Sunday, September 30, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
i am finding reading about other peoples lives not only fun and often fascinating but also comforting. i can hardly explain is as i feel i live on an island most days. since moving here a year ago i have yet to really connect with anyone, with the exception my friend Debbie who has been a priceless gift to me and my family. in addition to Debbie i have people who want to be my friend and have tried reaching out but i don't feel drawn to them. i know i need to open myself up to the possibilities of friendship on a deeper level with a few people who are trying to befriend me...but i find myself on stall (for lack of a better explanation).
so i am VERY excited about my new friend Kirsten and getting to meet her on Tuesday, even though it already feels as if we have met. i think that happens when you read from another persons heart...blogs tend to be a safe place to share...and i REALLY like that! i am going to try and be more brave and share more.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
all.natural.mommies read this first great-cathedrals a wonderful post for mom's who often feel invisible...soooo good and it puts it ALL in perspective. i cried reading it....
believer-in-balance that pretty much says it all...i can relate.
slurping-life a mother by birth and by adoption...she is a hero, but says her kiddos are the real heroes.
wrapped-emotions VERY cool and creative blog...makes me wanna play...so i am gonna!
check out this adorable family megans.got.47
and this one...reeeeally good stuff...inspired jen.lemen
so those are just a few of the blogs i have been reading...and from there i bounce around to the people who left comments read those blogs. it's been really REALLY good 'therapy' for me and it's my little bit of "all about me" time to break up the day and just help me feel better about life in general.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Jordan loooooves to hunt for frogs. She could do this all day long and never get tired of it. Here she demonstrates her hunting skills for Grandma and Grandpa Machado:
Step One: flood frog's home with water
Step Two: wait patiently
Step Three: when they come up and ask "what the...?" grab them FAST!
Step Four: giggle your butt off
once you have a frog...find its buddy by repeating steps one thru four....ESPECIALLY Step Four!!
ok so i know you need to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince, i get that *wink*...but...i have never heard about the frogs kissing each other...until now (only Jordan could come up with this silly stuff)!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Charlie Brown meet Frog...Frog meet Charlie Brown
i managed to snap a few more pics once i composed myself, caught the frog and released the poor thing back into the yard (hoping the dog had just stunned it and not killed it, since it was a fairly easy catch). Zoey chased it around a little more before it managed to hop under the gate to safety. (ignore the poop in the pics, i haven't gotten around to picking it all up)
The other night Jordan went frog hunting, she does this now and then...we have a lot of frogs. i of course took a few pictures of her and this seems like a good place to post them...and YES she is wearing her pink double trouble shirt. this is only the second time she has worn it but this happened to be the same night i took pics of her game room too....so no its not the only article of clothing she has. funny story actually, the other day we were picking outfits for the week (she likes to do this its her OCD...lol...)and she said, "HolleeAnn i don't think i have had any repeats." not sure what she is talking about i ask her to explain and she goes on to say, "since school started, i haven't worn the same outfit twice to school yet on the weeks i am home with you guys." i think about it and she is correct...mix and match, new and old...the girl has a better wardrobe than her dad and me combined. and she also has 18 pairs of shoes...yes i know i need to be stopped..is an issue. oh well...back to the pics...
hey now no kissing for a prince yet!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Jordan has offered many times that she would gladly give up the game room if we need it for a baby...but for now she really likes having this space that is all hers...
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I bought some plain canvases and painted inspirational words on them...believe, aspire, dream and imagine. I added some little jewels and accents to just add a little whimsy to them. I also took an old lamp and added a feather voa to the lampshade, i think it is super cute and it gave the lamp new life.
She organizes all of her little treasures in these baskets and on these little shelves.
i bought these letters in bare wood, painted them, glued sticks to the back, and placed them in little flower pots filled with pastel colored aquarium stones. Cute huh?
Seeeeeeeee she CAN be messy...check out this wall and her closet...like i said just a little bit of OCD...lol...the perfect amount.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
they started the evening by giving each other lovely make overs...they used very little make up and actually did a nice tasteful job on each other.
THEN...came the hair...bobby pins everywhere, these hair styles were works of art. Jordan used 2 hair pieces on Emma's hairdo.
The girls enjoyed a little chocolate fondue! As you can see our dining room is coming along at a snails pace, consider this picture proof that demolition has begun, and well that's about it. Paul has promised to, at the very least, have the floor totally out so i can have my kitchen table back by Jordan's Slumber Party Sept. 21....stay tuned.
The girls had a great time feeding the ducks, behind the fruit barn, Saturday morning. What a beautiful day it was, and LOOK at those adorable matchy poo poo BFF outfits..."double trouble" is right!!
Monday, September 10, 2007
HolleeAnn has actually let me make a contribution to the blog. Rest assured she is standing over my shoulder and she has made it clear she has final creative control over the post.
Today after school Jordan was telling us about her day...
Us: "How was school today?"
Us: "What do you have for homework?"
J: "Just science."
J: "Hey HolleeAnn, I got lots of com...,comp.., compli..., people told me they really liked my hair today, even an eighth grader"
Everyone: laughing hysterically
OK so we thought it was funny. It might have been one of those "had to be there" moments, but we thought it was blog worthy.
Paul (loosely edited by HolleeAnn, because I am a guy and I am detail inept)
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
paper bag vines for the monkeys to chill on also covers the uuuuuugly chain that "hides" the cord to the lighting fixtures.
you can kind of get a glimpse of the 70's goodness in the reflection in the mirror.
awww baby monkey on a the towels...how cute!