Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Couch.


We've had our fair share of it.

And just when you get used to Trusting the No, God hands you a Yes.

Sometime in May, our couch will be a bit fuller.

A friend's relative called us this week offering us the highest honor I can think of and we accepted.

The newest baby boy Mohr will arrive sometime in the end of April via a private/independent adoption. And now, more than ever, I can declare that God is crazy and insanely creative.

By the way, that means our trimesters are about a month long, if we're lucky.

Which is why this post will stay short. I...uh...have a few things to do.

Giddy up.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Turning 27...again...

Remember this? Possibly Russ's first full on surprise for me. Well, peeps, apparently in my elderly state, I'm getting less attentive. Either that or Russ is getting craftier.

I came home Saturday afternoon from this super fun event. Some neighbors were coming to borrow some DVDs so when I opened the door and saw Joy, I freaked. I was so confused. So happily confused.

We went out for dinner and then went to the Seibs for my second surprise! Pretty much 15 years ago I confessed my love of Bingo to my doting boyfriend. This has been a long time coming...proof that nagging pays off, thankyouverymuch.

Foto courtesy of Dana!

It was a great great birthday, amazing time with Joy, and yet 50 more reasons I'm the president of the Russ Mohr fan club.

Monday, January 24, 2011

I Heart Faces: Innocent Wonder

LOVE this capture of E on Christmas morning! For other I Heart Faces entries, click the button above!

Have a great Monday!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Snow Fun, part 2

Snow Fun, part 1 is coming later. Blogger is acting funny and I can only load this many pics today. We got around 10" of snow here on Thursday and went sledding. Then yesterday we spent our afternoon outside again! Loving this stuff!

Yesterday we built a snowman!

Then we switched to a spray bottle full of foodcoloring and water to paint the snow. Again, this idea stolen from a handful of blogs who already posted the idea.


Then we changed to red food coloring. "Look, Mom! I gave her make-up!"

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Back away from the woman with the glue gun.

I stole this idea. I saw this argyle Valentine wreathe on Etsy and while I fully support handmade goods and people making a living off of them, I saw this and knew I could do it myself. It meant the difference between $45 or $8. The Etsy one looks better, frankly, but I'm happy with mine!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

I Heart Faces

Love this action shot of E-man! It's been awhile since I submitted anything to I Heart Faces. I miss it. Today is a new day!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Blogs are making us fat.

I saw this post by my cute friend Heather this week and instantly decided life couldn't go on until we did the same project.

I tried to use stuff we had on hand and really only had to buy the donuts which was screamed "bonus!" However, that meant Heather's looked better than mine. Which I somehow found a way to live with.

Mr. Designer struggled through this project.

Next project on the plan? This post.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My gift to Russ

Over a year ago, I read this post by a friend of mine. I loved it. Like a lot. I bought a journal by the end of January and started this same project for 2010.

In case you're a lazy clicker or have some aversion to reading Sara's posts, I'll sum up the idea that I stole from her. Over the entire year I wrote letters to Russ in a journal. Sometimes I taped (literally, taped, no fancy adhesive here folks) ticket stubs or silly trinkets from funny stories, etc. I also printed a few pics and taped them in alongside entries.

This was huge for me.

First of all, it was fun to be sneaky ALL YEAR LONG. (ERK! Before you go thinking how very awesome I am, know that I didn't write every single day. It was a few times a month, tops. And some entries were 1-2 sentences.)

Secondly, I lurrrrrve documenting things. (Hence almost 800 posts on this blog in less than 4 years or 32 chapters of a book about our adoption.). The blog documents our life but not the intimate good and bad between just Russ and me. Our dating was FULL of love notes, serious and silly and inside jokes. It's been awhile since I used my handwriting to flirt with the Mister.

Third, as stated in another post, this wasn't our favorite year. So, to document this one in particular was big. It started as a gift for Russ but turned into a reminder for me of some of the strongest things about our marriage. And I knew I was committed to this project so even in the weeks I really didn't feel like gooshing into the journal about how great my husband was, I found something to journal. Something that would give me a better perspective. Usually that better perspective came from my own words in previous entries.

All that to say, I loved this project. I loved giving it to Russ (who was so confused at first!) and I'd recommend it highly. I wasn't sure I could finish it but I figured I wouldn't know unless I tried. Once I wrote a couple entries, I was hooked.

Looking back, I'm so thankful for sticking with this. I actually cried when I gave it to him. (big shock.) Anyway, I'm posting this now in hopes that you'll see it as I saw Sara's and be inspired to do something similar. I'd love to hear if you do!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Christmas day!

My first and main gift? A 50mm 1.4 lens for my Canon!!! AHHHHH! People, this is huge. Russ took on some extra design jobs without telling me so he could surprise me with it. I'm still trying to learn how to use it (all on manual, Jodie, don't worry!) but am already head over heals. (not featured, my main gift for Russ, another post is coming soon with those deets!)


Off to the Seibs for dinner!

This guy was home from the Navy...

3 steps to a homemade Christmas present via my 4 yr old.

One month ago...

We bought a Christmas tree, decorated it...

and then went to Zoo lights...

And an elf named "Okra" hid himself all over the place...

We played with some ornaments...more on that next!