Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My House- Part Four- the Living Room

Today I'm showing you my living room, and linking up to The Nester's Fall Mantel party!  We have a small house and our living room is the heart of it all.  This is where the playing, tv watching, snacking, reading, and hanging out all happens.  Right now, I've changed things up for Fall.  I am generally a cool colors kind of girl, but I need a little warmth for fall so I've added in a few little pumpkins and some candlelight...

 I know that looks a little scary- the table & chairs in front of the fire place?  I wasn't kidding when I said we have a small house- that means it has to multitask... and we live in southeast Texas & have two small children, so I can't remember the last time we had a real fire in our fireplace.  Plus, its the perfect place to have a snack while you watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! :) 

Thanks for stopping by!  Want to see other rooms in my house?

Click here for my son Charlie's nursery, here for his big boy room, and here for Norah's nursery.  Next up on the house tour will be the kitchen/dining areas!
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tuesdays with Charlie- first school project

Charlie's teacher at school sent home a letter a few weeks ago asking for parents to please bring in pictures of their child's family for class this week.  She asked for pictures of immediate and extended family members mounted on a poster for their lesson on families.  So Charlie and I set to work on his very first school project. 

Of course, baby sister had to help.

Charlie stayed focus for, oh, about as long as it took to snap this picture.  Guess who did most of the work after that?  Haha, its okay, I don't mind, and I got a chance to get a little creative and use some of my scrapbooking stuff that don't see much use these days!

And the finished product...
He was so proud. :)

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Friday, September 24, 2010

3 Months

My little Norah is three months old today!  I know its so cliche, but it really is true that they grow up so fast.  While things have settled down considerably in the last couple of weeks, its still a bit (okay a LOT) crazy around here sometimes with an infant and a two year old.  But in the midst of all the craziness, lack of sleep, whining, spitting up, and endless diaper changes, I look at my sweet children and I cannot even believe how blessed we are.  Paul and I have moments where we just can't stop looking at them at then looking back at eachother and saying something like "can you believe it?"  Its those moments that remind us to slow down, and cherish these crazy days, because before we know it they will be all grown up.

So for now I will do my best to memorize her sweet giggle, her soft little rolls, and those big baby blues...

Sweet Norah, what a blessing it has been to get to know you these last three months.  You are a sweet, happy girl and I look forward to every smile and giggle and milestone ahead!  

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesdays with Charlie

Today started Charlie's 3rd week at school.  Each drop-off and pick-up has gone better and better.  He is really enjoying himself!  Today when I got there, the teacher was doing the hokey-pokey and Charlie was doing his best to dance along.  I peeked through the window to watch him for a while before he spotted me and danced over to give me a hug. 

The afternoons on school days are a little rough.  He's tired and a little hyper, and usually Norah is fussy because she missed out on a good nap having to go pick up her big brother.  Today though, she stayed asleep in her carseat for a while after we got home which gave us an opportunity to play a little with one of his favorites...

See the sleepy eyes?  I think we need an early bedtime tonight, sweet boy!
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Monday, September 20, 2010

Simply Not Simple Salad

I've been feeling somewhat guilty for not posting until now, and quite honestly, a little intimidated by this new batch of experienced bloggers since I've started sharing Bethany's viewership --- a viewership that I'm quite certain is all female, which then pours another healthy dose of Awkward into my near empty vessel of self-confidence.  Nevertheless, I shall do my best.

As I mentioned, I figured it was about time I put something on this blog of ours, and this recipe won't disappoint (hopefully).  Yes, these are three ingredients that tend to be very "everyday" or "pedestrian" to our pallettes, but when put together, they form a single flavor greater than the sum of its parts.  This dish actually came about from a chopped salad that I had made for dinner one day.  I had pretty much chopped up every available piece of produce and thrown it in a bowl with some lettuce.  As I was eating it, I found myself being struck by a certain combination of ingredients.  In fact, I can remember saying to Bethany, "You know what really tastes good together?".  And then, almost at the same time we both said, "The apples, celery and cheese".  Simple ingredients...not simple flavor.  So, here it is:  the best of what our chopped salad had to offer...because who needs lettuce anyway.

Celery, Apple & Cheese Salad w/homemade vinaigrette
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced thin
  • 1 crisp, tart apple, sliced thin (suggested Granny Smith or Gala...just no Red Delicious...come on, people! :)
  • 1 oz sharp white cheddar cheese, sliced thin (the sharper the better)
  • 2 - 3 basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
For the Salad:
- Place a slice of apple in the middle of a plate.
- Place about 5 or 6 slices of celery on top of the apple slice...however much it takes to cover the apple.
- Rip off 2 or 3 small pieces of basil and place them on top of the celery.
- Place one slice of cheese on top of the basil.
- Repeat these steps as many times as you like, using the cheese every other repetition.  It can get a bit overpowering if used on every level.

For the Vinaigrette:
- In a medium bowl combine the vinegar, honey, sugar, mustard and lemon juice.  Wisk together well.
- Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while constantly whisking to emulsify.
(I personally think the standard oil to vinegar ratio of 2:1 is a bit to oily for me, which is why I've toned it down a bit in this recipe.  However, if you prefer more oil, go ahead and add it in.  It will still be great.)

- Drizzle 1 or 2 spoonfuls of the vinaigrette over the salad and top with a few grinds of black pepper.

**Note:  Make sure to use a tart apple, as the vinaigrette is quite sweet.  Also, if you prefer a more chunky texture, you can chop the ingredients instead of slicing thin and toss them all with the vinaigrette in a bowl.  Enjoy!**

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

My House- Part Three- Norah's Nursery

Welcome to my little girl's room...

...where a few DIY projects...

...lots of love...

...and meaningful pieces...

...went into making this room...

...a precious little place...

...for rocking...


...and loving on...

...a sweet baby girl.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sneak Peek...

Thank you so much for all the comments, everyone!  And for all the nice things you've said about my house. :)  I didn't do much decorating on my old blog.  With this new blog, I knew it was something I really wanted to focus on, but it is a little scary putting your creative self out there for the world to see, so thanks.

I know I promised I would feature Norah's nursery soon and its coming... it really is!  But, in reply to a comment I got from Erica on the last house tour post, (is my house always that clean??), the answer is NO.  But I do only take pictures of it and post it for you all to see when it is clean. :)  Which is why there is a delay in photographing the nursery... she's such a little girl, you wouldn't think she would make such a big mess!  But we're having a bit of a diaper genie overflow... ahem.  And the reason I haven't done much to take care of that situation is that I've got a BIG (well, big for me) design project in the works!  But more on that later... for now I will just leave you with a little sneak peek...

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesdays with Charlie (& Norah)

My intention when I called last week's post "Tuesdays with Charlie" was to take a picture of Charlie every Tuesday before school.  Well, the picture taking thing is a little easier said than done with this boy!  He does NOT like to have his picture taken.  Here's what I got this morning:
Playing with my iPhone while I got ready

Getting into the car- he turned just a little too quickly!

So, for that reason, today's Tuesdays with Charlie will feature his little sister instead!

Oh and because everybody loves a fat baby, I thought I'd throw this one in...
One of my favorite things to do is nibble on those cheeks. :)

We'll try again next Tuesday!

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