December 28, 2018

Ruby's First Christmas

As you can imagine, this Christmas was made all the much more merry with Ruby in it! She had so much fun with all the shiny objects to look at and gifts to tear into. We made sure to take a lot of photos to document the occasion as well as videos. When my girls were little I took many photos, but didn't have a video recorder, and to this day this makes me sad that we don't have any footage of them when they were little. Ruby will have more than maybe she would want to look at!
It rained on Christmas eve which made for a nice cozy day staying in the house and preparing for dinner and Christmas day. Sadly both Caitlin and Cyrous had colds and they were not as perky as they usually are. Ruby however was happy and content taking it all in. We bought a mini crib for the guest room, and hoped that she would adjust to it when they spent the night. She did! I think we wore her out, as it took no time for her to settle in and go right to sleep. Bless her little heart!
I can't believe a year has past that we patiently waited to find out what the Ahmadieh baby was going to be! I did a side by side on my Instagram, if you want to go check that out.  This time last year I immediately started to plan Caitlin's baby shower once we found out it was going to be a girl. I remember sitting on the couch and looking at a pretty Anthropologie swan ornament that I had on the tree, and that was how I came up with the shower theme.  I recently came across all my swan items I favorited  on Etsy, and it made me smile.
I always have to have a next project to look forward to, so I'll be dreaming up some ideas for Ruby's Easter and first birthday dress to start on soon, and of course my shop, which like I said in my last post is on vacation mode until I figure out how I want to move forward with it. I gave myself until the end of January to come up with new things to put in and reopen, that might be a steep hill to climb hahah, but maybe the deadline will push me to get something accomplished.

Looking back at 2018, I can say with certainty that it was pretty much consumed with Ruby and watching her grow week by week, and what a joy that has been. She certainly has all wrapped around her little finger. Her smile makes my heart sing, and I sure do love all the snuggles she has been giving me lately. We can't wait for her to talk, because she is already so expressive with her body movements and smiles, that we know she is just dying to say something! My goal with this blog in 2019 is to have more documentation of Ruby, so we can all look back on special moments when we have forgotten them, and also someday she can look at it as well. So look forward to more pictures of Ruby!

 All I can say to sum up 2018 is that, despite the horrible wildfires we had this past summer, it was a very nice year. Here we come 2019!
I hope everyone had a very nice Christmas and hope 2019 brings good things into your life! Cheers!!

December 17, 2018

End of the Year Round Up

Hi guys! Before Christmas arrives,  I wanted to catch up this blog with some fun photos and events that have passed from the last time I posted. Of course we celebrated Thanksgiving, but also my dad and step mom came for a visit just a few days before to celebrate my dad's birthday. We had his favorite meal of prime rib and coconut cream tart for dessert. It was a special visit because it was the first time Ruby got to meet her great granddad! She had a little bit of stranger danger with him, but we did manage to capture a few pictures of them together.
During the time they were here, we were going through he worst wildfires in California's history, and with that we were socked in with smoke that looked pretty scary. The day before Thanksgiving we had rain.....glorious cleared the sky and made for a beautiful Thanksgiving day!  Ruby's first Thanksgiving was a relaxed event with a first taste of carrots. Not quite ready for the full on feast, but it was super cute to see her eat her first solids. She was a very good dinner companion once we all sat down to dinner.
Why does this magical time of year seem to speed on by? I just want everything to slow down. This year I set two small goals for myself as far as making things for the holidays. One was Ruby's stocking and the other was her first Christmas dress. The next post I do I may include pictures of the dress, but if you follow me on Instagram, you probably already have seen the dress and stocking. Caitlin had Christmas pictures taken with Ruby wearing it. Soon I can post those pictures. I just wanted to make sure all her Christmas cards were sent out with the pictures before I shared them. Spoiler...she looks beautiful in them, big surprise right?!
This past Saturday my two nieces came with their significant others, along with my sister, for a quick little visit. They brought Ruby some toys, and as you can see by the pictures, she enjoyed the paper as most kids do hahah. She loved visiting and being the center of attention.  I love this little girl more than words can express. She is my little ray of sunshine.

I put my Etsy shop on vacation mode through the end of January, to force myself to revamp items and rethink what I want to put in it. To be honest, I've just been having fun sewing for Ruby and the Etsy has taken a bit of a back seat. I'm not ready to give up on it totally, but I think I need to make sure the items I put in the shop are not as time consuming as some of the pieces I have in there now. For sure the cape will stay in there. I will be adding a dress to go with it in the fall I think. I'm hoping my sweet Ruby will start to model for me by then. I know I keep talking about refreshing my shop, but I promise this time it will come to pass. This year has been consumed with Ruby :) Hard to not just chuck everything aside just to spend the day with that little darling. I want to start 2019 with a fresh Etsy and try and balance my time with outside work and play. We shall see how that plays out. I will try to do a Christmas post though before the new year. Catch you later, and happy holidays!