The holidays are over and I am trying to get my house back in order. We took down the tree and I feel a little less cluttered now. I had my carpets and furniture professionally cleaned yesterday and it all looks brand new! However, we are starting potty training on Friday and according to my hubster's aunt, we did that backwards. I clearly wasn't thinking. Luckily, most of the potty training will take place where we have wood floors! :) Wish me luck!
We had a beautiful Christmas! I haven't seen a white Christmas like this one in quite some time! And, I don't think it will be melting any time soon.
Here are a few photos from Christmas...
Now, on to getting organized and getting our new years resolutions underway.
Hermann, Mo. is a cute town. It feels kind of European, as you are standing at the top of the hill looking down at the small town with it's windy roads and grape-vined hillsides.
This weekend we toured the Stone Hill Winery and tasted wine at 4-5 different wineries; and yes, I did say I was in Missouri. The wine wasn't anything to write home about, but the casual, laid back atmosphere in the different wineries was a fun experience. We then made our way to Washingon, Mo and stayed at a very cute, little bed and breakfast. It was a nice weekend!
I am feeling inspired by these vintage, funky necklaces. Who doesn't have an old brooch or two in their closet, right? I am going to see if I can figure out how to create one of these, while the big statement necklaces are still in.
I was super-excited when I checked out my jewelry box! I forgot I had all of these. Excited to see how this turns out. Stay tuned.
I love dogs! I love all the wonderful, goofy expressions that they make. I also really enjoy getting those expressions on camera.
The young ones are not the easiest of models! I recently had the opportunity to take photos of a friend's parent's puppy, whom they love like their third, much younger child. She is fiesty and that tongue just kept growing the whole time. She does not sit still for a moment. This was quite the challenge and I am happy that we got some framers!
Here is the money shot...
I really like this one too.
And, a few more...
I was able to snap a few of my friend's dogs. Sweet girls. Much older and calmer.
My treadmill and I are becoming friends again. I don't know what it is but it feels really good to run right now. And, it doesn't hurt! It is such a mental sport and it always defeats me. But, I am determined to enjoy running some day. Ha!
There is hope for me. I have a friend whose mother-in-law did not start (key word = START) running until she was 80 years old! And, she is still kickin' it at 90 something.
Last year I used the Couch to 5k program from Cool Running to train for a 5k. I successfully finished the program and was quite pleased with my finish.
It is a 2 month running program where you gradually increase the amount of time each week that you run. This eases you into running, so that you don't burn out from trying to do too much too soon.
There is a downloadable podcast on itunes, in which the cues to start and stop running are intertwined with music. I really enjoyed the podcast. The music wasn't too bad. In itunes search for Robert Ullrey and the podcast will pop up.
We usually do a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, so I am thinking of starting this program again. Want to join me?
Where have I been? How have I gone this long without knowing about mini Boden?! Let's face it, shopping for boys clothes just isn't a whole lot of fun. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy it, but it is so hard to find fun, funky, cool clothes for boys.
Boden is a European company, so you can only order by catalog or via an in-home trunk show. So, if I can figure out how to host one of those, I will be all over it.
I am feeling really inspired by these shirts. I wonder if I can craft up my own little applique monster (for my little monster). Hmmm...what do you think?
And, seriously, how cute are these sock friends?! I will be making some of these soon. I will post pics.
Now, I can't not mention how incredibly cute the girls's clothes are...love this!
For Halloween this year we headed to Hiawatha, KS for the annual Halloween Frolic. This is the oldest Halloween parade in the nation. There is a children's parade in the afternoon and the Grand Parade is held in the evening. I love the spirit of small town parades! The whole town comes alive.
My spider and his "incredible" friend rode in the parade in the Spooky Spider Mobile. And, much to my excitement, won second place in the wagon division!!! We even won a prize (a $15 gift certificate to Wal-Mart!) Woo-hoo!
We stayed at the Country Cabins of Hiawatha. They are quaint, rustic cabins that overlook a quiet, serene pond. There is a restaurant on the property and I must say that we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of our meal. We dined on prime rib and trout. The food was fantastic and added to an all-around awesome weekend.
I think this may have to be a new Halloween tradition!