Saturday, January 31, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
And the fake table (actually a very ugly space heater that doesnt work):
"Happy Birthday" Anastasia in chinese with the ox because this is the year of the ox:
I found this little radio flyer toy at the thrift store and because it is her birthday she got to have it inside, but from now on, I think it will be an outdoor toy.
I think this porcelin tea set was her absolute favorite gift, along with some haba gummy bears, both of which she has been playing with non-stop since everyone left. She also got some new clothes, and a few new books including a Mother Goose and Curious George Treasury!! What fun!
Since her birthday is tomorrow, and the true Chinese New Year, I was completely inspired by this post at One Pretty Thing. I still had so many ideas for the party, and just didn't have time for them all. We had a brunch with my French toast bake, an egg bake and a very popular batch of cinnamon rolls. Anastasia really enjoyed the company and had a blast opening presents. I was so pleased with her array of really nice gifts. She actually fell asleep when most everyone left, and the rest of us played "In A Pickle" (not my favorite game) and "Balderdash" which was a blast. Now Isabel sleeps in my arms as Anastasia curled up on her favorite blanket (Nicks baby quilt) at my feet. Better go put the girls in their beds and say Goodnight. Happy Birthday my beautiful girl. You are the light of my life.
Friday, January 23, 2009
We don't have a sled, so I pushed Anastasia around for a bit on a cookie sheet (so lame, but it worked a bit!). Leia went nuts. We think she might actually know what a sled dog is supposed to do with a sled.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
*I just learned that "drinking the Kool Aid" is a reference to the Jim Jones lead mass suicide in Jonestown in 1978 where he gave all in his commune cyonide-laced grape Flav-o-aid (Koolaid knock off). The parallel to Obama is how people recklessly follow him, and believe every word that comes out of his mouth without researching what he truly stands for. Both Obama and Jones spoke of social equality and used that as a basis to promote their own socialist (in Jones case all-out communism) agendas. So don't drink the Obama Kool-Aid.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
It has been quite a trying week in some ways because everyone caught a cold. Except me. I have been drinking echinacea tea, adding ungodly amounts of garlic to everything and popping the Zicam every few hours. Seems it has worked thus far! Over the weekend Nick put new floors in the girl's room and they look so stunning! The greatest part is we paid around $100 for laminate floors from IKEA and the room looks amazing now. So much cheaper and better than carpet. Whoever came up on carpet came up with one of the worst inventions ever!! It can never be cleaned!
Today I actually got some sewing in!!! I was so stoked! I made 3 pairs of baby leggings from knee-highs. I made 3 pairs of wool pants from sweaters. And I started knitting a little Sunday bonnet that Isabel can where to church instead of her little Sherpa hat that I love. I am hoping it will still fit her by Easter, and that I can make Anastasia one too. I also have dresses I want to make for them. I basically dreamed them up and think they are totally do-able.
I am trying to have a better attitude with my children (an almost 2 year old in particular). I think sometimes I lay more responsibilities on myself than are humanly possible to accomplish and I forget to play and enjoy my kiddies. They do eventually sleep and I can always do housework or crafts then. I think I have this idea that being home while Nick has to work means that I should have an immaculate house, beautiful handicrafts and 5 course meals to show for my day at home. The reality is, I don't think anyone with small children can do such wonderful things without a maid. I need to invest my time in my children in more meaningful ways. I can do the housework when they go off to college.
Well, enough rambling... hopefully I will have pictures soon. My blog seems so empty.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I just love the little baby feet. Perfection. This is the picture I never took of Anastasia's feet. I guess thats whats great about baby number two, you get a re-take of babyhood. There are times it is chaotic and everything takes an hour longer than it used to, but the baby feet, baby smells, coos, smiles and pure innocence make every second of insanity worth it.
Its hard to believe not long ago we were playing in creeks and building secret forts.
Monday, January 5, 2009
My goal for the new year is to purge and organize the house. I have a HUGE trashbag for the Goodwill Store and Cleaned our house really well last week. So there are a few problem areas (the bedroom, the girl's closet, my crafting shelves, etc) so hopefully I will have a chance to tackle those in the next few weeks. I already feel so much better with a clean house. I feel like my life isn't totally out of control! Isabel just demands to be held all the time, so it is usually hard to get anything completed. She hates the sling and doesn't like the Bjorn when I am standing still (I have to be walking ALL THE TIME). I grew up in a messy house where I was embarassed to have friends over. Now I feel like I HAVE to keep my house clean in order to maintain my own sanity and dignity. I mean, my house isn't spotless but it is tidy at present.
For some reason I just feel like rambling on and on and on... but the truth is I have laundry, dishes and wet diapers to change. The fun never stops! :) Happy 2009 Everyone!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
6. The Snow: I love the white fluffy stuff. I wasn't expecting 70 degree weather one day or I would have tried to enjoy it a little more right away! We even had a white Christmas!!!7. The Timelessness: I am not sure if that is the right word, but I feel like when I go to the midwest, I step back into my childhood a little bit. All the local diners and a bigger variety of non-big-box stores, as well as the feeling that I walked onto the set of "A Christmas Story." For some reason, I just feel like a kid again in the midwest.