Monday, February 27, 2012

Fabric Flower Bouquet

Another little project I can cross off my to-do list...
For months I've been wanting to use up my fabric scraps and make some fabric flowers, and I finally got around to it today. Bryn was my little helper with this project. She was very willing to go on a "stick hunt" with me, especially since it meant a trip to the park. And then she helped me go through my fabric stash and pick out fabrics that were yellow, orange, or green.
It was perfect timing to add a bright bouquet to the table because it was gray and rainy all day.
We made ten flowers today, and I think we'll be making more!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Not Good

(Yogurtland: a favorite spot for Bryn and I lately. I was going to poke fun at Bryn's cheesy grin, and then I remembered I have glasses and no make-up in this picture so I have no room to talk. Oh brother).
Anyway. Let's get right to it...
Whyyyyyyy do I have such a sweet tooth!?
When I was pregnant with Bryn I went to the BYU gym every day and was walking all over campus, up and down stairs, hauling paintings to and from my studio. It was great!
With this pregnancy, instead of going to the gym, I have decided to make treats every night. It's not good.
Baby #2 is measuring a week bigger than her due date and I'm pretty sure it has something to do with all the Ghirardelli brownies we've been whipping up. Which also accounts for why the baby has been so active this week, kicking around all day long. Sugar rush.
There's really no point to this post.
Except for stating that my goal for today is to not make brownies.
Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


I have about a million little projects that are half-done or on my to-do list. With a move and a new baby both coming in the next 6 months I am trying to finish everything up! This is a quick project that I can cross off my list....
A friend gave Bryn this hand-me-down doll crib. The white paint was a little dinged up, so I wanted to give it a fresh coat of paint.
I used a few old paint colors from the garage and mixed this blue color. And then I added a skirt to hide the doll clothes underneath. I liked the yellow fabric, but it is a pretty strong yellow color and it clashed in Bryn's already-mismatched room. So I decided to switch it out. (I'll use the yellow fabric for something else, so it wasn't a waste).
I had some other fabric on hand that matched Bryn's room better, so I used that for round two!
Here's the doll hide-out underneath the curtain
And while I was at it, I switched the fabric of Bryn's play kitchen so it would match. (It used to be a purpley-blue color that can be seen HERE). I liked the old fabric, but it was also clashing a little bit. Bryn's room is kind of crazy with a lot going on, so I'm trying to make it somewhat match....if that's possible.
Here are the crib and play kitchen in the room. The room is still busy, but it actually matches a little bit better now.
(And of course...Bryn's room always looks spotless like this. Never a toy on the ground. Har har har).

Monday, February 20, 2012

I Never Mentioned...

We found a few months ago that Josh got accepted to Dartmouth College for grad school! Dartmouth (Tuck School of Business) has a really awesome MBA program and it was our very top choice of where we wanted to go, so we're really excited.
We moved to California when Bryn was about 6 weeks old, and I guess that's how it will be with this second baby, too. Baby #2 will come at the beginning of July and then we'll move back East in mid-August. If it's going to be crazy with a new baby, we might as well make it even more crazy with a cross-country move!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's with Bryn

Bryn and I have had a fun morning celebrating Valentine's Day!
I made this V-Day Envelope a couple years ago and started doing the love note tradition, but this year was really fun because she was more excited about it!
Each morning from Feb 1-Feb 14 I left Bryn a love note and a little treat or gift. It was just small things like nail polish, stickers, a coloring book, her favorite snacks, etc. Bryn was still so giddy about it each day. Holidays are so fun with her!
Here she is this morning looking for her note and treat. Don't mind her crazy hair or outfit. This is first thing in the morning with bed-head and the outfit she dressed herself in before she came out :)
Since today was the last day she got something more special: one of her favorite books: "Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, too?" by Eric Carle. Bryn was thrilled because this is one of her favorite books that we check out from the library and now she has her own copy....and the pages aren't torn or drawn on! (By the way, if you are Eric Carle fans like us: select Eric Carle books are only $5 at Kohls right now. Hardcovers).
We planned on decorating Valentine's sugar cookies today, but I chickened out and convinced Bryn to make scones instead! Sometimes making sugar cookies can turn into an all-day affair with making the dough, chilling it, rolling them out, cutting them into shapes, baking them, and frosting. It always takes longer than I think and I always eat about 25 cookies. So.....we opted for quick heart-shaped scones!
We used our favorite scone recipe from "Our Best Bites" and Bryn was my little helper in making them....and eating them!
We also got super fancy and dyed our milk pink.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bryn...the Healer

Bryn loves to watch Josh give me my shots each morning/night and is always very concerned, asking "Does it hurt Mom? Are you going to be okay?"
She used to wrap her arms around me and try to give me hugs during the shots (super cute), but about a week ago she thought of an even better idea:
Now, after my shots Bryn puts her hand over the injection spot and starts singing the "Flower Gleam and Glow..." healing song from Tangled. It's so cute. She takes this job really seriously, but Josh and I always have to hold in the laughter. It's pretty cute.

Friday, February 10, 2012


I made THIS for dinner tonight. It was amazing. Really really good.
It almost brought Josh to tears.
Make it!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

New Beginnings

This year our New Beginnings program with the young women was focused on Christ and it was such a neat night. In November we challenged all the young women to memorize the Living Christ and we've been practicing it with them ever since.
We made each of the girls and leaders one of these Living Christ cards (12"x12") to help them memorize each section of the Living Christ. We divided the Living Christ statement into different section and each week we worked on memorizing a new section. Each Sunday we gave the girls a new card with the next section and they could velcro it to their cards. Also, each Sunday as part of our Opening Exercises in Young Womens we recited the Living Christ as a group. It took a lot of work to memorize it, but it was a neat experience for us!
We had a framed copy of the Living Christ and when each girl or leader passed off the memorization of the whole thing they could sign the mat of the frame. We displayed the frame at New Beginnings. Some girls are still working on finishing it up, so we'll be adding some more signatures, too!
(Once the girls memorized the Living Christ they could use it as a Personal Progress project for either Faith or Divine Nature. )
Our New Beginnings program celebrated their memorization of the Living Christ and talked about how Personal Progress brings the girls to Christ. Each of our eight girls talked about a different young women value and how that value brings them to Christ. My favorite part of the night was hearing the thoughts and testimonies of the girls! I love those girls!
I didn't take one picture at our actual New Beginnings night (total bummer), but these pictures are from a mutual night where we talked about Christ and issued the challenge to memorize the Living Christ.
I'm so grateful for my calling to work with these great girls!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Bryn's Wedding Dress

Bryn wore this little white dress to church on Sunday and kept telling me "Mom! I look like Marie!" (My sister who just got married) "This is going to be MY wedding dress!! Now I'm ready to get married!!"
P.S. This picture makes me laugh. Sometimes I love her goofy, awkward pictures even more than when she looks photogenic. That grin! :)

Monday, February 6, 2012

I had my 19-week ultrasound today...

And it looks like we'll be having another....
My siblings are boy-girl-boy-girl-boy, so I assumed that naturally we would be having a boy after Brynlee, right? Ha!
We are thrilled to have another girl and hopefully she and Bryn will be great friends!
I've been pouring over Bryn's baby pictures this afternoon and it is making me really excited for another little girl in our family. Hooray for girls!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Valentine's Tic Tac Toe

I'm trying to make lots of holiday decorations and crafts this year since I'm sure it will be harder next year with two kids! Here's a little project I made for Bryn yesterday...
Bryn loves playing Tic Tac Toe, so I made a simple Valentine's version. For the game pieces I made ten felt hearts, stitched around the edges, and stuffed them. Then for the game board I just cut two big fabric hearts, sewed them together, insided them out, and top-stitched around the edge. Then I sewed on grosgrain ribbon for the lines.
Here's a close up picture. I don't know why I felt the need for a close-up, but maybe it's for my brothers - who will surely be making their own versions of this to play with their roommates.
Then I made a little fabric bag to store the game pieces and board. I just sewed a basic bag, added the heart, and sewed ribbon to the back of the back so it can wrap around and tie in front.
Before you stuff the pieces inside it's very important to arrange them by color, right?
Tada! Here's the little sack with the game inside!
All the materials except the ribbon were from my fabric stash, so this was also a cheap-o project, too. Three Cheers! This calls for ice cream!
And the best part is that Bryn loves it and has played it over and over.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Beautiful Day!

Once or twice a week Bryn and I pack lunches and head down to the pier for a walk, and today I had my camera to document it...
It takes about 10-15 minutes to walk to the pier from our house. We always have to walk to end of the pier so Bryn can check if anyone has caught any fish, then we find a bench, get out our lunches, and watch the surfing.
The waves weren't great today, but Bryn was still entertained.
Then, while Bryn is full and content, we walk up the beach trail for as long as she will last. Some days we can make it up to Seapoint if there are lots of squirrels to distract her. Today the squirrels were few, and we only made it half an hour before we had to turn around. She lasts so much longer than she used to, though, so it's fun to be able to walk a long ways with a happy child!
Her incentive for being good is that we always end our walks at the park at the end of our street. I sit and read while she runs around and tires herself out for her nap. It's a pretty good deal!
I love this little routine and I love sharing it with my little buddy!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Making Valentines

Bryn and I have had so much fun making valentines this year!
I just planned on making a few with her, but Bryn's been going crazy with it, so I think we've made enough for everyone in California!
Bryn insists on being a part of the whole process:
-Helping me cut our full-sheet cardstock into thirds
-Gluing on paper hearts
-Helping me stamp the V-day phrases
-Picking out all the pink/red/purple crayons
-And coloring them!
Bryn loves a good project and I love just sitting next to her and watching her work!