Saturday, October 29, 2011

Waking up to this.

I've been pretty fortunate, for the most part, when it comes to me 'flipping' from working nights as a nurse....to being up the early days for my girls.

I worked last night- and depending on how tired I am....I usually have Geoff (well- he sends the girls in to jump on me, which is also nice) wake me somtime between 3pm-4pm (if I have to work again that night) depending on how tired I am.  I don't think I even told him what time today.  Which turned out just fine.

Because I woke up around 2:45pm to this giggling from the backyard.

I was lucky enough to get a few pictures from the open windows (it is an absolutely beautiful day here and Geoff had opened up the windows to let in the fresh air) before they saw me.

All 3 of them had the best belly laugh going.  Parker and Geoff were standing in front of Grace as she was swinging and 'hitting' them.  Why is pretending to hurt someone so funny?  I have no idea.  But these guys sure enjoy it.


These pics, as I said, are through a window and/or scree....and mostly blurry.  But a memory captured.  ;)








See those faces!  Pure joy.









Friday, October 28, 2011

Insta-Friday

As ya'll know....I love to post my phone photos.  They've often times been some of my favorite shots because they are usually those 'in the moment' shots.

Well- over at Life Rearranged- Jeannett holds a linky party each Friday for everyone to link up their fuzzy phone photos that are significant in the sense that they are things from the week, but maybe get lost in the shuffle because they don't deserve their own blog post.

So today I am sharing a few from our week.


Getting ready for church on Sunday.  I wanted to put Grace (who is a 1-year-old!) in her brown shoes.  But to find those brown shoes.....I had to do some digging in her shoe basket.  And during my search...she pulled out her pink shoes.  Threw a fit when I tried to take said shoes from her.  So I quickly gave in.  Not to let her win.  But because....it's just not worth arguing with a one-year-old over her shoes.  ;)



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I got my first ever pair of TOMS last week with a gift card we had.  To say that I love them is an understatement.  OK.  So I am dramatic.  But seriously.  Love these shoes.  I think my next purchase might be these natural burlap ones.  The ones I got are the ash colored canvas.



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Love this one.  Parker carrying her pumpkin flower pot as we delivered the special treats to the grandparents.  



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We ran some errands today in Dallas....and because we were so close to Sprinkles.....I figured we needed to stop by.



We got banana, red velvet, vanilla, and black and white.  Yum.



And sweet Grace was worn out on the way home.  She stayed awake, of course, until 10 minutes from home, but so funny how she fell asleep in the middle of eating her pretzels- see bag in one hand....half eaten pretzel in the other.  ;)



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Head on over to Life Rearranged to see other's phone photos.  And go ahead and link yours, too!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday- Giving this a try! ;)

So I actually found The Pleated Poppy a few years ago.  Love her blog, her shop.....she's so creative at throwing parties for her kids.

So (according to her)....she started this thing called "What I Wore Wednesday" about 2 years ago.  She takes pictures of what she wears every day....and posts those pictures on Wednesdays.  She started this as a way to make herself accountable for getting out of her pjs.  A rut that I just so happen to be in.  A rut, that for the longest time....had no desire to get out of.

I really believe (and Kristin and I have talked about it a few times)....that when I get out of my pajamas and sweats and dress for the day....I really do have a better day.  I feel better, and then somehow, am more productive.

Why have I never joined in before?
-Laziness.
-Thinking Knowing I do not have great style.  ;)
-Having 'nothing' to wear after having a baby.
-Laziness.  On a few levels.....not wanting to get out of my sweats....and then if I did...not wanting to take a picture then post it.
- Excuses, excuses, excuses.


Why now?

Megan introduced me to this adorable blog called The Vanilla Tulip a few weeks back.  Well- I've become a regular reader....and she also participates in WIWW.  But it was her WIWW from last Wednesday.....where she posted about what her and her girl wore.  I loved that!

Because- a lot of the time I am lazy with what they wear when I should be dressing them, too!

{Don't get me wrong....there will still be a place in our life for pajama days....these are Parker's favorite things to wear and I love that she loves to wear them right when she gets home.  And I still want the girls to be able to pick out their clothes that I might not would have picked out for them.  Geoff says it's 'letting them express themselves."  Whatever.  ;)  Anyway-  the deal is....when I get dressed....out of my sweats.....and I am more productive....and when I am happier.......everyone is happier.  It's a snowball effect, and a win-win.}

So here's my go at it.  ;)  I'm a little intimidated.  I'm not one for taking pictures of myself.  So this is challenging me to step out of my comfort zone a bit.....


I got a late start this week....so Monday.....

Me:
Top- The Loft (on sale)
Nechlace- New York & Company
Jeans: New York & Company
Shoes: Toms (ash)....this is the first pair I ever bought and LOVE them!  Already trying to decide what other pair I want!


Grace:
One of Parker's old outfits.  I honestly have now idea where it's from.  But had to include her.  ;)

Parker:
Top- An appliquéd Tinkerbell tee made by my mom.
Pants- Yellow pants that Parker picked out because it 'matched' Tinkerbell's hair.  ;)  I tried to get her to wear her dark denim jeggings, but well- some arguments aren't worth arguing.
Shoes- Rain boots that we love from Target.



Tuesday:

Top- Old Navy
Jeans- Maurices
Shoes- Toms


And Wednesday-



Me:
Yikes!  ;)  I slept half the day after working last night, and then put on my AWANA shirt for church.




Parker and Grace:
Parker wearing a dress that Kristin made and my mom appliquéd "BOO" on.
Grace wearing a 'candy corn' pillowcase dress made by me.


Looking forward to next week!  ;)


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Monday, October 24, 2011

Gift Idea for the Grandparents and Pumpkin Carving

We picked out our pumpkins last week....and picked up 3 small ones for a little project....one big one for another project.....and 2 for carving.

Parker has been looking forward to this and begging everyday.  And so today was the day!

So for the 3 smaller pumpkins.....we were going to cut out the tops....clean them out....then put flowers in and deliver to the grandparents.  We made it to 2 out of the 3 tonight.  ;)  We all (well I say 'we all'...Geoff did the most work and might have a different opinion.  ;)) had a great time doing this.


We started by letting them color their pumpkin (the smaller ones)....only.....I quickly figured out that washable markers don't really work on pumpkins.  ;)  So I got really brave and let them use Sharpies.  ;)



And I was surprised at how well this one did.  Never wrote on herself!  Or anything else for that matter.


Parker said she was going to write, "I love you." on hers.







Initially- Grace was disinterested.  This was her first time pumpkin carving and so she really had no idea what to expect.



But it didn't take long for her curiosity to rise....












She was very helpful putting the flowers into the pumpkins.  ;)  We got these flowers at Wal-Mart for about $2.50 each.    I was tired and so just grabbed the first ones we saw.  And I do like the purple, but as we were leaving I saw the yellow and wish we would have gotten them instead.  I love purple and orange, but the yellow would have really stood out.









At this point- she was disinterested.



Until she heard all of the praising going on toward Grace for planting her flowers.....she decided she wanted to do one, too.





We had to move inside by the time we got to the actual pumpkin carving because it started getting a little too hot.  I love this picture of Grace walking up to her daddy to see what he was doing and resting her sweet little hand on his shoulder.




Love this one.  Ha!




So I saw the idea on Pinterest to drill holes in your pumpkin to make polka dots.  We were going to do this and then decided we should drill our initial into it.  It turned out really cute, but I was too lazy tonight to take a picture of it all lit up, so it'll have to wait until Halloween night.  ;)



Grace was standing on the couch and peaked over at me....I snapped it at just the right moment somehow.  :)



We made one large pumpkin with flowers for our front porch, too.


After Grace went down for her nap- Parker helped Geoff carve the 'scary' pumpkin.  Love these pictures of them.  And I have to say- he did a fantastic job on that pumpkin, I was very impressed.  But that picture will have to wait, too.  ;)





I also found another idea on Pinterest....pumpkin rice kris pie treats.  I've been wanting to make some for of treat, and this one turned out because I had everything I needed without running to the store.  At least I thought I did.  Had everything out and realized I needed the tootsie rolls!


So Geoff kindly went to the store.  And this was Parker's favorite part.  Don't know how many times she asked, "Mommy?  Can I have just one more?"


I had some orange food gel, but we had a quick lesson in colors and mixing red and yellow to make orange.  She put the drops in and we counted them.













Parker didn't want green vines on hers.  She wanted hers rainbow.





After Grace's nap- we headed to dinner and then my parents' houses for delivery.  I had intended to get pictures of the girls with their grandparents, but didn't.  So this one lone picture of Parker carrying it to the door will have to do.  ;)

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