Friday, May 5, 2017

Yellow and Grey Cloth Diaper Burp Cloths

A co-worker is having her first baby and I attended her work shower a couple of weekends ago. (This is the same co-worker that makes her own lip balm - Annie's Organic Lip Balm - which I love).

She's not finding out the gender beforehand, so the shower was bee-themed and yellow and black. I had to leave early, so I don't know if the cake and cupcakes were good, but look at how cute it looked!

Yellow and Grey Cloth Diaper Burp Cloths | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

I mulled over whether to buy or make a gift and, well, making a gift won out, because I can't resist picking out and buying fabric. Back before I had Evie, I made a set of cloth diaper burp cloths, which I loved and used when Parker came along. I like the padded 6-ply cloth diapers though, they are more absorbent.

I chose a couple of yellow prints and a couple of grey prints to use for the burp cloths. I also changed how I made the burp cloths from the first time. Instead of sewing a strip of fabric down the padded center only, I sewed the wrong side of patterned fabric to an entire side of the cloth diaper, leaving a small hole to turn the burp cloth right side out. Then I top-stitched the burp cloth around the edges (closing off the hole at the same time) and sewed over the existing stitching down the middle of the cloth diaper.

Ironing between steps was also helpful, though a pain. This included ironing after washing both the cloth diapers and the patterned fabric, as well as ironing after turning the burp cloths right side out.

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Yellow and Grey Cloth Diaper Burp Cloths | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Yellow and Grey Cloth Diaper Burp Cloths | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
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I hope these get some good use like mine did!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Washington, DC Weekend and Wedding - Lodging and Dining

A cousin on my mom's side got married last month in Washington, DC, and my mom, brother, and I went to DC for a long weekend to attend the wedding.

Family picture with the happy couple:
(That grey lace dress - a new favorite from Bunky Boutique, given that I wore it to another wedding!)
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Mom-side girl cousins at the family lunch on Sunday:
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The last time I was in DC was around 10 years ago, also for a weekend, when I met up with Greg when we both happened to be traveling on the East coast for work (blogged here: Weekend in DC).

This time, Greg and I considered going to the wedding with the entire family, but ultimately decided that it wouldn't be worth the effort and cost to bring the kids, so Greg (taking one for the team, heh) stayed home with the kids.

Lodging

My cousin's ceremony and reception were both in Capitol Hill, so I found this Airbnb within walking distance of both venues: Comfortable chic two bedroom in fantastic location in Washington, DC. It was only a couple/few blocks from Eastern Market, Eastern Market Metro station, restaurants, etc.

The Airbnb is the basement unit of a historic rowhouse. The unit's been renovated, so I found it to be a nice place to stay. The nice thing about an Airbnb is that we had access to a full kitchen, as well as an in-unit washer and dryer. Overall, I felt like it was better value than a hotel. (Pictures from the Airbnb listing, because it already had good pictures!)

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There was also a park across the street, and there's a historic manor house (Maples manor house on Capitol Hill) from the late 1700's/early 1800's that's now been divided into condos - apparently George Washington used to visit the property!

Since it was a basement unit, it can get loud depending on the guests upstairs (which is also an Airbnb - the "Pink Palace"). The first morning, there was a family with kids, so that was louder than the other mornings when the guests were likely just adults. And since it is an older home, you can hear footsteps of people upstairs just when they're walking around, but the normal walking around didn't bother me much.

Dining

TED'S BULLETIN

We got into DC Thursday night around 9:00, which means we ended up having a late dinner. My cousin had mentioned Ted's Bulletin having homemade Pop-Tarts, so we decided to go there for a late dinner to check it out. I had grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. It was good, but I'm not sure grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup are the best choice to gauge how good the restaurant is.

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Kevin and I also did takeout one morning in order to try out the homemade Pop-Tarts, especially since there was a big breakfast crowd. We tried the strawberry, blueberry, and salted caramel flavors. My favorite was salted caramel, but it was rich. We split each flavor three ways so we could all try each flavor, and that was enough for me.

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FOUNDING FARMERS

Founding Farmers is highly recommended and rated, and my cousin had the foresight to make a reservation for lunch on the Friday we were there. The reservation was for 1:00 pm, but we still ended up waiting 10 or 15 minutes to be seated. As an appetizer, we also split an order of the brie farm bread. I would liken it to the bruschetta at Postino Wine Cafe.

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I ordered a mushroom risotto and it was tasty indeed.

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BOURBON COFFEE

No picture here since we grabbed coffee on our way to do some sightseeing, but Bourbon Coffee is a pretty well-rated place on Yelp that was walking distance on the way from our Airbnb to the Eastern Market metro station. We didn't end up taking the subway though - my mom got wind of the convenience and affordability of Uber and that's what she preferred to take (I think if it'd only been me and my brother, we would've taken the metro).

NOOSHI

Nooshi is an Asian fusion restaurant that was along the main drag near Eastern Market. Kevin and I went there for dinner one night since my mom didn't feel like going out for dinner, but Kevin and I wanted to experience DC a little more, even if it was within walking distance. I got the char siu ramen - I'd rate it as decent.

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QUEEN AMANNISA

The family dinner my cousin and her new husband arranged was held at Queen Amannisa across the river. I didn't think to take pictures of this particular meal, but it was interesting fare - Uyghur cuisine. I'd describe it as a mix of Chinese and Middle Eastern dishes.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Parenting, Amiright?

I remember reading the comics section of the Sunday newspaper when I was younger, and The Family Circus would have a recurring "It's apparent you're a parent" theme. It wasn't as applicable to me then, but it's certainly been more applicable in recent years.

What are we doing? Oh, you know, just eatin' dinner on the floor of the kitchen one night, because we can:
Parenting, Amiright? | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

The occasional sibling sleepover. I think it's so cute, that I go check on them after they are asleep so I can just look at them:
Parenting, Amiright? | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Over the last few years, I jotted down some of my own "ha ha, that's parenting for ya!" moments:
  • When you pay for your kid to see Disney on Ice and they fall asleep before the show is over.
  • When you use kid versions of words and phrases in adult-only conversations, because it's now habit (like being on a date with your spouse, sans kids, and telling him that you have to go "potty" instead of saying that you have to use the restroom).
  • When you finally get the kids to bed early enough to watch a movie and you can't decide which movie to watch, because there are so many non-kid movies you haven't seen yet.
  • When you have to repeatedly explain that they can't take long showers, because we live in the desert.
  • When you get kicked in the face in the middle of the night while in a hotel on a trip. I sure do love a good kick in the face every now and then!
  • When your kid is a Chatty Cathy in the car during a road trip and you start to answer them with only "yeah," "okay," "right," and "uh-huh."
  • When I think about how my pre-kid self felt like there wasn't enough time in the day to [insert hobby here]. LOLOLOL.
  • When you're at Chinese school with your kid and you feel more Tiger mom than usual each time they don't know something that their classmates know. (Oh, that's just me being Asian? Okay . . . but still.)



Are there any other #parenting moments out there? There are probably ones I've experienced and forgotten to write down!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Parker's Fat Lips

Greg relayed this story to me from last Friday, and took some photos to go with it. Of course, Parker wasn't seriously hurt, which makes this a funny story.

At daycare, the toddler play area is sectioned off from the bigger kids. The patio sits a little higher than the grassy area, so the resulting mini-hill is a favorite of the toddlers to go down with their little plastic ride-ons (basically like a little bike, but no pedals).

The daycare staff reported that shortly before Greg arrived on Friday to pick Parker up, he decided to descend down the hill on a ride-on, but standing up. He ended up going over the handle bars and landing on his face.

Who could have foreseen that happening?! Just kidding, we all did. And now, here are the pictures Greg sent me while I was away this weekend documenting the fat lips and scratched-up chin, philtrum, and nose:

Some residual tears in eyes from the contact with the ground. Greg said the daycare staff reported he was mostly okay after the initial shock though.
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Car selfie. Parker in the back still looking meh.
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The next morning. Still a little fat lip going on.
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Bear Down Arizona Heat Transfer Vinyl Shirt

I first tried my hand at a heat vinyl shirt using my Silhouette Cameo when I made this "I am this many" heat transfer vinyl shirt for Parker, and it was easier and faster than I had built it up to be in my head.

I'd meant to get to this Bear Down Arizona shirt for Parker a while ago, but finally got to it over the weekend after picking up a plain T-shirt from Wal-mart the week before. Just in time for March Madness!

Just kidding. Too late for March Madness since the UofA didn't make it past the Sweet Sixteen last week. But Parker can still wear this shirt all year, because . . . school pride!

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It doesn't show in the picture, but I think I over-applied the heat with my iron on some areas of the design. I can certainly see how a heat press makes sense for someone who makes a lot of shirts.

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