Blowing Bubbles

Yesterday, I noticed Isabel was walking around the house with her butter dish and measuring spoon from her kitchen set.DSC09114_edited-1

Blowing bubbles

 She would swoosh the measuring spoon in the upside down butter dish and then put the spoon to her lips and pretend to blow. I was shocked and amazed that she remembers what bubbles are! Last summer, I only blew bubbles with her outside twice that I can remember. What a little smarty!

Her little mind just amazes me every day!

Project: WoodChuck

Project “WoodChuck” is in full swing. I’ve been working tirelessly through nights and weekends trying to finish the woodworking shop at the new house. So far the only things I can check off the list is electrical and insulation. Drywall is about 40% finished and I’m hoping to have the rear door framed out and installed this weekend. It’s coming together… slowly, but surely.

Once complete I have a long list of projects including a kitchen island, table and chairs for Isabel, and cabinets for the laundry room. Over the next few months I’ll be working to post past woodworking projects on my personal blog (

Two Peas In A Pod

This is Isabel’s friend Jimmy. His mommy Val, works with Gino. Jimmy is 5 days older then Isabel.

We don’t get to see them very often (that might change!) but they were in the neighborhood this weekend to view some of the new homes in our community. Afterward, they came to our house for a visit and then we went out to lunch with them and some other friends (that work with Gino also) that already live in the area.


These two were “talking” on the phone with each other.


Two Is Better Then One

Isabel’s “first” real birthday party was a big celebration at home with just the three of us and Daisy too.


She’s 2!

In the early part of the day, Isabel and I spent time goofing around the house and during Isabel’s nap time, I began to get the party started. I blew up balloons (her favorite) and taped streamers to the wall, low enough for her to actually see them and understand that it was a special day. I had wrapped all her gifts the night before and placed them on the table in pile as a sort of center piece.


Pointing to the streamers and balloons!

When she awoke from her nap and I brought her downstairs, the first thing she noticed was the streamers followed by the many balloons attached to the walls and thrown all over the floor. We goofed around with the balloons, while I was making dinner, which was all of Isabel’s favorite foods; spaghetti w/meatballs and toast!


Her birthday dinner; spaghetti with meatballs, a side salad and toast!

After dinner we sang “Happy Birthday” and ate cupcakes, that I decorated with balloons and candles.


Birthday cupcakes!

Gino and I blew out the candles since Isabel seemed a little frightened by them. Halfway through the cupcakes, I realized that I forgot the ice cream! Isabel liked the frosting and ice cream best; she didn’t eat the actual cupcake. Silly girl!


Enjoying her cupcake!

Finally, we let her open her presents from Mommy and Daddy. She received items for her kitchen that she got at Christmas time, a summer outfit, and a new baby doll named Darla.


Her birthday gifts from Mommy and Daddy.

Happy Birthday – Isabel! We thank God every day for your recovery and continued health from your 1st birthday. You deserve it!


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