Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mission Accomplished

Despite a lack of motivation last weekend (more about that in another post), I reached my goal and completed all of the 39 layouts I planned for Morgan's first year scrapbook. Here are some sneaks and closeups.Along the way I came up with a list of 10-15 additional pages that I want to add. I have more photos to develop but I don't think there will be a problem getting the rest of them done, hopefully by the end of the year.The album is a mix of sizes - lots of 12x12, 6x12, 8 1/2x11 and 6x6 layouts - each with a story. Some short. Some long. But it's full. Full of 12 months of memories and lots of other good stuff. Nothing random or generic. Just pure Morgan. All in one place. I'm so very happy with the results.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Fall is in the Air

It was a beautiful weekend and we tried to spend as much of it as we could outside.On Saturday we battled a little football traffic (Go Blue!) and went to Ann Arbor for some shopping, walking and then treated ourselves to dinner downtown at Cafe Habana.

This morning we went to the cider mill with our friends Kevin and Erika and their family. The kiddies fed the ducks, (and themselves)and Morgan burned off a lot of energy in the kids play area.Mark is starting a fire now and we are going to relax and enjoy the last night of the weekend. G'night!

Friday, September 25, 2009

5 favorites for Friday

I added this fun photo flashcard project to my to-do list for Morgan. I hope mine turn out as beautifully as her's!

Another recipe: Apple Cider Syrup. And those waffles look delicious - a waffle maker has been added to my wish list.

The re-issued Eames Children's Chair is on my 'in your wildest dreams/if we won the lottery' list. I'm sure the originals are few and far between.

House is back!

These aren't a new concept, but I love these reusable snack bags. Handmade, of course.

This weekend: we are just going to fly by the seat of our pants. Other than a trip to the farmers market (and maybe some warm beverages?) we have no plans, which usually turns into boredom and we end up taking a road trip somewhere. I'm thinking the Pacific Northwest would be lovely...

The end is in sight on my September goal and Morgan's album is filling up very nicely. I will keep chuggin' away while Morgan sleeps and post an update later next week.

Time to get to work. Necessities first, then fun. Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 18, 2009

15 Month Update

This afternoon was Morgan's 15 month appointment. She is 22 1/2 pounds and 32 1/4 inches tall.

All of this jabber is mostly for my record, of course, you are welcome to follow along if you are at all interested:
I've mentioned in the past Morgan's newfound love of books (reading them, not eating them) She especially loves picture books (mostly animals...more later) and "I Love You Through and Through". Reading books is not an uncommon stall tactic when she knows it's time for bed.

Animals stop Morgan in her tracks. We have a lot of dogs (and deer) in the neighborhood and she squeals with excitement when she sees them. Even when she sees a spider in her books, she says 'issy bissy' and makes the motion with her fingers. Yup peanut, just like itsy bitsy.

Favorite songs: Bob Segar's Old Time Rock and Roll (thanks to school) and The Wheels on the Bus. I sing it to her just to watch her do the hand gestures for opening and shutting the door and beeping the horn. Once or twice a month Morgan gets to go to music class at school and her teachers rave about how much she loves it. I hope to see her in action the next time she goes. (Note to self: this is just one of the things I love about her daycare. They encourage parents to come see their little ones during the day, and participate in their activities).
Hiding is a new game Morgan loves. Now that the (someday) guest room door is open, she likes to run in there and close the door behind her. She's not really good at it yet, because we can always hear her giggling, or she runs out to scare us ('BOO!') We play along though.

Morgan has found a great deal of enjoyment in unwinding the toilet paper from the roll too. Unfortunately I couldn't hold back a little smirk when I found her in the bathroom with a pile of tp at her feet. For now we just have to keep the rolls on the counter.
Morgan's eating habits come and go. She definitely has a preference towards certain foods. Our morning banana routine continues but now she likes to sit up on the counter and watch me cut it up. Some of her favorite foods include spaghetti, corn, saltine crackers, any and all fruit, pb+j rollups and daddy's grilled chicken.
Morgan is saying a lot of words now, as well as making animal noises. Of course they aren't all clear as a bell, but we know what she is saying. We've started keeping track of them on our chalkboard in the kitchen. Sure looks like a lot when you write them all down - the board will be full in no time! Crazy!

Something I thought was hilarious that I noticed a couple weeks ago, whenever Morgan hears a lawnmower, she says 'dada'. Even if he is right there - obviously not mowing the lawn. Just a neat little association.

She has become more aware of her bodily functions and is very prompt to let us know that she's gone potty, especially #2.

Morgan is still sleeping really well. She is usually falls asleep around 8pm and is up at 7am, plus a 2-hour nap from noon to 2pm. We are working on weaning her from her pacifier, which she only gets at night when she goes to bed. I have mixed feelings about it, but so far so good.

With the change in seasons, I've been replacing Morgan's 12 month summer clothes - which she has just about grown out of - with more cool weather wear in a larger size. She continues to wear 12-18 months (Gap and Old Navy) or 18 months (Carters and Target) clothes and size 5 shoes.

Oh how things have changed since a year ago...That's all for now. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mid Month Progress and a Sneak

I'm a little behind.As of this afternoon, I have completed 13 layouts for Morgan's album. I'm clippin' right along. Or is that croppin' right along?

As I was looking through more bits and pieces of stuff with my mom, I know my total layouts will inevitably be more than 39. I also want to include our hospital bill, ID bracelets, Morgan's baby announcement, a family tree I need to complete, even clippings from Morgan's first (and second) haircuts. Lots of fun goodies that will be cool to look back at in 5...10...20 years from now. 39 will remain the goal though. Let's not push it.
I'm doing really well with putting a dent in my stash too. I am using my last duck runner though and I'm not going to be able to finish this big project without some adhesive.I hope I can do this. Or else I know I'm not going to touch this album until after the holidays. Let's go!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

weekends so fast, you'll freak

I can't believe this weekend is already over. We packed a lot in the last few days. I wish this post was more photo heavy than it is.

The new baby I got to snuggle on Friday belonged to my co-worker and friend, Rachalle. Her sweet little girl, Anna, was born almost 7 weeks ago and I finally got a chance to visit them and their new house. She is such a cutie and wow, did holding her bring back some wonderful memories. Awww...

On Saturday morning, we made our first visit of the year to Parmenter's Cider Mill in Northville. Delicioso! If you've even been there, you know there is never a shortage of BEES buzzing around you while you try to enjoy your cider outside. Now, they keep fly swatters on the picnic tables. (Not that I'm a bee killing advocate, but they do come in handy. I know those little buggers smell my fear.) Morgan loved playing in the kids playhouses and 'quacking' at the ducks. She did not love us trying to keep her from jumping in the river to swim with them. She thinks she is invincible.

We head to Lansing that afternoon to drop Morgan off with Grandma, and then on to Grand Rapids for our friend Mike + Tara's wedding reception at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (which was beautiful!). We had a super fun time with our bestest friends - a little dancing, a little Thunderstruck, and a lot of reminiscing. And amaretto sours.
This morning we got to hear all about Morgan's evening with Grandma and Grandpa, Uncle Nick and Uncle Pat. There was a lot of eating, a lot of body part identification and a lot of laughter. Mark's Aunt Nancy also brought over her too-cute-for-words granddaughter, Nevaeh. She is so smiley and happy and loved Morgan. I think Morgan got a kick out of her too, until I held Nevaeh. Then, not so much.

After we got home we packed up again. Mark made plans with some friends to ride his bike at Tree Farms in Novi this afternoon, so Morgan and I were going to head to the beach in Walled Lake. We changed into our suits and Mark loaded up his bike while Morgan taught herself how to use a Camelbak!Except "beach season" is over. Bah! So we ran around the park, playing on the swings and flying down the slides while daddy ripped around on his bike. I was pretty disappointed, this nice weather isn't going to last forever...

But now, it's time to catch up on some sleep with a belly full of pad thai, not a belly full of booze.

Friday, September 11, 2009


Outside my window I'm watching a squirrel climb through our rose of sharon, knocking down the dying buds. Man, is that a messy shrub.

I am thankful Morgan slept really well last night without her paci.

I am thinking I need to backup my mac soon. It's been a while.

From the kitchen: I made this peach cucumber salsa to snack on with tortilla chips tonight. It's really yummy, and easy. I hope there is some left when Mark gets home.

I am wearing jeans and a white t.

I am creating a scrapbook layout of Morgan from last September. It's missing something though.

I am inspired by this new blog.

I am going to wash Morgan's new fall clothes.

I am reading the September issue of Cookie magazine.

I am remembering where I was 8 years ago today.

I am looking forward to getting my hair cut this afternoon.

I am hearing the garbage truck roll down the street.

Around the house: Mark's grass seed is coming in nicely. It looks great and I'm surprised at how fast it grew. Nice job babe!

Plans for next week: the calendar is rather empty next week. Just Morgan's 15 month appointment on Friday. And a teeth cleaning for me. Fun.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

keep on keepin on

Somehow Monday turned into Wednesday but I still thought I'd gab about our Labor Day weekend. I kicked some major butt on Friday and got so much done that I threw away my to do list that afternoon. As Morgan would say, "all done"! Aunty K and Uncle Troy came over on Saturday and while the guys golfed, us girls ran laps around Shiawassee Park (after enjoying a little ice cream at Silver Dairy, of course). My parents visited on Sunday and we had dinner at Antonio's. Man, I thought Mark was a junkie for their bread. Morgan is following him in a close second. I wish I had a video to show you her face when we torn off a piece for her to inhale. She went nuts!!!
Morgan's 15 month appointment is next Friday. It should be a rather short and sweet visit with no lecturing and only a few tears. She's been incredibly fun and all of a sudden it's like she is a little girl - talking, giggling and pulling whole pieces of fruit from the refrigerator and digging right in. (Peaches and kiwis are this weeks favorite.) Morgan is starting to sit still longer for story time - not only will she initiate having a book read to her, but we can flip through all of the pages without her leaping up and running away out of boredom (or chewing on the pages). The other night she took a book to Mark, climbed up on the couch, he read it to her and she got another. And another (x 7). This afternoon when I picked her up at school she was sitting on the pillows and narrating a book to her friends, pointing to the pictures and making up her own story. I thought it was adorable watching her as she mocked her teachers.

This weekend: Catching up with a good friend. Snuggling a new baby. Refilling the refrigerator. Packing our bags. ODing on apple cider and donuts. Getting dressed up. Celebrating love.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Happy September 1st!
I've got high expectations for myself this month and have set a goal to scrapbook all 86 of these photos of Morgan in an attempt to finish her baby album. The titles have been thought out, the journaling is done (with a lot of help from my blog archives) and about half of the 39 layouts I have planned are sketched out. I am really excited to fill her scrapbook and put a big dent in my stash. Hmm, I better get started on my 1.3 layouts per day.

I'll let you know how I did at the end of the month. Happy Scrapping!