Well, it's been a long haul since I started the So You Think You're Crafty competition. I'm glad I did it (though I've felt exhausted at times). And I'm happy to report...THIS is the FINAL WEEK! Just me and Ashley left.
Our theme this week is Wild Card, so we each chose something that really encompasses us as a designer. I know you're itching to check it out.....so head on over and VOTE!


Owen's turned 2

On December 7th, or little Owen turned TWO! And these past few months he's really gone from being a one-year old, into a little boy.
And I think he and I have grown together. I no longer feel the love-annoyance relationship I did when he was really young and basically whined all the time. He still whines, oh yes. But he also has a cute, goofy, and sweet personality. And he still loves to cuddle with anyone.
And finally over Christmas he really started talking. It's such a better means of communication for all of us!
For his special day we hung out at home, met dad for lunch at McDonalds and played on their toys,
we tried on Dad's hat,
And eventually got tired.
Man, Dad looks tired too.
That evening, we had a small party, just the four of us. As we sang Happy Birthday he just sat there, beaming at us. Enjoying his moment.
He opened a few gifts:
And loved his new animal puzzle,
while Lucy played with the totally cool kids remote-controled Airplane that Grandma gave him:
We celebrated his Number 2 with a No.2 Pencil cake:
(and make-shift birthday candles)
And then I let both kids lick all the frosting they wanted off the cake....until I was too grossed out to eat my own piece of slobbery cake.
Happy Birthday Owen! We're so blessed to have you in our family!


remember when you all told us it was hot in Texas......

Well, it snowed the other week.
It wasn't much, but it was white and falling slowly! Check out the flurries on Casey's truck:
Lucy didn't believe me when I told her to come outside and see the snow. She said, it's not snowing, the ground isn't white! Once she came out and stood there though, she believed me.

Yep, it may be hot in the summers here, but it's DEFINITELY cold in the winter.

Post Thanksgiving Camping!

Our good friends, the Laws, in Round Rock are starting a new tradition the day after Thanksgiving each year.....Camping! They'd noticed that every time their kids prayed they would throw in "please bless us that we can go camping again..." So they took the hint and answered their prayers.
There were about 10 families and oddly enough, the campgrounds were just a few miles from our house at Lake Georgetown (comforting for the women to know....should they need to crash on our couches in the middle of the night). And even though it was November, the weather was perfect! It was chilly in the night but not freezing (I was worried about that). We had a great time!
We got there in the afternoon and after setting up camp, we hiked over to the lake.
The sunset was just gorgeous:
There's something about a glassy lake. So serene.
That night even more families showed up for the campfire. It was pure chaos and pure fun as kids roasted hot dogs, mallows, and anything they could find.
We had a fun time chatting with new people and getting to know everyone. Two of the Law kids, Mimi and Katie:
We made it through the night (with a couple meltdowns and cold feet) and we woke up to a beautiful sunny morning. My absolute favorite part of camping is waking up in the morning. I have so many fun memories of coming out in the morning chill, watching the boys build a morning fire, and sipping hot chocolate.
And Casey did just that.
He got out his fabulous portable grill:
And got the fire going:
The kids hung around the campsite, eating,
and looking a little tired still.
There were so many cute kids everywhere. Lucy and this little girl immediately became friends.
The sat on that chair together, looked out in to the brush and exclaimed, it's Mickey! haah. That cactus does look like Mickey ears:
Sadly, I can't remember that cute girl's name (or her parents' below) but they're from Irvine and we finally put it all together that we were in the same stake at one point. He knew my other Suman cousins.
Jessica and Scott Law, the camping ringleaders:
their son Luke:
and his cool big wheel:
This girl was just darling:
And here she is with Mimi (who you might recognize from my Turkey Skirt pics)
Casey made egg muffins, sausage, and eggs and it was a huge hit! Food is a sure way to lure friends over to your site.

After breakfast the kids got on their bikes and rode around.
Eventually Jessica organized them into a race and it was the cutest thing.
They lined up....
On your mark, get set.....go!
And they all took off!
except for Owen. He just sat there.
And sat there.
And when all the kids were done, he would go. Funny kid. He did it every time.
Eventually everyone got in on the fun.
Thank you Law family for organizing! Three cheers for camping!