a new step…

older posts By January 24, 2007 9 Comments



so i’m putting away clean laundry in the boys’ room (one of my least favorite chores–i don’t mind doing the laundry, but for some reason i hate putting it away!) and i turn around and there’s david casually leaning against Matty’s bead, like it’s no big deal. Now David has been getting really close to standing on his own. He’s pulled up to his knees, if we help him to his knees he can pull up the rest of the way, but this time it was so completely independent! So I got down on the carpet and held out my hands and said “come here!” and slowly stepped away from the bed and took 6 or 7 steps. We had to reinact it for the camera but we steve and i were freaking out! David was so proud of himself–all smiles! Then Matty wanted to show us that he can step away from the bed and take steps, too! 🙂 I’m a proud mommy!!

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valentine’s ornament

older posts By January 22, 2007 2 Comments


here’s one of my latest soldered ornaments. it’s a valentine’s postcard from the early 1900’s. i added some beads to the bottom! so cute! they look great hanging from a kitchen cabinet or doorknob. i am planning to do a bunch of these for some upcoming shows–kids and weather permitting!

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busy guy

older posts By January 21, 2007 3 Comments





david has been so busy lately–making messes, scooting around the house, spinning around doing donuts on his bottom (it’s hilarious!), and opening up cupboards. here’s a few photos of him playing with his dump truck, looking up when i called him, pulling up to a stand-INDEPENDENTLY!!! and pulling steve’s cap off his head. this guy is a trouble maker–watch out!

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hand stamped bracelets

older posts By January 20, 2007 4 Comments



here is something new! these are sterling, hand stamped cuff bracelets. they start out as a flat piece of wire, so I am shaping the metal, drilling holes, soldering charms, etc. i am excited about these little beauties! this one has a love charm soldered to the front and a heart charm dangling from the end-with xoxo stamped on each side. i made another one with the boys’ names on it. keep watching for more fun stuff!

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hidden treasure

older posts By January 19, 2007 3 Comments






Steve and I took the boys to explore the Los Osos Oaks State Reserve today. We love Montana de Oro and the Elfin Forest, but we had never checked out this spot. It’s located off to the left of Los Osos Valley Road just as you come into town. It is so AMAZING! The pathways are easy for kiddos (and moms who don’t feel like hiking). It’s literally a forest of dwarf oak trees growing in the sand dunes–so they grow all topsy turvy. Great for climbing. We felt like we were in Lord of the Rings–the place is magical! Then we grabbed a little lunch and headed up to see the elephant seals. They wre very noisy and active today. Lots of pups as well. We felt like we were on vacation in our own town. Anyone know any other hidden treasures we should explore?

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perfectly imperfect

older posts By January 18, 2007 4 Comments

I was reading an article in one of my home magazine yesterday entitled, ‘perfectly imperfect’ and the phrase really got me thinking. we spend so much time trying to get everything perfect–and what do we really accomplish? Sure i’d like to lose 5 pounds, have a cleaner house, and perfectly behaved kids, but the stress of trying to maintain those things comes with a high price. When I really look at my motives, i think my aim is to impress other people. The people who come across as perfect to me, I actually find intimidating! So, for the sake of sanity I’m going to make a new effort–to relax and let things be perfectly imperfect.

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japanese watercolor

older posts By January 17, 2007 3 Comments


I got this funky japanese watercolor at a flea market near Santa Barbara (while on a sister trip!) It was only $15 and sat in the garage for a few months. Now it’s found a home in our living room. It’s a fun change and I got it for a song!

Update on the potty–after much coaxing and tempting with stickers (and after I demonstrated sitting on the potty) Matty finally agreed to try out the potty. He hasn’t actually gone “pee pee in the potty” yet, but I can feel it coming…

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a fun and rewarding experience…

older posts By January 16, 2007 4 Comments

We are getting ready to potty train Matthias and I must admit, I am somewhat terrified! Diapers work great–why mess with a good thing?? So, I’ve created this little book (this is my behavior specialist background kicking in!) to approach the subject in a positive way. It will have photos of…


his new potty seat–notice how I blurred the edges of the photo to make the seat look even COOLER!


a sticker chart


big boy underwear!

The toilet training guide that came with the potty seat says that toilet training can be a fun and rewarding experience! I’m sure they are completely objective in that opinion! Any great tips???

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a bunch of sickies…

older posts By January 15, 2007 1 Comment



so matthias and i both got david’s cold. steve’s still fine. we just laid low today–napped, read books, watched a lot of videos, ate soft foods, like, yogurt, pudding and mashed potatoes (we can’t be bothered to chew) and just mellowed out. here’s a couple pics of the boys tonight. steve and i got into a very competitive game of barrel of monkeys. matty wanted to play but he cheats–so we disqualified him (i know, it was his birthday gift, we should be more gracious!) and david scooted around with one sock off and a grubby sweatshirt. hope you are all well and more productive than we are!

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a few more photos…

older posts By January 14, 2007 3 Comments






here’s a few more shots from yesterday. we had such a great time, but now the boys are exhausted (i’m a little tired, too!), david’s got a green runny nose. we rushed around getting ready for church this morning, and half way there, i turned around and came home. i can’t put David in the toddler room with that yucky nose and the boys are too tired to cooperate. so we are home now. i vaccummed and cleaned the kitchen. we’ll take a nap soon. some days you just need to take it easy–like today!

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