(Our holiday card this year, ordered through Minted.)
I already shared Emma’s wish list, so it’s only fair to share my own, right? Here goes…!
What? I want sewing stuff? What a surprise! Both a (1) rotary cutting mat and one of these (2) giant extension tables for my sewing machine would be great additions to my sewing room (er, dining room).
(3) I made a jewelry hanger a few years ago by putting some cork board in a picture frame, but over time the pushpins have loosened up and the whole thing has gotten pretty cluttered. I really need something sturdier to hold my jewelry, like this necklace rack.
(4) Jose and I upgraded to new iPhones right after Thanksgiving (early Christmas present to ourselves, I guess?) and since the 6 is larger than my old 5, of course I need new accessories too — most notably, the iPhone 6 version of my Tune Belt armband.
(5) Ok, I admit it. I want to see what all the fuss is about track pants and these metro slouch pants from Athleta look really comfy.
(6) I have a thin down jacket that’s been with me for several winters now and frankly, it’s starting to show its age. I’d like to replace it with some similar like this one from Lands End — and maybe in a fun color instead of black!
Although these two books are from totally different genres, I’ve seen rave reviews of both (7) Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please” and (8) “Marketing the Moon” about the massive public affairs campaign that accompanied the Apollo program in the 1960s and 70s.
What do you guys want for Christmas? I’d love to hear!
It’s hard to believe, but Emma’s third Halloween is already in the books. It was a fun day for the whole family, starting with a trick-or-treat parade at daycare in the morning. Toddlers in costumes are freaking adorable:
Emma and her buddy Keagan! (He was Peter Pan and his little sister was Tinkerbell. So cute.)
Forget chocolate, peanut butter, and all that jazz — Emma is a lollipop girl all. the. way. On Saturday afternoon after we’d given her one lollipop, I turned around 5 minutes later to find her sucking on…ANOTHER lollipop. She took it upon herself to unwrap another one from her candy carpet bag. Little sneak.
We carved our pumpkin after work. Adding ears was 100% Emma’s idea — “want ears!” — and I think they are awesome.
Finally, mini Mary Poppins got back in costume for her first time trick-or-treating! She had a great time going to several hours on our street — and had even more fun sitting at the end of our driveway passing out candy to all the other kids.
A happy Halloween indeed!
We took a quick trip down to Corpus Christi to celebrate Easter with Jose’s family. It was a fun get-together as usual, and Emma had a great time running around (in her new dress!) and smashing cascarones for the first time. The weather was great and both Jose and I ended up sunburned (but not Emma thankfully). There was food and fun and more food and more fun.
Without further ado, some photos from our day:
Emma’s preferred cascarone-smashing method was to poke her finger through the tissue paper on the end and then shake all the confetti out. She went through at least a couple dozen in this manner, which was pretty cute.
Jose on a random pink scooter.
Family volleyball game! Let’s just say none of us should attempt to join a volleyball team anytime soon.
Naptime for Emma. One of the other kids was particularly enamored of her, and let her borrow his Kirby doll when she was cranky from being tired. It was really sweet, and Emma was pretty appreciative.
The park where we spent the day was not exactly ripe with good egg-hiding spots, so they ended up just strewn across the grass for what ended up being a mad dash by the kids to grab as many as they could. I “hid” at least a couple in more challenging places like in the weeds by the creek and stuck in the volleyball net.
We left the park a little before 4 and went back to Jose’s mom’s house long enough to grab our stuff. From there we hit the road and finally got back around 10:30. Having Emma has turned what was a 4-hour drive into nearly 5 hours since we now have to stop and sit down somewhere for meals.