Saturday, March 27, 2010

Easter Egg Hunt

We went to our friend's grandparent's farm for their annual Easter Egg hunt. They hide tons of eggs and it is always a good time. Plus, lots of our friends attend.

A shot of Jillian at home with our blooming forsythia bushes:

Ryan and Jillian ready to go!

The big kids were good about letting the little ones find the ones that were out in the middle:

Love the vintage look of this shot a friend took:

Daddy helps:

Ryan found some too!

Another shot from our friend (who happens to be Ryan's computer teacher):

Jillian and mama:

Ryan and his colorful haul:

Kellie took this one for us. I found I only had one picture of just Scott and I from 2009 and vowed to get more this year! May try for one every month like this gal here.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thankful Thursdays

1. I am thankful that there are second (and third and fourth) chances to start something like this again.

2. I am thankful that Scott brought the elliptical machine downstairs to our bedroom so we might use it more, even if it does mess with the fung shui of the room.

3. I'm thankful for multiple tabs at the top of my screen so I could go to and look up how to spell fung shui.

4. I'm thankful to my friend Diane for posting about Paperclipping Roundtable podcasts which gave me something to listen to while I did the elliptical machine tonight.

5. I'm thankful for a friend like Cory who sends me cool links to check out and is patient if I don't respond for awhile.

6. I'm thankful Ryan opted for his bike on our walks this week over his scooter. He's getting better!

7. I'm thankful for an excuse to do problems involving logarithms.

8. I'm thankful for some quiet time while the boys are at a hockey game and Jillian is asleep.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Party Time!

We had both sets of grandparents in town, plus some friends for Jillian's first birthday party. Here's the birthday girl in her party dress:

One of her new favorite things is to climb up (and usually try to stand) on the kid chairs. Tonight, she had fun sitting with the girls at the party!

And here's the boys:
Happy Birthday to Jillian!

She's got the cake thing down now!

She was very excited to see the doll that was wrapped in this package:

And, couldn't wait to use this present:

Only one party game: Pin the nose on Elmo. Ryan checks out how he did:

Emmy helps Lila:

Then it's Jillian's turn:

Fun was had by all:

Trying New Things

Many of you out there know that I am pretty crafty, but I have my limitations. Despite my usually neat handwriting, I cannot do calligraphy. I didn't think I could decorate cakes well, and, although I can sew and hope to get better at it and make lots of cute things for Jillian, I was really nervous to ty these things out of my comfort zone.

I am so thankful to my friend Kellie, who said she knew I could do it when I asked her how to decorate an Elmo cake. Her encouragement (and willingness to lend me some of her decorating stuff, led to this:

I couldn't be more excited about how it turned out. And it was easier than I anticipated! Now, I'm no Duff Goldman, but I now have more confidence in my cake decorating abilities.

Then, there's the dress. My friends Jennifer and Kellie both got their daughters adorable birthday jumpers with appliqued cakes on them. Every year, they add another candle. Jennifer's daughter was able to wear it through her 5th birthday (by that time, it was just a top). I knew I had to get one for Jillian.

So I went to the store and bought this. For $69.

I got home feeling major buyer's remorse. Especially after Kellie told me they charge $30 to applique on a new candle every year! I knew I could make the jumper. I didn't think I could do the applique. Another friend, Melissa, encouraged me to call a friend of hers to do the applique for me. Time was running out, and I thought maybe I could do it myself.

With more encouragement from my friends Paula and Gretchen (both of whom have done applique for their daughters) I went to Hancock fabrics, bought my materials, and got started. Had a friend embroider Jillian's name, and luckily, had my mom to finish hemming the lining and do the button holes for me the morning of Jillian's party when I had no patience left.

I am very pleased with the outcome:

And Jillian looked beautiful in it!

The lesson? With patience, hard work, and lots of good friends, you can do anything you put your mind to!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

My First Birthday

The donut at breakfast was just the beginning of a super-fun first birthday for me!

We had a beautiful day, so we went to Shelby Farms to swing:

And played with rocks:

Then, back at home, we all played ball outside. I like Ryan's new tee-balls:

Casey does, too:

Grandad winds up:

Ryan waits for his pitch:

And, swing!

Finally, before dinner, they let me open my presents. After all, I am the Birthday Girl (thanks, Mommy, for making me this cool shirt!):

I really like this opening presents thing:

Giving hugs to my frog:

A rocking chair from Grammy and Grandad:

And then it was cake time! Mommy was worried I wouldn't go for it because I had been fussy all through dinner!

Hmmm. What's this?

Mommy gives me a taste:

Maybe I'll try it:

I think I like it!

A little in the ear:

Mommy's been trying to teach me the sign for "all done." This is my sign (drop the food on the floor):

Mommy tries a bit more:

Ryan wanted to be part of the fun, too:

BTW, if you think I've shared too many pictures, you should know that my grandmother took about 90 shots of me eating cake! Your first cake only happens once, you know!