Thursday, August 25, 2011

Old Navy = Grammar Morons

WVU fans may have remembered the NIT printing gaff...

Old Navy has upped the ante. While they didn't go the classic misspelling of "West Virginia"...they screwed the pooch royally...and to multiple institutions when someone in their graphics department skipped out on the grammar lesson that reviewed contractions.

Old Navy has printed up a series of shirts with "Lets [plural] Go XYZ" times 15 schools: WVU, Univ. of Washington, Univ. of Kentucky, UCLA, Univ. of Iowa, USC, Univ. of Illinois, Michigan, Univ. of Oregon, Univ. of Texas, Minnesota, Univ. of Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Washington State Univ. (at least those are the ones still listed on their website as of 3PM on Thursday!)

Maybe because the shirts are for the 'little women' they didn't think it mattered??? Who knows! Awful gaff...

According to the LA Times, Old Navy is scrambling to reprint the shirts. Geek Dad posted earlier today that the apostrophe had been added to the description of the shirt, but the image is still showing the error...same is true as of 3 PM...

Good grief!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Awesome Craft Project

With a little help from her Mama, Elizabeth made the coolest craft ever! Seriously. Even Daddy thought they were cool -- and that's saying something because he's put up with me making a whole bunch of randomness over the last 10+ years...

What Mama did:

  • Create the stencil on Freezer Paper using the Cricut Machine
  • Note: To do this, you'll want to put the freezer paper on the cutting mat with the matte side of the paper down. When designing/cutting, you'll want to flip the image so that it prints backwards. I used the Sesame Street font for the stencil.
  • Then iron the pre-washed shirt on the hottest setting (no steam)
  • Then iron the stencil with the waxy-side down onto the shirt
  • Put a couple of layers of paper towels between the front and the back of the t-shirts/onesie to prevent bleeding from the front to the back
  • Organized the fabric paint in ice cube trays and set out the paint brushes (because I'm THAT anal-retentive)
What Elizabeth did:
  • An awesome job painting her shirt, Alex's shirt, and Cate's onesie -- just used fabric paint...completely her designs
  • Directing Mama to make the L's in "Elizabeth" and "Alex" into light sabers...
  • Helped peel off the stencil after the paint was just dry to the touch
We think they are pretty awesome - you be the judge (double click on the image to make it larger, if you'd like):

Yes, that's a "flying WV" on the tail end of the H. Let's Goooooo Mountaineers!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cate - 8 Months!

Gracious sakes where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday Cate was happy as a clam when being fed baby food. Oh, yeah, it was only yesterday. This that has fallen by the way-side though as she is preferring to feed herself nibblets of apples, peaches, pasta, and potatoes. Will soon be trying carrots, avocado, sweet potatoes, and fish. If she has trouble picking the food off her tray, no worries, she'll scoot it over to the edge and suck it off the tray! (The pic to the right was taken on Thursday, 8 months-4 days, when Cate consumed her first "table food." She was concentrating sooooo hard to pick the pasta up...this was before she figured out how to scoot it over to suck it up!)

She's crawling quite well but for the last couple of weeks has been preferring to pull herself up. She's getting so bold with this skill that earlier this week she didn't think she needed to hold on...Daddy says she lasted for about 2 seconds before literally did a nose dive onto the hard wood floor. (I was driving home from work when this happened.) Fortunately, Elizabeth was able to help Reid in the clean up of Cate's bloody nose by helping to entertain her baby sister and helping to supply Daddy in wipes.

Elizabeth remains Cate's favorite person to see. She pretty much squeals upon site of E. And, so far so good on the reorganization of the playroom (doesn't hurt that with the Star Wars wall decals have E feeling that it is now a Star Wars Playroom - and that she has been able to see that anything/everything that is in Cate's path is going in Cate's mouth!).

Cate continues to love playing in the pool, which is also great since Elizabeth is swimming more and more like a fish each day. (Truly amazing how much better of a swimmer E became with the week at "Camp Grandma"! She's now swimming on her back some. She is impressed with herself for being able to jump off the diving board backwards. What I think is most impressive is when she jumps off the diving board and swims the length of the pool!)

It's amazing how quickly Cate is going from tiny little baby to coming up on a toddler! You will have to click on the quilt picture below to view it larger...

Friday, August 5, 2011

Cate's First Baseball Game

Cate was cute & good at her first baseball game. The Pirates were not - on either account. They lost to the Padres 5-15. Most of the crowd left during the 7th inning stretch. We stayed until the end, though - hoping they would be able to raise the Jolly Roger...E cheered through the last out...