Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pumpkin Painting

I stole this idea from a friend: pumpkin painting! Since Noelle isn't really up to carving a pumpkin yet, the next best thing is to decorate one =)

 Ready to go!

Starting off very deliberate...

... and then, just going for it!

 Tada!

The girls also relaxed together this morning:
Chilling to Sesame Street


Smiles!

All in all, it was a wonderful morning =)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Getting ready for cold weather

Yay, we're moving to Ithaca! The date is finalized and plane tickets are purchased; it's the first week of December! Oh, ahem. It will be cold.

No worries, we can handle this. Easy-peasy: buy coats!

All ready!*

Cora doesn't even need a coat; the 'warm snuggly' that fits into her carseat and a nice hat should do fine. It's not like she'll be running around any time soon. Alex and I already have the gear**. So, we're all done.

Then the company moving the dogs (they'll be shipped via ground) called to remind us that we need to send coats with them since they're greyhounds. Greyhounds, for all intensive purposes, are naked. The have almost no body fat and very thin coats. Ahh, not quite done with the winter gear yet!

I love my dogs, but I'm not going to buy them $100 coats. Sorry, guys. So, the girls and I hit up a fabric store earlier this week and got to work. (Side story; Noelle + aisles of fabric = hysterical running & laughing. She loved it there. Other shoppers helped me keep track of her with yells of 'she's over here!'. Next time, we're going in with her strapped into a stroller =))

We picked out some super warm fleece for the inner layer and waterproof nylon for the shell. $30 and a few hours later we had:

Doggie coats!

The dogs were even good sports about trying them on and modeling. 
Catching Suka's good side

They're even comfortable

When I have a little extra time/motivation (right) I'll make some coats for fall/spring temps. At least we have the essential cold weather gear covered***.

* There are hats, gloves, boots, and a snowsuit too. We wouldn't just throw her out there with only a coat.
** Gear that we've been dragging around and not using for the six years were were in California. It probably would have been less aggravation to have gotten rid of our coats and bought new ones now =)
*** Technically, they need booties too. Boots. For dogs. Arg. I'll get to that eventually.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pumpkin Pie

Pie pumpkins are finally back in the supermarkets! In my book, that makes it officially fall; thus begins my favorite time of year.

 Freshly baked pumpkin, ready to be made into pie*

Noelle was a wonderful little helper in the pie-making department.
 Crust trimmings are like home-made Play'doh!

Real bakers sport the apron =)

 Enjoying the rewards of her labor!

Yesterday, we went to Cora's two month Dr. appointment. She continues to check out healthy and happy. The little lady was just one ounce shy of 15 lbs. It's hard to believe how fast she is growing!

Noelle continues to love holding her baby sister

Cora is getting stronger every day

* Note this picture of ingredients doesn't include the eggs, which I forgot. Surprisingly, the pie still turned out okay, if not as good as usual.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Two months old

Cora is already two months old! Technically, she will be two months old tomorrow. Since I have time to do a post now, however, we won't worry about minor date fudging =)

Sleeping in Mom and Dad's bed, again.

The girls

I will likely stop doing these side-by-side comparisons soon. For now, though, they're a little fun. Here's Noelle and Cora together at two months old:
Noelle (left) and Cora (right) at two months

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Birthday Week

This past week was nice and low-key. The girls and I got in a good deal of park time together and that was about as hectic as it got. Also, another birthday came and went for me:

Mom is 31-years-old!

When Alex and my father sent me flowers (aww, thanks men-in-my-life) we realized that we never took photographs of Alex and Noelle with her birthday roses. So, they used two of my roses for the big photo shoot.
Birthday roses with Daddy; I'm two!

Of course, that went about as smoothly as you would expect of a photo session with a two-year-old =)

Oops!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

We own a home!

After years of saving and planning we have joined the ranks of home owners! More accurately, we're mortgage owners; but it's still pretty great =)

Back of the house*

Alex has been in Ithaca this week to handle the closing and the initial round of contractors needed for everything from landscaping to painting. The home has a log cabin-like feel, even though it isn't one. It sits on a pretty, natural, 1.5 acre lot at the end of a nice, quite street; perfect for raising little kids.

Living room

 Dining room/living room**

The best part of the property, if you ask me, is the additional 8.5 acres of completely wild land out back. Whenever Alex and I talked about moving back to Ithaca, this is what I envisioned:

 View of buttermilk stream in the backyard

Now, we just have to work out the details of actually moving there. That will likely happen toward the end of November. I can't wait!

* Alex didn't take any pictures of the front of the house; odd =)
 ** Special thanks to Grandma and Grandpa Hayes for starting off our furnishings with this beautiful dining room set!