Monday, June 27, 2011

making progress

We are getting settled in at the new place. We were very worried about how Campbell would handle the move. We choose to make her part of the moving process. Which probable made it take 3 times longer! 
Turns out she LOVES the new place! Great news right? Well not exactly. Now she NEVER wants to leave. To get out the door is usually the toddler version of the Branch Devonian Standoff.

But on a positive note she is loving the new room. Mostly because she got a big girl bed.

By the way, Miss C is well aware that there is room for Mommy or Daddy  to sleep with her. But thats a WHOLE other  post
 But the Cherry, or should I say Strawberry, on the cake was getting the Strawberry Short Cake Very Berry Cafe. She has been asking for this for months and little did I know but This bad boy is a hot item! We made a big evening of going across town to get THE VERY LAST ONE that Toys R Us had. She will play with this for an hour at a time! In toddler world thats just short of a miracle. 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sweet Treat

What the best way to beat 100 degree heat? Well Vanilla ice-cream with gummy bears of course! And if you strike a pose it seem to make it all the better! 

Thanks Amy's Ice Cream for letting my child combine all the sugar in one small cup she can. 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Embrace The Camera: June 16th

It's been a while since we have done an embrace the camera Thursday. So here is a recent pick of Miss C and I surviving 102 degree heat at the San Antonio zoo. We love the park train!

now it's time for you to embrace the camera.

so, are you ready to embrace the camera?
here's the nitty gritty:
1.  take a picture with you and your kids/spouse/family member/friend/whatever.
2.  blog about that picture and include a link to The Anderson Crew
3.  link your blog post up on mr. linky.
4.  visit the other embracers...give each other lots of compliments about how good we look with our greasy hair andsweatpants velour jogging suits on.  cause yah, we need a little boost when it's been days since our last shower.
5.  have fun!

Send me a comment if you embrace so I can come visit your blog! 

How to make moving go faster

How to make moving go just a little faster! Ok maybe not faster but more fun for sure. Let me just point out that the lady in gray busting a move is about 6 months pregnant!

Miss C and her boyfriend J "crazy boy" as she calls him, love Justin Biber the movers... not so much!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Suburban, Urban and somewhere in between

The house has been packed and unpacked and we are making an attempt to get settled in to our new place. There are till some loose ends to tie up but over all we are moved in. 

We took the BIG leap to URBAN living! We choose to rent a apartment right smack in the middle of Down Town Austin. I couldn't be more excited, I love living close to everything. Sure I have to walk my two dogs several times a day in 102 degree heat and sure I don't have a back yard but babe I got Austin back!  I learned a big lesson, suburbia is not geographical it's a lifestyle. Although my suburbia was only 19 miles from the city center it was a 1000 miles away from what Austin culture stands for. I have been sitting here 20 minuets (shhh don't tell Mr. T cause there is piles of laundry on our bed to be done) trying to think of the words to describe what it is about Austin that I love. I thought of a column I read last week by one of my favorite locals, Kristin Armstrong. The column was titled The Plague and talked about the horrible "plagues" that come down on Austin each year: cedar, pollen and all the other things that make us feel nasty during our many allergy seasons. Kristin proposes that "perhaps God understands that without regular plagues, far too many people would relocate to the fine city of Austin, rendering our hometown overcrowded and overrun with outsiders. He understands our need to keep Austin weird- small, and comfortable, and just the way we like it." I read that and said AMEN! Really? I love this city so much that I too feel I need to protect it from outsiders and find the silver lining in allergy season? Yep it's true, this farm raised, small town, stanch republican East Texas girl has grown into a true Austinite. Not that I mind people relocating here BUT leave your big box stores (except you H&M your welcome) LA attitudes and those awful strip malls in your old city! 

So here is my new motto I am applying to my life! 
If the way Austin is going makes you mad, don't get even. Get odd." 
- Dr. George Greer

So after 11 years in this fine city I am proud to call it home. I'm excited to watch Campbell grow up in a city that is so wonderfully WEIRD! I want her to take advantage of everything the city has to offer.  

So I know living Urban won't work for us forever and we will buy another home soon but I will not buy in another "big box" home & live on scrapbook island. I'll be much less concerned about the fancy house and focus on finding the perfect little "weird" Austin home. Hey I might even go watch roller derby and get a pair of Birkenstocks! ok that pushing it, Austin I love you but I am NOT wearing Birkenstocks. 

So you can find me,
Some where between Suburban and Urban 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I'm one proud Mama! Miss C's 1st dance recital

A little R&R before the show with a mani/ pedi

Hair and Makeup begin 

Ballet Costume
Beautiful flowers from Great Grandma Freddie 

Ganny, Nana, Pika & Mr. T

Monday, June 13, 2011

notes from the suburbia pool

Mom, to another mom: We should come here tomorrow while the kids are at school.
Other Mom: "The pool doesn't open until after school gets out."
First Mom: "What? Why?"
Other Mom: "Because they don't want to pay the guards to watch people drink too much in the middle of the morning."
First Mom: "Ooooh, someone has been getting drunk here during the--- oh, you mean us, don't you?"

Boy, to friend: "Are you doing swim team this summer?"
Friend: "Yeah, my mom is making me."
Boy: "Carly is on swim team. Alex told me."
Friend: "Really?" [pauses] "Still, it's so early. And it's not a two piece."