Monday, April 30, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Since I've instituted "bath time" as part of Maggie's evening routine from birth, she doesn't understand it's sleepy time without one (ugh, thank you Baby Whisperer). That can be rough on a new baby's soft skin. The best solution I've found, by far, is a good over all lotion and ointment for extra dry spots.
I really love a shea butter lotion and Huggies smells SO good!
I also use Aquaphor Healing Ointment for Maggie's knees, elbows and cheeks. She's always soft.
Maggie getting lotioned up after bathtime:
Maggie is much better at balancing and moving from standing to sitting--she used to just throw herself down--now she knows how to bend at the knees and lower herself to the floor.
She likes to pull herself up on me:
Getting ready to let go and lower herself down.
She used to ignore the front room. Now when everything goes quiet I know she's wondered in there. So much to keep her occupied...
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Um, love this chick! I want to go back in time and throw MYSELF a baby shower just for the sole purpose of having these invitations!
Check out all the pictures and the assembly process at Oh Happy Day here.
I have big plans though...ok, not so big but will hopefully make a good bang for the buck. There will be a bench, lots of big potted plants, ground lighting, etc.
We learned only a few basic tools--red eye reduction, basic cropping, layering papers and embellishments, and text.
Here's a VERY simple layout I made from the class using all the tools we discussed. I imagine how much more complex and beautiful the layouts can be to someone more skilled in digi-scrapping. Can't wait to play around with this!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
A local theater offers "parent" movies where they keep the lights up and the volume lowered and kids are everywhere. We had a Mommy n Me activity there this morning. Its the first movie I've seen in a theater since I was 7 months pregnant. Its odd to be in a theater full of moms (and a few dads) walking isles, feeding, generally milling around with baby.
We've been cooped up in the house since. Maggie is climbing the walls and not letting me clean anything! I finally put in some Einstein videos and got this...
Hopefully tonight will be fun--digital scrapbooking class.
Monday, April 23, 2007
$10,000 in Pottery Barn home furnishings
An entire room painted with Benjamin Moore paint
Services of a Pottery Barn design consultant and Benjamin Moore color consultant
25 first prize winners will receive a $100 Pottery Barn gift certificate.
I seriously have my fingers crossed! Don't anyone ruin my dream by reciting the statistics on my chances of winning.
Here's the link to enter.
First, Maggie finally started saying "mama" but of course not exactly to me. Just in babble...I'll take it.
Saturday morning was the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk down in Denver I signed up to do. It was a really great time. Since I signed up kind of last minute I didn't have time to put together a team and fund raise but I plan on doing it next year. So anyone who lives near me be warned--I'm going to recruit you next time around! Here's a picture of me walking the course and one of me right after I crossed the finish.
Here's a picture of what Maggie does to the outlet covers when I take them out to vacuum or plug something else in. Kind of a babyproofing vampire.
And...the binki has been reinstated. She doesn't need it and spits it out if offered to her during the night but I've started hearing her grind her teeth which gives me the chills! I'd rather have her suck the binki than crack her teeth together like that--it's like fingernails down a chalk board. She's taken to it like it was never missing.
Saturday night we watched a movie (Stranger than Fiction) and made a chocolate cake--yum.
Sunday was beautiful so while Patrick went to his bowling championships (or whatever it was) Maggie and I hit the park. The park is not a ton of fun yet since most of the time I'm either digging rocks, sand, or grass out of her mouth or swatting something out of her hand thats headed there.
Friday, April 20, 2007
It turned out to be a really gorgeous day and Pearl Street was packed with kids. So much fun!
Here's a picture of Micaela and Addy enjoying some music.
All the tulips were out and looking so beautiful.
Here's one of both Maggie and Addy as we headed out.
We'll definitely do this again next year!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
We are encouraged to walk 10,000 steps or get 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day. Once you sign up you can use the site to track your progress, make goals, get health tips, etc. It's pretty cool!I am in need of some exercise and this may be the perfect kick in the pants I need to get back in the game.
You can participate as an individual or as a team. Anybody wanna form a team? I'll be the team lead/coordinator...
Hit the website and sign up. what could you possibly lose? Pounds? I can only hope I do....
I have two must-reads that are subscriptions: In Style (duh) and Sunset. And I have two new favorites:
Martha Stewart Living is GREAT. I am a slow learner or something cause I'm pretty sure everyone else has already discovered and/or appreciates this. I always kind of rolled my eyes at Martha Stewart and considered her a little silly. I was the silly one. After thumbing through a few issues I'm a full blown addict. Can you mainline Martha? Maybe it has something to do with an unknown genetic condition that was triggered by child birth.
Real Simple is my other new love. SO useful and motivating. Even the cover just makes me FEEL good. Ok, there are some bits of the magazine I find amusing and sometimes I really do roll my eyes. For example, the May edition had a "Simple Solution" to use a toilet paper roll as a hair accessories holder. Are they kidding? Why would you DO that?? I tried to find it on their website to get a picture but couldn't. Could they possibly know this idea wasn't one of their hottest?
Tike Tech. My friend, Vicki, has one and I was really able to see it in action. The other deciding factor for me was that it was WAY cheaper than the other highly rated brands. I'm not such a hard core runner that I need the best of the best. I found it on JoggingStroller.com which offered free shipping.
Here's a picture of Maggie being oh-so-helpful in assembling the stroller.
And, we were lucky enough to catch her first wave on film! I've been working on "hi" and waving for a while and it really didn't seem like any of it was sinking in. Then, today, her dad came out of his office and said "hi". She looked up and waved!! Of COURSE it would be for daddy (no, I'm not bitter.)
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I've seen oodles of organizational "tricks" and lots of sites claiming to have a handle on it. Not one does. Nothing works or looks good. So.Just.Give.Up.
I understand this is not something many men do or have done. As my family tells me often, I'm lucky. To my husband who actually suggested it, I say THANK YOU.
Last night Patrick made his famous homemade pizza. So tasty. I wanted to get a pic before we ate but...oh well. Here's a pic of the pizza on our well-worn pizza stone.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I thought this top from Old Navy was cute.
Maybe paired with the Kitty Cat pants from Anthropologie.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Saturday was a birthday party for Maggie's little friend Alex. He was a fantastic cake smasher!
Here's Maggie at the party.
We took a family pic after church.
After we put Maggie down we discussed our week. How did I go from having little or nothing to do to having way too much to do?? My calendar is pretty booked. I guess that's a good thing, right?