Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday, December 13, 2010

evan rose

have i ever mentioned my longtime best bud, evan?

this is him.

he was my very first friend in college, and we bought lottery tickets together on a regular basis, ate a lot of chinese food, and made collages. we were roommates for a couple years, and now we live in different cities. sometimes, especially when steven is out of town, i just wish evan could come over and hang out. there aren't a lot of people who i'm comfortable just sitting around with. evan has been to chicago to visit us a couple times and seemed to like it here.  i miss him a lot.  maybe someday we will live in the same city again.

evan has an amazing blog that i've been meaning to mention for a while. his posts are always thoughtful and interesting, and fairly frequent.

he's very talented, very clever, and very wonderful - and today, he is one year older!

go wish him a happy birthday!

*around when we first met, evan told me this elaborate story about how he had two middle names, and one of them was rose. evan rose robert. he had a reason behind the name rose - he was supposedly named after someone (i can't remember who). anyway, i believed it for a long time. it's not true, but in my head it's real.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

christmas bunting in my etsy shop!

last year i posted about these christmas buntings that i made.

well, i added some of them to my etsy shop!

each one is different, but all are a mix of polka dots, solids, ginghams, and stripes. they're about nine feet long and have 12 flags. we put ours behind the christmas tree this year (and stockings will soon hang underneath it).

Friday, December 03, 2010

in front of the christmas tree

i wasn't planning to get into the holiday spirit this year, and was feeling pretty scrooge-y in general until it was confirmed that steven's daughters would be spending christmas with us this year. this is a very big deal, especially because steven hasn't been able to see them on christmas in years.

my siblings & i went to my dad's house last weekend for thanksgiving, and did a major attic purge in preparation for his downsizing. my mom LOVED christmas and most of the attic was her christmas decorations, so we divied that up between us and now i can NOT WAIT to get our christmas tree and totally decorate our apartment like a crazy person. i would like to point out that though her childhood family christmas trees were fairly modest, my mom went all out for her kids in her adult life. some years we would have 4-5 live trees in our house, each with their own theme. she also collected snow villages, santas, snowmen, stars, german glass ornaments, etc.

so what is more fun than having little kids around for christmas?!  we're planning to go pick out a tree tomorrow, but in the meantime here's some family photos from years past, in front of the all-important christmas tree:

with her gifts
mom, c. 1954

christmas portrait
my brother & sister, c. 1982

christmas fairy
mom, c. 1959 (this was the front of their family card that year)

me during set-up w/ my dad in the background, c. 1987

christmas morning
me during our brief stint in florida, c. 1988

calling the rules
mom, c. 1986

Saturday, October 30, 2010

happy ghosty

chalkboard ghosty

Thursday, October 21, 2010

happy birthday boo.

happy birthday boo. 

i gave steven this chalkboard for his birthday.

frankie got him some new undershirts, but this was more photogenic.


Friday, October 08, 2010


it was a long summer.

we had steven's little ladies with us for nearly two months. we did so much stuff! we rode rollercoasters, went on walks, ate dinner on the back porch, saw amazing fireworks, went to the beach, and they were introduced to legos. it was all so fantastic, but halfway through their visit i crashed my scooter AGAIN.  what is wrong with me?  and once again, it wasn't my fault.  but this time i was put in the ambulance - my first time.  they wouldn't let me take my helmet off and i had no idea what was happening.  anyway, i'm afraid having my arm and leg all busted up really put a damper on our fun summer.  i'm all healed now, save for some scars on my knee.

we took this in the backyard the day before grace + ella went back to arizona:

this is all of us doing our impression of frankie's snaggly tooth. frankie is not doing his impression of himself. 

after they left, steven and i started planning a vacation that we've wanted to take for a while. we went to brussels, amsterdam, and paris. we were gone for about 10 days. our friend chris stayed at our house and acted as frankie's live in babysitter while were gone, which they both really enjoyed. he even took frankie jogging!

i promise i loved amsterdam more than it looks like i did.

now we're back to normal, and we're all looking forward to more of this:
cuddling with elephant
he's just like garfield.

Friday, June 11, 2010

our apartment therapy house tour

a few weeks ago, we were contacted by jason at apartment therapy - he wanted to do a house tour with us! we were very excited and said yes immediately (of course). we also spent about two weeks cleaning the apartment. i hope it stays this way.

it was posted today!

even frankie was included.