Thursday, July 30, 2009

Seeing a Movie

My sister Audrey, nephew Gibreel and I went to see the latest Harry Potter movie last night at the IMAX theater in the Texas State History Museum. The previews and first 12 minutes of the movie were in 3D. It was so much fun. We even shared a bag of freshly popped popcorn and junior mints that they let us bring in from home. In our case, it was from the 7-Eleven down the street that I ran to after we learned they didn't have any concessions. I made it back just in time to squeeze back in line and enter the theater. I am realizing how precious time spent like that is and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Oliver - 34 weeks

From Family
Not only is he crawling on all fours now, he is pulling himself up to standing. We have lots of baby proofing to do.


We're going to upgrade the size of our bed soon so Oliver has more space to hog. Really, I'm not getting enough quality sleep because I'm balancing myself right on the edge of the bed most of the night. That boy likes to sleep spread eagled. The added benefit is enough room for the entire family (including Rigby and our future puppy) to pile on while enjoying a lazy weekend morning or an evening of reading books together.

After lots of research, we decided to go with a Keetsa mattress. I first saw them on Blu Dot's website. A local shop downtown that carries Blu Dot furniture will have floor models to test by the time we plan to buy one. The whole concept is really cool, plus they are reasonably priced. We also don't want to spend a lot of money on a bedframe right now, so we're either going with an IKEA Malm bedframe, something from Overstock, or perhaps we'll brave the furniture outlets in San Marcos.

I'd love it if we could recreate the look of this bed, from here. I posted the source of the bedding here. Beautiful, but expensive - I think I'll be doing some sewing.

I even love the wall color - it's so cheerful. Painting is next on our list.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sunday Snacking

On the weekends we are usually too busy to sit down and have a meal unless we go out to eat. So we keep lots of munchies on the counter to graze on during the day. In the past that has included some unhealthy goodies. Lately, I have been trying to be more aware of what and how we eat. So, I've started to keep the house stocked with more healthy options for all of us.

Last week I picked up an order of fresh fruits and veggies from the local Sustainable Food Center farm to work program. Sunday morning we had it all out to munch on. Even the chips were healthy with organic soy and flax seeds and some homemade hummus.

(Rigby in the background wishes he could have some - he's a shameless beggar)

Friday, July 17, 2009

To Do List

You know those things that you want to be doing, but slip your mind most days? With Oliver, that is teaching him signs to communicate. I have other things like eating more veggies, remembering to take the stairs, picking up Jay's shoes from the repair place, etc.. etc...

I just found this website, Baby Signs, and want to remember to pick up a copy of the book.

Following them on Twitter might be a good way to help me to remember. Now how do I remind myself to get my car registered?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Oliver is 8 months old!

Here he is in his new convertible car seat. He took a few tentative forward crawling steps last night. Two little bottom teeth appeared last month and in the last week a top tooth poked through. He is a very happy, giggly and still mellow little guy.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Thirty-Sixth Birthday

I had a fantastic 36th birthday weekend. We celebrated by taking Quinn and Oliver to lunch at Fogo de Chão. This was a happy accident as we meant to have lunch at the Melting Pot but they were closed. Fogo de Chão is right next door so we went there instead. It was a really fun time. The salad bar was my favorite, but the cuts of meat were delicious.

On the 4th, my parents, Cliff, Audrey, Jaleck, and the kids came over to celebrate the holiday with a little cookout. We had cake and ice cream and listened to my Dad's ipod that Jay rigged up downstairs with some computer speakers and a small pre-amp. That evening Jay, Oliver and I checked out the Buda fireworks. Quinn went with Gibreel and Dalal for a sleepover. They watched the Town Lake fireworks. We missed Quinn that night, but really loved the small town atmosphere and lack of traffic. Oliver clapped at the fireworks and seemed to really enjoy himself.

I think I'm getting to an age where birthday gifts aren't necessary. I love receiving thoughtful cards and enjoying the day with loved ones. But this year, I feel like I cleaned up. This necklace was a gift to myself. It was made by Kate from for me,for you. It finally came in the mail on Friday. Jay, Quinn and Oliver gave me the stools I blogged about here. They look really great in the kitchen. And then the rest of my family all pitched in and gave me an Ergo baby carrier. I absolutely love it. Carrying Oliver in his sling was great, but this carrier is so much more comfortable. Grocery shopping has always been fun for me, but now I really look forward to it because I can take Oliver with me in the ergo. He likes to rest his head on my chest and then plays a game where he looks up at me and then giggles when I finally look down and say 'boo!'.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Fashion Serendipity

Over the weekend, Jay, Quinn and I saw Land of the Lost at Tinseltown. Funny movie, freezing theater. And on the way out I saw this image of Marilyn Monroe among the wall of framed movie legends. I'm not really a fan but I love the dress she is wearing. Today while browsing blogs, I came across this post about this striped tee at French Connection. Random - too bad I don't do turtlenecks well. The buttons down the back are great.
I also just read about some other cute tops French Connection has on sale here.