My dad sent Bentley this birthday card. So clever! The creative genes run on both sides of the fam!
Monday, August 29, 2011
Here's to my first time ever making pillow 'shams' instead of just sewing pillows all the way around. It was much easier than I thought! I turned one pillow around so you can see the sham fold.
This bench is actually to our indoor dining set. I hope to find a table and chairs to go outside on our porch. There might be some good sales as summer comes to a close.
I didn't realize until after I bought this home decor fabric for Bentley's curtains that it was actually outdoor home fabric. So, I get to see this happy peony pattern as I walk up to my porch.
And yes, if you've been super sleuthful, you can see our new house color in this photo. Alas, the painting is not complete. (which is why I have yet to post any after photos.) Drew did agree to redo the accent color since it looks more like masking tape... Not what we intended. The blueberry color is growing on me. Though the color is called, Artist's Grey, it is more blue with a hint of grey instead of grey with a hint of blue as we hoped.
Bentley often says as we come home from outings, "oh, I love my blue house, mommy."
Here's to a blue house.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I had a long thin piece of fabric leftover from the curtains I made for Bentley's room. When I saw these marked down (rightly so, they were ugly!) pillows at IKEA today for only 99¢ each, I knew what I had to do.
Monday, August 22, 2011
This is her victory face.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I cooked beautiful swiss/rainbow chard for the first time. Though I had to enlist the help of friends to figure out what the greens even were and how to cook them. I knew Bentley would love the pink stems. First I chopped them, stem and green, and sauteed them for about 10 minutes in garlic and olive oil. Then I served them with a little lemon juice (lemons from her garden) and shredded parmesan. While I sauteed the chard, I made pasta mixed with her homemade pesto (basil also from her garden), and then I tossed it with a little more olive oil. It was surprisingly divine.
We prayed, toasted with our Dry Rhubarb Wine (homemade with rhubarb from her garden) and savored the meal amidst a lovely bouquet of perfect dahlias (again, also from her garden).
Thank you to 1420 Grant Street for a stellar meal,
When Bentley came home this morning after a weekend with both a night at Grammy's and with Nana and Papa, we invited her into her new room upstairs. I wasn't exactly sure how she would take it, but as she saw her new room, she exclaimed, "Oh, it's SO cute!"
The first 5 minutes of being in her new room...
Emery is enjoying having her own room too.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
She drew that picture of a shark. When she saw her own drawing a few days later, she said, "Mommy, look, a whale!"
I still love her original "shark."
The party in pictures.
The dance playlist included several Bentley's favorite dancing songs; All She Wants to Do is Dance, Dancing with Myself and Electric Feel by MGMT.
Cameron donned a shark fin that I made and played "shark" while the kids got to squirt him to get their goody-bags.
Uncle Josh and Emery in amongst the party-goers.
To see more from the party, click here.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
She joyfully went up to the cashier to give her the money and counted out five quarters. (I had to teach her about tax. :) The cashier was so kind letting her hold the scanning gun and scan her own item and was graciously patient as Bentley counted five quarters into her hand.
After getting in the car, and looking through her coin purse, she says, "Uh!! Where'd all my money go?!" I explained that she had to exchange some of her money to buy the puzzle. She said, "I want my money back." I then told her if she wanted her money back, she would have to give the puzzle back. She said, "Ok, I don't want the puzzle." I was about to go into explaining about how to return something and thought, nevermind, I don't want to drive back to Target right now to take back $1 puzzle. :)
When we got home, she wanted to play with her puzzle.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Bentley's favorite thing now is to put on this dress, get her new Ballerina Barbie, turn on music and twirl and twirl and twirl.
My friend, Stacey, made this dress for Bentley for her birthday. When Stacey asked her daughter, Paige, what she wanted to get Bentley for her birthday, she told her Bentley needed a twirly dress like hers.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
My darling Bentley Brooke, almost 3-years-old, is no longer a baby girl, but truly a little girl now.
Bentley and Paige. Paige is my friend, Stacey's daughter. She is one year older than Bentley, but the two play well together. Before taking this photo, all I said was, "Do you want to give each other a hug?" Voila. This photo was taken the very first day of class.