Thursday, October 27, 2011

For My Mom...

My mom and a few others have been requesting pictures of my belly. I used to be really against taking pictures like this, but it is kind of exciting to see the progress of these ever growing twin boys. So I guess a few are ok...

 I am about 19 weeks. Which is probably over the halfway point for me.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Murdock Brothers!

Well we are having twin boys. We are very excited but still a little surprised. For some reason we thought there would be at least one girl in there. Technically we had a 75% chance. It's funny whenever people close to us find out it's boys they chuckle a little after. I am so girly, we both grew up with lots of sisters, and we both hate sports so we are still a little confused about what to do with boys, but I am sure it will be lots of fun learning. 

I hope they like skinny jeans because they are for sure getting a cute pair of these to match mommy and daddy!

Now on to decorating... 

I kind of love the ideas of bright primary colors (love the name Primary pop) and bold simple fabric but I  also love this fabric which isn't really modern but is sooo cute. Hmmmm what to do? 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A special surprise!

Some of you may know that I am pregnant but I also have a second surprise...

It's Twins!

Ryan and I will be expecting fraternal twins this March (or possibly February)!
Can't wait to find out what we are having next month!

One of the first things Ryan bought for our baby (back when we thought we would be having one) is a cute Apple onesie.  

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Garden Party!

I am the secretary of the womens organization at my church and we threw our yearly garden party this week which was quite a hit. We held it this year in my friend Candace's beautiful backyard.

We had lots to eat, which included 2 different kinds of quiches, chicken sandwiches, a strawberry salad, fruit, two different kinds of muffins, and lots of homemade jam... I donated one of my strawberry jams from my last post.

Of course we had to use some cute Martha Stewart table decoration ideas. The hearts are actually made of napkins. Smart Martha!

 I made a bunch of flag banners to decorate the yard with. I think they turned out pretty cute!

 My friend Cathy is a gourmet baker and made 5 different desserts! I had about 4 cupcakes by the end... good thing Cathy's also my walking buddy.

All and all this was a lot of work but a great party!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

We're jammin'!

I wanna jam it wid yoooou...

I made jam this Sunday... It was my first time without some help and it turned out good, a little too sugary, but good. I might have to try out a few new recipes in the future but for now we have LOTS of strawberry freezer jam.

Oh and I made this apron back in May for my sister Kim and I keep forgetting to post it...

Sunday, July 3, 2011

My new backyard!

Here is our backyard when we moved into our house a year ago. 

During the winter time weeds and grass grew on top of the rocks and cement.

It was really pretty at the moment but didn't last long...
These are some pictures we took a few weeks ago.

We tried to clear our backyard out ourselves. Over two saturdays we cleared a strip about 3 feet wide. After that 3 feet the debris got much thicker, and we gave up.

But then tragedy struck! Orange, frolicking through the rocks and weeds, at last succumbed to them.

"No more!", we said. We hired some industrious gentlemen to do what we could not. They made short work of our weeds and rocks, clearing them all in half a day. We felt a little silly.

The backyard also hard a very large deep pond that Ryan, with a little help from me, dug out.

Civilizations to come will never know there was a pond here.

We have a terrible time keeping our front yard watered, so we didn't want to find out what would happen to this much larger yard.  We called around and took many estimates. A shady-seeming guy on craigslist quoted us half the price of everybody else. Come on over, shady-seeming guy!

He actually did a really, really good job.

He put in fancy wood border things and rototilled and mixed manure stuff into our dirt and put sod down and installed our automatic sprinkler system, with an extra pipe dealy that we can extend if we want to put in a drip system for a future garden around the borders.

Kitties don't like it… they sit on the dirt and stare disapprovingly. It's for your own good, kitties!

Fully automatic sprinkling! Isn't it gorgeous?!


Now on to gardening!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

May is for Birthdays!

May is birthday month in the Murdock/Pabst family and we had a few more since last I posted.
Ryan had his birthday yesterday and he requested a donut "cake" with a lion candle on top...

For my mother's birthday I made her a travel bag for her curling iron with heat resistant fabric on the inside.

I am working on a few other birthday presents currently, but the problem with handmade is it never seems to be done on time... oh well.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

We share a mom...

From the day I was born my sister Heather trained me to tell everyone that she was my best friend... 

Last week was her birthday...
Happy Birthday BFF!
(Good thing it's true.)

She is super smart and an excellent teacher, so I thought I would make her a vintage school-themed birthday card. I thought she needed to have something hand made to go with her birthday present, so I went out and bought some simple white towels from target.

Then I sewed a strip of fabric on them to match the apron I made her for her last birthday.

Turned out pretty good I think–and sorry to tell you Heather, but it was really easy.

Sadly, Orange was unable to be my Vanna White since he was out with a foxtail-to-the-eye injury. 
He does look pretty cute in his cone with a bow, though.