Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Best Valentines Gift Ever?



So while all you other ladies were enjoying flowers & chocolates, yesterday, my husband brought home -- drumroll, please -- a piece of paper. And not just any piece of paper, the deed to our new lot! Hooray! With one day to spare, we closed on our lot & construction loan, and we're going to be building.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

What I've been up to . . .



What have you been up to lately? A friend asked me recently. Well, besides chasing down lenders and builders and stressing about whether we're going to close on our financing in time, I've been chasing two little toddlers around the house, going from one mess to another. Their favorite room right now is the kitchen, where they love to play with the flour (and EVERYTHING else!). Every once in a while I forget to put the rubber band back around the door handles, or they break in, and then it's one big mess. They also like to "help" me when I'm cooking -- you can see Sarah playing with the cinnamon & sugar above.

When they aren't developing their cooking skills, they are working on becoming fashion models, dressing in Lillian's clothes when they are supposed to be taking a nap. Sarah is posing above, dressed in Lillian's nightgown.

Friday, February 03, 2006

It's finished!




It's finished! And up! For only $14.98, get the entire Grubbies CD. This includes 60 unique, fun & distressed backgrounds, of 6 different sets of 10. The individual sets are also available for $3.20 each, if you see one you just gotta grab. Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Family Update



I just had to show off this photo of the river near our house. Isn't it magical? I'm grateful to live in such a pretty place.

I realize I also need to do some updates on our family, starting with Joey, who is now insisting that we call him JOSEPH because "that's my real name." We told him we weren't sure we could remember to call him Joseph because he's been Joey so long, so he told us he would write it down for us so we could remember. Funny kid, but he's taking this whole thing very seriously. He's been able to write J-O-E-Y on papers for SO long, and now he's trying out his real name. Every time he signs into his computer game, he signs in J-O-S-E-F. And yesterday, he brought home a paper from preschool with that written across the top. The first few times he typed it in, he told me, "Mommy, I know how to spell Joseph, J O S E F!" I told him that's one way to spell it, and I honestly don't feel that much like correcting him, when he's getting the concept of sounding things out and putting letters together so well. So I guess for now, our Joey is our Josef. I hope he grows into the name.

Speaking of funny, Joey, um, excuse me, Joseph has been asking me to get him a pet piranha. I told him no, but he keeps asking. Last night, he told me if he got one he'd be really careful and would drop things down to it from up high so it wouldn't eat him. LOL.

Lillian's doing well and is happy. She loves school, and her teacher told me the other day how much she LOVES her -- that Lillian is so kind to the other kids, so fun to teach, and that she's always doing nice things for her. That was nice to hear. It's always easier to let someone teach your child when you know they love them.

Michael is a VERY happy boy right now. I bought some fabric a week ago and turned the sewing machine into a woobie factory. I made 8 in all, and now he's become very organized, keeping the clean ones in a drawer and using one at a time, deciding to switch every other day or so. The day I made them, he was beaming and singing, "I'm so happy today! I'm so happy!" and telling daddy and everyone else that now he had lots and lots of woobies. And if you don't know what a woobie is, well, you might just need to check out this layout: http://www.threescrapateers.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=5707

The babes are driving me crazy as usual. Right now, they are both fascinated with everything that goes on in the kitchen, especially when I'm making dinner. Ever try to keep eggs, cheese, noodles, and other lasagne ingredients out of the hands of two 18-month-old twins? It seemed like every time I turned around last night, they had their hands in something. And they seem to have figured out the benefits of tag-teaming their ganging up on mommy. Just as soon as I get one of them away, the other is pushing her chair up to the counter to have a grab. What a fun life I have!

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