From the monthly archives:

May 2010

Making Stuff: The Broadway Dress

by This is Carrie on May 29, 2010

Princess did a revival of “You’re the Top” from her last show “Anything Goes” for the elementary school talent show.  She wanted to wear something that would “sparkle” on stage.  When I found a turquoise, sequin, women’s tube dress at the thrift store, I knew it would be perfect.


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Learning to Ride a Balance Bike

by This is Carrie on May 28, 2010

After struggling to teach Pumpkin how to ride a two-wheel bike using the traditional “training wheels” route and then finding almost immediate success with a homemade pedal-less bike, we knew we would never see another set of training wheels around our house. For Baby Brother’s second birthday we knew we wanted to get him his […]



Making Stuff: It’s a Blanket with Sleeves #2

by This is Carrie on May 27, 2010

My first homemade kids “snuggie” was so well received, the receipient’s elephant loving sister requested one for her birthday as well.   I found the perfect fleece too. **pattern for kids blanket with sleeves adapted from this “snuglet” tutorial.



The Traverse

by This is Carrie on May 26, 2010

7 hours, 21 minutes and 8 seconds of continuous mountain biking. 40+ miles with 8,000+ feet of elevation gain. This was Todd’s “marathon”. We couldn’t be there to cheer for him along on the course, but we were there ready with hugs (and a bunch of pride) at the finish line.



Making Stuff: T-shirt Bags

by This is Carrie on May 24, 2010

Last week, I taught the “Actvity Day” girls how to make bags out of old t-shirts (with a little added freezer paper stenciling).  It was a wonderfully satisfying, beginner sewing project.



Little Graduate

by This is Carrie on May 23, 2010

She’s now a graduate of Presbyterian Preschool. I’m not one for a lot of pomp and circumstance for small life achievements, but I let the mini cap & gown slide after seeing Pumpkin on stage singing her Bible songs & feeling her excitement as she realized Kindergarten is right around the corner.



Relay Report Part 5: Running the Race

by This is Carrie on May 18, 2010

Leg #1: 6.9 miles through beautiful Napa Valley.  Time: 1:07:58  Pace: 9:46/mi My cheerleaders were rolling vineyards and cows so close to the road, I reached out and brushed their noses.  It was hotter than I anticipated and I ran out of water with a few miles left to go and the Acadia #2 support […]



Relay Report Part 4: Tough as Nails

by This is Carrie on May 17, 2010

These are my “Acadia 2” teammates. We were together non-stop for over 36 hours. The girls on my team were freaking AWESOME. and more importantly (for a 200 mile relay) they were TOUGH. from left to right: Meg – This girl flew all the way out from Miami, FL to join our team.  During her […]



If you ever decide to run a relay, food, transportation, & hydration are all very important things to think about, but honestly, it’s your outfits that will, in the end, make all the difference in how you run the race. Team Sparkle sponsored sparkle running skirts for the whole team. The captain’s plan was to […]



Relay Report Part 2: The Supplies & Such

by This is Carrie on May 11, 2010

Every relay team needs two vehicles to carry the 12 racers to and from each transition. Thanks to GMC, we had two fully loaded Acadias to decorate as our team vehicles & call home for two whole days. To ensure proper hydration, OWATER provided us with their all-natural, electrolyte sports drink in delicious flavors like […]