Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Morning

I am just going to post pictures here detailing the minute I woke up on Christmas Day and looked outside my window and when Emma woke up and later on that evening with Emma and her Daddy hanging out before bed-time. I love watching those two together. It is too funny the things that Emma and Chris get into while hanging out, it makes me smile.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Today was sunny...

Beautiful day. We didn't even need coats. We went to Oakbrook Mall and the mall was crawling with people. So different a month ago, when a Sunday afternoon and there was nary a soul. Emma was happy..spent a rare day hanging out with me and family.

Friday, November 6, 2009

It's already November. And it's almost six months since my shop opened. It's been okay. I can't complain. At least I had some sales and I got introduced to a whole new level of committment to home business. But I  must say, the one thing I took away from all of this, is the sense of community Etsy pervades. Even when you tell yourself, you're on your own, this is your 'baby.' It is but you could always jump on the forums and someone rallies to encourage and positive reinforce. And technically, they're competition. But you never feel that way, they don't let you. I love that. It's like having a whole set of brothers and sisters. They're going to be brutally honest and might make you flinch with their honesty...but you know their heart's in the right place.
And now, to the real reason behind this post...the little rugrat pictured below! I have been hanging out with her more often lately since my Etsy shop is slow. But that's okay, coz that would mean more time goofing off with Emma. The weather hasn't been co-operating...we missed a pumpkin patch outing because of it. But yesterday, the sun came out finally after three weeks of hiding, and we went out to just 'hang.' Needless to say, I love hanging with my girl. She is way cool and I want to make sure I do this now before she gets a clue and stops wanting to hang out with her old, uncool mom.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

To my Ballerina


Dear Emma,
This is a milestone. This will be the first Halloween you will actually recognize as Halloween. This is your third Halloween with me, with us, your daddy and me. I feel very blessed to have shared it with an exceptional little girl like you. It is always stressful planning the outfits (and I start in September) and even more stressful getting you to like them. This year it was hard. You revolted a bit against my choice, but if you recall your first costume, it's kinda of an easier costume to bear than that first one! And even then, at only 9 months, I sensed your displeasure at having to put that Octopus costume on! You always were one to speak your mind!:)Love you little girl and I hope you had a good Halloween.
XOXO, Mama

The Many Ways to Say 'Pumpkin'

Today Emma and I spent the day quietly hanging out and later on we will get ready for our yearly Halloween party at Gym today. Here is Emma and I reading about Hallow's eve last night. No real fanfare in our home when it comes to this time of year, just apple crisps pie and books and spending some time together. At left, you will see the many ways to say PUMPKIN in the many languages of the world!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Whale of a Time

Today, its quiet. No frenzied runs to the little one's gym and no hustle and bustle to go for errands. My Etsy shop has been all but dead, and as a result, I have given myself a green light to leisurely sit and craft quietly, no hurry, no runs to buy supplies. I'm not sure of what to make of the quiet, but I will put it to good use. Here is one prototype: A little felt whale I made for Emma the other day. He is too cute and am thinking I would like to make more. I used bamboo stuffing and am very happy I shelled out those dollars. I like knowing my felt softies are safe and natural.:)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

What I Did Today: A Visual Diary

Presenting our picture diary of what we did today:)
1. Emma getting ready for gym class. She asked I take her photo while she tries to get the organic lip balm open and applies it for the cold weather outside.
2. After: all tuckered out.
3. My little purchase for my daughter: a Holiday outfit for school/outings and to fulfill her need to be diva-licious!
The End.

Have a nice day too and don't forget to do those little things to document your child's young years. It's soo much fun and make for a good story for Dad when he comes home!

Friday, October 23, 2009

It's been horrible weather in Chicago the last couple of days. There was a news thing I heard a day ago about a Chicagoans being the most stressed people in the U.S. I think the weather has something to do with it. We had three AWESOME days of Indian Summer and just like that, they're gone..:(
The pumpkin patch will have to wait, we have rain, wind and no sun whatsoever. And I am nursing a cold and so is she. I'm not risking it...But we did go to the mall, which in my world is like telling me I can't have vanilla ice cream but I can have the creme brulee!! I love the mall, and Oakbrook mall is my favorite! We have pics of that. Yes, it's mundane and ordinary but we enjoyed it, so I hope you enjoy it too:)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Random pics of Chicago and some of a sleepy wood nymph






1. Auditorium Theatre
2. Auditorium Theatre entrance
3. Chicago Public Library (check out the gargoyles)
4. Chicago Stock Exchange
5. Emma sleeping through it all

These are some of the pics I promised to post. I am setting them out into the Virtual Universe. And some of a very happy forest nymph from last Halloween!