Sunday, August 15, 2010

Summer Project

So, the summer has basically come to an end...and I have only finished ONE of my projects. Yup, just ONE ...hmmm...I wonder what I have been spending my time doing? I have to say though, that this was a very fast and easy project...and I love the way it turned out. So who cares if it is the only thing I can cross off the ol' project list.

If you are like me you have a ton of earrings, bracelets and necklaces that end up...well, EVERYWHERE. The nightstand, bathroom counter, bottom of the purse - or diaper bag these days, kitchen counter, end table, car console, and the list goes on and on. Not only does this cause clutter, but it also results in lost jewelry. So, I decided to put an end to the madness.

I started with a regular painter's canvas... happened to have an extra one laying around. You could also use foam board, regular wood, etc. I kept some of the extra fabric from when I re-fabbed our comforter so I cut a rectangle out that was slightly larger than the canvas. Next, I laid the canvas over the fabric, wrapped the fabric around the edges and stapeled it down with my handy-dandy staple gun.
The next thing I did was grab some ribbon that would coordinate with the colors in our bedroom. So, I grabbed some sheer gold, brown grosgrain, and a fun, sheer cheetah print. No, I do not have cheetah print in my bedroom...but the colors worked perfectly...and it did inspire me to possibly add some cheetah throw pillows. I wrapped the ribbon around the front of the canvas and stapeled both ends on the back side. In order to hang my creation on the wall, I cut a small strip of ribbon and stapeled it on the top. Here is the view of the back:

Voila! Here is the final product...pretty cute huh?

I used the top two rows to hang my earrings and the bottom row to hang my necklaces. If you are wondering...yes, I did hang them in order of do know I'm OCD...right? Since the ribbon is loose in the front you hang your earrings right on them. Also, if you have post earrings you can pin them right through the ribbon.

Here is a close up view: I hung this on the wall behind our bedroom door. I love the fact that it is hidden when the door is open, so that visitors can't see it, but when the door is closed it is completely accessible. Hopefully this will help me keep my jewelry all in one location, nice, neat, and organized.
Oh ya...I forgot to show you the project I have been working on this summer...

best project EVER!!!!! Love him so much I could just scream! :o)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Just chillin'

Like father, like son! I think this is a very strong argument for genetics...look at him...3 months old and he is already relaxing on the couch, knee up, watching t.v....just like daddy!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Road Trip!!!!

This past weekend we decided...and when I say "we"...I really mean go on our first family road trip. I was dying to get out of town for just one night before I have to go back to school. Plus, we really wanted to see how Landry did on a longer car ride. So, we packed up the car and headed to Monterey!

Is the baby in the car?
Yup...there he is! Yes, if you are wondering, that is a battery operated fan that is on his carseat. In this darn Fresno heat I am always very worried that he is burning up in the I searched Amazon and botta bing, botta boom...we have a fan for Landry!

Landry was a CHAMP in the car!!!!! He slept the entire time. He woke up just as we pulled into the hotel parking lot and was in the best mood ever. So, we bundled him up and headed out to Fisherman's Wharf.
It is kind of funny when you go places with a baby. First of all, it takes 10 times longer to do anything...and you're lucky if it's only 10 times longer. Secondly, people point and comment on anything and everything the baby is doing. Case in we made our way to the end of the pier we saw a man that had a stand with all of these different types of parrots and birds. The birds were just sitting out on perches...not in any cages. As Chad and I are discussing this man and his birds, the "bird man" locks eyes on Landry and makes a bee-line towards us. Now, I have to add one little detail...this man...well, let's just say he could also work at the gettin' my drift.?
The "bird man" comes right up to Landry, rubs his hands and starts talking to him. He then turns to I am freaking out in my head saying, "get your hands off my child"...and asks if I have a camera. Well, anyone who knows me knows the answer to I have a camera. So, he tells me to take it out and points me in a direction to stand. Being the polite person that I am, I follow along. All of a sudden I realize that the "birdman" is bringing a bird up to my child...very close to my child! Time for another sidenote...I am NOT a fan of birds - what I mean is that I HATE birds...especially birds that are the size of my child...right by my child!!!
Here is the first picture with the bird...and part of "birdman." Now, before you see the next picture...please picture in your mind the "choice" phrases that are going through my mind as I snap this moment...yes, me...the person that hates birds...that is seeing a bird...the size of my sweet, beautiful child...SOOOOOO close to my child! I was FREAKING out in my head...did I mention that the "birdman" could be employed by the fair.?Umhm...FREAKING OUT IN MY HEAD!!!! Obviously everything turned out fine...good thing for the "birdman." We took our picture and continued on our way.
Chad was really cute trying to point things out to Landry. Let's just say, Landry didn't really care! :o) Here they are looking at the sea lions: And here are the sea lions...or seals...I'm not really sure! They have taken over a portion of the beach area right at the beginning of the wharf. No, I did not zoom in for this picture...they were actually that close to us...CRAZY!
The next day we strolled along Cannery Row, ate a yummy lunch at Bubba Gumps and then got in the car and headed to the beach. Since we were in Monterey it was pretty chilly on the beach so we didn't get anywhere near the water...just enjoyed a few minutes in the sand.
Here are Chad and Landry checking out the surf...
My two favorite boys! Now here is another funny story. Chad was really sweet and offered to take some pictures of Landry and I...which I was very thankful for! So, we took Landry out of the Baby Bjorne so I could hold him...and this is what happened:

Not such a happy camper! So, I thought, let's turn the other direction...maybe the wind is blowing in his face too hard...

Still not a happy camper! Did you notice how content he was with Chad? Ya...not so much with me! So, we had a little mother-son chat...

got ourselves settled down... and then...didn't even look at the camera! Oh well...that's what happens when you try to photograph a 3 month old! :o) All in all it was a great weekend! We got to get out of town for a bit, met our sweet friends Pat and Jen for dinner, enjoyed time with the 3 of us...and now we know that our little guy is such a good traveler!

Friday, August 6, 2010

3 Months

Well, it is hard to believe, but Landry is 3 months old today. It is so crazy to think that he has been a part of our life now for that long. He is so much fun and has brought so much joy to our family. He loves to lay and play on his gym mat, batting at the toys, smiling and cooing at himself in the mirror and of course, sucking on anything he can get hs hands on! He now has two dimples and his eyes are starting to turn brown. You can't really tell in the pictures, but his eyes are almost all brown except for a little blue rim around the edge. We love to spend our weekends on the couch, cuddling and playing with our "Little Man!"

Here he is with his lion:
I'm going to get you thumb!Gotcha!Mom, that flash is bright!