Dear Persimoni – 3 months…

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My friend and fellow blogger, Kate writes these great letters to her boys.  I always think they are something fabulous but haven’t had time to write them for my girls.  I think it’s finally time.  I know I’ve missed Cedi’s first 4 years and Capri’s first 3 but I can start with Pip and try to keep it up.  Pip will miss out on things her sisters got and she didn’t (like TONS of pictures and new clothes) so this is something special I can start for her right away.  Hopefully I can keep it up.

Dear Persimoni,

You are three months today.  I’ll admit, the first few months I was a bit overwhelmed by you.  You ate A LOT!  I still look back and I can’t believe how much sitting on the chair or couch I spent nursing you.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world though. You are a happy, healthy, plump (well, at least the plumpest of our three girls), little girl.  And SO Strong!  The other day you were having some tummy time and you manage to scoot forward a bit (well…maybe half and inch – but still you scooted!).  I sit you up near me and you can prop yourself up with your arms and you love sitting and chilling in the Bumbo. 

You spend a lot of time in the swing – both sleeping and awake – for two reasons.  1.  You like it in there and 2.  it protects you from your sisters.  They love you so much but sometimes they love you a little too much and having you off the ground keeps you safer. 

I love to snuggle you and play with you.  You don’t sit in my lap much anymore – instead you prefer to stand.  We just have to smile at you and you give us a big, beautiful, toothless and contagious smile back. 

Overall, you’ve become a pretty easy baby.  You cry when you’re hungry, tired or being ignored (which would be when you’re awake riding in your car seat – traveling is not super fun right now…).  All easy things to fix (except the traveling bit) and then you’re back to being my beautiful, happy baby.  You’re still not sleeping super amazingly – up between 2 and 3 and then again around 5 or 6.  It could be way worse though so I’m not complaining.

I look at you and my heart melts.  My stomach drops and I fall in love with you more and more each time.  I can’t wait to watch you grow and develop into even more of your own little person. 

I love you Persimoni, my little Piptini,


Monday Madness


Happy Monday everyone!  I’m reporting to you after a long, but fun weekend. 

On Saturday morning I packed my three girls into the mini van and headed to DePere for my cousin’s wife’s baby shower.  It was hot but unbelievably fun.  My Aunt Peggy had Katherine from Chili come and cook crepe’s to order – so delicious!

7.  Chile – The International section at the Show is always a big deal, but Chile pretty well stole the show this year with its exhibits and the energetic Carolina Ordonez (from the Chile Trade Commission) who identified the companies who are working hard to bring their products to the United States. We were intrigued by the wine in the can, and impressed by Chef Katherine Medel, who had us taste the turbot from Seafood Resources. There’s quite a story there, too, so stay tuned. – from the article Top Ten Trend Setters at the 2011 National Restaruant Show

After the shower we headed home so I could start getting read for the Seventh Annual Summer Craftacular. 

Owl Be Yours

When I opened the mail on Sunday I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my quilt, “Owl Be Yours’ was accepted into the 2011 Madison Quilt Expo.  Now I’ll just have to figure out how I’m going to get there to see it!  Unfortunately my ‘Spring Convergence’ did not make it in but I’m truly grateful to be able to have even one of my quilts there.

007Bright and early Sunday morning (of course Pip didn’t sleep her normal routine so I was sort of tired from not sleeping from 2:30 to 4:30) Nicole of MyPoplin met me at my house and we rode together in ‘the Beast’ (a super large cargo van so I can fit all my things). 

001 I had a booth for both of my shops this year - theApple002and KimsCraftyApple.  I think splitting them a part really helped me display things so people could truly look at them and it also kept my booth less crowded.    010Fabric bubble necklaces – a new item this year.

008 One thing I did this year was put my stretchy bracelets all in a basket.  I had them listed at $10 each or 4 for $30.  I am amazed at how well this ‘deal’ went over and how many people enjoyed searching through the basket for just the right bracelets.


Overall the show was a huge success.  Not only did I make some great sales but I got to visit with some fantastic repeat customers (I can quote one that said her patchwork belt is her ‘favorite and most comfortable belt.”) and some other great vendors.  I went home happy and exhausted. 


What’s on Tap for this Week?

Holiday Craft Shows

I can’t believe it’s already time to think about and apply for Holiday Craft shows.  This year I’m applying for the Holiday Craftacular and Art Vs. Craft!  I’m crossing my fingers that I get in this year.  Another great show in the area that I don’t due simply because it falls on the same weekend and my Handcrafted Hoedown for the Holiday’s at the Orchard is Handmade for the Holidays in Oshkosh. 

Project Quilting

Now that my sale is over I really need to get a move on my Project QUILTING ‘Non-Quilt’ Challenge Piece.  I’ve had the idea from day one – now I just need the time.  I have to hurry since they’re due this Sunday!

Family, Home and Orchard

Eye doctor for Cedi and I tomorrow.  I think we may do some school clothing shopping afterwards.  I also need to get my creations put away from the show and start to get the shop ready.  Apple season is going to be here in just a few weeks!  This Sunday is Kraut Day at the orchard so I’d really like to have the shop looking nice for then.  I also am trying to keep on top of the blueberry picking – they’re big, blue and delicious this year!

Two Week Marathon Comes to an End


I try really hard to not get my kids involved in too many things at once.  I completely failed at that this summer. 


We just finished up our marathon swimming lessons.  They were Monday through Thursdays from 10:30-11:00 for two weeks.  Both of the girls were in the Sea Turtle Class at the Prairie Athletic Club.  It was a challenge for me to get all the girls ready and out the door at a specific time everyday (thank you Grandma for taking Wednesday’s for me!) BUT the girls’ swimming skills improved DRASTICALLY with the skills being reinforced each day.  Capri has become slightly timid about things and still needs to work on some skills so she’s going to be in Sea Turtles for at least one more session.  BUT Cedi has blossomed so much from last summer and is not afraid of the water at all. She has graduated into the Penguin class!  I can’t wait to bring Papa swimming with the girls so he can see how much they’ve improved even since our trip up Nort’028

On Wednesday night’s in July the girls had ballet class.  This went from 5 to 5:30.  I have the girls in this together as well because I wanted to see how they did in the same class to see if I could keep them together this fall.  I think I’m leaning towards splitting them up just so Capri has a chance to be her own person but I’m not sure.  I’ll have to chat with Miss Erin and see what she thinks…

If you’re in the Poynette area, be sure to contact Miss Erin about the upcoming fall session.  She does such a great job with the girls’ and I can vouch that my girls absolutely adore her.030

Center Stage Dance Academy

  • Erin Lyn Geiger
  • 117 Garnet Drive
  • Sun Prairie, WI 53590
  • 608-577-1648


And finally, this past week, the girls started gymnastics on Monday nights (5:30-6:30).  Which means we had one week that we had swimming, ballet AND gymnastics – it was a bit tiring to say the least.  The first night of gymnastics went really well and the girls ask me every night how long it is until they go again.  I have a feeling this is something they’re both going to really love.


I’ll have to try to plan a bit better next summer…I’m exhausted just writing this all out…

Thursday Pins

Source: via Kim on Pinterest

Source: via Kim on Pinterest

Sharing Pins

One of my latest computer past time obsessions is Pinterest.  It’s a website that let’s you Pin and Re-pin things that catch your eye.  This is anything from DIY tutorials to handmade goods to delicious food to whatever you can imagine.  You follow different people and a whole continuous screen of pins show up on your screen – it’s a great way to get ideas, bookmark things you want to try and be inspired.  Here are a few pins I want to share with you this week.

Source: via Kim on Pinterest


My girls each have one of these beautiful dolls – so classic!

Source: via Kim on Pinterest


Source: via Kim on Pinterest


How beautiful is this!?  I just love this image…

Source: via Kim on Pinterest


I actually made the cheesecake shown above because of Pinterest and it’s definitely a new favorite of mine!


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up nort’ for the fourth

The week before the fourth was a weird one for me.  On Monday, the girls and I headed up to DePere to visit my grandma’s and for me to drop the two older girls off for a week with Grandma and Grandpa Van.  It was oddly (but enjoyably) quiet on the ride home and for the next four days.  The girls and had lots of fun and Pip and I had lots of fun.  It’s so crazy how easy just one seems after you’ve had three – I still remember the overwhelming days when Cedi was my only baby.  Just having Pip seems almost like having no kids. 

Anyway, on Saturday after Pip’s early morning feeding we packed up the van and headed up nort’ to Fence to meet the Grandma, Grandpa, and our two oldest girls.002 The girls were happy to see us but more importantly – they were happy to see Pip.  009 016We had a lot of fun up north.  Gratefully, Grandma Van watched Pip while we took the older two girls to the beach to swim.   017Cedi & Capri with ‘Dippy the Dolphin’ (named by Grandpa Van) 020 I’m not sure if I’ve ever talked about this before but I LOVE to swim.  I truly LOVE it.  It feels like I never get to actually swim anymore since I always have to be within an arms reach of the girls in the pool which is usually only a foot or two deep.  This weekend that all changed.  The girls had their life jackets on and their hearts set on swimming to the raft.  We got there early enough that the ‘big’ kids hadn’t commandeered it yet so we headed out to the raft.  It felt so good to actually swim again – and we stayed in the water for awhile too.  030The girls lasted in the water for as long as they possibly could.  We continually asked if they were cold and wanted to go in but they refused until you could tell it was time.  And then we headed to the sand, wrapped them in their towels and let them warm up on the sand.022 023   028 029    Cedi could have lived in her life jacket if we let her…012Saturday night was fireworks over the lake.  We all bundled up in our long sleeves (except my mom) and waited patiently for the fireworks to start.  They didn’t start until 10pm.  The girls had not taken naps.  On the plus side, I can’t remember the last time Capri fell asleep in my arms – she was out cold before the fireworks started.  Unfortunately she didn’t get to see the beautiful light display.013

Cedi lasted in Grandpa’s arms for just over half of the show and Persimoni made it the longest – lasting until just before the grand finale.  044 On our last night up north we had to sit by the fire and enjoy some s’mores.   041Grandma did all the prep work and047 Grandpa helped the girls toast their marshmallow’s.  050  052

A delightful and memorable treat!

I’m already looking forward to our trip next year to see what memories we make.

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