Wednesday, October 29, 2008


I am a bad blogger. I need to update more.

We had pumpkin carving at our house on Sunday (and John's b-day with the family). Pumpkin carving is a yearly tradition with his family and this year the pumpkins didn't disappoint! John's family is very creative.

After some relative indicision (Jasmine, Sleeping Beauty, a "flower pot", Cinderella), Alexa has decided on a costume for Halloween. Dorothy from Wizard of Oz. Tomorrow is the party at day care. She can. not. wait. Ava is going to be Tinkerbell. We'll see if her highness will actually wear her costume.

Alexa has an amazing memory. As soon as she opened her eyes this morning she rattled off what half of the kids at day care are bringing for a treat. She was dead on for each of them.

The proposed GM-Chrysler merger scares the crap out of me. I don't know how many job consolidations John can skirt through. That one might be way to big. And how is this going to help Michigan? They are talking over 30,000 jobs being cut. At minimum. Almost makes me a little sick to my stomach.

I finished a few scrapbooking projects: some layouts and a mini-album.

You can see the rest of the mini-album here. (I'm too lazy to upload all the pics)

And one of my layouts:

It. is. cold. Really cold for October. Like 28 degrees tonight type cold. I'm not ready for this weather!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Happy Birthday John!

42 today! And his big present? 8 hours of work and 4 hours of class! boooo! We'll celebrate with the girls (Alexa is all about birthdays and parties) tomorrow.

And because my husband is a goof...


Monday, October 13, 2008

Doesn't she just have some amazing eyes?

I cropped out alot of the background on this picture.

I just love her eyes!

Fun at the Cider Mill!

This past Sunday we took the girls to Blakes Cider Mill. The weather was summer-like (Sunny and 78!) but the girls had a blast. The donuts were freshly made and the cider was delicious (if not a little over-priced). Blake's has a "farmyard fun" area. We spent the bulk of our time there. We went early in the morning, by noon, it was absolutely packed and we headed home. We are thinking of going back to do some apple picking one day. If we ever eat all the apples we have at home already.

I can't wait to go pumpkin picking with the girls in a few weeks. We are celebrating John's birthday (42!) and carving pumpkins too. (Speaking of which, I need to buy him something!)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom

Today would have been her 61st birthday. She's been gone a little over 4 years. It still feels like she was taken from us yesterday. I miss her every day. The pain isn't any better. I hate the fact that my girls will never know her.
The world, and my life, lost a little sparkle on June 3, 2004.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Busy Weekend!

After taking Friday off and hanging out with my girls, Saturday, Alexa went to Disney on Ice with my dad and his girlfriend. To say she loved it, would be a slight understatment. Mesmerized would be a good word. I hope my dad took pictures, but I'm not sure he did! Ava and I did some running around while John was at lab time. This was one of the first times Ava has ever been separated from her big sister. She must have asked me 20 times "where 'Ah-lah' go?" It was good to have a little Ava-Mommy time alone.

Sunday, I took the girls to a baby shower. They did amazingly well. Alexa sat at the "girls" table and Ava was with me. I was so proud of my girls! I think they probably ate more candy, cookies and junk food than the last 3 months combined, but it was a great day (and weekend) for girl time.

I've been crafty.

Trying, in vain, to catch up on all these photos for scrapbooking.

This is a 2 page layout, but I forgot to take a picture of the pages together! D'oh.

Yes, John really did feed Alexa in the Jumperoo. Oy.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

World Card Making Day.

At least it's an excuse to play with my scrapbooking stash. I made two cards so far. This is one is based on a Pink Paislee design (Nicole's I think!)

And this one, just because you can never have enough birthday cards:

I actually have several other layouts to share, but it's almost 11:30 PM and I need to get to bed! So I will post them tomorrow. Plus, I have several updates, it's been a busy couple of weeks. Good night!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

3 nights down!

So far, so good on Alexa's pull-up free nights! No accident's yet. :) We've been pretty good at cutting back her liquids in the evening, and her last 1/2 cup of milk is at 8PM. Hopefully, she can keep this going!

Ava in the wave pool

Ava in the wave pool

A perfect landing!

A perfect landing!