Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

I hate to do our holiday greetings this way, but it's been a busy time (when isn't it). So I resolve to post our well wishes and updates on our blog, instead of not at all. I hope this makes it to most of you! This has been an interesting and full year. We have packed up and moved twice. First to an apartment in Plymouth and then to our first house in New Hope that we rent from some good friends. It sure is nice to live in a house with a yard and some extra space. Joseph loves his new school and teacher. And I have enjoyed helping in his classroom most weeks.

Our littlest girl Gretchen is 2 and far from a baby now. She talks all day long and says the funniest things. She is all about pretending now. It's fun to see her develop those skills and concepts. She love princesses, babies, fairies and anything her sister does. She is our dare devil who is afraid of nothing and will try most anything. She is such a joy to be with! We are working on potty training and hope it comes quickly.

Lorelei is so imaginative and kind! She also has a new school and is excited about kindergarten next year. Her teachers tell us how they love her and how they have to think of new things for her to do because she knows the things the other kids are learning. She loves to learn and is very inquisitive. She loves to tell stories and have stories told to her. Just ask Grandma G. At 4, she thinks she's 16. She has also suffered from chronic HIGH fevers and leg aches for the last 2+ years. She has seen a specialist this fall and winter. He has determined that it is all caused by her tonsils. He is still hoping she grows out of it, but we are doubtful. He has told us that we will remove her tonsils after the next fever or two. Something else to look forward to for 2009.

Joseph is a comedian as always. One of his prize presents this season was a joke book. When you see him ask him if he knows a good joke. He is very active and loves to make friends. He loves his Legos, and has MANY. He turned 7 this year and I can hardly believe I am the mother of a 7 year old. He loves his bike and scooter and looks forward to mastering roller skates. Thank goodness for helmets and knee pads. Oh, and the concept of spelling words out at home so the kids don't know what we talk about is over. Never-fail, he will blurt out whatever was spelled. I love that kid!

This year I got a new sewing machine (which I LOVE). I have had fun experimenting and making new things. I have become obsessed with following crafty blogs of people I don't know. I get lots of great ideas and it's fun to see what others make and the creativity of my other spirit sisters. I am busy with my work at church in the Relief Society, raising a family and trying to get my creative juices out. I hope 2009 brings a website and more exposure to the things I make so I can supplement our income and share the things I make with others out there. I have fun thinking of new things to make and am glad my family usually likes what I make too 'cause they get the prototypes. Then I figure out how to make them better.

Braden has been done with school now for a year and has been working for TCF Bank. While he still seeks a more fulfilling career, we are hopeful that it will come soon. Here's to 2009! I am grateful for all the hard work Braden gives our family, and remember those cold mornings when I used to wait in below 0 temps at the bus stop. He sacrifices a lot for our family. Two of my favorite things about my husband is when he teaches something to the kids. He is SUCH a good teacher. I also Love when he makes up a story or song. He usually lets the kids pick an object, or name of the character, to create the story and then the magic happens. And his stories always have a crazy twist or something. I keep telling him to write them down so I can illustrate them for the kids and we can tell them over & over.

2008 is nearly over, and I look forward to 2009. I enjoyed growing and learning with my wonderful family. I hope you had a good year and will have an even better year coming soon. I will add a photo when I get our family shots back.

Love the Barnharts
Braden, Tana, Joseph, Lorelei, & Gretchen (Gigi)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

My 2 girlie girls

I have t he cutest girls (and boy but this post is about the girls)! They play so well together (most of the time). They both love to dress up and pretend. Grestchen's new thing is singing princess songs. Her favorite is "I'm wishing" from Snow White. She sings it over & over in that high voice like in the movie. We had to take her out at church last week because she wouldn't stop. It's adorable! Lorelei is into the princess or character of the moment. We went to the Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe last week at the Children's Theater, and she wants to act out her favorite scene's all day long. Here are the girls on day after their baths singing and dancing. And also sitting together just hanging out and being cute.



Joseph is 7 and sings publicly

Joseph turned 7 (a month ago) Happy Birthday Joe!! Just before winter break this year Joseph's school had a fundraiser at Barnes & Noble. They had the entire 1st grade sing some Christmas songs. It was pretty fun. Go Go Joe!


Ode to the "auntie under the blanket"

We said goodbye this week to one of the kids' Aunties (not by blood, but by spirit). Auntie Emily got a great job teaching nursing at BYU and just left us. We love her very much and will miss her. This was the day she said goodbye. Gigi had just woken from a nap and was NOT in a photo shoot mood. This is what she was doing while she refused to sit with Emily.



Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The coolest thing I've ever made!

This is what Gigi will open up on Christmas morning. I'm really excited about it and think it's most likely the coolest thing I've ever made. I follow several blogs of people I've never met, and have gotten LOTS of amazing ideas from them. But one of my problems is I can't do anything simple. I do things that are beyond my ability. Sometimes I do great and other times I just work my way through it. Knowing the way my kids play I didn't want to just iron on some window frames and use paints to fill in details so I appliqued the whole thing. Even adding some shading on the woodwork with different thread colors. I hand drew and planned out the whole thing (except for the basic shape and instructions for the frame - but I even changed that a little and made it bigger ect.). I was going for a family cottage in the woods. I wanted to try a german or European feel with the dark woodwork ect, but couldn't get it out except for the sides of the roof. I wanted animals and jewel toned fabrics. I used everything I already had. I had great plans to make awesome spool dolls representing our family and got 20% through and had to work on a ton of other stuff, so that will have to be a project for a different day. Anyway, enjoy. I hope my girls like it as much as I do. Here is a link to the site I got the directions from.



Here are shots of the sides and back. My shots look a little blurry 'cause there were kids trying to get in the door as I taking pictures. I had trouble with the gnome, but he's OK. I had grand ideas of tall flowers and or a laundry line, but I had trouble with execution and timelines. I just couldn't get the ideas from my head to the fabric. Don't get me wrong, I am pleased with the outcome, but when I vision something and can't get it out, I get disappointed. There's always next time.





Here is the interior. The walls look VERY blue, but it's really not overwhelming. The house comes with an indoor cat, a pet bird, a portrait or famous painting. I showed Braden and he said it looked a little barren inside. I immediately scrunched up my face and defended my work. Then I added an oval rug and a picnic blanket. I guess I could have added a fireplace or grandfather clock, but I ran out of time. Anyway I'm really pleased with my work and had a ton of fun with it! I don't know when I'll make another, but I have a ton of more ideas and things to try. Maybe a gingerbread house, or shop of some sort.



Friday, November 14, 2008

New Stuff

A good friend commissioned an Owl hat & coat from me a while back,and not too many have seen it, so I thought I'd share. The hat is based loosely on the fabric inside the coat. I always intended on doing an owl hat, but never got around to it with all the others. So thanks to fun friends I sometimes get to create new things. That's the fun part of it for me anyway. That & seeing the kids enjoy them. Sometimes we are late leaving the house in winter because the kids can't pick which hat to wear that day.


Here is the owl coat I made. It has the same design as the others I've done. I love the printed fabric inside. It's fully lined with turned cuffs and toggle closures. I'm going to make one foe Lorelei in the spring with the same owl fabric. But it will have a purpley colored fleece instead of teal.




This is my new Snake/Cobra hat. It was a commission and I had lots of fun with it. I need to make one for Joe still. This is the little reptile I made it for. He's so cute. Kara, I hope it's OK that I stole photos from your blog.


Potty training

Whenever Gretchen sees a pair of Lorelei's panties she steals them and runs away to put them on. It cracks me up. We are starting the whole potty training thing, but I look forward to it much in the same way as I look forward to teaching teenagers how to drive. I DON'T! She has gone potty once in the toilet, and has sat on it a thousand times. I need to give her consistency. Anyway, this is one of the times she was found wearing her sisters unders. (Or as Braden calls them, Tuesdays). She does seam pretty excited about the whole thing. Maybe i should find some undies for her baby dolls.

Halloween

Joseph changed his mind more often than his underwear this year about who he wanted to be for Halloween. Oh I miss the days of being in charge of that decision. As you can see he is Batman. He already had a Batman symbol &, But to my chagrin it had a BLUE cape. He wanted the grey Batman with Black cape and scalloped edges and including yellow belt and black briefs, but not forgetting the hood and boots. I had to start from scratch here. In the nick of time I completed this ensemble just before halloween. I was even able to make and then modify a muscle suit to wear under it. (When I first made it, it looked a little busty-oops). We face painted the top half of his face black for the church party, but He opted out on the Big night.

Lorelei goes through phases of which movies she wants to always watch and who she is pretending to be. Sometimes it can be hard to keep up with her. But, she seams to always come back to Belle. She was also Belle last year. Grandma bought her a cute crown to wear this year and I just had to take down the Hem I put in last Fall.

Gigi was Snow White. It wasn't until we started talking about Halloween costumes that I found out she knew all the disney princesses names. Luckily we had this costume in the dress up box and I just had to shorten it to fit my littlest princess. Apples have been a favorite fruit since going to the orchard, so we thought it a nice touch. Let's hope she knows the person who gave it to her. Learn from Snow white. Don't take apples from creepy & pushy older ladies.

Here are my three rascals all together. They were pretty cute. Gigi carried her apple with her everywhere until she realized how hard it was to gather candy from strangers while munching on the poisonous fruit.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

She's done it again!


I know I should be using my time to blog about our family and goings on, but this lady seriously blows my mind!!! Where does she come up with it all? I sure hope I win. I LOVE the Nordic feel with my Norwegian background.

Nordic Bo Peep and Long Lost Sheep Costume GIVEAWAY!!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!!!


Marie-Therese Gown GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Many of you know that I love to sew, and aspire to greatness. Well this is what I aspire to. This lady is absolutely amazing (or crazy 'cause she gives this stuff away)!
You HAVE to look at her blog! Her latest creation just blew me away. I don't even know what to say. Check it out!
I mean it... do it now!
Tell me what you think too.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Thompson Campout '08

Camping is a family tradition for the Thompsons (moms family). Aunties are a favorite as well as cousins and Grams & Gramps (and this year Andrew & Brandons dogs). This time Kirstin's lap was again chosen as a favorite. But I don't know if it's built for 3 toddlers. This is what Gigi looks like as she paws me wanting to be picked up.



It's always fun when the sun goes down. The bon fire starts and the marionettes come out and the sparklers. You get the idea. I mean the daytime is filled with washu tournaments, and walks to the petting zoo, swimming,and giant bubbles. (you'll have to look on my parents bolg for those. I didn't always have my camera out to capture those moments.





Gretchen got lots of rides in the stroller. Sometimes she even sat in her cousins strollers or they would take turns pushing each other around.


The kids liked the park that was right across from out site. Their bigger cousins would come over and take them to play. They had a blast. THey probably spent half of their time awake over there.