Last Tuesday (so I am consistently about a week behind on my posting) Russ and I got to go on a date. Here I am trying to decide which dress to wear. All so pretty, unfortunately they look much better on the hanger than they do on me.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
This valentines was a little bit stressful. I had planned on making some mini bows and arrows for all the kids in Williams class like the tutorial here. I had all the Popsicle sticks soaked and ready to be made into bows at about 8:00 the night before he was supposed to take them (is this why we are not supposed to procrastinate?). As we started making them they started breaking. Every.single.one. Russ told me we would have to do something else.
What something else!? I didn't have something else!?
I showed William tons of ideas on pinterest of stuff we could do, but he didn't want to do any of them. Just about the moment we were going to strangle each other in frustrations I remembered something.
Some pictures from miss Lindsay's instagrams here, here, and here. I showed them (actually I only showed him the first one) to William and he loved it and immediately sat down and drew some robots.
Friday, February 24, 2012
After Gracie had earned enough stickers on her chore chart I knew exactly where I wanted to take her. There is a cute little ice cream parlor and restaurant in Scottsdale called Sugar Bowl. Everything in there is pink and it is all just really adorable.
We decided to share a banana split and as we ate Gracie and I talked about what it would be like if we lived there.
Then there is a game room with a gumball machine of only pink gumballs.
and ski ball, which Gracie is not strong enough to play.
And across the street there was a fountain (and luckily an atm so I could get cash for tokens).
- Posted by deb on the go.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
I found these pictures from back in January of Russ spinning the kids. Something they love to do.
You may notice the Christmas decorations in the background, doesn't Christmas seem soooo long ago?
I love William's face in the background.
This feels like my life sometimes. I am spinning. I finish one thing and before I can take a breath I turn around and there is something else that needs to be done. Such is the life of a housewife. It's not bad though. I love having a full life and stuff to do. And even when there is stuff to do I still take baths (sometimes) and read (I really recommend If I Stay and Where She Went (if you are not opposed to swearing),
and go the the park for 3 hours. We still have leisurely times.
Every times something else gets done I feel very grateful because I realize that for some people, things don't get done. And even though that finished project is to be followed by countless others each accomplished project (no matter how small) feels good.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I have always liked letterpress but didn't really know how it was made. I got the chance (back in January) to help Angela letterpress her baby shower invitations. I know it is weird that she designed/made her own invitations, but no one could do it better and she was happy to do it. We most of the day on a Monday with this old machine.
There were drawers of metal stamps that were so fun to look at.
Mixing colors is the coolest, and I wish I was better at it. I was super impressed how quickly Angela got the colors she wanted. It would have taken me awhile.
She let me try it out, but for the most part she did it cause we would have been there all day if I was the one doing it.
You let the machine run forever until the color is spread all over that plate.
They turned out lovely. I got to see Angela's perfectionist side come out for these. She really wants her work to be perfect and notices any flaws. Not in an annoying way, but in a way that is refreshing; to see someone who takes pride in their work and a job well done.
Also I just wanted to add: look at these streamers I used for her shower! I found them (mostly at different times) at the thrift store for 25 cents a roll and they were the perfect colors. I love it when that happens.
Friday, February 17, 2012
This last weekend I had the privilege of helping throw a baby shower for my good friend Angela Hardison. I have not known her very long, but I am so glad that she and I moved into the same neighborhood. She is well known for her talent in design, being crazy stylish, and taking beautiful pictures. When someone appreciates beauty in the world around them as much as Angela does, it makes it that much nicer to throw them a beautiful shower. I think we did it (at least she says she got a little teary when she saw everything)!
Jessica and I were behind all the decorations and such.
And Angela's sister Anna and sister-in-law Lindsey were in charge of getting and preparing all the food. We were going to have two separate showers; they were going to have a family shower and we would do a friends' shower but Anna called me one day and asked if I thought we could do it together. I am glad she called because even though it was large (60+) it was fun and that meant I didn't have to do any food (my least favorite part of party planning).
It also meant that I got to meet and get to know her sister Anna. She is awesome and I decided she is now one of my best friends. Seriously. I went over to her house to pick oranges and chat like three times before the shower even happened.
Some awesome and beautiful guests
I am kinda bummed because I was so busy with everything else I didn't take a picture.
Once at another party, everyone had to introduce themselves and say what kind of nerd they are. Angela said she is a typography nerd so I figured ABC's would be a good baby shower theme for her.
We had boxed lunches for everyone. These boxes that we got from Paper Mart. We sent out email save the dates prior to sending the invites (which Angela designed and printed herself, but I will post about that another time) and along with it a link to a survey that asked their name, if they were coming, and what sandwich they wanted. This was by far the best response to an RSVP that I have ever gotten. Not everyone replied, but most people did.
We really needed people to RSVP because as favors we gave sterling silver necklace charms of their initials. Lynette Andreasen made them for us and she made them in Angela's handwriting!! I even got to go and help Lynette and watch her in action. She is one talented lady. Here are the charms before they were finished.
And all polished and ready
Aren't they amazing!?
We needed a few things designed for the shower and I didn't want Angela to do it (we tried to keep everything a surprise for her). I was pretty stressed one night cause design is not something I do or even have the equipment to do. Then all of a sudden it came to me that her lovely sister Rachel who lives in Utah and couldn't come to the shower does design. I emailed her and before I knew it I had the perfect things in my email inbox. I mean look at these place mats!
It was so fun watching her open presents and I brought two chairs cause I thought Clint would probably come. And he did.
Here are some pre-party pictures.
Fabric ties for the boxes
to hold the jewelry
Here is Abe helping Jessica and I get things ready the night before
Abe is Jessica's husband and one of my kids' favorite people. That is why William is cursing him in this picture.
I am glad we got a lot done the night before. It definitely helped things go smoother the day of, but that doesn't mean we were totally ready. If we had been, all the boxes would have been on the table in the pictures:) We were running around like crazy trying to make sure everyone had their food, but once that passed it was a lovely afternoon.
I am really glad I was able to help do this for Angela. She is a women of grace and virtue. Because we both serve together in the Young Womens program in our church I have truly gotten to see her spirit and it is a beautiful thing. She is going to be a wonderful mother. She already is.