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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Autumn | Projects & Pictures

It's been six months into this foray of being a full-time stay-at-home-Mom, and I have to say, I love it!  This has been an amazing experience already, watching Miles learn and grow, and being a part of so many milestones along the way.  It also gives me ample time to keep the house up (although, I don't always use that time for cleaning), and create lovely things that I didn't take the time for when I was working.

I will definitely miss Miles' nap time when he grows out of it.

But, as it still exists, I will do what I can to utilize it to the fullest.  That probably means I shouldn't spend time scrolling endlessly on tumblr or pinterest, but that's neither here nor there.  I am happy to say that I have created quite a few things when I'm not being lazy or actually doing my chores.

I crocheted some leg warmers for some of my dear friends that have little girls right around Miles' age.  He was the oldest baby born in 2011, and so many of my close friends had girls later that year.  Then my bestie, Sam, had her baby girl in April 2012.  I was trying to make some leg warmers for one of the one-year-olds I know, but they were way too small, so they ended up being for Olivia.  I got home, and started to work on some more.  We'll have to see if they fit, and then I'll get some pictures of them up.

Right before my birthday party in July, I created one of my pinterest ideas:  A family calendar that is dry-erase.  I don't remember if I already posted about it, but here's another photo.

This was an oversized tee upcycle

But this next project I created was inspired by this blogger.  I have a dear friend whose son's room is a vintage travel theme, and I pinned this idea long before I thought I'd have time to actually make it.  But then I finally realized I had plenty of time to create this craft!  So I took felt that I had in my sewing box, and created a hot air balloon mobile.  I am so pleased with how it turned out!

Last but not least, I wanted to upload some of Bubs' Autumn photos.  We were on our way out - to church or somewhere - when I realized I loved his outfit so much that I had to have an impromptu photo sesh.  (The flannel shirt was a gift from Clarissa!)

"I have two sticks."

My handsome boy.

His eyelashes!!  I'm jealous.

"Why haven't my lemon trees given me any lemons?"

"I'm saying 'cheese,' Mom!"

Miles continues to impress me with his skills.  He talks using complete sentences --- however, the words aren't always English.  He climbed a two-rung ladder today at the park, and ventures off of the slides on his own.  I love his curiosity and ability to try new things.

I just buzzed his hair off yesterday at my Mom's place, so his Thanksgiving pictures will definitely reflect his new haircut.  I wish I knew how to cut it into more of a style because I love his hair when it's longer, just not around the ears.

Anyway, I am continuing to work on my Zumba-teaching situation... I have a possible lead already, and I will keep you all informed about it if something wonderful comes of it.

Oh, and here's one more picture at our friends' place.
He was trying to dress up like a snowman,
but ended up looking more like he was wearing a poncho.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Pumpkins and Parties

October has come and gone, and Miles is already 19 months old.  He's getting bigger and bigger, and there's nothing I want to do except be able to be a part of all of it!

Last month, we had lots of warm, early fall fun.  We went to Michelle & Phil's costume party on the 27th, and I was incredibly sleep deprived because of my gumption to have homemade costumes for Miles & James.  I was up until 3AM sewing, and then spent a good 5 hours finishing items the day of!  (I'm pretty sure that if you look at my B.A., it was not really for Biology, but for a degree in Procrastination, with an emphasis on Crazy Determination!)

The very next day, we went to the Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch, in Redlands with Heather, Richard, Micah, Audrey, Clarissa, and Cannon.  It was so much fun - and it was really hot!  We ate a tasty lunch at In-N-Out, followed by getting lost in the corn maze.  It was a cool setup:  
  • You go in, and they give you a card that has spaces for a code.  
  • When you find each post (A-D), there is a corresponding number, that when filled in, gives you a combination to open a door to the second part of the maze!  
  • Then you have to find four more posts to get the combination to unlock the door that lets you out!

It took FOREVER!  But I had so much fun.

On Halloween night, we went over to Matt & Tiffany's for trick-or-treating --- our one time a year that we hang out with the Specks!  It was great to see the costumes that Tiffany made for Jonas (Angry Bird), and Elijah (Brobie from Yo Gabba Gabba), and to take Miles up to the houses now that he can walk and talk.

Now I have to hide Miles' trick-or-treating pumpkin because he is obsessed with candy.  He hollers "pumbem!" at me, meaning, "Mom, I see my candy, and it is only right for you to give me all of it now."

James was having fun with stickers

Sunscreen application time

Micah S.!!

Batty for these babies
Miles, Audrey, and Micah
(Oh, and James)

Miles Yo and the faceless american gothic

Micah was mesmerized by the John Deere power wheels

Heather found Post B!

Yes, Post C!

On our way to the second half of the maze...

This is our desktop background.

Hi, Love.

Our final attempt of James setting the timer on the camera

Family portrait

Khhhh :D

"I will battle anyone for these pumpkins!"

sooooooo many pumpkins!

Costume inspiration
Secret Squirrel & Morocco Mole
(New School)

and Old School

Miles' styling was new school head
with old school blazer/ascot

"Shhhh, it's Secret!"

Laura=Snow White
David=Jesse from Breaking Bad

I was a Jem & the Holograms fan
(so basically, myself)

Halloween with the Specks

"Trick or treat."

"Let's go, Ma!"

"Mmm, milk is the BEST!"

Miles' latest interests:
  • Climbing the curved, stationary ladder at the park
  • Talking in sentences that I can't understand all the time
  • Watching The Chipmunk Adventure (1987) everyday
  • Wearing long sleeves, even when it's not cold
  • Running around in James' cardigan
  • Mojo Jojo from PPG - he is both fascinated and frightened of him
  • CANDY!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Miracles & Adversity

So, in case you haven't heard or inferred it from my FB posts, I was blessed with an extremely unexpected surprise last week.  My dear friend Elise had been faithfully praying about a request I laid out during our women's retreat last spring.  We were challenged to look at Ephesians 3:20-21, and see what God had envisioned for us.

Now unto Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond anything that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

When it was my turn, I was asked, "What is 'way beyond your way beyond'?"  And my answer was something like, "Well, I would love to stay home full time with Miles.  But even beyond that?  I think it would be so much fun to teach a Zumba class."

After that dream had waxed and waned with the receipt and redesignation of our tax return, I stopped thinking about it really.  I tried to stay focused on the end of the school year, and the impending decision about staying home the next year.  And you know how that turned out!  Read about it here.)

All this to say:  Elise chose to obey God's lead and put it out to our church family to fund my Zumba certification.  She wrote a mass message to our friends on FB, and the response was overwhelming.  She said that in just over an hour, people had already contributed the amount - and then some!

So on Tuesday, September 11, at about 8:45PM, Elise came over with a present for me.

A super cute transparent pail that reads:

... the...

... way...

... beyond

On the top was the unmistakeable
Zumba insignia

Inside, I saw neon gifts, and three envelopes.

Inside the big envelope was a personalized card...

Along with an incredibly encouraging note
was the verses I quoted above:  Ephesians 3:20-21

And under then envelope was a printout of
the nearest registration date, as well as the 
exact amount I needed to register.

Needless to say, I was moved to tears, and beyond (way, way, way beyond!) grateful. I am so blessed to have such an amazing church family.  I love that they recognized my dream, and wanted to make it happen.  It is so humbling, and lovely to be on the receiving end of this process.  Saturday the 6th is going to kick my butt - it's a one-day certification that lasts from 9:30-6:30!!  Whew!

I truly appreciate all the support and encouragement - and I will definitely need your continued prayers as my family and I continue to move forward where God leads!!  Woo hoo!!!!

In Christ,

Sunday, September 2, 2012

I'm, Like, Totally Thirty!

Shermer High Junior Prom
c/o '82
Marilyn's Truly Outrageous 30th
Starring: Jem, Filipina-Style

I had the greatest time at my 30th birthday party.  If I had had more time and resources, my invitations totally would've looked like NES games.  Still, FB and evite did more than enough to get my friends and fam in the house.  Miles spent the night at Nona's house, and Ema came over early to start setting up decorations.  Matthew, Austin, and Ben came a little while later to help hang up the stars.  James had already set up the dance floor lighting, and my hair was JemStar huge!

My style icons:
Jem & Laura Charles

Our Prom Banner,
a la Ema

The silver tinsel reflecting the pink and purple
make me want to say:
"Show time, Synergy!"

Heather & Clarissa,
Cutie Nerd & Workout Fiend

The Guys

"How does this look?"

Prom Pictures
Indy, Pop Art Come to Life, Lane, & Jem
(complete with giant rocker hair, styled by Indiana Jones!)

Cyndi, Lane Meyer, and Rick


"Dumb boys never ask us to dance!"

Jem & Olivia Newton-John

Wendy's delish endive appetizers!

Yanick's lovely cheese plate presentation

Brad's new wave punk

(Thank you Em!  They were perfect!)

Preppy Yanick

Rocker Hottie Sam & Jem

Look out for Richie on the dance floor!

Ogre, hip-hop street performing Summer, and I

Adrienne & Brian M.

Olivia Newton-John II & Miami Vice
cutting a rug!

"I will toss my cave girl at least 50 foots."

Tennis Pro, mark

Preppy Don's drink & Mark+Corndog

Workin' it out!

Michael Jackson's "Beat It"

Streamers, Rick's noose of choice

Soul Train Photobomb

The fog machine + pink & blue lights = dance magic

Polariod of Miami Vice Matthew

Polaroid of Kelly Kapow(Em)ski

One scene of the infamous "Basketball Dance"

Sunday Morning Breakfast

My pink highlight!!

I SO want to get the pink highlights done.  If I had the money, I would've done it the next week, but instead, I just kept the extensions in.  I am so thankful that my friends and fam blessed me with such a fun party.  It wouldn't have been the same without each person there.  We defs missed Matt Hoop, the Carrascos, Fash, Brian, Jon & Marie, Dan & Athena, Laura & Davs, my Cal buddies, my sister, and all my other cousins that couldn't attend!  

Still, it was the perfect way to go out of my 20s:  Throwing the raddest theme party ever, and dancing the night away!  It just makes me think of Miles' memory verse, James 1:17 - Every good and perfect gift is from above.