So yesterday was my birthday, and now I'm officially old! I have to say, though, birthdays are much nicer when you live close to family and have people to celebrate it with! I got a whole birthday weekend, with more birthday goodness to come :)
Friday, Cass took me out on a date, a real date! We went to Tepanyaki for dinner (yum!) and then an improv comedy show while my wonderful father-in-law babysat Ellie. Saturday, Cass's mom Chris took us out to Mexican for lunch. Then yesterday, I got a nap!, and then we went to my parents' house. Mom made ribs, we had cake, and played Trivial Pursuit. I kinda sucked at it; Jordyn answered one of the questions for me! (She's very bright. It was about dinosaurs.) Then on Saturday, Mom and Dad are taking me out to Tucanos, and on Sunday, the Ainges come home! Happy Birthday to me!
Ya'll know how I like to pretend to be crafty and domestic. My latest adventures in domesticity have been these little sewing projects. Since there's only Wal-Mart in Cedar, and since I don't want to spend $4 on one baby headband, I just bought some big girl headbands and made them smaller for Ellie! So far they've even stayed together and mostly on her head. I mean, she's a baby, she hits or pulls at it sometimes and sometimes it slides down a little. But isn't she so cute??
I've also made myself some nursing tanks. I just converted my DownEast tanks by cutting the straps off on the back and making a loop in the front which I attach to my nursing bra. It's been working great!
I love reading historical fiction. You know that. However, some of my favorite historical figures are, well, not exactly the best people. But one thing I always think about is how we can't compare the morals and actions of our predecessors to our morals and standards. For example, look at Henry VIII. He was a terrible womanizer and executed how many people? But look at his surroundings. His father had only secured the throne a few years back as a result of the cousins' war. If Henry VIII couldn't provide an heir, the country would be thrown into turmoil once more. This is not to excuse his actions, but merely to put them into context and give them some perspective. No doubt he shouldn't have cheated, or killed, any of his wives, but were women valued then? Were men, especially the nobility, expected to be faithful? No!! That was part of their power, part of showing the court who was in charge. One didn't necessarily lose respect by having a mistress then as one loses it now. Think former President Clinton and Newt Gingrich. Henry, on the other hand, was a beloved king. Men wanted to be him and women wanted to be with him. He wasn't judged then as harshly as he would be by committing the same actions now, because they didn't have the same standards during his reign. It's impossible to judge him, or any other historical figure, by today's standards. We have to look at the whole picture or it's simply unfair.
So last week at Jordyn's baptism, I realized I had a problem. The stretch material of my dress was stretching down too low in front. I figured if I shortened up the shoulder straps, then I wouldn't have to be pulling up my dress all the time. However, I don't actually own a sewing machine or really know all that much about sewing, but I figured I'd give it a shot. I used the back stitch that I learned from my cross-stitching adventures earlier this year. I think it worked out pretty well! I wore the dress to church yesterday and didn't have to pull it up once!