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23 Apr

So much fun to have a little “photo shoot” with sweet Rebecca this afternoon.

4 months old and full of sweetness, smiles, pudgy rolls, and joy!

So very special to lie on the bed with her and Kristina, with the bright sun streaming in and marvel over Rebecca. Since arriving here yesterday the quiet moments are rare so it was a nice change of pace.


cousin crazy

21 Apr

G and I left town, needing a change of scene…

So we hit the skies and headed north…

We needed a place with a little action going on!

Within the first hour of landing George was one body amongst many…

Family. Kids. Food. Wine. Screaming. Laughing. Wrestling. Yelling. Crying. Giggling. Talking. Loving.

Home is a great place to be!

cousin #11

11 Apr

With 13 nieces and nephews I have a challenging time remembering all their birthdays, never mind getting each one of them a birthday gift in the mail on time…or in the mail at all I am sad to say.

Oh they are sweet things!

Well it is Gabriel’s 4th birthday coming up, and I am determined to start being a better “tante” and get some little gift in their hands on their special day.  So today on the way home from work I picked up some flannel material that I thought a four-year old might like and made him a pillow case using this tutorial from the blog “MADE”.   That is a site that is exploding with creativity and sewing inspiration!

Pillowcases are such a great beginner sewing project. It doesn’t require very much fabric, it can be completed within a half hour, and it’s an easy way to get to know your sewing machine. Alright Shannon, no excuses now…break out your new machine and start stitching woman!

In half an hour you will have the satisfaction of creating something!

I put G’s pillow in this case to double check the sizing. Looking at the pillow on G’s bed makes me think it’s time to get him a ‘big boy bed’. That pillow takes up half the space! No wonder he wants to climb into our bed each night!

I paired this pillowcase with a classic bedtime book and this gift is ready to be sent north to the birthday boy!

a la-la weekend.

28 Feb

a fun weekend here in la-la land.

started off with a pre-oscar party in beverly hills.  wish i could have brought my camera to that soiree.  the home, the people, the conversations that were oh-so “only-in-l.a.”.  entertaining to say the least!

wish my sista’s could have been here…getting ready to go out is just so much more fun with a roomful of girls!

then first thing saturday am, we left the coast and drove east towards the heat of palm desert where travis’ parents have rented a place.

there was such a cool 60’s vibe to the place.

the 60’s feel may have had to do with grammy’s beach attire…

or the cool lay-out of the place…

maybe the happy-hour drinks…

or knowing that these were the streets that Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and many other “old hollywood” walked…

loved the contrast of the snow peaked mountains surrounding this little desert town.

amazing how crisp, and cold the air felt in the morning, but by 10am we were ready to hit the pool…

had to include this one of peter and his cee-gar!

one of the first things i learned about the schneider family 12 years ago was that movie talk would dominate about 90% of all conversations and that watching the oscars is a never-to-be-missed family tradition.

so with sunday afternoon being the oscars, this called for a surprise appearance of george c. schneider in his finest…

a tux that was bought by grammy and pappy years ago.

unfortunately this has been g’s stance for the last week. doesn’t look too classy while wearing a tuxedo george!

g didn’t mind wearing these duds. he had a few jelly beans that persuaded him to wear this outfit.

those crazy schneiders…gotta love them!

a quiet morning

7 Jan

Christmas Moments- Part II

4 Jan

Such a wonderful change to wake up each morning and see this view right from our bed in Ellicottville. An indication that our day would be spent outside…

G has an appetitie for snow!

Christmas Moments- Part I

4 Jan

We sure had a wonderful time at home celebrating such a magical time of the year.  The snow, the goodies, the warmth, the cousins, the singing, the food, the cheers-ing, the family, the newest addition- such a sweet, lovable Rebecca, the presents, the visiting, the eating, and on and on.