Tuesday, May 31, 2011

From Applesauce to Apple Smiles

This is how Avery looks at us when we are trying to spoon feed her baby food. Still not so much a fan. It is getting better, and each time, she keeps more and more down. It is a process. The applesauce we tried this weekend went over pretty well.

Saturday was a fun day. Tony played golf with friends while Avery and I played and did some light housework. We may have also caught up on some Real Housewives. {Alexis Couture is fugly!}

We went out Saturday night for some friends birthdays {30!} and had a good time. Tony's sister, Michelle, got to spend some quality time with little miss Avery. We appreciated the help with babysitting so we could go out.

Sunday was a pretty lazy, and relaxing day. It was much needed. Having a long 3 day weekend without any travel {as fun as it can be sometimes!} was just what we needed. Life has been very busy for us lately with Avery, some business ventures, and our upcoming vacation, that we needed a breather.

Avery and I set up shop in the guest bedroom/sewing/craft room for a while on Sunday to make a table runner. It was just one of my many items to make from my "sewing to-do list" that I picked the easy one, just to get something done. I was feeling very domestic this weekend, so home-cooking, cleaning, and sewing happened. Also some napping:

How she can sleep like that is beyond me. Her little bottom up in the air for 2 hours. Tony said he did the same thing when he was a baby.

The fruits of our labor. It took far longer than it should have, but that is ok, if I get to spend the whole day with Tony and Avery, I will trade limited productivity.

After finishing the mowing and doing some things around the house on Monday, I made apple smiles to take over to my sister-in-laws for the pool party.

Carson and Arian both liked them, and they were pretty easy to make. Sliced apples, a little PB and mini marshmallows!

How cute is she in her little swim suit? Our friend Kelli found it for her. I had only seen 12 months or older {not that I did much searching, only what I saw at Target} So cute. The pool had just been opened, so it was a bit cold. I got in and Tony held her to see what she thought.

Verdict: she was not that big of a fan of water. Now, she loves her bath, and that is a nice warm, the pool water was not so much.

Someone she is a big fan of though:

and the feeling is mutual. Avery and her grandpa Don love each other. It warms my heart to see.
We had such a great weekend, almost like a mini-staycation. While I did miss hanging out with my family in Minnesota, since it sounds like they had a good time, I really enjoyed our time at home.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thursday Favorite Things

This is going to be quick. We have been busy, enjoying life. Avery is getting better at holding her own bottle and sitting up on her own. Not all the way, but better. It will happen soon.

Otherwise lately, I have been loving a few things.

This vintage 1970's sewing machine is what I use. My mom got it for me for free so that I could get going on some projects and see if I would use it. I do. A lot. Eventually I will upgrade, but for now, it is working just fine, and I love it. {thanks mom!}

I love this line of cleaning products. I went on a cleaning spree recently, and I love how these clean, and that they are made with biodegradable ingredients.

FABRIC!  I love textiles, and am constantly adding sewing projects to my "to-do" list. I could spend lot$ of Dollar$ in Jo-Ann Fabrics and Hancock Fabrics. Easy.

I can get by with Adobe Photoshop. It has been a while, but I could do it. Illustrator and InDesign? Haven't a clue. I have been reading up on them and what they can do, and I want them. Bad. Maybe someday. I know that these are skills that will helpful both professionally {especially this, it will open a whole lot of doors} and personally. Maybe when we can get a new computer to handle this software, it is something to look into.

That is all I got for now. We are looking forward to the long weekend, we have plans that include landscaping, landscaping, golf, sewing, out with friends, and maybe some pool time {Jeanie, are you ready for us??} Avery has the cutest little swimsuit {thanks Kelli!}

isn't she cute?

Monday, May 23, 2011

From the weekend

Saturday night we headed over to our neighbor's house to hang out. They were grilling and playing yard games with friends to celebrate {?} THE RAPTURE. Some of the women dressed up in fancy dress, since that is what they wanted to meet Jesus in. They are freakin' funny, and we had a good time. Lots of fun, lots of kids, and in the end, lots of rain. Tony and I took Avery home about 10-15 min. before the rain started , then had a cocktail or 2 on the front porch under a blanket and watched the rain and lightning.

Our thoughts and prayers out to those who did not fare so well with the storms this weekend. North Minneapolis and Joplin MO, took the brunt of it.

Onto something much  happier:
Avery is my sous chef, as she hangs out in the kitchen with me while I am cooking, or cleaning. We made Breakfast Burritos, and Chicken Pot Pie yesterday. She is either going to love or hate to cook, too early to tell.

We had family pictures yesterday since Avery is now 6 months old {!}. Our photographer, Nicole Thomas, was great to work with, and we are both very excited to see the pictures in a few weeks. We even took Amigo to get some pictures with him. As per usual, Avery did great. We had 4 outfit changes, took pictures inside and out, and got done in a little under 2 hours. We came home, had a bottle, and Avery and I snuggled up to take a little snooze.

This photo makes me think she looks like she is up to something, and got caught. She also started a new trick this weekend. Lots of babbling. A lot of "ba ba ba ba ba ba" loudly too. It makes us smile.

Friday, May 20, 2011

From the New Camera

From our new camera.

Our Avery, she is a sweet, tough, happy, smart little girl.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thursday Favorite Things

Tony got me this camera for our anniversary/birthday gift. After taking close to 800 pictures of Avery for the past 6 months, ON MY PHONE, this is going to get a lot of use. I love it!

Tony picked this up to use on our plants. It is so handy, especially now that I am nursing some transplants from my families yards that we picked up a few weeks back. You can have the hose hooked up to it and use either water with the Miracle-Gro fertilizer or just water.
This website is so inspiring. Besides having tons of pictures on almost anything you can imagine, you can see what your friends are interested in as well. It is completely addicting, and makes me want to whip out my sewing machine, spend the day in the kitchen, and go shopping.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

6 Months Old & 3 Years Married

Someone got a little present for turning 6 months old. A little half birthday gift for our little half-pint {10 points for the first person to get that reference!} Needless to say, she loves it.

While we are happy to pass the 6 month mark with Avery, we are also celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary. I count my lucky stars everyday to have married my best friend. I would write more, but some things are best kept private, and I would probably start to cry {happy tears}.


Monday, May 16, 2011


I went to Galena IL this past weekend for a little get-a-way with my mom, cousins, and Aunt. Mom has been looking forward to this weekend for close to a year. She had been there last year and has raved about it since. We had shopping and sight seeing on the docket, and we did well. The shops there are very fun, diverse, but expensive.

Patty & Hanna

Me & Mom

Me & Sami
We stayed at a Bed & Breakfast. This was a first for me. While I can see the appeal, I am not sure it is for me. I might need to try another one to finalize my opinion. Mom and Dad love them. Galena is full of them, and it seems that is the main method of lodging for the area. When in Rome....

Galena is a very old, very historic town. It was a strong political area back in the Civil War days, and proud of it. 9 Generals of the War of Northern Aggression {HA! that is what the South calls the Civil War} came from the area. The main street is filled with shops that we browsed through, with restaurants, wine shops, clothing, and novelty items. 

We stopped to rest and have a cocktail every so often, and we had a fabulous steak dinner that night.

More about the rest of our trip later this week, when I can get some pictures from Sami.

Sneak Peak: Neil Young cover band, a tambourine, and "OPA!"