Monday, August 23, 2010

On A Sunday Afternoon...

We went over to my aunt and uncle's house yesterday to see my grandparents who have been in Los Angeles for about a month. They left early so my grandpa could catch up on work and sleep, but we stuck around for a while to chat and let the kiddies play.

At one point my Aunt Holly looked over and saw the sweetest thing ever: Laura and Taylor were sitting together under their French doors, sunlight hitting them in just the right way, eating Oreos. It was like a shot right out of a commercial, and Sean was quick to snap some shots of them before they noticed we were watching. How sweet is this?

I loved being able to just sit, talk, and relax. Oh, and a warm slice of cherry pie helped too.

(P.S. This big boy is growing up too darn fast.)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Project: $1 t-shirt for the kiddo

I've been working on a couple of fun, quick projects lately and thought I'd post about them on the 'ole blog.

The last time I was at the dollar store I turned a corner and saw a huge bin full of solid-colored t-shirts for... well... a dollar each. Wha??? One dollar for a shirt?? They had sizes ranging from kid's XS up to adult's 3XL. I grabbed three white 3XL shirts (to be used for another project I'll post about later), a large black shirt, and a kid's black XS shirt that I thought would fit Taylor perfectly.

I had seen some cool photos on a DIY website where people had used bleach to make cool designs on dark t-shirts and I thought I'd give it a try. I laid out the kid's shirt with a piece of cardboard under the top layer to protect the back of the shirt, laid out my design with masking tape, and covered the rest of the shirt with wax paper to prevent the rest of the shirt from getting bleached. I then put a mixture of half bleach, half water into a spray bottle, took the shirt outside, and sprayed it lightly.

Once the shirt had changed colors I brought it inside, removed the tape and wax paper, and immediately rinsed out the shirt with cold water before washing it to ensure all the bleach was washed out.

Obviously some of the bleach leaked through the tape and paper, but I actually think it looks really cool. I also used this technique to tie-dye the other black shirt and plan on using the fabric for another project later on.

What do you think? Not too bad for $1 and some water and bleach, eh?

P.S. Sorry about the grainy, blurry pictures. My good camera is unfortunately deceased and I'm in the process of replacing it.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Family Pictures

Last month we had our family photos taken up at Sundance by Heather Mildenstein, a super amazing photographer in Provo. We had a difficult time with Taylor that night and he wasn't being very cooperative; that said, Heather was able to get some really great shots! I wasn't too sure about having our pictures taken during my pregnancy (I'm self-conscious enough without someone taking tons of pictures of me), but I think they turned out well. These will be our last family pictures as a family of three, which makes me excited and nervous at the same time.

Sorry there are so many; I have lots of favorites! Click any image to see it larger.