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Friday, October 28, 2011

{this moment}

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
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Inspired by SouleMama

Friday, October 21, 2011

Farmer's Market

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One thing I loved about living in the "big city" were the farmer's markets each weekend. I only went a few times but it was such a blast checking out the fresh fruits and veggies, homemade goodies and exquisitely made craft items.

When I came across a flyer in church last weekend announcing that there is now a farmer's market here in town I couldn't wait to check it out!

So Thursday evening Andrew, Lily and I took a quick drive down to the park where they are going to be holding it each week.

Lily, of course, headed right for the playground.



We just walked around and checked out the booths. There were about 10 booths total, the market's only been open for about a month so it has some growing to do...hopefully. We didn't plan on buying anything until we came upon this vendor.



Andrew had mentioned a while back that he wanted to buy a rosemary plant. Theirs were cheaper than Home Depot, Lowes or Walmart so we picked one out to take home.



I'd like to take a moment here to point out that Lily is wearing a hat. Maybe it has to do with the fact that she can say "hat" now...I don't know. It may not seem like such a big deal to some people but this is the child who from a very young age would rip off anything that came in contact with the top of her head. This particular hat was given to her by her Aunt Charlene. A mutual friend crocheted it for her daughter but it was too big so Lily inherited it. Obviously she has some growing to do before it fits well.

While Andrew chatted with the plant people I chased after Lily and prevented a few disasters. Mainly this one. I recognized that look. She was contemplating eating a hot pepper she picked off the plant.



She's so cute. I randomly tell her that all the time.



We almost bought some jam that looked super yummy.



I think we both had an issue though with the fact that it was shipped in from Pennsylvania. I mean, aren't farmer's markets supposed to be full of local food and items? Yeah, that kind of put the kibosh on that for us.

I hope more and more people discover the market and help make it grow to several times its size. I'd love to see more crafty type booths with homemade food and knick-knacks. I even had a tiny flicker of an idea (it was very tiny since I don't have a lot of extra time in my day) to open a booth myself and sell homemade treats and maybe some of our honey. I didn't notice a great selection of honey there. I could be biased of course. :)

Friday, October 07, 2011

{this moment}

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
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Inspired by SouleMama

Monday, October 03, 2011

October Goals

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The other day I grabbed a pen and paper to write down a few goals I'd like to accomplish this month and then I was like - why not blog about it?! That's one of the reasons I started this thing isn't it? To have a place to keep track of great ideas instead of losing them to the ever growing pile of papers on my desk? Hmmm...maybe that should be one of my goals...get rid of pile on desk...

Anyway, here is my list of goals. It seems rather ambitious even to me but if I can accomplish even half of them I'll be a happy girl.

1. Have a date night 2x this month


2. Create a budget and stick to it


3. Walk around the lake at least 2x a week


4. Finish a craft project


5. Start couponing...for real


6. Wash dishes every day


7. Start recycling


8. Get dressed every day


9. Cut back on sweets


10. Read my Bible every day


I feel I should clarify a couple of these for those who are like "huh, what does she mean by that?"

#5 - I've tried coupons in the past albeit in small quantities that didn't amount to much savings at all. And that's where I'll be changing it up this time. No more using a coupon here and there. I'm going all Extreme Couponing on their heinys. Gonna save me some big dough.

#8 - I do wear clothes every day...I don't strut around the house in the nude a la Terry Bradshaw in "Failure to Launch". :) I just need a little motivation sometimes to take a shower and wear something besides yoga pants and a t-shirt all day. And do my hair. And put on make up. Well maybe not that last one since I rarely ever wear it except for special occasions.

Do you have goals you set for yourself every month? Maybe every year? Do you meet them all?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

657,436 Minutes...

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...How do you measure, measure a year...plus 3 months?

Happy 15 months to my little Lily Bean!

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Here she is a year ago...minus a week and a half. I couldn't resist posting this one...even if it wasn't taken exactly a year ago...she's just so darn cute!

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I wanted to remember Lily at this moment in her life by writing about a few things that are special to her. I also quickly wanted to jot down all the words she can say/sign so far. Ya know, a "here's-what-she-can-do-right-now" kind of record so I can look back when she's 4 years old or something and get all teary eyed cause my little girl's growing up too fast. Sob.

1. Her Blanket

A purple and white striped rectangle of softness that was given to her by Andrew's parents when she was just a tiny little thing. I started putting her to sleep with it pretty much right from the beginning actually hoping that she would form an attachment to it. I love that it makes her feel happy and content when she's clutching it in her arms. I love looking up to see her walking around the house, Blanket dragging behind her on the floor. And on that note, I love washing her blanket, knowing that it is well loved.

It goes almost everywhere with her. She loves sleeping on her tummy with Blanket bunched up underneath her.

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When she wakes up from her nap and runs off to play...Blanket always goes too.

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She gets very excited when I take her to her room, turn off the light, turn on her musical seahorse and hand her blanket to her. She knows we're going to have nursies before nap/bedtime. And while she nurses she clutches a corner of Blanket in each hand and occasionally strokes her cheek with it. Gah! My heart melts every time.

And when she's watching TV - which is very rare - she chews the corner of Blanket.

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2. Her Car

I recently purchased a used Step 2 Push Around Buggy. Let me just say that it was the best $10 I have ever spent in my life! While it isn't new by any means - the bright colors have faded to more pastel and the horn and seatbelt are missing - Lily just loves this thing! When I walk down the driveway to get the mail she sits there turning the steering wheel like she's actually driving - with her hands at 10 and 2. Yup, watch out world...my little girl's a natural born driver!

She stores twigs, acorns and other stuff she finds in the yard in the trunk while she's pushing it around the yard. Andrew and I even went for a walk down Main Street one morning earlier this week with me pushing Lily in the car and Andrew walking Toby on the leash. It was nice being able to enjoy the weather before it got into the 90s for the day. And not have to worry about wrangling Lily the entire time. She stays right in the car and watches the world go by. Walks like that are definitely going to happen more often. :)

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The morning after I brought the car home...Lily woke up - and once she realized the car had a new home on our back porch - proceeded to chant "cah, cah, cah" while pounding on the back door. First time she'd ever said "car." Yeah...she likes it a little. :)

3. Her Books

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I think Lily enjoys looking through her books more than playing with any other toy sometimes - well maybe not more than playing with her new "cah". Sometimes I'll walk into her room and she's sitting on the floor, surrounded by her books, and she's "reading" to herself. It's so cute!

She'll also climb into my lap with a book in hand and shove it in my face which translates to "read it to me Mom!"

Sure little one, no problem. Just give me a second to adjust my vision and make sure I'm not blind.

Ok, we're good.

Till the next eye gouging anyway...

I try to take her to the library every few weeks or so to get some new books. For both her and me. She pulls books off the shelves and then runs off to explore. She has a grand ol' time.

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These have been her favorite books for some time now:

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Source: Amazon
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Source: Amazon

Finishing up this post, here is a list of the words she can speak and sign. Her vocabulary has increased so much over the past month. At 14 months I think she only knew how to say "Mama" and "cup" - which used to come out "gup". Even now some words are hard to make out. You really have to pay attention to the context of the situation to understand what she is trying to say. Then there are some words she has no problem communicating. Like "no". She can say that word very well.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Skirt The Issue

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I've been inspired recently to do a bit of crafting and sewing. I blame Pinterest. Those ruffle shirts, fabric flowers and doily lamps aren't going to make themselves. I guess I'd better get to it.

I thought I'd begin by making myself a skirt with the $3/yd. fabric I purchased at Joann's a while back. I'd also purchased a pattern thinking that since I haven't sewn anything in a while, I may want to use a pattern this time and an easy one at that. Here's the fabric and pattern I selected:

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So while Lily was taking her morning nap (gotta love that she still takes 2 two hour naps most days!) out came the heavy duty, trusty ol' sewing machine. I love this thing. I love how old it looks. I love how well it works. I love that it comes with the original instruction booklet complete with date of purchase written inside - July 18, 1972 in case you were wondering.

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This thing actually belongs to Andrew. No for real, it does. His uncle gave it to him...it used to be his (Andrew's) grandmother's. And that's what I love most about it. :)

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Anyway, like I said the pattern is really easy but I made it even easier by leaving off a few steps. The pattern called for patch pockets on the front of the skirt and a ribbon tie at the waist. I thought the pockets were kind of childish looking so I didn't put them on.

I plan on wearing this skirt with a shirt over it...versus tucked in...so I skipped putting the ribbon in since I hate wearing a shirt over something with a tie waist...it looks lumpy underneath the shirt. I like it smooth looking thankyouverymuch.

So without these additions I was able to whip up this skirt in a couple of hours.
Now that its finished, I notice a few things I'm going to change next time. The skirt's a little fuller than I would like. Next time I'm going to decrease each panel a bit by folding it over before cutting out each piece thereby reducing the width of the shirt. With less width there won't be as much gathering from the elastic and therefore less...fluffiness. Also, the elastic waist may be a problem. The pattern called for 1/2 inch elastic. Seemed too thin to me but I went ahead and used it. I'm not crazy about elastic waists anyway...except when I was pregnant. I was right...it feels...awkward for lack of a better word. I'm definitely going to use a wider elastic next time.

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Total tangent for a second. Don't you just love the sight of a strawberry pincushion full of matching white pins?

No? Its just me?

Oh...

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Lily woke up just as I was finishing up...except for the hemming part. She was very interested in the sewing machine and proceeded to poke around and test each knob and button. I discovered later...when I went to hem it...that she had set the tension all the way down to "loose." I had fun ripping out the stitches. Not. :)

And by the way, clutched in her arm is her very well loved seahorse that her "mamma" (my mom) got for her the Christmas before she was born. She does not go to sleep without it. I only wish it played music for longer than 5 minutes. Oh...and that it came with a remote.

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And here is the final reveal! I realize its not a great picture...I think I look frumpy. I need to work on the modeling aspect of making your own clothes.

But there you have it. I feel so accomplished. And inspired to make something else.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Our Weekend

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Most weekends around here are relaxing and mellow, this past one more so than usual. How could it not be when we have this sweet little girl full of smiles and eagerness to play with us?

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Saturday evening Andrew took Lily outside to play so I could get a few minutes to myself. A break was much needed after another meal stressing over whether Lily was getting enough to eat since she barely ate two bites before she was signing "all done" and fussing to get down from her high chair. Maybe she's going to take after her mother. I remember my mom telling me I eat like a bird. Sigh. Payback's a you-know-what.

Anyway, after I had calmed down a bit I went to hunt down my offspring. Didn't take me long to find her from the sounds of squealing coming from the front yard. She was standing there letting Daddy spray her down with the hose - one of her favorite pastimes. She was soaked from head to toe and enjoying every.single.second.

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It looked like too much fun to miss out on, so I too rolled up my pants and joined in the fun.

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We topped off the evening with a bath - for Lily, and then dinner out with Kevin and Marie.

Sunday we decided to visit the pet store in town and it was apparently the perfect day to do so. In addition to the birds, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters and whatnot that were already there...they were having a rabies shot clinic so everyone brought in their dogs and cats to get stuck with a needle. Lily was in her element with so many animals to pet and point at. I didn't get any pictures cause I didn't know how people would feel with me whipping out the camera and giving their poor animals - who were already way overexcited what with all the barking going on - seizures from the flash. So you'll have to be happy with a picture of me with two cockatiels on my shoulders. The one on the right...my right...decided to go for my hair a second later. Let me tell you, that tickles!

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That night after putting Lily to bed, Andrew and I stayed up playing card and board games - Dutch Blitz and Monopoly. I won both games. It was a good weekend. :)

Friday, September 02, 2011

{this moment}

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

We're Going to the Zoo, Zoo, Zoo...

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We went to the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo for Andrew's birthday. They have a special where you can get in free on your birthday! And since Lily is under two she gets in for free almost everywhere we go, so we only had to pay for me. Not too bad.

We had planned to wake up early and leave mid morning. We figured we'd eat a quick breakfast and have lunch at the park when we arrived. If you know us you know that didn't happen. We finally left the house about 11:30 and make a quick stop off at McDonalds and Taco Bell for some lunch to eat on the way. Desperate times call for desperate measures...

It rained the entire drive to Tampa leaving us both to wonder if the trip was such a good idea. I had visions of the zoo being closed once we got there because of the storm. Actually we couldn't have picked a better day. Being a Monday there weren't that many people there and I like to think the rain also deterred a lot of people from going. The rain stopped shortly before we got to the park but it was still hot and humid. Even more humid than usual because of the rain. Lily's hair started curling up right away - the girl's got her momma's hair! If not in color then at least in texture. :)

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We figured since we didn't arrive at the zoo until after 1 and they closed at 5 that we'd better make the most of it and take the accelerated tour because we'd never been and we didn't want to miss anything. One of our first stops was at Wallaroo Station where we checked out the wallabies. You walk right into this large fenced in area where the wallabies just roam free. Lily wasn't quite sure of them. I wanted to pet one but I wasn't sure if they bite or not. But of course they wouldn't let them roam around if they did. Good thinking Hannah! ::shakes head::

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You could even go into the goat pen and pet the goats. Unfortunately the attendant wasn't on duty so we had to forgo the opportunity. That was the only bad thing about the trip. A few of the attractions were shut down because of the rain. Oh well. But I'm petting those goats next time!

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Lily kept squealing "ooh, ooh, ooh" at each animal and pointing.

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And she's off! There's tons more to see...

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This is how Lily spent a large portion of the day. Its great for resting the legs and it gives you a better vantage point dontcha know?! Plus you get to play with Daddy's hair, and ears, and poke him in the eyes...

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Halfway through the afternoon the rain started up again so we took shelter under an awning and enjoyed some snacks.

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Lily could only wait so long before she took off. I don't blame her...

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Some of the high-lites of the trip were the otter that put on a show for Lily.

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The white tiger. Just 'cause it was so beautiful.

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The stingrays (minus the stingers). Lily LOVED these guys! She was a little unsure of them at first but warmed up pretty quickly and was trying to grab their fins (That's what they are right, fins?).

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All in all, it was a great day. Lily did really well considering she'd had no nap all day long. Of course the first thing she did when we packed up the car and left was fall asleep. We're already talking about going again for my birthday in May.