Friday, October 29, 2010

Just Sayin'

Karrington's vocabulary grows more and more everyday. It's crazy and fun to hear her talk and put words together. This is part of what makes being a mom so AWESOME!

Words she has down pat:

Scratch or Scratchy (sounds like 'cratch')
bless you
                 all done


This is not in any way a comprehensive list of all of Karrington's words. Just a few of the ones that get used most often.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

It's in the Bag

Woodland Creature (owl)

Here is my newest "Crafty Mom" project. I ran across the idea in a Country Living magazine. It seemed easy enough, so I thought that I would give it a try. I ventured out to Hobby Lobby this morning and picked up all of the materials that I needed. From beginning to end, it took about 45 minutes. Not too shabby. I will definitely keep this in my back pocket to make a cute gift. It is extremely easy to personalize. The magazine had patterns for woodland creatures, but I'm sure you could create any type of pattern that would fit your style. This particular bag will be making a trip in my suitcase next month to its new owner.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Thankfullness Already?

This year marks our second holiday season living miles away from half of our family. Last year we were unable to participate in the holiday travels and spent as much time as we could on the phone with loved ones wishing Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. With Anton's job, we are unable to ever travel in December, so Christmas celebrations in the Northwest are a no go at this time. However, with some time off finagling we have been able to make arrangements to travel for Thanksgiving. When we first made the decision to travel, I got onto the airline's website right away in efforts to find the best deal. We went through several scenarios including driving to Denver and then flying the rest of the way (YUK!). The best deal we found was to drive about 2 hours north and fly out early afternoon on Thanksgiving. The day of travel would require about 10-11 hours of a great behavior from our 1 year old. (Which is stressful, to say the least) After making our arrangments, my dad encouraged me to keep checking. Sometimes there is a better deal that comes up unexpectedlly. So, I did and come to find I found a better deal. On flight time, that is. We are now flying out of our home town an hour later. So, our travel time was reduced to 6 1/2 hours. YAY! Though I don't expect Karrington to be perfect, we cut out a good 4 hours of possible melt down time. All in all, I AM VERY THANKFUL!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cuddle Time

Karrington and I had some great cuddle time the other night. We both laughed as she pointed out the parts of my face. She is learning things so quickly. I am excited for her to grow, but at the same time miss the baby/cuddle stages. I definitely cherish moments like these and am glad Anton was able to capture it on iPhone (the new version of film).

Friday, October 15, 2010

Diaper Deal

I just bought this box of diapers for $16.64. I absolutely love a good deal! I usually buy a box of 74 diapers for $19.99 at Target. There have been a few times when I've caught a deal using double coupons and earning gift cards, but this one takes the cake. On Amazon Mom you can select to subscribe to the deal and get an extra 30% off of the sale price (after you receive the order in the mail, simply cancel the subscription). THEN in my Parenting magazine there was a coupon for an additional 20% off. That's right, they let me stack coupons. This took the sale price of $33.29 (down from $39.99) to $16.64. I also got free 2 day shipping. It might be worth stopping by the store and picking up another Parenting magazine.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It's a PARTY!

Last week my dad turned the big 5-0. In efforts to make him feel extra special, my mom and I put together a surprise party. The theme was Christmas, I know it's only October (never too early to start celebrating). Our goal was to include all of his favorites. We had lots of pictures, great food and friends and family.
We also include a little bit of "It's a Wonderful Life" and a lot of Christmas. He was absolutely surprised and impressed with my party planning abilities. I believe the reason it turned out so well was because I love him so much. It was important for it to be AWESOME! and it was!
Instead of a big cake, we did all kinds of finger food type desserts. These cake balls were apart of the menu. I am proud to say I MADE THEM. Though I never tasted one myself, I can honestly say they were pretty tasty (based on the rave reviews I received from all of the party attendees). Flavors shown: chocolate chocolate and chocolate peppermint

Friday, October 8, 2010

Recycle Bangles

I am not sure if it because I am getting older (nearly 30) or if it's a "mom" thing, but recently I have had a strong desire to be crafty. A few weeks ago I decorated letters of Karrington's initials for her bedroom and then redesigned a pair of flip flops. And now, I have come across this cute idea to modify old bangles. I haven't done it yet, but it is definitely on the 'to do' list. Also on the 'to do' list is making cute letters for my newest niece, Jemma, and my on the way niece, Lucy.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Big 5-0

Isn't he cute?  This picture of my dad was taken about 46 years ago, when he was 4. Today he turns 50. I am very blessed to have Robert Winkler as my dad. He is an awesome example of a man of God. He loves his family dearly and has never met a stranger. He is a great listener and gives great advice.I can go on and on about the qualities I love about my dad, but instead I'll just wish him a happy birthday. Happy Birthday Dad! 
Love, Anton, Tasha, and Karrington

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Potty Time

Karrington is still a little young to start potty training, but she is definitely starting to show signs of being ready. I am fully prepared to start working with her over Christmas break. While visiting our pediatrician the other day, I asked a few questions about potty training. Here is what she told me...
1. Girls are usually ready earlier than boys
2. Put a little potty in the bathroom, so that she can get used to sitting on it, even if she isn't using it yet
3. Watch for her waking up with a dry diaper

I thought those were some good tips to, at least, get us started.