Tuesday, December 29, 2009
What I am going to tell you about is the great birthday presents our ward Primary is giving to the kids. BUTTONS! We're using WackyButtons.com to produce them, and I did the designs. The prices were really reasonable, too.
So fun...makes me wish I were a kid again.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Chick with a Curious George mask onPlaying musical chairs& having fun with blowers
Monkey, with her birthday crown, opening presents with Daddy
one of her favorite gifts, a new stainless steel sippy cup
A view of the room
The birthday girl with G'ma N.
Playing with streamers after the party
This is actually the next morning. I woke up a little early & was wishing that she could wear her Uno shirt to church (she didn't have any skirts). Since I was up early I decided to make a simple little skirt for her. This fabric was a little remnant from when my Mom or someone had made me an easter dress...I'd guess I was around 6.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
(I got 1, 2, 6, & 11)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Last weekend we had a delicious dinner at my brother Mike's house (eating there is always gourmet) and then we rushed off to see Disney On Ice. Both girls LOVED it. It started at 7:30, and Chick (stinker that she is) hadn't napped that day. Needless to say, she was tired. But she WILL NOT sleep if there's something to see, so it was fine. Her favorite parts were: seeing Donald Duck, the Cars, and "our fairy cousins" (not sure why the fairies are our cousins....). Monkey liked the show at first & was clapping along. For the second half she was more interested in the family behind us, and the picture of her wearing the hat is when the father let her borrow it from his girls. Anyhow, it was super fun: Thanks Ivonne for the tickets!
This week has been busy with layout (of course), but I've also filled in the gaps with Christmas gift planning & crafting!! I honestly think this is my favorite time of year: Not actually Christmas, but right now, when all of our birthdays + Christmas are almost here & I get to make fun things. I love it. It's even better this year because the furnace broke & we have to keep a fire going in the fireplace, which makes it extra cozy. Add in some Jon Schmidt music and spiced cider (recipe link below) and the Thankful Wall (though a bit sparce still) and some cold rainy weather (with occasional gusty wind) outside and you have a little Autumn perfection.
On Sunday we had church and then were supposed to have my sister & her kids over for dinner...but her son had the flu. So we invited my Aunt Diana over instead. Here's a little video of the girls at dinnertime.
Here's another little perfection: a little video of Monkey with her two favorite things (cell phone & rocking chair).
Anyhow, that was last week. This weekend HH had a scout training overnighter, so rather than being home with the girls by my lonesome I went to my sister Judy's house (which is 10 minutes from his campout) and let the girls run wild with Jude's foster boys while we had a crafty day. Yummy comfort food & productivity with my sister...can't be beat. I got two projects done, and two half done (I may post pictures, but maybe not, since Chick sometimes likes to look at the pictures on my blog).
On Sunday we had the postponed dinner with my sister Melinda & her kids. For both of the Sunday dinner's (with Aunt Diana & with Melinda) I did the same recipes: Apple Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Pumpkin Casserole (I used less sugar the first time & it was better that way). Last night we also had this Pineapple Cider. All of the recipes were a success, but the pumpkin casserole is my favorite-- I could eat an entire pan all by myself. I think Monkey could, too. I'm making it again for Thanksgiving.
I guess that brings me up to date. Oh, and I added a ticker, which you probably already saw. We're due May 27th.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
And Heather is the winner for the giveaway. And speaking of giveaways, some of you have not gotten your giveaways from last time & I just wanted to say that I have not forgotten about you, I just need to get busy and make it!!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
I also made a black feather wreath. I think I'd eventually like to have scads of Halloween wreaths and have a different one for each of the doors in the hallway, but for now we have this one on the front door. (I also did the cheesecloth this year--tea dyed for aging & then distressed with scissors and ripping).
This is Chick's artwork from preschool this week & I love it! It was painted with a marble.
On Friday we went to my Sister & parents' church party. It was lots of fun, and both girls liked having the extra family members around. Here are some of the other costumes:
My neice: Integrity Value BarbieMy brother-in-law: Jack Sparrow My nephew: Captain Borbosa (the two guys hosted one of the rooms for trick-or-treating & had it all decorated in Pirates of the Carribbean style...I didn't get a picture, but it was awesome)
On Saturday we went to our church's Trunk-or-Treat. HH handed out glow bracelets with Monkey (yup, we didn't do candy) while I took Chick around to the other cars. It was raining & cold (pretty typical of this area...I have many memories & pictures of cold, wet Halloweens), so after the trunk-or-treat we skipped going to the town center & just headed home. We went around the neighborhood & then watched 'Monsters vs. Aliens' with HH & Chick doing door duty.
While HH & I were helping finish with clean-up at Trunk or Treat, Chick sat shivering in the back of the jeep. I don't know if you can tell very well in the picture, but she was totally frozen & miserable at this point.On the drive home Chick was really interested in all of the candy in her pumpkin. HH gets most of it, but I did save some for her (like M&M's...she really likes "Emma M's")