Monday, August 30, 2010

Project Number 1







I know I've been MIA the past few weeks...it's with good reason...my mom was here!

We had a great visit. She got to spend lots of quality time with the girls, and was able to be a part of our everyday life (from the morning call of "mama! pappy! nana! It's orange light!" to the bedtime call of "mamacanyoutellmeastoryfromwheniwasababyandcovermeup!!!!")

Much to Dennis's chagrin, we had a project list on the fridge within a few hours of her arrival. I am very luck to have both a very crafty, talented mom and one who likes projects as much as I do.

The first thing we (she) worked on was this table cloth. Our table always looks dirty. It just shows every mess and even after cleaning it it shows water stains. I wanted a table cloth that could wipe clean but didn't want a plastic outdoor one. My mom used laminated fabric to make my diaper bag so I actually had the idea to use it to make a table cloth. Then, when I mentioned it to my mom she said she already saw it on another blog. I liked her look and ended up buying the same fabric.

It drapes nicely and is perfect for cleaning up messes that come from this kind of fun...



And these pictures reminded me of seeing the same too love birds two years ago (this is E not M at M's age!)
More pics of our projects to come!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

From the Farm




I know I've been a bit MIA the past few weeks. It's because my mom has been here and we have been BUSY! She has been so kind to help with lots of projects around the new house and of course some good play time with two super cute girls. She leaves on Friday and I am going to miss having her here! I'll post some pics of all our projects in the next few weeks.

I wanted to share some pictures today of some of the produce I picked up today from the CSA we joined.

CSA stands for community supported agriculture. I found out about it through another blog. Basically it is like investing in a farm. We pay a certain fee in exchange for a box of produce. The fun thing to me is that we get whatever is available. Today we received grape tomatoes, regular tomatoes, two kinds of lettuce, apples, oranges, broccoli, onions, avocados, wax beans, mizuna and dandilion leaves. Not sure what I'm going to do with the dandelion leaves yet but I'm sure I'll come up with something good.

I'm really happy with what we got today. Everything we have tasted so far has been super good. And, it just feels good to know we are getting fresh, straight from the area, organic produce.

It's like Christmas...can't wait to see what we get next time.

If you are interested in searching for something similar in your area, check out this website. We are getting ours from J.R. Organics.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Walking?!




So, I know I just learned to crawl...


But I really want to walk. Can you help???


This is pretty fun!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Madelyn at 10 months!






(First I want to start out this blog post by saying...I am acutally on time for this one!)


The last month has been all about moving for our little Miss M!

Last week she finally figured out forward momentum and she hasn't looked back since. Madelyn had been able to scoot backwards for awhile but she finally figured out how to go forward. And let me say...she is one happy crawler. She loves being able to get to whatever she wants and is exploring all kinds of things. (Including the teeny tiniest little fuzz on the carpet which she takes straight to her mouth! Thank goodness for the dust buster).

She is making all kinds of babbles and I think we can officially say she has said her first word. It is......MAMA! (Small victory for me). Not sure if she always means it but I'm pretty sure she does mean me from time to time.

Madelyn is also signing a bit (we think). She loves the little baby air puff things (interesting fact: serving size 75 pieces with a calorie count of only 25!). We made up a sign for that that pretty much looks like waving and she does it when we say puff to her. But it could be a wave too. Or maybe the sign for milk. They all pretty much look the same from a baby's hand. But I'm pretty sure she means puffs.


Now that she has crawling down, I think this girl is ready to walk! Her favorite thing to do lately is to grab onto my hands and cruise around the house. She gets seriously upset when I try to put her down. Who knows...walking might come soon!

Elyse is loving Madelyn more and more and M loves the attention she gets from her big sister. I love this pic below. Does anyone notice I am about to pull my sister's hair???

I think Madelyn understands "kiss" because she will open her mouth wide when I tell her I want a kiss.

She gets snotty noses a lot.

She still doesn't have any teeth. Are they in there????

Madelyn is such a cuddler. Elyse would only cuddle if she didn't feel good but Madelyn is my little snuggle bug. She lays right on my chest when she is sleepy. There's nothing like it!

And speaking of sleeping, we have some newly developed issues in the sleep department. Now that she can sit up and move around, the baby I put into bed laying down sits up but doesn't know how to lay back down. Today we had a long struggle with her nap that ended in defeat for me. Tonight, we let her cry a bit and she ended up sleeping sitting up against the side of her crib. Poor baby!! Lessons in position transfer are coming tomorrow!!

Madelyn makes friends wherever she goes. She's a happy girl and will wave at whoever she sees.


We love this baby!!!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

We have a crawler!

We can officially say that Madelyn is a crawler. She's been trying oh so hard. She had moving backwards down pat. But now she has finally perfected forward momentum.

It is amazing how much happier she is (not that we had a grumpy baby by any means) now that she can get to what she wants. And she smiles at me with such pride when she arrives at her destination. It is fun to watch.


I want that box....

Think I can get it??
So close!

All mine!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Is it just me?


I love Word Market and I love most of the stuff there. But I was shopping the other day and saw this pillow. Am I the only one who thinks it is odd to cuddle up to this on the couch?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Plum Tree Studio



One of my good friends from both VA and here (it's great how friends move with us in the Marine Corps) has a very talented sister, creator of Plum Tree Studio. She makes super cute hand appliqued tops and bibs for little ones.

She is having a giveaway! Check out her blog here and her etsy shop here.

This is the one I hope we win! :)