Monday, April 26, 2010

Our First Birthday Girl

29 years ago we were so excited about the arrival of our first baby.  Back then (in the olden days) sonograms were not given routinely.  I had a wonderful pregnancy with no concerns or questions so I didn't get to have a sonogram. We had no idea if we were having a boy or a girl

We painted the nursery in a sunny yellow color and put up a wallpaper border of trees representing the four seasons.  It was such a warm cheerful baby's room.   Although we didn't know if we were having a boy or girl, most everyone else seemed pretty sure.

Friends and strangers alike would say "Oh, you are having a boy!"  Our Stake President had been predicting the gender of babies for years and had never been wrong.  He said "it's a boy".  Even the labor and delivery nurse told us she was pretty sure we were having a boy.

My parents were anxious with anticipation in the hospital waiting room.  After a very long labor, finally our first little baby was delivered.  Mark went out in the waiting room to tell family the news and announced, "It's a Girl!" 
It's a girl
Mark is always kidding around so at first they didn't even believe him.

Marci is the oldest of five children.  She's a great sister, daughter, wife and mother and (one of my dearest) FRIENDs! 
I don't know what I'd do without her♥

Mike, Marci, Ella, Preston and Addie

Friday, April 23, 2010

Redesigning Downtown

Houstonians get to vote!
If you live in the Houston area, you might want to get in on a little "design" inspiration and fun!  Three of the city’s top Designers are competing in the, “Redesigning Downtown,” Style Competition at One Park Place, Downtown’s newest luxury apartments.  The designers are: Renea Abbott, Michael Stribling, and Chandos Dodson . Each have designed an apartment, and WE get to decide which one we like the best!  Tickets are $10 and benefit Discovery Green.
I would L♥VE to check it out. 

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mindful Monday
 image via Design Ties

"Better keep yourself clean and bright. 
You are the window through which you must see the world."
                                                                                                                                                               — George Bernard Shaw

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Yet Another


Saturday we planted some baby tomato plants.  
We're giving it another "go around".
I'm hoping I can make this
(with delicious fresh picked tomatoes).

Crab and Tomato Stack
via Southern Lady
Makes 8 servings

2 avocados, diced
1/4 cup finely chopped poblano pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 recipe Cumin Vinaigrette, divided (recipe follows)
1 (8-ounce) container crabmeat, picked for shells
2 small red tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 small orange tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 small yellow tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
Garnish: fresh cilantro leaves

1. In a small bowl, combine avocados, poblano pepper, 1 tablespoon cilantro, red onion, salt, and 2 tablespoons Cumin Vinaigrette.
2. In a separate bowl, combine crabmeat, remaining 1 tablespoon cilantro, and 2 tablespoons Cumin Vinaigrette.
3. To assemble, layer red tomato slice, avocado mixture, orange tomato slice, crabmeat mixture, and yellow tomato slice. Top with about 1/2 tablespoon crabmeat mixture. Drizzle with additional Cumin Vinaigrette, and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves, if desired.

I don't know...maybe I'll just get some tomatoes at the grocery store tomorrow.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Happy Birthday

Thanks for being such a great son-in-law!
We love you♥
Have a Happy Day celebrating!