Sunday, October 30, 2011

Our Life

I have a new camera (hurray!)  In order to get a little practice and figure out how to use it, I'm going to bring it with me everywhere I go this week and share some pictures.  They are imperfect and unedited but so is our life! :)

Morning dance party.  Teaching the girls how to "limbo."

Lunch at Chipolte.

Elyse likes to get food from Panera across the way.

Madelyn pretending to be asleep while she eats.

Pumpkin cookie

Dennis pretends to take a huge bite of the cookie

A stop at Lowes

What's cookin' in the new smoker?

Looking at pictures with Pappy.

Kisses from Pappy (looks like a bird pooped on our chair.  I think it's a toothpaste stain).

Friday, October 28, 2011

Game 6

In case you haven't heard, the Cardinals are in the World Series.  We don't have cable at this house so we had to watch the play by play on Dennis couldn't watch most of it.  He wouldn't even check on the score until it was almost over.  Luckily we tuned in on time to see the crazy awesome victory!  In his moments of anxiety and victory, I shot a few pictures of my favorite Cardinal's fan.  Hopefully we'll have some more happy pictures to show after tonight's big game!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Seize the Day!

The other day I noticed a fun quote on the box of my Tazo tea.  Something like, "When there's a diem out there  that you absolutely must carpe..."  I loved it! 

I've been playing around with Picnik lately to do things other than just edit pictures and came up with this.  I think I'll hang it up on the fridge, or maybe my mirror.  

I have trouble coming up with color schemes sometimes.  My mom shared this blog with me. It takes photographs and then shows the color scheme in html code.  In Picnik, the code can be plugged into the color box.  

Printables seem to be all over the web lately and I think it's fun to try and make my own with the quotes I like.  

Saturday, October 22, 2011

4! 4! 4!!!

Early this month, we celebrated (the much anticipated by her) 4th birthday of our Elyse Katolin.

It seems like the perfect time to update you all on the girl that made us parents.

Where to start...

Elyse is funny, smart and sweet kid. Her mind is always going, thinking, planning, analyzing.

She loves school (mommy and me still), dance class, drawing.

Her pictures are so fun lately! She draws things like the pumpkin patch, elephants at a circus and her family (and they are actually recognizable!) Lots of times late at night, she is found on her bed creating pictures and cards for anyone in her inner circle. Letters have become part of her creations and she has even been able to sound out some words (Happy Birthday is "HBBDA").

Her mind is always going and it has led to some worrying. Sometimes she worries about germs. Often times her worries are about breaking the rules (a crying spell came in dance class when she said she hadn't paid attention to EVERYTHING the teacher said even though she had). This certainly pays off most of the time but I want her to relax and have fun a bit. 

But even as a rule follower, this girl is not a perfect angel.  She has her "freak out" moments when things don't go her way.  We're working on that.

Enough with the bad stuff.  This girl is fun.  She likes to make up songs about just about anything going on (a favorite is, "Up, Up, I like to be UP!" when she doesn't want to go to bed).  She is a great big sister and cracks up at Madelyn's silly antics.  She is a good friend and plays nice with other kids although she sometimes only lets the "sillies" out when she has known a friend for awhile.  She can play by herself pretty well but would rather Dennis or I join in on her pretend play (either restaurant, house, store).

Her favorite foods are still bunny noodles (boxed mac and cheese) and ice cream.  For her birthday dinner she picked bunny noodles, ham, carrots with honey and strawberries (the balanced meal took a little guidance from mama). 

She can hold her own in a conversation.  She can order her food at a restaurant.  She can get dressed, brush her teeth and clean up a bit on her own (notice I said she CAN...not that she always DOES).

She likes to read Fancy Nancy books, watch "Abby's Flying Fairy School" on Sesame Street and Pinky Dinky Do. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Birthday, Madelyn Joy!

Today is Maddy's 2nd bday. Elyse turned 4 last week. I promise to have some updates up here soon but I had to share this pic. We love you Maddy Moo!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Dressing up the Dresser

For the past few months, I've been checking on Pendleton Yard Sales (think Craig's list for this base). I finally was able to get this dresser...just $25!

I removed the hardware and painted it! It now sits in our dining area.

I finally had the perfect place to hang the round mirror I love.

The materials required for the painting kind of took away from the "bargain." Hopefully I'll be able to reuse them for another project to make it worth it. I might replace the drawer pulls at some point...I had to get the cheapest ones to keep the price of this dresser from going off the edge.
I'm working on styling the top (do youlike the pumpkin the girls covered with stickers and painted as soon as it came through the door?). I seem to struggle with arranging objects on flat surfaces. Something to work on. I am going to use the damask fabric to make some kind of runner.

It might not be perfect but I"m super happy that I finally have the dresser I've been longing for. :)