Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

These guys, fried pickles and a black and tan... I can't think of a better way to celebrate the new year...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Perfect Tree


November is a very busy month for our little family. Both my step-kids have birthdays in November, as well as my sister and grandmother just to name a few. For the latter two I got fabulous scarves and mini umbrellas. For A & D, it was a little more elaborate...

There were banners...

And cakes...

And presents...

Most (all but the #10 cake) made my illustrious husband Mike. He is fabulous. Lucky us...


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There's no present pressure (except the nagging thought that Christmas is just around the corder), just delicious food, family, usually cold weather, and a raging fire (my dad doesn't do small fire)... it's wonderful! This year was especially wonderful because not only were there two adorable mobile little ones to enjoy it with, but most of our family came as well! So many in fact, that we had to cart all the food up to my dad's cabinet shop and set up a long line of tables up there to eat dinner. Cold, but honestly I didn't really notice because of the wonderful food and company.

Monday, September 27, 2010

12 Months... 1 year

Happy Birthday my sweet baby girl! We all love you so much... For your birthday party, you were a little social butterfly, having fun with all the kids and babies. You had fun opening your presents, and especially loved the tissue paper. You were mildly curious about your cake at first, but then you really got into it and managed to paint both your and your daddy's face with frosting. This year has flown by, and we have been ever-so-lucky to be able to watch you grow into the loving, hilarious, wonderful little person you are! I can't wait to see what you do next!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

30 years

Can it be? I'm definitely starting to feel it... and it feels good. Thank you to all the special people in my life who have made me feel so special today!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

11 months

Oh this girl. When I see this picture I'm reminded of a tree, with its age belied by the number of rings... well I can tell how old she's getting by the length of her hair: it's growing so fast! I've even had to learn how to do hair. She's getting into everything. She loves the lids from her baby food jars, biting onto them and crawling around making her stink face. She loves to empty out her toy box and climb into it. It's impossible for her not to empty out or tip over or somehow disrupt put away toys... we see her try; pausing before moving onto the next adventure, but she's always overcome with purpose, coming back to unstack the toy cups or whatever, then moving along to other things. She loves her daddy. "Da Da" is more often than not the first word out of her mouth upon waking. We think she's calling her sister "Na Na" and her brother "Ba Ba". Either that or "Tthhhbbbttt". She is so close to walking! She's been taking almost steps and walking along the perimeter of everything. My mom tells me I first walked on my birthday... we'll see if our girl takes after her mom next month!

Sunday, August 1, 2010


A wonderful weekend with family... couldn't ask for a better time... more here.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Baby Food

When I first found out I was pregnant, my friend gave me the book Cooking for Baby. I perused through it, dreaming about all the wholesome, natural foods I would be making my baby. Then our babe started eating solids, and somehow I just didn't have the energy to even think about making food for her, so we went with store bought. After filling a drawer and several counters with glass baby jars, I said "enough!", and pulled the book out. And I'm so glad I did! The food is so much better (or at least it tastes better to me, more like "real food", because it is), and ridiculously easier than I thought it would be. Most of the foods in the book call for steaming the fruit/veggies, so I just pulled out my wok & bamboo steamer, chopped up a bunch of stuff, and voila! In a day I had 2 weeks worth of food!

In the photo from left to right is: zucchini, yellow nectarine, white nectarine, pear, white peaches, yellow peaches and plum. I have since made more pear, peas and green beans with mint. The babe has loved all that she's tried so far!

10 Months

Wow... 10 months is almost a year, and it seems like I'm writing these posts in faster and faster succession, she'll be there before we know it! Our girl is such a character... she is so curious, figures things out really fast (like opening and closing and opening drawers), and loves her brother and sister so so much. She gets so excited when they come into the room: a big smile spreads across her face, her feet start pumping back and forth and she starts chirping and hyperventilating. Like I said, excited. She's crawls her way over to people, pulls herself up on their legs and starts chatting to them. Adorable. She used her highchair as a walker the other day, slowly but confidently walking her way across the kitchen floor. She started clapping yesterday, and I could hear her doing it in the back seat in the car on the way home. Made me grin from ear to ear. Oh yeah, and she has 2 teeth now! She looks so much older with them, and a bit more like her cousin. Every month when I sit down and reflect on our life with the girl, I think to myself, "right now is my favorite time so far", and this month is no different. Life with our dear girl just gets better and better!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Water Baby

We've been taking swim classes, and our babe is definitely a water baby. She loves the water, especially if brother and sister are around, and doesn't really mind getting dunked. Mind you, she still comes up looking pretty surprised, but doesn't get upset.

Notice the pasty-ness of both and babe? Poor girl, she doesn't stand a chance at a tan...

We got her suit here, and it's supremely cute on her. We got the hat to match, but she's not too fond of it, I think it's a bit too big for her, and Miss Curious doesn't like an obstructed view.

Today was our last class, and this weekend is the last swim meet for big sis, but I have a feeling if it stays as hot as it's going to be this weekend throughout the rest of the summer, we'll be getting plenty of swim time. And that makes this little girl pretty happy.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

8 Months & 9 Months

Time is passing... faster than I thought it could. I look back on pictures of the girl, mere months ago, and so much has changed! She is crawling... no more military crawl/downward dog-inchworm style movement, but proper crawling. Not only that, she's pulling herself to standing on every surface possible. Chairs, walls, legs, you name it she's tried it. And successfully! This girl's curiosity and joy has just grown and grown. We have discovered that she loves water, Cheerios and sand. We're taking swim class, and she keeps dunking her face under water, coming up with a look of surprise, not fear or concern. She can pop Cheerios like a champ, oftentimes chipmunking them away in her cheeks until they dissolve, which makes her breath nearly always smell of Cheerios. Now the sand... I haven't seen it yet, she gets to play in it at daycare, but I hear stories of her running it through her hands again and again, and kicking her feet in it. I have seen the leftovers in her shoes when she comes home though... I think it's about time to she went to the beach...

Oh sweet girl... what shall we do next?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Dylan's Birthday... and craftiness!

My nephew is a year old! I just can't believe it... and if Dylan's turning one, that means that PJ's going to turn one soon, and that is just crazy...

There was a party for the little man today, and it was very cool. My sister had a friend make a monkey cake with a special banana cake just for the birthday boy. It was hilarious how neat and tidy he was about eating his cake... we all were expecting a big mushy mess, but the only mess that was made was made by his parents in an effort to get him excited.

So for the big birthday boy I made a cloth book filled with his favorite things, and a ball, which I also took the liberty of putting in his book, because who wouldn't like a squishy ball made with love by your auntie?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

7 Months

Oh how time has flown by... I can't believe this chatty, happy, sitting up all by herself, wanting to crawl little girl used to be my teeny tiny little baby. And seeing my nephew in all his ever-moving state, with his "all done"s, his high fives and his first steps (!), I can't wait to see what's coming next! Crawling is definitely the next big milestone, and boy is she working on it. She can get on her hands and knees, and then she does the rock... back and forth, back and forth, with determination, looking ahead to where she wants to go. Her lack of crawling hasn't slowed her down in the slightest though, because she can get to anything she desires with a planned series of rolls and belly turns. And if all else fails, a little bark will get someone to pick her up and take her to what she wants. There is never a want for eager arms to hold our cheerful girl. She has a (somewhat surprisingly) observant and protective brother, a loving and warm sister, two parents that adore her, and Grammys, Grandmas, Grandpas, Great-Gamoos and Aunties to boot. This girl is by no means starved for attention. And speaking of attention, we have constantly fought with keeping the puppies from overrunning her with their excitement, and we finally let Phoebe sit and "play" with Olive, who discovered that keeping a wide berth of the weird hairless dog that rolls on the floor is actually a good idea. Phoebe is now in love with the puppies, and squeals with delight when they lick her hands with their soft tongues, and tries to put their long ears in her mouth. Such a sweet curious girl...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

5 Months

This is the month of the raspberry... she loves them and thinks they're hilarious. And so do we. She's making all kinds of other noises as well, trying them out, seeing how they feel. In fact, she said her first word yesterday: "Mom", followed quickly by what sounded like "Dad" to my unprepared and overjoyed ears. Amazing. She's rolling around all over the place. In her crib, she is never in the same place in the mornings that I put her the night before, and more often than not is completely perpendicular, or like this morning, a complete 180 degrees different. She is grabbing at everything... Daddy's beard, placemats at the table, her shoes, anyone's fingers... and they go straight into her mouth. She watches you intently anytime you eat or drink, and sometimes she moves her mouth like she's chewing right along with you. Her brother can make her laugh like no other. She watches her sister, studying her every move. She's learning everyone's names, and when you say them she looks around until she finds them. Then smiles. She smiles a lot. She gets really excited when Daddy comes home from work, and when we're walking up to daycare. Everyone knows her name in daycare, even the older kids, and they all say "goodbye" when we're leaving. It's the cutest thing. She's grown out of the hammock part of the baby bath, and can sit up during bathtime and loves it. She doesn't even mind when water gets in her eyes. I can't wait to take her to the pool when her sister has swim meets this summer. I'm already looking at swim suits. I want this one... She has so much hair, and it's forming into huge curls that stick up off the top of her head. Mike had a dream that after she fell asleep, we tucked her in for the night by hanging her up in the closet by her curl.

Oh my... how did I get so lucky?

Happy (Belated) St. Patrick's Day!

There was a lot of baking for St. Patrick's Day for a work party. Whew... I'm tired just thinking about it. We made Pistachio Pudding Cookies, Brown Butter Blondies (from Martha's Cookie Cookbook), Mint Oreo Truffles, and Rainbow Cupcakes. I made the Pistachio Pudding cookies just because they were green, but they were surprisingly very good. Blondies are always good, as are Martha's cookie recipes, so the Brown Butter Blondies were delicious.

I've been dying to make something from Bakerella, and her truffles didn't disappoint. I've got to say, for looking so fancy, they were pretty easy to make, just a bit time consuming. They were the most popular at the party, and I received several requests for the recipe.

My favorite were the Rainbow Cupcakes, because they were just so darned cute! After scouring the city for the right color Airheads, and a failed attempt to substitute regular taffy, Mike hit on the genius idea of using chewing gum to make the rainbows. I put several photos of his rainbow-making process on flickr.

Basically, he stacked gum moistened with water, cut the stack in three strips lengthwise, curved the strip into a rainbow shape, then trimmed the edges with a knife. Voila! A rainbow!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Before & After

Ahhh... that feels better...

Saturday, January 30, 2010

80's Movie Quote Cross-Stitch



I've had this idea in my head for a long time to take quotes from 80's movies that my friend Katy and I watched over and over (and over) again in college and turn them into cross-stitch sampler-type embroidery for her. It's both nostalgic and hilarious. Years have passed, and I've sat on this idea, promising myself, "I'll do it for her birthday next year." Well finally I got my act together, and put together something that actually matches the idea I had in my head. Of course, I had Mike's help: he designed the pictures. I used StitchPoint for the letters. I'm pretty pleased with them. I think I'm going to keep doing these. There's definitely some Breakfast Club lingo coming, and another homage to Lloyd Dobler in the form of a Malibu...

What we did today

Modeled old classics...

Dominoes... in a dapper hat, of course...

Spent birthday money (finally)...

It was a very good day.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

4 Months

She's pushing herself up now, giggling, and smiling a ton. She rides on her invisible unicycle, and is discovering toys, her hands and her feet. She loves her brother and sister and can watch them forever. She sticks her chin out when she's done eating and falling asleep, and her eyebrows turn red when she's tired. She still has a bald spot, but her hair is growing longer all the time. Her rooster 'fro is back. She takes a bottle like a champ (after tricking us into stressing that she would refuse it when I went back to work) and loves hanging out with her Daddy. She moved from the cradle to the crib. I can't believe how big she's getting. I can't wait to see what she does next.
Oh how I love this girl...

Monday, January 4, 2010

Phoebe's Quilt

Phoebe's quilt is finally finished! I made her a sized down Single Girl quilt. I had it all pieced and ready to quilt before she was born, but it sat and sat until my Aunt rescued it and quilted it beautifully (of course). I am so so happy with it! And I think Phoebe is too...