Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Santa visit

We had a great time visiting Santa on December 1--for the past few years, we've gone to a local realty agency where they've got a great set-up.  No lines for Santa, they take your picture and e-mail it to you for free, and Abby always enjoys the cookies/hot chocolate.  Even though Abby sat willingly on Santa's lap last year, this year was truly the first year where she's been excited to sit and talk with him.  She went right up and sat on his lap:

I figured that Norah would be fine, and she was--she seemed pretty indifferent about sitting on Santa's lap:

Our friends, the Clark's, were the ones who told us about this a few years ago, so it's always fun to try to coordinate visiting at the same time.  This year, we were all impressed at how ALL of our kiddos sat on Santa's lap with no fear!  Abby and Olivia enjoyed their treats:

9 months old

I wasn't sure if blogger would let me post pictures or not...I've been having some issues with photo storage space, so I'm happy that it's finally working!  I have a few old blog posts to put up, but hopefully will get caught up now that it's working!

Anyway, Norah turned 9 months old last Monday...we somehow missed getting any camera shots of her at 8 months besides a couple I took on my camera, so tried to have a good photo shoot this time around...didn't go so well with our mobile baby!  Norah is definitely on the move at 9 months!  She started crawling around 8 1/2 months, and now is into anything she can get to before someone catches her (her big favorite right now is the Christmas tree/presents).  She also puts EVERYTHING into her mouth (especially Abby's shoes), which makes life extra interesting!  She also has learned how to pull herself up on things (mainly her crib--she went through a little phase where she couldn't get back down, so would pull herself up and cry in her crib).  She pulled herself up in the bathtub yesterday--we have our hands full with this one!  Even though she is WAY busier than Abby ever was, she is still the biggest sweetheart.  So happy all of the time, and so easygoing.  Lately, we've had some special cuddle time after her bottle/before bed, rocking in the rocking chair.  It has become my favorite part of the day--she is growing up too fast and with how busy she is, I'm so glad she'll still take time to cuddle.

Dave took Norah in for her 9-month checkup last week, and she is still our little peanut.  15 pounds, 4 ounces (5th percentile); 26.9 inches long (25th percentile).  Dr. Mark wasn't concerned about her weight because she's doing just fine with her developmental skills.  We are so excited to celebrate her first Christmas in just a couple of weeks!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Whatever Craft Weekend

Last weekend was amazing--the ultimate girls' weekend.  I had the opportunity to road-trip to Newton, Kansas with two of my friends, Amy and Tiffany, for Whatever Craft Weekend.  I started following Meg's blog about a year and a half ago, after discovering it through Amy's blog.  When Amy invited me in August, I couldn't believe it--hundreds of people are on the list, and I never imagined that I'd ever get the chance to experience this.

Amy and Tiffany picked me up early Friday morning, and the trip down to Kansas went pretty fast.  We were SO excited when we finally made it to Newton that we had to stop for a couple of (windy) Newton pictures.  We arrived a couple of hours early, so we first drove by the house to make sure we knew where it was.  We felt a little like stalkers, but were already in awe of how amazing the house looked.  We checked out a couple of shops in town to kill time.

Friday night was so much fun--meeting Meg and Kimberlee, and helpers Megan and Becky, checking out the incredible house, delicious fajita supper, and getting right to work on the ruffle aprons.  Being a very beginner sewer, I was probably most nervous about this craft, but ended up enjoying it the most.  A local news crew was doing a report on the craft weekend, so they were around while we were working on our aprons, taping and interviewing some of us.  Around midnight, we loaded into the 15 passenger van and drove to the local donut shop, which opens at 11:30 on Fridays and is a big hangout for this college town.  When we got back, some continued working on their aprons and some (me included) were just too exhausted and went to bed.

My bed
Amy, Tiffany, and I got to sleep in this cute room

The swag--amazing!

Photo courtesy of Tiffany--cutting fabric for our aprons

My finished apron

Saturday morning, we had another delicious meal made by Kimberlee--cinnamon rolls, eggs, yogurt, and fruit.  We had some time to finish our aprons and get ready, then headed out for a day of antiquing.  We went to a local town to a cute antique store, then out of town a little bit to The Barn.  It was fun to see all of the treasures that people found when we got back to the craft house and spread everything out on the table.  After The Barn, we stopped at Sonic for happy hour.  We enjoyed our treats out of the wind in the van.

After sharing all of our treasures from antiquing, it was time to get to crafting.  Meg and Megan introduced our 5 projects for the night, and we got right to work.  We only stopped for a yummy chili supper and amazing cheesecake break later on.  Here are pictures of my final projects:

It was another late night, but fun to have time to create and learn more about the women from all around the country who had also come to craft weekend.

In the morning, after our last amazing meal from Kimberlee (creme brulee french toast), we took pictures and got packed up.

Meg and me
Me with Kimberlee
Meg, Becky, Megan, and Kimberlee

This weekend was exactly what I needed--time to do something just for me, a little break from real life, and a chance to create.  Meg and Kimberlee were so gracious and kind, and are such down-to-earth, incredible women.  I'm so blessed to have met them and the other amazing women from the weekend.  Definitely an unforgettable experience!