Wednesday, October 31, 2007

happy halloween

Several costumes . . . tinkerbell, hawk girl, and finally Bell. Ella is more about the outfit than asking for candy.

Playing in a golf tournament Friday. Haven't touched a club in a month. We'll see if i can defend my title.

There's no furniture in our apartment. i moved it all to demopolis. the floor really stinks.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

mile 23

this week has felt like mile 23. tired, almost there, can't really remember why you started in the first place. kate fell out of her high chair and grabbed the clothes iron this week. ahh! i was right there both times. we are moving wed. maybe. we are coming to utah. maybe. i'm hoping the adrenaline of the finish line kicks in soon.

here are the plans for the remodel. i'm dreaming of a white kitchen. hopefully it will be done before spring.

Monday, October 15, 2007

kate is standing

That's right. Standing on her own. Pulling up and letting go. 10 second intervals. She is also saying daddy and momma. What would we do without our little katie-kate? She is the perfect addition to our family.

Friday, October 12, 2007

strawberry soup

while i was cleaning her room, ella decided to cook for the family. This included ladeling water into every single pan in our home. she told me it was strawberry soup. this is further proof that she needs a place of her own: the playroom
plans for the bonus room above the garage.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Sappy Blog Entry: Lots of Love

It's late. I just finished working for the night and the fam is asleep. All I can think about in my laid-back chair is I am really happy. I have a lot of love in my heart right now for my husband, my kids, my family, my friends.

Just about 35 days left of Birmingham and then we're off to our new home. It's such a relief that Demopolis already feels like home. We've been traveling there every weekend for the past month and it just feels good. I don't know how to explain it, but that's something I want to teach my girls: how to recognize when your instincts and the spirit and the universe are telling you that something is right and meant to be.

The fall always gets me thinking. It's when Kyle and I met; when we fell in love. That was nine years ago and it's amazing to me that things we discussed almost a decade ago are continually coming to pass. We didn't plan on living in Alabama. But what we did plan on was having fun together, raising a family, enjoying the good times, and trying to make a difference.

Kyle has been working hard for as long as I've known him. Worked hard on his bike. Worked hard on his mission. Worked hard during undergrad and now he's working hard at UAB so he can take care of our fam. I love him for everything he does for us, for being such an awesome dad, and for plugging away when it would have been easier to hit the green.

I’m not wishing away the next six months, but I sure am savoring the excitement. School is hard. We have loved the journey and the people and the whole bag. But grad school and tuition and homework and boards and those one or two crazy teachers add a strain that I’m excited to be done with. Not to mention I’m excited to cuddle up on the couch and just watch a few movies: X men III, transformers, reruns of the office, the natalie g show, and a few chick flicks too. No deadlines, no looming pressures; just good old fashioned downtime.

I have a wish list and big plans. I am going to pick up painting, finally get me a decent camera, and start reading all of those books I haven't had time for in ages. I am going to get a scooter with a side carriage, paint it pink, and cruise the countryside with my girls. I am committed to producing some awesome creative for my clients. And overall, I’m going to be filling up my new house in Demopolis with a lot of love and fun; a place where people can come over as they are and leave their worries behind.

Last week at the house while I was giving the girls a bath a red cardinal landed on the tree right outside the window. I took it as a sign.

Monday, October 08, 2007

One Man Show

It's demolition day at demopolis. If the pictures look fuzzy its from all the floating dust.

Kyle single handedly took on the tile with a screwdriver and hammer. 15 hours later we are ready for our new wood floors. I'm not much help in the manual labor department. I am more of the food/water/drive-to-walmart-for-more-garbage-cans kind of girl. I have also been working the budget and meeting with different contractors and picking out pretty colors of paint. I'll post the designs for the kitchen and playroom shortly.

Thanks to Karin we were able to spend saturday in demopolis without the kids. Of course Kate came down with a fever as soon as we left. I guess that's just the way it goes.

Anybody want to see a gun show?

The roaches here mean business. Haven't seen any in the house. Yahoo.

Cuddle time after a hard day's work.

Is it a UFO? Nope, just a friendly spider

Sienna is HEALED!!!

Token Roll Tide Plaque in the Backyard