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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 19

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Day 19: something you hate to do

Dishes. Ugh.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 18

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Day 18: drink

What a pregnant woman wants, a pregnant woman gets. ;)

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Photo-A-Day Challenge: Days 16 & 17

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Day 16: something new

Andrew, Lily and I took an impromptu trip out of town Wednesday. My goal was to check out Goodwill and Target for maternity clothes and maybe snag a few things for Lily. I hit pay dirt at Goodwill and left with three items for Lily (that fit!) and only cost a total of $4.21. So, while they aren't something brand new, they're new to her.

And did I mention they fit her?!

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Day 17: time

Almost time to start on dinner.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 15

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Day 15: phone

My phone in the sticky hands of a toddler. She's smiling because its a good episode of Curious George. :)

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 14

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Day 14: heart

Valentine's Day edition of Photo-A-Day. We had pancakes for dinner with homemade strawberry sauce and whipped cream along with cornmeal mush, vegetarian sausage and grapes. It was delicious. :)

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Love is in the Cards

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We don't go overboard on Valentine's Day. No roses, chocolates or diamond necklaces here. Its a family affair. We all go out for dinner or I'll cook something nice at home. We exchange cards and watch a movie. This year we decided to avoid the rush and go out, just Andrew and I, Thursday night the 16th. We seldom get to go out sans little one so I jumped at the chance when Andrew suggested it. He even picked the restaurant. Andrew making plans?! I think I may die from shock! I was all set to go to Chili's as a family like we did last year and save a little bit of money by using a gift card we have. This is better. :)

Seeing as our budget is a little tight, I decided to make Andrew a card this year. I've been dying to try my hand at these DIY cards I saw in the February issue of Martha Stewart Living:

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So when Lily went down for her afternoon nap, I set up my scrap-booking supplies in the living room and got to work.

I decided I wanted to make the LOVE accordion card. I first printed out the template for the word love via the link available on the website. I printed it out on plain white paper, cut it out and traced it onto the red paper I chose with pencil. I should have printed it directly onto the red paper but I didn't think of it. The directions weren't exactly clear, or all inclusive for that matter, so I was kind of figuring it out as I went along. After carefully cutting and folding it, this is what I had.

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Next, I cut out the decorative paper for the inner part of the card by centering the word love on it and eyeballing where to cut it. I kept glancing at the picture in the magazine to get an idea of how much space I'd need and therefore where to cut it.

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I cut it a bit bigger than I needed just in case.

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Then came the hard part. Actually attaching the word to the inside of the card. All the directions said was to "position the folded piece inside base card so it pops." Easier said than done. It took me half an hour to realize that the best way to go about it was to fold the letters together then slip it inside the folded card so it was centered and press the two sides of the card together. Not too far apart so that when you open it it doesn't "pop" but not to close together that it just...hangs there. I used photo stickers on each corner to stick it down. They keep my photos securely in their scrapbook albums so I figured it would work in this case.

I wish I'd taken a photo of me "securing" it but as I said, it took me forever to figure it out so taking a picture completely escaped my mind.

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After all that hassle it ended up looking just perfect.

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I wrote the "I" and "you" using a red Sharpie.

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I practiced first. Ha ha.

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I punched the edges with my decorative punch since my paper cutter isn't very good at actually cutting paper cleanly and leaves a rough edge. Plus it just looks purty.

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Then it was time to adhere the card to the outer layer to make it look more finished. I stuck down the corners onto the final blue card stock with some more photo stickers and glued the middle. I wanted a nice, clean looking edge so I cut the final card by hand with scissors.

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And here's the final project. Its not a great picture since Lily woke up then and I had to quickly start cleaning everything before she got into things. And yes, that is a bottle of lime juice in her hand. She discovered it when I opened the fridge and asked to "have it, yemon." She loves lemons and limes. I blame Andrew. He got her started on them one time at Olive Garden.

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I like the simplicity of the card and I don't plan on adding anything to it. Well except for the date in the corner, 'cause that's what we do. Its nice to look and remember when and where you gave the card.

I hope he appreciates it when I give it to him on Thursday...at the restaurant of his choosing. :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 13

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Day 13: blue

Since its been so chilly here in Florida these past couple days, we've stayed inside and found things to keep us busy and entertained in the house. One of Lily's favorite past times is playing with her "monkeys". I received two key-chain size barrel of monkeys games at a baby shower months ago and once Lily discovered them there was no going back. She gets her tray table out, sits in her Bumbo seat, pours out her monkeys and spends the next 20 minutes scooping them up and separating them into different cups. I'm telling you, kids are so easily amused, its incredible.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 12

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Day 12: inside your closet

Organization. Something that needs to happen. And soon.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 11

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Day 11: makes you happy

Andrew and Lily. The loves of my life. They make me smile every day. :)

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 10

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Day 10: self portrait

Self explanatory. :)

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Thursday, February 09, 2012

Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 9

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Day 9: front door

My front door is very boring. I did try making it a little more interesting by adding some toddler cuteness though.

Random thought upon seeing this picture. I really need to get Photoshop re-installed on this computer. I hate not being able to edit my photos before posting.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 8

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Day 8: sun

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Photo-a-Day Challenge: Day 7

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Day 7: button

Lily has become fascinated with belly buttons recently. Hers and mine. She likes to kiss mine. She even licked it once. Weird child.

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Photo-a-Day Challenge: Days 4 - 6

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This weekend was very busy so I wasn't able to get on the computer and post each day's photo. So here is 3 days worth.

Day 4: a stranger

Tonight we ran into a friend at Walmart who was out to dinner with his family (in-house Subway!) including a brother from out of town that we'd never met. Hello stranger! (I got in on this one, so technically I didn't take the picture)

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Day 5: 10am

I forgot about taking a picture today until this afternoon. Of course it would be the one day with a time reference. Oh well.

So what does 10 am look like to me? Well, today Andrew and I actually slept in till almost 10. Well, not slept so much as dozed off and on from 7 on. Lily gets up around 7 am give or take a few minutes no matter what time she goes to bed. Believe me, I've tried to get her to sleep in. No dice. So some mornings, in order to make it through the day, I've got to get a few extra winks in. She usually reads her books, plays with toys or watches Curious George on Netflix. After a bit of rest I'm ready to get up and start the day.

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Day 6: Dinner

I had book club tonight at a friend's house and tonight's theme was "Tea Party." We're reading 84 Charing Cross Road this month and tonight we watched the movie staring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins. Each member brought a dish to share and their favorite tea. I brought fruit salad and raspberry leaf tea.

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Baby Update: It's A...

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Yes people, we have joined Team Blue! This is (almost) a foreign concept to me. I know girls very well. Having grown up with 8 sisters and having 4 nieces and a daughter of my own, I am well in tune with all things "sugar and spice and everything nice." As my Dad said, when I told him on the phone yesterday morning what we are having, "A little boy, what's that?!" ;)

I say "almost" a foreign concept because I do have 2 brothers somewhere in that mix of estrogen. They're now 20 and 14 years old so its been a while since I've had to change a little boy diaper or help wash...things...in the bath. Ha ha! I think that's the only thing at this point that's throwing me for a loop. There's one (small) thing to consider when you have a boy. Do you circumcise or not? And if you don't circumcise, how do you handle hygiene? Ah well, I guess we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. Andrew may have a little insight into this matter too considering he is a guy after all. :)

Well I'll be on here later to post some Photo-A-Day pictures to catch up from the weekend. In the meantime I'm off to research football, Tonka trucks and bugs.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 3

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Day 3: Hands

Father and daughter.

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Baby Update: Countdown to The Big Reveal

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I am so excited I can barely stand it! I even told the hubby exactly that while we were lying in bed in the dark half asleep around midnight last night. And why am I excited you ask? We have our ultrasound this coming Monday morning. That ultrasound. The one you look forward to from the moment you see those two small lines on the pregnancy test. I finally have an idea of what I think this one is. I didn't for the first several months. I'd vacillate between "Its a girl. Of course its going to be another girl. Look at my family, we only produce girls!" to "Hmmm. Things seem a little different this time and there was that dream I had the other night where we had a baby boy and even named him!" I'm not going to say what gender I think this baby is, I'll save that for Monday when we find out (hopefully this kid cooperates). I'll be honest though whether I was right or wrong. :)

Can I just say it again? I am so excited!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 2

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Day 2: Words

Andrew, Lily and I went to the library this afternoon to return some books and borrow some new ones. I didn't notice at the time, but all of the books I got for Lily are about animals. Mostly chickens. She requests that I read chicken books to her all the time. :)

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 1

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As a reminder I'm linking up with another blogger, Chantelle over at Fat Mum Slim for her February Photo-A-Day Challenge. I thought it would be a great way to bring out the creativity in myself while documenting my life day by day. So here goes!

Day 1: Your View Today

Laundry, laundry and more laundry to fold and put away today.