How to Remove GUM from Leather Furniture

pb and gum

During Emilia’s birthday party, one of her little friends left a present… a glob of gum smeared onto our leather couch! I researched ways of getting it off. WD-40, nail polish remover and and lotion seemed like they could cause damage. Peanut butter?! Why not, let’s try it. Wipe peanut butter on the gum. Let is sit for at least three hours. (I tried wiping it off after one hour and the gum was still there.) After three hours, wipe {Read More}

To Emilia ~ My Words Are My Gift

Flying Emilia.jpg

Emilia,  my precious and precocious little girl. I LOVE watching you play, laugh and live every day. I am documenting your life so that you can look back, smile, cry and reminisce. Enjoy life!! Every wonderful, happy, scary, hectic, thrilling, amazing moment of it! My words are my gift to you…      

Pages, Widgets and Plugins, Oh My!


Personalizing a theme is much more than I had imagined. As I’ve mentioned, I am new to blogging. Pages, widgets and plugins are like a foreign language to me. I’ve discovered that blogging is not for the faint of heart. I am getting the hang of it however, and in the process, I’ve found some wonderful resources. Of course, the WordPress Support Page and the Studio Press Support Forum were both very useful. Lindsey from Pretty Darn Cute Designs has been {Read More}

To Emilia ~ You Are Walking Now

Emilia Walking

  You began by taking a step or two just before your first birthday. Papa and I would sit in your play yard and make a diamond shape with our legs. One of us would hold you and aim you at the other. You would take a step or two then LAUNCH yourself toward us. You thought it was hilarious. You would squeal and laugh. A few days after your first birthday you took three steps and then dove for {Read More}

To Emilia ~ Schwimming with Shmeelee


Your first swimming lesson was Monday, June, 18, 2012. We took the Tadpole class at the Apple Valley Parks & Recreation swimming pool. There were eight other babies in your class. It was an outdoor pool and it was warm but windy. You held on to me so tight at first. It seemed like you were not sure why there was so much water and why we were both in it. We played with floating toys and you smiled at {Read More}

To Emilia ~ Your First Birthday Party

Emilia in her party dress

Your first birthday party was on Saturday, June 16th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at our house. The theme was the Backyardigans because you have loved their theme song since you were an itty bitty baby. It was such a great gathering of wonderful people. You are SO adored!! You were very excited about having all of the people at our house. You were not afraid or intimidated at all. Dann said that he had never seen a baby that fearless. {Read More}

To Emilia ~ Happy Birthday Baby!

Emilia's first birthday

Originally written 6/10/12: Today is your first birthday! You are such an amazing presence. You have an infectious smile and an adorable little giggle. You are such a happy baby. You are curious, strong-willed and fearless. You have captured my heart and changed my life in so many wonderful ways. You have taught me how to nurture, responsibility and how to love unconditionally. Thank you, baby girl, for enriching my life.