Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

It's been a big day for me and I'm ready for bed. I'm really excited about being 28! It's going to be a good year :) Hopefully I won't feel as old this year as I did last year {no jumping off hayrides this year!}. Thanks to all those that have made my birthday week {yes, I get a birthday week...you should too} so great.

Holy Moly

Some may notice that I've become a bit more Earth friendly recently. My son has turned my heart to mush :) Please put me out of my misery is I ever act like this!!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Grocery List

It's been 4 years and counting of performing my wifely duties and I still have not figured out how to manage my grocery shopping. Ideally, I would put a list on the refrigerator and add items as I realized they were needed. When I have attempted this in the past, I do great for the first 6 hours or so! I get so anxious when I realize that it's time to go shopping. I have no idea what we need and I don't know where to start. I know it would help if I was a better meal planner, but that's another post. In my desperation the other day, I found a great resource. GroceryLists is a website with a free downloadable grocery checklist. I spent some time looking at different lists on the web and this was the best one I found. It helped me organize my thoughts and figure out what we needed. I hope to wean off of it when I get into a better routine. I hope this helps someone. And if you have any ideas of how to help me...send the tips my way.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Autumn {almost} Sunset

I don't know what it is about the Fall, but we have the most amazing sunsets this time of year. This was the view from our front door last night. This picture doesn't really give it credit. The pinks were much more vibrant.
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Free Cookie!!!

The only thing better than Kashi is FREE Kashi. And what's best is that it's a cookie! Check it out here.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Little Reader

Henry has become very interested in books lately. I moved his books to a bottom shelf that he can reach. He will pull some of the books off and start to read them. It's amazing how he can read books upside down :)

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General Happenings

I couldn't get over how cute Henry was in this outfit last Sunday. The rolled up sleeves definitely pulled it all together. So GQ! He is such a little boy now.

I thought Henry was looking particularly old the other day when he wore jeans and a hoodie for the first time.

Henry is starting to act like a little boy too. He wanted to wear his Daddy's shoes after playing outside.

I went to a friend's house the other night and came home to this :) I hadn't seen him in a onesie in a long time. He's still my little baby!
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Swinson Ladies Week '08

We had such a great time in Hilton Head with Mike's family. Henry loves the beach, and boy was the beach beautiful! The waves were small and the water was shallow for a long way out...perfect for a little man like Henry. It would have been nice to turn big waves on for a bit though. I love playing in the waves. We went on this vacation with one of Mike's grandmothers, Mike's aunt, Mike's mom, and three of his cousins.

This picture turned out blurry, but it's still nice. It's me, Grandma Swinson, Aunt Kathy, and Nixsa.

I thought this was a cute picture of Kathy and the boys {her nephews}.

I thought the beach grass on the sand dunes was so beautiful.

The Motley Crew!

Grandma Swinson working on her sand kingdom. They built some neat castles, but the tides didn't let them stand too long.

Henry liked playing in the standing water from the rain. It was warmer than his bath water. I think this sun cover will fit him next year! :)

This is Henry's buddy, Westley {Mike's cousin}. They loved playing together all week. We can't wait to have Westley come stay with us so they can play some more.

Henry and his great Grandma.

The BOB stroller worked great for hauling all of the beach gear back and forth all week. The big inflatable wheels were great on the sand.

Henry loves his mommy!

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My Family

I love my family! I am so grateful for them. We have so much fun playing together. Henry loves his Daddy!
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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Smarty Dish

I just got an email announcing a new Method product. I am very excited about this one. For over a year now, we have been hand washing our dishes and using the dishwasher as our drying rack. Two reasons...the dishwasher is old and doesn't do a great job and I didn't like using soap with chemical warning labels all over it to clean our dishes {and release the stuff on our air when it steams}. Some companies make phosphate free detergents, but I couldn't find them in local stores. Leave it to Method to make my day! I really like their products. I've found that most of them work better than the harsh cleaners I was using previously. I guess this means a trip to Target and trying to see if we can get our dishwasher to work better {I hear there is a filter in there somewhere}.

Back from HHI

We returned from Hilton Head Island this week. We had a great time with the Swinson family ladies and cousins. Those are some of the best family beaches I've seen. The water is shallow for a long way out, the water is warm, and the sand is beautiful. Most of the pictures are on Aunt Kathy's camera, so I'll be posting more when I get the cd. Which reminds me....I still haven't posted Henry's birthday party.