17 July 2014

Blog Break

My blog breaks are never intentional. In fact, I always get bummed when so much time passes without a post. But, here we are. I just uploaded a couple hundred pics from my phone, and I thought I'd share a few with the blogworld. There are many things that still warrant their own post entirely (Georgiana's friend party, her first dance recital, Allie and my California adventure, kitchen remodel aka diy craziness, and just life in general). However, I don't know when those posts will come, so for now, I give you…
Levi with a giant green ball that he insists on bringing everywhere!! This is my view from the shopping cart, often. We didn't buy this ball the day I took this, he just carries it with him everywhere. It is a rare sight to see Levi without his crocs or his green ball. The little man knows what he likes, and mommy has learned to pick my battles!
 Mom jeans! This pic was taken at the Gap in LA. Allie and I were across the store from each other, so I sent her this to get her opinion. I went for it and bought two pairs! I haven't worn them in the great NW, but I wore them around LA. Why do I feel so much braver with my wardrobe in California!?! Perhaps it is because I am 100% positive I would be the only person in my fair city sporting this look, I don't care to stand out, and in LA I just blended right in. I should have asked my cousin Ashley if I could borrow some of her Thai lounge looking pants, then I would have really fit in! MC Hammer take two was all the rage in LA. 
We've been friends since we were 8. So, basically forever. This trip was perfect.
Santa Monica, CA.
 Kelly sent me many pictures of the kids, I LOVED seeing my babies smiling. They did great, which made it SO much easier for me to be away.
 See, I wasn't kidding.
His own personal air bag.
He rode like this for 1 hour and 15 minutes on the 4th of July. Not one complaint. Every car on the freeway would have been able to hear him complain if we didn't let him have this!
 Elsa hair with an Anna piece braided in (it's just a barrette), she is still quite the Frozen fanatic.
 See, I wasn't just a kidding.
The day that our check finally arrived from the insurance company, we found out that our contractor got so booked that he could no longer do our project. So, we decided to see how far we could make our kitchen cash go, and we now have diy projects coming out of our ears. Thankfully, Kelly's dad and brother are a huge help and wealth of knowledge. Otherwise, it is trial, error and youtube.
 He's discovered popsicles.
It only took watching sister eat two, before he decided to get over his anti popsicle attitude.
 His smile is cracking me up in all of these pictures, I should probably remember to take some without saying "Levi smile!" But, I just love his squinty little face :)
And, this is what I walked into the others day after stepping out to rotate the laundry.
We have finally decided on using our 4th bedroom as a Creative Space. I guess it is living up to it's name!
 4,500 pounds of flooring!! 
After all the unpacking and stacking Kelly's shoulder was in quite a bit of pain, but the good news is he no longer has frozen shoulder. Thankfully it was a mild enough case that he didn't have to "go under," and although he didn't tell his physical therapist what he was up to in the evenings, he managed to break through a lot of scar tissue. He laid low with his shoulder for a few days after this giant unpacking job!
 Little Smith's in their Sunday best, and Levi's smile, ha ha!
 Look, he can reach his arm up to the ceiling!! Big day people, big day :)

 First coat of paint and me looking really spiffy in my mask.
Lord willing, we will actually have countertops by Monday. This is huge, the water leak happened January 21st, I've only had the little square behind me in this picture and a similar size next to the sink. It reminded me of cooking in a camping trailer, but I got used to it. So much so, that when Kelly and Cory set the cabinets, Kelly and I both had to really think about the correct order. I'm pretty sure Levi has no memory of having a fully functional kitchen. I cannot wait to have people over for dinner, soon, soon I hope!

17 June 2014

Today marks the first day in nearly 2 1/2 weeks that no one has had a fever or had to take an antibiotic!! Praise the Lord oh my soul. Lord willing we are on the mend. 
Georgiana drew the above picture for our cousin Makenzie. She worked on it at her easel and then proudly brought it to Kelly and I. My heart just melted. I love her artwork. And, I love that she calls each one a masterpiece!
This past weekend we went to Cheney, WA to watch and cheer on Makenzie at her college graduation, woo hoo!! I absolutely love celebrating my family, and even with a 103 degree fever, little Levi was a trooper and managed to enjoy himself quite a bit. He slept in my arms during the 9:00 am graduation. Sweet baby.
 Georgiana was on cloud 9, make it cloud 100 the entire weekend. Makenzie graduated high school the year Georgiana was born, so she has very seldom got to spend much time with both girls at the same time. She will tell you that she is speechless about them both being home for good. Well, until Makenzie heads to her Disney internship, how cool is that!?! I won't explain that to Georgiana quite yet. And yes, she wore her Elsa gown to the graduation. 

 We are slowly but surely making progress, at least plans of progress for our home. We were excited to use Second Use of Seattle for salvaging our floors and tile and donating them to Habitat for Humanity, but I just got off the phone with one of the salvage guys and our floor boards are too short. Bummer. So… if you would like approximately 800 square feet of 3/4" maple hardwoods and are able to remove them without damaging our baseboard, come on and get them. By the way, I am 100% serious. If you have a use for them, they are yours!
Here is a sneak peak of some of the colors we are leaning towards. A grey/brown floor and lots of white tones. I am tossing around the idea of a mosaic tile for the fireplace, but I'm not sure...
 White subway tile backsplash and possibly quartz marble looking countertops. I am anxiously awaiting some other countertop bids, so we shall see.
Kelly is the main diy-er on this project and at today's doctor's appointment he was prescribed two more weeks at home. He was told to rarely lift 3 lbs, not to exceed 5 lbs. Um, is it just me, or are these instructions just a bit difficult to abide by? I'm thinking we should invest in a scale and some sticky notes. I can go around and weigh everything in the house and then mark everything he is aloud to lift :) So, needless to say, we will be living on plywood for a good while longer, I'm just guessing, but I'm pretty sure the cabinets and nail gun both exceed his limit.

05 June 2014

Georgiana's Frozen Family Dinner!!

The birthday girl requested a BIG cake! So, I thought Costco would fit the bill. 
Per Georgiana's request, it said "Happy Birthday Georgie-Elsa!"
 A few minutes later, adding some blue sugary sprinkles, white pearl sprinkles, 15 minute homemade candy (that took me nearly 2 hours to make a few nights before the party), a few Frozen characters strategically displayed (birthday girl requested Hans be laying down as though Anna punched him and the wolf was contemplating eating him), yes wolf, we had to add that, shockingly the Disney Store didn't include a wolf with the principal characters :)
 Georgiana's ice castle!
 Glittery Hobby Lobby 'G' and gold snowflake ornaments from our Christmas decorations. Oh, and blue lights in the fixture. 

 Oh Sven (miniature chocolates), Snowflakes (yogurt covered pretzels), Icicles (rock candy sticks). The other side of the dessert buffet had Sven carrots in a vase, Snowballs (Marshmallows) and Frozen themed fruit snacks. 
 The number 4 and some cricut snowflakes. 

 I ordered the Frozen balloon off of Amazon. When I had it inflated at Fred Meyer it drew quite a bit of attention. I thought, oh boy I am going to be in the news "Mom gets mugged in grocery store parking lot for Elsa balloon."
 Yes, that's a Sven shirt.
I love this picture!
 Our birthday girl!!
 Little Olaf :)
 Drinks. Snowcap punch and pink lemonade.
 Cousin Macy dressed up as little Anna, adorable!!
 Lots of playing outside!
 And… the piƱata!

 It was a big hit (punny I know).
 Oh my word, my Georgiana Lee just steals my heart in every picture. Gorgeous on the inside and out. 
 Kelly, pretty excited to reveal Georgiana's big girl bike! I mean, motorcycle.
 Cousin Ashley, they sang "ride our bike around the halls!"
 Family pic :)

 Look at how the ice castle candy just folded backwards. It was like a captive orca's fin, the base was strong, but it just bent right over. My birthday girl didn't mind, so I just practiced the family motto of "go with the flow!" Entertaining is so much more enjoyable for me when I don't expect everything to be perfect. Look at her smile, mission accomplished.

 Kelly and I cut about 20 snowflakes by hand before we realized the cricut does a mighty fine job. 

 Last day of school. Georgiana requested that we all wear our Frozen gear again. So of course we complied.
 Levi, praise the Lord he is healthy. He is just thriving. He's sturdy and strong and chatty and playful and cuddly and doing so well. He put in a rough stretch, but he's been doing so well the last couple of months. Yay!!! Now, if we can just get him to stop using his hair as a napkin...
 On our way to dance pictures, she was super excited to wear makeup!
We still call her our little smarty arty orange. Even today her teacher was talking about how articulate Georgiana is, she said she is a very well spoken little lady. It warmed my heart like no other to hear her teacher also say that Georgiana is just absolutely sweet. Phew. My little sweetheart is a spunky, outspoken, leader type of sweetheart, which in truth can make a momma worry that she may not always come across as absolutely sweet. Georgiana if you are older and reading this, I mean that in the best way, I wouldn't change her drive or independence, I love her strong will, it's just really nice to know that she is so sweet and caring to others at school. I'd much rather the discipline times be at home. 
I love to talk birthday parties and entertaining. So, if any questions pop to your mind, please leave a comment and I'll get back to you!
Not being on Facebook, I must admit I miss all of the blog interaction when I would post a link from the fb page :) 
Goodnight blogworld.