Friday, November 25, 2011


The last few weeks, Ruby's loved getting in the kitchen with me and helping me make stuff. She'll pull a chair up to the counter and have to hand me things and dump things in a bowl and stir. She's not particularly good at it, but she loves to be there lending a hand, and I can't deny her because it's so sweet. She helped me whip up a batch of home made brownies a few days ago and we all enjoyed the fruits of our labors.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy a great meal, a full belly, time with family and friends and remember to be thankful for all the bounteous blessings we've received. We are truly grateful for all we've been given and for our relationships with all of our loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Yes, she did this all on her own. She was sitting on the floor working on her creation, and my only assistance was to tell her to stand up to put on more blocks.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


We've only done bubble baths with Ruby every once in a while, because, while she enjoys them, she's never really loved them. Until the other night. She didn't need any of her other toys, all she wanted was to play with the bubbles and put them on her chin. Another reason we know she loved it? She cried when it was over.

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Finished Quilt

I got my quilt back from the lovely woman who machine quilted it this week and I spent the next couple days working on the binding. And it's done! I absolutely love it, I can't believe I really finished it, and I can't wait for the day Ruby gets a big girl bed so that it can be used. When it was finally done I brought it out for Ruby and told her it was for her. She smiled, laid down on it and smooshed her cheek against it...the sure fire sign that she likes it.

I had so much fun working on it. I can't wait to do another one!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Another reason I haven't posted lately...

So remember a few months ago when I mentioned that Ruby was loving getting her picture taken? That she would bring me the camera just so I could take her picture? Yeah, that doesn't happen anymore. Most of the time now she loathes to get her picture taken. Case in point: we were in Phoenix and I took a picture of Lilly with her birthday cake. Ruby just happened to be in the background, saw me coming with the camera and assumed I was taking a picture of her. My cute pic of Lilly has a protesting girl freaking out in the back.

You want to see the live action drama queen? We've got that too:

Sure, we do still get smiles every so often, but we never know what's going to happen when we take a picture. I hope this is one phase that is over very quickly!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Our trip to Phoenix

So Ruby and I went to Phoenix to visit my sister and her family. Yeah, we went over a month ago and I'm just posting about it now. But we had so much fun. The greatest thing to see was Ruby and her cousin Ivy become instant buddies. They played together, kissed, hugged, held hands during meals. Just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. Ruby doesn't have any kids her age here in our small town, so it really tugged my heart a little seeing how much fun she had.

Our trip coincided with Lilly's fourth birthday and we had a great time making a cake, decorating and celebrating. Ruby had such a great time with her cousins, and we can't wait to see them again!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Back in the swing of things....maybe....

Bobby's been bugging me the last week or so about getting the blog back up to par. I've used excuse after excuse (Ruby and my being sick was a good one!) but truth be told, I have no motivation to do it. It's the last thing on my list. I've really tried to get back into running in the mornings and since I've been doing that I've been pretty tired and working on the blog is the last thing on my mind. Though that really shouldn't stop me because blogging lets me sit on my behind and do nothing. I guess it's the working my brain part that stops me. Whatever it is, I'm going to try to be better.

Here's a quick pic of Ruby for you to get the ball rolling:

When it rains here in southeast Texas, these little white flowers pop up everywhere. They're called rain lilies (I couldn't tell you if they have an official name or not) and I just love them! Whenever we get a storm I can't wait for the day or two after when we start seeing them. Ruby loves them too and when we went for a walk one morning, she had to have one and held it tight for the whole ride.