Aug 24, 2015

Things to Remember: Eliza Rose, Age 3

Today our sweet little Eliza Rose turns three.  Like all moms, I'm sure, it's hard for me to believe that she's already out of toddler-hood and becoming a preschooler.  It seems as though we were just preparing for her to join our family yesterday and now, of course, it's impossible to imagine what life would be like without Eliza around.


Eliza might be the smallest person in our house but she has the largest personality by far.  Shy in public, she's boisterous and energetic at home- running all over, squealing with excitement, bossing everyone around and trying to take charge at all times. 


She's stubborn and sensitive, sweet and sassy, and over the top spicy.  


At three Eliza's favorite things are her brother, her doggies, mermaids, stories, and princesses.   She loves to play tea party, help in the kitchen and go swimming.    Sometimes she says she's "Eliza BaBaron"- other times she's a "puppy doggy" or a "mermaid with a pink sparkly tail."


Eliza starts preschool two mornings a week next week- she's excited to go to school like a big girl with her "pack-pack" and her snack.


Happy third birthday to our beautiful girl!



May 30, 2015

Cote D'Azur Sunhat

Now that we live in the desert we've had to majorly change our sun protection habits.  In Massachusetts we wore sunscreen in the summer and hats if it was "extra sunny" but here it's sunny 99% of the time and hot!  We're wearing hats, sunglasses and sunscreen basically every day!

I've been relying on a few baseball caps and some old sunhats I had but really needed something with a wider brim to provide more shade.    When I saw a tester call for the Cote D'Azur Sunhat I jumped on it and was lucky enough to be chosen!



This is the first wearable pattern from quilt designer Shannon Mac Designs and it is fabulous!  The pattern was designed to fit head circumferences of 16"- 24" and has 4", 5" and 6" brim options.   It fits most people 12 months and up!



I made my sunhat in size 6 (circumference 21-22") with a 4" brim.  I used quilting cotton that I'd been hoarding on the outside and a more neutral cotton on the inside.


The hat goes together very quickly and Shannon's instructions are great and easy to follow. I would say that I'm an intermediate to advanced sewer and that this pattern would be simple enough for a pretty new sewer to tackle.   The trickiest parts are attaching the inner and outer hat together.


My hat looks fabulous and I've had many compliments on it already!  I have plans for a second hat for myself and one for Eliza as well (princess style as requested!).     


Grab the pattern here (on sale for the weekend!): 

You should also check out Shannon's blog for a chance to win the pattern!

And you can join Shannon's Facebook Group too (I am!!)...


Apr 26, 2015

Things to Remember: Eliza Rose, 32 Months

I have been totally neglectful and haven't kept track of Things to Remember for Eliza since she turned two.  With Paul I switched from monthly updates to doing one every six months after he turned two and I totally missed Eliza's 2.5 year update.   She's now 32 months and getting closer and closer to what I've been told has now been dubbed a "threenager."   

At 32 months Eliza continues to be our drama queen- she's either very very sweet, or very very stubborn.   Her mood can change in an instant from happy to cranky and you never quite know what you're going to get.  She's mastered the evil eye and has begun rolling her eyes and saying "oh Mom..." when asked to do something she doesn't want to do (no doubt she learned that one from her brother!).


Eliza loves to dance.   She has a ballet video Nana and Pappy gave her that she ADORES and she and I are doing Mommy and Me dance at a local rec center.   Her usual dance outfit for class includes her Rapunzel dance costume and her trademark sunglasses.


Eliza's language skills are off the charts.   We were at the pediatrician for her 2.5 checkup- our first experience with our new pediatrician here in Vegas- and she wouldn't talk at all while he was in the room.   He asked me if she says any words and I told him she talks all the time, full paragraphs.   He didn't seem to believe me so I told him to step out in the hall for a minute.  The second he left the room Eliza started chatting away about everything she saw out the window, "Oh!  There's a bus- with people on it!  And there's a flag on that building!  And there's the grocery store!  And that lady is pushing her cart!" and on and on.   The pediatrician came back in and said her language skills are very advanced for her age- she just won't use them around strangers!


Eliza adores her big brother- when she's not bossing him around or shoving him away that is!  They're the best of friends for the most part and love playing silly games together.   Almost daily they play Peter Pan- and they both run around singing the songs from Peter Pan Live...


Eliza is very sure about what she will and won't wear.   She definitely has her own style, particularly with accessories and is rarely without her sunglasses (frequently worn upside-down).   Lately she's been gravitating towards "sparkly" things- we thought we could avoid the whole "princess" scene but somehow she's figured it out and she has quite a collection of "jewels" that she likes to wear.  



Eliza loves to help with chores- she has her own little spray bottle of cleaner and cleans the dishwasher and the fridge almost every day with it.  She also likes to do laundry and she particularly enjoys brushing the dog. 


She dropped her naps right around her second birthday but still needs a little cat-nap once in a while.   Sometimes she'll nap in her stroller on the way to pick up Paul at school or she'll lay down on the couch and snooze a bit before dinner.  She still holds tight to her lovies and sucks her left thumb when she's tired.  


Eliza brings so much light and joy to our house (along with a good dose of stubbornness!) and we love her more than anything!

Apr 9, 2015

House Tour...

I've totally fallen out of the habit of blogging since we moved to Las Vegas.  We've been so busy settling in, hosting family for the holidays, having visitors, and just generally adjusting to our new life here in the desert that months have gone by since I last blogged!

Although our Las Vegas house doesn't need as much work and fixing up as our house in Massachusetts did, we still have lots of big plans.  Paul and I can't just let things be- we always have a list of projects we want to do and it's rare that we don't have one in progress...   I was good at documenting the changes we made to our Massachusetts house and I still love looking back on it so I want to be sure to document our work here on our Vegas house.

To start, here are the before photos- we're settled in, furniture is bought and arranged, but the house is missing personality- it desperately needs some paint on these white walls!

My father-in-law drew up these floors plans for us when we were house-hunting.   Remember, we didn't see this house in person until the day we moved in so having a floor plan was very helpful!


From the front door you enter into the living room...


Which opens to the dining room...



Just through the door from the dining room is the eat-in part of the kitchen and our walk-in pantry (LOVE)...


And then the kitchen (with the same cabinets and granite we had in MA!).



The kitchen connects with the family room...



And there's also a sewing room/guest room and a 3/4 bath downstairs...


Upstairs is more spacious than downstairs as there's a huge bonus room over our 3-car garage..



We've set one end of the bonus room up for reading:


And the other for movies and video games...


Up 2 more steps from the bonus room is a small loft area:


And then a larger loft where we have our office/playroom:



The kids' bedrooms are across the hall from the large loft with a bathroom in between:



Our bedroom is at the back of the house...



With our bath attached (SUCH an upgrade going from 1.5 baths to 3 full!)


This is looking from our bedroom doorway back down the hall- the playroom loft is at the left, the bonus room is all the way at the end..


And our backyard (which has already been updated- it was a concrete slab with dirt and rocks surrounding it when we moved in.   We hired a landscaper to put in a larger paver patio , GRASS! and plants...



 So there's the "before" tour! We've started painting and have some other big plans in store as well! Stay tuned!

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