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Monday, December 6, 2010

27 weeks, 5 days.

I don't blog much anymore. In case you haven't noticed.

I also don't sleep much. Even though I need more sleep.

I also don't craft much. And that makes me sad. :(

But I am done with fall drama classes. I am about half done with Christmas shopping. And I have a relatively free schedule from now until baby...and then three months of maternity leave. So I am hopeful. Someday....someday I will be caught up.

Sad to report that I don't think 2010's 20 batches of cookies resolution is going to happen. I have the recipe for Batch #6 sitting on my kitchen counter. It's been there for weeks. I'm always out of one ingredient or another. Right now it's eggs. Oh well.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

McKinley Top 10 Moments of 2010

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Like Wow, Scoob, It's the Whole Gang! Halloween Costumes 2010.

Our church had a Trunk or Treat event this Halloween, and I decided that we needed to participate.  The instructions were to decorate your trunk and be prepared to hand out tons of candy. 

I kind of think that decorating the trunk was not enough, so I had to come up with an elaborate theme and decorate ourselves too.

So I rounded up Andrew, plus my brother and a friend, and a whole mess of thrift store costume pieces...and we came up with this.

I know, I know.  We're missing a dog.  But to me that seemed like a lot of extra work!

Our trunk actually didn't have many decorations.   I spent too much time figuring out the costume specifics.

There was a contest going on - everyone who attended got to vote for their favorite trunk.  Fred, aka Andrew, may or may not have given kids some ominous looks to encourage their votes (just kidding).

Everyone was really excited when a little Scooby showed up and wanted to pose with our gang!

My purple Daphne dress was the only thing that actually had to be made.  Everything else came from thrift stores (Shaggy's shirt, Velma's sweater, Fred's sweater) and some things, surprisingly, were already in my costume collection (Velma's skirt, Fred's pants.  Yes.  Those blue pants).

The night was freezing and I was wearing 6-inch platform heels, but it was a blast.  Can you even tell I am 22 weeks pregnant?! 

Monday, October 11, 2010

19 weeks, 5 days.

Whoa. The time is flying.

I'm super tired. all the time. There is no apparent end to exhaustion. I'm also sad to report that I'm not one of those women who feels beautiful and "glows" while pregnant. I wish that were the case.

Just under 4 days to our 20-week ultrasound, when we hopefully get to find out if the little person is a prince or a princess. I'm so excited I can't stand it.

Had a massive organizing spree on my house this weekend. Maybe this is a good sign that a part of the real me is still hiding in here somewhere??? It's kind of hard to find her these days. :)

Happy Autumn!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

a little something awesome.

I guess it's good I don't have many faithful blog I'm not very faithful about updating.

This time, I swear I really do have a good excuse. It's a very small something (right now). It's currently about the size of a lemon. And I don't know much about it - but it has affected my whole life...quite a lot.

Yep. There's a little person in the works. Currently, he/she is eating up about 115% of my energy, causing daily almost-constant nausea (9 weeks of this and going strong), and consuming just about all of my thoughts.

So you might understand why I've been slacking in other areas, like blogging.

The photos are from our ultrasound a couple of weeks ago. I'm pretty sure the little tiny kicking feet are the cutest thing I have ever seen in my life. So excited to meet this little person. Expected arrival - late February/early March 2011. Only a few months to go!


Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Busy day yesterday...never quite got to the blog post.

Busy few weeks, actually. Sorry for the lack of communication.

Anyway - my awesome hubby and I celebrated two years of wedded bliss yesterday. I wanted to post some photos of the two of us but have discovered that apparently I never got those shots uploaded and I don't have access to them at the moment. New project!

Thinking about the wedding scrapbook. Thinking. Not actually doing anything. But at least it's in my consciousness...

If I remember, I'll post some pics from our mini-vacation this weekend. Lovely time spent at a quaint little B&B in Parkville, MO.
♥ to Andrew. Happy Anniversary!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

new york city...part 4 (finally)

Last day of adventure in the city! We started out bright and (somewhat) early on Monday morning.

Edison Hotel Lobby.

We traveled south on the subway to take a peek at the Flatiron Building.

It was neat! Wish it were open for tours or something.

Look what they have in the city - Home Depot! Craziness.

The Arch in Washington Square Park.

Loving all the architecture we saw!

Jefferson Market Branch of the NY Public Library. The building used to be a courthouse in the late 1800's/early 1900's. It was really neat.

But it's still just a normal library, with self-service holds pickup and even an upside-down S on their sign. :)

I love vacation. There's time to smell the flowers. :)

Riding the Miss Liberty ferry to visit the Statue of Liberty!

Lower Manhattan skyline.

Loving every minute!

Lady Liberty. I took about 60 photos of you just one.

After an arduous climb, we reached the top of the crown! It was a neat experience.

The view looking down the inside of the statue, from the crown.

We walked around the pedestal. It was really windy.

Souvenir coin! I love collecting pressed coins.

Eating hot dogs on the ferry ride back.

Scary storm that attacked us on the way back!

Classic plane ride home photo...after a stressful time of getting back to the hotel (had to run through Times Square), catching our shuttle, and waiting for several hours at the airport.

Goodbye, pretty city. I'm sure we'll meet again someday.

And this, friends, is why I fly Midwest Airlines. Chocolate chip cookies...baked in-flight. Excellent.

Whew. That's it! It was a fantastic trip. After looking at all these photos again, I'm wishing I had time to make this scrapbook! I'm afraid it may be awhile before that happens, though...

Thanks for traveling along with me! New adventures are hopefully coming soon. :)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Books and Movies and.... Tigers? Oh my.

The library is the place to be during the Summer Reading Program every year. For real. I mean, in addition to getting free books just for reading (which hopefully kids are doing anyway), we have all these awesome programs that enable kids to do things and witness sights that they might not have a chance to do or see often.

Today's example? The Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge paid a visit to us at CR. They brought two tigers - Mack and BB King. They're 2 years old and about 7 feet tall when standing on their back legs).

We had over 300 people in the library today, for the express purpose of visiting the "Big Cats."


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

fun weekend.

I love holiday weekends. Really.

We actually worked on Saturday, so it was a split weekend. Having Friday off was super nice, though. Andrew took me to the Plaza for a sweet little date. The rest of the weekend was spent doing projects at home. I crossed about eight things off my to-do list. Excellent.

I'm taking a photography class, so while we were out on the town, I was taking some photos shot entirely in Manual, for this week's assignment. They aren't perfect, but I'm pretty proud of them anyway. :)

This is "our" fountain. On our very first date, we took a photo here. :)

If only every day could be a weekend day....

Sunday, May 30, 2010

new york city...part 3

The morning dawned bright and happy. Times Square had returned to normal. We headed off for our adventures on our third day in the city.

Part of 6th Avenue (maybe all of it?) was closed down for some sort of biking event.

Standing in front of American Girl Place, one of my favorite stores on earth. We had to take this photo 12 times because I couldn't figure out what settings to use to have my face be lit!!

How cute is it to shop in a place like this?

Me with my namesake display. Yes, obviously she is named after me.

And while this one may not be my namesake...she's kind of my trademark. I'm really afraid Molly is going to be retired at the end of this year, so I wanted a pic with her whole display before it's too late. :\

Andrew even let me purchase a couple of outfits that I didn't gain during my childhood, so that my Molly collection can be complete! YAY!

The bakery at AG Place sells "sets" of snacks - one for girl and one for doll. DELIGHTFUL.

This is the Doll Hair Salon. AG Place is coming to Kansas City in the fall - I'm thinking about leaving behind my other career and just playing with dolls all day. I mean, really, what better way to spend my time? :)

My other favorite NYC shopping location - H&M! This is the 3-story shop on 5th Avenue. I never got to Herald Square to visit the other ones...oh well. Hopefully all the cute stuff was here!

The interior of the store. Amazing. The first time I was here was in Summer 2007, when vacationing with Rachel and Laura. Fun, fun, fun!

Apparently stone-wash is back in style. No...I did not add this to my personal wardrobe.

The Lindt Chocolate Shop. Yummy.

FAO Schwartz. I can't wait to take my kids to this store someday. It's amazing.

LOLA! Charlie & Lola is the best kids TV series of the last 10 years.

MAPLE TOWN!!! it's really called Country Critters now, but I was obsessed with Maple Town when I was little. Seriously, I have dozens of these creatures and they're amazing.

The Storytime room at FAO.

We find it amusing that NBC gets a huge store at Rockefeller, and CBS is a few blocks away and is basically a closet. But we found a few interesting things....

Next was a visit to Crumbs Bakery, next to the Broadway Theatre where we saw Promises Promises on Friday. Let me tell you...these were some pretty phenomenal cupcakes. I'm now obsessed with cupcakes!

The delightful specimen we shared. It was too rich to eat the whole thing alone!

Waiting by the stage door after The Addams Family at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Meeting Kevin Chamberlin, who played Horton in Seussical! Gertrude and Horton finally meet...aww.

After the show, my feet had reached the point of extreme pain and I finally caved and wore tennis shoes for an evening. It was almost as painful to wear the ugly shoes as it would have been to deal with the pain from cute shoes. I'm only 23 and don't feel that I should really be required to give up CUTE yet. Right? :\

Shopping at Toys R Us.

As we are trying to be health-conscious and we had already had cupcakes this day, we did not buy the Wonka chocolate. But it looked Scrumdiddliumptious!

Rockefeller Center.

We headed to Grand Central just so I could take some photos. I've been here multiple times, but have never paused to capture the essence of this place. Pretty happy with this shot.

Cedric was irritated that we'd forgotten him for another day, so here's his photo in Grand Central.

Spiderman: Turn off the Dark was the original reason we planned this trip, and wouldn't you know? It hasn't even opened yet. And no one knows when it will open. Oh well.

Hanging out at Planet Hollywood. Definitely dancing.

Possible reason for dancing? Look at this beautiful salad.

Decor at Planet Hollywood. Couldn't resist a photo. ;)

We had ice cream goodness from Coldstone, and then went to the movies. This was taken at the movie theatre on 42nd Street, after seeing Date Night. It was funny! The theatre was practically empty.

And that, friends, is the end of Day 3! Only one day left....coming soon!
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