Sunday, February 28, 2010

Why The Boss Moves to A Big Girl Bed

Fact: The Boss is an agile, adventures little monkey.

She recently learn how the climb out of her crib, which is kinda dangerous considering it's pretty high up. So, we switched her crib (the big crib we have had since Drama was born) with Aria's (the little IKEA crib that turns into a toddler bed). We did this last weekend, but left the IKEA crib as a crib hoping it would at least contain the Boss for long enough for her to go to sleep plus she likes to sleep right next to the rails of the crib.

Yesterday the Boss was demonstrating how she was getting in and out of her new crib. Hold onto your hats Grandmas and remember, we would have called if she had a trip to the ER and surely we would have stopped the shenanigans before it got that far.

So, we changed the crib to a toddler bed. The Boss was very helpful.

Enjoying the freedom of a big girl bed.
(don't you love those little leg warmers?)
And where the Boss and I slept last night because she kept trying to snuggle up to the crib rails that weren't there and falling out.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Macaroni and Cheese

The Boss love's pasta with white sauce. I've been out of white sauce all week so, we decided to make mac and cheese from scratch. She's such a helper. . .

I L.O.V.E. that face.
 She decided she wanted an apple, but then decided that it was yucky. She put it back though...

Napkin? What's that?

Friday, February 26, 2010

New Camera Strap

These are all the rage and I have been eying them for a while now. A slipcover for your DSLR! How have I live so long without one? It's truly a miracle. The reason I have not given in and bought one is they cost around $30! That was too much for me. But, I had some left over fabric from a project I'm working on and I found this blog, Cluck Cluck Sew, with instructions (which I didn't follow very closely, btw).
I think it turned out pretty amazing given my limited sewing and direction following abilities!

When I showed Mark, I was obviously very proud of myself (not to mention I had just saved him $30 because I didn't buy anything to make this), he was not very impressed and wanted to know what it did. Why, look pretty of course! What does it do? Silly boy. sigh.

ps - I love blog - land. If I want to make something, I can always find someone who has already tried it and posted instructions. Incredible!

What Have You Been Up Too?

February 14, 2010
Blurry,but classic.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


The Southtowne mall has a carousel in the food court and you better believe that the Boss wanted to ride, twice. She invited her sister and cousin, both of which only had one go around in them.

Chilling with Oliver

Here is the Boss hanging out with one of her favorite cousins, Oliver, after a crazy fun morning of shopping and lunch. They are beyond tired!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Two Tooth Grin

We have been working on a couple of new teeth here at our house.

 She has been the best teether, in the history of teething, ever.
The teeth poked through a couple of weeks ago, but do you know how hard it is to get a picture of those two emerging teeth? Every time you go near them - out comes the tongue with the drool and you can barely glimpse them! And trying to snap a picture is nigh impossible!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Will you be our Valentine?

I'm a SUCKER for You!

These are the valentine's the girls gave out to their classmates. I wish I could take the credit but I got the idea from KSL's Studio 5. Laci Davis did the segment. Another fun blog to stalk!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

It's All Part of the Disease

Lately I have been stalking a few blogs that are stunning, amazing, and inspirational, if not totally unattainable for a non-artist such as I. And while I have not been "officially" diagnosed by a doctor, I am certain that there is an official name for what I have. For now we'll just call it "I saw this beautiful picture of a kitchen/birthday cake/painted hutch/valentine's party and I love it, I am inspired by it, I want it, I need it, I can totally do that, HOW HARD CAN IT BE, REALLY Disease."

Or HHCIBR Disease, for short. I think they might be doing clinical trials on an investigational medication somewhere in the country.

Here are a few examples of my neurosis:


I want so badly to take a class from this amazing woman at A Little Sussy. . .


This, surprisingly, is one thing I can do relatively well. I started learning last month and totally love it. I still have a hard time reading a pattern but apparently that doesn't really bother me. Because I never listened to my mother when I was growing up, I never learned any of these fun things from her. (Every time I start a project I think to myself, "I should have listened to my mother, then I would know how to do this!")
My flower doesn't lay flat. I think I did twice as many petals as I was supposed to. Right now I am obsessed with flowers. This one came from Creative Yarn.

Parties, Parties, Parties

Kara's Party Ideas

One Charming Party

Dear Lizzy

These party blogs are so beautiful and they make everything look so attainable, they have tutorials and everything! Because of this I have been drawn into beautiful party fever. In all honesty I am not a party person. I'm not a fan of the loud, the rowdy, or the frivolous. But I have been seduced. The Boss' birthday party was a little over the top for me (not nearly the magnitude of my inspiration parties above, but for me.) Making paper happy birthday banners, cupcake liners to match, coordinated table settings with matching place cards, fancy marshmallows. . .

Then Pooh Bear talked me into having a Valentine's Party for her and her friends. Drama had been invited to 3 parties in 2 weeks and it was torturing Pooh Bear. So I succumbed. And yesterday we had 10 girls running crazy around my little house, because frankly, I am insane and I wanted to have the Valentine's party in the pictures. I blame it all on the disease.

Here are some of the highlights from Pooh Bear's Valentine's Day Party:

Paper hearts and ballons galore, red raspberry jello with whipped cream for dessert, heart sugar cookies with yummy butter cream frosting (really the only reason for a holiday), and of course a party itinerary.  . .

I don't know if I have the party fever worked out of my system. I'll have to see what the amazing minds come up with for Saint Patrick's Day. . . .

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The One Where We Wait A Really Long Time for the Accountant

Today we had an appointment with the accountant. Of course he was running late, so we rode the elevator up and down a few times and went up and down the stairs a few times. Who needs a gym?

"shew" we got the alarm turned off!

You should always be a saftey kid when riding an elevator. It's common knowledge.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Things I Love About The Boss at 2

and will miss when she's older.

1. The way she talks gibberish and expect us to understand what she's saying.
2. She loves to sit on the counter and have her hair done.
3. Her attitude - everything about it.
4. How she totally ignores me when I want her to do something - she just can't hear me, no matter how loud I yell talk. It won't be so cute when she's 16.
5. The way she runs and swings one arm really hard and doesn't watch where she's going.
6. How she walks on her toes and loves shoes.

7. She loves to be read to. She grabs my hand and pats the ground where she wants me to sit. We end up with tall piles of books we have to read over and over. If she wants me to read the book again after we finish, she knocks on the book.
8. Taking my hand and saying "um on!"
9. When she has a choice between saying please or giving me a kiss, she chooses kiss.
I heard (on TV so it must be true right?) that two year olds have about a 200 word vocabulary. So, I started making a list of the words The Boss knew, and that I understood. She has a few sentences that I haven't figured out what they mean quite yet, so they don't count. She's no where near 200 words but here are some of my favorites:

  • Mom (of course a fav)
  • ookie (cookie)
  • da! (with arms open wide for ta da!)
  • Curious George
  • hat
  • Where did it go?
  • I don't know.
  • Let's go!
  • Shew (not really a word, but still super cute)
  • Get down! (while pointing down, this was the second thing she said, after "mine." Do you think I said it one or two times? hundred maybe.)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Boss Turns 2 & Has a Party

My little bossy boss turns 2 today. I can't believe it has been two years already.

We spent Friday and Saturday with Grandma Tina and Grandpa Phil, then Grandma and Grandpa Van Horn came down to share in the fun birthday party on Sunday. The Boss had a fun time with all her favs. Grandparents, pasta, presents,cupcakes, balloons, center of attention. . .

The Birthday Girl
I got a little crazy with the party (the amount of crazy varies depending on who you are talking to). I wasn't spending money in January so I had a lot of energy that needed to be channeled somewhere and this is one of the areas that I channeled. I made this birthday girl shirt as well as the matching curly twirly hair clips. (I made the tutus last year for the Christmas card pictures.)

Yummy cupcakes. . .
Totally frivolous, apothecary jar filled with marshmallows dipped in white chocolate and colored sugar. . .
Did you know you can't color chocolate with water based food color? It doesn't work. So I had to get creative. I colored sugar, dipped the marshmallows in white chocolate and then in the colored sugar. No one got to eat any of these, of course, because it would ruin their appetites.

Yum. Pasta, broccoli, salad and bread. What more could a girl ask for?
Grandpa always stirs up trouble!
Happy Birthday!

There Is No Charge For Awesomeness,

..or attractiveness. ~Kung Fu Panda

Yay, I am no longer an orange tabby cat color! Ryan, my hair guru, told me how to turn glaring orange to hot chocolate. Thank you Ryan, I owe you.


Aria wanted to be in the picture. She's such a diva.