Monday, April 14, 2014

Sewing: How to fluff stuffed animal




After 5+ years of daily hugs and cuddles, Max's beloved lovey turned flat:


He then asked me to make it fluffy again. I told him that I would have to do a little surgery.


So he gently kissed his lovey and told him that everything's going to be okay.


How to fluff a stuffed animal:
1. Find a seam on not so noticeable part of the stuffed animal. Use a seam ripper to rip a small portion of the seam. Make the hole large enough to fit your hand.


 2. Take out and throw away the old filling



3. Run the flat stuffed animal in the washer


4. Fill with the new fiberfill. I used this one found at Joann:

5. Then sew the seam closed either by hand or sewing machine.

6. It's done! The happy and fluffed Hachiko:


We have two of them so now I have one more Hachiko to fluff up:




Saturday, April 12, 2014

Gentle Breeze




I thought it's supposed to be easier by now. The kids are 3 and 5 1/2. No more waking up at night, changing diaper, or spoon feeding. I guess it is easier in some way but every season has its own challenge. This season it is more tiring mentally. Every day.... there are fights to break, tears to wipe, boo boo to kiss or pray for, toys to pick up, dishes to wash, dinner to cook, lessons to teach, and most importantly heart to train. It's a blessing and privilege I know but at times I feel weak, drained, and oh so tired.

One afternoon I prayed with my eyes open as I cut the meat for dinner. The weather was around 85 degrees then. His answered came immediately through a gentle cool breeze through the kitchen window. My Heavenly Father knows and He cares. 

I hear no voice, 
I feel no touch,
I see no glory bright;
But yet I know that God is near, 
In darkness as in light.
He watches ever by my side,
And hear my whispered prayer:
The Father for his little child 
Both night and day does care. - Anonymous

Then He reminded me of His conversation with Peter in John 21:15-17
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, 
“Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, Take care of my sheep.”
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” 
He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, Feed my sheep." 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sewing: Reversible Vest

We attended two weddings of our dear friends last month and Max was given the privilege and honor to be the ring bear on both weddings. The weddings were two weeks apart so I decided to make a reversible vest to make it work for both occasions.

The process:




The result: wedding number one with royal blue and chocolate color theme:


Of course I had to make one for Wes too:


When it's time to attend wedding number two with bright pink and chocolate color theme; all we had to do was reverse it:

 



Thank you dear friends for trusting me with this special project! We are rejoicing with you and your family.

I used the vest tutorial here but used my boys' shirt as pattern since the prudent baby's one is for 12 months old. The bow tie tutorial can be found here.



Friday, April 4, 2014

Wes is 3

Dear Wes,

You are 3 already, baby!

I know exactly what your reply would be, "I am NOT a baby. I am a BIG boy."

See how much you have grown from this tiny baby

to this:


You still love to be carried, hugged, and kissed. "Bao bao me, ma...(translation= carry me, mom!)," you asked. {mostly when you just woke up and too lazy to go down the stairs by yourself.} "But you are already big and heavy." I answered to which you would reply, "I am not big..... I am not big...." while screaming with tears streaming down your chubby cheeks.

From a helpless babe, you are now running, exploring, and climbing like a monkey.

Unlike Koko who start talking when he turned one. You didn't really talk until you were about 18 months. But boy... o boy...you went from barely speaking any words to perfect sentence.
You love talking on the phone be it with Grandma half way across the globe or Papa who sit right next to you.

At home you are loud, super silly, always crack us up with your craziness and laughter.

Just two days ago, Papa accidentally dropped a glass of water. And you immediately said, "Hold on with two hands, Pa!" Looks who is teaching who now.


You are not afraid to try something new. Definitely not something you inherit from mama. 

One thing that I am so thankful of you and your brother is how much you love each other.
There was one time when you two fight over a dinosaur toy and I ended up giving Koko a time out up stair. After 2 minutes playing by yourself down stair, you ran up stair, looked for Koko, and gave Koko the dinosaur. You said, "Here, Ko. You can play with it. Let's go down stair and play again!"
Your sensitive and generous heart is an inspiration. I pray that it remain that way.

You love to be with Koko when he is working on his school work.
"Good job, Ko! You did it! You're correct! Yay!" How can one not be motivated with such a support?
Mama maybe Koko's biggest cheerleader but you are surely his loudest and biggest fan.
I hope you to know that Koko loves you too. Although you two fight often but you play together so well. Whenever you were frustrated while working at something Koko often stepped in to help you out. 
You likes to be involved and help out. Every time we ask you for help your answer would either be, "okay!" or "no way" {usually when you are busy playing Thomas}.



Do you know why we named you Wesley?
When you were still in mama's belly. You were very little then. Mama and papa pray hard for a name for this special baby boy that God has entrusted to us. We came up with a name but still wasn't too sure about it so we pray some more. Then one day we learned the inspiring story of John and Charles Wesley. John Wesley was a great Christian leader while Charles Wesly was a great musician who wrote over 6000 hymns. We knew then that is the name for our son. We pray daily that you will grow up to be a man who know and love the Lord and use your gifts and talent for His glory.

Wesley boy, you love to run, you are loud, strong, and full of energy. Our prayers is that you always run to and with the One who love you above all, Christ, the source of strength, joy, hope, and love. 

We love you big boy!
Mama, Papa, and Koko