Thursday, July 30, 2009

Big Girl Bed

We've been debating putting Elyse in a big girl bed for awhile. We wanted to have her out of the crib before baby number two arrives but didn't want to give up the time she spends in the crib and plays after she wakes up. But, luckily the move motivated us to get it done sooner. The movers had to take the crib apart to get it through the door so when they put it back together, it just made sense to have them put it in the baby's room.

So we left Elyse in the pack and play for a few days, bought a gate for the door and went for it! Actually, when I was out shopping one day, Dennis put the crib mattress on the floor and she took a great nap on her new "Big Girl Bed." We bought a twin mattress a few days later and now she's sleeping on it on the floor and doing GREAT!

I've caught her a few times laying on the floor or with just her head on the mattress. But, for the most part, she's been doing great. She still plays in her room by herself in the morning and when she is ready for us to come get her, she just opens the door and says "hello!"

Here are a few pictures:

The crib mattress:

And the true big girl bed! (Don't worry, we put the pillows back up to protect against the wall). And look at this great quilt that my mom made! Isn't it beautiful?! This baby is lucky to have such a talented Nana!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Girls' Weekend

My friends from college and I have been really great at getting together on a fairly regular basis. This past weekend, I left Dennis and Elyse here to spend some quality time with the girls. We had a blast!!



Just two munchkins came along with us, Caroline below, and Ella with the sunglasses (and Ella's dad watched her most of the time). So, it was great to be able to go out to dinner and take our time!


We ate a LOT of yummy food. Believe it or not, the picture below is of some kind of cheese. I can't tell you if it is good or not because apparently pregnant women can't eat it!



And here are the four of us together. We are missing Ali who couldn't make it. Hopefully we'll all be able to do it again next year!!!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Reuniting


We had a great time getting together today with some of our friends from 29 Palms (and ALL the baby girls...seven in total if you count the ones still in tummies). Here are some pictures of the day. It's amazing how challenging it is to get a good picture of four wiggly little girls!


Ellie, Haven, Aubrie and Elyse







YaYa and Elyse sharing some grapes


The Quinn Girls


And I had to include this picture too. I stepped on a piece of glass in the kitchen (I broke a measuring cup over a week ago and we've sweeped and vacuumed several times since then but I guess I missed a piece). Anyway, I had a very small cut but it was bleeding and Dennis is so great at playing the role of "Corpsman" and took great care of my wound.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Progress

We're working hard on unpacking and getting settled in the new house.

Here's a picture from the other day:

And here is the dining room today!

We have more boxes but we are making some serious progress. The house is functional now. We need to work on decorating. I'm sure we'll do a lot of that when my interior decorator (mom) comes to visit next month.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Moving In


We're in our new house!!! Our stuff finally arrived yesterday (after promises and waiting around all day on Friday for the movers to arrive!)

Dennis checked in to his new command (he has to wear this uniform to do it...doesn't he look great!). He requested some leave since his classes don't start for a few weeks, so we should have plenty of time to get everything in order.

Here are some pictures of Elyse and Dennis working on "smooshing" the packing paper into the boxes.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Can I have a Napkin??





I am sitting in my empty house without much to do. My friend Robyn forwarded me this link and I got sucked into the world of YouTube.

A group called "ImprovEverywhere" has a lot of hilarious videos. A great place to have a few smiles and pass some time.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New House


Dennis went up to check in to the new base so we can move in on Friday. He snapped a picture for me of our new house. I think it is totally cute!!!


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Goodbye House

Tonight is our last night all together in this house. Tomorrow Dennis leaves to pick up the keys to our new place and the movers come to take all our stuff away. I am really excited about our move and our new adventure, but I am sad to leave this place.

Here is a picture of Dennis and I when we came out to Norfolk for our house hunting trip. Oh, how things have changed since then!

We moved in, both started new jobs, found out we were pregnant, got promoted, HAD A BABY, won a car, raised a daughter, found out we were pregnant again...a lot has happened here.

While financially we bought at the wrong time, I am so thankful for this house. I remember being so giddy I couldn't sleep the night after our offer was accepted. This house has been so perfect for our family. We really were able to make it ours (and for the first time, paint walls!).

Here are a few pictures for memory's sake. And, yes, these are the pictures from when we put our house on the market, and in now way reflect the actual neatness of our house. It never actually looked like this (and as much as I wanted it to, part of me is glad for that).

We'll miss the first house that we ever owned. It certainly will hold a special place for me.



Sunday, July 5, 2009

Cookies From Heaven


I think God blesses us in many ways. With family, friends, our health, and every once in awhile, a cookie recipe.

Let me explain. The other day we all went to lunch and after eating I (not surprisingly) decided to get a cookie. It turned out to be a delicious cookie. They called it chocolate chunk and I enjoyed every last bite. But, what made me sad was to know we are moving soon and I won't be able to get this cookie anymore. I figured I would have to search out a recipe, not knowing really what to call it. I even asked Dennis, "I wonder how they make the top shiny?"

Well, yesterday I was working on organizing the house. One of the things I wanted to do was use up some of the food in the pantry. I found a box of baking chocolate squares (and there is no way I could let those go to waste). I opened up the box to read the recipes on the inside and found one for Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Imagine my delight when I read the words at the bottom..."Bake until shiny!" We had everything I needed so I gave them a try. And while they are not as perfect as the ones from the restaurant, they are a close second. Give them a try!

2 pkg. (8 squares each) Bakers Semi-Seet Baking Chocolate divided
3/4 C Brown Sugar
1/4 C butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

Preheat oven to 350. Coarsely chop 8 of the chocolate squares; set aside. Microwave remaining 8 chocolate squares in large microwavable bowl on HIGH for 2 min, stirring after 1 min. Stir until completed melted. Add sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla; stir until well blended. Add four and baking powder; mix well. Stir in chopped chocolate pieces.

Drop rounded tablespoons of dough, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased baking sheets

Bake 12-13 minutes or until puffed and shiny. Cool 1 min; trransfer to wire racks. C ool.

Makes about 2-1/2 doz or 30 servings, on cookie each.


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Kangaroo Jacs


We went here on Friday and had a great time. I just started using this website and really like it. One of my favorite things is to make these collages so I thought I'd take our pictures from yesterday and try it out.

The Modern Cowgirl



Thursday, July 2, 2009

Another New Lens

I bought another new lens. They just came out with this one (I wish it had been out before I bought the last one). I wanted one with low aperture but I had to auto-focus on my last one. This one focuses for me with is SO MUCH better! Here are a few shots right out of the camera from when I went to get Elyse from her nap





I like these in black and white too because it really shows off the lighting.


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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Stroller for Sale


I needed a place to post this picture so I can link to it from my mom's group discussion board so here it is. If anyone in the area is interested in buying this stroller, let me know!