And, from Jim... We're still playing with it, but we love it already! He asked me not to write about the first Christmas in our new house when we decided to only get each other one present and to paint the living room. My one gift was a Home Depot gift card wrapped in a box with a rock and a "contract" to help me paint. As awful as it was and sounds, I could see that he knew how badly I wanted some color on our white walls and he was being thoughtful. He's done MUCH better since!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
They beat NY 3-0. It's only the second time that an expansion team has won their opening game. (And beating NY... just icing on the cake!)
We had some company over to watch the game and although Stella hadn't seen a couple of Jim's friends for a while she warmed right up to them and was showing off all night. She even sat on Kyle's lap for a while! (She does like the guys already) The picture is terrible, I don't quite know why.
Monday, March 16, 2009
I LOVE this picture! Three things that I always want to remember: how much she loves to "bake", the way she always crosses her feet in her chair, and how she sticks her little tongue out when she concentrates. (Like her great-grandpa!)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
A picture of Stella and Jim playing while I mess around with the settings on my camera. I can't figure out how to take clear pictures without the background being extremely dark.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Cupcakes for the kiddos (they're supposed to look like baby rattles, it's a little tough to see in the picture and I keep thinking of Charlie Brown when I see the one on the bottom right!)
A crummy picture of the cake...
And trifle that I take to every family function just because I love to eat it!
The shower was for my cousin who's having a little boy. I gave her a playmat and taggie blanket. I love the playmats! (I only sold one on Etsy so I took them down and am just going to use them for shower gifts.) I used ours all of the time last summer. It's the perfect size for a little one who isn't mobile whether you're indoors or out. There are grommets and a drawstring cord so when you're ready to go you pull the cord and it makes a bag that you can put all of the toys in. I left toys in ours and it hung on a hook right inside our garage door ready to go at anytime. It would also be good to leave in your trunk if you have any room with all of the other baby stuff. I can't take credit for it, I got the idea from Martha Stewart and waited about 6 years to make one. I found great fabric that is vinyl coated cotton so it's water/sand/dirt proof. Here is Stella with hers last year.
(Ok, the one I have of her using it is on the other computer, but here is a picture of what it looks like pulled into a bag.)
If you can get a good deal on the fabric and are a sewer I think it's a great gift
Here's the one with her using it!
But now it's time to make our house calmer, more organized, and more beautiful. (If only for the year or so we have left to live there.) Do you read these girls? They're sisters, and I just found their blogs. They are both so inspiring when it comes to decorating your home. I'm currently working on decluttering/cleaning up the kitchen. I think I'm going to do this in all of the rooms before I actually get to the decorating part... or perhaps not. :) I've already printed off several pages from their sites for my new idea book. I know I'll never have a show house, but my goal is just to make every room in my house a place that I love to be!
And finally, a picture of Little Girlfriend because I just can't seem to post without one! Sitting (not very lady-like) in her cousins bouncy chair. She never liked her own this much!