Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Baby Girl was extremely particular as to what color was to go where and she was insistent on having no help whatsoever!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
The other casualty - a $0.79 box of spaghetti. I actually considering saving that one. I have clearly lost my mind in the course of this whole house move situation!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thank you Flip Flops & Pearls for my One Lovely Blog Award!
1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his/her link.
2. Pass the award to 15 other bloggers that you have newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
In no particular order..... here they are!
Madras and Pearls
The Working Mom Experience
Another Online Mom
Confessions of a Semi-Slacker Mom
Cute Clips & More
Missy In Pink
The Company She Keeps
The Monogrammed Nest
The Pink Clutch
Pink Cashmere Cardigan
Black Labs and Lilly
By the way - I can't wait to start decorating, just wait until you see my laundry room. Since it's MY space, I'm decorating in all pink and green! I can't wait to show you my plans!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
We were really hoping to move Saturday and that's when I have the movers scheduled. It shouldn't take long to move since we've already done the small things and it's just furniture mostly. Keep your fingers crossed and pray that we close Friday! We, the buyers and the sellers of our house are all very ready for this to be over. Silly bankers!
Last night, daddy and Lallie made cookies, the frozen kind you buy from the kid across the street selling for a football team fundraiser, they are really yummy. They better be for $15.00 a box!!!! Yes, Lallie is wearing a boy's shirt. Apparently, I forgot to take extra clothes to school, so she's wearing her friend's shirt. She was awfully cute in it with her pink shorts.
I can't believe Lallie will be two on July 30th! My mom reminded me of it earlier when we were chatting on Facebook about what to get her. I have no idea! I don't think we're going to have a party this year. I don't have time to plan anything, but we will have parties when the grandparents come down for their visits in July and August. I'm thinking I'll decorate in, I don't know, PINK and GREEN!!! Gee, who would have guessed!
I'm just trying to come to the realization that she's already two years old! It has flown by so fast. There have been lots of downs and many, many more ups. Lallie is so fiesty, bossy and funny. She doesn't let anything get in her way, including big boys...she just rolls right over them and pushes them off. This tiny little 20 pound two-year old doesn't take any back talking! The other day, she led both Husband and I around the house and then turned us and positioned us where she thought we should be and then pointed and said "stay!" Hmmmm....who's supposed to be giving the orders around here?
I took a picture of her this morning, and I was trying to ger her to say "cheese." Instead, she just pointed and me and chanted "no, no, no, no, no" very softly, not yelling, just like she was having a conversation with me and was mildly disagreeing. I wonder if she gets that from Stuart or I and yep, she's bossy all right. But at times, it's so cute! Other times, not so much.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I made a pink tutu for Hollon, it's adorable and it's huge and Hollon is deathly afraid of it.
Daddy tried to make her feel better about the pink tutu....but it didn't work.
I tried the pink tutu on Hollon again later in the evening, and received the same reaction. Stuart was on the phone with our friend, Stan, who was laughing and said it sounds like we need to bury the tutu in the backyard!
Friday, June 19, 2009
I have to start off with something fluffy and so adorably cute, you just want to hug it. That's right, my dog U.K. (named after the University of Kentucky Wildcats!)
We have a love/hate relationship. Some days I love him so much that I'll allow him on the couch to snuggle with me. Other days (like last night), I don't want him anywhere near me. However, no matter what my feelings, he is always happy and there for me.
Next we have my bags.
I can't live without my Coach bag. Yes, it's expensive, but both my husband and I know that I will use this bag for the next three to four years (probably the same cost as multiple other bags). They're virtually indestructible. I've had it 8 months now and it still looks new. It carries everything including my work papers and baby girl's neccessities on quick outings (rather than taking a diaper bag).
And then, there's my Vera Bradley Vera tote in Cupcakes Green and matching umbrella. I adore VB and have many of her designs, but this is my current favorite. It has six interior pockets, a zippered exterior pocket and an exterior unzippered pocket with a key holder. I feel so bright and springy carrying this "weekender" as I call it, since I usually ditch the Coach for this on the weekends!
I wish it would hurry up and rain down here in south Florida so I can wear my J. Crew wellies that I got on sale last year at the J. Crew Outlet in Vero Beach. Pink of course, with little bicycles. Aren't they cute?
My mother-in-law collects Longaberger Baskets. They are beautiful and I love them. Here is one of the baskets that she got me for Christmas a few years ago. It's a magazine holder and it's just so simple, classic and pretty.
Of course, who doesn't love Lilly Pulitzer! There are my new pants...yep, that's right. $15.00 NWT on Ebay! Oh yeah! I love Lilly Pulitzer, I love Ebay and I have no quams with combining both and telling everyone about it!
Next up, my violin. I have played the violin since I was three years old. I was fortunate enough to receive this violin from my parents as a high school graduation gift. It's Flemish made in the year 1776! That's right...the same year as the signing of the Declaration of Independance! I am so humbled by holding this piece of history. I can only imagine who's played it, what it's seen and where it's traveled! Just with me, it's been across the U.S. and Europe! I am so excited that Hollon has been taking a little interest in it as I've been practicing for an upcoming concert. That's me playing it in the picture.
Last but not certainly not least, my favorite things on this entire earth.... my family. I certainly could not live without hubby and baby girl. They are my world (and of couse, the rest of my family out there reading this - I love you all too!) I can definately live without everything else on my list of favorite things, after all they are just, things. As long as I have my family on earth and my God in heaven, nothing else matters.
....to my daughter's shoe fetish! Yeah right, I'll just keep telling myself that.
Yesterday morning, I went to put on a pair of strappy heeled sandals only to find that they are completely stretched out and my toes slid out over the edge of the shoe! Hollon LOVES shoes, and insists on wearing mine. This is because we don't let her have all her shoes at once. Why? Because she makes us put them on her, and then take them off to put on another pair and so on and so forth. It becomes quite tedious and when we stop, she throws a fit that would rival an angry bear! Toddler shoes are just too complicated for her to put on and off by herself (except for her Croc knock-offs from CVS which she refuses to take off....except to wear mommy's shoes). Anyways, her little foot has managed to stretch out my shoes, or put knicks and scraps in some of my other shoes. In an effort to save my personal shoe collection, I trotted off to Toys-R-Us, expecting to find fashionable Kate Spade play shoes for toddlers. Instead, I find these:
"No, no, no, no, no, no..." I mumbled to myself. I was actually surprised at their selection of play toddler shoes. Seriously, don't they have something much more fashionable for toddlers than a pair of plastic Disney Ariel shoes with plastic beads? Very disappointing. Obviously, I've completely forgotten that these shoes are not for me. Suddenly, I saw these for $4.49!
They screamed Hollon. Pink and fluffy, yet simple and tasteful for my two-year old. Though, if these were adult shoes on sale at our local Macy's....well, I just don't think I'm going to go there (either the story or the store, which is probably not Macy's). BUT, they're prefect for my two-year old! Hmm, maybe I should have re-thought this purchase? Nah, they're too cute! ;-)
I feel I need to explan Hollon's outfit. She had just gotten home from school. She had gotten paint all over her other outfit and this is what the school put her in - a mis-matched pink outfit....well, at least it's pink! On another note, can you tell we're moving?
Monday, June 15, 2009
Here's some pictures from our wedding day and our Carribean honeymoon cruise. Have a great day everyone! We will!
Friday, June 12, 2009
So, I looked high and low for kids Crocs. Sure, they're available, just not in pink for the next few months (per the three shops I visited). Of course, how dare I buy purple or green! Completely bummed, I put her in her pretty white Stride Rite sandals today with hopes they come home unscathed.
But alas, hope was just around the corner. I went to CVS and for $7.99 (a quarter of the cost of Crocs), I found these.
They look like Crocs, they feel like Crocs and they will serve the same purpose, so why not? Hey, she'll just destroy them anyways, so I think this is a great deal!
But I digress....here is a fabulous crunchy, cold, fresh summer salad (well cole slaw) that goes great with any BBQ or other summer dinner. I got it from my friend, Rachel and it has become one of our favorites for potlucks, BBQ's or just at home.
Asian Cole Slaw
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 package of Asian Ramen noodles (oriental flavoring I think - the blue package)
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/4 cup slivered almonds
Green onions - about one bunch sliced up - to your liking
Bag of pre-mixed cole slaw
Toast almonds and seeds.
Break up the Ramen noodles into smaller pieces. Mix everything.
Okay, last but not least. Hollon, she is growing right before my eyes, way too fast and it makes me tear. Last night, I told her to pick out her two books for her nighttime story. She chose Brown Bear, Brown Bear. At school, they've been reading this book and while reading, they have matching cards that the kids are to match to the pictures in the book. So, she's been reading it a lot lately. Well, last night, I sat down to read it to her and SHE started to READ it to ME! She'd say "red bird," "purple cat," "teacher." I quickly screamed for Stu to come in and listen to her read to me. I'm not ready for her to grow up yet. I've been so frustrated with her not talking lately, but now that she is, I don't want her to. I want her to stay little forever. At the same time, I am so proud of her and happy that she is finally starting to use her words.
For the grandparents who read the blog every single day. Here's a beautiful finger painting she did yesterday at school. Her Great Uncle David would be so proud!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
However, usually about 30 minutes into the class itself, I glance at the clock, realize I have 30 more minutes to go and start chanting to myself "this is good for my heart, this is good for my mind, this is good for my body as it's now bathing suit season and you're buying a pool for crying out loud!!! " So, I tighten those abs and glutes and straighten my spine and then I cramp so bad that I tumble to the ground. Okay, so I took a few weeks off and it I'm back to square one. Am I really thinking that I might add another day to my piloga schedule? Yes, I think I will.
Anyhow, we needed this pick-me-up, Stuart is sick and Hollon is teething again (eye teeth, three of them, poor baby!), so it was just a rough evening.
Stuart had recorded this movie a few nights ago for us to watch. It's a "chick-flick" but perfect to lighten the mood, help us relax and hit-the-hay in a better mood. It's called Definately, Maybe and it's about a divorced father telling his approximately 10 year old daughter how he met her mother. Click here for details.
It is so sweet and as soon as the movie was over, I went and hugged my hubby and said, "You're my definately, maybe" to which he replied, "You're my definately". Sappy, I know which is not typical of Stuart and I but last night, it gave us the perfect "pick-me-up."
Save this movie for when you need it, it's sure to give you pleasant dreams!
Have a great day!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I have also become an interior designer. I have been put in charge of the remodeling of the office building lobby and upper floor hallways. We're talking new carpeting, new paint and wallpaper, new plants, new pictures and decor. Okay, this is me we're talking about here. My house has no decor because I do not know how to decorate. If it were me decorating my house, I would perfectly mimic the Pottery Barn catalog, or hire someone to do it for me, which is exactly what I suggested to my client: to hire an interior decorator. He said no. Why would he do that when they charge a premium and I can squeeze it into my normal monthly management fee? Note to self - update management contract to include a 5% of cost fee for interior re-decorating.
Here's a picture of the existing marble which is to remain. Not much to work with, eh? It's blue, tan and kind of a foresty/seaweed green color if you can't see it very well.
Okay.....deep breath.....I am going to embrace these projects, be the problem solver that got me this job in the first place four years ago next month and I will take ownership, requesting help when needed. You'll see, I'll do a "bang-up" job on both of these projects. Now, let's get started! (This is going to be fun, I can tell!) :-)
Summers in South Florida can be quite rainy. It had been raining for days at this point and Hollon was bouncing off the walls. It wasn't lightning or thundering, so we decided to go out and play in the rain. We had a blast! We must do this again the next time it rains!