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Judith Van Atta Roenke. I am a Navy Submariner wife. Triathlete. I am the proud mommy of Henry the Fifth and Peter Tristum. Welcome to my Blog...

Sunday, December 28, 2008

freecycle blunder

I'm sure Tommy Lee didn't mean to freecycle his kid, right?

Thursday, December 25, 2008

My Brother Makes the News

Check out the video of Charles doing a pro fit on the newscaster's daughter.


You will have to click thru the more current video to find the one called "Moody gets some company on the bike path of life" posted
Dec. 23, 2008, 9:13 pm Mountain Time

Thursday, December 04, 2008

And the Winner is...

Shaina of just because I Am Me. I will have to try some of the recipes on her blog!

I had so many sweet comments on the blog! How exciting. And such varied responses to Henry's pacemaker purpose from Heart Block to being a rambunctious toddler- all of which were correct!

The really good news is that Henry's heart block seems to have resolved. We will know more in January and even more in June of 2009. Until then we just keep up the good vibes on a totally healed heart!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Santa is Scary!

Bib and Burp Giveaway

It's Giveaway Day! I am participating in Sew, Mama, Sew's Giveaway Day. I am offering a pink and brown bib and burp set. Both are backed with pink chenille and the bib has a Velcro closure.
I am willing to ship internationally. The colors look washed out since I took the photo at night with a flash. It is cuter in person!
To win, leave a comment on this post telling why Henry the Fifth has a pacemaker. (hint: check here.) Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you, either by email or thru your own website. I do not SPAM, nor will I forward a bunch of annoying emails to you.
The winner will be picked from among the correct answers using a random number calculator.

Monday, December 01, 2008

December 3rd Giveaway!


On December 3rd I will be participating in Giveaway Day. On this day, you can go to Sew, Mama, Sew and find a list of crafters/bloggers/sew-ers who are giving away items on their blogs. Check back here December 3rd to see what I am giving away. No need to leave a comment yet. Just be sure to leave one on December 3rd!

12 days of Giveaways on Mamanista

Quite a while back I found the blog of a woman whose daughter also had Tetralogy of Fallot. http://mamasaga.blogspot.com/ I have been reading her blog ever since. She happens to also be a writer for Mamanista, a mommy shopping blog that has lots of good ideas and reviews.
They recently published their Best Holiday Toys guide where they are also hosting giveaways of some great toys and gifts! http://www.mamanista.com/best-toys

Friday, November 21, 2008

Germy toys are more fun than the expensive ones

Now that Henry the Fifth is running around the house, he has discovered lots of new toys.
He is a big fan of flushing the toilet and pulling TP off of the roll. We have been keeping the door closed, but he barges in if one of us is on the pot.

His other favorite in the bathroom is our tub. He can just reach one of the faucet handles and has been turning on the water for a few weeks now. His new trick is to open our drawers, take stuff out, throw it into the bathtub and turn on the water. Can't find my deoderant? Check the tub. Can't find my brush? Check the tub.

Recently, he noticed that the diaper champ has a handle. And as we all know, handles are for moving. Plus, there is a big hole. And as we all know, holes are for sticking your face in and hollering.

Today, he was kicking around his O-Ball like a pro soccer player, but then things got quiet. I went into his room and here is what I found...

Apparently, while he was acting all snuggly with me earlier, he was actually swiping my credit card off of my desk.

The truncated alphabet pillow.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The New Hipster

I made this for Henry the Fifth from Burda Pattern 9707. I have another one cut out, but sewing is really hard with a toddler running around!

The rug search that ended in a truncated alphabet

Neighbor Friend e'd me a couple of days ago because she found something I was looking for. I wanted to get Henry the Fifth a city street rug for him to play with all of his cars and trucks. Neighbor Friend found them at Home Emporium for $15. Awesome. So I went...And also got this excellent bamboo bowl I have been searching for.
I wanted something to keep all of my root veggies in- big enough to hold lots of veggies, attractive enough to have on the counter. I got it for $5 - woohoo!

I also found a couple mushroom birdhouse ornaments and an alphabet pillow for the baby's toy bench - the funny part is that the embroidered alphabet goes from A to U because they ran out of room. I might add the rest of the alphabet to the back lest my son show up to kindergarten missing the end of the alphabet.
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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Grosgrain Store is Open

Grosgrain's store is officially open. Here is the link to super cute girl's clothes.

And the Winner is...

Mary of Now Entering Momville. Congrats!
I used a free random number generator at random.org.
Thanks to everyone who entered!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Last Chance for a Free Bib and Burp

I will be drawing a name tonight. I will use a random number generator. Hubby suggested one of his Dungeons and Dragons dice for the random number generator. Nerd.
Leave a post at the original giveaway post to enter. Don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you via your blog or an email address.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Denver Fabrics: A reason to move back to Colorado

Often, as I have searched online for various fab rics, I have come across Denver Fabrics in my searches. This week, my future SIL needed to go look at wedding dress fabric. She asked if I wanted to tag along. To look at fabric. Like, duh. Of course. Since we were in Colorado, I was hope, hope, hoping that we would be going to the famous Denver Fabrics. Sure enough, we did.
It is huge. Not as big as G-street in Maryland, but really really big. And they had sales. Lots and lots of sale tables. Needless to say, I got a little distracted. I found colorful elastic to make bands for my bentos. I found 3 future skirts. I found suit fabric for the baby, or maybe another skirt, or cute stuffed animals. I found the $1 a pound table where they had all sorts of ugly fabrics with a few hidden gems.
I was generally a good girl, but it is a good thing we don't live near there.

My favorite of the bridal shopping pics I took. MOTB,
the Seamstress and outrageously expensive beaded lace.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

First Pizza. Mandy the OT would be so proud!At the Pumpkin Patch

Halloween in our Hood

How we dressed for the neighborhood Halloween Party

How everyone else dressed

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

My Sense of Humor is so Juvenile

I just commented on someone else's blog and the anti-spam word was "adinho". TeeHeeHee.

Saturday, October 25, 2008



I am so excited that Grosgrain will be selling her creations soon! Maybe, just maybe, she will make a few boy items - I hope I hope. She is giving away 3 skirts with matching tops to celebrate! I am so impressed. Bibs and Burps are the best I can do for now.
My mom is coming tomorrow to give me the respite time to finish his costume and maybe a few bowling shirts.

Friday, October 24, 2008

A Gift from Poland

One of the gifts Henry brought back from Poland. A stylish bag of sugar. He knows me so well.

Sock Monkey Bib and Burp Giveaway

My first Giveaway!! I am giving away this sock monkey applique bib and burp cloth set. Hand made with all new materials. Backed with baby blue chenille. I can vouch for my handmade bibs and burps holding A LOT of baby barf. They are very absorbent and have great coverage for your messiest solid food days. Velcro closure. Machine wash any temp, dry any temp, pre-treat with spray-n-wash for stains.

Open to all (three) of my readers! I am willing to ship overseas for this first giveaway. Although my readers consist of Hubby who lives with me (duh), neighbor who I can just hand them to, and buddy who lives in CONUS.

To enter leave a comment on this post. Link to your blog or leave an email so I can contact the winner. If you don't want to publicize your email, find mine in my profile and send me an email in addition to your comment. I will not publish emails or use them for any purpose other than notifying the winner.
I will use a random number picker to choose the winner. Last entry accepted November 6th, 2008 midnight EST. Drawing will be November 7th, 2008.

addendum: extended entries to Midnight Nov. 7th.
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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Google Ad Sense

So, I decided to add ads to my site. In a few days, the ads should appear at the bottom and are generated by Google based on the content of the blog. I do not choose what ads appear or what products are being advertised. This is just a way for my site to possibly generate some revenue.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Birthday Gift and an Embarassing Photo

One of Henry the Fifth's little girlfriends turned one a few days ago. For her birthday, BabyH commissioned Mommy to make her "The Cutest Dress Ever." I think I succeeded. She is a little swimmer, so the mermaid fabric I've been hording was a perfect match for her personality.

She is the same weight as Henry, so the poor man had to try it on. He looks so strange in a dress.
I also sent some Green Bay Packers coffee sleeves to keep Henry on he daddy's good side.

Marie-Therese Gown GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Grosgrain is giving away this handmade gown! It even has period underpinnings and hand made flowers on the front. Go check it out! Marie-Therese Gown GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wet and Wild

My SIL gave Henry a water table for his first birthday. I hadn't even thought of it. Of course, a seasoned mommy would know what to get for a kiddo's 1st birthday.
Henry was playing with it inside until the other day. I took him out with a blanket to play inthe yard while I washed some selves off to bring in (to store my expanding sewing collection). Naturally, Henry didn't want to stay on his blanket, so he came over to the big puddle by me and got soaked.
When in Rome.... Since he was already soaked, I brought out the water table and filled it. He had a BLAST. He was hollering and laughing and splashing like crazy. Luckily it is mild enough here that he could play a while without getting too cold.
After playing his butt off in the water, he took off down the driveway. I followed, and he he ended up circumnavigating the entire house!! His poor little leg warmers are shot now.