Tuesday, June 23, 2009

matchy matchy

Yes, I know it's corny. I dressed myself first then realized that Cora had a cute new red dress too, so we went to church matching on Father's Day.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day Ryan!

We love you Daddy! Happy Father's Day.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Cora has been making quite the mess when eating; lately we've had to bathe her after dinner every single night.

I left Ryan with Cora and went to the store today. I came home and found Cora like this! J/K, it was actually that messy when I left. Cora got a package from Auntie Katie with a ton of books (her favorite thing!) and some DVDs. We had just opened the package and Cora was having a blast sampling the selection. Thank you Kate!

Eating puffs

Cora loves her baby cereal puffs. When she is out of patience while eating we put a couple in front of her and she calms right down. But sometimes they cleverly hide on the back of her hand.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

clouds and bouncing babies

My big brown-eyed girl! Today I went to get Cora from her nap and she was sitting up in her crib! She usually plays for a bit before I get her, but she hasn't been able to sit up from lying down yet, so that's fun and new. She is still a determined army crawler. Ryan got some ideas from therapists at his affiliation on how to encourage babies to crawl for real, so we're trying them out - Ryan is more faithful at it than I am. It's not that we're worried about her development, or that she's behind, mostly it just bugs him how very inefficient her current method is. I don't think it's going to make much of a difference as far as getting into things goes, since she's already very good at it, as well as surprisingly fast. And I definitely would like her to save the rug burns she can get on her elbows, by crawling how she does now.

Ryan took this weather pic from just outside our apartment. We are so lucky to have a beautiful view right from our windows. This is what it's been like in Poky for about three weeks now. The weathermen said that because of some pressure system we have been getting the weather that usually hits Washington - very rainy and gray and often stormy. It's been kind of nice sometimes, since it's usually pretty dry here, but it's starting to get old. Luckily we've had a couple of days recently where it's let up, at least for part of a day. We even got to play frisbee golf, our new hobby, twice last week - once with our good friends, which was pretty fun.

This is Cora's new thing she likes to do - it just cracks her daddy up. She is our bouncing baby girl! I even caught her doing it a couple of times to music - starting to get a sense of rhthym, maybe?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

new pic from Neal's bday

Here is a pic of Cora at Uncle Neal's party we went to a couple of weeks ago.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Forget the toys - I want the basket.

my champion

Just one post to brag about my husband - he is so amazing. He aced his classes in school, even though it was the hardest semester he's ever had; he kept up and studied so hard. He commutes to Blackfoot now, and works in the hospital all day, and them comes home and helps me out with a smile on his face! He taught me how to ride a bike so patiently and he even made brownies last night! I am one lucky girl - and so is Cora.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Here is Cora showing off her new baby leg warmers I made her from socks. When I first saw these on other kids I thought they were just a trendy fashion statement, but I saw something online that talked about their other benefits - they keep baby's legs warm, but don't have to be removed for diaper changes, and also protect baby's knees from the floor when crawling, which I was happy about because our apartment has an extremely hard carpet with no pad underneath. They also fit babies forever, just not coming up as high when they get bigger. Thanks Kim for directing me to the link that showed me how to make them - the make it and love it blog.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

new shoes

I finished sewing these new Mary Janes for Cora this morning after Cora woke up at 6:00 ready to play. I also made this matching flower for a headband but it turned out kind of huge for her head. I'm toying with the idea of making baby shoes to sell on EBay; we'll have to see if it turns out. Let me know what you think, and also what you would charge for shoes like this.

Friday, June 5, 2009

into everything

Look mom someone put some yummy paper under this chair!

Cora is growing up so fast. She is still army crawling but getting some leg action into it. She loves getting the trash, the VCR, the speakers, the magazines in the shelf, the kitchen linoleum, the shoes, and today while I was on the computer she sneaked under the desk, under my feet, and got into the cords. She also got under the chair and peeled off the tag that was underneath it. We're working on baby proofing - haven't had to do it yet because the little girl I babysit is pretty good about not getting into things. Despite the fact that she has a million toys, her favorite toys are not toys - cardboard boxes, magazines, plastic containers, Daddy's backpack, and water bottles.

She has become a major Mommy's girl, although she has stopped saying MaMa and she says DaDa a lot now, along with a lot of other babbling. She also started blowing raspberries with her tongue out, and laughing when I laugh. She eats baby cereal puffs and absolutely loves them, especially the fact that she can feed herself (she's getting better at getting them into her mouth). We now have trouble getting her to accept anything that we offer her on a spoon. It is amazing to see her developing so fast and we are so lucky to have such a happy beautiful little girl who keeps us busy!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Other recent projects

These were a couple of canvases I decorated for Cora's grandmas for Mother's Day, using Mod Podge and ribbon. The top canvas went to my mom, because she doesn't like b&w, and the bottom went to Ryan's mom, because she likes blue and Cora is sticking out her tongue just like her grandma, and dad, always do. I can finally show them off because the package I sent (a bit late) finally got to Hawaii (a lot late). I was excited by the bow I made out of ribbon, beacuse it was so easy and I realize that I really will be able to make bows for hair clips and headbands and such once Cora has enough hair to wear them. I still need to do one for myself. Christopher helped me out with his amazing photoshop talents. Here are a couple of other pics he photoshopped for me.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

baby shoes and balls

My friend Trista helped me fix my sewing machine a couple of weeks ago and this is what I've sewn so far. The balls aren't all as round as they are supposed to be but Cora likes them anyways, especially the tags. I put a bell inside of them so they make a nice little noise. I was pretty happy with the way the kimono baby shoes came out, and they were actually fairly easy to make. I got the material from a $1 purse I bought at a thrift store, and should have enough to make at least one more pair. Next time I have to make them a little bigger so they can fit Cora, since the pattern was a newborn size. I got the pattern free from www.homespun-threads.com.