo shoots, I LOVE it! I eat sleep and breath photography and am even considering some sort of camera tattoo (don't tell my dad).

I am very happy to have a break for the rest of the week so I can try to plan Nathan's (very very small) birthday party at McDonald's. He has been wanting his party at this particular McDonald's for over a year, and I can't wait to see the happiness he emanates when he sits in the McDonald's birthday throne (chair) with his bestest buddies.

I've got 2 sessions that MUST be finished by tomorrow. The wedding and other session can be done early next week.

I hope Nathan's party lives up to his expectations. I've realized that simple parties are ok for kids. All you need is friends, food, fun, and cake!

The day of his birthday (Nathan-Day) will be even more fun. We resolved to make a huge deal of every single birthday. Make Every Breath Count and every birthday count because you never know how many we will get to celebrate with him. I love him to millions of pieces!!!!!!!

Disclaimer: this post has not been proofread. (smile) I just had to type a quick something from my phone l.

Monday, August 13, 2012

DIY Rugby Stripe Curtains & Galvanized Curtain Rods

Nathan's nursery is slowly turning into a big boy bedroom. The first changes occurred long ago when his crib turned into a toddler bed and then his toddler bed turned into a full sized bed with a new quilt.  There is a photo of his finished quilt in this post.

More recently, like in the past couple weeks, we made a major change and covered the baby boy blue wall's in grey paint (Benjamin Moore Ozark Shadow).  Then I realized the bright green curtains didn't go with the quilt and paint combo so I looked through my Pinterest boards and fell in love with the thick horizontal rugby striped curtains.  I really loved the navy and red rugby striped Pottery Barn curtains but there was no way I was going to pay close to $200 for two panels.  I also loved the look of the grommets but I didn't want to buy cheap plastic grommets or a grommet tool otherwise I would have constructed the curtains from the ground up.

My Solution:
DIY Rugby Stripe Curtains

Target Home Grayson Grommet Window Panel Pair for $34.99 (Steal) - I wanted navy, but Nathan's favorite colors are red and white and he is not afraid to voice that opinion.  He is one 4 year old who knows what he likes and wants.  In fact, while we were in Target he told me how red and white "are perfect".  So being that I wanted him to trust my overall vision in painting his room grey instead of all red, I caved and bought the white panels.

Target grayson grommet panels

For the red stripes:

I measured the length of the curtain panels, not including the top where the grommets are, and divided by the number of red and white stripes to get the length of each stripe.  I wanted 4 red stripes and 3 white stripes, so 7 stripes total.  You can see my brainstorming below:


2.75 yards red canvas material from Walmart for $16.42.

Red canvas from Walmart

I first squared off the red fabric and cut my 8 red strips.  I then folded and ironed under 1/4 inch of fabric on each of the long edges. I am going to do this on the short edges as well but only after I measure it against the width of the white Target panels.


Pin red stripes to the white curtain panels.


And sew closely to the edge from one edge of the panel to the other and up each side. You essentially sew a giant rectangle, outlining the red stripe.


I had my walking foot attached to my sewing machine because I was quilting something recently. It worked very well for the curtains because it fed both red and white layers of fabric evenly, without any bunching.  I rolled up any excess fabric so it would be easy to feed through the machine.


What worked for me was to sew the top and bottom stripe on first and then measure the distance between those two stripes and divide by remaining stripes. Bear with my, I am thinking out loud. So I already sewed two stripes I now divide the distance between these two stripes by 5 (2 remaining red, and the 3 white stripes). I'm basically doing this to double check my original math. Since the strips of red I cut were not an even number, plus I'm not sure exactly how much fabric I ironed under, I just wanted to make sure there was a consistent distance between the stripes even if it meant the white stripes were a smidgen thicker than the red. Get what I am saying? Hopefully?

So the end results - the red and white rugby stripes are a little too "Where's Waldo?" or "Dr Seuss" for my taste but they are perfect for a soon to be 4 year old boy.


The curtain rods were equally fun to create. Yet another one of my pinsperations from Pinterest:

Galvanized curtain rods.

Materials from the plumbing section of Lowe's

1. 3/4 inch x 72 inch long galvanized pipe $19.46 - (measure the window and grommets first, our window was about 70 inches and change and the grommets were 1 inch in diameter)

2. (2) 3/4 inch x 1/2 inch galvanized reducing elbow $2.60 each (we liked the look of the 1/2 inch floor flange so we opted to reduce from 3/4 inch to 1/2 inch.  The 3/4 inch floor flange was huge)

3. (2) 1/2 inch x 1 1/2 inch galvanized pipe $1.34 each (this is a tiny piece of pipe, threaded on both ends, one screws into the elbow, the other end screws into the floor flange)

4. (2) 1/2 inch galvanized floor flange $8.66 each (this is what you screw into the wall studs, the pipe is heavy so I definitely recommend hitting a stud or using some hefty wall anchors)

Total cost of galvanized curtain rods for one double window =$44.66. This is pretty expensive in my opinion but we are going to sell Nathan's green blackout curtains and his curtain rod so we should be able to recover most of that expense.  and the galvanized curtain rods totally rock and fit perfectly into my vision.

Nathan's curtains

Friday, August 10, 2012

Nathan made me breakfast

He made me a donut, a grape, a chunk of cheese, a pretzel, and a chicken nugget. Can you tell which one is which?

Nathan made breakfast

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Our 5 year anniversary in the woods

Also known as me blogging about an event that happened over a month ago and the day Nathan decided we should leave Lake George one day early.

We woke up on our {soon to be decided} last day of camping and it was a bit dreary. Not pouring but not an abundance of sunshine either. Nathan, on our air mattress in the sweetest voice, asked us to take him home. He really enjoyed the entire camping trip but that morning he just wanted home.


Teagan on the other hand could live in the woods, barefoot and covered from head to toe in dirt.

So we bought Spongebob ice pops from the old blue school bus, and ate them {while holding another little boy's stuffed wolf}.

Without saying a word, Nathan stepped between me {and the camera} and his little sister to put himself in my line of fire.

We then loaded the kids into the car, turned on a DVD, and packed up camp as quickly as possible.  We knew this had to happen quickly because tearing down camp with Teagan running around was just not going to happen.

We hit the road around lunchtime and did Nathan's treatments a little late, while driving.  This would not have been possible without our DC to AC Power Inverter.  We already had a power inverter that was strong enough to power Nathan's nebulizer, we've used it during Hurricane Irene and during other power outages but to power Nathan's airway clearance vest we need more power.  After reading the reviews on Amazon, we decided to order the 800 watt 12 volt DC to 120 volt AC power inverter.

We didn't have time to connect it properly. In order to use the full 800 watts it needed to be connected directly to the battery terminals, otherwise you would be limited by the power of the cigarette lighter/accessory outlets. We didn't have time to connect it through the firewall so my father in law put clamps on the ends of the wires, kinda like jumper cables, so we could connect before treatments. We still plan to route the wires properly through the van's firewall but for the trip we thought we would just connect and disconnect as needed. BUT then Jay figured out a way to connect the inverter and route the wires through our partially open window. We were then able to use the vest and the nebulizer at the same time while driving!!!!

Over a month later I am still driving around with a thick red and black wire going from the driver's window to under the hood.  I don't even notice it anymore but sometimes I wonder what other people think, looks a little like I'm driving around a bomb under my hood, except I am really NOT!

Anyway, if you have Cystic Fibrosis and commute, or if your child has CF and you want to do fun normal people things like go camping and not be confined to your house for treatements, definitely order one of those power inverters.  Just getting treatments done before Nathan hospital visits is stressful enough, now I can do them on the way there.