Friday, October 31, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Awake refreshed, guaranteed

Tonight, just for fun, we went to the Sleep Number store to check out their beds. We both have back/hip issues that keep us from sleeping well and we keep seeing the commercials and were curious. We are in no position to buy one but thought it would be fun to try it out. If you have an extra $7,000.00 to spend on a bed, GO FOR IT. It was awesome. I thought it was really just soft or hard and that was it, but it was so cool. They do a little evaluation and ask you what is comfortable, etc. What I liked best is that the sales man didn't pressure us at all...just taught us about the beds and was very nice, he even made funny faces at Lucy. Tony was totally won over by this special fabric they have that keeps the temperature even so there aren't any "cold spots," it dissipates the heat so that you don't over heat. It was so cool. Ha ha...punny. It was worth it to listen to the spiel to lay in such a comfortable bed.

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Night Vision

When we got back into town on Sunday our power was out. We gave Lucy a flashlight so we could keep track of her. She thought it was great and toddled around the apartment. I think she was a bit punch-drunk having not slept at all on the way home. I wondered what she thought about it being so dark. It was amazing how quiet it was. It was actually relaxing, after realizing I couldn't check my email and getting over the disappointment it was nice to just sit in the quiet. I kind of wish the power would go out more often.
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Friday, October 24, 2008

You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone...

You might have heard me mention that my dear, dear camera has gone missing. As a mother and a blogger my camera has become essential. It has been missing for two weeks now. Grrr. Lucky for me we have a bit of a camera loving family and I was able to borrow Grammi's old camera in the mean time. It took a while to get the right cord to download the pictures but all is well now. are a few random shots from the past couple weeks that I wanted to share.

Lucy and Grammi at the Franklin Cider Mill

My hobo daughter in her apple hat.

Lucy and I enjoying the ducks.

Lucy not wanting to leave the ducks.

A cool pumpkin I can't remember the name of.

This is the life...

Lucy and Uncle Denny

Being a cheeser in the car.

Thinking she's getting away with being sneaky.

One the race car at the park...when did she get so big???

Goofy face.

What was that?

Let me see if I'm free...

Yeah, I think I can pencil you in.

Do you think we need a van?

Asleep in the car.

Lucy and Bunny at Grammi's

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Warning: Syrupy sap ahead.

{A quick thought on motherhood.}

Lucy turns one in a few days.
Where has this year gone?
It has been the best year of my life. Truly.
I have been composing a letter to her, something I plan to do each year on her birthday and give them to her at some point in the future, high school graduation or wedding or something.
I have been so weepy.
I was reading something in a parenting magazine, I can't remember which one, that said something about how if we made a pie chart of our lives with all that we do, etc., the first year of our baby's life would be about the size of a toothpick and so to remember to enjoy each day, etc.

Being a parent is truly my calling in this life and no, I am not perfect at it but it so perfectly suits me. I feel so unworthy of my daughter. I see her in all her glistening cleanliness, still so unspotted from the ugliness of the world and I seek to protect her from all of it (I'm not kidding when I say I'm considering home schooling) and I think about how much I have to tell her and teach her and how much she has to teach me.

I try so hard to cherish each moment with Lucy.
There are times I take mental notes of what we're doing and what we're wearing so that I can encapsulate those moments in my mind.
I watch her play and she sees me watching and gives me a huge grin
and it makes me want to cry.
I am already nostalgic for her childhood. I look forward to every moment.
Every cry, every success, every failure, every last minute science project, every everything.
I never want to move too fast to enjoy every moment.
I try to give her my best smiles and my warmest hugs and my deepest laughter.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Cider Mill

If you have 2 and a 1/2 minutes...enjoy a little cuteness.

I made this video using Picasa 3. It is probably great for short little videos but for this I should have stayed with Windows Movie Maker.

Hairy Scary

I've mentioned before that I love having a girl, and I love doing her hair. I think I can trace it back to my Aunt Susie with the amazing hair-doing fingers. Lucy's hair takes some time and I really enjoy playing with it. A few weeks ago I did Lucy's hair in a stretchy headband for looks very cute on her:

but it only lasts for the first hour and then needs to be fixed and since she has fine, silky hair, headbands require bobby pins, it's really no small feat. By the end of the third hour her hair is a disaster and the headband is somewhere in the bottom of the diaper bag. So on the way out from church someone said, "Wow, she has so much hair, I've never seen you put it down," Well this is why:

Lucy sans hair products

Lucky for me she's too little to protest and seemingly enjoys having her hair done. I found a hair blog and fun ideas like this:
Super cute, huh? Right now she's showing how to do various Halloween hair ideas for costumes. I love it.

Low rez due to my still MIA camera.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Make it work...

Gather 'round designers...your challenge this week is to create three looks with an obvious theme. You have a budget of $50.00 and Mood is unavailable so you'll be shopping at Jo-Ann's. You have three days to complete this assignment. Here is your inspiration:

Oh, and there's a twist...while you're sewing, you'll also have to tend to an energetic 11-month-old and maintain your household at least to a minimum degree, however, dishes not required.

Here is the finished product:

The Modern Stoneage Family



Lucy had the GREATEST time playing with Grammi. She loved running and crawling around the gym.

After the runway show (parade) the judges made their decision.

We were Auf'd!

We lost the best family costume to this family...they really looked amazing!
I wouldn't have wanted to lose to any less.
Notice the tiny baby Tiger Lily---I would have given them the award too.
After an Andre style breakdown.

Thanks for the opportunity but this isn't the last you'll hear from me.
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Domestication of Anna Onofrio

New Sewing MachineImage by practicecactus via FlickrWhen did that happen? When Tony and I were first married, my repertoire of recipes included boiled eggs, anything from a box or can and my specialty, Tuna Noodle. After, when I realized Tony was really only kidding about cooking for us, I learned to cook...and learned to love it. Well, Last night I entered a whole new dimension of homemaking. I SEWED! I have sewed a couple times before but only under the watchful eye and master-tutelage of Grammi, especially for anything curved...I can do a straight line, but curves really throw me for a loop. Last night I constructed Lucy's Halloween costume, with NO pattern. I did have Tony's help with the mechanics of the sewing machine and he taught me how to do a blanket stitch...yes, he is an infinitely better homemaker than I am. Sometimes it drives me bananas that he is so adept at such things, but then I get over myself and let him teach me something useful. Pictures are forthcoming; I don't want to ruin the whole effect. It has been such a fun project and much needed. I stayed up until almost 2am and then woke up at 6am because I was too excited to get back to sewing.
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Monday, October 13, 2008

MacQueen's Orchard

On Saturday, Katy, Lucy and I took a trip to MacQueen's Apple Orchard. We were going to pick apples but I wanted Honeycrisp and those weren't available for picking so we just walked around the orchard for a little bit. It was a bit hot and pretty smelly as a lot of the apples had fallen off the trees and were rotting in the heat-ew. We looked at the crafts and doo-dads, got some cider and really had a nice time enjoying the sun. The last time I remember being there was probably in Girl Scouts which included a visit inside the "cold storage" was so cold in there! Also, I was surprised to see that the cider mill really wasn't a mill anymore. It used to be a huge wooden press and now it's just a shiny metal machine. I was a little nostalgic for the old one, but I do love technology so I can't complain. Thanks for such a fun time Kater. Next week we're going to the Franklin Mill in Bloomfield Hills with Grammi---can't wait!
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Sunday, October 12, 2008

One Word Post...

Here are the rules: Answer the following questions with one word answers and one word only! Then pass it on to seven others.

1. Where is your cell phone? umm
2. Where is your significant other? napping
3. Your hair color? brown
4. Your mother? Heaven
5. Your father? Same
6. Your favorite thing? Family
7. Your dream last night? none
8. Your dream/goal? glory
9. The room you're in? dining
10. Your hobby? blogging
11. Your fear? fire
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? home
13. Where were you last night? home
14. What you're not? organized
15. One of your wish-list items? bedding
16. Where you grew up? Ohio
17. The last thing you did? nap
18. What are you wearing? clothes
19. Your TV? on
20. Your pet? none
21. Your computer? awesome
22. Your mood? hopeful
23. Missing someone? lots
24. Your car? reliable
25. Something you're not wearing? socks
26. Favorite store? Target
27. Your summer? fun
28. Love someone? many
29. Your favorite color? azure
30. When is the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? today

I tag: whoever.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Weigh in Wednesday

7lbs. 3oz.

I don't know honestly. It hasn't been a great week. I did okay until Saturday and then I just seemed to eat everything in sight. Since then I've done "fine," but not great. I'll be home tomorrow and back to my regular hopefully next week I'll have more to report.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

She's here and she's beautiful...

elizabeth gloria
7lbs. 3oz.

Lucy was excited and very sweet. She showed it by trying to scratch Lizzie's eyes.

The beautiful sisters...friends forever.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

My husband the hero.

He really is my hero...he's also a hacker. He figured out how to add a "skip forward" button on our Comcast cable remote. It automatically skips forward a few seconds so you don't have to fast forward through commercials too fast and then have to rewind when you miss the first minute of your's awesome. He's awesome.
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