Friday, December 30, 2011

New Favorite Picture and The Paci Goes Bye Bye

I don't know what it is about my daughter, but when she's done with a phase, she just moves on without much coersion from us. Solids, from breastfeeding to bottle to sippy cup, now the paci. I told myself she would be done with that thing around 12 months, but honestly, she used it to sleep and I was just never ready to deal with the nights of crying, so I let her have it. Well, she was teething this week and more gnawing on her paci than sucking. She ended up gnawing a whole right in her paci. We got her replacements ones, but she just wasn't interested in them after that. So as of yesterday, we said good-bye to the paci. We tried to give it to her at her nap, but she just threw it away and refused to put it in her mouth. Last night, she went down for bed without it and was fine. Kind of sad. No more baby, it's slipping away little by little each day.

This is my new favorite picture (although, they seem to get replaced with great pictures every day!) This was taken with Poppi's camera of the girls in Avery's rocking chair. I think Avery looks so old in this picture!


Happy Friday everyone - I am still battling being sick, so our plans for Friday are kind of going bye-bye. Isn't it sad as a parent that you would rather have a good night's rest without your child than go out? Man, how my life has changed.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Favorite Pics and Projects of 2011

Just thought I would recap this year...

Favorite Pics

I love this pic. Mainly because I didn't realize it, but she was flipping off the camera. And the look of disdain is priceless.


I love this picture of me and my baby.



She is smiling so big!



Sisters...


Love the face.


First night away from home...



Please excuse the large woman in the bathing suit...




After her first trip to the dentist...



Dad's Girls...




One my all time faves...


Avery's Fan Club...




Blue Bell Ice Cream Face


I really could go on and on, so I will stop for now.

Favorite Projects

Chalkboard Table, Before:


After!


Foyer Table, Before:


After!


Cookie Jar Redo, Before:


After!


Christmas Wreath, Before:


After!


I could go on and on with this as well.

What are your faves on your blog?


Sparklers

My brother in law has the bright idea every year to bring us fireworks, things we can never use, but he brings them anyway. Yeah, Scotty, I am talking to you, buddy! I came across said firework bag and found some sparklers. Since the kids go back to their mom's today, I decided those would be OK to do in the backyard.

Surprisingly, they kind of scared Sophia at first. But then she warmed up to them.


Have I mentioned lately how much I love having a yard?




I think I am getting sick, which is no bueno. Jason and I are supposed to have a date night this Friday.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Quiz

It might be two days after Christmas, but I found this Christmas quiz on another blog and thought I would answer some questions:

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate


2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? He just sets them out by the tree.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? White on the tree. I was always against colored lights, but we put them on our house this year and they looked pretty awesome! Whichever color they are, as long as the bulbs are facing the same way, they should look good.
4. Do you hang mistletoe? Never have.
5. When do you put your decorations up? Thanksgiving weekend or whenever I get a free moment. I believe I was still putting up Christmas decorations last weekend :-)
6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Hmmmm...sweet potatoe casserole and my Aunt Angie's stuffing. And my mom's homeade cinnamon rolls.
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? Christmas Eve! I loved when my grandparents and aunt would come, we would open our pjs and watch Christmas movies, eat junk, and my mom would deliver rolls to everyone.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? What truth about Santa? As long as I believe, he still brings me presents. I don't really know when I really found out, to be honest.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yes, it's always been and forever will be pjs.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? This year, just lights, ornaments we've had over the years, and some Dollar Tree red balls.
11. Snow! Love it or dread it? Love it!
12. Can you ice skate? yes

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Yes - a pair of Girbeau jeans. It was the year I opened my presents early (sshh, don't tell my parents) and I had to fake surprise that morning. I couldn't wait to wear those jeans!
14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? Spending time with family
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Depends on the mood I am in! Anything with my mom's homeade whipped cream.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Hhmmm....having a lit Christmas tree in my living room. It makes the house so full!
17. What tops your tree? Nothing this year. They all looked too cheesy to put on the tree.
18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving? Giving, without a doubt!

19. Candy canes: yuck or yummy? Yucky. I've never liked those things.
20. Favorite Christmas show? National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, which reminds me, I didn't see that this year. That's a problem.
21. Saddest Christmas song? There was this song I heard called Christmas Shoes?
22. What is your favorite Christmas song? Do you hear what I hear, O Holy Night, White Christmas, but only Bing's version.

Emotional Rollercoaster

I saw two movies the last two nights that sent me over the emotional edge.

First, it was The Help.


The second was War Horse.


Ok, I will start by saying I don't usually cry in movies. But both of these had me blubbering like a baby. I was hesitant to see The Help as I don't usually like movies about the Civil Rights Movement. They make me way to angry about things that went on. It's ridiculous what we did to people in this country leading up to and during this time in our history. But so many people said it was good, and my mother in law insisted that we rent it. It was good. It was really good. But it made me angry also. I just find it appalling that these people allowed African American women to raise their children but not use their bathroom. But at least it ended good with the bad person getting her come-uppance!

War Horse was one I knew nothing about. I should have guessed it was sad. But I wasn't prepared for the level of emotions this movie was about to subject me to. I had to get up a couple of times I leave because I couldn't take it. I told Shari that she was no longer allowed to pick movies and that we would be watching nothing but happy kids movies for the next few days. War Horse was good though. Very good. Just hard to watch. I don't think since Passion for the Christ have I cried as hard during a movie. But I will tell you, movies about animals like this get me every time. This isn't a movie about animal mistreatment at all, just a movie about war and what was required of horses during the first World War. And this horse was spectacular. They called it the Miraculous Horse and he was. It has a good ending, just in case you were wondering.


This little stinker is getting teeth numbers 15 and 16, the top two sharp teeth. (I think they are called canines.) This has been the worst of all 16 of them. She is cranky, isn't getting much sleep, and inconsolable lately! I feel so bad for her because I know she isn't feeling well. We tried teething tablets, which work OK, but last night I gave her a little Tylenol which seemed to help. She actually slept through the night, which is good. But I will say she is getting more willful now! She knows what "no" means and will sometimes just look at you with these eyes when you tell her "no no" and do whatever it is anyway. Little stinker. She also doesn't want to go down at night as easily because now she knows she is missing out.



We took her to Christmas Eve service and during the whole sermon, she wanted to walk around. I took her behind the worship center into some hallways with lots of stairs. That little stinker climbed up two flights of steps several times! This was the first I've seen her climb steps. Scary!! She seemed to be pretty proud of herself.


This was the first month I haven't done "month" pictures. I just don't feel the need to keep doing 13 months, 14 months, etc. I will do 18 months and two years and some informal in between. She is getting too big too fast!!!


I love this little munchkin!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning

We've had Jason's parents and grandmother staying with us this week and it's been really nice! I still have one more day off, which will make 5 in a row. It's been so nice! We went to my mom and dad's for a little while on Christmas Eve. This was the first Christmas I've spent away from my family, which was a little hard to get used to. But we did manage to get together on Christmas Eve, even for a few hours.

This year was also the first year I made almost all my Christmas presents!! Here are the ones I made...

This one was for my mother in law. It's a favorite verse for her.



This one was for my sister. She travels alot and just moved into a new apartment, so I asked her what states she's been to so we could make some art for her apartment. There is one flaw in this picture that I didn't notice until later, can you find it?


These two things turned out so good. It was my first time to use Modge Podge (made my own for 74 cents!) and it was alot of fun. I will do one for my house and give a tutorial!

This one was for my parents. I just love it. The clothes pins are to hold pictures of kids as they get older.


I really enjoyed doing these! I think it's a trend I will continue!!

I didn't do a great job of taking pictures on my phone. But between Jason and me, we got some good ones. These are the ones I got on my phone.




This is the best one we could get of Avery in this peppermint box!


Here are some of Christmas Eve night of Nawnie and the kids.



And Jason's Grandma Brown and the kids.


And here is Christmas Morning! Jason and Poppie stayed up until about midnight putting together a trampoline in the back for the kids. I stayed up helping Santa with some presents as well. Surprisingly, the kids didn't wake up until about 7:00 or so. Actually, I believe they might have woken up at 4 or so, but Nawnie told them to go back to bed (thankfully).

Santa brought Jordan a Harry Potter wand (that is actually pretty cool!)


He brought Sophie a Spongebob air hockey table, that plugs in and has air flow and everything. Santa must have found this on sale somewhere. :-)


Santa brought Avery a new pull toy because she loves to drag things around. We didn't buy Avery a whole lot of toys this year because we honestly didn't think she'd play with them. And we were right. Every chance she got to play with her brother and sister's toys, she took it. Or a sock on the ground. Or any old thing besides the toys she got.


We had all 14 of Jason's family over for lunch. We bought a 22 pound turkey and got a smoker and smoked it for the occasion. This was Jason's job and BOY did he do a good job! That turkey was amazing! He brined it for 24 hours beforehand then we cooked it at a low temperature in the oven the night before. It smoked for about 4 hours to perfection! Here is our feast. I finally get to cross off another thing from my list of making a holiday meal for my family. We made it all from scratch, except for the rolls!




Here are some pictures of the kids...



Here are the kids against the trampoline..

What a great holiday - I am very sad to see it over. And I don't want to work tomorrow!