Tuesday, November 15, 2011

tiny dancers

Betty's first dance. We did not teach her the wave...it's all natural. This is when she was 11 months old but I think she started this one around 9 months.

Betty's next dance.  She just started this one last week. We are impressed with her symmetry.

And an awkward rendition of the chicken dance.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Betty took her first steps today.

my baby book is packed up in a box. the blog will have to do.

Betty's first adorable, cautious steps were towards her dad...her fav person right now. 

ya...she's 14 months and just took her first step.  her besties are younger than her and have been walking for months.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011


Halloween. Ryan, Dinosaur, Ladybug, Dancing Fairy. We went to only 5 houses. It was perfect!

kitchen slowly going gray. Hood is stainless steel under the protective coating.

first pigtails!

What Asher's face looks like when he's dancing. 


Back in September, Ava had a birthday!! I really should post more often. We invited a gaggle of kids and whoever else they wanted to bring along to the local park where I reserved a shelter. It takes a village to throw a party, as it turns.  I put my parents, my sister and her husband, and my husband to work entertaining kids and setting up and serving pie.  

Ava is a sweet, sentimental girl who cares at least as much about getting a card in the mail as a gift. She loves her family, including cousins and grandparents, fiercely. Last week she ran to her bedroom and wept because she couldn't stand to say goodbye to Grandma D on skype.  Ava has a soft spot in her heart for all things tiny. She tries her hardest to be obedient, especially at kindergarten where she carries a big water bottle to and from school in her backpack so it doesn't make her desk look messy.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Add it to The List

Somehow, in between summer vacation, working, and furniture market, Ryan has managed to check many items off the list. I did some really great work, too, my main contribution being painting our front door a shocking periwinkle. My next project is to repaint the front door darker blue.

Continuing from our original The List

Since June 3rd, we have (Ryan has) :
12. Installed harwoods in the kitchen
13. sanded and stained the the main living area, but not the bedrooms or back hallway
14. made and installed new trim and dustboards in the living room and family room (thanks Dad!)
15. Painted the living room, family room, and part of the kitchen (credit goes to my Dad, Mom, and Sara Jayne for helping us with this!) including the new trim
16. Installed new fan in the family room
17. Removed the soffit above our kitchen cabinets
18. Added trim to the tops of cabinets
19. Added an extra cabinet in a newly created empty spot in the kitchen
20. removed the bridge cabinets and hood that were above the cooktop and replaced it with a new hood
21. Sanded cabinets and started priming and painting them...our kitchen no longer has that 70's orange glow!

Next up: kitchen countertops and backsplash.