Sunday, March 30, 2008

How did I do?

Remember my post about Freeganism? I had said that I wouldn't buy anything that I didn't need for the month of March. Here we are on the last day of March, so I thought let you know how I did. I'd say I did only so-so. I started out really well, and about half way through, I kind of lost steam and forgot all about it. It was not at the front of my mind, and so a couple of times when I went out I bought things I didn't need. My worst offense was when I went to Big Lots looking for a birthday gift, and wound up getting some scrapbook paper that was a really good deal.... something I really did not need (I already have a lot of paper). Another time I went to Kohl's and got a few shirts, however I used a gift card... so I didn't really count that. I know there were a few other times that I purchased things I did not need. Anyhow, let's just say I got a C on my own little challenge... sad I know. At least I was mostly being mindful about what I bought. I usually try to really think about what I bring into my home, simply for the fact that I hate clutter and don't like to accumulate things I don't need or love. Anyhow, hopefully those of you that joined me did a little better than me.

Lots of pictures of Ethan

I took quite a few pictures of Ethan the other day, here are some of them:

Creative Endeavors

We went to Danny & Jolene's church this morning to see Christian get dedicated. Afterwards we went to lunch with them, as well as Jolene's Dad and her brother. It was great to see them. Her dad was down from Montana visiting for a few days, and her brother came for a visit for the weekend (he is a Marine and stationed at 29 Palms). After we got home I decided to do a little bit of scrapping and made a layout for Ethan's book.

These are some burp rags and a frame that I made for my friend Leighann. I went to her baby shower on Saturday. She's going to have a little boy in just a few weeks :)

Friday, March 28, 2008

Linky fun

Some fun stuff I came across.

*56 Things you can toss out now

*An easy remedy for allergies

*Stuff white people like (disclaimer- in no way do I mean this to be prejudiced, but it is a very funny blog)

* Make a fabric covered bulletin board

Friday Fill-In #65

1. Some relationships are meant to last for a season, others are meant to last for a lifetime.
2. Kenny Chesney is the last concert I saw; it was right before I started to enjoy country music, so I was really bored.
3. Spring should be longer! I would take spring for 6 months instead of our roasting hot summers.
4. Oh no! I forgot to buy some more maple syrup at the grocery store for waffles this weekend!
5. I've recently started to think about putting together a wedding album (now that it's been almost 6 years since our wedding).
6. Ethan's giggles never fail to make me smile.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to some homemade pizza and a movie with my hubby, tomorrow my plans include going to Leighann's baby shower and Sunday, I want to go to church, relax, and then in the evening put the babe to bed and have gourmet cheeses and crackers, a glass of Chimay, and play a game with my hubby!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

My week and a couple of videos

It's been a great week and the weather has continued to be very nice. I can't say it enough... I love spring! Matt had Monday off, and it was so fun to have him home. He cleaned all of our windows and did a few other things around the house, we sat out front and drank iced tea and enjoyed the weather, and to top it all off we went out for sushi, and Ethan was an angel. He has had a few days where he has taken a longer nap, but I wouldn't say that he's over his phase (today he took his usual 30 minute naps). It definitely makes the times that he does take a long nap seem extra nice :) Yesterday Ethan found his thumb. Up until this point he's been sucking on his whole hand, or a few fingers, but since yesterday he's been sucking on his thumb. I took a picture of it, and then also took a little video clip. He's not much of a pacifier baby, so I don't mind at all that he found his thumb... makes it easier for me :)

Here is the video clip:

Here is another video of Ethan talking this mornin. He is very vocal and loves to hear the sound of his voice.

Danny and Jolene came over for dinner last night. They brought Christian's jumper and the boys jumped together for a little bit. They were pretty cute. They had to be separated after a little while because they were egging each other on to fuss. I made macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi with a ginger lime butter... it was so yummy. The cake that I made for dessert was really yummy too... it was a ginger angel food cake with coconut frosting, a Cooking Light recipe. If you'd like the recipe, click here.I worked hard today and got my house cleaned, sheets washed, and laundry done. Tomorrow I'm hoping to maybe scrap a page or two and also take our comforter to the laundry mat and wash it. I know, I know... I live a life of excitement :)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Video of Ethan giggling

This is a video clip from Easter. I was playing with Ethan and he was giggling.


We had a wonderful Easter. The weather was absolutely perfect... sunny and clear and warm. We went to church in the morning and then headed over to my mom's for the day. Danny and Jolene and Christian also joined us. It was such a great day and so relaxing. We had a yummy meal with ham, turkey, candied yams, cheesy potatoes, homemade bread, jello, asparagus and corn. To top it all off Jolene made a beautiful and tasty cake. We spent most of the day outside in my mom's beautiful yard just relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. I couldn't have asked for a better day. I took tons of pictures.

Okay, is this not the cutest outfit? It was fun to dress him up for Easter, I loved the hat :) I have to take advantage while he doesn't care what he wears.
Playing with my boy on the swing

All dressed up in our Easter clothes... Ethan definitely looks the best out of the three of us :)
It's hard enough getting one baby to cooperate for a picture let alone two. As you can see Ethan was the one not cooperating, haha. He was ready for a nap.
Me and my bro

Relaxing with my boy on a blanket in the grass.

Ethan and Grandma relaxing on a blanket in the grass.... ahhhh, life is good.

We thought the guys looked like a Ralph Lauren add or something... sitting in the grass drinking wine in their dress clothes.
Is Christian going to tell Ethan something? Maybe he's trying to cheer him up... he was a grump when we were taking pictures.
The boys... aren't they just darling in their little Easter clothes? I love Christian's little tie.
I guess Ethan is tired of having his picture taken... or maybe it's the hat.
No, Christian isn't walking yet (he's only 7 months old)... Jolene is holding him up
Christian & Danny looking very stylish.
The beautiful cake that Jolene made... isn't she talented?
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter! Matt got today off, so he is at home cleaning our windows right now. I suppose I should go help him instead of wasting away my day at the computer :)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

A glorious Friday and Saturady

Matt was in San Antonio this week for work and he came back on Thursday night. I was VERY happy to have him back. I miss him a lot when he's gone, especially since I'm home with the baby by myself all day. Of course I wasn't really home, I kept busy, but I was happy to have him home. On Friday we went to Home Depot and got some plants for our yard. We had to replace a few plants, and I got flowers for my pots and a few little flower beds. We came home and dropped the plants off and ate lunch, and then headed out to Rancho Cucamonga because Matt had a meeting. I dropped him off and Ethan and I headed over to Victoria Gardens for a couple of hours. The weather was glorious and I enjoyed strolling around and looking at the shops. Ethan even took a nice 2 1/2 hour nap, and was an angel for me. We came back home and had some wine and pizza for dinner, put the babe to bed and watched a movie. All in all, it was a great day.

Today we worked outside in the yard and got a lot accomplished. Okay, I worked for about 2 hours and Matt worked all day. I had to run a couple of errands, and while I was out Ethan fell asleep (at 2:30), now it's almost 5:00 and he's still asleep! It's worth going out every day at that time if it means he'll take a nice long nap! He did the same thing yesterday, and also on Tuesday, and he was so happy in the evening (instead of cranky because he didn't get enough nap time during the day).

Matt has Monday off, so we'll work some more in the yard and we hope to prep for the fountain we're going to put in. We eat dinner outside nearly every night that the weather permits, so it's nice to have the yard looking nice :) I love being outside. Now if we can just finish our last couple of projects out there, the whole thing will be complete. It's been a long process... we've pretty much re-done the entire yard.

Now we're off to Grady Oates first birthday party. Hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Jogging stroller

These are just a couple of random pictures that I took today of Ethan laying on my bed.

I put together the jogging stroller and used it for the first time today. The weather was so nice, sunny yet not too hot, so I took Ethan for a little stroll in the stroller. He loves sitting upright and looking out at everything. He looked so cute in his little sun hat. After we got back we layed on a blanket in the grass for a little bit. I love spring! Hopefully this weekend we'll get some pretty flowers planted in the beds in the back yard.