Tuesday, September 30, 2014

So my favorite daughter had a birthday yesterday! 10 years old. Time flies, doesn't it? She wanted to take cookies to school to share with her class (instead of cupcakes) and asked me to make snickerdoodles and sugar cookies. So she helped me make them and they were delicious! She's having a birthday party with her friends on Saturday so yesterday was pretty low key. Of course, she had school plus soccer practice. For her birthday dinner she requested roast chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and fruit salad with apples, bananas, strawberries, mangoes, and marshmallows. She picked that over a dinner out! After dinner she opened presents. These are boxes that came in the mail from her grandma LJR.

One contained a skirt and matching jacket made by her grandma.

She also got a Pokemon (don't know what the Pokemon's name is I'm afraid) hat from Grandma. She wore it the rest of the night. She loves it!

And from her other grandma she got some money! She already spent some of it on clothes for her new 18" doll that she also got.

She also got quite a few new My little Pony Equestria Girls dolls to add to her collection.

And a few other things like nail polish and markers. Finally, there were mini cupcakes and ice cream. Make a wish!

It's hard to believe my baby is 10. It seems just yesterday she was a tiny newborn who refused to sleep anywhere but in my arms. (I slept many nights in a sitting position on the couch hoping I wouldn't drop her on the floor. Otherwise I wouldn't have slept at all) And now she has grown into a beautiful young lady. Smart, sassy and sweet. I'm so glad I have such a wonderful daughter.And I'm REALLY glad she finally decided to sleep in her own bed without me having to hold her! LOL

I picked out a few of my favorite photos to share. Ok, I started with a few then I just couldn't stop!

Happy birthday my girl!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Throwback Thursday September 25, 2014

Since it's almost her birthday, this week's TBT features my sweet girl. Enjoy!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday September 18, 2014

2003 @ the San Diego County Fair

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Project Life Week of September 8-14, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday September 11, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Family Gathering

So, back in July (seems SO long ago already!) there was a family gathering with Hubby's family. My MIL did a LOT of work and it turned out so amazing! Plenty of good things to eat plus lot of fun, too. I did up some pages with photos from the gathering. (names and places edited out)

Also, I've decided to start doing Project Life scrapbook pages. There are a few different ways that people do it, depending on their preference. Some do Project 365 where they take a photo for every day of the year. Some do Project 52 where they do a layout for every week of the year. Others do a layout covering the entire month. I've decided to do a weekly Project Life layout, hitting the highlights of the week, not necessarily having a photo for each and every day. Just documenting the smaller things as well as the bigger things going on in our lives. Usually people will start at the beginning of the year in January but obviously that was months ago. I'm not going to try to backtrack and do a layout for all the weeks since the beginning of 2014. I'm simply starting with the week I decided to do Project Life which was the week of August 11-17. {And I just noticed I put the wrong date on the page. 18th instead of 17th.} 

So, I already posted the one I did for the week of August 18-24 but here it is again.

And here's the latest for the week of September 1-7.

I just realized that I skipped August 25-31. Well, I'll see what I can do with that. Anyway, perhaps just a little update on my poor toe? The little one on the right? The one I stubbed and it was all black and blue? Yeah, that one. I managed to stub the SAME DARN TOE again yesterday! It's an awesome array of black, blue, and purple and everything in between. Ouch.

Well, alrighty then. I'm going to hobble to the kitchen and start some dinner. Potato soup. Mmmmmm...

And hopefully not stub my toe again.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday #4 September 4, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Well, it's FINALLY done. We have now moved all our stuff to the new house and turned in the keys to the old house. It was a lot of work. I didn't realize just how much stuff we (OK, I probably should say "I" because a lot of it is mine; craft stuff, fabric, etc) have. It seemed never ending. But it's done and I am SO happy to be done. At least with the moving stuff to the new house part. Of course, the next phase is unpacking boxes. But the heavy lifting is finished. Whew. But in the plus column, I did find a few things that I thought I had lost. Turns out they were just "misplaced." LOL  ;) 

We spent the weekend mostly just relaxing and enjoying the new house. I am LOVING the ceiling fans here! And the backyard that is landscaped, not just a huge sandbox. Oh, and an actual clothesline. We usually just hang clothes we don't want to put in the dryer over chairs and the barstools which just clutters things up. Now we can hang them up on the line. In fact, I've already used it.

So, I promised some pics and I have some to share here. First the backyard.

You may have spotted a dog or two in the picture. They are not ours. We're just keeping them temporarily for one of Hubby's coworkers who is also in the midst of moving.While they are waiting to move into their new house, they were living in a trailer with a 3 year old and the 2 dogs. Since we had an unoccupied dog run Hubby offered to house them here for a few weeks. The building is part shed/part doghouse.

Next we have some Asian pear trees.

And at the far top/left of the picture you can just make out the roof of another shed on the other side of the fence which is filled with camping gear and stuff.

Then we've got the chicken coop.

Those are grape vines growing on it. And in the foreground, squash and pumpkin plants mixed in with tomatillo plants.

This is the main garden area behind the morning-glory-covered-fence. And those are apple trees along the fence line.

And a look inside the fenced garden...

More squash, eggplant, green beans, and cherry tomatoes. Oh, and raspberries. These are red raspberries.

In the corner, more raspberries. These are yellow raspberries. Yum! And you can also see a small part of the lawn.

And the patio with bench and firepit. That's it for the outside. On the inside we've still got boxes to unpack and we haven't gotten everything arranged yet. The layout of the new house is different than the old one so we're still trying to figure out to arrange everything. But I've got a pantry in the kitchen...
The old house had an electric stove which I absolutely hated. Now I have a gas stove again! So happy!

 And ceiling fans. Huge fan of the fans! LOL

Also, the walls here are painted in colors other than 50 shades of white. The living/dining/kitchen areas are a tan color and a green. One kids' bedroom is green and the other is a pale blush color. Very slightly pinkish. The master bedroom is blue, which I like, but our bedding is purple so they don't really go together. Our new landlords have said we can paint whatever colors we want but it might be time for new bedding, anyway. ;)

So, there you have a look at the new casa. I have been working on some more scrapping so I will probably post some pages here soon. In fact, I may just upload some right now...