Big Bang Theory Baby T-Shirt {The World’s Best Number}

One of my favorite shows of all time is The Big Bang Theory.  Funny thing is that I hadn’t heard of it until shortly before the Monkey was born.   Twelve months later, I’ve seen every episode of Big Bang Theory!  I know what Bazinga means, the cultural purpose of a hot beverage, the paradigm of Schrödinger’s Cat, about the benefits of adding Lizard and Spock to the “Rock, Paper, Scissors” game, and I can sing my sick children to sleep with Soft Kitty.  Needless to say, The Big Bang Theory has become an integral part of my life.  I was so excited (and oddly enough proud) for Jim Parsons when he won an Emmy on Sunday for his role as Sheldon.  He deserved it.   While Modern Family is one of my other favorite shows, I was a little disappointed that the Big Bang Theory didn’t win the Best Comedy award.  I have been eagerly awaiting the season seven premiere on Thursday (September 26, at 8pm).   In honor of the starting of a new season of adventure with my favorite group of nerdy scientists, I created a shirt for Monkey to wear on Thursday.  I have my own Big Bang Theory shirt, actually I have three, but the Monkey didn’t have one.

My Mom Made That: Big Bang Theory ShirtOne of my favorite things to watch on the show is Sheldon’s t-shirt options.  He has a rotation of t-shirts, and starting in season 4, a new shirt with the number “73″ appeared.  Mellow Man and I weren’t quite sure why until we watched the episode titled, “The Alien Parasite Hypothesis.”  Apparently, the number 73, is the best number in the world:

Sheldon: What is the best number? By the way, there’s only one correct answer.
Raj: 5,318,008?
Sheldon: Wrong! The best number is 73…  You’re probably wondering why.
Leonard: No.
Howard: Uh-uh.
Raj: We’re good.
Sheldon: 73, is the 21st prime number, its mirror 37 is the 12th and its mirror 21 is the product of multiplying, hang on to your hats, 7 and 3. Did I lie?
Leonard: We get it! 73 is the Chuck Norris of numbers!
Sheldon: Chuck Norris wishes! In binary, 73 is a palindrome, 1001001, which backwards is 1001001, exactly the same. All Chuck Norris gets you backwards is Sirron Kcuhc!
Raj: Just for the record, when you enter 5,318,008 in a calculator, upside down it spells BOOBIES!


Image of the 73 Shirt from CBS

It’s hard for me not to have a special warm fuzzy place in my heart for the number 73 now.  I decided to use a heat transfer flocked material to make a shirt for Monkey, just like the one I made for our Disney trip. I turned on my beloved Portia, Silhouette Portrait machine, and found a san serif font to try to imitate the appearance on Sheldon’s shirt, and put them inside a circle.  I found a 12 Month shirt in a multitude of colors (this is an Amazon Affiliate link, but the exact item I purchased!), and I liked all of the options, along with the price.  It only took Portia about 5 minutes to cut out the pattern, and another 30 seconds with the silhouette hook to make the image look like this:

My Mom Made That: Big Bang Theory ShirtI followed the directions for the flocked transfer material to iron it into place, and it took a little while, but I wanted to make sure that it was on securely!  Then came the challenging part of the project– getting a good picture of the Monkey wearing the shirt! I spent 90 minutes trying to get a good, post-worthy photo of the Monkey wearing his Best Number shirt.  He wasn’t much in the mood to pose for me.  I got out the train, because, like Sheldon, the Monkey loves his riding train.  As you can see below, that didn’t really do the trick either!  Hopefully, he’ll be in the mood to sit still and enjoy the show on Thursday!

My Mom Made That: Big Bang Theory ShirtDo you love the Big Bang Theory? If you are crazy about the show, and you’d like to check out some more Big Bang Theory projects to get you in the mood for the Season 7 premiere (Thursday, September 26th on CBS), here’s a collection of projects by some of my favorite craft bloggers:

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The Name Game {Stepfamily Situations}

As I have previously mentioned, Monkey has horrible acid reflux. We’ve gone through 4 prescriptions since the start of the year, and while it’s gotten better, we still haven’t found the perfect remedy. Needless to say, all of the medicine, plus a national shortage on sodium bicarbonate, has made me get to know my local pharmacy very well. They know me and Monkey by sight now. However, we always confuse them when we go to pick up a medicine. If it’s my prenatal vitamins, it’s under one last name, if it’s Monkey’s reflux meds it is under another, and then of course, Frog had strep throat a few months ago, and that’s under a third last name!

My Mom Made That: The Great Family Name GameI envy the homes that can have a simple address stamp that reads “The Smith Family,” followed by the address. If we did ours, it would read something like: The Smith-Brown-Jones Family, and we always exceed the letter limit. It’s just not practical for us. Instead we have personal labels for Frog, and then a “Emily and MM” stamp for everyday use.

Last names are challenges for lots of families, but they are particularly challenging for stepfamilies. I have plenty of friends who have kept their maiden names, or hyphenated their names, or the whole family hyphenated the two names, etc. Those situations are somehow easier than what a stepfamily goes through. A lot of the name challenges that keeping a maiden name causes are by choice, but you are somewhat more restricted when remarrying with children.

When I got divorced, I had the ability to change my last name back to my maiden name. I didn’t do it though. I wanted to have the same last name as Frog. I wanted us still to be a family. He was starting school, and I didn’t want to confuse the teachers or the pediatrician’s office, etc. I figured that if I remarried, I would just change it again. When MM and I decided to get married, I didn’t quite know what to do.  Do I take his last name, and leave Frog separate from us, and our future children?  Do I keep my son’s last name, and not have the same name as my husband, but a previous husband?  I didn’t really like either option, so I went back to my maiden name.

Believe it or not, switching back to my maiden name, from a previous married name, with a marriage certificate with a third last name, is quite a challenge.  It took me 3 separate trips to the social security office!  If you ever try to do this, be on the safe side, and take ever official document you have ever received, all marriage licenses, divorce decrees, birth certificates, etc.  They might decide to ask for them!

Switching last names in the middle of Frog’s school career has been a challenge too.  The teachers and my son’s friends don’t know what to call me.  When I send emails out to parents, I now have to put my relationship in parentheses after my name, like this: (“Frog’s Mom”).  This prevents people from writing back and saying, “Who exactly are you?”  In fact, in my email signature, I have my maiden name, and Frog’s last name in the header.  I figured that would cover all of the PTA/School/Sports related messaging I do, while clearly helping people know that I am now going by my maiden name.

Unfortunately, this past week, I realized that I had even a bigger problem.  You might recall that little Monkey has just started preschool, two days a week.  Well, neither of my names on my email account are Monkey’s last name.  I was asked to help with a preschool fundraiser, and I replied back to the chair of the committee, answering her questions.  She replied, and told me that she wasn’t sure who I belonged to, as neither of my last name options applied to any child on the school’s roster.  Yes, it appears that I now need to have both of my children’s last names in my email signature!  I replied with an emoticon, and told her that I was part of one of those wonderful modern families, where no one’s names really matched.

These families are more common than you think.  Stepfamilies, or some variety of non-traditional family with children are no longer just the exception!  To deal with these challenges,  I know that modern stepfamilies are doing all sorts of things.  I know a mom who hyphenated her last name, so that both sets of her children from both of her marriages had the same name as she did, at least in part.  There are lots of variations out there, and none of them are right for everybody.  Each family has to do what works best for them, but each family is just thata family! 

I don’t mind if you can’t figure it out, or if you are confused.  It is confusing! I’d rather you just ask if it doesn’t make sense to you.  I’m not embarrassed.  I’m not ashamed.  It’s not a hush-hush topic.  I’m also not trying to be difficult or make things complicated for pediatricians, schools or other organizations.  Nor, am I trying to make a political statements with confusing family name situation.  It’s just how my family works!

Here’s the other thing that’s important to know, I’ll answer to whatever last name you pull out of the hat.  Or Frog’s Mom. Or Monkey’s Mom.  Or even, Hey You!   But, I hope you won’t mind or be embarrassed if I tell what I’d like you to call me.  (I’m happy for you to do the same!)

My Mom Made That: The Name GameI’ve found the kids that know our family just roll with this oddity far better than adults.  In fact, a lot of times, they don’t even bother with my last name, and just call me: Frog’s Mom.  At the end of the day, that is what’s more important to me than having the same last name as my kiddo, making sure that everyone knows that he’s mine and I’m proud of him.  Now that Monkey’s in school the same is true with him, just know that he belongs to me, and I belong to him, and we’re all good, no matter what last name you use!




A Flocked Heat Transfer Onesie for a Special Disney Auntie

We just got home last night from vacation.  (If you’d like to catch up with our trip, check out these pictures.)  It was a very busy 10 days, and I’m kind of extremely tired.  We got to see a lot of wonderful things.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a few months, you might remember that my fabulous sister-in-law works at Walt Disney World. I think she has the best perks of any employee anywhere, and one of her job benefits is her ability to bring in her friends and family into Disney World gratis at certain times of the year (not every day, but she gets a generous number of passes and entry allowances). This means that we get to visit Walt Disney World at least once a year.  To get us ready for our spectacular Disney vacation, and to show our appreciation to a wonderful auntie, I got out to try my hand at one of the items on my Silhouette checklist.  I used some Flocked Heat Transfer material from Silhouette, and was pleased with how easy it was to make this onesie for a favorite auntie.

My Mom Made That: Disney Onesie
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Traveling with a Nursing Infant to Washington DC: Part 1

My Mom Made That: Traveling DC Icon

We just got back from another trip with the Monkey, and I realized that some of my experiences traveling with my nursling could possibly be helpful to other mothers out there.  Monkey has just turned 9-months-old, and has been exclusively breast-fed since birth.  Traveling with him has reminded me that there are situations and challenges that mothers encounter when hitting the road with a nursing baby.  I’ve also learned that many places are well suited for finding a quiet spot for nursing while others were probably better skipped until the Monkey was a bit older.   I travel to Washington, D.C. about once a year.  My last trip there was about 10 months ago, shortly before Monkey made his appearance.  Frog went with me on that trip.  He opted out of going back to DC this time around, as it would have caused him to miss a swim meet.

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Wordless Wednesday: Asleep on the job

Being wordless isn’t something that generally describes me.   Wordless and still, are two things I am not.  However, I like the concept of Wordless Wednesday, and Nancy over at Do Small Things with Love made a new button for Wordless Wednesday:

Small Things

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