Thursday, July 14, 2011

Visit our new Shutterfly site!

I'm pulling the trigger (or, in Blogspot's case, the plug) and moving our site to Shutterfly. I'll keep a link to our blog on our shutterfly site as an archive and will be adding new updates and albums to the new site over the next few weeks.

The new site will make it about 2902 easier for me to add albums quickly, and will motiviate me to create photo books for my "baby". Yes, I'm aware I have 4 years of books and such to catch up on. One thing at a time people, one thing at a time.

Click here to view our new site!

Friday, July 8, 2011

How fast they grow

Layla at last year's 4th of July parade. That's craziness if you ask me!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Camera snaps 2011

I'm constantly snapping pics of Layla w/ my camera phone, and am not constantly sharing the pictures. I've got to get better at sharing the moments that we're so lucky to have with her. Here are just a few, to get you started.

Divalicious - showing off one of her favorite summer dresses.

So innocent when she sleeps.

Floor picnic!

She LOVES Pick n' Save's, because they have "kid carts". This is her shopping for food for Gabe and Della's house.

Layla and Della havin' some grub.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Our Summer House

Over Memorial Day weekend, we made our first trip of many to our summer home, "The Roemer Ranch." We also have a summer home in Northwestern Wisconsin that we don't get to frequent as often, but love just as much, "The Meyer Ranch" (see you in July, Meyer Ranch).

It was a great time, and we were able to share it with some of our closest friends - Bob, Jan and Coach, and, coincidentally, the Roemer's (yes, I swear, the last name is just a coincidence... they have nothing to do with our summer home). ;) Before our bonfire, the grown ups got to go out to dinner to celebrate Paul and Jenny's 10 year anniversary. Jenny's parents watched ALL of the kids (Layla too). Thank you Frank and Wendy!!

The kids had a blast at the bonfire. As usual, Layla and Ryan found an opportunity to "cozy up". Unfortunatly, when the camera came out, they got "shy".

Thanks for the awesome time, Roemers! You're welcome at our summer home anytime (either of them)!! :)
Oh really?? All of a sudden you're both shy?!
Look at Ryan... "Dude, I've got not one, but TWO, gigantic sticks!"
Summer fun!!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Tybee Island 2011

Okee dokee friends and fam... some VERY long overdue pictures from our trip to Tybee Island, GA back in April. Blogspot is being a jerk this a.m., so instead of posting captions under each photo, I'll provide a quick summary:

-Pool at the condo.
-Beach photos with shots of the studly boys having a blast in the water!
-Celebration dinner at Sundae Cafe (celebrating Meyer Anniversary, Roemer --Anniversary and The Sherman's surviving a very tought end to 2010 / start to 2011)!!
-The Pier!!
-Authentic southern ribs at a Tybee Island rib shack.
-The light house (LOTS of stairs people, lots of stairs) - gorgous view of the island.
-Drinks at the Rock House (one of our favorite places) before tattoo time.
-Dinner at AJ's Dockside (where there was some fabulous live music).
-Darts (boys against girls, sorry for the vulgar team names) at Doc's!
-Pic of "Chap" and I at the Rock house (Chap was my tattoo artist. He was kind enough to ask if he could flip the bird in the picture, cuz that's his "thing"... I wasn't about to say, "Please don't")!
-Cards at the condo on our last night... We just didn't want to stop the fun!!

The Meyer's have some shots that I don't, so take a look here to see more.

Thank you soooo much Uncle Bill and Aunt Merile for sharing your Tybee home with us! The trip was wonderful and we miss Tybee every day!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Calling all renters / buyers!

I know, I'm overdue on posts here... I've got a lot of awesome pictures from the last month or so (vacation in Tybee Island, wedding in Chicago, Easter with Layla and grandparents, and tons of other random Layla shots) but for now, I have to take a few minutes to beg and plead w/ you all to PLEASE spread the word about our house that's for sale. Of course, we'd prefer to sell the house and move on to the next stage of our lives (which we've been ready for, for some time now, but the market has other plans for us I guess) but we realize the market is not in our favor. So, we're considering renting our place to a VERY trustworthy person / couple / family.

We're not advertising this on FB, Craigslist, or anywhere else, because the aspect of renting can be very scary. The last thing we want is to open our home to someone who wouldn't care for it and love it the way we have. Or, to have renters split on us and leave us up a crick in terms of the rent payment / mortgage payment.

We're undecided on how much we'd be asking for monthly rent, but I'll post that as soon as we've decided and / or I've heard as to whether there are any potention renters out there. In the mean time, please share this information with anyone you know who might be potential buyers / renters. Jake and I have had a very tough year (for more reasons than one), and it exhausts us to think that next year we might have to endure another year of Jake's crazy schedule due to his commute. We're ready to move on, to be together as a family and, eventually, to expand the family. Something we'd prefer to do w/ a little more space and a little more time (currently, because of Jake's commute, he's up before Layla and sometimes not home until after she's in bed, so obviously, we're challenged as far as family time and dynamics go).

For potential buyers: We're including ALL window treatments and ALL appliances, including washer dryer, fridge, and chest freezer.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Layla's 1st haircut

Well, her 1st "real" haircut at least. My mom cut her hair when she was still a baby, because even then her hair was falling in her face.

She was super excited. So proud and not scared or worried in the least. I think she felt super grown up and it made me excited for the first "mommy / Layla spa day" that we will have some day.

Our next "1st": Layla's getting her ears pierced! She has to save 10 stickers from the "Bed-time Fairy" (for going to bed like a good girl and listening well) before we do it, and has 3 saved so far. She's VERY exctited, even after I told her it hurts. What?! She needs to know that!

Before the cut, while waiting in the lobby w/ the other clients.
She was so proud to be wearing this cape!
The final product -- Nope, can't really tell a big difference in this picture. But, the girl has her mommy's hair. When it air dries, it's part wavy, part curly, part straight. So although it's a little hard to decipher here, the point is, she now has bangs instead of long locks that fall over her gorgeous face and the back is even now - no more super long rat tail / tuft, whatever you call that hair that grows longer in the way back.
And of course, the "after my 1st haircut" treat! A green tootsie roll (eeewww). :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Layla's 1st dentist appointment

On March 21, Jake took Layla to her first dentist appointment. We hyped it up quite a bit in the days leading up to the event, so that she wouldn't be scared (like her mom... I'm scared to death of the dentist) and would be excited about it. Man, she was beyond excited. I wish I could've been there, but was happy to know that daddy got to share her big day with her. Jake said she did great, and only started to squirm a bit towards the end when things were dragging on. She got a bag of goodies after her cleaning too (Barbie cell phone, tooth brush and tooth paste, stickers, etc). Thankfully, her teeth are perfect - no cavities. Next visit is in late September, so mommy will be taking her to that appointment.