My photo card is full, and I realized we've been so busy and I need to catch up with my blog! As is typical during the holidays, our days have been full of fun and festivities.
First off, I participated in a craft swap with Craftaholics Anonymous. I made a couple of flower broaches and head bands and Sarah made some flower magnets. We decided to work together on this swap and sent each of our partners stuff from both of us! I didn't get any pictures before I sent the packages off, but this picture is from my swap partner's blog. I love the flower broach! So easy and I think very beautiful! Sarah's magnets turned out to be super cute, too!
I got a nice little gift package from my partner. She sewed a bunch of things for Tessa and me! You can see she made a bib, a crayon roll, baby washcloth (so soft!), coffee cozy, and a kleenex carrier. Unfortunately, I forgot to remove the kleenex from the pouch when I washed it, so it now sits empty! Here is a link to her Etsy shop, if you're looking for a home sewn gift!
Ryan and I went to Ventura for Thanksgiving. My birthday fell on Thanksgiving Day this year, but it didn't really feel like my birthday. I don't know if it's because of Thanksgiving, or if having a baby takes the focus away. It was a really nice day, either way!
There was lots of family, as usual! This is the best group shot from my camera. 16 adults (nappers and photographers not pictured!), 1 teenager, 2 babies, and 4 dogs. That's a pretty small celebration at the Gallardo house!
Tessa had fun playing with her cousin!
She didn't get much turkey, but loved her green beans, and got her hand into the mashed potatoes!
After Ryan left to go back to Sacramento, Tessa and I drove to Riverside to spend time with my family. Here's what I got for my birthday from my mom and dad!!
I made the cover last night. It was pretty easy, and now I feel more comfortable just dropping my Kindle into the diaper bag or my purse and taking it wherever I go!
Last weekend, when Ryan was home, we took Tessa to Balboa Park to see the lights and festivities! It wasn't too crowded when we were there, but the crowds were flooding in as we left. Pictures are of Tessa and I in front of the Dr. Seuss Christmas Tree, Ryan and Tessa cuddled up while we listened to classical guitar and enjoyed some hot chocolate, Tessa and Ryan listening to the didgeridoo player, and another shot of a didgeridoo player. I love this event and hope to make it an annual tradition with our family!
**Craft Days with Mama Groups**
This week, Tessa and I went to two different craft days. One was holiday crafts and the other was tutus and headbands. I love doing crafts and having other babies around for Tessa to play with, so both events were great! At the holiday craft day, Tessa ate a silver star, which caused her to choke a little, and the day ended not so nicely. The next evening it came out in her diaper and I was able to laugh a little at the big scare from the previous day.
Here are some pictures from the tutu and headband day. Tessa was racing Asher across the living room! She also loves little babies, and is here playing with baby Antonio.
These are some random shots I took on the way to craft day. The house we went to was in the Coronado Keys. AMAZING!!! The first shot is of my GPS as I'm driving over the Coronado bridge. I thought it was funny that it's just a green line going over the ocean! The second shot I took while driving over the bridge (Hence the crooked-ness!) of the infamous Carnival Splendor in the shipyard where it's being worked on. The final shot is in the Coronado Keys. Instead of backyards, these homeowners have boat docks!
**Mover and Shaker**
Tessa has been on the move! She is getting into anything and everything! I spend my mornings following her around as she shows me what else needs to be baby-proofed!
She has started to stand (with help from another object!)
She is very brave and daring. She thinks she can do things she can't quite do yet, like walk on her own! Thus, she has her first boo boo! (Sad Mommy here!)
She loves this book with pictures in it. Her favorite is this one with Daddy. She just stares at it and pets Ryan's face. She'll lean over and kiss it. Last night she was snuggling up next to this picture. I tried to get a shot of that, but she moved as soon as the camera came out.
Finally, we got the photos back from our shoot in October! I love them! Since I've already posted so many pics in this blog, I'll only share one today, and end this blog post with my beautiful smiling little girl!