Showing posts from January, 2011

bath fun

guest blogger: Lydia

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Last week, Daddy gave me a bath in the kitchen sink, but someone was lurking from down below.

Mama, what are you doing down there?

Oh, just taking pictures? Okay, but watch this!

Here I am!

laundry help

Lydia loves to help with the laundry.

She will pass me each item to fold. Since we do diaper laundry every other day, she's especially good with the diapers and wipes.

Making a Lydia silly face while folding the laundry? What talent.

ornament tester

Lydia found my bag of completed ornaments (so far) for the Jesse Tree.

The ornaments seem to meet Lydia approval.

Except the rainbow clouds. Guess I need to revisit that ornament before I have my friends make it.

silly face

guest blogger: Lydia

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This is my silly face.

What do you think?


Lydia loves puzzles.

She can put the puzzles back together, and whenever she fits the piece in its slot, she celebrates with her signature "yay!"

It's so fun to watch her accomplish new tasks.

Though, she's growing so fast. (Maybe too fast.)


guest blogger: Lydia

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On Saturday, I spent the day at my Pop-Pop and Nana's house. I brought my snow pants and boots, and Pop-Pop took me on the sled. Nana took the pictures.

We didn't need a hill. Pop-Pop pulled me around the yard.

Then the cats came out.

At first, I wasn't sure what to think of them, but then I liked to point at them and squeal.

I had fun at Pop-Pop and Nana's. Next winter, I think I'd like to go ice skating on their pond.


The Israelites are in the desert in Exodus 16, grumbling against Moses and Aaron (16:3), “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into the desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”
The Lord tells Moses his plan to provide the Israelites with manna and quail, and Moses and Aaron go back to the people and report (16:6-8), “‘In the evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?’ Moses also said, ‘You will know that it was the Lord when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.’”
How about that last sentence: “you are not grumbling against us, but against th…

bumble bee cakes

On Monday, Lydia and I finally found a common date on the calendar and had a long overdue visit with my dear friend from high school and her daughter.

Our two little ladies are less than three months apart; it just took us too long to get together. Hopefully we'll do better in the future.

Anyway, besides having an adorable toddler, my friend, Margaret, just launched her cake business - Bumble Bee Cakes. Check out the gallery link since the pictures I grabbed are teeny tiny.

I have yet to sample one of these fancy cakes myself, so I feel like my excitement is not going to convince you to try one yet. However, she gave me some insight on how she makes her cakes creatively beautiful while also deliciously yummy. Yes, you can eat fondant, but since some people don't like to do so, she sneaks in a layer of frosting between the cake and the fondant. Peel off the fancy decor, and there is still a yummy cake (with icing) ready to eat. Yesterday was a snow day, and she utilized her fre…


Lydia thinks it's funny to shut the doors to her room, the bathroom, the closet . . .

I think it's funny that she almost always gets her legs in the way of the door shutting.

Where's Lydia?

There she is!

green eggs and ham

Lydia's favorite book.

Jesse Tree

Ever heard of a Jesse Tree? The Jesse Tree to which I am referring is an Advent calendar of sorts. During Advent, a tree is decorated with symbols to represent stories leading up to the Christmas story. (Think rainbow for Noah, a lamb or ram for Isaac, etc.) I saw one at a friend's house the Christmas before last and planned to make one by this past Christmas. That didn't happen. To ensure I'll have one ready by next Christmas, I have already gotten to work . . . and I dragged along invited some friends to join me.

For the two months before Christmas, a small number of ladies gathered in my living room every Tuesday to work on our individual sewing projects. We had quite a few failures, so going into the new year, I proposed we do something as a group. I tossed out the idea of making a Jesse Tree. We'd start in January, hoping to be done by the spring which is definitely well before next Christmas. (Even if it takes us into spring, we will still have time before Christ…

shopping cart

guest blogger: Lydia

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When we go shopping at Target, I stand in the back of the cart while Mama zips around the store. For Christmas, Big Guy and Nonna gave me a shopping cart of my own, so I can zip around the house.

I don't walk on my own yet, but I love to walk behind push toys. I can even go under Daddy's legs.

Also, this is my new Eagles jersey that my Uncle Jon gave me for Christmas.

Too bad they lost when I wore it on Sunday.


Remember when I mentioned this print?

Then I mentioned it again a year later? For my birthday, my husband gave it to me! With an IKEA gift card (thanks, Nez!), I picked up a frame, and now this is hanging in my living room.

I love it - for how it looks, for what it says, for what it reminds me.

Also, I highly recommend the store and the seller. Great service. Beautiful product. Fast shipping. I am not the only one who thinks so as over 1,500 others agree with her 100% positive reviews. Go check out her prints for yourself. (No perks for endorsing this, in case you were wondering. I just love to share things I love. =) Thanks, Jessica!