Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Neeed... Moooorre.... Silver!

I came across this picture a few weeks ago of someone's mantel.... everytime I look at it, I crave, need, want, more silver decor!  I don't know what it is but I feel like I've been bitten by the silver bug.  Has anyone started decorating for the holidays?  Send me a picture please!


Monday, November 8, 2010

This Thanksgiving..

We are spending it at Grandma and Grandpa Allas.  I asked Mom if I could decorate the dinner table since I have been spending all my free time browsing interior decorating blogs.  Its a wild addiction.  I noticed that when I got engaged, I was consumed with everything that had to do with weddings.  When I bought a home, I was consumed with decorating my home to fit our personality styles.  And with having a baby, I am consumed with building a home with my husband, baby, and puppy.  I'm making decisions everyday to make our house a home that my son will love and have fond memories in.  Which is why I follow certain blogs.  In each of those blogs, I see a part of who I am and who I want to be, for my family and friends.

Focus.  Since I stayed home sick (I'm convinced I got this flu turned fever from some careless individual that wandered in public contaminating everything they touched.  Stay home sick people!) I kept thinking of how I was going to decorate our Thanksgiving dinner table.  Here is an idea board of what I want the table to look like.

1. Burlap- used as a table runner, for texture
2. Pomegranate- scattered around the table
3. Pine Cone Turkey- used as a place card setting, if I can make them ;)
4. Fall Leaves- scattered around the table
5. Candle Spread- to create different levels on the table

So what do you think??  Any suggestions on changing something out or adding anything in??  Let me know!  Its always nice to have an extra set of eyes to help.  Cheers!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Week 1 of Day Care

I'm finally back at work, and although bittersweet, yesterday morning was predominantly bitter.  I was feeling good, slept well, on time, and out the door for Connor's first day of "school" (no, its not school, its daycare- i just call it school).  I thought I was doing good, until I burst into tears saying my goodbye.  It was grueling.  Upon my exit, I immediately called David and gushed about how I had to bee line my exit out the door.  My heart ached feeling guilty that I had left my baby boy with a someone I barely knew.  Don't get me wrong, I feel comfortable with the sitter he is with, but its not me. 

After collecting myself and reapplying my makeup, I headed out to work for the day.  It was a busy and productive day.  After finishing up everything in the office, I was on my way home.  I called David to see how Connor was doing, and he was happy to report that Connor had done very well that day.  They said that he ate and slept well.  I was a proud mama.  As soon as I came home, we played, sang songs, and sat together on the sofa working on the computer.  He sat in the perfect crevice between my arm and my side.  I couldn't have been more content.

I don't have very many friends that have little ones.  So it was hard to go through the emotions, not knowing what to expect.  Connor is so sweet and easy going that he was perfectly fine.  It was harder on me that it was on him.  But to walk away from that experience and not have learned something would be a waste.  I learned that each moment I get to spend with my family when I get home is important.  Sure, we occasionally need some time to ourselves, but when we give a part of ourselves to those that we love- the love that they return to you is a blessing I count twice.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween from the Allas'

A few weeks ago, I put it out there for everyone to vote.  Connor was either going to be a bananna or a monkey for Halloween.  It was actually a tie with the vote, but Daddy played tie breaker and voted for the monkey.  So our sweet baby boy was a monkey for his very first Halloween.  We went to Grandma and Grandpa Allas' for dinner, and finished the evening setting out on the porch, passing out candy and sipping on champagne.  It was quite the evening watching all the kids pass through the neighborhood.  On the way home, we talked about dreams of our next home and the neighborhood we wanted it to be in.  I'm curious to see when and where that will be!  But in the mean time, I'm okay with daydreaming!  Here's the roo being one silly monkey ;)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Beef, Blessing, Burden.. I choose Confession

Recently, David and I started going to bible study.  Its a group of other couples going through similar life stages, but coming together to talk about God's word.  I went to bible studies when I was younger, but its something about going to one, because you choose to, not because someone told you to.  Either way, its been fun, and one of the things we do is "beef, blessing, or buden."  We share whichever one we would like to, if we desire to.  Hannah, one of the funniest gals there decided to share a confession.  It was hilarious.  Inspired by Hannah, I have a confession...

This past week, I have been online... a lot.  I am obsessed with blogs.  Clearly, not mine, because this is the first time I've posted in a couple of weeks, but with interior design, crafty, DIY, creative type blogs.  I have clicked the "favorite add button" more times this week, than I have all year!  What on earth!  Who am I?!  It all started last week when I bought an issue of Real Simple.  Inside, they mentioned a blog about a girl who is a designer, and finds "high end home decor for people on an ikea budget."  From there, I read post after post, and then I clicked on her links to other bloggers she gets ideas from... I'm addicted. 

I'm going to share with you my favorites this past week... but I warn you, it can get dangerous ;)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What shall Connor be for Halloween?

So I've been thinking of what Connor could be for Halloween.  I thought about dressing up with him and toting him around with me, but then I thought, where the heck would I go with a three month old baby?!  Yeah, our lives have definitely changed.  We went from grown adults dressing up and going to Hollywood and San Diego clubs to.... well, Grandma and Grandpa Allas don't know it yet, but we'll probably just hang out with them and pass out candy.  We're still going to dress Connor up though, wouldn't want to cheat our son out of his first Halloween.  With that.. what'll it be???  Cast your votes everyone!  Should he be......
a banana or a monkey??
Don't let that face fool you, he really does like them both ;)  Cheers!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mammoth bound...

We had our first trip to Mammoth a couple of weeks ago.  It was amazing.  We were able to spend time with Grandma and Grandpa Allas, Auntie Audrey, and Uncle Scotty.  When David was growing up, their family would take family trips to the mountains and fish, camp, hike... all the things that my family did not do.  Actually, I do remember the boys fishing a few times at Lake Berryessa, but that was usually just a day trip.

The trip was a success.  We.. err... I, survived ;)  When I first started dating David, I was hardly considered a nature kind of girl.  Even to label myself that now would be a term used very loosely.  But, I think over time, David has managed to open my eyes to a new world.  We gathered pumice, went to Schat's Bakery, toured the town, picnicked by the lake, even fishing, and I LOVED fishing!  It was so fun to just cast the line out and reel it back in... over and over again.  Don't get me wrong, I failed miserably a handful of times, and poor Dad Allas had to wade in the water to the bushes where my line was tangled in, and free my line.  David had to put food on my hook, after I flung it off, and Scotty and Audrey were kind enough to let me clean my first fish... but that was disgusting. Ha!

Connor was such a good boy throughout the weekend.  He would be such a trooper with letting us take him wherever we wanted to go, and he would just sleep.  He probably was thinking though he had a pretty sweet deal because Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie Audrey, and Uncle Scotty would just hold him and feed him whenever he wanted.  On the ride home, I thought about how much fun I had and would love to do it again.  I think I enjoyed the fact that after all that nature, I was still able to go home to a shower and a bed.  Yet David reminds me that although we will be back.. the next time will probably be to sleep in a tent.  He says we haven't fully enjoyed Mammoth yet without hiking and camping.  Thank goodness for baby steps.... ;)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Blogging world, meet the Allas'

When I mentioned that I wanted to start a blog for our family, David thought it was silly.  I thought it was brilliant.  I could blog about our life, our little one, and whatever my little heart desired.  With the little one now, its sometimes hard to find the time to update everyone with what's going on in our lives.  So this is my attempt to give family and friends the opportunity to stay up to date with us.  And finally, I also read you can turn your blogs into a book.  I'm not one to make a scrapbook, but I do love pictures, stories, and family albums, so this is what I figured would best satisfy all three of those loves.  Enjoy!