December 31, 2009
December 29, 2009
On Christmas Eve, Noah had one thing to say: I'm Not Sleepy!
He was so fascinated with this toy even though it didn't cost hardly anything. He pressed the button and the little airplane would light up and spin.
Noah's new jammies from his Aunt Danielle
Every year since our kids were little my brother Bob has given all of his nieces and nephews money for Christmas. That 40 dollars each adds up to quite a bit since their are 17 of them. They are so blessed to have such a generous and loving uncle who as you can see in this photo, is their Mr. Wonderful!
My daughters have been cooking up a storm this year so I gave them each one of my favorite cookbooks. Danielle and Matt sharing a Christmas moment.
My mother with her newest little great granddaughter Kenna Mae.
December 22, 2009
I love this quote I read today from our President:
“One of the things that I’ve felt very strongly about during the course of this year is that hard stuff requires not paralysis, but it requires going ahead and trying to make the best of the situation that you’re in."
via: Michael Crowley
December 19, 2009
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November 28, 2009
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November 24, 2009
I love this cute idea from Blonde Designs for a Thanksgiving activity for kids. You have them put together little treat bags with each item highlighting the symbolism of Thanksgiving. For instance, Candy Corn and Popcorn: The sacrifices of the pilgrims first winter. Food was so scarce that settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn.
What a great way to get kids talking about what Thanksgiving really represents. I can't wait until Noah and his cousins are a little older so we can do this with them.
November 23, 2009
And now.....always bringing me Happiness!
To my sweet daughter, things I love about you
You put your heart and soul into being a good Mom to Noah
You are compassionate to those around you
You don't judge people and try to walk in their shoes
You are open minded and love learning new things
You are becoming a good cook and give me great recipes
You make me laugh
You are excited about learning to sew
You get strength from your faith
You are forgiving
You work super hard in school
and my favorite thing about you
you love hanging out with your Mom!
November 21, 2009
I love this idea from Sunset in the first photo of using a creamer as individual gravy boats. This one is only 1.95 from Crate and Barrel. It reminded me of the mini salt and pepper shakers above that I bought several years ago. They are so great to use at times like Thanksgiving or whenever you have guests over. Everyone always loves having their own salt and pepper shaker at their place setting. I'm sure they would enjoy having their own little gravy boat too!
November 15, 2009
November 12, 2009
Update: Kenna made it through the surgery well and we are so relieved. We are now just praying the Kasai procedure works and that she will be healthy again soon. She is such a brave precious little girl!
November 11, 2009
November 9, 2009
via: Cup of Jo
November 8, 2009
1. Love walking through your front door
2. Your home should feel collected over time
3. Let each room tell a story of who you are
4. Make your home your own
5. Create a space that grounds you
6. Your home is one of your greatest reflections
My favorite #3!
November 7, 2009
November 5, 2009
We are going to be moving in a couple of months. I am excited about the move because we will be living close to my family and only a mile and a half from the beach! I love the beach weather in Southern California, it is as close to perfect as you can get. The other great thing is I am really familiar with the area because I grew up and lived there for 25 years. One big challenge with this move though is I am going from a house of 3500 sq. ft. to a house of 1200 sq. ft. This is going to require completely different decorating. Since my living dining area is going to be so much smaller I have started gathering pictures for inspiration. The pictures above are a few of my favorites for a small space.
images: home sweet home
November 2, 2009
October 30, 2009
Since its Halloween weekend its a perfect time to post these pictures of a cute condo I saw decorated in orange and black. I wouldn't normally think of using these colors but love these rooms especially the dining room. Orange decor is everywhere now though and really adds a pretty brightness to a room.
photos by me
October 29, 2009
As for my brother Bill, he was released from the hospital yesterday and we are so happy he is home! We did have another scare a few days after the surgery. He had an inflammation of the heart membrane that caused him to be very sick while he was trying to recover from the surgery. It took them several long days for the doctors to figure out what was wrong with him and put him on steroids. Immediately he improved. We learned with bypass surgery this can be a complication to be aware of and the patient needs to be put on steroids right away. If we would have know about this before hand we could have pressured the doctors to put him on steroids earlier and he wouldn't have suffered needlessly. We are hoping Bill's story can help other people who have to go through this in the future.
image: Sarah Hull photography
October 28, 2009
October 25, 2009
via: apartment therapy