Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

The girl who took my engagement and wedding pictures pulled up at work just as I was trying to get some pictures of Emily.
She hadn't met Emily and came over with her camera.
"May I?" she asked.

These are the results, and I just can't stop crying.
Who cries on Halloween?

I'm just so overwhelmed with the love I have for this little girl...

Here's a PS.  We love this one too:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Little Bit of a Makeover

I went to a furniture store last week to look for a sofa for my office - something simple.

I didn't find one, but I found many things that I loved - which is always a problem - isn't if for you too?
To find things that you love that cost lots of money or that you don't have room for or ...

I came home, took a look at my living room and said, "blah."

Here, let me show you what I loved:

Should I give credit for these designs?
I took all three pictures from a fun little store called Four Chairs.


I went to some stores and got some ideas and one night at 11:00 I asked Jason to help me rearrange the furniture.
The rug and the yellow chair are new; some of the things on the piano are new; I hung some pictures and switched out some picture frames and...

I can't find a before picture of my living room but I'll show you an after shot:

I'm still working on curtains - I've been working on curtains for three years - it may be another three years before I find something I like.

And I'm working on maybe trying to talk Jason into letting me paint the piano but I'm not holding my breath!

We like the change - we like the feel - and we like that I didn't spent a million dollars.

What we like the most though?

Sunday, October 27, 2013

I'm Really Going To Try keep this blog going.

But I just don't know if I have it in me to write anymore.

I'll give it one more best effort, but not tonight.
Because tonight Em's asleep, which means I can go to bed too.
And I'm sleepy.

Friday, October 18, 2013

This Girl Knows Her Stuff

Oh my iPad - what have we become?

(To make the situation worse, this picture was taken at 12:40 in the morning. Emily's clock is all messed up.) 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

All Good Things Come To An End

...late night walks on the boardwalk
bike rides to the laundromat at 10:00 at night just to get quarters...because I could
bike rides...long bike rides in the sun, in the sunset, along the ocean to the pier
walks on the beach
a day at Sea World with the sharks and the whales...and the sea lions, Emily's favorite

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
roller coasters
boat rides
Disneyland in the rain
swimming in the hotel swimming pools
late night hot tub runs
even a date night thanks to Aunt Becca

Our first family vacation was a perfect two weeks...
...I'm grateful to those who made it possible.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

As I Sigh A Happy Sigh

We have...

sand everywhere
sun kissed cheeks
salty skin
wet clothes hanging out to dry
tired bodies
a girl in love with the ocean
and a happy little family

We needed this vacation.
I didn't realize just how much we needed it until tonight.

Jason and Emily and I were playing in the ocean...jumping into the waves and laughing as they crashed into us.
When a big wave would come towards us Jason would wrap us in his arms and say "hold on!"
And then as the water and seaweed wrapped around our legs we would squeal and laugh.

The joy on Emily's face...
The freedom, for just a few minutes, from the worry and stress left at home...
The love in our little family...

This little spot of the world is just like heaven.
I needed a slice of heaven.