December 31, 2010

best of 2010!



-B turned one!!
-B learned to walk!
-Toph finished his first year of law school+started his second!
-I started blogging. And was confused. Computers must be from the future.
-We went to UT for 4th of July! 
-We had B's second Christmas in Upland!

It's been an awesome year. We're so blessed to have a forever family, love where we live, have enough food and clothes (woo hoo for the freepiles!!), and to live so close to family and the temple. Goodbye 2010, bring it on 2011!

December 25, 2010

have the BEST day ever!


Merry Christmas from the Tutts!!
The presents are all opened so the specialness is prettymuch over but, thank goodness, these sweaters will live forever. It's A Christmas Miracle! 
Love, Meredith and her Boys

December 22, 2010

Phone tales.

Life according to the droid:

-Road trip to SO CAL!!! for Christmas 2010. I did some serious driving. 
-B rocked his car seat for hours and hours straight. The kids a champ.
-When we got to Gma's, B and Toph left their mark. Those smushed window faces are my fave.
-B also got a haircut. His first real one. :)/:(

November 30, 2010

MarioKart on the fold out couch. That's a date, right?




Toph decided to get all romantic and set up MarioKart the other night. I lost almost every race. I'm not sure why, I leaned into the turns and everything. Just like we were playing WII. I really stink at video games though. I always have ... I smell a New Years resolution!


November 20, 2010

my favorite birthday week surprise so far :)

Toph surprised me with family pics for my birthday!!


After Toph went to class the other day I found a note from him that said,
"Be ready by 3 to take family pictures. Happy birthday!"
Such a great surprise!
It was so fun to go out in our neighborhood and get some great shots of our little family.
 I've been wanting good pictures of all three of us for a while and Toph must've been listening.
I should really talk around him more.

November 18, 2010

turning 23 in my birthday(jump)suit.


For my special day, here are 23 things about me, with commentary by me:
(Stop reading now if you want to. We'll still be cool.)

I have 6 siblings and they're all funny (funny? or crazy? verdicts still out.).
I've been a member my whole life. 
I still spin the stem off my apple every time to see who I'll marry (and I cheat to make it to 'T'.)
I'm pretty sure I cried when Rory graduated from HS. (And during every subsequent viewing of the "Graduation" episode. Let's be real.)
Gilmore Girls: The Complete Third Season 
 I'm super proud of making it through 20 hours of pitocin encouraged labor naturally (the 2 hours of pushing were simply the bees knees).
I get sticker shock in Wal-Mart (freepiling has ruined me).
My fave Halloween costume ever was when I went as The Statue of Liberty (I was 11-ish).
Statue of Liberty 4 Inch Replica 
I sit Indian style whenever possible (I think I mean "Native American style?").
 I have an associates degree and a bachelor's degree but no HS diploma.
 I'll take gummy bears over chocolate any. day. of. the. week.
Haribo Gummi Candy, Original Gold-Bears, 5-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12) 
My BF from college is serving a mission in Stockholm, Sweden. (she gets home Dec. 3rd!!)
Toph and I try to re-read the Harry Potter Series every Christmas break (tis the season!).
Harry Potter Boxed Set (Children's Edition) (Contains all 7 books in the series) 
I've donated my hair to Locks of Love twice.
 I love Scrabble and I love being the score keeper (cuz then I get to make up names for the players. ex: "Meredith" turns into "Hotty Mc'hotwinner." ).
Scrabble Crossword Game 
 Whenever "MmmBop" comes on the radio, I want to call my older sister to let her know (so we can listen/rejoice together!)
Middle of Nowhere 
Toph and I celebrate birthday week (best thing I ever came up with).
My little brother is serving a mission in Samara, Russia (he comes home August 2011!!).
I LOVE Australian licorice (try it and you'll NEVER go back to Red Vines. Except when that's all there is available. Then you'll eat those Vines like they're going out of style.).
 Kookaburra Licorice Red (4 Bags)
I knew my kid was gonna be a boy before we even got preggo (that's so Raven!).
Since moving into this apartment 15 months ago, I've changed my kitchen curtains 5 times.
If I was on Survivor, my one luxury item would be Tweezers (you do not want to see this un-tweezed people).
I read The Shape Of a Mother. Love it (It's a bit nakey though. Not in a dirty way but in a textbook kinda way. You know?).
I started freepiling when I was 15 (My older sister introduced me to her laundry room's pile and I've never looked back.).

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Happy Harry Potter 7 Part One 
Midnight Showing Everyone!!

November 14, 2010

my (very own!) sewing space.

We have this little niche in B's room that we felt all genius-y about shoving a desk into. 

"What a great office! Wow, we're smart!"

But then we realized it's better to study on campus. 
And the living room has the desktop in it so studying there works too ...
But what about the desk shoved in the niche?!
I got my own sewing/crafting space!

I'm in love.
(I didn't buy anything new for this space. 
I just went on a scavenger hunt around my apartment for storage items. My fave.)
I'm feeling renewed creativity now.
Who knew that 3 feet by 2 feet could do so much good?


November 13, 2010

out on the toddler town

The fam drove up yesterday so we could take the kids out on their school furlough day.   
It was really fun! We went to Fairytale Town.
I'm pretty much still really into my kid. 

And in his little thrifted pea coat, who wouldn't love him?



November 11, 2010

now that's thrift.

Here's what I'm up to tonight:
Talk about thrifty.
Excited.








November 1, 2010

Who you gonna call??


Don't be fooled, those aren't real proton packs. 
I made us some pretty uh-mazing lookalikes from spray painted trash though. 
And Bronson really did attempt to cover himself in real slime/drool by the end of the night. 
He's so method. 

Happy Halloween!!

October 20, 2010

mini man pants

A few of you were interested in seeing how I made B his mini skinnies. (So clever. ha.)
Well here are some amazing pics of the process:

1-Find some pants you don't mind cutting up.

2- Trace some existing pants onto the bigger pants.
3- Cut out the smaller pants,inseam included.

4- Pin the pants back together, right sides together.

5- Sew up the crotch part first, making a cross shape. 
(You know how pants have that cross/'t' stitched on the crotch from putting the four fabric pieces together? Check out some existing pants for extra help. I know I'm not super clear here. Sorry!)

6- Put the pants right sides together again and stitch up the outer sides and hem the leg cuffs while you're at it.

7- Find a cute baby (the one I used is about 15 months old) and make them pose in the "new" pants!

Here he is in some gray ones I made him. 
Bed head and all. :)