11.30.2010

'tis the season


Clearly, Connor enjoyed his first trip to buy a Christmas tree :)

He did wake up near the end, surrounded by big green trees, looking very confused. Now we have this tree in our living room and I'm not sure he quite knows what to make of it. The lights look pretty, but all he wants to do is crawl over and chew on it, which is certainly not happening.

We still need a topper, a skirt and a lot more ornaments but overall it looks good and very festive from our front window. Plus, as I mentioned earlier I loooove string lights. Seriously, I'd have them all over my house if I could. But for now I'll settle for a tree full of them.

11.28.2010

squash casserole



This is one of my most favorite recipes. It's taken directly from a restaurant in Charleston but is shared in their recipe book and online. I've only made it twice myself but both times it's turned out just like the real deal. If you are a fan of summer squash {and cheese} then I highly recommend it.


Squash Casserole
{ingredients}
2 tablespoons butter
3 thinly sliced zucchini (about 4 cups)
3 thinly sliced yellow squash (about 4 cups)
1 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1 clove minced garlic
4 beaten eggs
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon sugar
3 cups dried breadcrumbs

{preparation}
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 9x13 baking dish, dust with bread crumbs and set aside.

Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and coo, stirring occasionally until edges of onion start to turn golden brown. Add garlic and cook another minute. Add squash and zucchini and cook until tender and slightly browned, approximately 30 minutes. Set aside to cool.

In medium bowl combine the beaten eggs, cheeses, basil, parsley, nutmeg and sugar. Set aside.

Pulse 1/3 of the squash mixture in a food processor until it is chunky-smooth. Add back to the bowl with the rest of the squash and the egg and cheese mixture and stir to combine.

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and top with an even coating of the breadcrumbs. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the egg sets and the casserole is slightly puffed.

the remote


Yes, we travel with a remote.

It's an extra we had on hand, so now it belongs to Connor. It saves us from him always stealing the real remote and playing with the channels and the volume. Plus, I wash this one off pretty frequently and make sure its ok for him to play with {no batteries}. It goes everywhere with us and the other day in the car, he fell asleep clutching it as tight as he could.

Such a boy :)

11.26.2010

happy thanksgiving

This little butterball is hoping everyone had a very happy thanksgiving yesterday :)


We cooked a turkey that was the exact same weight as Connor {22lbs!} and stuffed ourselves with mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, green beans, squash casserole {my favorite! click here for recipe}, gravy, cranberries, pumpkin cheesecake and plenty of wine. 

The dogs have been chasing each other around, Connor can now push up onto knees and even took a few promising steps forward in his walker. As soon as we tried to get a video of it, though, he stopped {of course!} but we'll try again. 

{hungry boys waiting for dinner}


11.23.2010

buds

11.22.2010

out and about + welcome baby bella


I had another request for "more baby photos, please" so here are two I snapped while we were out and about this weekend. We went out to a birthday lunch at Cru Cafe on Saturday {where Connor made friends with our table neighbors} and then we took advantage of the mid-70's weather and walked around on King Street.

His reclined feet and relaxed stance got loads of attention {the cute socks helped, too}


And last but not least, welcome to the world baby Bella! We can't wait to meet you!

thirty


My long anticipated thirtieth has now come and gone. And honestly, I'm pretty glad it's over. Now I can be thirty and not have to think as much about it anymore nor deal with the anticipation or the "pending doom" of leaving my 20's.

That's right, I'm 30. THIRTY!

I am very thankful for even reaching thirty and for the wonderful people in my life who helped me celebrate. It's wasn't quite like this amazing party, but we did have dinner outside and there were string lights around. I've realised string lights {like Christmas lights but not as holiday-ish} really appeal to me. They seem to give everything a more festive look. So, I was happy to have them around at my birthday dinner.

The one thought that did give me pause was when Connor turns thirty, I'll be sixty (!) At least I have thirty more years to prepare myself for that one.


11.18.2010

poe studios


I am VERY happy to announce Vinyasa Mama onesies are now for sale at Poe Studio in West Ashley. Poe's is an adorable shop with lots of eclectic and unique items for babies, adults and the home. Take a look and if you are in the Charleston area, swing by and pick up a new onesie! It's where all the cool kids shop :)

{photos by poe studio}

11.17.2010

caught! red handed!


He wormed his way across the floor last night to chew on my purse, but I caught him!

If anything is on the floor these days {especially shoes, bags, cords} once he spots it, there's no stopping him.

He turned 8 months today and is on the brink of crawling. I predict it will happen before Thanksgiving {but I also predicted he would have a tooth month before he really did, so we'll see}.

11.16.2010

chewbeads


Every time I wear a long necklace (or any jewelry) Connor makes it his JOB to chew and pull on it as much as he can. Not only am I worried about him chewing off a piece of the necklace and accidentally swallowing it, but baby drool isn't always the look I'm going for...

So while I clicked on one of my favorite blogs, Rickshaw Designs, today I was pleasantly surprised to see the perfect solution, Chewbeads! These things look pretty awesome and admittedly I'm kind of kicking myself for not thinking of this idea first. 

The beads are made with 100% silicone (similar to pacifiers and bottle nipples), are soft on babies gums and teeth and can be washed with soap and water but are are also dishwasher safe...!

11.15.2010

highchair lovin'


So, we ended up with the Joovy Nook highchair. What's the verdict, you ask?

We LOVE it!

And when I say "we" I really do mean all of us. Connor loves it because he is comfortable, is sitting upright and able to see a lot more if he's just hanging out in there while I'm prepping his food or cooking, he can bang around on the tray and also has plenty of room to mush his food around and play with it if some happens to fall out of his mouth while eating.

Mama loves it because I can take that tray he's been mushing his food around on and stick it right in the dishwasher. Food wipes right off the leather and the straps, it's lightweight so I can move it around with one hand while holding C-man with my other arm, it folds up in one second (also with one hand) and is pretty compact and can easily be stored in a closet. Last but not least, the tray swing open so no struggling with trying to get a tray on and off with a screaming baby covered in sticky food.

Oh...and I think it looks pretty cool, too. For a highchair.

Last but not least, Daddy loves it because Connor and Mama both love it and also it was relatively easy on the wallet :)

11.14.2010

sunday morning


Love my little snaggletooth :)

11.13.2010

artist market recap


Artist Market success!

We had a great spot directly in front of the door so nearly everyone who walked in was greeted with a whole bunch of onesies. We had a good number of sales, passed out TONS of info, may be selling in another store soon (woohoo!) and met lots of other cute little babies.

I also learned some valuable pieces of info that will be helpful for the next market and any other show we might be apart of. First off, the bargain bin was a great idea and people loved picking up some slight irregulars for only $5. I also need to figure out a better credit card system so if people don't have cash on hand they can still pay with a card. We used paypal for cards today, but it takes awhile and if the buyer doesn't have a paypal account it makes it tough. So...I'm really happy with the results and it was awesome to hear so many encouraging words and compliments about the designs. THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who came out!!


Selling onesies is exhausting stuff. This little guy had to take a snooze mid-way through the day...


Also, a big thanks to Kyle for helping me set-up and baby watching/helping me all day, Bo and Carrie for watching Connor in the morning and also to G'Pops for building the stand!

11.12.2010

sick baby

I knew it was coming. I'm finally feeling a little better, but now Kyle and Connor are sick. Connor woke up this morning completely out of sorts, fussy, uncomfortable and feeling very warm. So, we gave him some baby Tylenol and called the doctor. We went in for a check up and his ears and throat seem to be ok, but he is running a fever and seems congested, which are basically the symptoms we all have/had.

I'm one handed typing at the moment while holding a sleeping baby on my chest. Poor little guy, I'm hoping he feels better later today.

Here's a pic from happier days last week. A walker and a lacrosse stick - what more could an active baby boy want?

11.11.2010

artist market prep


The clock is ticking and time is winding down before the artist market this weekend. I woke up today with a horrible sounding cough and congested voice. Not so great for talking to people with...so, I'm loading up on vitamin C and lots of liquids today and hoping it goes away before Saturday.

I still have LOTS to do, so back to work for me!

By the way, the first photo above is a sneak peek of one of my new items :)

11.10.2010

wedding weekend #2


I just titled this post wedding weekend #2, but really it should be #6...maybe even #7. I've lost count.

Congratulations to Steve and Michelle!! We had a blast!


We are home now but it seems like the flu has followed us. I've been feeling pretty awful for the past two days {sorry for no blog post yesterday} and am hoping I start to feel better later today so I can finish preparing for the Lowcountry Artist Market this weekend.

Also, a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mom, aka Grandma! Connor send you big kisses and this cute little smile....

11.08.2010

home depot

11.05.2010

bistro baby


We met up with our friends Nicole, Mark, David and Karolina in DC earlier this week for dinner and Connor came along with us. We were seated near the waitress stand and the photo above is Connor peaking around the partition trying to get their attention. He would smile and giggle at them and then jump up and down in Daddy's lap.

Such a flirt :)

11.04.2010

golden gate dinner party


I can't imagine anything more perfect then a dinner party beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. This is hands down the the most amazing party idea I've ever seen {and I've seen a lot}...too bad I don't live anywhere near San Francisco.

Surprisingly, it's not quite as difficult as one would think. Click here for the original post and here for the DIY details.

I'm literally drooling over these photos and kicking myself that I didn't plan something like this for my 30th birthday party. Maybe next year? Maybe I can arrange something {significantly less exciting and picturesque} in my own backyard? Hmmm...

photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

11.03.2010

piano with g'ma


Those little fingers liked banging on the keys.

11.02.2010

coolest toy in all the land


Connor's new favorite toy is this set of four Senso-Dot Balls Aunt Barbara gave him over the weekend. They are perfect for little hands to hold on to and look so cool. You can even roll them around on their back for a mini-massage. Thanks Aunt Barbara!

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