Sunday, February 28, 2010


We had a nice picnic with some nice friends in our front yard today. Ansley enjoyed being outside (she seems to have a little cold).

Carver showed off his new hair cut.

It was fun to see that most people who passed by us waved and smiled. I guess a front yard picnic with babies makes everyone's day a little better...not just ours :o)

And, of course I couldn't go more than a few days without a craft. I jazzed up some of Ansley's plain onesies with my fabric scraps.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Decisions Decisions

Inspect or taste...taste or inspect?

I gave Ansley the mesh muncher thing because we could tell she's teething. It had some pear chunks and as you can tell I think she liked it. Today, after this video was taken she started crying without reason. I could finally see inside her mouth (normally she sticks her tongue out when you touch her chin making it impossible to see the lower gums) and there were two tiny slivers where her front bottom two teeth are cutting through. This evening they were even more visible. It's only a matter of time before that toothless baby smile is gone.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Photo Theme: Nature


{Butterfly in the nursery}

{Lettuce from our garden}


{Green beginning to grow in the backyard again}

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Blah blah blah freckle blah blah blah

We're all in trouble once she starts talking for real...

Monday, February 22, 2010

DIY Framed Pin Board

Supplies needed:
Foam Board
Hot glue gun
Craft knife

Step 1:
Paint your frame and let dry completely. With this project I feel the more gaudy and ornate the frame is the better. Second hand frames are great for this because you don't need the glass is it's missing.

Step 2:
Cut foam board to desired size. I normally use the frame's glass or mat for sizing. While you are doing this let your iron begin to warm up.

Step 3:
Cut fabric. It should be 2 inches longer around all sides of the foam board (this is so you can fold over and glue on the back).

Step 4:
Iron your piece of fabric to get any wrinkles out. Warm up your hot glue gun while doing this.

Step 5:
Place foam board on top of fabric. Fold each 2 inch flap one by one and glue to the back of the foam board. Make sure you check the front for wrinkles or bubbles as you do this.

Step 6:
Put your fabric covered foam board into the frame in place of your glass and picture and your done!

Here are a few others that I've done for some more inspiration!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Gator Baseball Game

Saturday we took Ansley to her first UF baseball game. It was much warmer and sunnier than expected so she didn't really get to see much.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday Walk

This picture has nothing to do with the post title. I was just liking the outfit before she spit up and had to be changed :o)

Lindsey and I took the dogs and babies for a walk this afternoon. Baxter took a liking to Ansley.

And so did Kennon :o) Ansley really seems to enjoy riding in the stroller facing out. She is so content and looks around, occasionally grabbing a toy or talking.

We're not sure what this silly little face is about, but it's cute. This morning Jon and I awoke to hearing "{chime} numbers!". Ansley had apparently woken up and pressed the mode button on her caterpillar. Then she proceeded to click the little plastic flowers together. Right now she is in bed for the night and not swaddled. We'll see how it goes...


As mentioned yesterday, I re-read through my posts pretty often to look at the silly pictures and videos of Ansley. Jon and I like to come up with what we think she might be saying in each picture (Jon is especially good at this). It makes me smile to think about so I thought I'd share :o)

{Hmmm...I see what you mean. So this is a gourd? May I have a closer look?}

{With a wave of my arm, I will grant you but three wishes.}

{They're called feet...I read it in my book.}

Said with a British accent: {Mummy, are you going to take my picture now?}

{Mommy, I am no longer in the mood for this.}

{I seeee yoooou} or {I see you lookin' at me, silly}

{Haaaappy new years! Welcome everyone, to 2010.}

{You can't see me...I'm just a fuzzy teddy bear.}

{Do these pants make my butt look big when I stand like this?}

{Is this how a lady sits?}

{Hi, I'm seven months old. You may have a seat or perhaps you'd like to look at my teddy bear.}

Thursday, February 18, 2010

7 Months Old

Seriously, seven months already? I can't believe it. Time goes by so fast! Ansley is turning into a grabby little thing. When she sees something she wants her arms instantly stretch out straight all the way through her finger tips. Most recently she does this with her sippy cup, cell phone, TV remotes, zippers, gator t-shirts and anything resembling a string. She will at times do this to my face and place her entire open mouth on my cheek (a kiss maybe?).

Her little personality is getting a bit wilder. She shrieks and squeals when excited or happy, but is still a sweet pea.

She's taking two daytime naps and an occasional third cat nap in the evening. No crawling yet, no changes in night time sleep and no teeth. Lots of drool :o)


During Ansley's naps I've decided to do something other than get sucked into a re-run of Jersey Shore or Teen Mom. I used to read a lot (like actual books, not a computer screen) and have started that up again. I'm about half way through "A Million Miles In a Thousand Years" and am really enjoying it. Donald Miller is one of my favorite authors. In this book he talks about the process of turning his first book (a memoir) into a movie which brings up the idea of whether or not the lives we are living would make good stories. I like stories, so I like this theory. This is just something that's made me think, so I thought I'd share:

"I'd bought a new truck that year, and I'd moved from a house to a much nicer condo. Nothing against a nice condo, but I privately wondered whether I was a protagonist telling an exciting story who happened to live in a nice condo, or whether I was a protagonist telling a boring story about trying to pay off his nice condo."

I'm always questioning if the things we have that make our lives easier are really distracting us from living full lives. Do they cause us to get sucked into going through the motions? I'm sure this is on my mind more as we decide what to do when my maternity leave ends. I don't normally post about this kind of stuff, but I read back through my entries from time to time and I think I need this reminder :o) I promise I'll post Ansley's 7 month chair pictures later today!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Drinking water out of a straw all by herself like a big girl :o)