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March, 2011

  1. wednesday wanderings

    March 30, 2011 by Megan Home Front

    Well puke-ocalypse has made it’s rounds.
    My Soldier is sick.
    {this is me sad}

    The Soldier is one of those people who never seems to get sick.
    And when he does get sick he’s too much of a manly type man to just give in and admit defeat.
    He’s been like this since I’ve known him. And he’s really only been sick 4 times since we met 7 years ago!!
    {i’m pretty sure the pharmaceutical industry should bottle his immune system}

    Case in point: this particular brand of puke-ocalypse had Mary Poppins, My Helper, The Cadet and myself bowing down and praying for God’s mercy around the porcelain throne.
    My Soldier? Not-so much.
    Don’t get me wrong, he’s as sick as he gets, but his super hooah immune system just doesn’t get as sick as the rest of the world seems to.

    So he came home early today due to illness, which is a 1st!
    He crashed on the couch and then proceeded to convince me that he needs nothing, wants nothing, cares for nothing….
    …and then proceeded to kick the kiddos and me out.

    The Fashionista (also a bridesmaid) and her husband The Kiwi {because he’s from new zealand} arrived Monday and puke-ocalypse had prevented us from hanging out.
    Today we had plans till The Soldier arrived with what we hope is the puke-ocalypse season finale, then he ushered us out of the house and into their sweet company.

    So being a Wednesday we felt it proper to wander so we wandered here…

    Possibly not as exciting as wandering through the interwebs {because it’s that much harder to share the love}
    but we definitely enjoyed it!


  2. mary poppins and the flu

    March 29, 2011 by Megan Home Front

    So last Wednesday one of my BFF’s came into town.
    She reminds me of Mary Poppins. She’s serious, maternal, fun and has a quarky love interest/hubby.
    {oh, and she was my maid of honor that one time I got married to that one kid whom i still love.}
    In her Mary Poppins bag of wonders she brought her oh-so-funny hubby and her little son Titus.
    Titus had his own bag o’ tricks complete with a 36 hour flu bug.
    {titus i ♥. the flu…not so much}

    So I didn’t blog because we were having adventures.
    {we live in an adventurous place}

    I hardly visited the ole interwebs.
    People just matter more.
    {and these particular people rank super high on my who matters list. them and the queen. in case she wants to stop by}

    So despite the fact that there was a person sick every day of their visit it was one of the best weekends I’ve had here in the land of Aloha.
    We managed to do a whole lotta nothin’.
    Complete with some time in the car and a trip to the North Shore.

    Here are some pics to prove it:
    {conveintly for us, mary poppin’s hubby is un professional photographer mas grande. huzzah!}

    {hey look! i’m in a photo and i’m actually smiling!}

    {america’s next top model}

    {btw i have this chronic illness where i cannot for all the coffee in the world just smile in a stinkin’ photo. i always make a stupid face. exhibit a:}


    We had intended to do some family photos. But The Cadet up-chucked all over himself before we even left the neighborhood.
    Funny how vomit has a way of redirecting your plans.


  3. the oops and the fix

    March 21, 2011 by Megan Home Front

    So once upon a time I almost ruined my favorite chairs.
    As seen here with My Helper circa 2010:

    …and here with The Cadet circa 3 weeks ago:

    These are lovely, beautifully made, vintage chairs purchased in Dallas before we moved to this vintage-less island we call home.
    {out of an act of pure submission to my absentee Soldier i did not purchase the matching couch. face in palms. regrets. tears.}

    They are the most comfortable chairs in my house. Please note the slouchy pillow that in this instant was upside down.
    {thanks kids!}

    Back to my story.
    Once upon a time there were these amazing chairs. Then one night I spilled something tragic on said chairs.
    {these things occur to me out of abundance of God’s grace and a reminder to not fly off at the handle when My Soldier ruins things. amen.}

    So, the lovely vintage tag said that the lovely unnamed fabric was washable
    FALSE.

    Enter the bigger whoops, bigger than spilling stainables on My Precious.

    I washed both seat cushion covers and pillow covers.

    Result:

    Please note the sad wee version of the truly great pillow as pictured above.
    {commence the wailing and gnashing of teeth}

    So I sucked it up, gave myself a pep talk, and hit Target.

    Why Target?
    Because within the glory that is Target, they  sell super inexpensive curtain panels in great lengths than can be used for all manner of sewing projects, like recovering my sad, sad pillows.

    So here is what I concocted and I have to give myself a wee pat on the back because I think they look spiffy.
    {go team!}

    I like the fix, it looks intentional, and I’m no longer crying over what the chairs used to be.

    Yay!


  4. for japan with love

    March 17, 2011 by Megan Home Front

    Tomorrow I’ll be participating in a Blogger’s Day of Silence sponsored by For Japan With Love.

    I won’t be confessing. I won’t be blogging at all. I intened to get up early {good luck since i’m writing this at 10:30pm} and spend an extra bit of time in prayer for Japan in addition to my normal morning devotion. {i might possibly pray this prayer verbatim}

    Because there is nothing more powerful that I can do.

    Please take a moment to check out Shelter Box. They are the organization that this Bloggers Day of Silence is working to support.  Shelter Box arrived with emergency relief supplies the Saturday after the earthquake and tsunami.

    I do realize it’s just stuff, extremely vital stuff (food, shelter, clothing and the like), but stuff none-the-less. But, if showing our love in this way opens a door for the gospel to be preached later, than it’s the most important stuff in the world.

    Here’s to God’s continued mercy and hope that the people of Japan turn to Christ in this tragedy.



  5. a polka dot dress

    March 15, 2011 by Megan Home Front

    Heya Partner!

    I forgot that I never posted about the dress I made, the process, the pics et cetera, et cetera and so forth.

    The dress I mentioned here.

    Shock of all shocks, I didn’t use that fabric.
    {although i do have plans for it’s imminent demise. mainly in the form of a tunic from a japanese dress book.}
    :::insert sinister laugh:::

    I did use that pattern, Simplicity 2591, and despite the horrid samples on the packaging I had high hopes.

    TA DA!

    I. ♥. THIS. DRESS.
    {but seriously and in all seriousness, it’s fabulous}

    So ignore the fact that is is horribly wrinkled. That was a poor choice in fabric more than anything.
    I used Moda’s American Jane Pin Dot in an ivory, just pretend that you can see the itty bitty black polka dots.

    Total novice confession: I had ZERO clue that sewing pattern sizes differed from off the rack clothing sizes.
    Not too much of an issue because it was a multi-size pattern. I picked the size based off of the measurements and was a little surprised at the number associated.
    {i had to use my Stacy and Clinton ‘size is just a number’ mantra to get through the shock}

    Being that it was my first time doing big kid sewing I decided to just cut the pattern instead of tracing it.
    I didn’t want to add yet another complicated step to the process.

    Sewing the dress was easy enough, the pockets forced me to hang out with my seam ripper for a bit, as I tend to jump ahead and not read the directions thoroughly.
    {you’d think that all my experience putting together ikea furniture would have cured me of that by now}

    Overall review: I love the fit! It’s Supa-Dupa flattering!
    I love the princess seaming, and the pockets, and finishing with a serger is my newest favoritist thing, oh and the pockets!
    {sigh, the pockets on this dress had me at hello}

    Next time I will probably make it with a double gauze, chambray or a linen.
    {and yes, i realize linen doesn’t help the wrinkles problem but i figured i might as well embrace them}

    Here’s a bonus pic of me and My Helper.
    She spent the weekend trying her darndest not to touch the serger. Bless her heart. She failed, and got in trouble, and it’s still tempting her.
    Poor girl.

    In unrelated news: The Cadet is potty training, and doing a swell job at it I might add.
    It’s made my life a bit more chaotic. And I might be getting sentimental about cloth diapers.
    {silly me}

    Also, for Lent I gave up sugar and cut down my dinking around the internet looking at blogs.
    {by cut down i mean from scanning through 200+ posts in my feed reader to hitting on my 3-4 favs plus my friend’s blogs}
    More on Lent later.


  6. friday confession

    March 11, 2011 by Megan Home Front

    This one might come as shock.

    I. HATE. TSUNAMIS.
    {please know that i don’t discriminate. i also hate those geological wonders that cause the tsunamis.}

    So, for those of you living under a rock, a catastrophic 8.9m earthquake hit off the coast of Japan yesterday.
    My heart broke as I saw the news footage of the quake and the resulting tsunami that swept through the countryside.

    I was hoping and praying that it wouldn’t result in a tsunami warning here. But, bada bing, bada boom, sirens.
    {stupid sirens}

    The sirens started around 10pm and the first wave was projected to hit Kauai around 3am.
    Bye, bye sleep. Hello anxiety!

    As we watched the news and shook our heads at how CNN seems to be around purely to incite panic, we put drinking water in the fridge and then filled our bath tubs with water. {and thus i had to clean both tubs} And then we waited.

    Well 6 sleepless hours later {six!!} it turned out to be a dud. Less of a dud than the last dud, but a dud none-the-less.
    {mom always said, “it’s better to be safe than not have 2 clean bathtubs full of water”}

     


  7. cozy coffee

    March 8, 2011 by Megan Home Front

    One of my BFFs {best friends forever for those who have progressed beyond 7th grade maturity} had a birthday 2 weeks ago.
    A random selection of ladies, and by random, I mean her closest friends on this here island, all got together to celebrate 34 years of her fabulous life.

    We went to Romano’s Macaroni Grill and had delicious calorie-ridden food and tried our hardest not to think about the fact that this is the last time we’ll get to all hang out together this side of eternity.

    :::WARNING: Birthday Girl, grab a tissue:::

    The Birthday Girl left for the restroom and those of us remaining looked around the table and took notice; we’re all leaving. Of the 4 of us still at the table one leaves in less than a week, one leaves middle of April, one is likely leaving in June, and I’ll be surprised if our little Army fam is in Hawaii thru twenty-11. Happy Birthday Friend! Oddly enough, I was the only military person at the table.
    {this is where my little heart breaks for my friend. but yay! God has a plan. always.}

    Now that the crying sesh is over, let me tell you about the Birthday Girl; she’s a giver. She gives the BEST and most thoughtful gifts ever. This makes her the HARDEST person to shop for. {she’s like rachel on friends in the gift department. and 3 of you will understand that reference}

    Thankfully she is a coffee addict and so we went in on a gift for her. Hooray for 8 cup french presses!
    So in true Megan style, I had to doctor it up! And naturally I decided to start this project 30 minutes before I had to walk out the door. So my Book Room was left in total CHAOS!

    French Press with it’s new cozy.

    Cozy sans press.

    30 minutes + a new french press cozy later…

     


  8. friday confession

    March 4, 2011 by Megan Home Front

    I. Hate. Laundry.

    That’s all clean.
    Waiting to be folded and put away.

    I don’t mind doing laundry {ok well kinda} but I despise putting it away.


  9. wednesday wanderings

    March 2, 2011 by Megan Home Front

    I’m back.
    {not that i left or anything}

    I fell off the map because My Soldier was still gone, I was am swimming in laundry, and there has been a lot of other hoopla going on.

    But! I have not completely ignored the interwebs and all of their goodness.
    {you lucky ducks you}

    This loverly quilt made with Liberty of London prints.
    {be still my beating heart and wallet}

    Totally my newest favoritist bliggity-blog. It’s called Nerd Boyfriend. Nuf said.
    {but seriously and in all seriousness My Soldier’s civvy (army speak for civilian) wardrobe will be impacted}

    I’m taking the Reclaim Your Waistline class at Stone Soup.
    The Soldier and I can never seem to get on the same page about food. {other than we both love it} I’ve been following the Stone Soup Blog for a while now and I love the simplicity of the food there.

    I’m pretty sure if I was not surgically attached to my Kindle I would need this nightstand book keeper.
    {and then i start dreaming of owning large power tools. sigh.}

    More later this week. I’ll confess my issues with laundry, complete with oh-so-embarrassing photos.
    You might even get lucky with a second post on the dress that I am about to finish!
    {one arm hole and hem away from total cuteness}

    Hasta!