Saturday, June 28, 2008

A Gift For a Friend

I recently saw this idea and just had to copy it. It's a stationary box filled with cards, envelopes, gift tags, a note pad, stamps and a pen. It is sooooo cute and not nearly as difficult to make as I thought it would be. A little time consuming and careful following of directions, but not difficult. I love that Robert has his light tent now and can get some really great shots of my projects! Anyway, I sent this to my friend Karly in Arizona (hence the "k" in the center). From the message she left, I think she liked it.;o)

We went blueberry picking again today, and this time we filled 3 containers whereas last time we only filled one. There were just tons of them! Lily ended up eating pretty much all of the ones she picked. It reminded me very much of the book Blueberries for Sal, one of my favorites as a kid. Afterwards we came home and made blueberry pancakes for lunch. Yummy! I'll post pictures of that soon. In the meantime, here are the pictures of the stationary box.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Baby and Bear Reunion - The Video

Here is the video of the much anticipated Lily and Snowflake reunion!

Just as the first video ended, my camera battery died,
so this is a 2-parter.

Baby and Bear Reunion

SNOWFLAKE IS HOME! I am positive I was more excited about it than Lily was, although she was pretty happy to see her friend again. After tracking the package, I was expecting him to arrive yesterday. Our mail usually comes by 11:00am and at about 10:30 I heard the mail truck across the street. That meant about 10 more minutes until she came back down our side. I heard the truck pull up, looked out the front window and I could not believe what I saw. The mail carrier was sitting in her truck with a box in her lap...filling out one of those "Sorry we missed you. Please come pick up your package tomorrow" notes! WHAT? She was not even going to make an attempt to bring it to the front door!?! How lazy are people today, I mean really? My car was even in the driveway and everything. Let me just say she is lucky I caught her because I would be down at that post office today having a lovely chat with her manager. Anyway, when I saw what she was doing, I quickly scooped up Lily (she loves to check the mail anyway) and went outside and got the package from the lady. I took the box inside and opened it out of Lily's view (I didn't want her to see there were 2 Snowflakes. Who knows how confusing that would be!) They were individually wrapped in bags inside the box, so I took one bag to the living room, grabbed my camera and gave Lily the bag. Following are the pictures, however I am having trouble uploading the video. (I knew I should have done it last night while Robert was home!) Hopefully that will be up tonight. In the meantime, these pictures still tell a pretty good story:

Happy Lily with her Snowflake. When she finally realized who was in the bag, she actually started getting upset and couldn't get him out of there fast enough!

Hugging her old friend.

So sweet!

Of course Snowflake was hungry after having been gone so long!

The world is right again...Bob and Larry on the TV, a sippy cup of water in her hand and her best friend under her arm. All is well.

Monday, June 16, 2008

A Mother's Heartache

We had a wonderfully busy weekend. On Saturday we were invited to the LA Zoo by my best friend Jenny and her family. You may remember we took Lily to the Santa Barbara zoo a few months ago. She didn't seem too interested then in much of anything we saw there, so we weren't sure how she would like it this go around, but it was a good time to hang out with some good friends. As it turns out, Lily had a great time! She was much more animated and had a lot of fun looking at the animals. For whatever reason, she was fascinated with the alligators and tried very hard to say "alligator". I will post pictures of our trip later, but this post is not actually about our trip to the zoo. This post is about who we lost at the zoo:

This is Lily's precious Snowflake. He was given to Lily by a good friend of my mother-in-law's shortly after we got home from China. This is the friend, along with Panda, she takes with her everywhere. He eats breakfast with her every morning. He goes with us to the grocery store. When we went to Lily's music and gymnastics classes, I had to convince Lily that Snowflake needed to stay in the car to take a "nap" while we went to class. So of course there was no question that he would accompany us on our trip to the zoo. He had a great time too and got to see all kinds of fun animals along with us. At some point during the end of our day, I noticed Snowflake was not in his spot in the bottom of Lily's stroller. I desperately searched everywhere...throughout the stroller, in the diaper bag, in my purse, I asked Jenny if perhaps she had gotten a hold of him somewhere along the way. No. Robert, being the best dad ever, volunteered to retrace our steps back to the last place we all remembered seeing him. Lily and I poked around the gift shops while we waited. By the time he came back, Lily was asleep in her stroller, and Robert was empty handed. My heart broke. We headed back to the car, hoping some kind person would find him and return him to the lost and found. In the meantime, we called Robert's mom to ask her where her friend had gotten Snowflake so we could try to replace him. We got home and I immediately got on ebay to look for another one (2 of them will be on their way here this week!). But it won't be the same. Lily seemed to do just fine through the evening. We thought, maybe she'll be big deal...until it was time for bed. We were saying our prayers with her and as we finished, she looked down into her bed, and it happened. She asked for him...several times. We didn't know what to say. We put her down, turned out the lights and prayed for the best. She was exhausted so she was out pretty quickly without much fuss. The next morning, Robert went to get her up. As he got her out of bed, she started looking around for Snowflake. Thankfully she was distracted by her Pooh bear, so he sufficed for the time being. For whatever reason, I seem to be having a harder time with this than Lily is. I thought my heart was breaking for her, but maybe it's more for me. Is that normal? I'm sitting here in tears as I type this. Why am I so emotional over a stuffed bear? Maybe it's the association I have of Lily and Snowflake...together...all.the.time. I'm anxious to see how she reacts when "Snowflake" comes home later this week. I have a feeling I may be rejoicing more than she will! We'll see. In the meantime, we will keep checking in with the zoo's lost and found (obviuosly no luck yet). We figure someone must have found him. Genereally speaking, when you find something, you either turn it in or you keep it. If whoever found our precious Snowflake kept him, I hope he will be loved in his new home as much as he was here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Creative Weekend

In preparation for Father's Day, I had a "masculine cards" class this weekend so I have a couple of those cards to show you. I was also able to sit down and do a little card-making yesterday while Lily played all by herself in the living room, with the occasional visit from her, I'm assuming to check on me and make sure I was doing alright playing by myself.:o) It is such a blessing that she finally feels comfortable playing on her own for periods of time rather than clinging to me every second. Another phase I approach with joy and yet a little bit of sadness. Anyway, here are some pictures for you...

I am sending this one to my cousin up in Oregon.

I made this sympathy card to send to the Chapman family.

I saw a sample of this card online and just had to copy it, with only a couple of small changes. I love the colors...even Robert commented on how pretty it was. He said it looks "Christmas-y". Hmmm...I may have to keep that in mind for when the time comes to start my Christmas cards.:o)

I made this card to send to my friend Jill in Seattle for her birthday this week. She also happens to check this blog every once in a while, so if you see this my friend, here is your card and Happy Birthday!

This is a "double pocket" card. Can you believe you can make this card with only one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper? So pretty and so much easier than it looks.

And here are two samples of the masculine cards from my class on Saturday. Robert will be getting the one with the star...a bit of an homage to his love for the Dallas Cowboys. Shhhh...don't tell him!;o)

A more masculine version of the "double pocket" card.

And for your final viewing pleasure...miss Lily showing you her faces once more.
A toned down version of "Psycho Face".

"Turtle Face"

"Kissy Lips"

And the most beautiful smile ever. Isn't she just the best?!?!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Life Goes On...

This is what happens when Lily doesn't take a nap during the day...

And this is what happens when Lily has too much sugar before bed!