December 2009

for your christmastime enjoyment….some ‘fails’ from our holiday card photo shoot:

we hope you have a HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a very MERRY NEW YEAR in 2010!


a classic:

and something a bit more modern:

OOOOH….i don’t know about you, but i’m officially in the mood!


was really excited about a contest that one of my favorite blogs,, put on in november.  i spent a good 3 hours preparing my entry of arden’s nursery for the “small kids, big color” contest.  i admit, i was mostly motivated by the $750 grand prize money, a shopping spree at  (i love any and all things ‘dwell!’)  but this contest also motivated me to photograph the nursery now, while it still looks all pretty and organized (in other words, while arden can’t crawl and child-proofing hasn’t become urgent quite yet) and before it moves into a perpetual state of toddler-induced chaos.      

monthly 'growth photos' displayed at entry

well, then ohdeedoh went and screwed me by posting my entry at 4pm on a friday (2 hours after we left town, headed for a purposely internet-free weekend in rural arkansas) and then allowing only 48 hours for voting on arden’s room.  had i known it was posted, i would have encouraged (ok, begged) about 100 of our closest friends and family to give us a ‘thumbs up’ but i had to settle for a measly 41 thumbs supporting our entry.  ARGH!!!!  alright, i am bitter, but i will get over it.  i don’t necessarily need anything ‘dwell’ at the moment….i think my competitive nature just got the best of me.  i should save that for the family game nights over the holidays.  (“….visions of sugarplums taboo, cranium, apples to apples, pictionary, puzzles, rock band and guitar hero danced in her head….”)  unless you want to boycott like i am doing at the moment, you can check out the contest and more pictures of arden’s nursery at    

the 'before' shot

pre-pregnancy bod in sexy paint rags

the purpose of this post was actually not for me to whine, but to document the process of decorating the nursery, because we had so much fun doing it! this room spent about 3 years being an undecorated office-slash-dogs’ room-slash-dumping ground for everything that didn’t have a place to be stored or displayed in our teeny tiny house. then, it unexpectedly turned into my at-home office in the summer of 2008, although i had just painted it over july 4th weekend in preparation for baby weeks should ‘heshe’ decide to arrive soon.  finally, when i became pregnant last november, my shiny work desk and computer moved to the guest room and this room officially became the nursery!  our friend joe will attest to the number of weekends i sat on the floor in my pajamas, with a cold cup of coffee sitting next to me, cleaning out the dozen or so banker’s boxes that held the junk from my cubicle at LRK.  jason will agree that i spent way, way too many hours searching the internet for the perfect, affordable, natural wool rug. (and i found it!)  and our friend scott, who showed more interest than anyone in my artistic creations, will attest to the amount of hours i spent painting and perfecting (in my usual control-freak style) the animal faces to hang over the crib.  when i look back on preparing for ‘baby weeks’ to join us, some of my favorite times were the hours i spent alone in the nursery, or planning and preparing the decor, and trying to wrap my brain around the fact that i was becoming a mom…. 

FINALLY, I’M A MOM!!!!!!!!! 


i wasn’t the only one who worked on the nursery….jason did all the dirty work, like putting together the crib and the dresser, securing the bookshelf to the window trim and even popping in a new fence in ‘arden’s garden’ just weeks before arden’s due date!  KK helped me organize the dresser contents just days before arden’s arrival, after i had a slight panic attack with all of our shower gifts exploded all over the house.  and darla and gracie made great guinea pigs pugs for testing out the durability of the crib!  


THANKS to nonna for the heirloom glider, to aunt mena for bringing me baskets from ikea, and TO EVERYONE ELSE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS ROOM WHAT IT IS: arden’s little slice of heaven, where we spend countless hours snuggling and dancing and reading and playing on the floor….it’s everything we ever hoped it would be. 




anyone who knows me knows that i love me some board games!  (unfortunately, that doesn’t mean my friends will PLAY them with me, but luckily, i scored a husband who shares the love for good old-fashioned family game time with me….one of the many reasons i love you, honey.)  a few weeks ago, arden and i had a girls’ day with my friend, annette, and her two daughters, micah and alana.  (thank you, annette, for encouraging me to be a crafty mom….i’ll let you know when i finish that ornament for arden’s first christmas….hopefully before christmas next week!)  imagine the joy that overcame me when i walked into annette’s house and saw this AWESOME game cabinet in her den (modeled here by the beautiful alana).  i want one!  i am already trying to think of ways to start a weekly game night with an infant.  who cares if she doesn’t understand games yet….it’s all about starting family traditions, right?

more funny-face photos (taken on october 30) with what was her new teether toy from her grandmother, KK, and what is now her FAVORITE teether toy by far!

these photos were taken during our day in the garden on november 12th, while darla and gracie ran circles around us.  (see previous post.)


it is SOOOO cold in memphis today.  usually i get really excited about winter’s arrival, and i spend every single day of winter hoping for just one day of snow.  (and that’s usually all we get!)  but this week, i was very lazy and stayed indoors, due to cold temperatures and heavy rain.  but i got lots of (internet) christmas shopping done AND holiday cards mailed on time (meaning BEFORE the holidays!), thanks to jason’s incredible help with card-assembling this morning.    

all this dreary weather made me miss the gardening season, or rather realize that i pretty much missed the gardening season!  i barely did any work in the yard this fall, but i did manage to take arden out one day and move some calla lilies that had become overcrowded from our front yard to the back.  heck, if everyone is going to call her nature-themed nursery ‘arden’s garden,’ then i feel obligated to do some gardening in the yard that her nusery overlooks!  arden seemed to enjoy her first gardening experience, although for her it mostly meant sitting in a vibrating chair while the dogs ran circles around her and i sang and grunted and moaned and heaved buckets of dirt and became covered with it!  for me, the work was much more enjoyable than usual, because i had my daughter to keep me company, and i dreamed alot about the day when she will be big enough to help me dig and plant and watch beautiful things grow.  

this is the song i sang to arden while i worked:

dan west nursery told me to move the lilies once they wilt...ya think this is wilted enough?!?

mr. gnome marks the spot so i won't forget where the bulbs were replanted!

not so sure the stems were supposed to break off the bulbs like this…woops.


my very scientific way of tracking the bulbs i dug up


thanks to a short video found online, i learned how to store extra bulbs for next spring!

if anyone has any tips for moving, planting or storing calla lilies or other bulbs, please feel free to share….i still have A LOT to learn about maintaining our garden!

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