Joshua 24:15

...choose you this day whom ye will serve...but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Babies' Room...

According to Ivana she is still the baby because she is the baby girl... can't argue with that!

Ivana's comforter - before.
  
After.



The pillowcase - from a tutorial off of The Cottage Home.
http://thecottagehome.blogspot.com/2010/05/sleepover-pillowcase-tutorial.html

I love the detail on this...
  


Telling her I had a surprise for her...

Yes, those are my PJs - it was bed time. =)
 
She's loving it!
 
She was so excited, but embarassed to smile/laugh.
Love it!


Woohoo! New bedding!

A Sew-Sew Kind of Summer

I love, love, love to sew. The problem? I'm not very good at it - haha!

I can do some very basic straight-line stitching. I know my way around my sewing machine. This past fall I even taught myself to sew sleeves. And thanks to YouTube I learned how to make an awesome pleat! Someone once told me that the hardest part about sewing is reading a pattern. Boy, were they right!!!! Thanks to a very nice lady from our church I learned how to read a pattern and can do an ok job. I usually call her to ask her questions though. =) I recently discovered "tutorials." Basically, people blog about their projects and show you step by step how to do it - and they include PICTURES!!!! So, of course, I'm hooked.

I spent the summer altering clothes for the girls (still have a little bit more of that to do) and a little project for my little Ivana. Since her and the baby will be sharing a room we went with a theme that was "neutral." Water. More specifically, surf. =) Seeing as we just can't seem to get California out of our systems we went with a Southern California Beach/Surf theme. Ivana is still in her toddler bed and probably will be for another year. I was really dreading the thought of buying her a comforter to match the baby's set. A friend of mine suggested I make a comforter cover for her existing comforter. A great idea! Saved me lots of money!!!

Above is my project and a couple of pictures of the nursery. I'll post more when we are completely finished with it.

Take Me Out To The Ballgame...

On June 3rd we took the girls to a Dodgers vs Reds game at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. (My second favorite ballpark!) As an added bonus we stayed at the Marriott over night. We played in the pool all afternoon, then headed to the ballpark early so they could watch batting practice and try for some autographs. They had their baseballs autographed by Juan Castro, #3 - our new favorite Dodger. =)

I think he was recently traded. Haha

Of course, we had to have the traditional hot dogs and peanuts! We had a great time and the girls really loved it!!! Unfortunately, the Dodgers lost...the good news is that they won the following two games and ended up winning the series. WOOT! It was even fireworks night so we enjoyed a very long and wonderful show! Then, back to the hotel for a late night of pizza and tv. It was a great way to kick off our summer!

Ready for the pool!

The highlight of staying at a hotel!

Even the little one is all ready to swim...

The gear...

She can't contain herself she was soooo excited!

Ta-da!

Excited about her first Dodger game!


Ivana was worn out... Sofia, on the other hand, still had a lot left in her!
Shocking! I know!
For those of you who don't know her well - she's like the energizer bunny...

Summer at Home

This summer was intentionally a low profile summer. With baby coming at the end of summer (right in time for the first day of school) I thought it would be a great idea to plan to stay close to home, in the air conditioner, under a ceiling fan... set to high. As it turns out - it has been one of the hottest and most humid summers I can remember since moving to Ohio. I haven't complained because we had the worse winter ever. I was sick almost the entire time and had a hard time bouncing back. So the heat is welcomed - the humidity needs to make its way to Florida and stay there... jussayin'

This pregnancy has been very different from my others. I seriously think little man is digging into my bone marrow in search of anything he can take from me. Ok, ok so maybe it's not THAT bad, but it sure has felt like it. I'm glad we decided to stay close to home this year because I don't think I could have gone very far. =)

The following posts (which will actually post ABOVE this one lol) are a glimpse of our summer. Enjoy! (They will be coming little by little but I am working on it!)