Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sewin' on up...

I know that I am behind on my blogs: Easter, fun umbrella pics we took...but those will have to be set aside for a later .
Today, I am tooting my own horn because for once I FINALLY sewed something all on my own!! It may not be the cutest thing ever, but I did my best and even all of the stitches are even!!

Plus, it is freaking adorable on the models I had for it.

Poor Edana is still so small, but it fit Anaya perfectly.

So, sorry Emily, I stole your daughter for my apron model. I'll have to pay you a "mommy's fee" or something. :)

I am getting so excited with my new sewing machine, that I have been plotting my new additions to add to Emily's and my etsy site.

...btw..just commericializing here, but you really should see the awesome purses Emily makes! I may just have to try my hand at making one...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mi Familia

Last weekend we were lucky to have our family come and see us.
Bright and early on Friday morning, we were awaken to a CJ, Abby, Maggie, Matt and Laura.

After "allowing" them to have a few hours more sleep, we made our way to the Cheyene Mt. Zoo.

Hmmmm...I wonder whose idea the zoo was????

We also got a surprise confession that little Xander may actually come out resembling a certain bear...

We also went to Manitou Springs and did some fun window shopping, where we found some awesome eye wear for Edana. Alas, no actual pics were taken in Manitou.

On to the bday party. Yes, it's true, Edana is two, so we invited family and friends to celebrate. We tried to keep the kids (and adults) occupied by pin-the-backpack-on-dora, ring around the rosies, and find the balloons games, but in reality when you have 15 people in an apartment, there is going to be some chaos.

*side note: here are the long awaited dora head cakes...

...that weren't actually served at the party, due to the fact that poor dora looked high, and jen actually tried one before giving them to others. trust us. she is a very kind person in not serving them.

We had chocolate dipped strawberries and occupied the other kids while Edana opened her presents..

The next day was a COLD one. So, we improvised and did all things indoors. We went to Patsy's candy store, where we were able to squeeze into a tour they were giving to the public. What could be better than being indoors on a cold day, while inhaling the sweet smell of chocolate and having all the samples you could get your hands on? It literally made me want to become Willy Wonka.

We then attempted to go on Ft. Carson base with everyone, but alas, they were onto us. We had a German 'spy' with us...poor Laura. So, we went to the dollar movies instead.

Though we didn't have as much time with them as we would have liked, we are so happy they endured the LONG car ride to come see us. It was so good to meet Matt before the actual wedding. It's funny, since we all (us Eyring/Olsen girls) kept being worried how Larry would treat Matt, but Larry and I both agree that he is the best person that could ever be found for Maggie.

We are so grateful for the wonderful siblings that we have.

For the cute CJ and Abby and the optimism they seem to always have in life. Though they may have been married after us, I'm always inspired to be like them. They seem to know so much more about marriage than I could ever know. They are always so kind and careful with eachother, and it's so reassuring to see that in a married couple.

For Maggie and Matt and the reminder of enjoying every moment together. It was so sweet to see all the private moments they would sneak away and have together. I hope they always have that and am grateful to be reminded to savor those moments.

For Laura, our German sister, and for the incredible person she is. She may seemed reserved at first, but she really is this funny, adorable and kind hearted person. I am so glad to have met her and for her friendship. And for the fact that she made my little girl's day just by giving her a hug. :) It makes me laugh at the irony of their relationship.

As we mormons say, We are so blessed. :)

Two cute, Two sweet, Two...

My baby isn't a baby anymore.

It amazes me that this fun talkative, little girl was once so tiny, still and at times, quiet.

It amazes me that this small wide-eyed baby became this smart, fun and energetic little girl we have today.

I'm not sure if you'll ever read this, but Edana I am so proud of you. At already two years old, you have shown your daddy and me the great desire and motivation you have in learning life. There is never a day that goes by where I don't have an instance where I feel so overwhelmed with joy of having you in our family. Your smile can perk up the frowniest of faces, and your big heart shows, even at the small age of two.

Your daddy and I love you so much and are so grateful that Heavenly Father was able to part from one of His dearest daughters, so that we could have you in our family.

I love you baby girl.

I hope you had a wonderful birthday.

...and I love that you are STILL playing intently with your new doll house. It makes mommy smile.