Saturday, February 28, 2009

Blog Book!

The best invention EVER!!!!!!

I have been feeling bad about not keeping up with Stella's baby book, but I have been blogging, which definitely makes up for it.  But I had no way to save all the work I put into it, so I started looking around to find a place that would print my blog.  My friend Angela Lehren told me about Shared Book.... the website is

You just sign up, then upload your blog, and customize it.  Unfortunately, you can't get really custom with it... You can't choose fonts or layouts, it all is automatic.  But I was really happy with it!  My book is red, with Stella's picture on the cover, and it ended up costing me about $60.  So worth it if you think about how priceless it is to save all of your blogs in a "yearbook"!  I am going to do one every year from Jan-Jan.

I don't have any pictures of my blog book to post, but you can go to the website and check it out.   If you want to get 15% off on your own blog book use my code:


Let me know if you do one!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

School Daze!

I took my camera in when I dropped Stella off at school today... I never remember to take pictures of Stella in her classroom.  She has some real cuties in her class, and they all play so well together.  Ms. Michelle says they are the best class she has had in a long time!  The girls are all so fashionable, I can't wait to see what Ella, Anya, and Asher wear every day.  Stella is only about two weeks away from her second birthday, which is so amazing to me.  She is like a little sponge, soaking up everything.  Right now she can count to 20, count to 10 in spanish, and she recognizes the letters in her name.  I love her school!  She has just discovered movies too.  She has watched Wall-e and Finding Nemo a hundred times apiece.  It is nice to have her attention captured for longer than a 30 minute Dora episode.  I can only take so much of that!  She is also very opinionated about everything.  She likes to let me know what she wants to eat and wear, along with what she watches on TV.  I love being able to communicate so easily with her!  I know it is only going to get better. I see the Stinsons with Liam and it reminds me how much they change in two years!  I wouldn't have it any other way, though!  

Friday, February 20, 2009

Fo Shogun at the house!

Lee and Larry came in from Hot Springs (dawn's parents) along with Marcy, Ricky, Addie and Anya, Ilim, and Chris, Lynne, and Liam.  We had a full house!  So much fun.  We ate amazing eggrolls courtesy of Dawn and Lee and Ricky made some amazing fried rice.  It was a great night, lots of laughs and wine.  Stella and Anya watched Madagascar 2 and played with the puppies.  So much fun!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mimi!

Last night we went out to dinner with Mimi, Papa, Cameron, and Judy and Wayne to celebrate Mimi's birthday! (my momma)  Taylor didn't get to come because he is getting sick.  Again!  Poor guy.  Well we had a great time.  She hopped from one lap to the next and ended up eating a ton of food.  Yeah!  She even got a little scoop of ice cream for herself... she didn't go to bed until about 9:30.  Sugar rush!  We had a lot of fun!  I love you so much, momma!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Kansas City!

We just got back last night from our trip to Kansas City.  We went to see Sean's band at George's on Friday night, then we left for Kansas City in the morning.  We got there and shopped some vintage stores and had lunch at Blanc Burgers & Bottles (amazing!), then went to the hotel to get ready.  We had dinner in the Power & Light district at a place called the 801 Chophouse.  It was so delicious!  I drank some great wine and ate steak and macaroni and cheese.  We had big plans to go out because there are so many new bars in that area... especially our favorite, JP's Wine Bar.  But we ended up taking dessert and wine back to the hotel and vegging out!  I slept like a baby!  So much for our big plans!!  We hit some more shopping the next day... we went to Overland Park and The Plaza.  I couldn't wait to get back and see my sweet baby girl!  When I saw her she was smiling sooo big!  I had a big scarf on and she grabbed it and said, "Take it off!"  I did, and she laid her little head on my shoulder and loved on my neck.  So happy!! We missed her so much but we got her some great stuff for her birthday!  Hope you all had a great weekend, too!  

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day, Sugar!

We made her a Valentine box and some Valentines for her classmates

She's my little rock star!!

This weekend is Valentine's day, which normally I could care less about, but this year Stella is a little more into it.  We just made her a little box to hold her Valentines in, and she (I) made some Valentines for everyone in her class.  So cute!! She is really into the glitter and candy... and so am I!  I am going to clean up on the sale candy after V Day for her birthday party!  My sister and I came up with a theme for the party... Peace, Love, and CANDY!  We are going to do tie dye, bright colors, and peace signs along with the candy bar.  I think it will be really cute. We just have to get through this holiday!  I am really excited because this weekend Taylor and I are going to Kansas City for a date!  We are staying downtown at this little boutique hotel, and having dinner at this awesome restaurant, and we are going to drink some good wine!  And shop!  Hurray!  I can't wait to get out of town, if even for one night.  I am looking forward to spending some time with my husband, baby-free.  And Stella will be out at Tay's momma's, playing on the farm!  It is going to be great! I hope everyone has a great weekend!!
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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Liam is here!

We went to the hospital this morning to take Lynne, Chris, and new baby Liam some donuts from Rick's.  Really, it was just an excuse to see that sweet new baby!  He was born yesterday at 4:05 pm.  He was 7lbs 11oz... perfect size!  He looks so tiny, though.  He is the cutest thing! He was squeaking and cooing the whole time.  He didn't cry at all!  I think he is going to be a very laid back baby.  Lynne is doing great, she had to have some stitches but she is definitely being a trooper.  They haven't gotten too much sleep, but you know during the "babymoon" you don't really notice the lack of sleep because you are so in love!  Congratulations to the happy new family!! xoxo

Monday, February 2, 2009

We're Back In Action!

Lynne, Marcy, me, and Cameron enjoying a candlelight card game!
Stella is wearing a vintage snowsuit from Chris Stinson.  How funny is her bum in this picture?

The last week has been a rough one over here at our house.  The week started off with the lovely ICE STORM, which left us without power.  Tay loves to test out his Land Cruiser, so we went running around town.  It was so crazy to see how devastated Fayetteville was from all the ice... it looked like a war zone!  Luckily, we had power most of the week, so we were like a revolving door for all of our friends and family who didn't have power.  The one night we were without, the Stinsons, Marcy, and my sister Cameron all came over.  We drank champagne and played cards.  Taylor had the generator set up, so we had some great music, lamps and candlelight.  It was a great atmosphere!  We had so much fun.  Later that week, though, we all got really sick.  We noticed that Stella had gunk coming out of one of her ears!  It turns out they thought she may have burst one of her eardrums because there was so much fluid on it.  It was terrible!  Then we all got the stomach bug.  It is no fun to be projectile vomited on.  Or the other.  And yes, she did!  UGH!  So when today rolled around, Stella was more than happy to go to school, and I was more than happy to go to work.  We are all ready to be back to the normal routines, back to feeling good again!