Sunday, August 30, 2009

Week End

Mark took Friday off with me (which was well deserved if you ask me since he worked 16 hours on Tuesday!). We spent some return money and gift cards at Lowes, hit the new Sonic in Commerce for lunch and watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. That night, the three of us enjoyed our first toasty warm fire in the fireplace. Yeah, it's not cold outside yet, but it felt so good. After Morgan helped Mark put together our new dump cart on Saturday morning, we went to the Farmington Farmers Market for the Corn Roast. Our picnic lunch was spoiled by hornets, so we made a beeline for the car and ate at home. While Morgan napped, Mark and I played in the dirt and he lay some grass seed where those old nasty shrubs once stood.Morgan loves this new wagon, so after dinner on Sunday night we took a walk around the 'hood.Now, a new week is just around the corner. I'm not so into Mondays, but I do like a fresh start and new page in the planner. Good week to ya.

Friday, August 28, 2009

5 favorites for Friday

Zen Habits: How to Live a Better Life with Less.

I want to chow down on these Cowgirl Cookies. I even love with the way she decorated the jars.

I don't sew. But I want to. My grandma even gave me her old sewing machine, so I have no excuses, right? Regardless, this is my kind of sewing project and I am SO going to make one of
these for Morgan really soon.

I might modify this recipe a little bit, but I really want (Mark) to grill up these
mediterranean portobello burgers.

And speaking of produce, I learned this
cool tip about PLU codes and where our food is coming from.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Git-R-Done

(Uh, yeah, I didn't just say that. Sorry.)

Last week we got bit by the organizing bug. I rearranged some kitchen cabinets, straightened up Morgan's dresser and finished separating her outgrown clothes by size (and reminisced about how much she's grown in the last year!).
Mark tore out all of the old carpet tack strips in the bedrooms we ripped the carpet out of (three months ago!) and cleaned and rearranged the garage. On Saturday, Mark's mom came down and graciously gave us their old queen bed so we could start to set up a little guest room in one of our empty bedrooms. I've always wanted a nice guest room and now we are well on our way. Mark and I have gotten the sketchbooks out and started talking again about what we want to do to the house, and to what extent. Hopefully the talking will turn in to some decision making. Like getting Morgan's nursery, uh, bedroom, will be done by Christmas. Or her second birthday.

Around the city, we found out a couple weeks ago that we will finally be building a splash pad at Heritage Park. By the end of the summer (nice timing, huh?), Morgan should be able to run and play in the water with lots of other kiddos - one of her favorite things to do. Hopefully we'll have some warm fall days and she can enjoy it yet this year. After this last chilly weekend though, I'm not so sure. We may be spending more time in front of our fireplace than in the water.

We've been frequenting the Farmington Farmers Market as well as a new(er) grocery store in our area, Plum Market, for some fresh (and local) produce and have been especially been loving corn on the cob this summer. We are looking forward to going to the Corn Roast at the Pavillion downtown this Saturday. Should be yummy. Even Morgan likes to gnaw on a cob!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

lazy days of summer

Miss me much?

Just here for a quick bit to share some Sunday afternoon pictures of Morgan on the swings and harrassing the ducks at Shiawassee Park.
Everyone is doing well here. Morgan is a big chatterbox and has caught on quickly to daddy's overuse of the word "no", especially as she's trying to pry the electrical outlet covers off the wall. And, she seems to have grown into 18 month clothes overnight. Ha ha...take that Dr. Worrywart.

Though I haven't been terribly busy, I've been a bit of an anti-blogger.
I'm starting to find interest in it again.

Work has been very not busy so now I'm down to 4 days a week, indefinitely. Don't get me wrong, I love a 3-day weekend as much as the next person, but a 20% pay cut feels more like a punch in the face when we still have to dish out full time daycare for our little girl. 4 days or 5 days, it still costs the same. So, we are making some adjustments. Distinguishing between wants and needs. I suppose it's a good thing that the wants list is longer than the needs. It'll be an opportunity to do some soul-searching and brainstorming about what I could do to make a little extra loot. Something I enjoy. What a concept. I'm open to your suggestions :)

It's also been an opportunity to catch up on things left by the wayside. Housework, yardwork, organizing, even some scrapbooking (gasp!). Before we went to Mexico, Kristin made us a couple of adorable albums to fill with our Cabo pictures and journaling and I finished Morgan's (I need to print more pictures and finish ours). I also whipped up a little tag album for Morgan, a sort of photo-a-day mini, for the month of May, called Almost One. It was kind of funny to think back to when I was first putting it together over a year ago. I was still preggo and Morgan was still Baby Wait and See. Crazy! In October I'm taking an online scrapbooking class. My scrap-girl-crush, Ali Edwards, is teaching a 3-month long class and I've been waiting all year for it. I'm super excited for it to begin.

I've admittedly been a bit of a hermit and it's time to start catching up on visiting some friends and family too. I bet you know who you are! ;) Much love. We'll talk soon.