Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I love watching when Taylor finally figures out how a toy works. Since Christmas we have had to open the toys for her and then she closes them. Today Taylor figured out how two of the buttons work. Today was stay in our pj's day for Taylor so you gotta give props for rockin' the Daddy pj's for the blog.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Taylor was not happy that a)Mommy stopped the wagon rides to take pictures
and b) that she had to share her wagon with Nick.
As I started working on this post I realized that I do not have any pictures of the entire playscape finished. Well we do have a couple pictures of me playing with Taylor on the playscape, but most include me from the backside and are not photos that I want out on the web, so you'll have to wait until tomorrow for pics of the actual playscape. Taylor and I are very lucky to have such an awesome man in our lives that would spend all weekend putting together a playscape so that we can swing everyday! Plus we are very lucky to have all the friends that came over to help(and ones that were going to travel to help but couldn't due to weather)!!!
ps. I got to try the swing out before Tay got up from nap and had forgotten how much fun it is to swing. If you haven't been in a while, go enjoy one of these beautiful spring days at the park! You're never too old or young to swing!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Most of the time my thumb is green from getting ink on it while stamping, but I am doing pretty good at keeping my new flowers alive. This is a picture of the rose bush that came with the house and I have been able to keep alive for over 6 years. So Taylor and I water the plants everyday while we are outside trying to find the kitty.
We also walk down to check the mail. Thanks to Nana I now pull Taylor in her wagon to check the mail. Plus we do a few extra laps around the yard for fun. It's hot outside in Texas right now (already 95 degrees) so we head indoors to play with all our new toys. (yes those are her bunny ears from Easter)
And we LOVE to press the horn(and then plays a song) on our Little Mermaid push car. Thanks Aunt Kirsten and Uncle Ricky!!!
So that's a day in the life of Wendy & Taylor. Hope your days are filled with as much fun as ours are!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sorry this one is coming to you so late, but this is so much easier to do after Taylor goes down for a nap. Yesterday helped us continue all the little celebrations of Taylor turning one. To most people this would not be a big deal, but we turned Taylor's carseat around so that she now looks forward. I can only imagine all the wonderful things that she can now see and I think she likes it. She has been pretty vocal on our past two car rides and I'm hoping this will make long distance car trips more fun for her.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Here are a few things that I've learned in my first year as a mom:
- diaper changing can be a competition between you and baby, and only gets harder as they get older
- you will do anything to get a baby to laugh again, even if it is the strangest noise
- those laughs melt your heart everytime
- babies require lots of 'gear' to go anywhere(this gets better as they get older)
- footie pj's are the cutest things ever(and I miss Taylor in hers)
- sticky little hands are capable of finding all sorts of things
- the dust buster is a mom's best friend
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Next, Nick came along to give Tay a ride in the jeep. Nothing better than having someone else drive you around for a bit. Taylor was helping to pick out the music for the ride.
Now for the hunt!
On your mark... get set.... GO!
Taylor did so good with only a *little* help from Chris and I on finding the eggs. She even 'found' the grand prize egg that was worth a giant chocolate bunny so we put that one back for someone else to find. I'm not ready for Taylor to have a giant chocolate bunny just yet!
I think Taylor had more fun taking her eggs in and out of her basket than finding them. One of the eggs she got is sidewalk chalk and I can't wait for her to try it out! Hope everyone is having a blessed Easter Sunday!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Sorry for the abrubt stop in the video but I had to give lots of hugs and kisses for her walking. I'm sure there will be a day when I want her to slow down, but I am one proud Momma! After hugs and kisses, Taylor then decided to keep walking over to Sadie in her crate. This time the video got cut short because the darn memory card was full! Guess all those other times of trying to catch her on video were eating up too much space. Time for a bigger memory card!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I had so much fun making his birthday card that I went ahead and made a set of thank you cards to match. I just loved stamping with the giraffe and the polka dot paper was fun.
All supplies are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Wild About You, Much Appreciated(retired), Say it with Scallops
Ink: Pacific Point, VersaMark
Paper: Pacific Point, More Mustard, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, polka dot paper is unknown
Other: White Embossing Powder, Heat tool, Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon
Inspiration for this card came from: http://jill031070.blogspot.com/2008/11/another-baby-set.html
Taylor had so much fun at Graham's party. She loved riding in the wagon, chasing their kitty, trying out animal crackers, and checking out Graham's new toys. Graham is one week older than Taylor and so it was very exciting to see how our little ones have grown and changed. Graham is walking all by himself and so I was hoping that he might inspire Taylor to take more steps. She is walking but only 4-5 steps from one object to another. I have not been able to catch her on video yet :(
Leili is also part of our 'April Babies' group and was born one day after Taylor. And no Taylor doesn't look like a giant next to Leili, she is bigger size wise, but Tay is sitting up on her knees in this picture.
I hope you enjoy my crafty posts because I have several other projects that I've made in getting ready for Taylor's 1st birthday! I'll try to post you some sneak peeks later on!
So what's a mom to do when her one year old gets invited to an Easter egg hunt and
a) no basket yet,
b) stores are picked over of baskets,
c) most baskets are bigger than Taylor
Well I went searching through my
overstocked craft closet for a basket that might work for just this one occasion. I found a stack of Christmas baskets in the back that I keep holding on to ‘just in case’ I need them even though I rarely decorate with baskets anymore and gold is not my thing. Over at Thrify Décor Chick and Just a Girl these ladies are constantly updating unwanted items with a little bit a spray paint. I have some other projects in mind that will use spray paint, but for my current dilemnia it was a life saver. Here is a picture of a basket like the original that is a size bigger and my finished project.(I promise the bow doesn't look so huge in real life) Isn’t it amazing what a little spray paint can do???
Basket from closet – free
White, quick dry, spray paint – free (found on hubby’s work bench)
Ribbon - $1.97 from Walmart, but bought originally for a different project
Basket Grass – free, saved from previous Easter’s
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Here are a few from last week's hail storm that we had here in Austin. It only lasted like 15 minutes, but did quite a bit of damage in that short time. The storm didn't really bother Taylor, but she was mad that I kept running around the downstairs to take pictures instead of having snack time with her.
Don't look at my toes(I was in the process of changing colors),
but I used this as a way to show how big the hail was.
This picture shows our backyard and a preview of our new addition to the deck.
Stay tuned for pictures after we get it stained!
And the best part of a daytime rainstorm is God's beautiful rainbow that follows!
(Noah's Ark is my favorite bible story)
Okay Mel, here's the part you've been waiting for...
I'm a Stampin' Up demonstrator and this past Saturday I had a workshop at my home.
Here are the projects the attendees had a chance to make:
Paper: DSP Walk in the Park, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze
Tools: Corner Rounder, Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, 5-Petal Flower Punch
Paper: DSP Walk in the Park, Basic Gray, Cameo Coral
Tools: White Embossing Powder
Paper: DSP Walk in the Park, Whisper White, Cameo Coral
Ink: Cameo Coral, Basic Gray
Tools: 5-Petal Flower Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, magnets(to make this a bookmark)
Paper: DSP Walk in the Park, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Basic Gray
Ink: Baja Breeze
Tools: Scallop Flower Punch, 1 1/4 circle punch, 1 3/9 circle punch, sticky strip
So Saturday night Chris and I decided that we didn't have enough projects around the house and ventured into Home Depot. We came out successful, but didn't attempt any until Sunday. Taylor found the dolly so fascinating, but not nearly as exciting as 'helping' Daddy install a new sink in the powder room. BTW, if you live near me and want our old pedestal sink let me know. There's nothing wrong with it, I just wanted storage area in this bathroom.
After helping Daddy for a little bit I was able to distract Taylor with Cheerios. Oh.. completely forgot to let you know that Taylor is starting to walk. She took a few steps for Chris a couple weeks ago. Then on Saturday I got to see her in action myself. She now cruises around the house barely holding on the furniture and normally carrying her snack cup, bunny, keys, or her spatula. I've tried to catch her on video walking, but have been unsuccessful. Looks like Taylor and I have a mission to catch her on video this weekend. I'll leave you with a picture of our girl with her snack cup and some yummy Cheerios!
Love and miss you Mel!