Thursday, December 30, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Have I ever mentioned I love living here in the Phoenix area? December ... and clear blue skies, lush green grass, and warm temps. The grass is doing so unexectedly well that Jonathan had to actually mow the lawn today. Last year, we didn't need to mow the lawn all winter.
We set out luminarias again this year. You can take the girl out of New Mexico, but you can't take New Mexico out of the girl. I simply MUST put out luminarias at Christmas!
Monday, December 20, 2010
We got to see some birds and kangaroos before he started losing interest and just wanted to be carried around. He's much too big these days for me to carry him around like that, so we didn't get to see much of the zoo at all.
But that is oikay ... we went to the zoo to have fun. And he sure did have fun on the slide!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
If your husband reminds you to keep things picked up one morning, when normally he doesn't care ... be suspicious.
If your husband sends you an e-mail early in the day and tells you he'll be in meetings for the rest of the day, and unavailable ... be suspicious.
On Friday night, Christian's school had "Parent's Night Out." So Jonathan and I planned on dinner together at the nice restaurant in our community.
For my birthday on Thursday, Jonathan sent me this Birthday Gram. I thought the use of my high school logo was a bit odd. And wasn't sure why he included the image of two girls hugging each other.
Jonathan came home late Friday afternoon. I knew he had come inside ... and I was busy with Christian, who had just woken up and was in desperate need of a diaper change. The doorbell rang, and I went to answer it - surpirsed by two things 1) Jonathan didn't get the door himself and 2) Bella didn't bark.
I opened the door, and before me was my best friend since first grade, Valerie. I hadn't seen her in a year and half or so ... and I was just floored.
Turns out, she and Jonathan had been planning her arrival for weeks. WEEKS!
But her arrival wasn't the only surprise. The plan was for us go to the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale for a spa day, dinner, overnight stay and movie in the room. It was like a dream come true!
Valerie and I had such a blast! We went shopping, ate a lot of sushi, got all caught up on eachother's lives ... and laughed and laughed. And we watched "Inception" in the hotel room.
Valerie also came bearing gifts: red chile (YES!!!), beautiful jewelry and socks for me, and a kite and a Kimochi for Christian.
It was an absolutely perfect weekend ... and the best birthday EVER! Many, many thanks to Jonathan and Valerie for this very special treat!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
By the way, the photos in this series were taken by my talented sister, Liz!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
We unwrappeed one and gave it to him and, 'It's chocolate!" And he replied, "Choc-watt!" (I LOVE the way he says chocolate - it'll be one of those things that is engrained in my memory forever).
He loved it and we gave him one more ... but left it wrapped. He wasn't too sure what to do with it, but tugged on that little paper, and slowly unwrapped it. When he freed the Kiss from its wrapper, Christian happily proclaimed, "It's BEAUTIFUL!!!!"
He ate it, and naturally, asked for, "More choco-watt kisses?" Our answer was no ... two was enough. Rather than having a total meltdown (which we expected), he extended his arm across the table and put his head down in defeat. And then oh-so-quietly said, "Go sit on couch, please."
The couch is where we got sit after dinner when Christian has grown impatient that Jonathan and I are still eating. We finish our dinner and then I say, "Christian, do you want to sit on the couch with me."
So asking to sit on the couch indicated he knew wasn't going to win the battle for another piece of chocolate. He was defeated.
Christian's teacher at school is out on maternity leave, and one of his most favorite people in the whole world, Miss Stephanie, has taken over for the next few weeks. Miss Stephanie seems to be the only other person with whom Christian will share his affections. It took him months to get comfortable enough with her ... but it's so easy to love Miss Stephanie. She's fun, outgoing, loveable ... we're really big fans of Miss Stephanie.
But it seems that Christian is so comfortable with her that he's now being defiant when she asks him to do something. In the past, he never needed any "redirecting" at school and now ... well ... it's a whole other story.
Likewise, today at music school, Christian wasn't too into any of it. He wasn't paying attention ... wasn't doing as the teacher asked him to do. Jonathan tried to get him to engage, but Christian wasn't interested.
Christian was like this last week, too. And so we think that his music school days are coming to an end. The teacher is really nice, but she's very quiet and doesn't have an energetic personality ... and Christian needs somebody who is energetic like he is. So, we have decided we need to find him something more interactive to do on Monday mornings. Shouldn't be too hard, as there's lots to do in Phoenix. The difficulty will be finding something that is fairly close to our house.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
In the past few months, I've had three pregnant friends and so when looking for something unique to give them, I decided to make some cute, custom onesies.
My most recent onesie project was for Christian's teacher. She was having a girl, but didn't like "girlie things" and told me she had decorated the baby's room in "baby skulls." So I set out for a way to decorate onesies with baby skulls ... and I succeeded!
I also went to a little craft fair, and found somebody else had my idea and had custom onesies with skull and cross bones. Although, her onesies feature original artwork, whereas mine are purchased iron-on transfers.
She charged $10.00 for one onesie. I paid less than that for four white onesies (plus the cost of all the iron-on transfers, of course). So, if I were ambitous enough, I could make several of them and sell them on Etsy.
Still pondering that opportunity.
And I happened to come across an adorable Hello Kitty iron-on transfer, so I made a shirt for myself, too! :)
Sunday, December 5, 2010
I love seeing how people transform an ugly piece of furniture (or a room) into something absolutely dreamy. And I vowed that if I ever came across a piece of furniture I though had potential, I'd try my hand at refurbishing it.
And so I walked into the Goodwill store in Scottsdale when we were in that part of the Valley. This particular Goodwill store is the first of its kind: it's sole focus is furniture.
And that is where I found this little treasure and paid just $18.00 for it!
We're trying to figure out where it'll go ... and the location will help to deside what color I paint it.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Our morning started off with breakfast at Mimi's. And then music school and then a visit to Barnes and Noble. Christian loves their kids' books section ... but Mommy forgot about their Wall o' Thomas (the train). Christian got really mad when I pried him away from the Thomas wall for a bathroom break ... and then really mad a bit later when I told him it was time to go (and without the two trains he so desperately wanted).
He cried and screamed as we walked through the store and it was terribly embarassing. But I just stayed calm and quiet as we made our way to the door (there was nothing I could possibly say to calm him down - except for buy him something, which wasn't going to happen).
We got outside and the fit continued. He plopped down onto the sidewalk and intentionally banged his forehead into the sidewalk and looked up for my reaction. I did my best to not give him a reaction, and told him I was going to keep on walking. Well, that made him really, really mad ... so, I decided it was simply time for us to get into the car and go home.
Ah, to be the parent of a three year old ... it's not always easy.