Monday, May 30, 2011

Mappy Demorial Hay

Somerville put on a pretty impressive parade with lots of costumed reenactments and over 20 high school bands. It made me proud to have family members in the armed forces. Thanks for all you do and have done to make America great!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

When Denim Goes on Sale

All these lonely nights have done wonders for my Spring wardrobe.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Little Shoplifter

On three different instances in the last three days, Link has gotten out of the store with something we didn't pay for. He will sit still in his stroller as long as he has something to hold, so I give him a grocery item and totally forget to put it on the counter. To teach him the importance of honesty and how its not right to steal, I march him back to the cashier to return the item and apologize. Oh wait, I'm the one doing to apologizing :)
(Hey, thanks mom for his summer outfit!)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

CFA: Camille Feels Abandoned

Jason has been studying for the second level of the CFA (which really stands for Chartered Financial Analyst). As wikipedia puts it, "Exams are challenging, with only 42% passing the Level I, 39% passing Level II, and 46% passing Level III exam in June 2010."
He's been so dedicated to studying for this test on June 4th, but I hardly see him anymore because he stays late at work to study until 11pm or later. We're asleep by the time he comes home, and by the time he wakes up to leave in the morning, Lincoln is usually down for his morning nap, so the two of them go days between seeing eachother!
Mark my words, in 3 weeks, we're going crazy. I already have so many plans made, babysitters lined up, Groupons bought. I take that back. In 3 weeks, we're gonna move, and then my brother +friends are coming to stay for a few days, and THEN we're going crazy. We're gonna spend the whole summer vacationing in our own city.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Go Fetch

Why wouldn't this be every baby's favorite game? Throw all the toys on the floor and watch everyone pick them up and put them on my tray over and over and over again!
Look at the Eddie Bauer high chair I found on craigslist! I've just never been a fan of the giant plastic ones. Sure, this might be harder to clean, but it matches our table and chairs and I won't mind looking at it in our kitchen for the next decade.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tabula Rasa

We took a fieldtrip to scope out our new home a little better; you know, size up the possibility of getting some of our furniture up the staircase, count how many windows are gonna need curtains, see if we need to get a coat rack because there are no closets on the main floor, etc.Ok, we're the 2nd and 3rd floor on the left, behind the tree. This super great public park is there on the right, with slides, swings, and a basketball court! So you walk up a flight to get to our front door, which is across the hall from where Lincoln is sitting. I'm standing in the mini-study here (which will probably be a mudroom for coats, shoes, strollers, toys, etc.) You can see the bathroom at the end of the hall. As Jason put it, "its nothin to scream about", and with the bedrooms all upstairs, its gonna be blast going up and down 3x/night the next time I'm pregnant, but it could be worse! It has cute mini tub, just perfect for two little kids to fit in.
I love the blue walls and wainscotting!! Yay for a ceiling fan because there is no air conditioning. Welcome to Boston housing. We're excited about having room for a full couch in here, but again, the dilemma of getting up the stairwell. Ok, turn around and you'll see the kitchen: True, sometimes I take Lincoln around on errands in Christmas pajamas, and then set him on countertops while I take pictures. I'm sure that gives me negative mommy points somewhere. Cute accent wall, huh! Ok, if you go back to the first picture, you can see the banister that goes up. These are the stairs that Lincoln will fall down a few times I'm sure, so I'm glad they're carpeted. I'm going to try the gate-less approach my mom used, and try to teach him early how to slide down the steps backwards. Still, they're pretty narrow and steep, so I might be trying that technique myself. There are two bedrooms this size, the other identical, but opposite layout And two mini-rooms, which will be the baby room and a sewing room, holla! So now you've had the tour! Move date: t minus 25 days!

Monday, May 16, 2011

I Love Prom

Always will. Even if I'm not allowed to go anymore. It was nice to only make one Prom dress this season. Bridesmaids dresses seem to be my thing this year. Well, for Carson's dress, she sent me the link of a dress she liked, and I tried to copy it without a pattern, and here's what we got:
Pretty Carson and my pretty sister Janae (also wearing a dress I made last year!)

Maybe in our new ward, we'll have Young Women who need modest dresses and I'll get to make more pretty things! I need my Prom fix :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Breakfast of Champions

I made treats for Jason to take to school, I mean work, today :) It was his turn to bring in breakfast for his team, so I'm sent him with the legendary Millar baked french toast for all the bachelors who don't have mommies or wives to cook for them!

King Henry French Toast

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

2 T. corn syrup

6 eggs

2 cups milk

1 T. vanilla

1 loaf French bread

Combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup in a saucepan. Heat until boiling and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Slice bread into 8 slices (I did 16 slices) and arrange over syrup. Combine eggs, milk, vanilla (and I added some cinnamon) in blender for 15 seconds. Pour over bread. Cover and refridgerate overnight. Bake at 350, uncovered, for 45 min. Sprinkle with pecans and powdered sugar.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Like Father, Like Son

Lately, Lincoln's hair always stands up in the middle. Jason's hair looks just like this in the mornings, but he won't let me take a picture of it.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mothers Day Make-over

Happy Mothers Day to my beautiful mom! I love you!
Speaking of amazing mothers, my dear friend Natalie just had her 2nd baby a few weeks ago!
When we were moving all our stuff across the country together, she handed off some of her old formals to me to use for fabric.
And so for baby Kelsey, I made a little summer dress! It was SO much fun!! I kept squealing over it and showing Jason how cute and tiny the little ruffles were. Awww!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Returned with Honor

My little brother Braden came home from his mission yesterday! He was serving for 2 years in Samara, Russia.
(Hmm, I honestly don't know why Levi is painted like a mime)
I freakin love this guy! It'll be another month and half before he gets to meet Lincoln, but they got a little Skype in last night. What a stud. Good job, little brother!
I'm so proud of you!

Friday, May 6, 2011

A Home, For Reals

  • Finding a deleaded apartment in Boston: difficult
  • Finding a deleaded apartment with more than 1 bedroom: more difficult
  • Finding such an apartment for less than $2000/month with a washer/dryer and doesn't look and smell like a meth house: near impossible
  • Finding a deleaded, renovated FOUR bedroom + office, a dishwasher, a view, washer/dryer/storage in the basement, kitty corner to three parks, less than a mile to Constitution Beach, a 15 minute commute for Jason (instead of 45 min to an hour) in East Boston for $1700: not a chance in the world

But we found one! (Honestly, I think its because we paid the biggest tithing check of our lives last Sunday.) This is going to be a crazy next few weeks, especially with Jason taking CFA Level II on the 4th, but we're so excited! And so blessed! I'm freeeeakin excited to stay in one place for more than 4 months, unlike our last 3 moves!