- make a birthday banner either out of fabric or card stock using color scheme from the invitations
- sew a table runner with leftover fabric from birthday banner
- make an arrangement with coffee filter "flowers" or something like that (my friend Stacey made some for her one-year-old's birthday that were adorable!)
- and that's about it for now!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
We had some rough times (terrible twos, terrible threes), but Joey has become such a sweet, considerate little girl. Most of the time, anyway! She adores Charlotte and takes pride in being a good big sister; she will stop what she's doing to give Charlotte some loving when she wants some attention. Joey is learning how to write her name and she drew her first self portrait a few weeks ago.
three (because she's three)
Chick-fil-A, Barnes & Noble
Pinkalicious; Disney princess stories
What she wishes for on a star:
a Princess Tiana doll
Check out Joey-isms from a year ago.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Shutterfly offers more than 900 (nine hundred) Christmas and holiday cards to choose from. If you have an idea of what you're looking for, you can view what you want to view. You can select as many options as you want under each category. Personally, I like to look at all of them. While a "whimsy" card might not be your cup of tea, you never know what will jump out to you.
Shutterfly has a convenient compare feature that allows you to select cards and, well, compare them with other cards that you like. It's much easier than opening multiple cards in separate windows to compare them. I figured that out the hard way.
These are some designs that I'm considering. Click on any of these pictures for a direct link to the card on Shutterfly.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Several weeks ago Charlotte had tubes put in her ears. Her surgery went well and the staff at Children's South took excellent care of us. Just a few days after the procedure she started making several new noises. I guess she just couldn't hear before! She now says "bye-bye" (while waving "bye-bye"), Dada (and sometimes "Daddy") and she occasionally says "Mama."
a few months ago.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
- Growing teeth. She's got two!
- Pulling up. Halfway at least.
- Babbling. A lot.
- Whistling. According to Paul. I haven't heard it yet.
- Holding her own bottle.
Charlotte has an appointment with an ENT tomorrow. We will most likely go with tubes. Over the summer, when kids are usually healthier, she has had several ear infections which have not cleared up 100%. Since we're going into the germy season, and getting sick is inevitable, her ears are not going to get better and we don't want to overuse antibiotics. I'll plan to post an update soon.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Send me a message or comment on this post if you'd like to bring one (or both) of these kittens home.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
I purchased six pairs of leggings from babyGap and Target for $3.50 average. I chose colors that would coordinate with her skirts. I washed and dried them to preshrink. Tilt your head to the right to view the photo below.
Monkeybar Buddies, or even using a Bedazzler. I'm kidding about the Bedazzler. Or am I?
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Yep, folks, we can all see Joey's underpants.
My little princess insists on wearing skirts every day. Mostly tutus, if we want to be specific. It doesn't bother me in the least. Skirts are easier than pants when it's time to use the potty. And she looks pretty darn cute in a tutu.
Today Joey's teacher mentioned that the boys were noticing her underpants and that it would be better to send her to school with shorts under her skirt. She doesn't really understand the concept of modesty yet, but I don't want for her to be teased. Searching online, I found modesty shorts called Monkeybar Buddies, but at $16 a pop, I quickly determined that I could do better.
I decided to make modesty shorts for Joey. Not from scratch, mind you. The plan was to purchase leggings and shorten them. I went to babyGap, which was offering an additional 25% off their sale items, plus another 10% for using a GapCard, and got four pairs of leggings for about $3.50 each. Next I went to Target and got two more pairs, also $3.50 each.
First, I washed and dried them to prevent additional shrinkage.
Next, I made the cuts. A rotary cutter and self-healing cutting mat would have come in very handy, but I just used good old-fashioned scissors. Well, maybe not good scissors, but scissors. I have a rotary cutter but not a self-healing cutting mat (hint, hint). I cut the length about two inches longer than I wanted them to allow for the hem.
I turned the pants inside-out and folded the raw edge over twice and ironed. This way I didn't need to pin. I don't pin. I'm lazy.
I stitched the hem with a plain old straight stitch, but kept the stitches somewhat loose. I worried that if the stitches were tight that they might pop. It all worked great for the first leg, but then I ran out of thread. So one leg has two different thread colors. At least it's on the inside.
The results? I think they look great, but I guess we'll see in the morning when Joey gets dressed. One down, five to go…
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Charlotte weighs 13 lbs and is 25 1/4 inches long. That puts her in the 10th percentile for weight and the 25th percentile for height. At her last check-up she was in the 25th percentile for weight and the 50th for height, so the doctor did not like that her percentile changed so much. I'm hoping that Charlotte's just due for a growth spurt, but I'm going to take her back to the doctor for a weight check in a few weeks.
Charlotte loves day care and adores the ladies who work in the nursery. When I dropped her off yesterday after her appointment, they asked how Charlotte did with her shots and also asked specifically about her weight. When I told them that her percentile changed, they told me to bring some food for her. Now, I knew that I could bring baby food and that they would feed it to her, but these ladies never get a break during the day. There's always a baby that needs to be fed, changed, or held. I didn't want to give them extra work if I could help it. So it really means a lot to me that they offered to feed Charlotte her baby food.
And Hallelujah! Charlotte has decided that she loves to sleep! We had gotten into the bad habits of holding her while she was sleeping, letting her sleep in her carseat, and bed-sharing. One day last week she was over-tired and would not go to sleep, so I put her down in her crib and walked away. And miraculously, she went to sleep. So that night at bedtime I put her in her crib, awake, and she went to sleep! And she'll sleep for long stretches, too. She still wakes up once in the middle of the night, wanting to eat, but we'll work on phasing out that feeding. I'm so grateful to have a good sleeper!
Monday, July 18, 2011
The video below is Joey's first experience with rice cereal. She enjoyed it much more than her sister.
Friday, June 24, 2011
I'm going back to work full-time.
I had toyed with the idea of going back to work if a good opportunity arose. Last week a friend emailed me to see if I'd be interested in applying for a position with a construction company on the UA campus. She had worked for them and praised them for being very family-oriented and flexible. I submitted my resume for the sake of not passing up an opportunity. I interviewed and was offered the position. This happened in the course of a few days, all while Paul was away on business.
My biggest concern has been finding excellent childcare for Joey and Charlotte. I want to put them in a church preschool, but unfortunately, most of those have waiting lists so they will be going to another school temporarily. I want my mom to retire so she can take care of my kids!
I can see many positives aspects of going back to work.
- Joey will thrive in a learning-centered preschool program. She needs stimulation that I am just not able to give. And she watches too much TV.
- Although a large portion of my take-home pay will go to childcare, there will be some left over. Extra money is good.
- The time that I spend with my kids will be quality over quantity.
- Joey has had me at home for her entire life, but I have only been home with Charlotte for 5 months, and she's just so darn cute and cuddly. She won't have the same experience as her sister.
- What if my kids hate their school?
- I struggle with meal-planning and grocery shopping already. Will we be eating hot dogs and grilled cheese for dinner every night?
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
|Joey rocks the bowling shoes|
|If it weren't for bumpers, Joey's score would have been Zero (and my score would have been much lower).|
|Joey's ball stopped in the middle of the lane several times|
|Joey and Mommy - tied|
|Taking a break|