Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend

All weekends should be three days long. This weekend we had enough time to have fun as a family, have fun by ourselves, and to get some stuff done (and take lots of pictures).

The weekend started a bit early on Friday when we met Darrin over his lunch break for a picnic lunch at Lake Zorinsky. It's sad to say, but it's the first time I've used the picnic basket we got for our wedding. We've gone on lots of picnics since then, we are just lazy and usually pick up Subway. This time we actually brought everything from home.
With the increase in temperatures, Annaliese has had to make the jump to the next size of clothes, or suffer the heat in long sleeves. I'm glad we've been able to make the switch, because now she can wear all the cute clothes I've been eying in her closet for 3 months.
Saturday morning Darrin and Ian put the finishing touches on the hosta bed, adding edging and filling in the rocks. I love it when Darrin works with tools because it means Ian's going to pull his out and it's just so cute! He was even dressed thematically, wearing his Handy Manny outfit. Ian decided to tag along with me as I went quilt shopping, and I'm glad he did. It turned out to be a pretty fun trip. We talked about how I play on a softball team. He said that he isn't on a team, but he was at Brian and Jodi's. I asked him what he played there, and he said, "Cornbags." He meant beanbags, but his confusion makes it so much cuter. The weather was perfect that night so we spent it outside, Darrin teaching Ian how to roll down the hill... though Ian ended up going more sideways than actually down.

Sunday we headed to the zoo for the first of many trips this summer. Our first stop was the new Madagascar exhibit. It was our first time seeing it, and it was filled with tons of different lemurs. At one point, you walk through them outside and one crossed right over my head and sat in a tree maybe two feet from my face- it was pretty surreal. Another change to the zoo since the last time we were there was a baby gorilla in the gorilla house. It was such a cutie. One of the free-wandering birds, my guess is turkey or peacock, had an interesting place to lay an egg. Annaliese stayed awake for most of the time we were there and seemed to enjoy taking in all the sights.

After afternoon naps, we headed to Marlena and Noah's for grilled food and some exotic s'mores (we had peanut butter cups and bacon as well as chocolate for toppings). It was so much fun, and Ian did much better eating s'mores than the last time. Annaliese got to try out the swing Marlena and Noah got for their baby (only 7 weeks to go!).

Monday was a day for recooperating. Ian took a four-hour nap and Annaliese wasn't awake for more than 40 minutes at a time today. Darrin cut down some limbs on our tree, and Ian spent quite a bit of time up on the ladder afterpretending to chop down the tree himself. The weather was perfect today and we ate both lunch and supper out on the deck.

Thank you to those who have served or are serving for our country. Because of your service and protection of our freedom, we were able to have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Quilt Day

Today was quilt day with the ladies and I have no pictures to show of it. For the total 5 hours I was there, I sewed maybe 45 minutes, and that was hand work. I brought fabric to make curtains for Annaliese's room. Turns out I didn't have enough. Then I moved on to putting the borders on Ian's quilt only to discover I had forgot the power cord to my machine at home. Luckily I had brought my box with all my UFOs in it, so I pulled out some hand embroidery... but I only had the amount of thread that was on it, that was it. So when that was used up, I put the border on one of my monthly wall hangings and started hand sewing it down, but then had to leave. So really, I didn't accomplish much of anything today.

When I wasn't sewing, I was playing with my new phone. Yesterday Darrin and I made a trip to the Sprint store and bought some HTC Hero phones. With the touch screen, internet, texting, and so many more things I have yet to discover, it is a huge step up from our phones that were talk only. Darrin is constantly playing with his; apparently he can program his own apps for it. Maybe he'll finally get around to doing the recipe program I've been requesting for awhile.

Before we went to the Sprint store, we visited the farmer's market at Village Pointe and picked up some asparagus, cheese, and beef sticks. As we were eating the asparagus last night, Ian pointed to the top part of his asparagus and said, "Look, it has a cornfield on it!" Apparently the flowers looked like corn stalks in a field to him.

Tomorrow both kids are headed to day care so I can get my classroom all packed up, but then we're together for summer vacation. I'm a bit worried about how Annaliese will do, because she really only likes to sleep in her bed, but it's only a day, so hopefully she'll be fine. I'm sure her big brother will look after her. He's headed to preschool next year. We went and toured one on Friday. He was obsessed with the paint easel, and is all he wants to learn how to do next year.

Monday, May 17, 2010


Verna is the name of my great-grandma; my maternal grandfather's mom. She passed away when I was 14, but I have some fond memories of her. She was a die-hard cubs fan, and her front flower bed had a sign that she'd change showing if they had won or lost. When we visited, we would always eat egg salad sandwiches open-faced on hamburger buns. Her cinnamon rolls were the best... except for the one time, when her vision was starting to go, she substituted pepper for the cinnamon. While they didn't taste good, we still joke about that time 16 years later.

So when I walked into the quilt store before Annaliese was born, I noticed a line of fabric called Verna. I thought it would be really nice to make something out of that line, but I was on a mission to finish Annaliese's baby quilt. Then I saw this pattern on Moda Bake Shop and knew I had to make it. I gave it to my mom for Mother's Day, and am planning to make something for myself with the leftovers. I know I won't be able to look at it without thinking of the wonderful memories I have my my great-grandma.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Picnic, Playtime, Paper, and Pink

Picnic: Saturday we went on our first picnic of the year to Chalco Hills. I remember back in the day when my family would go on picnics helping my mom pack up sandwiches, chips, fruits, veggies, etc. Not us, it was Subway for Darrin and I, while Ian did get a PB&J from home. It was a bit breezy while we were eating, but was quite warm while Ian played on the equipment. After that, we went for a walk through the woods. Annaliese ate while we did, and then slept the whole time on the walk in her wrap. Ian impressed me in that he kept his big boy pants dry the whole time, and never wet them. He said twice he had to go to the bathroom, but he didn't want to pee in the outhouse at the park (I don't blame him) and on our walk, wasn't comfortable peeing in the woods :) While walking, Ian kept swerving in front of me. I asked him to walk in a straight line, and his response was, "I don't see a line, Mommy." (if you'd like to see more pictures, check out Darrin's flickr slide show to the right).

Playtime: Annaliese loves to lay in her crib and look up at her mobile. It doesn't put her to sleep, but instead seems to invigorate her. Ian wanted in to join her, and who are Darrin and I to argue with him wanting to play with her (soon enough, I'm sure, he'll want nothing to do with her...).

Paper: Saturday was National Scrapbooking Day, but I honored it on Sunday with Marlena. Usually we just scrapbook whatever we each feel like doing. We changed it up for the holiday, each following the same design, but using our own pictures of a holiday of our choosing.
My layout
Marlena's layout

Pink- for the three band-aids Annaliese had to get for her 2-month shots. She's 11 pounds and 23.5 inches long. According to the percentiles (55% and 87%) that would make her tall and skinny I guess. The doctor was impressed with how well she can hold her head up. Annaliese actually rolled over on the table while she was showing her. She was also jealous of how much sleep Annaliese lets me get at night, as she has a baby one month older who isn't sleeping as long as Annaliese yet.