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Wishing you the very merriest Christmas... from our family to yours.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I have to say, I thought that it was a nice idea from the moment I read about it, but it was really amazing to see it in action once we were on "set." The photo shoot was held at a private residence in San Diego. The staff could not have been more nice or more welcoming. I am seriously an even bigger fan of Infantino products now that I have met the incredibly sweet and sincere people behind the brand. And it was something else to see so many babies playing together and interacting... different shades and abilities... each shining in their own way... parents visiting and proud of their little ones. It was really a neat day.
Finley was an angel. We got there super early and were even invited to eat lunch with the staff (seriously, they were really nice, I'm tellin' ya), and she was all smiles and being her happy self. As we waited for her "call time" I knew that sister had to be getting tired. And sure enough after I changed her into her outifit for pictures, girlfriend put that little thumb in her mouth and was out like a light.So I offered to let someone else go before us and let her sleep for a bit.
Okay, so part 2 of this little story goes like this: it was a "wrap" on Finley, we were on our way out, and I said something like, "Hey, if you need an extra toddler for tomorrow's shoot, I have a super cute 2 year old at home (ha ha)." And then they said, "Really? Oh my gosh, yes, we need a 2 year old! Would you mind coming back tomorrow?"
Fast forward to the next morning: Here's Liam strapped in the car and watching Marmaduke on the way down to SD.
And since the shoot was so quick and we had a bit of a drive ahead of us, we made a stop at the playground where Mommy had a little photo shoot of her own...
Overall, it was a great experience. Something fun and unexpected. Met some really nice people and got to see how things like this go behind-the-scenes. Oh, and the first picture of one of my kiddos popped up on the Infantino homepage. So if you just happen to pop over to infantino.com you might see her sweet little face.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
So, I promise to take as many pictures as I can and to come back later this week and share all the deets. Tonight, I am packing the diaper bag and laying out the clothes and mapquesting the address... getting ready for our girls' day in San Diego.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Before we get into details and tips, let's take a look at the front of the house before we moved in.
Okay, moving on. So there are the planters. Lots of green. Lots of succulents (which are easy to take care of, but not really my thing). And some serious hedge action going on.
And now (insert drumroll here), a picture of the front now...Another break: look at Liam in this pic. It totally wasn't planned that he happened to be in each picture. But so awesome that it happened that way. My little man. Pushing 2 and 1/2. With his short haircut and McQueen backpack. Be still my heart--this kid kills me.
First things first: best thing we did in these planters was put down weed cloth and black bark. I wasn't so sure about this idea when my mom suggested it, because "bark" always brought to mind orange clay colored yards out in the desert. Anyone know what I'm talkin' about? But I trusted her and went with the black color and wa-la. I freakin' love it. It looks clean and like rich soil and really makes the colors of the plants and flowers pop.
It's really easy to do. You buy the weed cloth in rolls from a garden center (we got all of our supplies from Home Depot) and lay it down in your planters (working it around your already established plants). Then you put stakes down to hold it in place and dump your bark right on top of it. Easy peasy. Then, as you plants new plants, you just cut holes in your weed cloth with your shovel or whatever and dig and plant right in there. The weed cloth really does to a great job of keeping the weeds out. A few do pop up every now and then, but they are easy to spot.
So let me walk you through our little garden as best as I can using these pics. In the lower left hand corner we have ground cover which we kept from the previous owner's garden. But the little tree popping out is a Japanese Elm which we planted. Behind the Elm you can see some of our Mum plants which were also from before. They get huge and the stalks get heavy with blooms, but they are so pretty and yield soooo many flowers. Lots of blooms to bring inside. Love them. (On that side we also have a Judy Garland Rose bush, a Desert Hibiscus, and a Hawaiian Hibiscus.)
In the front planter (right hand side), we took everything out and planted a Birch Tree. We sprinkled in a handful of large rocks and small plants. This area gets lots of direct sun so it's been a task to find small plants that thrive in this planter. Peonies seem to be holding their own, and we also have a bright pink plant that is doing great in here but admittedly, I have NO idea what they are. I'll get back to you on that one.
In the back planter (at the top of the photo), we removed all of the hedges which, all by itself, was a HUGE improvement. Then we added 4 rose bushes (two white, one pink, and one Judy Garland), a red rose tree, vinkas, hydrangeas, jasmine, mini carnations, and a gardenia plant. We also have two azelea plants that we kept from the previous garden.
One of my favorite things we have goin' on is the climbing fig trailing up our chimeny. I L-O-V-E this look. It took forever to take off, but now that it's going, there's no stopping it. I can't wait until all of the brick is covered. Me gusta mucho.
At the top of the yard near the door we have a little courtyard. Let's take a look at the courtyard at move-in time.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
...and here it is now!!!
new tile, new paint, wainscoting, pedastal sink and new lighting. it is really bright and roomy for being such an itty bitty space. i'd still like to hang a piece of art above the little "nightstand" table and add some new hardware to the drawers. but for the most part, it's finished and we love it.
Linking to: Fingerprints on the Fridge