Saturday, May 23, 2009

Jaci Turned 2!!!

I can't believe that my little baby turned 2 today! It doesn't seem possible that it was two years ago that they put that sweet little baby girl in my arms for the first time! We have had so many good, sweet times since then. Her favorite place to be is still in her mommy's arms! Everyday I look at her and can't believe how "grown up" she is. She isn't a baby anymore, but a little girl. I love her so much and I am so lucky because she loves me so much too! I just hope that lasts forever! I love getting to spend my days playing with her and watching her grow. She is so smart and it is so fun hearing her talk and tell me all sorts of stories. She loves to sing, and that is my favorite sound in the world.

Bill's parents came in town last night so they could celebrate Jaci's birthday with us. Jaci had a great birthday! We started out the day at the park for a ward picnic. Then tonight, we had a little party for her and Bill. (Bill's birthday was 3 days ago.) She LOVED her presents! Bill and I gave her a sandbox (along with a few other things). Bill's parents gave her a little picnic table and umbrella for the backyard and some sand toys, and my parents gave her a little dolly and a baby bed and stroller for the doll. My sister-in-law made her some beautiful necklaces (including the one she's wearing in the top picture), and my "little" brother gave her some "treasure". She also got some great presents from Bill's cousins, including: dress up shoes, coloring books, crayons, and tinker bell dishes. Thank you everyone!!!

For the party, I spent all day yesterday baking. I made a Red Velvet Cake for Bill, a giant cupcake cake for Jaci, a pan of my brother's favorite Chocolate Dessert, and homemade Strawberry Ice Cream!!!

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Friday, May 15, 2009

More Sewing and Baking

Okay, here is another one of my latest creations. I saw this little skirt on a couple of blogs and I decided I had to try it. I have stuff to try it in some other colors too, and I'm going to make it a little shorter next time, but I think it turned out pretty cute! I'm having so much fun sewing! I'm going a little crazy with patterns and fabric and everything and my guest room is a disaster with all my stuff spread out everywhere, but oh well! It will all have to be cleaned up by next weekend when Bill's parents come.

She didn't like that I took one of her chairs outside, so she promptly took it back inside "where it goes"...lined up with the other 3 right in front of the TV.

I've also been doing some baking. I'm putting together a cookbook of my favorite recipes and I'm trying to take pictures of them to put in the book as well. These are two that I tried out on some of my friends and they LOVED them! Above are Peanut Butter Polka Dot Bars and below are German Chocolate Bars! Yummy!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mommy's Sewing Again!!!

I have recently really gotten back in to sewing. I have been looking up all these different sewing blogs to find ideas. I have so many ideas right I just have to find time to do them! Although, with Bill done with his first year of law school (finally!), I have someone to watch the little miss, so I can get some stuff done! A few people had said they liked the book "Weekend Sewing" by Heather Ross, so I decided to try it out. In it, there was this little smocked dress and I couldn't wait to try it. It was really quick, I made this one last night while I was watching "One Tree Hill". I think it turned out pretty good! If only I could get Jaci to pose for a picture!

I'm trying to use up all my scrap fabric that I have taking up a bunch of space in my guest closet. I've got to get all my burp rags and baby blankets and changing pads made soon! If anybody wants to order anything, just leave me a comment and let me know! I'm also trying out a bunch of other cute ideas! I'll definitely have more pictures to come!

On another note, we had a great time with my mom in town last week! I miss her already! Jaci doesn't know what to do without her here to wake up in the mornings! Bill's parents are coming soon for a visit and we're excited to see them too! Bring on the Dominos! I'll have to think of a good prize for the running winner for the week!
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