Sunday, September 18, 2011

My life in cell phone pictures!

Let me start by saying that I was never a cell phone enthusiast. I had the same little cell phone for probably ten years, it was a very basic piece, all I could do with it was call people... and it spent most days buried at the bottom of my oversized purse, uncharged.

Then a major milestone happened. Erina was going to Middle School... and many years ago, I promised that she would get a cell phone for that occasion (mostly a selfish act, since I feel safer knowing that she can get in touch with me anytime). I figured it would be time for me to get a "good" one too. So we got i-phones. And the thing is now glued to me day and night. I still don't call anybody besides my own kid, but I totally enjoy browsing Facebook and Pinterest while on the go... and the best part is the camera. I've taken countless movies and pictures over the last month. I figured could give you a glimpse into my life through them.

Upstairs remodel project. Carpets are being replaced by hardwood. Walls are getting painted. Kids are getting separate rooms. New furniture is getting assembled. It's slow going, since Brian is doing all the work, but we'll hopefully have it all done by Christmas, lol.

Grace's room during the floor install.

Floor done!

Loft bed & desk assembled (boy, was that a challenge!!!)

My cute Claire Bear... how I love her. She's my constant companion and never fusses when I want to take a picture.

Morning walks with Claire & Erina. Love them, gives us a chance to chat alone. Sometimes (like when I'm still in my pajama bottoms, lol) we just sit in the car together and people watch. Oh, and all this time in the morning is due to different drop-off times for the girls and not enough time in between to go home.

Girls are still riding once a week. Still loving every minute of it.

And this is today's garage sale find... a vintage bike for $10!! I first saw it this morning while walking Claire, then went back with the girls to look at it up close... but walked away (telling myself that I don't have room for an old bike, that I don't NEED an old bike). But then I sat at home, imagining all the cool pictures I could take with this vintage bike as a prop. So I went back again and drove it home.

That's all for today! Enjoy your Sunday =).

Monday, September 12, 2011

Back to School 2011

Summer break has come and gone... truly time flies these days!!! We spent five weeks with my parents in Switzerland (I hope I will actually get time to edit those pics somewhen soooooooooon).

Erina started Middle School this year, I don't like to call it Junior High... that sounds too much like High School, lol. We're four weeks into the school year already and Erina seems to love her new school. Big sigh of relief, she adapts so much better to new situations than me. Thankfully she has a group of friends from Elementary School that she can hang out with during lunch time. There's nothing scarier than not knowing where to sit during lunch (again, this is more my fear than hers ;-).

This was her first day of school attire. She figured she should let people know that she's nerdy and proud of it!!! Worn with skinny jeans, of course. Don't know how this kid lived before skinny jeans, lol.

Grace started 5th Grade!!! You read that right, 5th Grade. Ugh. Thankfully she had an easy start, since she already knew her wonderful teacher. Her best school buddy went off to Middle School as well, but she adjusted well and found some new friends already. She was always my more timid child, but she's become more outgoing and independent over the last year.

Grace's first day of school outfit, she went for a modern cowgirl look. Skirt is from Matilda Jane, tank from Justice, jeans vest from H&M.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Happy "Gotcha" Day, Dear Claire!

Today a year ago, we picked up our darling pup, Claire!!

This was taken on her first day with us. Her entire little self almost fit on one tile:

And here she is today, laying in the same spot:

Her head just about fills one tile now ;-)!

I still remember when the breeder told us, that we could come pick her up on 9/11. Not exactly a happy date... but thanks to Claire we now have something positive to celebrate on such a tragic date.

We love this girl more than is probably healthy =D. Me, the cat person, has totally turned a corner and is now a dog lover. Who would have thought????