Five on Friday

1. This crazy girl is in town. We’ve spent the past hour giving each other makeovers. I’m pretty sure she looks 18 here. I’m SO not ok with it.

2. Zachary’s birthday party is tomorrow. I’ve been having so much fun crafting and playing. I can’t wait to share the photos.

3. My sister is AMAZING. She knew I had so much to do for Zachary’s party, but she also knows I’m horrible at asking for help, so today, she rang my doorbell. When I answered it and asked what she was doing here, she said “I figured you needed help. Tell me what to do.” I love that she knows me so well.

4. My french press broke AGAIN. This is the fourth one that’s broken, so I switched back to my coffee pot this week. I have to say, I’ve kind of enjoyed having coffee I can keep on the warmer all morning, but I miss the taste of my french press coffee. Anyone know of something where I can have both??

5. Zachary is so excited that Sydney is here. He never cries when we put him in bed… until tonight. As soon as we put him down, he started screaming, so we got him up to play a little bit longer. Then, he had another meltdown when we put him down the last time. Poor guy. Misses his sis.

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Melissa - February 12, 2011 - 3:49 pm

Sydney is gorgeous, but she’s a natural beauty for sure! That’s so sweet that Zachary doesn’t wanna miss out on time with his sis.

Sharaze - February 12, 2011 - 3:03 pm

After Mike broke his french press (those things are delicate!), he did some research and got an aeropress (bonus: plastic). Then his one cup maker at work broke and when he couldn’t find a replacement that was as good (starbucks doesn’t make the one and two cup makers that we love anymore–so sad!), he decided he wanted a second aeropress for the office. Couple links:

Another Snow Day

I know a lot of people are tired of it, but I still love the snow. I love how the whole city gets excited, how the schools shut down. I love that it’s a good excuse to cuddle up, watch movies (or in our case American Idol), and just be close.

Zachary has entered a new phase of life where he loves crawling under thing and over things. I think I’ve read Skippy Jon Jones one too many times to him. He will find any small opening and snake his way through it if he can. So, since it was nice a snowy outside, I thought it would be fun to build a small fort in the living room where we could both get inside, read books and he could snake his way through it. I think he liked it. After that, I put on a big pot of my favorite chicken noodle soup… that Anne-Camille introduced me to a couple years ago (recipe is below).

Once Zach got home, we all played for a while and then Zach and I spent most of the night in the living room floor working on Zachary’s birthday party projects. I am so happy he doesn’t mind being married to a person who gets her energy from craftiness.

Zach got to go into work late today, so we got to cuddle this morning and have our coffee together.


2 carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 onions, chopped
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
14-1/2 oz. can chicken broth
2 c. water
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/2 t. dried parsley
1/2 t. dried basil
1 c. egg noodles, cook according to package directions

Place all veggies in crock pot. Add chicken.
Pour in broth, water and soup. Sprinkle seasonings on top.
Cover. Cook on low 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
Add cooked noodles at the end and serve!

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Elizabeth’s Baby Shower

It was such an honor to be asked to capture this special time in Elizabeth’s life. Her family and friends threw the sweetest, most sincere baby shower. It was a privilege to be a part of it.

Here are all the details, including the sweetest cake.

The beautiful mom-to-be and just a few of those in attendance….

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KristenR - February 7, 2011 - 2:20 am

Oh, I love these! Can’t wait to meet that sweet baby in March!