Monday, June 11, 2007

tears

It has been crazy busy around here with all of the end of year school functions. Last Thursday night Charlie had his recognition night for the end of his elementary years. Next year he will be headed to the middle school. How did this happen? Didn't I just bring him home from the hospital? Wasn't it just yesterday that I was smelling his sweet breast fed breath? Didn't I just send him to pre-school? I know he just started kindergarten. How could he possibly be going to middle school? It is amazing how many tears your kids bring you. I am such a town cryner, and cry at every little milestone. And to tell you the truth all of his years at the elementary school are all one big blur. I just hate that. I also hate how stinkin' fast time is going.
I made a few tissue cozy's for a few of my friends who also cry as much as me. We needed them last Thursday night. The kids all sang a dinosaur songs that they sang when they were in kindergarten. Their voices all seem as sweet. Ahhhh! Tearing up again. I have to get a tissue.
I used the tutorial from tutti fruiti. And they do only take 5 minutes! This fabric is from fabric shack, summer in the city. They must be out of the paisley. I made a small change, and made two 6x4 rectangles and two 6x4 1/2 rectangles for the top pieces. I kind of like them to overlap a bit.
Our last cookie of the week is our favorite. Chocolate Chip cookies. I make some without chips, with nuts, some gooey, some crispy. We all like them a little different. This is the Nestle toll House Recipe that is on the bag with a couple exceptions:

2 3/4 cups of bread flour (that is 1/2 cup more than the recipe on the bag)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract ( 1 more than on the bag)
2 large eggs
chips and nuts....optional
bake 11-13 minutes at 350

38 comments:

Twisted Knitter said...

Awwwww . . . kids' milestones make me cry too!

I adore the cute tissue holders -- ingenious.

The cookies look yummy too!

mle said...

Cute tissue holders!
Awww, that must be hard when your youngest is growing up so fast. I can't imagine it (although someday I hope to).

kim said...

Such a sweet and poignant post. What a nice idea to make some tissue holders for the other moms. Every time I see your work, it makes me wish I could sew. Someday...

shelly d said...

I wondered what you were doing :)
Summer 2007 has arrived! You sould be so proud of little Charlie. What a nice young man.....

zoe t said...

Your cookies always look so good! I need a sugar fix now :)

peaknits said...

Yum - the cookies!! Thank you for the tutorial direction - I love the little tissue holders!

DAWN said...

I love the orange fabric. Very pretty. Those cookies, yum!! I like mine a little gooey full of chips and nuts.

gina L. said...

I need some tissues too! Chicky is my youngest and she is entering middle school next year as well. The sad part is I have already gone through it with my boys. From middle school through high school flies by even faster. I have been fantasizing about having an other baby. I am not looking forward to the attitudes and eye rolling stage.

Beth said...

I love the tissue holders and the fabrics you used!

I'm with you on the crying thing. It doesn't take much for me to tear up, especially when my daughter is involved.

Veronique said...

Oh, the tissue cozies are so cute!

So Much Fun said...

I got all teary just reading that post, jeez Leslie, but luckily you ended it sweetly with my favorite recipe too!
I don't know what I am going to do when I have kids, they will probably tease me for being such a happy crier.

Melody said...

how in the heck does time go by so quick? i can't think of my boy going to middle school, I tear up at the THOUGHT of it, and it's 3years away! very cute tissue holders!

tiennie said...

Milestones always bring tears from me too. I love all the stages kids go through but at the same time, I miss where they've been!

Cute tissue holders!

Karen said...

Your post has me tearing up too. I love your idea of making the tissue cozys to share with the other weepy moms.

Sarah said...

Yummm! I usually get a crispy batch when I make cookies, though not on purpose.

I hear you on the breast fed breathe. I still have those days, but feal just as sad that they are going to be over as I will when they are over. I think it is hardest to look back at pictures of them because these years are the years they grow like weeds. We stay pretty much the same, they morph into teenagers way too fast.

Hang in there! That tissue pocket is a great idea.

Nora said...

I love that you made tissue holders for the mums - great idea!!

erin said...

I got teary just reading this! the tissue holders were a great idea.

lucy said...

Children are a such joy and moments like this, when they grow up fast are so memorable. I will be reminded to embrace my kids and enjoy them while they're young! And, will be prepared with those adorable tissue holders, for those tears to come!

Enjoy the cookies!

Tanya said...

Oh I am such the sap when it comes to my boys. Ben will be going into the third grade next year and I just can't wrap my head around that YET! Hang in there ~ there are other sobbers out there so you won't cry alone. Ha! Those cookies look good!

sunneshine said...

the tissue holders are adorable!! and your little tags look so cute sewn in. It is amazing how quickly time goes... I am off to my 20 year class reunion - it really doesn't seem like that long!

Meggie said...

Charlie will LOVE Middle School. Fear not, they will take good care of him. You always were the emotional sister. Cute tissue holders!

Olga said...

At least by having these moments of realization, you stop to savor them a little more, right? You seem like such a great mom! Thanks for all the cookie recipes...I'm definitely going to try this one.

KeanaLee said...

they do grow up so fast. I can't beleive mine will be a 7th GRADER this fall??????????WOW, feelin old!
Graduation is only 5 yrs away.

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a blossom knits said...

All of your sewing is inspiring me . . I've been bugging John to build me a sewing machine table for our little "office" room I also use for some craft things.

Have you ever noticed the book in Stitches? Definitely check it out.

I know what you mean about kids growing up and time flying by. I don't think there's a day that goes by that I don't think about something in my own life . . but then I have to pinch myself to remember that my "little" sister is 27 and in grad school. Unbelievable. I still remember the day she and my mom came home and I ran all the way from the bus stop, up the lawn to the front door, and busted in running right up to her cradle and leaning over and kissing her. I will never forget how she smelled when my mom snuck me up to the "baby ward" when they were in the hospital and I got to kiss her for the first time . . and I put my hand lightly on her butt (she was face down at the time, with her head turned to the side). That moment is burned into my memory.

*sigh* I would give anything to go back and re-live all of it again.

www.knittingnutter.com said...

Wow, mine's in preschool for 3 year old and going into preschool for 4 year old next September. You are so right, time does fly. Cute tissue holders.

Kaet said...

you are so generous and thoughtful to make the other moms their own tissue holders...like the friend everyone wishes they had and strives to be like to their friends!

Jess said...

I feel where you are coming from. Kends was just a little bean, all teensy tiny with minimal hair and now shes already walking and baby babbling and throwing important things in the toilet. Sniff sniff! Oh my, to think she will be in middle school one day...

Yarn It said...

I feel your pain! It does go by so fast. I cry at all those events to...how can you not?

The tissue holders are way too cute! I am sure your friends will love them.

Windy Knitty said...

You're right... time does fly, and I can imagine especially so when you have kids.

I love the tissue holders!

opportunityknits said...

These are so pretty. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who tears easily where kiddies are concerned.

The_Add_Knitter said...

Those tissue holders are beyond precious...my daughter is going into 7th grade and I'm having a hard time with it, because it means that I am MIDDLE AGED!!

nova said...

Just think of all the happy kid moments those tissue cozies will see! Tissue cozies, what a great idea (and gift), thank you for the links...and those cookies...they are making me very hungry!

cristina said...

awww sniff sniff. the dinasour song sounds super cute....and so the tissue holders are perfect for that.

The Wooden Spool said...

Ohh, so fun, useful and stylishly colorful. Love them! Yum, the cookies look good, too!

Kirsten said...

They do grow up way too fast! I cry over mine all the time too.
The tissue holders are wonderful. I especially love the fabrics you chose and the lovely little tags. I must get myself some tags.

Tiffany said...

I am making your cookies right now, and of course, I have to try out the dough because to me, it's better than the cookies.
Ohhh... I believe I found our perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!

Sheila said...

Just reading your post about your kids' milestones is making me teary-eyed. My baby girl just turned 19 last week... time sure flies. Your cookies are the best... I never have to worry about calories when I vist your site... very tasteful...lol