September 29, 2008

September 28, 2008

The Good Report: The First Week

1. New haircut = new outlook on life. Let's celebrate short and chic.
2. Inherited a freezer from Canadian pals. (goodbye, dear friends. hello, food storage)
3. Jeff's safe return from motorcycle day ride.
4. Spontaneous phone conversation with my dad.
5. hearing President Uchtdorf's talk
6. Learned how to make a fabric yo-yo.
7. a killer batch of pico de gallo
8. a beautiful sight: Jeff and L sleeping in the big red chair
9. some very lovely fabrics arrived in the mail.

September 27, 2008

I heart paper

The Good Report: A Beginning

I've been feeling a little negative lately. Disgruntled about some life situations. It doesn't feel good to be a grouch. In an attempt to change the tone around here (I've always been convinced the mom creates the environment of a home) I'm going to start recording the happy, beautiful, good, joyous, funny, grateful, and successful things that happen in our family each week. Basically, this is a way for me to acknowledge our blessings. They may be big or tiny, but I'm certain we have a lot going on that I'm ignoring. Feel free to join in if you're feeling a little poo poo yourself. :)


Several months ago I went looking through all my old photo albums. The realization: I have loads of pics of friends, but images of my family were scarce. I don't even care about or keep in touch with 90% of the people I have so many pictures of! I'm on a mission to photograph my family members as much as possible and more often.

September 26, 2008

{Sunset} on our favorite drive

those last seconds of sun change so quickly. It's gorgeous.

September 25, 2008

Home is where it's at

This (a tender must read) reminds me to not sweat the small stuff. And enjoy every moment.

My "every moment"......

L's outburst of giggles for no apparant reason.

Her two front teeth (a.k.a "choppers")

Watching her discover new textures...yesterday it was an scratchy aztec blanket in the bottom of the closet. Fascinating, right?

Her determination to go anywhere

Her morning face

Those chubby thighs


See you later summer! My best friend, Fall, is moving in.

September 24, 2008

Celebrate Good Times

I sold four items from my shop this week. Woohoo!!

From Grandma's tree

{click to enlarge}

orange is becoming a new favorite color

berries on burlap

I'm so ready for Fall. Let's celebrate all things cool and breezy.

September 23, 2008

Longing for Eames

I'd love to splurge on the real thing. For now I'll have to gaze at the stamp version.
Paying our bills has never been so lovely!

September 22, 2008

Dancing With the Stars

Misty May, I'm voting for you, rooting for you, and cheering you on. Partly because you look so happy dancing, partly because you actually have skills, but mostly because you are the only female on the show with real boobs. And for THAT, I commend you. Go Misty! Real girls of the world unite!

September 21, 2008

What's a girl to wear?

Been thinking about wardrobe options for our Christmas picture. (Yes, I'm thinking about it already. I started thinking about it after last year's photo). I like to choose my wardrobe and then build everyone else around it. I know it seems completely self-centered, but really it has to be that way. I'm the hardest to dress. And no one else cares what they wear. Right now I have my mind set on a black and white photo.

I'm thinking about this jacket (in black).

Victorias Secret

and how about this little number for L ?

I've got some BR cash rewards burning a hole in my pocket. I'm about to use them on this dress.

September 20, 2008

Clothing Crisis

Will someone please, please, please nominate me for What Not To Wear? I look awful and don't have the money to buy a post baby wardrobe.

I promise I'll listen to everything Stacey and Clinton tell me to do.

September 18, 2008

Awww....the sound of silence

Baby L is quietly snoozing and my parents just left after a great visit. I got to play host this time. Finally! I was starting to feel sad no one ever wants to stay with us. You get your own room and everything. But alas, my lovely sister has chickens laying fresh eggs and a gigant-o back yard for the youngins to roam free. I wouldn't be able to resist either. Luckily, she was burnt out from a million summer guests.

My mom helped us build our food storage. Not particularly my favorite bit of advice since hoarding is so against my nature....but I'm trying. I convinced my parents to sit for a new portrait. Learned how to play Zilch and had a 57 point word in scrabble (no, I'm not joking). Can you believe I still didn't win the game? My mom is so competitive. Must be where my brother, Nathan, gets it. :)

L is experiencing some sort of "stranger danger" at the moment and cried every time my dad came in the room. I could have done without all her clinging, digging her hands into my neck. She hasn't napped since they got here....until today. Strangers in the house apparantly means you must be alert at all times. They might try to tickle you or make you laugh or just plain look your way.

P.S. I've missed my sewing machine.

September 11, 2008

Call me "the Exterminator"

It's only 8:30 AM and I've already killed two spiders. And this a typical day around here. I don't think hubby believes me when I say I kill spiders all day long.

September 10, 2008

My two favorites

The Hammond Family

some of our favorite people :)

September 09, 2008

Random Thoughts

A pleasant surprise: Getting up early isn't so bad. It's amazing the amount of things I can accomplish before 9:30. Thanks to motherhood I've discovered this one. Still not a morning person though.

To Summer: I never liked you anyway. C-ya!!!

Dearest Lauren: What's the fascination with all things paper, electrical and dirty (toilet seat)? I'll get you some new toys if you like.

September 06, 2008

Oh well

The kite festival....not so great. I wasn't feeling it (photographically speaking). It was good to be outside though. Some reporter from the local paper wanted to ask me a few questions. And I gave some very stupid answers. Please, please, please don't print anything I said! And then there was that songstress doing her high pitched version of "You raise me up". It gave me and the sis some good giggles. I know zero about music, but soprano voices make me want to scratch my eyes out. Saw my favorite pediatrician and spied my next haircut (zoom lenses are the best). It was worth it for that reason alone.

This week: a friend's family portraits, 2 baby showers, L turns 9 months, a bit of sewing, my parents visit.

September 05, 2008

In search of.....

....a healthy fern.

This corner needs something and I decided that "something" was a plant. But floor space is limited around here...we've got to go vertical. I have always loved ferns. The shape mostly. Big puff balls of life. I browsed a couple of weeks ago and the ferns available were in sorry, sorry condition. Tiny for one. And dead. I think I need to consult a professional nursery for my fern. The garden center at the hardware store was lame-o! Maybe I've missed the window and will have to wait until next season.

See...doesn't that look nicer? :)

P.S. Mirrored side table has become dangerous. Baby face planted into it last night. It was only a matter of time really. She recovered quickly at least. Can't bring myself to get rid of it though. Maybe I can just find a spot in another room.

September 04, 2008

The Apron Shoot

This is Rosie...

Rosie layed an egg during our shoot.

OH, how I love the apron tree!


****Buy an apron here.

September 03, 2008

Portrait of P

Just cuz he's cute.

K with her mom

Portrait of my niece K

***it's better big


I've been photographing like crazy. The sewing has been done for a while (that's the easy part).

But favorite apron will be in my etsy shop. Check in tomorrow!

September 02, 2008

More ranting about LDS art...

I'm sure I'm about to stir up a little controversy and/or hurt some feelings with my latest thoughts. So sorry, but it's my blog and I'm frustrated......

Call me crazy, but the last time I checked, my testimony did not take the form of a "Love at Home" wall clock or "Families are Forever" vinyl lettering.

According to one of my favorite people, our lives are the symbol of our faith. I couldn't agree more. And I really, really hope I'm doing a good job in that department because I'm failing the Mormon art hanging on my wall contest.

Ok, so before I come across as a total snob (probably too late for that)...I confess I would love nothing more than to discover an appropriate visual symbol of my faith. (see previous post). I'm still searching so feel free to suggest a fave if you have one.