March 24, 2008

Easter 2008

We had a fun Easter this year. A playgroup Easter party at the park, a helicopter Easter egg drop/hunt, and an awesome church service on Sunday to celebrate the life we have because of what happened the weekend of Easter. Here are a few pics from the events.

Carson surprised us so much by wanting to stand next to the Easter bunny for a picture. He had no reservations whatsoever and was thrilled to give a good smile and hug the bunny. It cracked us up so much, and he was so proud of himself and thought it was so fun. He kept saying how soft he was. When we got in the car he said to us, "I wasn't quite sure what smile I was going to do when I got my picture with the bunny, but I decided to do this one..." and then he showed us which one he decided to do. It was so funny.

We made hot cross buns this year, it was Carson's idea and they were pretty yummy.
Our ham, spinach, cheese croissant strata

Fruit Pizza

Livi loves to blow bubbles!!!


March 22, 2008

A New Polka Dotted Project

I've been finding some great links off of How About Orange's blog to cute and easy projects. I've been wanting to learn to sew something new besides the purses I make for the Christmas boutiques, so when I found this link, I was looked easy enough to follow the directions, and the pictures she had of ones she made were SO cute. So I gave it a shot. I didn't want to buy material for my first one in case I totally messed it up, so I found some scraps in my old sheet that was all frayed on the edges, but good enough in the middle for what I needed it for, and then some left over polka-dotted fabric from when we recovered our dining room chairs.

It was fun to make and I like how it turned out. I'm excited to try it again with different fabric!

March 15, 2008

Last Year's Goals (2007)

I realize it's almost a quarter of the way into 2008, but I wanted to list on my blog the goals I had for 2007. I had this list hanging inside the medicine cabinet in our bathroom, so I could look at it every day.

For the record, I am not a goal person. Never have been. But last year I felt very inspired for about 10 minutes and these 10 goals came to me one after another, so I grabbed some paper and wrote them all down. Once I got to 10, nothing else came. It really was kind of funny the way it happened, but I'm so glad it did, because it was really fun to have that list to keep looking at and to have things to look forward to try to accomplish. Out of 10 goals, I achieved 8 1/2. I feel pretty good about it.

So here they are (or were):

1. Read 5 Books (non-children's types) - didn't accomplish - I maybe read 1 1/2. Sad but true. This year will be different!

2. Finish Livi's first year scrapbook - Yes! It was so fun, and I'm glad I did it. I started with hers because it was freshest in my memory.

3. Start and Finish Carson's first year scrapbook - Yes! Fun as well, now I need to figure out what to do with all the other pictures we have from the last 4 1/2 years (since we bought our digital camera). May be a goal for this year.

4. Join a couple's small group - Yes! It was only for a 7 week study, but we did it!

5. Buy a tuning fork (actually I wrote down pitch fork, but then crossed it out when I realized that's not what I'd need to tune the guitar, that would come in more handy if I were a farmer!) and relearn how to play my guitar - some kids songs, worship songs and Christmas songs. - This was a 2-part goal...and thanks to Jason for buying me a tuning fork for Christmas, I was able to achieve the first part of this I need to put that nice gift to use. :-)

6. Knit something new - Yes! I knit Livi a little jumper dress and that was really fun. I've come to realize though, that as much as I love making things with yarn and fabric, once the project is done, I've looked at the material so much that I get tired of seeing it. The dress is a really pretty color aqua blue and makes her eyes stand out.

7. Ride my bike - Yes! I love riding my bike. I used to ride a lot. In college I had pretty sweet calf muscles from all the riding I did. And I have some pretty cool scars on my knees from my wrecks, too. But ever since we got pregnant with Carson and moved to CA, I hadn't ridden my bike! So this was the year I wanted to change that. We bought a bike seat for Livi, so now I can ride with the kids, and it's been SO much fun! I hope to do much more of it in 2008. I've always dreamed about family bike rides. :-)

8. Go to Colorado for a girls trip (with college friends) and for my 30th birthday - Yes! Got to do both in the same trip! It was such fun and I have great memories of it.

9. Get away for a night with Jason - Yes! While we were visiting CO again in August, we got away for a night without the kids and stayed in a very nice Inn in Niwot. It was a lot of fun and I wish we could do it more often.

10. Try yoga - Yes! A friend of a friend who is now my friend was teaching a little yoga class for some gals at her church on Wednesday nights for I decided to try it and it was great. It felt so good and my friend is a Christian so there wasn't any of that potentially weird yoga-y stuff. Just good ol' stretching and relaxing. I loved it, but she didn't continue it after the summer, so it didn't last long, but I achieved the said goal. :-)

So 8 1/2 out of 10. Not bad for a non-goal person. It was really fun. I have very broad goals in mind for this year, so I think I need to sit down and get some more practical ones on paper. It feels good to accomplish things I've set out to do. Every day of this new year I've looked at my list in the bathroom because it just makes me happy that I actually wrote some goals and accomplished most of them. Here's to the other three quarters of this year left to do some new things!

March 12, 2008

A Trip to the Snow

We went up toward the snow this past weekend with the Thomases and the Mathisons and we had such a great time with them! There was no snow at the cabin, but we were able to drive a ways and find a perfect sledding hill. It was just right for the kids and even really fun for us!
Our camera decided not to work past Friday, so we didn't get any pictures, but if you look at the Thomases website by clicking here, By did a great job summing up the weekend.
We look forward to doing it again guys!

We did, however, get some pictures of our tour at the Jelly Belly Factory on our way up to the mountains and that was a really fun time. Carson loves Jelly Bellies, so he had a super time seeing the way they are made, and of course sampling a bunch of different flavors! We came home with a bag of Belly Flops, the Jelly Bellies that don't make it past the perfection point, so they are funny shapes or bundled together, etc. Very yummy indeed.