Tuesday, December 08, 2009

the dirt

Just in case you hadn't heard, here's all the significant news from the Cosby front:

1) We're having a baby. It's due April 26th.

2) "It" is a boy, which is what we both wanted. So we're really happy.

3) We're moving to Reading, England sometime during the first quarter of 2010.

Sam is in Reading now which is why I'm blogging at 10 PM. We miss him a whole lot and hope the move happens sooner rather than later so that a) we can be together rather than apart and b) I can find a midwife/OB before the baby decides to show up. In the mean time, rather than share all the details about all the things I don't know about (names for the baby, where we'll live, when we'll leave, how long we'll be there, what we're doing with all our stuff) here are a few of the cute pictures my sister-in-law Anna took of us over Thanksgiving break on a super windy day with a super wiggly little girl.

Friday, November 20, 2009

i could use this right now...

...so let's hope I win this giveaway.

*photo from Grosgrain

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


My crafty side has been exposing itself lately. Here are some recent results.

Bows for Anna...

...and a place to put them

Christmas countdown blocks (my craft from Super Saturday)

A crib-sized strip quilt (with no purpose at this point...)

No, I didn't make this. My sister-in-law Anna made it for my daughter Anna. Isn't it amazing and adorable and perfect? I love that she used real fabric and buttons on the painted canvas. She's my super-mom super-hero.

Stay tuned for Christmas present crafts....

Friday, November 13, 2009

fall fun

We had a nice October.

We made salt dough and squished it in our fingers

We went to a concert in the park

We visited Ben, Amy, and Belle in San Antonio and built with blocks...

...and roared like tigers...

...and wore ourselves out at the zoo.

We helped Mommy with the dishes...

...in pearls, no less!

We had a little photo shoot at the pumpkin patch.

We played peek-a-boo with Daddy and the mirror (while wearing BOO! pants)

And we finished it all off with a delicious dinner in a pumpkin!

Happy Harvest-time!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

buzzy bee

Anna was the cutest little bumble bee for Halloween. I was glad she was so good-natured about being wrapped in tape and having pipe cleaners sticking out of her head all day. On the 29th, we went to our library's infant story time for the last time (since she's now in their toddler class at 18 months!!!) and Anna stuffed her little face with all the pretzels and muffins she could find.

snacking with her buddy, Lucy, a little monster

with Wendy and Lucy

Anna loves this bear at the library. When we get out of the car and she sees the building, she starts shouting, "Bear! Bear! Bear!" She gives him lots of hugs and kisses.

And then on Halloween we went to our ward's trunk-or-treat. Anna was a little nervous about everyone being in strange costumes, but she loved seeing all the decorated cars. She stopped and listened to all the spooky sounds they played and gently touched all the soft spider webs and bugs she could find.

And I had great fun making her costume and going trick-or-treating with her for the first time. Halloween is waaaay better with kids.

the little bee buzzing along

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

sam's better idea

A few weeks ago, our ward Relief Society had its Super Saturday craft day. I made some cute Christmas countdown blocks while enjoying conversation and a yummy lunch with friends. Meanwhile, back home, Sam and Anna made me this. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

sam's idea

I alight ovally. We arrive, cantaloupe in violin. Why? Nigh I sell that cantaloupe.

I was reading some blogs and Sam said, "We should write a blog post where we alternate choosing letters." This was the result.

Sam did panic last minute and suggested we alternate words, but it was too late. Unfortunately, alternating letters isn't quite the stimulating activity writing a story is...

Friday, October 16, 2009

memories of Mitcham

We have a new computer and in a tiny box on the side of the screen is a rotating slideshow of images in our My Pictures folder. When this one came up, I had to smile.

This is my primary class from the Mitcham Ward from my second study abroad in London. It's the entire senior primary. It was definitely a challenging calling. On my first day some of the older girls and boys were continuing an argument that had begun before church started and called each other names I had never even heard before. It was a rocky start, but after a few weeks of lessons involving as many kids as possible at all times and a few choice distributions of Jaffa Cakes and Oh! how I loved those children! Especially the two little girls to my right and the one in the pink sweater in front. They adored me and I couldn't help but adore them right back.

Maybe someday I'll get to go back and learn to love a new group of beautiful children.

Thursday, October 08, 2009


Anna scribbled this picture on the magnadoodle today.

Then she looked at me and signed "fish." I couldn't be prouder.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

a breakfast conversation

awesome craft alert

Image by Design*Sponge

My friend Lizzie just built a toddler bed for her son since his crib is soon to be occupied by baby number 2. They used this tutorial. I can't wait till we'll need to build one. Hooray for resourcefulness!

Sunday, October 04, 2009


Our dear, dear friend Anna Jo (who is one of my daughter's Anna namesakes) visited us in August. Baby Anna loved her -of course- and was so excited to have someone willing to lavish all sorts of praise and attention on her. We ate yummy food, played, visited museums, folded laundry, and did dishes all while talking for hours on end which was my favorite part of the visit. We missed her the instant she was gone and still do. We love you, Anna Jo!

Anna hamming it up for Anna Jo

Giant light-brite at the Children's Museum

Anna Jo helped me wrangle Anna's curls into her very first pony tail before our visit to the splash pad

The Annas