Monday, March 31, 2008

Gift for a shower

My momma is going to a baby shower and I offered to make her the present to take. This is the dress and matching bloomers I made for the baby girl.

back of dress with bloomers poking out


I made this tissue box cover for Kevin's mom for her birthday. I made it out of some antique linen my family has. I think it turned out very formal. It has an inverted scalloped opening at the top and a scallop across the bottom.

Birthday Weekend

Kevin and I went to Decatur this past weekend for his Birthday. One thing he wanted was a pair of wingtip bubbletoe dress shoes from Billy Reid.

Kevin's old shoes (his grandads) and his new designer duds!

check out the soles of the old pair vs. the new pair

One reason he needed new shoes is because he was embarrassed to take communion and the congregation see his holes!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Night Terror?

Moseley woke up from his nap today at 2pm crying. He had just gone down at 1pm after being at school all morning. I know he was so tired and normally sleeps until 3 or 4p.

He was inconsolable for almost 30 minutes and acted very strange. Trying to hold him close (I assumed he was still sleepy and tried to rock him back to sleep) made him agitated but trying to put him down (then I thought maybe he wanted to play) upset him even more. Instead, I had to loosely hold him in my lap while he squirmed this way and that while sobbing. Then, he kind of just snapped out of it.

This is the 3rd or 4th time this has happened. Sunday, at Katie's he woke up from a nap the same way and also has done it in the past. When this happens though it is always during a daytime nap and not at night.

Does anyone have experience with this? Is this a night terror? From what I have read, the low age begins at 2 or 3 and occurs at night. Is there that much variance in these kinds of things?

Childrens Music

All children's' music isn't nursery rhymes.

We do have the cheesy nursery rhyme CDs and there is definitely a place in Moseley's life for them. They are easy to learn and very repetitive. That is so great for learning language. Not so great for Momma's sanity.

So, we also have some other CDs of childrens music that Moseley (and Kevin and I) LOVE! Thank you so much to these bands that make good music I can stand listening to over and over. Now, if I could just get Will Kimbrough to make a children's CD I would be complete! I am sure Emma and Sadie would love it, too.

If you are starting your children's CD collection start with these...**
Brady Rymer - Everyday is a Birthday/Here Comes Brady Rymer
They Might Be Giants - Here Come The ABC's/Here Come The 123's
Dan Zanes and Friends - Catch That Train (all them really)
Laurie Berkner - Victor Vito
Debi Derryberry - What a Way to Play
Peter Himmelman - My Green Kite
Hot Peas 'N Butter - Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
Trout Fishing in America - My World/My Best Day
Milkshake - Bottle of Sunshine

**Having children is NOT a requirement to having these CDs!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

My new clothes

We received another installment of awesome clothes from home this past weekend. Here is Moseley's new Apron.

Not to be confused with a cooking apron or handyman's apron (see previous post!)

Gorgeous smocking across the back. Too bad we require a bib at all times!!

Business in the Front...

...Party in the Back!

Chop Shop

I cut Moseley's Hair yesterday. Brave, I know! He was pretty good although I had to bribe hime to stay still with cereal bars :) Here are some pictures from Dinner.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Family Easter Pictures


Alleluia, Christ is risen.
Christ is risen indeed, Alleluia.

Today we went to the Family Service at St. John's Episcopal where we attend church in Montgomery. There is a processional as a part of the Easter mass for the children in their fancy dresses. Moms escort the wee ones. We were so excited to be able to wear seersucker again so that's is what Kevin and I wore. I decided on a batiste and lace shortall that was handmade by Moseley's Great-grandmamas Jan (Jimbo's momma).

After church we changed into a less damage-able outfit and went to see some of Aunt Nancy's cousins that are in town.

Notice Moseley's new high tops for church. I love them!

Then, we went to the Tucks to have Easter lunch and hunt for Eggs. Andy and Kevin hid the eggs (think tops of bushes and car wheel wells) and then Katie and I escorted Sam and Moseley to hunt for them. They enjoyed that for about 3 seconds then moved on to other things :)

Friday, March 21, 2008

My Parents

Jessica Kimbrough Bancroft Wood, also know as Kim, went to Converse College and the University of South Alabama for her Bachelors in English, Bachelors in French and Masters in Education. She is acting Education Curator for the Mobile Museum of Art. Very eclectic in taste for adventure, she likes to explore parts of the south and the state of Alabama. She speaks french and can edit the written word like no one else.

Norman Edward Wood graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Fun fact: I am a 3rd generation graduate from Auburn, spanning a hundred years! After retiring from International Paper he decided he couldn't just stay at home all day. He studied up, applied and beat out all the other applicants for a top job at Degussa. He is plant electrical engineer and deals with Electrical Reliability. Loves to describe things using diagrams and will draw you a picture of what he is describing on just about anything.

Victoria Bacon Barney Wood went to the University of Colorado and studied film and photography. She has been associate producer of several movies, most notably, the cult classic Porkys. She left the film industry and moved home and had a shop in Birmingham of sewn childrens' gifts and then later back to Mobile to explore the travel industry. She managed a support group for AmEx Travel for many years. She is currently the manager of my daddy and has been for going on 20 years :) She taught me to sew when I was 8. I still sew today.

Fun Fact: Kim and Victoria both graduated from Julius Tutwiler Wright's School for Girls just a couple of years apart. Also, Kim's cousin, Emily, is Victoria's Godmother :)

Offspring: Norman and Kim have two children. Norman Staples Wood, born 1978 and Jessica Elizabeth Kimbrough Wood Garrison, born 1981.

My Fraternal Grandparents

Helen Odeel Weekley Wood, born 1920 and George Raymond Wood, born 1898.

Fun Facts: Grandmother has a park in Mobile named after her on Mobile Bay and is is something of a philanthropist in the state of Alabama. Grandfather, who died before I was born, owned G.R. Wood and Company which took on such engineering projects as wiring the Bankhead tunnel and the Auditorium in downtown Mobile. He also had many patents including the "Wood Compass."

Offspring: They had a daughter, Evelyn Wood (Young) and a son, Norman Edward Wood

My Maternal grandparents

Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough Bancroft and Charles Moore Bancroft were both born in 1921.

Fun Facts: Both graduated from the University of Alabama and were AOPi and DKE respectively. My grandmother, Mary Buff was a gorgeous ballerina. My grandfather, Charlie, flew bombers in WWII.

Offspring: They had two daughters, Jessica Kimbrough Bancroft (Wood) born 1950 and Mary Ellen Staples Bancroft (Reynolds) born 1961.

A little about me: Favorite People

I love my family. I mean I really really love my family. My parents are divorced and my daddy is re-married and I couldn't be happier about it. Of course you wish divorce wouldn't happen but in my case I was so lucky!

I have an awesomely independent momma who is the acting Education Curator of the Mobile Museum of Art. I have a really smart and very hardworking daddy and as a bonus a very cool and also smart step-mom. Really, you just don't get all that with a traditional family :) With that being said I have serious roots. My Momma's family is from Mobile and lives in Mobile. My daddy grew up in Mobile with his parents and sister and he and my grandmom live in Mobile. My Daddy's sister and her husband (also my god-father) is 40 min away in Pensacola. My Step-mom's family is from Mobile and lives in Mobile. My Momma's sister (also my god-mother) and her husband live in our family's house in Mobile. Do you see where this is going? Even my brother's wife is from Mobile and her family lives in Mobile. My brother is away right now (in GA) for work but they have a lot they own in Mobile where they will builda house when they get back.

You can see why I felt it was safe (or maybe safer due to repeats in the gene pool) to marry an "outsider." Yes folks, I married a northerner. Well um, Northern Alabama :) And I am so lucky to have him and his parents and brother. Actually we are close with ALL of his family and mine.

You can see why, with all of these close people in my family I spend a lot of time traveling to see them.

I am going to tell you a little about each of the people in my family that I think is special. This might take a while and is in no order of preference!!

Crazy B and the curse of the pants.

My nephew and Godson, Bancroft is one of the funniest guys I know. Throughout his life he has really just cracked me up with his antics. See this past summer's "Jellyfish Story."

Today, Bancroft really wanted to eat Thin Mints in the den and watch the Spongebob Movie. Ellen, his momma, really doesn't allow him to get chocolate everywhere. So, it's eat them in the kitchen or not at all.

After many failed attempts by B to sneak them out of the kitchen he walked in while we were being entertained by Moseley and as he was walking back out, I said, "Hey, B, weren't you wearing different pants earlier?" And as his momma looked up Bancroft had this "I am so guilty" smirk on his face. We then realized he was again trying to sneak the cookies into the Den and had caught him.

He looked straight down with fists raised and said "Curse you pants!" It was the funniest thing, we all died laughing!! Maybe you had to be there. Oh well I love the little guy.

A little about me: Favorite Song

I have realized lately that I love blogging. By "blogging" I mean writing my own blog and reading comments as well as reading other people's blogs. It is therapeutic for me to express my feelings and hopefully, I will remember Moseley's milestones longer by writing them down. Because I like blogging so much I think now I will tell you all a little about me. This may take a few posts :)

My absolute favorite song is called Canticle 9. Sometimes referred to as "The First Song of Isaiah," it is actually from the book of Isaiah, chapter 12, verses 2-6 set to music. I sing this A LOT. I sing it to Moseley and I sing it to myself. I sing it if I am bored or excited or can't fall asleep. I actually went to another church last year as a visitor and they played this song and I was jumping up and down in excitement to sing it :) Cheesy, but I love God! Below are the words and if you run into me I will be happy to sing it for you.

In case you were wondering, my runner up is Canticle 13, "A Song of Praise. " Interestingly, this comes from the Song of the Three Young Men, 29-34. Haven't heard of this? The three young men are better know as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and this is the song they sang in the furnace (one of my favorite stories). This book of the Old Testament can usually only be found in the Apocrypha.

Canticle 9
Surely, it is God who saves me;
I will trust in him and not be afraid.

For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense,
and he will be my Savior.

Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing
from the springs of salvation.

And on that day you shall say,
Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;

Make his deeds known among the peoples;
see that they remember that his Name is exalted.

Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things,
and this is known in all the world.

Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy,
for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Canticle 13

Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers;
you are worthy of praise; glory to you.

Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name;
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you in the splendor of your temple;
on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.

Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim;
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you, beholding the depths;
in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.

Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Palm Sunday!

Today we went to church. The Palm Sunday service was lovely and Moseley always has a great time in the Nursery. Afterwards, Kevin had to work a bit so Moseley and I came home and played/napped. When Kevin got home we both set to clean up the house. We got the laundry and dishes put away and Kevin vacuumed the entire place! After Moseley's dinner and bath, we put him down (still no paci!). Then, we tag teamed dinner. Kevin made Hamburger Steak (YUM!) and I made creamed new potatoes. It was a wonderful end to a wonderfully productive day :)

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Our not-so-lazy Saturday

We woke up this morning and went to Kevin's softball practice. His team, "The LongShots" is through his work. We had a lot of fun watching them play while Moseley yelled "DADA" across the field at him. Then, we grabbed lunch and met David at our apartment to meet his new lab named Diego. Diego is a two-year old big baby. I love him! He just walks alongside you and is soo sweet.

Moseley sitting at his little table eating a snack and drinking some Daddy Juice.

Then, my nose was really hurting b/c I get these staph infections in it whenever I have been sick. So, Kevin took me to the doctor. I had been using topical Bactroban and it wasn't helping. The doctor said I had a "fever blister" in my nose so he prescribed Valtrex. So, I went and had it filled. Then it hit me, this is the medicine they prescribe for Genital Herpes!!! You know, the commercial that says, "I have GH, but my boyfriend doesn't, and I'd like to keep it that way!" I was so embarrassed when I got home!!!

Five Days Paci Free!

So, today was day five of our paci-free life and it is going very well. Day four was a tad shaky with a few meltdowns but I couldn't really tell if it was paci related or not.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Keeping up with the Jones's

Our friends, Trevor and Krista Jones welcomed a baby girl, Ida Bain (sp?) Jones on Friday March 7th. Ida was 6 lbs 7oz at birth and 20 inches long!

(*this info was told to me by Kevin so I hope it is all correct :)

No More Paci!

So, Tuesday night, Moseley went to sleep without his Paci. Yesterday, we packed the rest of them up and became a Paci-free household. So far so good, 3 days paci-free. I should find an AA pin for him to wear that says 3 days sober (I mean, without a paci!).

A Blanket for Sister

My friend Katie is having a baby on April 15th, which is in 4 weeks! I wanted to make something for Lily, who will be known by me forever as "sister" but didn't know what to make. Katie makes clothes really well so I didn't want to go that route. Then, I got an idea.

I had these swatches from Laura Ashley that I got in High School. In the spring of 1996, my friend Mary Noller and I called every single Laura Ashley store (back then there were a ton) and requested "free swatches." Turns out the long distance bill would have more than covered a few bolts of designer fabric. Since then, I have never been able to part with the coveted patches. So, I made some of them into a blanket for Sister. I love how it turned out. It is small, and since sister will probably be small, it will be perfect for her.

I LOVE Pickles...

...but this is a tad too much!

Pickle Sickle's

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I don't go out walkin', I ain't for much talkin'

Well these days, Moseley does a LOT of talking and is now Walking. Here are a couple of videos of Moseley walking around the house!

Monday, March 10, 2008

A Few Dresses I Made

Front of Dress 1

Back of Dress 1

Bloomers-to-be for Dress 1

Front of Dress 2

Back of Dress 2

Bloomers for Dress 2

We are officially walking!

Moseley has been walking ALL evening. Thanks to Katie Tuck, she inspired him to actually give it a go. I think he has a crush on her and wanted to impress her!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Moseley's Fifteen Month Check-up

So we went to the Dr Tuesday for Moseley's 15 month. Here are his stats:

Length: 34" (>97th percentile)
Weight: 26lb 2oz (75th percentile)

He is a happy healthy boy! Oh and she gave him a book to read and keep, it was so nice!

Monday, March 3, 2008

My latest creations

I made these two outfits today. The mauve one is a bubble and the striped one is a john-john.

Leap, Baby!

Our adorable cousin is here! Bryce Garrison Burnham was born on February 29, 2008 at 10:08pm. That makes him a leap baby. He weighed in at 7 lbs, 4 oz and is 19.5 inches long. I am going to visit him Wednesday and I cannot wait to hold his cute self!

Look at all that hair!!

Saturday, March 1, 2008


Moseley has lately been doing different tricks for us. A few weeks ago he started to use a ball to balance while he is doing a reverse squat. It's hilarious. Now, he does it without anything, but this is the only capture from a few weeks ago.