Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
My tiny E turned 4 months old on the 17th and she is a definitely a true joy. She weighs in at a hefty 14 pounds, 6 ounces which is a change from the G-ster (who I call the white wisp because of her slight size and pale skin/hair).
I love using the chalkboard to archive this monthly milestone. I "borrowed" the idea from Shannon at Bless Our Nest. I've added a little drawing in the corner for each month (books and apple for Sept, jack-o-lantern for Oct, turkey for Nov, Christmas tree for Dec). Here are the previous months pics (posted to the old bloggeroo and I figure you all want to see my cute kid so I'll add them here).
Thursday, December 23, 2010
• Christmas craziness!!! (the best kind of crazy...shopping, parties, random merriment)
• the stomach bug (first G, then E, next moi, finally The Hubs (he was the biggest baby)
• and the worst of all...Online traffic school!!! Yes, I got a speeding ticket. I didn't know I was "exceeding the posted limit" and I'm not a fast driver so it was really a bummer. And traffic school was mind-numbing, poke-my-eye-out boring, and put-me-out-of-my-misery painful.
Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope to get back onto the swing of things soon.
Friday, December 10, 2010
And these guys didn't disappoint! I have loved Johnny Mathis' renditions of holiday tunes since I was a little wee one and, HELLO, Josh Groban's voice was created for Christmas songs! So, this week I'm giving you a rundown of my fa la la la favorites.
1) Sleigh Ride Johnny Mathis
2) Little Drummer Boy Josh Groban
3) In the Bleak Midwinter James Taylor
4) Winter (album) George Winston
5) Let There be Peace on Earth Vince Gill
6) Do You Hear What I Hear (from an old record that my mom used to have which has now gone the way of our Fisher Price Little People camper and my first tooth...um, lost)
7) Angels from the Realms of Glory (as played by moi on my mom's piano. It's like singing in the shower... if I had to do it anywhere else it would just be crap-ola but in our living room at home I sound like Mozart tickling the ivories)
8) Any "true" Christmas carols played at the church I grew up in on Christmas Eve or Day (not those Lutheran dirges that are in the section marked "Christmas" -- the REAL, well-known, don't-have-to-look-at-the-hymnal-to-follow-along, hymns)
I'll pretty much listen to anything festive except that I don't like it when pop stars try to write new Christmas songs or sing old ones all jazzy. Just be traditional for goodness sake...isn't that part of the Christmas experience!?!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
This precious little mousie is MY FIRST ORNAMENT EVER!!! See where it says '80 (guess I'm giving away my age but I couldn't not share)? Thanks Mom for saving it for me!
Monday, December 6, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
I just cut the bead string and with a little help from my favorite elf...
and a 10 inch vase...
I ended up with this! I love it and am very, very bummed that it is leaving my house. Boo. But, I always figure the best gifts are the ones that I also want to keep. Part of the joy of the Christmas season is sharing something lovely with others.
This is an alternate option and actually the one I ended up going with. I like that it looks a bit like a traditional holiday trifle. Custard, good. Jam, good. Meat, gooooood.
Update: About an hour after finishing the project, I saw a little waded up pile of tissue paper in the corner of the room. Low and behold, there were extra stars and red beads under it. So it turns out I have a few to use for a project in my casa as well! Yay! Looks like my little elf is also a little hoarder.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Ta-da! The finished yard. I know, I know. You're shocked at how tiny it is. But believe it or not, this isn't a tiny yard for Las Vegas. We looked at another home in this neighborhood that had 3 feet between the back patio and the wall. Yikes! Also, yes, the grass is fake-o-roonie. That's right. Its turf. It took a little getting used to for me too but in the end, its so much better than watering a real lawn and seems to be pretty standard around here.
And, as you all know, no space is ever finished. We'd love to get a table (for the part you can't see up against the house. No pics of this for now because its littered with a certain kiddos toys) and add lounge chairs and a firepit in the bigger concrete space. I'll be sure to post pics once thats finished (not anytime soon with all the other projects we have in store). Who knew a brand new house needed so much TLC?!?
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
In an effort to gain some bloggy friends I am starting from scratch. New name. New URL. New plan of attack. I want this to be about more than my family. I want this blog to be about reaching out to people. We move a lot (6 times in 8 years) and blogging can be a great way to help those far away keep up with our life but if they're not reading it, I think its time to make some new friends. That's where you come in. Please leave comments. Even if its just to point out a typo. Let me know that you're out there! Please!!!
P.S. I think I should point out that I am well aware that my old blog didn't get/keep any readers because it was a dud. I know that it stunk. Smellier in fact than a packed diaper genie on a cross-country move (that actually happened to us!). Anyway, I will take all responsibility for the failure of that one (and this one, too although I hope thats not the outcome). I realized that I wanted to link some of my projects to other blogs and was embarrased to do so using my old page. It had no organization, no wit, and no cohesive theme. I started blogging before I read many blogs so I didn't know about all the creative chicks out there and their amazing blog-ilicious talent. Now I know. No more excuses!