One step closer to my dream kitchen

So... the lights were off at our house Sat. night!  :)  Basically, the weekend got away from us like it always does and we forgot. We had a lovely time at a friend's house for dinner though, and there were 3 other households at the dinner party so they all had their lights off too!

On another note, I had been wanting to do something to my kitchen in the way of updating/facelifting and I finally did something! I took my cabinet doors off. At first I was worried that I would hate the clutter or not be able to stand the "texture" as Chuck called it but he and I both have since given it two thumbs up. The best part is that I'll no longer get hit in the head with the doors. The latches were so old that you had to shut the doors just right because if you shut them too lightly they would swing open again and if you shut them too hard the door next to it would open. Very annoying. So here it is, my new and open kitchen! What do you think? I think the next step is to paint the cabinets white. That may take a little bit longer.

And here's the Dude. He's doubled in size and is quite sneaky bugger. He's still such a puppy but we like him.

And of course  Ruby. She loves taking out and putting in right now so we've got lots of toy boxes for to play with. Here she is explaining to me how I should be taking pictures to get the best shot of her and her toys.

Earth Hour

Oh, I should write this down before I forget - yesterday Ruby's third tooth popped through. The top left. Crazy.

In other news - 8:30 pm on Saturday the 28th is Earth Hour. You should go to the website to learn more but let me just say that we're going to be joining in by turning off all our lights and laying somewhere "earthy" looking at the stars. You should join in too!! Yay Earthiness! :)

Have a great weekend!

100. Turns out it's not everything you hoped for and more.

I know, I know. I'm not even going to count the days since my last post... and no, I haven't put together my give-away. Some 100th post this turned out to be...
But I will update you on the last few weeks (months? what month is it?) and I've got pictures to help me do it! Yay!

It all started with a head-wound. You can read about it on my husband's blog. It's been stressful for me to be taking care of someone else, coordinating all the usual happenings and trying dig into myself and make an inventory of my character flaws (I'll expand on that later). I've learned a lot about myself through this, most of which I can't seem to put into words right now, but things are getting better and I feel good about it.

I bought a hat to cover up my growing out, doesn't agree with the increased humidity, I don't have the energy to do it hair. I wear it a lot these days.

The older she gets, the more Ruby resembles Chuck and my siblings - namely my sister Liz. I especially like this photo of them - what are the odds you say? Well, pretty good, they both can be pretty spacy.

My mom made Ruby this little house for Christmas last year and I've had it put up because I didn't think she was old enough to play with it. Lucky for her Chuck lives dangerously land gave it to her one night (as we were putting up her crib - see next photo) and she really enjoyed it! I think she's still a little young to really understand the concept and "play house" but she liked playing with the bears! Thanks Grandma Vicki!

Here's Ruby in her new crib. We had one and it got broken before Ruby was born. We decided not to use one and it went fine until she got too wiggly and playful in the middle of the night and the pack-n-play mesh wore her forehead off when she rubbed her head on it while screaming for me to save her from the terrible reality of naptime. I had had my eye on this Ikea crib for some time so we went ahead and got it. It's wonderful and Ruby's taken to it quickly. I've got to make some bumpers, though, because she has a proclivity for getting her legs stuck between the bars.

Here's Ruby after her first "biter bisquit." She enjoyed it thouroughly. I like them because they keep her occupied for more than 3 minutes. I'm going to try to make my own soon.

After "Unkie Jon's" accident we decided everone needed a helmet, including Ruby. She tolerated it as long as we didn't draw attention to it and it didn't fall into her eyes. She's still a little small for it but a hat underneath helps it stay on. She's still in the little baby seat that Chuck rigged up for her in this picture but since then she she upgraded to the bench seat of the trailer.
She's such a big girl.

And here's her cute little tush clad in a sweet onsie that a friend of mine from high school, Randi, made for her. Thanks Randi!

That's the main points anyway. I'll get back to you when I can form more complete and thoughtful sentences. Have a great weekend.