Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hooray for May

Me: Hey Stevie, how about you go and get us some ice cream.
Steve: Umm, really? Right now?
Me: Yeah, it's my birthday month, remember?
Steve: *sigh* Alright...

Aside from being my birthday month, May also contains Mother's Day. Now that I'm a mother, I really REALLY get to have ice cream whenever I want during the month of May! And, to top things off, a handful of my very very very favorite people came and visited recently which just made May 2009 sparkle. I've been slacking on my blogging, for many reasons (ahem...Delaney), but mostly I've been putting off this post because I've been waiting for my friends to post pictures on their blogs that I could then swipe. I do that a lot.

Our dear dear friends from college started off the visits of our favorite peoples. Candace and Joel came and spoiled us by making me lunch, giving me hand massages, and making me giggle like only comfy cozy old friends can. They also lovingly doted on Delaney, who fussed a lot while they were here. They didn't even seem phased by her crankiness.

Joel, Candi, Karen/Delaney, & Steve hanging out at Tio's Tacos

Delaney and her Aunt Candace

Candace is quite the photographer, and I just love this picture that she took of the Lanesters

Exactly one week after Candace and Joel came to visit, my best friends from Oregon came on by. Alison, Beka, and I have been BFF's since the beginning of time, and I have missed them something fierce, especially lately. They also spoiled me by cooking us dinner, buying me cherry coke and ice cream, and loving on Delaney. I loved every minute of it.

Girls just want to have fun!

Steve hanging out with Jack (Alison's son) and Delaney. Jack refers to Steve as "Rowdy Uncle Steve." We love the Jackman and always have fun with the little guy.

Mother's Day was also a very special day for me. Many wonderful things happened.
1. Delaney slept like a champ the night before!
2. Steve made me pancakes for breakfast
3. Delaney and Steve bought me flowers from the farmer's market
4. Delaney and Steve also bought me a little vintage watering can that I've been eyeing and some Burts Bees therapeutic bath crystals
5. We had a picnic in the park for lunch
6. Steve's family grilled up some carne asada for dinner
7. I got to take a bath that evening with said bath crystals. WOW!

The little lady and her mom at the park

Family portrait at our picnic

We had another picnic in the park for my birthday, complete with friends, family, Brundibar, and a party sub. But I didn't take any pictures. Boo.

That about sums up what we've been up to lately. Stay tuned for a blog about our wonderful garden!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Message From Delaney

Monday, May 11, 2009

How the sleepy wrap changed my life...

I love baby wearing, and my friend Mary really turned me on to the Sleepy Wrap. I have a sling and a mei tai, but nothing can beat my Sleepy Wrap. I know that many people swear by the Moby Wrap, but the Sleepy Wrap is a tad more stretchy and comfy--it doesn't put any strain on my back whatsoever! As you know, Delaney is a fussy gussy, but when she's all wrapped up in the Sleepy Wrap, she is generally pleased as punch. Plus, my hands are free to do other things. Thanks, Mary, for suggesting the Sleepy Wrap. It's the best $40 I've spent in a long time!

Look, no hands!

1 sleepy Delaney= 1 happy Karen

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Stevie's a Grad Dad!

I know that this happened over a week ago, but Steven Douglas was hooded at his graduation ceremony on Friday, May 2nd. Sure, he still has his comps and a computer class this summer, but we are celebrating this huge accomplishment in his life now. I was waiting to get some more pics from family members, but if I wait any longer, chances are I'll never blog about the event. My family from Oregon flew down to help celebrate, which made the night even more special. Thank you to everyone who has helped Steve with this accomplishment, and thank you to all of you who celebrated with us on Saturday (either with us or in spirit).

Sort of a fake smile...Steve just LOVES being the center of attention!

Pretending to ignore his adoring fans

Beginning the hooding ceremony--weird tradition!

Hooded and handsome!

Working the cat walk as only Master Steve can!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Need more proof?

In case you needed more proof that Miss Delaney is the most beautiful baby around, I present you with the following evidence: