Today, we all took a drive up to Portland to visit an old friend from high school. Jessica Poundstone creates the most lovely necklaces and earrings, and since she was having a Jewelry by Jessica Open House today it was the perfect time to go up, visit, eat some cookies, and buy some jewelry.
I also got myself a pair of earrings which are similar to these, except the bead on top is red, and the one below is green. Or as Sydney said when she saw them, "There's an apple on top, and pear down below. I like apples! And Jules like pears!" Now I'll always think of my two girls when I wear my apple-pear earrings.
It was such a relaxing afternoon, driving up to Portland and getting to catch up with Jason and talk about different things from the week, chatting with Jessica and Ben, watching Sydney and Sophie (Jessica's daughter) play together. We haven't seen Jess and Ben since our ten-year high school reunion, three years ago. Hopefully it won't be so long before we get to see them again!
By the way, Jess has a great tutorial on making a shrink plastic flower pin. I almost bought one of her flower pins today, but decided to get the earrings instead. I'm thrilled to see this tutorial because now I can make a flower pin of my own. Hooray!
Even though I'm getting Sydney and Jules a pair of Vincent shoes with the gift certificate that I won, Jules still needed a pair of walking shoes now that she wants to walk along with us whenever we go somewhere. Even though I'm generally conservative on how much I'll spend on kids' shoes, I wanted to make sure that Jules had a good transitional pair that will be easy on her feet. That being said, we went to Nordstrom and picked out this pair from See Kai Run.
Oh my goodness gracious, Julianne is just the cutest thing walking around in her big girl shoes. I will have to post a picture when I get the chance. Speaking of pictures, because it was her first pair of walking shoes, then Nordstrom goes all out in celebration. They took her picture, gave her and Syd balloons, and gave Julianne this cute little stuffed animal. I wish I got all that when I bought a pair of shoes!
More than a year ago, our trusty vacuum died and because we were financially crunched we took a free hand-me-down that has proved adequate, although not fantastic. I mean, it picks up the dirt but I don't get much of a thrill from using it. I want a vacuum cleaner that stirs a certain something in my soul, makes me want to spend time with it, is ready to commit to a long-term relationship. Our stand-in vacuum cleaner was a nice fling, but it's definitely not ready for a family, with kids, and a dog.
Yesterday, I mentioned again while we were at Sears that their vacuum cleaners were on sale. Because he is a very good man, who knows how to woo me, he said the magic words: "You can get a new vacuum." I love him.
And I love my new vacuum. I've already vacuumed the house. Twice.
To top it all off, Jason has been working on the backyard. I could cry, I'm so happy about this. He's already changed the fence line, added some new paver stones, and very very soon we will be getting a new shed, tearing up the deck, putting down paver stones, building a retaining wall, and planting sod. I think it might all be finished by Christmas, and so all we'll have to do is put a big bow on our backyard, give each other a nice Christmas card, and call it good.
Vacuums and backyards -- we're such romantics.