Pumpkin Investigating

So it appears that after last years little fiasco we haven't traumatized The Bubb from being afraid of pumpkins (or other large squash) permanently. We got our big pumpkin set up in the kitchen to carve and Evan cut the top open and made the lid as The Bubb watched eagerly on while banging the spoons (for removing the goop). As soon as the lid was off The Bubb was IN the pumpkin. He was completely fascinated.

Even while we were trying to scoop the pumpkin innards out, he was right there.

He actually made the best helper as he didn't want any seeds or goop on the floor or on the paper bags, everything had to go back into the pumpkin. Even all the stuff in the bowl that we just scoopped out had to go back into the pumpkin.

So because we couldn't actually get anything done (although we had a very clean kitchen - I think that this was the cleanest pumpkin carving I've ever done) Evan carved it later that night.

And when The Bubb woke up this morning he went right over to inspect Evan's handy work.

I am so glad we didn't permantently damage The Bubbers from last year. Happy Halloween!!

Pumpkin Carving Tip

Perhaps I am slow to figure this out, BUT for those of you who don't know, this is totally awesome!

So usually I draw on my pumpkin with a Sharpie or a pencil or something and then you have to cut exactly where you drew cause you can't get it back off. But we recently discovered (for lack of being able to find a Sharpie or wanting to leave the room to get it) that a dry erase marker is the best thing ever for pumpkin carving!

Just draw your design on. Carve. Then wipe off the marks were you "missed".

(sorry I didn't get any carving shots but it was too late at night when we were carving our big pumpkin and I kinda want this little guy to make it until Thanksgiving :) but you get the idea!)


Pumpkining We A Go

A few weekends ago we went to the pumpkin patch over in Half Moon Bay. One of the wonderful things about Half Moon Bay is that the weather is at its best in the fall, so perfect for pumpkining!

We explored the pumpkins and crawled around on the hay/grass. We tried a little of this

and there may have been some sillyness before selecting our pumpkins. We got a really big one and a small one, which has been hanging out on my sewing table the past week. The plan of attack is to carve them tonight :)


 Hope everyone is having a good weekend!


Shark Attack

The Bubb is going to be a shark for Halloween this year, although the preview was sorta a giveaway. Please note that he was "supposed" to be walking or at least standing on his own at this point, which would have made this costume fantastic, but alas he is still super cute as a crawling baby shark.

My hope was that he would be walking enough so that we could go to one or two houses get some candy (for mom and dad), take some pictures and then be done. But I don't think that is going to work out this year.

So annoyed that we keep calling out his name and trying to get him to look at the camera, such a good sport though! and after playing shark we did what he really wanted - to play in the water and sand. He LOVED getting his toes wet, and yes that is one very full diaper of sand and beach water :) 


Little Apples Cutting

I am so excited that I finally have a plan for my Little Apples Quilt. I have cut the squares and rectangles for it and just need to find the time to start piecing it, sigh. But I am sure that I will get there :) I just find this fabric so charming, you can see all of the prints here.


Waterproof Bag

Making this has been on my to-do list for a very long time. And I finally found the time to make it. So excited! I modeled it after this red doll bag that I got at Borders a few years ago but I made it a little bigger to accommodate some necessities for The Bubb as opposed to cosmetics/travel stuff for me.

I am calling it a waterproof bag because I have lined it with ProCare - which is a waterproof fabric that they use on baby diapers, etc. and meets all the regulatory standards so that you can put food in it, etc. Not that I would, but just saying. That way I can wipe it down with clorox wipes or similar in case something icky touches it, and since I sewed both parts separately I can pull the inner lining out so I can rinse it without having to wash the whole thing (although I did put it in the wash yesterday to see what would happen and it washed really well, I was pleasantly surprised).

The front is made with light weight cotton canvas by Melody Miller for Kokka called Viewfinders. (I made a pillow out of it for the nursery). I installed a zipper on the top, this was my first time using this kind of zipper as I've only used invisible ones before and it is so much easier! The bag can fit a couple of diapers and a bag of wipes and then I can put the used diapers back in, makes everything look a little nicer in my purse or backseat of my car.

It can also fit a pair of his pants in case the diapers leak.

I boxed the bottom so that it can stand on its own.

We used it when we went pumpkining and it works pretty well. I haven't tried washcloths or something super damp in it yet (like a swimsuit) but plan to soon just to see how waterproof it is since there are seams on the inside.

Happy Monday everyone!


Pajaro Dunes

A few weekends ago we had a beach weekend with my husband's family. We stayed in a little house right on the beach, it was just amazing and perfectly situated for 8 adults and 6 kids (all 4 and under).

It was a bit overcast/foggy but I actually thought that was preferable to too much sun which leads to little ones (and big ones) with sunburns. And perhaps this is no surprise but The Bubb LOVES sand.

We did some crawling in the sand

Sitting in the sand

Playing in the sand with our cousins


We built a huge sand castle and fort (sorry no pictures of that)

Played some frisbee and looked at the water

In our down time from hanging out on the beach we did a lot of eating, reading, napping, and playing inside and on the deck

I think everyone had a really good time, especially The Bubb

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