Monday, January 31, 2011

Welcome Babies Nora and Lucy!

Wow! I am continually amazed at the awesomeness that is my in-laws!

Two sisters
Both expecting first baby
Both expecting baby girls
Both due Feb. 17th
Both girl's water breaks Sunday morning (one more so than the other, but still!)
Both babies delivered by the same doctor, same hospital, couple rooms apart

Nora Ruth arrived in the morning via C-section
Lucy Mae followed shortly after in the afternoon through a wonderfully, quick delivery

It has been a whirlwind of a day; I can't even imagine the emotions my sisters-in-law are feeling!

It's very clear these two babes weren't heading down to earth alone. If the events of today don't testify of the pre-existence, then please tell me, what does!?

Corbin and Nora, Roman and Lucy
Two ever-so-proud daddies

Little Nora with that dark skin and hair and such perfect chubby cheeks!
I am loving that she is a fuzzy baby just like our little guy was!

Lindey and Nora

Shaley and Lucy

Lots of dark hair on this sweet thing as well, and such a darling little mouth!

One elated, proud, shocked, overwhelmed grandma!

We are so excited these two babies have arrived, and cannot wait to help out in all the chaos!

Please help Kareen!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Where Has Time Gone?

When I was pregnant one comment I heard most often was something to the affect (effect?) of, "Enjoy every moment when he arrives, the time goes by so quickly." Near the end of nine months I had to resist the urge to roll my eyes at this cliche bit of advice, but oh my word! All you out there that escaped my offensive-hormonal-eye-roll, I apologize!

Is this really the same baby?

Is he really almost 8 months?

(post pregnancy hair loss + stupidly allowing it down the drain = clogged tubby/new adventure!)

Please help my niece come home!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Our Crafternoon Day Ended Like This...

Taken before the toy was taken away and Samson started crying. Single child much?
And look at that darling Violet! She looks like a 50's baby, huh?

This kid just wants to take off but can't get those arms to move! No rush, buddy! No rush.

Then we did lots of this. And by "this" I mean gnawing, giggling, cuddling and most of all, drooling.
Yes, that is absolutely a string of drool from chin to floor. Oh, the talents we discover daily, yowza.

Like my kid? Like other kids? Check this out!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Yesterday Was Filled With This...

A Peter-Girl Crafternoon!

Whitney hosted the project-ing at her house where we were entertained by each other, kiddies, chocolate covered pretzels and The Aquabats.

The making of our heart felt (how punny!) garlands

Really fun. And super easy! Tutorial here

Lookie! I sew! Ish.

Whitty's finished garland

Working on the second bit of Valentine decor...more to come on that later.

When we arrived, Van made sure Samson was well equipped with as many toys as possible, and all riiight on his lap.

Sammy had a rough time trying to nap at Whitney's, but once I got him to settle down (you know, the body-racking sobs and buckets of tears), he napped for almost three hours!

While Whitney ran to get dinner and Haley and Mallory were playing soccer (sooo wish I had a video of that), we rocked out to Pandora and, of course, chewed on toys.

Don't forget to hop on over to Kareen's blog and check out her fundraiser!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Munchkin

A skipped nap
Krispy Kremes
Good company
Baby buddies

An all around good time

Don't forget to check out this fundraiser!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fundraiser GIVEAWAY!

Remember this post? Well, the process of bringing Kareen home has begun!

An excerpt from her blog:

Kareen is a 4 year old little girl with Down Syndrome who was given up at birth and has lived in an orphanage in Eastern Europe ever since. In her country a child with special needs is only held in an
orphanage until the age of 4 or 5 and is then transferred to an institution where conditions are bleak and offer little hope for living a fulfilling life.Kareen's story has touched our family, and we are committed to bring her home. The cost of international adoption is very high, and we could use your help!

Donate now through Saturday, February 5th, when one lucky person will receive a Brand New 16GB Wi-Fi iPad

For every $10 donated, you will be entered into a drawing for the iPad (i.e. $50 equals 5 entries). Also, if after donating, you advertise this giveaway on your blog or facebook, you will get an additional entry. Simply leave me a comment with your name and the link to your post.

Ways to Donate:
  • Go to and click the “Chip in “ button
  • Bring a check or cash by our home. You may email me at for our address.
  • Tax deductible donation (must leave me a comment with your name and donation amount to be entered into the giveaway, since this site is kept confidential)

Every dollar helps, and brings us closer to having our little angel home safe.

Please spread the word!

Neutral Nation

With nearly no closet space I've got to get creative with storage boxes.Again, storage box.And...again.Baby bedding and IceBat.Pantry.Laundry curtains made from pillowcases, thanks Mom.Bathroom.Bedroom rug.Favoritest dresser.Adorable loveseat borrowed from MIL.Black&White section of bookcase.Frankie says.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Only Four Weeks!

We showered these two lovely ladies and their soon-to-arrive baby girls!

Lindey's shower was in November with three months to go.
Lindey, Melissa, Ali.The girls minus Kecia, who had to leave early.Kecia and Lyla.Adorable Toms!

Shaley's shower was this month with about 5 weeks left!
Lyla eating Sammy.Shaley and some friends."L" cookies for Lucy.Baby Lyla.All the girls (look at those seriously adorable baby bellies!)

I'm SO excited for these babies to arrive! Samson hasn't been a newborn for quite some time, and I miss it! These babies are coming at the perfect time because I ocassionally get the newborn itch these days. Tadd will have to remind me multiple times when these little ladies arrive that it's NOT time for another. And then we can collectively list the 18 million reasons why.

The Color Purple

Photo storage box.DI stool.My purples.The monster's food.You'd think I'd remember if we already had Multigrain Cheerios.Laptop cover.Grape popsicle.Tadd's purples.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Shades of Blue

Favoritest diaper bag.Baby monster towel.Logophilia.Life saving cream.Bathroom decor.Baby toy box and cutest humidifier.IKEA puppet.Logophilia. DI dishes.Color Me Mine butter dish.DI popcorn ceramics.DI glass bottles

Do I like DI for blue, or what?

Saturday, January 22, 2011


It's just sad how little green I have in my surroundings. My mother would be so disappointed.

Hobby Lobby only just helped me somewhat remedy the problem.

This too.

Who knew how fun storage boxes could be?

Will this ever make sense to me???

Friday, January 21, 2011


Of course my closet is color coordinated. Alliteration much?

Featured multiple times on this here blog, but I just love it.

We have a slight obsession with giraffes over here.

I may have made this whilst preg-a-nant. Thinking I'm all creative and shiz, but now I don't even love it.

Blessed butter dish

Attacking the squeezie block

Thursday, January 20, 2011

And Then There Was The Week... boyfriends threw up a lot.

Tadd has been super sick this week with a respiratory infection and a wicked cough. Dear Tadd was "blessed" with a really touchy gag reflex, so when he coughs as hard as he has been, he throws up.

Many a person says how alike Sam and Tadd look, but their similarities go beyond their physical appearance. Dear Samson was blessed as well with a touchy gag reflex, and this particular week he's been experimenting with it's abilities.

Monday afternoon he was chewing on some pizza crust at lunch, and there may have been a piece floating around in his mouth, so naturally I stuck my finger in there to retrieve it, but instead, I gagged him, and...retch.

Wednesday morning Tadd got into a coughing fit, and then spent five minutes hunched over the toilet retching as well.

Wednesday afternoon at lunch, Samson gnawed on a coaster, and five minutes later spit up a little, then threw up all over.

This morning, Tadd once again coughed/threw up.

Later this morning, I was feeding Sam oatmeal cereal with mashed up banana and he gagged and gagged and yup...threw up. So, while Tadd was holding his hands away from the highchair so he wouldn't play in it, he caught a good whiff of it, and guessed it, threw up again.

This afternoon, I ran canned green beans through my baby grinder twice, mixed with water, and fed Sam. The texture didn't sit well with him, and of course, he threw up AGAIN.

I've done a lot of laundry today.

What will tomorrow bring?
I don't even want to know.


The best orange thingie in the house

Giraffe letterpress in Sam's nursery.

Orange pillows on the loveseat

The nursery decor could stand alone with just this bedding. I lurve it.

Orange section of our bookshelf. Needing a larger one.

Fan? Pom? Tissue thingie?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Color Surroundings: Day One

Inspired by this post

Sammy's Mr. Simon

Clock and curtains in the kitchen

Kitchen bowls. Makes even Ramen look fancy.

The most important red item in the house.

Oh, How He Loves Himself

See that little mirror?

Once he noticed it, he was all smiles
I love his little baby garmies

And then gave himself lots and lots of kisses


I think Tadd needs this. Like stat.

Tadd can't really grow much of a beard...until now!


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