My pinterest boards are growing by the day and I have quite the list of projects floating around in my brain. Here’s what I think is doable this Christmas season:
1. Felt gift ornaments not sure of original source
2. Striped straw wreath from Woman’s Day
3. Ballerina snowflakes not in English, but the pictures say it all
4. Accordion paper trees by Julep
Plus, I’m excited to try out some new gift wrapping techniques! Stay tuned for that.
Happy Cyber Monday to you all. I’m glad I chose family over frenzy last weekend but now I’m ready to dive in to the sales!
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We just said goodbye to the last of our visiting family – it was so nice having them in town for Tilly’s first birthday party!
The party was in Golden Gate Park at the Koret Children’s Quarter. It was a great location with a little red barn as a backdrop and right next door to the carousel. It’s the oldest public playground in the country – how cool! The permit was $55, a deal if you ask me, and we made all the food ourselves besides the cupcakes from Whole Foods.
I made Tilly’s cake the night before (tried to do one of those rainbow cakes from pinterest) and it actually turned out better than I thought. Since it sat out overnight, the frosting was a little dried out and made virtually no mess when she dug into it at the party. It brushed right off!
We had about 35 guests, including a whopping 4 babies. The adults played bocce and frisbee (and drank covertly from plastic cups) while the kids played on the grass. Some friends of mine took Tilly on the carousel but she got a little freaked out, not surprisingly!
Grandma Dottie’s highlight was riding down the 100+ year old concrete slide. She ran back to us with such excitement and pride in her voice that she had conquered it! Another highlight was my dad running alongside the carousel trying to get pictures of Tilly. He says he took 900 pictures total, and if you know him, this is no surprise!
I’m finishing up a little movie from the party but until then, I hope these pictures hold you over. (update: here’s the video!)
How was your Easter? I’ve been looking forward to this Easter for a long time… Holidays are always better with kids don’t you think?
We started the day with two whole crabs from Whole Foods… I certainly hope it’s a new Easter tradition because it was absolutely delectable! We lounged around and Tilly hunted (aka happened upon) the plastic eggs I hid around our living room. Honestly, two days later, there are still a few left!
We spent the afternoon in the park, blowing bubbles and picking wildflowers. And as an evening treat, I couldn’t resist picking up some macarons from Chantal Guillon in Hayes Valley. Here’s to Easter, springtime, and new beginnings!
It’s amazing how Tilly has changed in 6 months! I feel like for the first three months she was so needy and kinda fussy most of the time. Then from three months to six months she was so sweet and content. 6 months has really been the “sweet spot” because Tilly is so happy and interactive, but not crawling or so inquisitive that she can get into trouble. Now that she’s almost 7 months, I notice that she is getting much more hyper and active! Lots of leg kicking, arm banging, babbling, etc. It’s so fun to watch her grow. At this point, she is still only rolling one direction, but can sit on her own and can stand pretty well too, with us helping her balance.
She got lots of fantastic christmas presents, but the best by far was two teeth!! They are just peeking through, it’s easier to feel them than it is to see them, but they are there. And Tilly is letting us know, believe me. Lots of chewing on anything in sight… I have become a firm believer in the power of the pacifier. And although we were overwhelmed with amazing gifts ourselves, the best by far was from Tilly… she sleeps through the night now! 6pm to 6am. I SWEAR!
We’re up to 2 meals a day and it’s getting easier, but still not easy. Favorite foods are bananas, sweet potatoes, carrots, avocados, and sometimes peas and mangoes. I tried ground lamb but that didn’t go over too well, so I’m gonna wait a few weeks and try again since our doctor recommended it. Maybe I’ll try beef instead.
Here are some pictures of our romantic SF Christmas Eve (we may or may not have finished off a bottle of Dom Perignon saved from our wedding…) and our quiet, lovely Christmas morning (I cooked Croque Monsieur and we watched the Nutcracker!). We have lots of friends visiting in the month of January, starting this weekend with Oscar and Aline! Yayeah! Happy New Year. xoxo
We decided this year to spend the week before Christmas visiting our family in Orange County, and to spend the actual holiday at home in San Francisco as a new little family. So that means… 5 Christmas Eves! 5 Christmas Mornings! It really was quite the brilliant plan.
Our families were so generous and sweet! Here’s a picture of Tilly on a new rocking horse. Doesn’t she look so old?
We got to spend lots of time with cousin Frankie, and the littles got in their first fist fight! Frank thew a punch, Tilly licked it, and in turn Frankie got bored and let out a huge yawn… (or scream, depending on your interpretation!)
With 4 Christmas Eves under our belt and currently working on our 5th, it kind feels like the holiday is over before it even started. Our Christmas Card “tree” is looking pretty good, eh?
Yesterday Tilly and I went to yoga and then picked up a (local, organic, obvs) duck from Bi-Rite! MmmMmmMmm. After that, we came home and walked to Cole Hardware (stroller, and dog in tow) to see if there were any trees left. As it turns out, we got the very last one, on sale for $10. Bam. As I pushed the stroller and Josh held Tank’s leash, we shared the duty of carrying a 5 foot tree 10 blocks. It was quite comical, but well worth it.
Today has been so lovely. I made 3 mini chocolate pecan pies this morning (not sure what I’ll do with the other 2 yet) and the Duck has been roasting since 2. I decorated the tree first thing, and Josh and Tilly went Christmas shopping this afternoon to get me a gift! Our stockings are hung (made with love by Josh’s mama) and I’ve been chatting with my fam down south all day. We are honestly relaxed and just soaking up this special day. Happy Birthday Baby Jesus!
This is the runner up for our christmas card photo. My sister crocheted that hat and I set the photoshoot up on our bed, with the lights taped to the wall! She is the cutest thing EVER.
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We gave Tilly her first solid food on Thanksgiving, and as you’ll see, she wasn’t very impressed with lentils. Since then she’s gotten much better and even opens her mouth when the spoon comes close! She much prefers sweet potatoes to lentils, come to find out. (don’t we all?) We’ll get a superfood in her system one way or another!
We just did some really simple Christmas decorations this year. With no tree to hang our ornaments on, they sadly stayed in the box – hopefully they’ll make an appearance in 2011! I did hang one ornament, so I dont forget it. Every year at the Mahoney Family christmas party everyone brings an ornament symbolic of their year and hangs it on the tree, one at a time. We got this one while driving on the Avenue of the Giants in Northern CA and thought it symbolized us pretty well. I can’t forget it when we drive home to Orange tomorrow! Also, the first picture is of the nativity Jackie brought back for me from Rwanda a few years ago. It’s my all time favorite Christmas decoration! Sometimes I consider leaving it out year round.
Oregon Thanksgiving! We spent the holiday at my aunt’s in Southern Oregon – it was snowy and cold and wonderful! There were 5 dogs, 4 cats, and 3 horses… We brought Tank and he was in absolute heaven!
Josh and my aunt went on a horseback ride while Fred and I walked with the pups. The pictures don’t do it justice, it was just gorgeous!
Oh and we drove through TWO trees on our roadtrip back to SF. I was giddy to say the least!
I guess I really like garland for holiday decor. (remember valentines day?) These simple bats are festive but not over the top – they’d be so cute hanging in a window… spotted on Apartment Therapy.
Our decorations are up! I made them the other night (as promised) and I really really love the cheer they bring to our bedroom.