Ginger Bread Boys

Eli's friend Isaiah came over to play yesterday and they had a blast. There was lots of running, screaming, ball kicking, tossing and of course the occasional squabble over the cars and trucks. After lunch I decided to let the boys try their hands at decorating two giant ginger bread men. I think they spent less time decorating and more time un-decorating and eating the eyes, buttons, name it. It was so cute to see their chubby little fingers placing the candies on the icing and then licking it off. When all was said and done, we had two undressed ginger bread men and two happy boys covered in frosting!

Spreading the Cheer

Just in case you need a little more cheer or a smile this Christmas season, check out Eli's latest rendition of "Jingle Bells" with Papa singing back up! (the video is from my phone so the quality is not great, but I don't think that makes this any less special!)

For The Love of Soup!!!!

I'm sure many of you have had to change your child after a messy meal, but do you ever strip your child before they eat just to save yourself the clean up? Eli has developed a love for soup. But not just any soup...roasted red pepper and tomato soup!!! While I want to encourage this, he's actually getting some veggies this way, it has become quite the production. After about a week of this it dawned on me that instead of scrubbing him down, changing clothes and using a whole bottle of Spray-n-wash, maybe I should strip him down pre-soup and let him go to town!!! His current obsession includes floating cheez-its or dipping a grilled cheese in his soup (he must be deficient in orange things!) Of course before the "stripping" revelation, I had to take a few pictures of the cutest thing covered in orange soup this side of the Mississippi! (notice the not-so-white tee)
A few weeks ago I tempted you all with a few swatches of the fabrics I have been working with and now the time has come!!! This weekend I launched my new line of totes at a Christmas Boutique. It was an incredible feeling to see them all displayed and to have people respond excitedly to the prints and style of my creations!! I have three sizes "blossom" (12x12x4), "full bloom" (14x14x6) and "mixed bouquet" (16x16x7). All are fully lined with an outer pocket.

Here is a gallery of all the bags in my line thus far. If you want to see them up close and personal or want to own your very own "Daisy Designs" tote bag please let me know!

Thankful in December

It seems the time between Thanksgiving and now (the second week in December) has just flown by! But should I really be surprised? Isn't that what happens this time of year? I didn't want, however, to miss the opportunity to share what we are thankful for just because life is busy! So, here's my Thanksgiving post, a few weeks late!

A few of the "I'm thankful fors" that made the top of the list:

  • Our incredible active, crazy, silly, always entertaining little monkey, Eli!

  • Family that lives close and invites us over for impromptu hang out and meal times

  • Family that lives far but does an amazing job keeping in touch over the phone and isn't afraid to make the long trek to come see us

  • A warm, comfortable home that feels like "home"

  • The ability to stay at home with Eli

  • An amazing group of close friends that God has blessed us with

  • A God that loves us so much he gave us His son to save us

This Thanksgiving we had an extra special treat...Grandma (Grant's mum Paula) came to visit! She arrived the day before and helped us celebrate with a yummy meal, hanging out and of course shopping! We had a great time and Eli loved spending time with his "Bramba" and getting to know her better. Aside from Eli's few mishaps at the parks ("uh-oh, owey, doodle doodle do" & "uh-oh boom") the week was full of laughter, walks, lights, jumping on "Bramba's" bed and tons of fun!

You know its been a long time when...

you have to sign in to "Blogger" in order to get to your blog!!!! It has definitely been too long! So, I figured what better way to re-join the bloggin' world than with a few silly pictures of Eli. You know that's what you all want to see anyways!

Eli was showing off his boots, muscles and a few acrobatic tricks to Aunty Jen and "Cuncle" Tim over the Thanksgiving weekend.