Wednesday, September 29, 2010

sneak peak

Here is my very first attempt at Mackenzie's cupcakes for her party on Saturday.
It's very scary that this is supposed to be Elmo - I know. After talking to Brandon about how I could improve it, I tried again on Sunday...this time with Cookie Monster.

That's much better don't you think? I'll take more pictures Friday/Saturday with my finished product. Hopefully with all of the sesame street decorations, it will make more sense as to what character they are supposed to be.

By the way, this is my first time EVER that I've tried to do something other than just ice cupcakes. I just wanted to clarify, that I am in no way experienced in this kind of decoration. As if you couldn't tell by the elmo cupcake! ;)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Birthday gifts

We bought Mackenzie a tricycle for her birthday. She doesn't know how to ride it by herself, but she does liked to be pushed around. She tries, but she can't quite push the pedals around.

My parents bought her Elmo's - that's right - there are 2 of them! One is a small one, maybe 6" tall and the other makes kissing sounds. You can never have enough elmos!She also received this table and chairs which is perfect for her breakfast or snacks.
This makes me think of future first day of school pictures. I asked her to stand up so I could take a picture of her in her new sesame street shirt. She does exactly what you say when she feels like cooperating. ;)
One of her favorite gifts is this iron and ironing board from Uncle Ryan and Aunt Kelsey.

I think she's watched me iron way too much in her 2 years of life. She knew exactly what she was doing!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Someone else's mail

We are still receiving the previous owner's mail at the house. This week, we received a magazine I've never bought, but have occasionally looked at in the store.

The previous owners of the house are/were getting a divorce, hence the selling of the house. I say this because the magazine is actually addressed to the husband and I don't think he has had any of his mail forwarded to his new address. Because I didn't think he would be missing this magazine and I had a few minutes of free time the other night, I decided I would skim through it.

After 10 pages of pure advertisements I found the table of contents:
What!? Articles don't start until page 199? That can't be right, can it?

Oh good, another table of contents.
But there still isn't anything until page 73?!

I turned a few more pages and "learned" a couple of things about fashion and then got bored. I decided I didn't want to and don't have time to look at 300+ advertisements just to read 20 articles. I closed the magazine, put back in the pile with the other mail and texted the previous owner to ask her to pick up her mail.

I guess I'll just have to live with not being "In Style". Oh well. ;)

Is it bad that I didn't touch the exercise/fitness magazine that also came that same day? I didn't think so! ;)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy Birthday To You!

Saturday we had my parents and brother and sister-in-law over to celebrate Mackenzie's Birthday. I made a simple "fun-fetti" cake which even my brother liked and he doesn't usually eat cake!

Sitting patiently while we sang Happy Birthday.

As she clapped for her self, my brother re-lit the candle.

Deja vu?
She really liked the cake and as Brandon was dipping the icecream she kept asking for "alila". She had to repeat it over and over before we realize she wanted vanila ice cream. I bought the great divide icecream, so she had heard Brandon say, "vanilla or chocolate".
We had a great evening at dinner and clearly we enjoyed our dessert! I'll post more about her gifts later.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New to Us Playset

We have an awesome play set that the previous owners of the house installed in the backyard. Last week, we finally took Mackenzie outside to play on it. She absolutely loves it! Well, she likes everything except the swings. If you ask her if she wants to swing, she says, "no."

She loves the slide and every time she got to the bottom she would run back to the stairs saying, "my turn, my turn" like she wasn't the only kid in the backyard.

As you can tell, Mackenzie is very aware that this is her playset. This is her telling me not to get on the playset because it was hers. She's not bossy at all! ;)

She hasn't gone through the tunnel yet, but I think it's because it leads to the play area under the slide and it's kind of dark in there.

I see many more years of playtime ahead. I also see many more referee moments when she has friends over to play and is required to share her playset! ;)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

2 Years Ago Today

Two years ago today, Brandon and I met this little girl for the first time!

Friday, September 17, 2010

2 weeks

For the most part we are completely settled in our new house. There are a few things that still need to be done, but we have gotten back to our old routine with little disruption. I'm actually amazed at how quickly it felt like "home".

When we first moved in, I focused on getting Mackenzie's boxes unpacked and belongings in place. I didn't want her to have any issues adjusting to the new house and again to my surprise she did wonderfully.

She's done great except for one room - her bathroom. She's always loved her bathroom/bathtub and baths. I can't recall ever having any real issues with getting her to take a bath other than the time I made her a bubble bath. That all changed when we moved into this house. From day one she cried before we entered the bathroom and I had to make her sit down in the tub otherwise she'd try to stand and climb out. The tub is pretty much the same, even the faucet is on the same wall as the old house, but something about it scares her. The worst part of all of it is when I drain the tub, it makes a very loud sucking/slurping sound as it funnels down the drain and it really scares her.

I'm proud to say that after 2 weeks of baths, she's finally not scared! Tonight I still had to carry her into the bathroom, but once we were in there she was fine. I've tried to make the slurping drain a game and so when I pull the stopper out, I make a slurping sound and now she does to. Finally, she thinks it's fun again, but she still doesn't play as long as she used to. We'll get there soon, I'm sure.

And just in case you were wondering, I'm not scared of my bathroom at all! ;)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New House Tour, Part I

Welcome to our new house! Glad you could stop by! ;)

To our left is the office...use your imagination as this room is still filled with boxes, mix matched book cases and a 15 year old desk I got in high school. This room will have to be in the part II tour posted after we get new furniture and finish unpacking.

To the right is our dining room:
What seemed like such a large dining table in our old house, appears a little small now, but eventually we'll add a buffet/hutch and then it should fill up the room a little more. Oh, and of course hang pictures/decorations.

Next is our guest room with adjoining bathroom:
It just makes you want to come visit right away, huh? Anyone need any boxes and packing paper?

We'll make our way down the hallway to our kitchen.
Complete with the "fixin's" for King Ranch casserole. I have unpacked all of my kitchen boxes and think I've placed everything where I want it. I'm sure over time, I might rearrange things as needed, but for now it seems to work. I did have to buy a step stool for the upper shelves. (Cindy, please note that when you come to visit and want coffee, the 18 coffee mugs that we never use are on the top shelf and the step stool will be needed.)

From the kitchen you could look at the Living room, but again this room will need to be part of the second tour as our new furniture will arrive later this week.

Off of the kitchen/breakfast area is Mackenzie's playroom.
Thank you play room for not being my living room! ;)

As we make our way to the hallway off the living room we find our hall bath to the left:

The walls are light blue and the ceiling is a khaki color. My dilemma for this room was trying to decorate a bathroom for Mackenzie and not make it too "kiddy" as it will be used as the main bathroom that guests will use when visiting. All of this while not having to paint the walls a new color. We had the khaki shower curtain, so I found the striped mat and towels that I think match pretty well and don't focus on the light blue of the wall. It's not that the blue is a bad color, it's just not a color I would have picked.

Next on the tour is the "future child" room:

I know that's a strange name, but that's what it is. Please focus on the word future - as in, "not any time soon." Currently, it's being used to store all of the items a "future child" will need.

And last on our first tour is Mackenzie's room:
She really likes her room and she's done really well with the toddler bed. This past weekend she didn't get out of bed until we called her name to come to our room, even though she had been up for a little bit.

That's it for now. Please stay tuned for a second tour to see the Office, Living room and Master bedroom. Hope you enjoyed the tour and let me know if you are ever in the area and want a real live tour! ;)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Moving fun!

We closed on our houses on a Friday, so Brandon and I spent all day Saturday packing and preparing for our move on Sunday. Mackenzie in the mean time got her fair share of watching TV! We set up the TV from our bedroom and let her watch a few dvd's over and over. Occasionally she would come find us and see what we were doing and play with whatever we were trying to pack at the moment. One item she insisted upon wearing for a little while was her life vest and water shoes.
Yes, that would be a life vest over a pajama shirt and diaper. Very classy.
I'm not sure if she was trying to pick something up or just trying to sit down, but I think she looks a little funny. ;)

Another item I pulled out of her closet that she was always trying to play with is her infant car seat.

I think she liked it! It provided her a recliner as opposed to her other chair, I guess.

At nap time, I gave her bunnies and turned off the TV. In about 5 minutes she was asleep.

It's good to know this seat is still comfortable at 2 years and 26 pounds!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

We've Moved!!!!

Yay! We finally moved. Just like the selling and buying of our house(s) the closings and moving went just as quickly. On Thursday, they said "jump", so we closed on both houses between 1:30 and 5:30 on Friday. Saturday we spent the day packing and took our first load of items to the new house. Sunday the movers knocked on our door at 8:00am and we said goodbye to the old house by 11:30am! All of our belongings were unloaded and the movers were on their way by 2:00pm!

Then, because we hadn't done enough in the 8 hours we had been awake, Brandon went to the hardware store while I unpacked. When he got back, I went to the grocery store while he set up Mackenzie's bed (more on that later). I've never really shopped at HEB before Sunday and I'm sure I'll like it, but for now it's very overwhelming. It's really big and of course I didn't know where anything is. I think I was there for 1 1/2 hours!

Anyways, we absolutely love our new house! I'll post pictures as soon as it doesn't look like a warehouse filled with boxes!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

6 things to do every day

So I found this list the other night - "6 Things to do every day". I won't say who the list is from except that it's from a former "perfect" homemaker who went to jail for I think insider trading. Her name might rhyme with Bartha Stewart...maybe. ;)

1. Make your bed. She says if you make your bed, you are more likely to keep the rest of the room orderly. I've never really made my bed much until we put our house on the market. I was hoping it would be something I would continue to do after we sold our house, but alas it has been unmade for a couple of weeks now! ;)

2. Manage Clutter. According to Bartha, we should check a room before we leave it to make sure everything is in it's proper place. AND insist that others in the house do the same. I tend to pick up at the end of evening or every few days depending on how my work day went. Again, I did really well while we were showing our house, but not so much since we've been under contract.

3. Sort the mail. Yay - finally something I do! We typically through junk mail out in the big trashcan and it never makes it into the house.

4. Clean as you cook. I'd like to say I do this, but sometimes what you are cooking doesn't really allow for you to clean as you go. P-dubs enchiladas sure didn't allow for that! ;)

5. Wipe up spills while they are fresh. No problem.

6. Sweep the kitchen floor. I sooooo do NOT do this every day!

As stated I don't do all 6 every day and I'm ok with that! Does anyone do all 6 of these items EVERY day?

Friday, September 3, 2010


Mackenzie's vocabulary is expanding every day and she tries to repeat everything you say as she's learning. Obviously some sounds are harder for her to say, "sp", "f", "z". The other night we saw a camel on TV and this was our conversation:

C (me): Mackenzie can you say camel?

M: mamel

C: can you say the sound "ca"?

M: "ca"

C: ca - ca - camel

M: ca - ca - mamel

I guess we'll keep on working on the "ca" sound. ;)

Thursday, September 2, 2010


The other night when I was using my "stumble" feature on the internet, I came across different flatware/silverware sets that were very interesting. I think most of it is meant to be art, but a couple of them look usable.

I really like the wood handles. Very sleek. Very nice.

This one would be perfect for a seafood themed party, but you would never find this flatware in my house. I would feel like you had to eat fish with it and let's face it, I'm never going to cook and eat fish in my house! yuck! ;)

I'm pretty sure this is an art piece, but maybe not. I think it would be fun to host a dinner party or Christmas dinner and see how everyone uses the utensils.

I also think this is art, but I love how the flatware folds to the ground at the edge of the plate. Just think, you'd never have to worry about which side the fork goes on and if the knife blade turns in or out and which side the spoon goes on...

I'm not sure how you could hold the flatware comfortably and do you think the knife really works?

And last but not least, the most challenging flatware! How on earth do you eat with the dinner fork? It reminds me of some of the forks I've seen at restaurants where the tines are out of alignment and you have to bend them back to eat properly. The salad fork might be a little tough too since the tines are not pointed. And if you aren't careful, you might catch your lip on the spoons like you would on a random spoon that has accidentally been in the garbage disposal!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Family Sing Along

Sunday on our way home from dinner, Mackenzie wanted to sing, "pider". This is also called, "the itsy bitsy spider" for those who aren't 2 years old and can pronounce the "sp" sound. She loves this song and wanted all of us to sing it together. After "Pider", I chose a different song and Brandon didn't sing along. While I was singing, Mackenzie said, "Daddy" over and over again until Brandon started singing with me. After that she joined in. She did the same thing with me if I didn't sing with Brandon. As cheesy as it was for the 3 of us to sing little kids songs in the car, it was actually really nice.

All of us singing together kind of reminded me of me and my family growing up. We always sang in the car together. Always. I don't really remember singing kids songs, but I always remember us singing to the radio or a CD my dad had made of all of his favorite songs, which in turn became our favorite songs. I'm sure we talked about our day or other things going on, but I know for sure we always sang. My favorite memory is when my brother was learning to whistle and wanted to whistle to the songs like my dad. The problem was, he didn't know how to change notes while singing, so all he could do was whistle to the beat in one monotone whistle. Songs just aren't the same when you hear the same note constantly throughout the song. I don't have any room to make fun, since I can't whistle at all and he would have been at most 11 years old, but oh well.

So, in short, I love that Mackenzie likes to sing and wants others to sing, since I enjoy singing too. I'm looking forward to many more years of all of us singing in the car!
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