Monday, December 5, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... the Jobe household! Last week we decorated the house, and yesterday the kids visited Santa; I'd say the Christmas season is officially in full swing. Thanks to online shopping (and a free Amazon Prime trial membership with free, 2-day shipping, yay!), I've got a great head start on gifts. Next on the list: ordering Christmas cards, decorating a gingerbread house and train, going to Andrew's school's Holiday Nights tomorrow evening, and baking...lots of baking. I love this time of year!! Crazy busy but fun! Here are some pictures. Hope you're enjoying December!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Birthday time!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011


The kids were SO excited for Halloween this year! They decided pretty early on that they would dress as Mario and Luigi (from the Super Mario Bros. video games). Well actually, initially they both wanted to be Luigi, but then I think Amelia convinced Andrew he should be Mario since he was shorter. Anyway, the costumes were very easy to make and came out looking great! Both kids had a great time trick-or-treating, and I was especially proud of them for actually saying "trick-or-treat" and "thank you" after receiving candy. I feel like once Halloween comes, the rest of the year goes in to overdrive; Amelia's birthday party is this weekend, her actual birthday is next week, then comes Thanksgiving, then Christmas, etc. Craziness! Now if you'll excuse me, I'd better get a head start on cleaning...

Monday, October 10, 2011


We are thrilled that my parents recently moved to Evanston (just north of Chicago) after 13 years living in NYC. It's so nice to have them close enough--four hours away--that we can drive for a weekend visit! We did that this weekend. It just so happened that Michigan was playing Northwestern in Michigan's first away football game this season, so we figured we'd better see it! My parents (who cheered for Northwestern since my dad teaches there), Bryan and me, and our dear friends Martha and Chris West (who live in Wisconsin, not too far away) went to the game Saturday night. We had a blast! Michigan won (GO BLUE!) and we had such fun visiting. Sunday the family took the Metra to downtown Chicago to see the sights in Millennium Park. It is such a cool place, and it was beautiful with the fall colors! We all had a fun weekend, and look forward to visiting Chicago a lot over the years! Here are some pics of our weekend.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

First Day of School

Hallelujah! It finally came!!! I was honestly dreading having both kids at home all summer, not knowing how they'd get along with each other every day. Fortunately, they were pretty good and the summer flew by...until the last two weeks! I don't know how many times I've said "it is SO time for school to start" in the last two weeks. I think both kids were just tired of each other, tired of the house and ready for something different (and so was I)! This is a picture of my "school needs to start NOW" face, taken a couple weeks ago:
Today was the first "official" day of school (Amelia had a 1/2 day yesterday, but I was with her the whole time...more of an orientation); Amelia got to ride the bus with her buddy Kennedy, who's starting Kindergarten. They were both excited! After we got Amelia on the bus, I took Andrew to his first day of Preschool. He walked in like he owned the place! I'm so glad it was that easy with both kids. Now I'm sitting in my house, enjoying the sound of silence!!! Hooray for school!

Monday, August 29, 2011

I've had a bug...

...the crafty/creative bug! I'm pretty sure this is partly due to the fact that I joined Pinterest, a virtual bulletin board where people can share their own collections of ideas. Several of the people I follow have do-it-yourself boards, and the creative juices just got flowing in me!

A couple weeks ago I made a cake for our friend Noah's first birthday. His parents call him "monkey," and asked me to design it based on Noah's room decor. Here's a picture of the inspiration: and here is the cake: The cake was delicious, and it turned out just how I'd pictured it. I love it when that happens! Then last week I went to a baby shower and decided to give the honoree some homemade, embellished burp cloths (cloth diapers with fabric and ribbon attached). They turned out really well, so I made some for my friend Anne's baby Lucy! Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture of that project, so you'll just have to take my word for it that they were precious! On to the next craft...last night we had a preseason "tailgate" party (in quotes because we weren't actually using a tailgate...just a tailgate-style party) for our fellow Michigan football fans, so I decided to make some fun treats: football-shaped Oreo balls and Michigan football helmet cake balls! They were a big hit, and I was really happy with the way they turned out. Here's what the helmet looks like, for those of you who may not know the iconic winged helmet: and here are the cake balls and Oreo balls: This morning Bryan had to go out of town for a meeting, so I thought it would be fun to do a project with the kids. We peeled our broken crayons, broke the into small pieces, put them in a mini-muffin tin and melted them down to make rainbow crayon discs! I'd seen these several times over the years, but never tried it myself. It was a huge success! Peeling the paper off the crayons occupied us for about an hour, and Andrew loved that he was actually given permission to break something, ha! Both kids were so excited to watch the crayons melt in the oven, and thought it was the coolest thing when the rainbow crayons were done. They are indeed pretty cool! It's fun to be creative! I wonder what my next project will be?!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Don't faint!!

I'm actually posting something!! I knew I'd been neglecting my blog this summer, but I didn't realize I hadn't posted anything in May, June or July! Yikes! Therefore, I'll do a quick update of what we've been up to for the last three months.

  • Grandma and Grandpa came to visit! We took them to the Toledo Zoo so they could ride the infamous zoo train (Andrew always talks about it!) with us. We loved having them here!
  • We celebrated our 10th anniversary! The whole family went on our biannual (every two years, right?) trip to Kauai, and Bryan and I had the treat of going to a different hotel for two nights to have a "real" getaway! The kids especially loved being in the pool this time.
  • Andrew finished up his first year at Teddy Bear Daycare. We attended parent night, where each class does a little performance; Andrew's class "sang" and "danced" (intentional quotes, people) to Who Let the Dogs Out, which Andrew happens to LOVE...however, he must've been shell-shocked by the large audience, as he just stood there staring the whole time. He did look stinkin' cute in his accessories, though!
  • Amelia finished Kindergarten! She had a wonderful school year and it's amazing to see how much she's grown physically and intellectually in the last nine months.
  • I had a great time helping host (and make a cake for!) my dear friend Anne's baby shower. It was such a fun event, and the cake was a hit!
  • We said a sad "see ya later" to our dear friends (and the kids' surrogate grandparents) Terry and Paula. We hate that we can't see them often anymore, but are so happy for them that they get to finally move back home, close to their kids, grands and great-grands!
  • Anne and I went to see Taylor Swift live in concert. It was a fun, girly time (after we almost missed it because of the crazy traffic and parking!). The funniest thing to me was seeing how many dads were most likely dragged there with their daughers!
  • Our cherry tree produced a gigantic load of cherries that we happily picked, used, and froze. Cherry preserves for Christmas!
  • We had dear friends in town for 4th of July weekend and went to the Greenfield Village Celebration of America concert. It was fantastic music provided by the Detroit Symphony, beautiful fireworks, and wonderful fellowship! We also had friends over for dinner for the 4th and cooked up a delicious spread, including a homemade cherry pie made with the cherries from our tree!
  • We had fun playing in the slip 'n' slide...Andrew's first time at it!
  • Our area had the hottest July in 135 years; we had highs above 95 (including one day at 100 with a heat index of 114) for a whole week, which NEVER happens in Michigan. Of course, our air conditioner decided to go out near the end of that week and we couldn't have it fixed for a couple days, so our good friends the Stecks graciously took us in and kept us cool until we could go back home. Thank the Lord for good friends!
  • My college roommate (and dear friend) Martha came to visit with her two kids while her husband and my husband were each working out of town for the week. The kids loved playing together, and it was so nice to have another mom to commiserate with! We try to make a point to see each other at least once a year, and we always treasure and look forward to those times.
So now (if you stuck with me) you're up to speed on our life. Not much earth-shattering has happened, but I can't believe the summer's almost over! The kids go back to school Sept. 6, so they've only got 4 1/2 more weeks of freedom, ha! Hope all is well with you and yours! Check out a slideshow of some pics of our summer below.
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