Friday, December 31, 2010

Callie Walking Up a Storm

The Escape Artist

New item for sale

It's been 3 months in the making, but I finally finished the card table play tent. I had to do a lot of seam ripping on this thing. I really like it now though. The first design had all sides sown, but with Callie crawling, she couldn't always find the door. Those got taken apart and the corners are all open, but then she started pulling it off every time she crawled out. Then I added buttons halfway down each corner to be able to be adjusted. The whole thing is lined with a darker fabric allowing it to be dark inside. I'm going to try to sell this one on Etsy, so I can make a different one for me. I would like a natural color one I can keep up in the family room and hide all the toys in. Callie sure does like crawling in and out of it and playing peak-a-boo.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

First Steps001.avi

This isn't the best shot of Callie's first steps because she was too interested in the camera. Hopefully I can hide the camera and get a better video.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

9 Months

I just now got around to doing Callie's 9 month photos. It is getting way to hard to get a good picture of her. I miss the days she couldn't move. She always reaches for the camera or tried to get me. She is the cutest little girl though. Every time I say cheese, she smiles really big. I love her toothy (4 teeth) smile.
This past month Callie has learned how to cuddle, knows who mom and dad is and says it to the right person, and has learned that she needs to crawl faster to the dog door to beat us there. Callie loves books and will bring you books she wants you to read. She has experienced her first ear infection (at least we think so, the Dr. wasn't sure).
She has opened several wrapped gifts. Callie's hand eye coordination is great and continues to improve. She loves to play with her bean bags, books, and pacifiers. She hates getting into her car seat. Callie loves to be naughty by crawling out the dog door, playing with the plant rocks, and splashing in the dog water.
We love you with all our heart.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas 2010

Christmas was wonderful this year. Loren and I were able to spend Christmas eve and Christmas morning by ourselves with our sweet Callie. Christmas eve Callie wore her new Christmas jammies and we allowed her to open a gift from Grandma Smith. She got 2 CD's, but thought they were books. She tried and tried to turn the pages, but nothing turned. She was getting so angry that we let her open up some books. I even let Loren open his footy jammies.
In the morning, we slept in until 8 when Callie woke us up. We opened the rest of our gifts with Callie's help. Callie just loved the building blocks from her cousin. We then packed up the car and went over to Loren's sisters house. There we had breakfast and opened more gifts. Callie got spoiled; a book, lawn mower, tent, bath toys, and crawling tube. She loved them all.We then came back to our house and started cooking dinner. We had a wonderful dinner of Ham, Turkey, funeral potatoes, Stuffing, Squash casserole, green beans and cheese sauce, and homemade rolls. It was just delightful. We had a wonderful Christmas. We hope you all did too!

Greatest man in history, Jesus, had no servants, yet they called Him Master. Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher. Had no medicine, yet they called Him Healer. Had no army, yet kings feared Him. Won no military battles, yet conquered the world. Wronged no man, yet suffered for the wrongs of all men. Committed no ...crime, yet they crucified Him. Was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.

Merry CHRISTmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Etsy Sales

I opened my Etsy shop on November 12th of this year. Loren and I thought I might sell 2-3 stockings. Sales were way above our expectations. I ended up selling a total of 27 stockings, 1 set of bean bags, and 1 ugly sweater. I even designed 2 stockings for a lady out of Texas. I'm so greatful that I could make and sell these this year. Making the stockings when people order them was a little too stressful especially when I had 7 sales in one day, so I am planning on making stockings all year long to have a back stock for next year's Etsy and for craft shows here in Idaho. I even plan on designing more appliques for the stockings and doing different shapes and styles. I have so many ideas on what to do, I don't know when I'll have the time.

My goal for next year is grow Turnbow Designs and to sell 50 stockings plus additional products (tree skirts, baby blankets, table play tents, etc.). I'm so excited to see where I can take this little business and how much I can make just doing this at home.

Here is a sneak peak of one of the gaming (World of Warcraft) designs:

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Callie's new friends

I've been watching one of my friend's boys the past week and Callie has loved playing with them. She will follow Brady around all day. She plays very well. They do like to make a mess together though.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The little Explorer

Callie loves getting in everything. Here are a few pictures of her exploring.


I'm sorry most of my pictures of Callie are when she is in her jammies, but I love her in her jammies. She looks so comfy and I know that she is warm. I do change her, but it is usually after her first nap. Isn't she too cute!

My little helper

Callie wants to be involved in everything, so I try to include her in the day to day tasks. I remember when I was little and how I would help my mom push the wet clothes into the dryer. Now Callie helps me. I love these small teaching opportunities.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Well it's a little late, but I just got around to taking pictures of Callie with her Turkey. I have to put Callie on a chair so she will sit still, but you can see that Callie found out that she can drop the turkey off the chair. Then she figured out that when the camera flashes you are suppose to smile. It was too cute seeing her smile for the camera. As Thanksgiving passed and Christmas is quickly approaching, I have been thinking of the many things I'm thankful for. I'm so thankful this year for my family near and far. I'm thankful for Callie choosing us to be her family. I'm thankful for our health. I'm thankful for the food that we have to put on our table each day. I'm thankful I can stay home and raise our children. I'm thankful for Loren's job and the income he brings home to keep us warm and fed everyday. I'm thankful for Loren and the wonderful husband and father that he is. I'm thankful this season for our Heavenly Father and for his son Jesus Christ who died for us that we might return to him someday. I'm thankful for eternal families, that I may spend eternity with the ones I love. Happy Thanksgiving!

Growling Baby

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My Present

Who wouldn't want a present like this for Christmas?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Callie's First Snow

Callie loves to be outside and since it has been so cold outside, we haven't been venturing out. Today she has been looking and whinning to go outside. I bundled her up and let her spend 5 min in the snow. She could barely move, but at least she got to experience the snow.


Keeping Callie entertained is pretty easy. I just open the pantry and let her go at it.

Daddy's cooking buddy

You can't be in the kitchen without Callie. The other night, she helped daddy make cookies.


Callie loves to help me clean. She loves crawling through the dirt when I sweep. The other day, she even grabbed the broom and tried to sweep herself. She follows me through the house and plays with the cord while I vacuum. The other day while I was picking up all the toys before I vacuumed, she turned the vacuum on twice. She even helps with the dishes by climbing onto the door. She is going to be mommies little helper.

Dog fur

One thing I hate about our dog is his fur. Our dog sheds so much. This is after one brushing. I don't mind brushing him because I can vacuum it up right afterwards and the house looks fine.

The only problem is that the crawling baby loves to crawl through it and pick it up. I think Callie has learned her lesson though, putting fur in your mouth isn't very fun and it doesn't taste good.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

First Sale

I'm so excited to say that I've sold my first stocking. Actually I sold 2 of them. I'm pretty excited. I've been working pretty hard during nap times and any other time I have to come up with new designs, getting them made, and posting them. I was getting worried that I wasn't going to sell any this year, but now that I think about it, it's not even Thanksgiving yet. People don't have Christmas stuff out and aren't thinking of it. Hopefully I sell a couple more this Christmas so we can put the profits towards a new water heater(ours is beginning to go out). I'm even more excited for after Christmas when I can play around with different ideas I have for Etsy; Kid tents, baby blankets, burp clothes, and more.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

8 Months

Callie is 8 months! Where did the time go? She has grown so quickly this last month. She crawls like an expert. She wonders around the whole house all by herself. She cruses around the furniture and has let go a couple of times. She has a 3rd tooth finally coming in. She loves to crawl and climb on people. She plays all day with a basket full of binkies, but won't take one. I stopped nursing her (too much biting, and she wasn't getting enough) and has now just started taking bottles during the day. She has started taking longer naps during the day.

She loves to read books, especially ones with animals. She will whisper, scream, and even growl at you.Callie says momma and dadda, but not to the right people. She loves dropping balls into things; cups, spinney toys, etc. She loves to be chased while crawling. She helps pick out her clothes and all the rest of her clothes out of her drawers in the morning. When she wants down, she will squirm until you let her down.

Callie loves to get into the pantry while mommy is cooking and pull everything out. She even chewed on a apple dipping Carmel container until she opened it and ate some Carmel. She still loves her veggies and is slowly beginning to like fruit. She has become very demanding. If she doesn't get her food fast enough, she bangs on her highchair. She can pick up her food with her thumb and pointer finger and feed herself. She always tries to take the spoon away from you and if she does, she throws it right on the ground. She loves Popsicle and shaved ice (thanks Grandma).

Callie has experienced her first full body rash this past month. She is still getting over one of her worst colds. She has wiped boogies all over our furniture. She loves to be outside and will scream and shake when we go outside because she is so excited. She cried when I put her back into the stroller to come back home, she was having too much fun in the leaves. She doesn't have enough patience when it comes to mommy taking pictures. Here are the ones I could get in their raw form, no editing done except for cropping, and I think they came out pretty well. Thank you neighbors for letting me use your yards, fences, and benches as my backgrounds