Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Cousin Fun!

We spent a lovely weekend visiting my family. Lia was beyond thrilled to have a sleepover with her cousin Annemarie. Her older cousins are extremely patient and accommodating of Lia (and her incessant need for "dress up"!) which is such a nice thing to see. Jim and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to let Lia's cousin, Renee, babysit so we could enjoy a wonderful meal at the County Club with my brother, my sister, their spouses and our parents. I was even able to resist the urge to reach over and cut Jim's food at dinner! :-)

On Sunday we had the opportunity for some fun time with cousins Abby and Olivia. There were many games of Hide and Seek (or some version thereof), Popsicles, pear "picnics" on Nana's living room floor (not with real pears by the way...they were from a centerpiece. Unfortunately little Livi didn't get the memo and took a big bite from one...she may never eat another pear again!), and many hugs and kisses all around.

Finally, we were able to fit in a quick visit to see Jim's mom and dad and enjoy a pizza party as well. Our trips are always a whirlwind...packed with every minute of fun we can manage!

On a different note, I was talking to my sister about my desire to begin making some changes and decorating our new house. I am a bit overwhelmed about tackling the whole thing. She loaned me these books which have beautiful pictures and ideas:

I have a lot of work to do, but hmmmm.....maybe someday my house will resemble a few of these pictures:

I'll let you know how it all works out! :-)


Kimber said...

I LOVE decorating---it will be so much fun!

Are you the Kate who just sent me the beautiful quilt sqaure? I don't want to type your last name here and obiously it is not on the blog, so I am not 100% sure. Anyway, if you are---THANK YOU! I love it. Also, I grew up where you live! We still go up there to visit family.

E-mail me if you'd like:)


missy said...

Lia and her cousin look sooo cute in their dress up attire! I am glad you got to have a night out with your hubby!

Sharon said...

Those ideas are just the kind of things I love...traditional!! I'm sure you will be great at it!! I remember hoping there was decorating in heaven! haha The little girls know how to decorate their little bodies!! Princesses!

Erin said...

Oh my goodness, Kate! We are soulmates! I have every single Nell Hill book. I have been inspired by many of her ideas for my own home too! My sisters & I seriously want to take a trip to her store. I am glad that your trip was so fulfilling. It sounds as though you were able to connect so much with your family! And I am sure that Lia will be missing those cute cousins! I e-mailed you...

Laurie said...

I LOVE Nell Hills!! Her store is outside Kansas City, so I've been several times. It's packed- and I mean PACKED with awesome stuff at not so high prices. I'm sure you'll get tons of ideas from her books- happy decorating! :)

Jboo said...

Family and spending time with cousins is so special! Sounds like Lia (and you) had a great time. Need some decorating tips too!


Denise C said...

Oh what a very special trip that must have been! So glad little Lia got to spend quality time with her cousins!
I love to decorate too!!!!! Those books look fabulous!
Blessings to you sweet friend!

Jodee Leader said...

Cute cousin pictures!

Anonymous said...

Hi Aunt Katie:)
I had so much fun that weekend. Lia is getting so grown up! It was very fun to babysit her and Annemarie. I hope that we can have a fun weekend like that again soon. Good luck picking your name for Lia's sister. Keep me posted on which one you might pick. I know whatever you do pick will be just right. Tell Lia and uncle Jim I said hey! Text me (but make sure I know who it is...ha!)
Love ya,

PS... One potato!!:D