Friday, January 30, 2009

Groundhog Day!

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Today we learned about Groundhog day that is coming up soon! We colored a groundhog day picture and cut him out and pasted him down along with his own shadow. We put a question mark on the shadow because we don't know if he will see his shadow or not. We had a day full of learning about groundhogs and groundhog day! We read groundhog day books and even went outside to find our OWN shadows. It was great fun!

Groundhog Day Book Selections

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We read three books dealing with groundhogs and groundhog day. The boys learned a lot! :)


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Dylan dancing with his shadow. We had lots of fun learning about shadows today.

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Camden loved making his shadow BIGGER and smaller.

This was Ella's face when she saw her quilt top for the first time.

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I think she likes it. :)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ella Bella's Quilt - Progress!

I made progress on Ella Bella's quilt last night and today during naptime. I'm now working on a pieced back... tedious, but fun. :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Apples for Snacktime

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Today we had sliced apples for snacktime. Camden had it with the "skin off" and Dylan and I had the skin on. They were so juicy and wonderful.

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They both had juice dripping from their chins. Too cute!


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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Turquoise and Red Quilt for Ella Bella - In Progress

I only had an hour at naptime today, and I made pretty good progress! Two blocks down, and lots more to go! LOL :)

Pretty Quilt Block Mama!

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Wait, don't take the picture yet... we're not ready!

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No, Camden, turn it around like this, like Daddy does.

OK They're ready.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Miles' Lovee.

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I finished up a lovee for Miles. Now that my son cuddles with plain white cloth diapers that he calls his "burp rag", I feel the need to make a nice cuddling blanket for my friends who have babies... and I also feel the need to be sure I call it a Lovee. I have a Lovee for Ella in progress, but there are still a few fabrics that I need to buy to complete it. That's on my "list". I hope Miles Owen adores this lovee. It is backed with Organic Cotton in cornflower blue.

Cottage Quilting Bee - The Darci Block

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Happy Birthday To Me.

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(Yes, Camden's face is in the cake, sampling it, because he just couldn't wait. Oh well, what is a Mommy's birthday without something like that?!) Hahah! It was a nice birthday -Joe and Camden baked me a cake this morning, Joe made me a lovely dinner, and my two boys got me awesome presents, and beautiful cards that made me cry.

Joe also took me out for a nice dinner "alone" on Friday night and my sisters watched Camden. (Ella attended our dinner because she simply cannot be left with anyone yet - according to, but she was quiet the whole time, so it was "like" we were alone.) - We had steak and crabcakes and portabello mushrooms in a parmesean cream sauce.

My sisters called and want to take me out to dinner sometime this week. My mom and dad sent a lovely card, and I'm LOVING the birthday gift that they sent me - my new bedroom suite, which was such a large gift it was also a birthday gift, which I'm utterly grateful for!!!! Joe took me to dinner, painted my new bedroom, bought my beach bedding, and sanded and refinished a piece of furniture to go with our new set from my parents. My grandma got me a cool cupcake baking book and gave me her beloved apple cookie jar that she and my grandpa bought many years ago in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. My Mother in law is making me a set of beautiful wooden shelves embellished with dainty blue flowers for my beach room. Joe and Camden and Ella got me a new set of bake ware that I really really wanted, and a gift card to my favorite store.

And now, with a manicure, a pedicure, and a glass of red wine, I'm off to enjoy my two favorite shows: Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters.

As if my day couldn't be any more perfect.

Thank you, Everyone, I love you.

Space Ranger

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Joe and I call Camden "Frankenstein" from the movie Big Daddy with Adam Sandler. He loves to dress up and will put on anything to play pretend. Here, he is a Space Ranger like Buzz Lightyear. He has a full Buzz Lightyear costume, but sometimes he just likes to wear the gloves. The back pack is supposedly attached to his nerf gun and supplies his lazer beams. Boy, he has an imagination. And he's dead serious that when he has this outfit on, he's a space ranger. LOL.

Ella in her new Highchair

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Ella got a new pooh bear high chair. She can't yet sit up in it, and she's still too small for it... but we went ahead and got it since she's eating rice cereal at night now. Also, it's a good spot to put her while mommy is cooking in the kitchen. Here, she is chewing on mommy's measuring spoons as mommy was making cheese quesadillas and taco salad for Saturday night dinner.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Wall-e Lamp from the Takacs Family

(directly from Camden's mouth to the keyboard...)
Thank you for the Wall-e lamp. And I like it a lot, it's my special surprise. And it's WONDERFUL.

Out of the mouths of babes.

Camden cracked me up today TWICE...


[Something was flicked into my eye]
Me- [clutching eye] OW!!
Camden- What?
Me- My eye!
Camden- Your tic tac hurts?

and then, later...

[Changing Ella's diaper]
Me- Ella Bella you have a little red patch on your bottom.
Camden- It's red?
Me- Yes
Camden- Let me go get the sour cream.

Just in case you didn't follow... tic tac = he meant to say contact, sour cream = he meant to say diaper cream... lol....

Deceptively Delicious?

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So, I checked out Deceptively Delicious from the library. It's a pretty cool book, but since Camden will eat most anything, including spinach and brussells sprouts, I didn't really have to apply the concepts of "hiding" veggies in meals. However, now that Dylan is staying with us, he is having a hard time eating his veggies at lunchtime... SO, I was able to apply a little of what I learned from Jessica Seinfeld... the pureed veggie trick!! Today, I added pureed squash to the shredded cheese in Camden and Dylan's quesadillas. It was a SUCCESS!!! They both loved them and couldn't even tell that it was 1/2 cheese, 1/2 squash! They were begging for The reviews of this book on Amazon were not all that great, but I got a few pointers from it... so, check it out.. if you need to!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Itty Bitty

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Pretzels and Cheddar Cheese = Yummy Fun.

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Today the boys had a blast. We learned that all God's animals eat and sleep and go potty and have a home.

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We built houses for our animals out of our snack- whole wheat pretzel sticks and natural cheddar cheese slices.

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Then they ate the cow houses.

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And Ella even watched from her spot in her bumbo seat, longing for a bite of cheese! LOL.

Monday, January 19, 2009


Camden's favorite word lately is "wonderful". Today, he put his arms around Joe and I and said "Come here guys, gimmie a hug! You guys are WONDERFUL". The way he says the word is just hilarious. WANDAFUUUL.

My Beach Room

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My Beach bedroom is almost done. My lovely husband has been working around the clock for me. Besides a small paint spill that was quickly rectified, he has done a stellar job and I cannot WAIT to share photos. We are still working on accessories. After all, it's hard to find beachy decor in January - and it's hard to find beachy decor that's not CHEESY too by the way. No seashell baskets for the back of the toilet, no ma'am... we're talking beach RESORT, baby. :)

MLK Day Bball.

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Joe, Camden and Dylan played full court Bball in the living room today and had a blast. :)

Camden and Dylan had a good MLK day lunch. It was an easier day because Joe was home too.

I'm working on an Advent Calendar for 2009 already! I am making 25 little stockings with the 25th one being a very special stocking, and they will all hang on this wooden dowell which I will paint. My friend Kacy and I have joined a group of women who have "always wanted to make an advent calendar but don't think about it until November"... LOL. So, we're getting a head start for next Christmas! We started today. This is about as far as I got... Since I've recently moved my sewing area, I haven't relocated all of my tools yet, and Dylan is napping in my room where all of my stuff is located, so I'll have to get that out tonight.

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Camden and Dylan have been having a ball riding in Cammy's Escalade that Gee and Granddaddy bought him for Christmas. Cammy was so happy to have a playmate to ride in. They did really well taking turns driving. :)

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Ella and I visited with Mandy and family on Saturday. Ella was in a bad mood the entire time, but we made it through.

Friday, January 16, 2009


Camden and Dylan have had a blast playing together today.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

OK I'm done smiling...

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I tend to take so many pictures of my kids that they both have given me this look at some point. But hey, a photographer with wonderful subjects to photograph! I can't help myself. :)

Ella turned five months old yesterday. In my haste to get Camden's activities posted, I completely forgot that.

Today was grocery plan and menu plan day, and I'm going to do grocery shopping this evening in an effort to go kidless. :) Oh, what fun! :)

The 5 Senses

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Today we learned about the 5 Senses. We did a blindfold smell and taste game. Camden had so much fun. We also sang the 5-senses song and played a 5-senses game on the computer. We played tag in the house and a little bit of basketball (which I totally and completely suck at by the way... and Camden certainly informed me that he likes playing that game *better* with Daddy... LOL.)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Very Specific Breakfast...

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Today, Camden asked for a VERY SPECIFIC breakfast... A banana, an apple without the skin, yogurt to dip his apple and banana in, and toast with butter. He learned all about healthy breakfasts yesterday on Sid the Science Kid (whom he TOTALLY LOVES by the way..)

A Moon Day!

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Today, we read all about the moon. We read Papa, please get the moon for me by Eric Carle, in which a girl asks her dad to reach up and get the moon for her. We read Guess How Much I Love You about a rabbit family's love for each other and the ending line is "I love you to the moon, and back"... we read Goodnight Moon, where it is time to tell EVERYTHING goodnight, even the moon, We read By the light of the Silvery Moon (from Aunt Nina), about a beautiful moon lighting up a meadow for animals to play at night, and we read The Way Back Home - about a boy who gets stuck on the moon and meets a martian. We got down Camden's moon off of his wall and talked about the bumpy craters on it.

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We made homemade play dough and shaped it into a moon shape.

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and poked our own craters in our moon using our fingers... fun!

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and we even made sugar cookies in the shape of a moon.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Snowy Day Sand (salt) Art

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Today, it was REALLY cold outside, so, during Ella's LONG morning nap, our morning activity was centered around the idea of cold weather. We read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and made our own "tracks in the snow" using salt as our "snow" and a cookie sheet to keep it not-so-messy. We made Peters footprints and tracks and then practiced drawing our letters. We sipped hot cocoa and ate granola bars. I read The Snowy Day like fifteen times for Camden (he loves that book). Then, we practiced our snow angels on the carpet. Camden can make a LOVELY snow angel. More pictures of our fun in the "snow" below.

This is Camden's Smiley Face / Spooky Ghost... We drew pictures in the salt/sand. :)

C's in the sand!

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We used salt and a cookie tray to make sand art, and practiced writing our C's!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Painting Day!

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My boys are painting my room today. Mom and Dad got us a lovely new bedroom set for Christmas, and Joe and Camden are hard at work painting the walls blue. We are actually copying their decor idea in their guest room - it's a beach room, and every time Joe and I stay in it, we are just in love, so we are doing that in our own room. :) The walls are going to be a lovely blue called Pool House. The bedding is called Ocean View from Kohls. We cannot wait to get it all put together!

I've been so busy lately I haven't been able to put up (or take) many pictures. We had to take a trip to Jacksonville to the Lexus dealership for a minor car issue, which was promptly and very easily fixed. I took Camden to the Jacksonville zoo while we were there. It was an impulsive trip, so I didn't bring my camera - otherwise there would have been a lot of awesome photos. We were able to ride the train (which Camden called the Polar Express). Camden fed a giraffe, and loved looking at and learning about all of the animals. We stayed the night with my grandma, who cooked breakfast for dinner, and Camden was just totally puzzled by that- he said "grandma, why you cook breakfast for dinner? it's not morning time"... LOL. He cracks. me. up.

Joe and I had a fantastic night out with some friends last night at Outback. Grandma was visiting her "fellow" over here in Tallahassee this weekend, so she kept Camden, and my sisters attempted to keep Ella, but miss Ella was not cooperative at all, and after about an hour of crying, they called for me to come get her. So, I had to leave the restaurant to go and get her, and my sisters felt so bad, but it was not their fault, Ella just couldn't be soothed. Then, I picked her up and she was okay. She did well for us at the restaurant, so I was still able to enjoy myself. The couple that we had dinner with are expecting their first baby, Evan, in a few weeks, so we talked a lot about babies! We stayed pretty late, and had a fabulous time.

Well I'm off to check on my painters, and get miss Ella down for her nap. We still have a lot of organizing to do, with the new room and Camden's room re-do. I will post pictures when we have something done. :)

Ella in her Garden Party Dress.

This is the dress that I bought when I found out I was pregnant. At the time I had no idea if it was a boy or a girl, so I coined it a Hopeful Purchase. It certainly paid off. I'm delighted that Ella was able to wear it yesterday. She looked SO adoreable.