Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Getting Ready for Baby #2

Less than three months from now, we will be welcoming out little guy into our arms and I will be gladly ejecting him from my stomach:). This pregnancy has moved along so much faster than my first and I am incredibly grateful for that.   This time around, I am so much busier with Daisy and our schedule that I simply don't have the down time to plan or think as much about things as I did when I was pregnant with Daisy...which is nice.  Also, in comparison to my first pregnancy, I feel so much more relaxed and not at all anxious this time around. 

We have gotten a few things accomplished in the past month! I am happy to report that my hubs put up crown molding, painted our little guy's room not once but, twice and set our crib up. Yay! Why did he paint the room twice you ask?  Well...after much thought on my part, the room was initially painted a light beige.   My reason for choosing that color was that I thought a neutral color would be easy to work with and that it would be a color that our son could grow with.   I figured that I could really do any theme I wanted with a neutral color.   Even as the beige was being painted on the wall I knew it was not going to jive with me.  All my brain could say when I saw it was, "yuck."  I spent a few days walking in and out of the room in hopes that I might get used to the color or change my mind but, it continued to remind me of a sterile hospital.  I decided that all the room was missing was padded walls.  Truth.  I felt awful telling my husband that I hated the color after he had spent an afternoon painting it but, I knew that I couldn't live with it.  For the record, color can either have a really positive impact on me or a horrible impact on me in my home.  I guess I am one of those people whose moods are affected by tone and color more than I realized!  So, now you know one of my many oddities...don't judge me.  I know you have some too:). lol

My hubs was an absolute trooper and even though I said that I would do the painting this time around he wouldn't let me (yay me!).  I chose to go a different direction and picked a soft blue that we both already knew we love because we have used it before.  We bought two gallons of it from Home Depot and my hubby got about 75% of the way through painting the room for the second time when I walked into the room and immediately noticed that the color was not at all like the color swatch we took in to Lowes.  I nervously mentioned it to my husband and he suggested that maybe it was just the lighting because it was dark in the room with only one small light.  I wanted to believe that but, in my gut I knew something was again off.  We chose a soft baby blue and this color was a darker blue, green.  Sure enough, when the room was finished and after my husband had strained his eyes again and again to try and see the color as a soft blue, he also concluded that it was in fact no where near the color we purchased.  Turns out we were accidentally given a gallon of paint that a customer behind us had ordered and they must have gotten ours.  We didn't bother to confirm the name of the paint before painting because when we opened the lid the color looked blueish and it's really hard to tell a color until it dries.  It was a store error and a really unfortunate one considering our circumstances... after painting the room twice my hubby was ready to fall apart...I couldn't blame him.   Being the guy that he is, after he calmed down, he offered to paint it again if I wasn't happy with the new unique color  that we now had on the walls that didn't match the bedding that I had already purchased.  hehe.  I did in fact like the color well enough to leave it alone and so the color remains as does my husband's sanity..barely:)  Anyways, all that to say that some day when you see pictures of our son's nursery, please don't tell me that the bedding doesn't match or that the color isn't your favorite.  Could you do us a favor and just lie and tell us how much you love it?  Thanks, we would both really appreciate it. LOL

I pinned boy nursery pictures on Pinterest for several months and I like a lot of different styles but, a boy nursery was definitely not coming as easily to me as a little girl's room.  Plus, I simply cannot bear the thought of spending an arm and a leg to decorate another nursery again...a room that our little guy will likely out grow in a year or two at most.  I want to keep things simple this time around, budget friendly and yet hopefully somewhat cute still.... so, wish me luck because this process has not been an easy challenge!  I love vintage themed nurseries that people so often create now for boys.  I love the modern prints, grays, yellows, arrows, foxes and simple decor but, when I was in wal-mart and saw a cheerful, elephant bumper for only $12 on clearance I said to myself, "Screw it, elephants it is."    So, that my friends, is how it all started.  hahaha.

I'm hoping to get a rocking/glider chair of some sort, a dresser and a few simple decorations and I hope to tackle all that between now and October.  We shall see about that:).  I will of course share pictures when it is finished so stay tuned.

In other news, I am happy to report that since the day that we found out we are having a boy, Daisy has completely warmed up to the idea and she hasn't complained about having a "brudder," again.

The day of the ultrasound was tough.  I knew that Daisy was really hoping for a sister and I think that deep down a part of me was kind of hoping we were having another girl too...for various reasons.  On the other hand, this pregnancy was nothing like my first so I also knew in my gut that this kiddo was probably a boy because things were just too different.  When the technician showed us that we were in fact having a boy I think we were all in shock, but Daisy most of all.  She started crying almost immediately and kept saying quietly over and over, "a brudder?  I don't want a brudder.  I want a sister.  No, no, no."  It was one part funny to witness her reaction but, another part sad and emotional for me because I was also processing the news and her tears kinda swallowed up the tiny bit of excitement that I was trying to feel...though for the record I wasn't at all surprised by her tears, nor was I upset by her reaction.  I could relate:). 

After the ultrasound I took Daisy to a consignment shop and let her pick out a toy and an outfit for her baby brother to help ease her in to the news.  She found two cute baby princess dolls and that immediately cheered her up.  She talked to my belly and said, "I'm sorry for what I said baby brudder.  I won't say that again.  I wuv you," while kissing my belly in the store.  That melted me.  To make sure to seal her change of heart I took her to one of her favorite places, Chick-Fil-A and we had a nice date lunch and ice cream together.  She was doing much better after all that and so was I.  I also picked out a few little boy things at the consignment shop (shown in the picture above).  It felt strange to be buying boy clothes and my brain was completely incapable of processing the news that I was going to have a son.  It was a weird feeling and I know that some of you can relate to that feeling of shock.   The good news of course is that the feeling of shock wears off over time.  

Now, nearly 30 weeks along in this pregnancy (holy cow the time has flown by!), I still can't comprehend what it will be like to be a mother to a son...simply because this is a first time experience but, I feel so much peace and gratitude for this little boy.  I spend lots of little moments praying for my sweet son with my hand on my giant belly.  He often kicks when I pray just to let me know that he is listening and thriving inside his cozy nest.  I pray for his health and for his future.  I pray that he would be brave and courageous and love Jesus with all his heart.  I pray that God would teach me and my husband to guide him and instruct him with patience and love.  I pray that he would be an awesome brother to his sister, Daisy.  I pray that they would have a special bond.  Every time that I pray for my son, my concerns and fears wash away.  My heart is filled with peace and I know that God has great things in store, not only for our son, but for our family when he joins us.  

Thank you Jesus for the son that you have entrusted to us! 

A generous friend of mine offered to throw a baby shower for us in November.  Thank you so much Annie! I wasn't planning on accepting a shower offer but, when I thought about it, I realized that after five years, a lot of little things are needing to be replaced, borrowed things have been returned and I would rather this little boy not have to wear pink and purple every day:) I did in fact accept.  I am grateful for this little celebration for our son and I am so thankful to all the friends who have celebrated this new life with our family in some way or another.  

To answer a few questions that I am asked almost daily...

What is his name going to be?  

A secret:).  Sorry all.  We kept Daisy's name a secret and though it wasn't easy for us, it was a fun surprise to announce on the day of her birth and it prevented us from being subjected to disapproving comments about her name while I was pregnant.  This little guy's name is somewhat unique but, not at all strange in my opinion.  You only have to way 2.5 more months! Hang tight:)

How is this pregnancy going lately?

It's going okay in many ways.  I haven't had any braxton hicks contractions yet which has surprised me.  I had so many with Daisy!  My back doesn't hurt as bad this time around which is a tremendous blessing.  It does get sore at night and when I am sleeping but, it is nothing like the first time around.  I had hardly zero nausea with this little guy.  I think maybe six weeks tops.  I don't have any food aversions anymore and I can even drink coffee again.  I will say that my fatigue is worse this time around and I am sure it is partially due to the fact that I have a very lively 4 year old who does not nap...wearing me out all day long but, it is also because I only sleep about 4 hours a night on average.  I try to take a nap a couple of times during the week to keep my brain functioning and that helps.  On the other hand, as I have told several people...the fatigue and exhaustion in pregnancy always helps me to transition more smoothly into the exhaustion phase with a newborn and I a grateful for that...seriously, so grateful.  I am quite uncomfortable already.  My stomach feels much tighter this time around and I think that is because I am carrying differently.  I can no longer reach my toes or easily pull on pants.  I get winded easily on our nightly walks and find myself leaning on trees and stop signs to catch my breath. HAHA.  My maternity clothes are even becoming too tight and I get rather bummed that I have to wear the same three shirts over and over and over again...I just keep telling myself, "just keep chugging, just keep chugging." :)  So, now you now how things are going! hehe


I hope you are all having a blessed week!  I've been filling my spirit with some awesome Jake Hamilton worship tunes this week.  His music is so anointed and powerful.  Good stuff.  Take a listen. I pray that whatever your circumstances are today, that you feel the powerful love of Jesus, meeting you exactly where you are at.  I pray that He tugs on your heart and speaks His powerful truth into your life.  You are chosen, redeemed, forgiven, dearly loved and a conquerer in Him.  How great is our God!   


I remember listening to this song (below) in one of the darkest and loneliest seasons of my life.  With tears streaming down my face while driving around town, God used these words to fill me with hope, to hold my broken heart and love on my weary soul.  Whatever you are facing or might face in the future....In Him, hold on, it's all gonna be okay.  


Friday, September 5, 2014

First Week Of Preschool 4's


My sweet girl started 4's preschool this past Tuesday, September 2, 2014.  Last year she only attended school three days a week but, this year she is going five days a week and an hour longer.  She also eats lunch at school now.  The purpose of the schedule is to help the 4 year olds to prepare for kindergarten which will be an even longer day.  I could easily have done three days again this year because I am not needing that much time away from my love bug but, on the other hand being six months preggo and counting...I am wiped out and this morning break is a huge blessing for my weary mind and body.  This year Daisy has a lot of friends in her class.  Some new friends and some old and that made this year an easy transition.  She enjoys her teachers and each day after class she usually tells me one favorite thing about that day.  I've heard that she cooked one day, read a book to her friend, went potty 3 times (lol), showed all her friends and teachers her nail polish and her teachers complimented them etc.  I love the little tid bits that she gives me but, I have learned that I can't pry too much because Daisy needs to decompress after school for a while.  


Daisy loves being home with me.  I think she would be content to stay inside and do crafts, workbooks, cook, help me clean and do imagination play etc. with me all day long.  She is a Mommy's girl for sure and she is a home body...just like me.  lol  That being said I expected that she would be a little anxious on her first day of school and during the first week but, I also know that Daisy is very brave and resilient and I knew she would have fun once she got into her class with her friends. 
(looking a little serious in this pic...that is her nervousness coming through a little bit:).  Still I appreciate that she lets me take these pictures of her and is such a good sport. 

I could tell she was excited and nervous on her first day because she was happy and agreeable but, she was much quieter than usual.  She is a thinker and I could see that her little wheels were turning.  I prayed for her while I was making her lunch and getting her ready and that helped to give both of us some peace of mind.  She gave me lots of kisses and then walked bravely into her new class.  I'm so proud of my kiddo.  (side note: this pic was the day before school started.  My kiddo sometimes like to get dressed all pretty and I just loved the sweet smile she gave me when I asked if I could take a picture of her cute outfit:).  

There was a funny misunderstanding on day one.  Daisy is now doing a carpool pick up after school each day.  She is not familiar with that term and for whatever reason she thought her teacher was telling her that she and the other kids were going to a new pool after school.  Seriously cute...LOL.  So when I finally got to the front of the carpool line and picked her up she was so excited about the new swimming pool we were heading to.  I was confused of course but, quickly figured out where the confusion came from.  I did my best to explain a carpool and I apologized that we were in fact not going to a pool that afternoon.  She was devastated (and over tired from a fun day at school) and had a little melt down on the drive home but, she quickly got over it.  Still I thought it was pretty cute.  
(lately Daisy loves being in her room...preferably with me.  It blesses me that she feels calm and peaceful in her room.  She goes in to relax, to cook, play with her babies or get into her piggy bank as she is here in this pic. I'll admit that I love her soft pink room too.  It's so feminine and relaxing and I often lounge on the bed with my huge stomach flopped on a pillow so I can play with her. lol)  

All in all it's been a great first week.  Daisy is definitely enjoying school and I am so proud of how far she has come since last year when she started her 3's preschool class.  Tugs on the ol' heart strings to see her getting bigger, smarter, taller....I just love her at this age.  4 is so much work energy wise but, the relationship I have with my daughter at 4 is priceless.  So thankful for my little girl and all that God has taught me about life and love through her. 
 
I love you to pieces my sweet, thoughtful, silly, creative, sensitive, beautiful, Daisy Love!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Our California Visit In Review Part 1

We aren't able to get out to California as often as we would like unfortunately. It costs too much to buy three tickets and get a rental car etc. and it's a really big trip to make with a kiddo.  We have so many people to visit in such a short amount of time and it can feel a bit like being stuck in a blender on the fastest speed and not being turned off until we get back into our own beds two weeks later.  Truth. HAHA...I know all of you that have to make big trips to see a bunch of family and friends out of state know exactly what I am talking about.  In spite of the fact that it is quite exhausting, it is also wonderful to see everyone and catch up after being away for so long.  We hadn't been in CA for two years so I was definitely eager to see everyone!  

This trip was spurred on because my brother was getting married (woohoo!) and my sister and her hubby were graduating college.  It was a trip full of celebration and I am so happy for my siblings and so thankful that I got to be a part of those special events in their lives.  

Daisy was a total champ overall.  She got into a routine of watching movies on each of our 3+ hour car rides (which we had a ton of).  She was a good sleeper for the most and she kept up with our extremely busy days and late nights.  I will say that this was by far the easiest trip we have taken with her.  The older kiddos get, the easier traveling gets. 

I was about 14 or so weeks pregnant when we traveled and thankfully this pregnancy has been much kinder than my first so I managed to keep up with everyone.  I was absolutely fatigued but, the business  distracted me from it.  I think I felt it when I got back home:). lol  

Anyways, it was a good trip and SO good to see the faces of the people we love and Daisy loved all of the attention, presents and hugs.  Till next time California. 

The first place we stopped after landing was of course In N Out.  It's almost painful for me to post this picture because I am so hungry...and pregnant and I would do just about anything to get one of these burgers into my stomach...right now.  Oh my golly...drooling over here while I blog.  I'm also going to confess that Daisy wasn't too fond of her burger and being the pregnant woman that I am...I finished her burger too...it was a big calorie day for me but, I have no regrets.  Best food ever. :) 

After landing in California were beyond exhausted.  We had been up since 3 AM and had gone to bed after 11PM and the flight was long and uncomfortable.  We couldn't wait to take a nap at our friend's house when we arrived! lol  It was so great to see our Morris friends and stay in their cozy home.  Thank you Elissa and Mike! 
We arrived Friday afternoon and the wedding festivities and family visits with family from all over the country and out of country as well began first thing Saturday morning. The very busy weekend took off!  First we stopped at the hotels where everyone was staying and we hung out briefly while they finished getting ready to go.  I got to see my sister Anna who I hadn't seen in two years!! I was overjoyed to see her...so was Daisy as you can tell.  Auntie Anna is such an amazing auntie...and I'm not just saying that.  She lavished so much love and attention on Daisy every time they saw each other.  It blessed my momma heart so much.  Here Daisy is getting into Anna's makeup bag.  Happy girl:)
And I got to see my momma!!  They were both pretty smitten:)
And then we headed over to the site where the wedding rehearsal and wedding were being held.  We met up with a bunch of family and checked out the location.  It was a darling park and the weather was warm but, perfect for an outdoor wedding.  I got to see lots of family that I haven't seen in ages.  Aunts, Uncles, cousins, Great Aunts and Uncles, friends etc.  I do love that weddings bring so many people together into one setting.  It's a treat to see so many familiar faces all at once especially knowing how little we get to see everyone now.  Later that afternoon we headed to the rehearsal dinner for my brother and his then fiance Sasha.  It was held at a beautiful home.  The food was delicious and the decor was lovely.  

I was especially happy to get a picture with all of my siblings.  It's been a few years since we have gotten one and this is one that I actually like:).  I was so happy for my bro! 
and a nice pic with my seesters whom I wuv so much.
A picture with my soon to be sis-in-law, Sasha.  She's such a lovely gal inside and out.  So happy she chose my bro! 

The table decorations were so pretty.  It was such a classic and slightly vintage wedding.  Loved the pearls and peonies. 
We got home late Saturday night from the rehearsal dinner and crashed shortly after.  The time change was really killing me more than usual this trip but, we managed to chug through the busy festivities and our friends were such wonderful hosts with our constant coming and going.  Sunday morning we headed out bright for another hour trek to meet the family and help with wedding set up.  We helped set up and decorate the tables and displays.  It was fun to help with my family and my soon to be sister-in-law's family and friends.  Such a lovely California day!
 Then it was time to get ourselves ready.  I helped Anna with her hair and make-up which makes me feel special since neither thing am I really skilled at but, I enjoy making other people feel pretty:).  We Hart girls marveled at the fact that we all wore mint in some form or another and not a single one of us planned or orchestrated our outfits.  I love when that happens. I had not intended to buy a dress for the wedding but, as the time drew near I realized that I was looking much more pregnant and I hated how I looked in all of my old dresses.  I looked everywhere for a dress...I mean everywhere and had absolutely no luck.  The day before the wedding I ran into a cheapo store with only a few minutes to spare.  Saw my dress hanging in the front display and knew it was for me.  Love when that happens too:). It was comfy for my puffy stomach and classy enough for the wedding. Win Win.
Daisy loved being held anyone and everyone and Auntie Anna definitely held her the most.  See how they match too! Anna looked so beautiful and Daisy looked so cute:).
My bro looking sharp and waiting for his lovely bride to walk down the aisle.  Loved his suit and shoes. So classy.  I have more pictures on my DSLR camera that I need to download that show my bro crying as his bride walked down the aisle to him.  Seeing him cry over his beautiful bride made me and all the women in my family giggle and cry with him.  Ahhhhh love.
The girls dresses were so pretty and elegant. 
I really enjoyed my brother's wedding so much.  The weather was perfect and the setting was beautiful.  The people in attendance were wonderful and friendly and everyone had a great time.  It was a blessed day for my bro.
and it is official folks.  My bro is married! Look at the sweet couple all glowing and stuff:).
I adore this picture.  A gorgeous beaming bride and a handsome, funny groom.  Good times.
This isn't my better quality family pic but, it's good enough to get an idea.  Awesome to see our family growing once again...and soon by one more when our son joins our mix this December! Woohoo!
Then began the hour or so of family selfies and other silly, happy captures.  I hadn't seen everyone in so long and I came to California, determined to capture some updated images with the people that I love.  Daisy is the queen of silly faces. She was such a champ all day at the wedding even if the time change was screwing us all up.
With my bestest friend and Momma.
water break!
Pregnant with my cousin Toni and this is her first kiddo.  So excited for her!  We are both having boys and she is due just a couple of weeks before me.  Neato!
Cheesing with Toni and Mike
Finally united with my cousins and sisters and it felt so good. I missed these girls so much.  We all grew up just minutes from each other.  Celebrated every birthday, holiday and everything in between together for well over 20 years of my life.  It was so good to see you girls!
Daisy is so loved by her Auntie Becca...and everyone in the family for that matter.  She is a blessed little gal.
With my cousin Jess who we call Auntie Jessie since she just seems like more of an Aunt to Daisy:).  She and her hubby Mike, spoil Daisy like crazy:).
Being silly with my cousins Jessie and Courtney.  She loves them and she loved all the attention:).
"Uncle" Mike and Daisy.  Mike is so awesome.  Kiddos didn't attend the wedding ceremony so Mike took Daisy and his daughter Kennedy so that we could enjoy the ceremony and know that she was in good hands.  He asked her what she wanted to do and she said she wanted water and an ice cream so he took her to do just that.  Lucky girl:).  Thanks so much for looking out for her Mike!
Jumping off the log and into Courtney's arms over and over.  She had a blast.  I wish I had Courtney's energy...oh and Daisys. lol
Me and my lovely cousin Courtney.  We are only four months apart and we've been buds since we were in diapers:).  So many great memories with this gal!
With my beautiful sisters.  me, Anna and Becca.  Anna just turned 20 this week! Happy Birthday again Anna.  She is finishing up college and has been doing such a great job being a nanny and holding a job.  Becca just graduated with her BA! I'm so proud of her and I'm thinking kiddos might be in the near future for her.  We shall see.  Anyways, I love my seesters and I'm so happy to see them doing so well.  Oh and have I mentioned that I have become the shortest Hart girl?  I never saw it coming.  I'm 5'8 mind you...but, I'm the shortest.  Lame.  Oldest and shortest.  Awesome.
Daisy with her cousin Kennedy.  Kennedy just turned one and oh my golly she is a cutie pie.  Wish we lived closer so I could squeeze her more often.  She reminds me of Daisy in many ways.  So many facial expressions, giant smiles and overall a happy, silly little girl. Miss you K!
Daisy has never attended a wedding and I was excited for to be able to boogie on the dance floor with us.  She was much more timid than I expected and really didn't want to dance much at all but, we all still had a great time...don't mind me...I never said I was good at dancing, just that I enjoy it:).
I tried to teach her a few simple moves but, she was stiff as a board.  It was quite amusing actually.  She usually loves dancing! I think she just thought we were all acting quite strange for a bunch of grown ups:). 
That was all I got of the wedding on my iphone.  I did take some pictures on my DSLR that I will share in a separate post but, for the most part I just really wanted to enjoy my time with family and friends and pictures weren't on my mind much at all.  It was a lovely wedding and I loved being able to celebrate with my bro and his new wife. 

Daisy loved playing in the Morris boy's play room.  Elissa was playing a board game with the kiddos.  It was such a blessing to have a place to stay while we were in San Diego for the wedding and it was so great to see our good friends even if we were in and out the entire time:).
we really only had one day to hang out with the Morris fam after all the wedding helping and festivities.  So we headed out to explore the area a bit and we had a really lovely day. Daisy likes to stop at every fountain she passes.  I just like this shot because I was able to get all four kiddos in it.  That is a rare feat!
I sometimes forget how beautiful the tropical flowers of the west coast are.  The east coast is bursting with blooms but, the west coast has colors and flowers that I have never seen.  I loved this tree! So vibrant.
Then we went to Coronado Beach but, just briefly as it was rather chilly and we didn't bring our beach attire.  Daisy was so excited to be at the beach can't you tell:)
I got a nice pic with my bestie, Elissa.  Been friends with this gal for over 10 years now and boy we've been through a lot of life changes together.  I was about 14 or so weeks preggo here.  Feeling decent too which was a blessing.
After we left the lovely beach we started our trek back into town to get some lunch. 
I told you that Daisy has to stop at every fountain:)  I absolutely loved downtown Coranado.  It was SO pretty and I really felt like I was on a tropical island having a vacation...for about an hour:).
If you are from the west coast and you had to move away as we did I think you would agree that Mexican food is something you miss terribly.  Whenever we fly back to CA for a visit, Mexican food is one of the first things we eat and we try to eat a lot of it while we can.  So I took a picture of my food because CA Mexican food pictures make me happy:). 
and I took a picture of all of us enjoying our CA Mexican food together.  I absolutely loved the outdoor patio at this restaurant.  It was another tropical experience for me and I was in Heaven. The temperature was perfect and the breeze was lovely.  I wanna go back! 
After spending the first half of our free day in the Coronado area we headed back to the Morris house to get in an afternoon swim.  They have the most beautiful community pools!
Before we knew it the day was over and the next morning we began our long drive up to see my parents in the mountains.  We call their home a place of rest because they live in a small town that doesn't have much hustle and bustle so we are forced (by choice)...in a very good way to breathe and relax for a few days when we visit them...which is precisely what we need when we have our super crazy, busy California visits.  It's a place where this tired momma finally gets a little break because my Mom/Dad and whoever is around take over my kid for a bit here and there.  My mom wanted to have things for Daisy to do which helps so much so that I am not always having to entertain her.  She pulled out her old doll house, toys, books and even got a quad for Daisy to ride (and future grand kiddos).  I was really nervous about Daisy riding it at first but, she was a dare devil and had the thing mastered in no time.  It was all that she wanted to do for most of our visit.
We were just a tad worried that she would tip the quad over so we took turns walking around with her while she rode.  I would like to have my own quad to ride next to her, k Mom:) lol  It was pretty funny at one point because my Dad got on his drive on mower so that he could ride around with Daisy.  It was adorable to see my Dad cruising all over behind Daisy on his mower.  Such a sweet Papa.
We played with my mom's dog Mate a bit to pass the time.  Daisy especially enjoyed throwing him a toy.  This picture is a great action capture if I do say so:)  It's so pretty and peaceful in the mountains lemme tell yah.
and we spent a good amount of down time in my Mom's room.  Daisy loves to get into every collection, jar, jewelry box, drawer etc.  My mom is great about letting her explore things to keep her occupied:).  Here they are making necklaces.  And in other random news I just have to say that I love my Mom's cozy, cottage room.  It's simple and sweet and such a lovely room to hang out in.  I actually hope to create a similar color scheme and feel in my master bedroom someday.
And Daisy enjoyed playing with my sister's old horse collection. 
Our time of mountain rest was brief but, wonderful and before we knew it we were heading to San Louis Obispo for my sister Becca and her hubby's graduation from SLO.  She got her BA in English and he got a Masters in Computer engineering...I think? I'm so proud of them.  They juggled full time school, jobs, bills and marriage for several years and they are now both graduates.  I'm a proud sister! 
We snapped a few pics before graduation. I don't think any of us were totally ready for this pic but, it's the only one I got so yah:)
Auntie Anna loves her silly Daisy so much
And then we were off to Becca's ceremony on Saturday.  Toni graduated on Sunday.  All the family and friends joined us and we enjoyed a very lovely, busy two days of graduation festivities.  I snapped a pic of my sis waiting in her graduation line.  Being silly of course:). 
after I got in a pic with her and my other lovely seester, Anna:). 


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