Tuesday, August 23, 2011

new blogsite!!!!

Hey guys!!!
the past 2 years or so blogger has been good to me... but I am changing from blogger to wordpress...
let's just say there were some better options available.

new website: www.spallozzi.wordpress.com

Saturday, August 20, 2011

10 months

happy 10 months!

our sweet gems is already 10 months old...

happy 10 month birthday!

she is the best baby ever.

i can't believe she will be 1 in just 2 short months!

Friday, August 19, 2011

welcome avery

gemma is so excited to have a new little girl cousin

eric, gemma and i stayed with the 3 kiddos while ryan and adrian were in the hospital.

the day they came home we thought it would be fun to welcome baby avery home with a 'welcome home' sign.

of course, everyone had to have a sign to hold, even gemma.

we love you avery!

Monday, August 15, 2011

7 reasons why

why i like mowing the lawn:

*instant gratification... if you wait long enough to cut the grass, it is so long, that the second you swipe over it with the mower it looks 10x's better

*get a nice tan...just slip on a tanktop (not a t-shirt) unless you want a funny tan line

*it is completely mindless work

*the cut grass lasts longer than 5 minutes...unlike housework, dishes, and laundry, the lawn will at least stay short for a couple of days, maybe even a week

*i feel like i get a workout without working out...just pulling on the cord to start the push mower is like lifting 20 pound weights 10 or 20 times (depending on how long it takes me to start it)

*i like to do things for my husband...this usually surprises him and is one less thing he has to do

*it inspires me to do other things around the outside of the house, as far as gardening, to make it look nice

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

just because i love you

o sweet gems!!!!!
i am absolutely, positively in love with you!!
my heart is bursting
everything you do just makes my heart melt

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

guess that attitude?

eric has been teaching a sunday school class for the last few months

right now he is focusing on Jesus' attitudes. each week he highlights a different attitude that the kids should work on. attitudes like... respect, pride, selfishness, etc...

each week he records a video of himself portraying the bad attitude and then the way he should have handled the situation.

the series is called... 'little boy eric'

he got quite creative with his video for next week...

can you guess the attitude they will be discussing next week??

starring: my hilarious husband (who also did all the editing)

( i am the recorder and the mystery 'mom' voice...which by the way we did eat those leftovers that night right before our recording session)

Monday, August 8, 2011

9 1/2 months

9 month stats:
weight- 18lbs
length- 26in

her gramm bought her some really fun toys this week.
gemma loved them and when i would take them away from her she kept looking at me and then the toys and would sign 'please'.

she literally signs 'please' all. the. time. for. everything.

and she is just so easy to say no to how can i resist when she is being so polite and cute..... i can't!

anyway one of the toys is a bucket type toy with a mirror in the bottom of it.
the last picture is gemma sticking her face in it so she can see herself in the mirror!

Friday, August 5, 2011

its official

i never thought it would happen to me but it has...

i have gone crazy.

remember the purple room? since then i spotted some paint in our garage that the previous owners left here.

there were lots of different paints left here...

my favorite?

mandarin orange

i couldn't resist so yesterday i got to work and finished off the laundry room in just a few hours.

so now... even though i still hate doing laundry

at least now i will enjoy going into the room even though what the room symbolizes is no fun.

(this picture of gemma doesn't really have to do with painting,

but i just couldn't resist her sweet face)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

our little visitor

we had a little visitor in our house the other day.

i guess he decided to make our home his

how about a close up

the two fearless lizard catchers, cornered him in the kitchen, caught him, and put him outside to find a different residence instead of ours.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

the purple room

i had a blue room in my house...

it wasn't terrible, but it wasn't my favorite either.

but i needed inspiration. i didn't know what to do with it. then it all came together beautifully.

a friend of ours found a futon that a neighbor was getting rid of... the best price free. how could we pass up this offer? so we went and picked up the futon, bought a new cover and a couple of pillows and the room looked great.

besides a few small details

the room did look great with the futon, but it was still blue and didn't match my newly purchased yellow and purple pillows...so what is a girl to do...

the only thing i could possibly do i bought purple paint, of course, and painted three walls purple. the accent wall is an ivory/cream color which we mixed ourselves with some paint that we found in our garage from the previous owners.

thanks to the help of some visitors this weekend we finished the entire room in less then 2 hours. i must admit... i love it. i never thought i would like a purple room... but i do!!

now i am just going to take my time to either buy or paint a perfect picture for the accent wall.

Monday, July 25, 2011

reading with daddy

the other day i went to Bible study and when i got home this is what i found...

the loves of my life reading together.

gemma has a new found love for books and

eric and i love to read to her

so it works out quite nicely.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

just the 2 of us

trying to plan a surprise date night with the hubs.

it is kind of difficult...and it is actually more of a date afternoon/evening.

it seems like it has been forever since we have been on a date with just the 2 of us. i heard several times before we had gemma that we need to keep spending 'just us' time together. stuff happens though and schedules get crazy.

i am going to make it happen tomorrow though...

plan so far... drop gems off with aunt adrian and the kids, surprise eric at work (he only works 1/2 day on fridays), have a picnic lunch somewhere, this is the part of the date i am not too sure about yet (any suggestions are greatly appreciated; can you think of anything to do on a hot afternoon with the hubsters?), then for dinner i am planning on going out to eat for an early dinner. then we will head back to pick up gems and actually spend the night at ryan and adrian's. (we are going to a wedding saturday so... jenni and tim are staying the night there as well... we are probably going to stay up way to late and eat too much junk food, but that's what makes 'slumber parties fun, right?!)

so that's the plan...i am also planning on bringing my camera to take some pictures of just the two of us. i was trying to find some today and can't find many so i better make that a priority!!

let me know if you have any suggestions as far as something to do on a sunny afternoon!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

kiddie pool

after a hot morning at play group and a nice walk around the park

of course, after a short nap, quick lunch and some time with grandmama

we finally got around to...

gemma's new-to-her-kiddie pool

we got a small kiddie pool from some friends and gemma enjoyed it immensely.

i think we will be spending lots of these hot afternoons there.

Monday, July 18, 2011

my girl

i've got sunshine on a cloudy day

when it's cold outside, i've got the month of may.

well, i guess you say what can make me feel this way

my girl

talkin' bout my girl

Saturday, July 16, 2011

whats the magic word

it is unbelievable how quickly and how young kids can pick up on things.

eric and i have seen the benefits of sign language with babies...

so we have been working on baby sign with gemma. she is doing really well too. she has 'please' down for the most part (with a little help.)

now we just need to work on 'more' 'thank you' and 'all done'.

maybe we will just name him 'kitty'

after 14 years...we said goodbye to the family cat. ole' zeus.

it is now time to find a replacement...

cy and nolan, i think, picked just the right one...

he doesn't have a name yet, but he will soon!

(it is either this kitty or another one...i will let you know which one gets chosen)