– Anthony’s party was a roaring success and I’ll be sharing more about the details of it soon because we pulled it off an a practically nonexistent budget and had a great time. Just about everything was Anthony’s creativity and ideas and I’ve come to learn that he is a fantastic party planner. This is so odd to me because I am a terrible party planner. I can do the actual planning and when prodded can come up with fun ideas, but mostly I have zero to negative amounts of interest in party planning. Whenever Anthony asks me what I want to do for my birthday it’s always the same thing: dancing, eating, sitting around and bullshitting and maybe playing a game. Or, taking a day trip. Or, spending the day thrifting. Ta da. I think for the most part people in my family are all the same way, really low key about birthdays and parties. It’s always Anthony who wants to have the giant bash. And that’s great, because I love to attend those parties, and it’s somehow, mentally, a lot less work when he’s spearheading the event.
– Last week, in preparation for Anthony’s party and to further progress on our quest to find a dresser for Isobel’s room, Isobel and I spent a day running errands that included hitting up most of the thrift stores in our area. While we found great stuff for the party (and I knocked out gifts for just about all the upcoming birthdays), we have had no luck on the dresser front. We actually stopped at one place that had the perfect thing except the seller wouldn’t separate it from the enormous bedroom set it belonged to. So frustrating. But Isobel and I had a fantastic day together exploring the various stores and trying out their furniture. It’s definitely not going to be as easy to just take off and go thrifting together once the baby gets here, but this is one of those mother-daughter activities that I’m going to have to make special time for.
– My awesome friend Anne has done it again, and by “it” I mean she’s sent me another lovely package of handmade goodness out of the blue. This time she sent me the most gorgeous quilt I have ever laid eyes on. I hold quilters in a light filled with the respect and awe people usually save for celebrities. It’s a magical skill to me and this quilt is certainly the most magical I have ever seen. I couldn’t love the fabric more if I picked out each individual square myself and Anthony thinks it’s the most miraculous thing. How wonderful for Elias to have a special quilt like this. When I was pregnant I was surrounded by coworkers and relatives who had been waiting about ten years for us to conceive and so the amount of handmade gifts I received for her was almost embarrassing. Since our needs are much less this time around we haven’t received the volume of handmade presents for him like we did for her, so this is an extra special treat for the whole family. Thank you so much, Anne.
– While I haven’t received two dozen handmade blankets for Elias (no joke, we did for Isobel), we have been spoiled with hand-me-down boy clothes from friends. It’s been wonderful and we haven’t had to spend anything to get his wardrobe together, which is fantastic because we really don’t have anything to spend. Most recently we received a package full of some extra cuteness from mama friend Crys. We are so lucky to be friends with people who are both generous and have great taste.
– I have been having to apologize to friends and family for the length of response time regarding texts or tweets or emails. I feel bad if I don’t get back to people right away but I have so little energy these days and so much going on. Angela pretty much proved to me that she totally gets me because one time after apologizing she said, “No worries. I always assume you are asleep.” Ding ding ding! I probably am.
Sponsor Spotlight: Little Big Bazaar. Only the best stuff.
Thrifted Maternity Closet: Week 29. All of us make a SHAPE!
Recipe: Lunchbox Cheese Sandwich Spread. Wonderful as a lunch or snack. Perfect for a lunchbox.
Snapshot 01.22.14. Isobel creates the Winchester Mystery House for the wee folk.
Life List: Update 2014. Each year I update my life list instead of making resolutions.
Follow Friday: Aqua Girl. Hilarious tweets and photos of our trip to the aquarium.
Sponsor Spotlight: Little Big Bazaar. Some fantastic V-day goods in here.
Scrapbook: Home Life. Ten photos of home.
D&D Turns 40. My husband and our friends think it nothing short of miraculous that D&D was created the day before my husband was born (albeit a few years earlier). It’s like the game was made and play tested in the ensuing years just for him. Via ispinyarn
Dansons la Capucine. This is probably the best cat video I’ve ever seen. It will soften even the stoniest of hearts. Via
The Most Impressive Costumes from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Featuring the infamous workout costumes that Stef and I want to wear for Halloween. Via ModernSauce
Productivity Creepin’: Life List Update. I’m less about planning yearly resolutions and more about seeing what on the life list needs to be updated or crossed off.
LB also stands for Legitimate Business. Commemorating switching over to self-hosting with a PowerPoint that I worked unnecessarily hard on.
Thrift Store Score: Last Haul of the Season. A Farmer’s Market and Thrift Store Score.
Thrifty Giving: The Heart-Shaped Box. Isobel loved this and played with it until it fell apart.