Thursday, December 30, 2010

Say hello to my little friend

I got the most wonderful gift for Christmas this year.  It's called a Silhouette Machine.  It is a cutting machine that will cut different shapes/letters/you name it. 


Charlie does not like said machine because it takes the attention away from her.  She also does not like it because, when she brings her tennis ball and drops it at my feet, I ignore it.


It comes with a computer program where you line everything up and create the designs.  I have been using Grandma's old computer for the program and my iPad so that I can watch tv while I work.  It's a pretty snazzy set up.


All you have to do is line up the paper once you have created your design and press "cut the page."  The little blad moves side to side, while the paper/mat moves back and forth.


Dad thought it was so interesting that he even took his glasses off to watch.  And if you know my dad at all, you know that means he is taking a much closer look.


The end result is pretty amazing.  Each letter is cut individually.  The detail is incredible.  Each letter you see here is about 3/4 of an inch.  Unfortunately, I didn't bring home any of the other tools I need to put it all together, so I guess I'll just have to wait until I go back to York.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas in Philly

I got an email from Esther on Friday saying "this is your last chance to come to Philly with us tomorrow."  She has been planning a trip to Philly with Char, Frank and Cam.  I had been saying no because I was going to be driving home the next Wednesday and I couldn't afford the gas.

As I was writing her back to say no again, I figured, why not?  I'm very glad I changed my mind.  Though the city is not my favorite place (Esther and Char can attest to that), we had a great time.  And just in case you don't frequent Facebook, here are a few of the pictures we took (and by "a few" I really mean "a ton").

This is the elevator at Anthropologie.  The cuteness of the decor definitely made up for the scariness of the elevator. 

Taking a chilly walk in Philly.  Cam was all bundled up and loving it.  We were loving how cute he looked all bundled up.

Waiting for the light show to start at Macy's.
 
We pretty much just took pictures the whole day.

Cam loves water bottles and Char apparently loves Macy's.

One of my favorites.

Frozen drinking chocolate.  It was truly delicious and very filling.

The label on the back of the board said "Christkind Angel" and "Santa."  But it should have said "armless princess" and "judge."

Another one of my favorites.  Those eyes!  They kill me!



This cheesesteak was truly delicious.  I want another.  Right now.
 Cam enjoyed the show.

Esther enjoyed watching Cam enjoy the show.


Oh the baby cheeks.

Adorable!

Super cute picture with very pretty colors.

Another adorable photo.

All bundled up.

He was flirting with the lady next to us and she liked it very much.  

Aunt Esther gives a good ride.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Deck the Halls

I love decorating for Christmas.  Christmas decorations make the apartment seem cozy and warm.  The family tradition was to wait until December 1 for Christmas music, movies and decoration.  I can't wait that long.  The day after Thanksgiving is when I start scheming.  Actually, that's not true.  I start scheming around late September.  


The tree is my favorite part.  I love the lights, the ornaments and the scent.  It's a wonderful tradition.  Have I spent December in York for the past two years.  For the past two years Mom has helped me get the tree inside, set it up and decorate.  I love it.  It's nice to have someone to decorate with.  


Mom, Char and Est got me this ornament for our White Christmas party.  It's all glass and it's so beautiful.  If you flip the switch on the bottom it changes color.  Love it!!


I even decorated the bathroom.  I told you I love decorating.  This actually may be my favorite room that is decorated.  It's so unexpected that it still surprises me that there are garland and ornaments in the bathroom.  


I found instructions for those ornaments online.  They were so easy to make and turned out so nice!  I want to make more, but I have no where to put them.  This one is my favorite. 


"He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!"



Sunday, December 5, 2010

White Christmas Party 2010

In case you didn't already know, White Christmas is the best Christmas movie of all time.  It is a family tradition to watch the movie together.  Last year, this tradition fell flat.  We all wanted to watch the movie together, but couldn't find the time.  

This year, I took matters into my own hands.  We planned our party months ahead of time to make sure that we could carry our this tradition.  It was so nice to spend time together and watch our favorite movie of the season.



As soon as they arrived I put them straight to work while I played with Cam.  Ok, they volunteered, but I still got to play with Cam.  



The food was absolutely delicious.  There were so many choices!  Esther made pigs in a blanket, Charlotte brought and cut fruit and Mom make spinach dip and brie.  At the back of the table you can see all the candy choices as well.  It was very good and I'm still eating the leftovers.



Cam really wanted the food. 



He eventually got to eat his own food.  We had to play peek-a-boo to get him to smile for this picture.  White Christmas 2010 was a success and I can't wait for next year!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Hutch

I have been planning and scheming for over a month.  I've been thinking about my hutch and how I wanted to change it.


   
Grandma gave me this hutch when I moved into my new apartment and I love it.  Though it did have some drawbacks.  The stain wasn't very nice and you couldn't see what was inside the cabinets with the glass doors.  Also, it wasn't really my style.



So the planning began.  It took a surprising amount of steps to get this done:

  1. Set up iPad (my lifesaver and boredom buster)
  2. Take off the hardware.
  3. Take out the glass (now I'm wishing I wouldn't have spent so much time on this step)
  4. Sand down every inch
  5. Buy new hardware and hinges
  6. Fill in old holes that will no longer be used
  7. Paint on primer
  8. Paint the inside of the cabinets white.
  9. Paint the inside of the cabinets white....again.
  10. More white
  11. Paint the outside brown (Finally! A change!)
  12. More brown
  13. Drill new holes. 
  14. Repaint brown
  15. Cut new dowels
  16. Paint new dowels 
  17. Put in new glass panels (the old ones were tinted...no wonder you couldn't see inside!)
  18. Put on new hinges
  19. Transport to York 
  20. Put in new hardware.
  21. Breath a sigh of release and ready, set, DECORATE!
I told you!  Lots of steps and if you count potty breaks for the pooch, you could add in about 10 more steps! Dad even made me do number 13 myself (with close supervision of course).  It made my head hurt.  But it was all worth it!  All in all, only 3 trips to Lowe's and 2 to Target.



I love the new look. The paint was/is still tacky so we put a piece of white fabric between the two pieces to avoid scratching the paint.





If you look at the first two pictures I posted, you can see the old bee hives that held up this little gate.  Dad cut me new dowels.  I think it really helped to update the look.



This is, by far, my favorite part.  I love the hardware.  I have been eying it up at Target for years (not kidding).  I have seen it there almost every time I go.  When Lowe's didn't have the stylish look I wanted, I headed to Target.


The flash always makes things look horrible, but I love that this shows how different this color can look.  It's called Safari Beige.  Me likey.  I found it in the gray section of the paint chips.

I need to thank two very important people.  First, my dad, who took me through this project step by step and spent as much time in the shop as I did.  He cut, glued, sanded and nailed this hutch together.  Thanks Dad!

Second, my mom, who kept taking the pooch out for me and helped me get this sucker to York.  We moved almost everything into my current apartment, but I don't think we've ever moved something so carefully.

Also, just click on the pictures to see them blown up.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The best thing I've ever done

My old morning routine was get up, take a sleepy shower, get dressed, dig out money for lunch and head to school.  It wasn't a horrible routine, but it wasn't great either.  I used to wake up at 5:40 and leave at 6:40. 

I've turned over a new leaf.  Now I do almost everything the night before.  I pack lunch, pick out clothes for the next day and shower.  From the time I roll out of bed until the time I start the car, it now takes 25 minutes to get ready.  And that includes taking Charlie out.

All the credit goes to Charlie.  When she started treating my carpet like grass, I had to crate her again.  Her crate became the perfect place to put my clothes for the next day.  



Actually, this picture is pretty old.  I now lay out two days worth of clothes at once.  It only takes me 3 minutes to pick out clothes the night before, but in the morning it takes about 10.  At first I thought it wouldn't work because I'm a girl and girls are indecisive about clothing.  I figured I would wake up and hate what I had picked the night before.  But I am proud to report that has only happened a few times.

By the way, you like my shoes?  Yeah, me too.  I got them for school this year.  They are sweet and I am in love with them.  They are also so very comfortable.

In a completely unrelated topic, I love kids.  One of my first graders came up to me in the middle of the tag game and said "Your glasses are pretty."  I don't know what possessed him to say it today, I've been wearing these since the first day of school.  Whatever the reason, it was a very nice thing to say.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

BFFs

Cameron is in love with Charlie.  He follows her with his eyes the entire time she is in the room.  He giggles and shrieks when he sees Charlie.

Charlie, on the other hand, is completely unimpressed.  I think the problem is that Cam can't actually do anything yet.  Charlie will sometimes bring Cam a toy, drop it at his feet and expect him to throw it.  So far, their relationship goes no further than shrieks, giggles and the occasional face licking; I have a feeling that once Cam starts to become more mobile, they will be best friends.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Possessions

After almost five years, I have found that the best way for remembering my brother is not through pictures, but through his possessions.




This is a picture of the wall above my tv.  This is how I remember Zack.

The shelf is from his room.  Whenever I would be at the table doing homework, I had to constantly yell at him to shut his door.  He would be listening to Live or Pearl Jam and dancing around his room.  I like having something from his room in my apartment.

The clown nose is from a day I had spent in the hospital with him.  We were sitting in his room and a clown knocks on the door and asks to come in.  We looked at each other skeptically and Zack, being the polite guy that he was, said yes.  The clown comes in, goes through a skit about nose surgery, and places the clown nose on Zack.  Let's just say that Zack was non too thrilled, but he just sat patiently and waited for the clown to leave.  We laughed more when the clown was gone than when he was entertaining us.  Zack was 22, did the guy really think he needed a clown to cheer him up? 

The cleats are some that Zack had displayed in his room.  Soccer was a big part of life in our family and I like having his cleats hanging there.  He used to treat them like they were golden; washing, oiling and protecting them.  

The same goes for the LeTourneau soccer shirt.  It's a nice reminder of what Zack loved to do. 

The tie was a Christmas gift from me to him.  He opened that present early so that he would have something to wear to the Christmas Eve service at church.  It looked very nice on him. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I Told You So!

Every time someone leaves Charlie in the same room as the food they always threaten her. "Don't you dare touch my food, Charlie."  I always tell them that I leave her with food all the time and she doesn't steal it.  Now I have proof.  I was moving things around in the living room and I put the M&M bowl on the couch, not even realizing how easy it was for the pooch to access.  I walked into the living room several minutes later to find this:



My pooch, patiently waiting for permission to attack the bowl.  To all the naysayers out there - I told you so!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My Baby

I've had Dad's camera on loan for awhile now and I have officially fallen in love.  The quality of the picture is just incredible.  Pioneer Woman is having a four-legged photo contest.  I entered this photo in the contest.


And right now, this little girl is driving me crazy.  Time to take her out.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cupcake love

I have been experimenting with paper crafts and I've had a lot of fun doing it.  My latest paper craft was created out of the need for a tag for a present.  These cupcake tags are what I came up with.




I spend a long time cutting and pasting, but it was worth it in the end.  I really like how they turned out.



My favorite part is the cherry on top.  Those little circles took forever to cut out, but the cupcake wasn't the same without it.



So if you get a gift with a cupcake tag, it is from me. :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Hey! I'm over here!

The day was crisp and gorgeous, so Charlie and I went for a walk.  I currently have Dad's camera on loan so I thought that today would be a good day for a photo shoot.  Plus, she just got a hair cut so she looks extra cute.  Let's just say that Charlie was not at all interested in me.




Hey Charlie!  Yo!  Charlie Girl! Over here!




Charlie, sit.  Sit.  Charlie!  Sit.   Fine, don't. 




Ok, I give up.




Seriously, I'm done trying.  I should have brought some treats with me.




There are just too many things in this world more interesting than me. 




Now she is just trying to hurt my feelings.  Cows are more interesting than me?  C'mon!  Well, that cow is looking at me Charlie, so there!




I did get a few pictures that I liked.  The whole point of this walk was so get a shot of Charlie that I could blow up and frame.  I think I like this one the best.





That's my girl.  Always interested in the things around her.  She is just barely sitting down and she is just barely doing what I asked her.  Oh well, I guess I'll need to be satisfies with "just barely."



At least I tired her out.