December 23rd, 2011
I’m sure you all can agree that it’s been a busy holiday season. At first I was excited about Christmas being on a Sunday… but now it just seems really inconvenient as far as trying to get everything ready by a Friday.
I tried to give myself a break this year and not beat myself up about doing everything that I wanted to, and one of those things that did not get done was our Christmas card. We just never had a good time to get pictures done, and ended up having my friend Gennifer take them on the fly. There was still time to get them printed and sent, but with our travel schedule, it did just not work out… so our card this year is an e-card delivered via my blog, facebook, and email. So really we are just super “green” right? So in lieu of a card in the mail, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The decorating mostly got done – I couldn’t slack on this since its our first year in the house and I was excited to see how my existing decorations fit the new house. I still need a bit of filler since the house is so much bigger than our apartment, but I can pick some of that up on clearance on Monday! Here are a few snapshots that I took of our decorations this year:
(the iphone 4s takes THE BEST night-time christmas tree photos)
I saw the ruffled tree skirt tutorial that was floating around pinterest. I got everything ready and started to glue all of those ruffles, but only made it a few inches and decided it would be MUCH MUCH easier to just sew the ruffles on (actually my mom was visiting and she sewed them on for me – which is why this is even finished BEFORE Christmas). And trust me, if you do this, SEW the dang ruffles on, you will save your fingers and yourself from going crazy.
I totally need two more cream stockings from pottery barn! And extra points for anyone who spots the baby!
One other exciting thing that happened this week was that our back splash tile went in the kitchen! It looks amazing and I’ll share it very soon!
I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing holiday weekend!
November 11th, 2011
For the past week, Oliver has been pulling a face that is cute enough to make you laugh until you cry:
It’s his pout face! If you take something away or make a loud noise or just in general upset his balance, he pulls these awesome pouty lips. And as quicky as it comes, it’s gone. So I’ve been desperately trying to get a photo of it because the cuteness cannot be contained, and finally succeeded today! He could not be any cuter. I love this boy!!
October 2nd, 2011
Okay just a really quick wrap-up.
1. The half kitchen is almost done. seriously almost. Just need the plumber to come and Mr. Project just needs to finish painting the dishwasher panels. Here is the most updated photo I have:
More is done than this, but I haven’t taken a photo yet… so this is what you get. Once it’s all done, I’ll do a big giant post with lots of photos. I still need to sew the shades – this probably wont get done for awhile.
2. Ollie is pretty much crawling. Though luckily he is mostly content to hang out and play with his toys. But if he gets bored… watch out because he’ll be across the room before you know it. He also loves his binky with a passion (that’s what the B is for):
He’s more creeping than anything else, but he is really good at it. Sometimes he’ll just do the “zombie crawl” as we like to call it where he drags his limp body behind him with his arms doing all the work. It’s pretty adorable, like everything else he does. He is also doing really really well at happily playing by himself. This I love.
3. I want to go to disneyland for Christmas
4. LDS Conference weekend was great… but I didn’t get anything done. But we did get to spend time with friends, which I loved.
5. My brain has stopped working so I can’t think of anything else! But since October is here, I thought I would mention my Free Advertising November because I’ve only gotten a few entries and really want to hear from you!
September 25th, 2011
Yay the house is finished being painted! It looks about a million times better than when we bought it. I do wish that the color looked a little more warm gray – it did on the swatch – but I still love it!
So now that the house looks all crisp and shiny, it makes the yard look that much more terrible (who knew the yard could look worse??). And we don’t really want to rip out the yard because we’re planning on ripping out all the concrete and re-designing the drive-way to wrap across the property. Until we do that, we’re not really doing anything else with the front other than trying to keep the brambles tamed. But eventually the driveway will wrap the width of the yard thus making it less steep of a drive. And we’ll get rid of the pine tree and all the rosemary and hedge-y bushes and put a lot of modern landscaping instead. So it will look really nice once it’s done.
The cherry countertops are not yet installed in the kitchen. I’m trying not to think about it too much, but it should happen this week, they are really close to being finished. The kitchen is one of those things that just feel like it will never be done and you just give-up hope until it’s actually finished.
In Ollie news…. Ollie can now move front, back, side to side, he’s completely mobile folks! He now has the core strength to go from sitting to laying without falling, which is great news! He has been teething and his little mouth is hurting him. So we had a slightly whiney Ollie this week paired with a low fever. poor guy. I can tell that there is something awakened in him… a need to explore EVERYTHING. Whereas before he was content to sit and play, now he wants to move and touch and taste and be everywhere. He sees everything and wants to experience it too. Its so much fun to see him really see the world, but at the same time, it’s a lot more work! I really need to get this product line finished so that I can go back to only working at night. Pretty soon he’s not going to be containable at all!!
I did much better at taking photos this week. I was even able to get a few on Monday morning before my parents left… so at least I got those few photos of their trip.
Ollie spent a lot of time with his grandma
and his Grandpa.
And they all had a lot of fun.
And I was so happy they all got to spend time together.
He started doing this cute thing where he gnaws on his lower lip.
I tried to get a few pics of him doing it because it was just too cute!
And we played with possible hairstyles
But settled on his regular mo-poof.
And Ollie fell asleep snuggling his new favorite stuffed animal – Rodney the Rhino.
And speaking of photos, be sure to join the October photo challenge. I’m going to try and get a linky thing going. You can also have your blog linked via Our Wired Lives.
September 18th, 2011
**Okay not quite pioneer style since this is typed and on the internet… but there are NO photos because NO photos were taken this week even though they should have been taken because 1. Ollie will never be as little as he is now, and 2. His grandparents were in town and there is no visual record. I’m super sad, but trying not to beat myself up too much. **
It’s been quite the week! So all week – like every waking moment – I’ve been working on my new line for MME. By Wednesday I felt burnt out, by Thursday I was ready to kill someone! So I took the day off, and boy was it a glorious day. But then I had to get back to it in the evening. The hardest thing about working so hard on one specific project is that everything else on my to-do list completely goes by the wayside and after a few days, I just feel like I’m getting nothing else done but the one task. I just hate that feeling. So I am hoping to be finished very soon so that I can get moving on my other obligations. I also miss my baby! I’ve still gotten to spend some quality time with him. But not like my normal schedule, I just miss being with him all the time.
The world has been twirling and swirling around my stationary body. My parent’s visit has been so much fun. They have loved to spend time with Ollie and see him grow and play. I have tried to steal a few minutes here and there to just sit and chat, and I actually cooked this week! I swear it’s been almost 2 years since I’ve actually cooked a real non-holiday meal. I guess it’s those types of experiences that busy steals from you, busy and pregnant and sometimes lazy. I do feel after this week of cooking, that we should be making an effort to plan and make dinners.
Ollie has been growing by leaps and bounds. He has finally taken to rolling over on his stomach, and he especially loves to do so when I’m changing his diaper or getting him dressed. He so badly wants to crawl and he’s figured out how to scoot backwards and inch his way in any direction to get where he wants to go. Luckily we are much much faster than he is… for now. I swear I didn’t get any photos this week Which is especially sad because my folks were here. I’m mad at myself, but I was working so much I just never had a great opportunity to make it happen. Ollie also learned how to wave this week, and is now enjoying squeeling, grunting, growling and yelling as much as he can at the least opportune times. The rest of the time, he’s super mellow. I guess he just likes to break the silence. He started to cry a few times when I left the room this week. A little separation anxiety perhaps, but most likely him having a hard time not being with his mommy all the time. He is sleeping like a champ, and goes to sleep at night really well. His daytime naps are another story. He fights naptime about half the time, but lately I’ve just been putting him in his crib when he gets this way, and he manages to get himself to sleep and with less fussing then if I were trying to sooth him. Works for me! I think his teeth are coming in. You can feel some roughness when you rub his gums. He also had a little bit of a cold on Friday, but I think it was just related to teething since it was over so quickly. He’s also been running a little bit of a fever or “elevated temperature” as my doctor likes to call any temp below 99.0. It was hard to see him so sad, but I’m glad that he’s feeling a little bit better now.
Spencer and I gave talks in church this week. It was not the best week to speak in church because of all the busy, but somehow we managed to find time somewhere to prepare, and I think we did a pretty good job. We spoke on missionary work and I really felt inspired to be better at sharing with people our beliefs. It was also nice to have my parents there to hear us speak and to wrangle Ollie for us.
The house had some BIG changes this week. The whole exterior was painted!!! Or rather it’s still being painted, but we’re really close. It’s looking so nice, but now it looks too nice and it makes the landscaping look even worse!! We’re going to have to scrape together some money and re-do the driveway and front yard in the not-to-distant future. The painting should be done Monday or Tuesday, so I’ll get a before/after photo when it’s all done.
This week we went and got wood for the wood countertops. We purchased cherry, but I’m freaking out a bit because I want it to be dark – but dark like cherry and not dark like walnut. But Mr. Project is a purist and won’t stain it. We have gotten some advice to leave it out in the sun to darken it naturally, so hopefully that will be a good compromise. I found backslash tile this week, and need to get it ordered. Mr. Project said something about having the countertop installed before Thursday… so we’ll see what happens. But I would be estatic if it were installed because that would mean that we could have the sink, garbage disposal, and dishwasher all installed as well. YIPPEE!!!! I will try to be a much much better blogger this week and get progress photos.
I also managed to choose my new Creative Contributor team! I received so many great entries and it was really hard to choose. I will be announcing the contributors tomorrow morning, so check back tomorrow.
So that was our week. I feel like my brain is only half working, but I wanted to get all of this down before I forgot since I don’t have photos to jog my memory.