Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy Holidays!

This year for Christmas, my whole family got together, and it was so much fun!! It was great seeing the kids play / fight together (I must admit that my child was the instigator in most cases). It was also great getting to spend time with my brother and his wife Julian. They live in NC, so I don't get to see them nearly as much as I'd like too. After being in Tuscaloosa for a couple days, we headed to Montevallo to spend Christmas with the Lawler's. We had a shrimp boil and oyster fry, and it was YUMMY!!! The only down side to my entire Christmas was that I lost my camera. I bummed these pictures off of my sister in laws blog (thanks Juls!). I'm seriously hoping I find it soon, but so far- no luck! :( Anyways, I hope everyone had a great holiday and I wish you all a very happy New Year!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Pretty Lights!!

Tonight, Will and I took Catelyn to ZooLight Safari at the Birmingham Zoo. We had such a good time. Suprisingly, it was perfect weather too.'s been a little warm for my taste to be so far along in December, but there was a nice breeze and made for very enjoyable weather to walk around in. I don't think we would have had nearly as good of a time had it been super cold- especially considering I'm one of the coldest natured people. Anyways, the lights were everywhere, and it was so pretty. It was a perfect family thing to do and I'm so glad we went. :)

Will and I taking a "lovely" self photo.

Catelyn and I taking a picture by the glacier.

Will and Catelyn overlooking the pond of swans.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I've Been Tagged!!

I've been tagged to do the following:

1. Choose the 4th picture folder on my computer
2. Choose the 4th picture
3. Explain the picture
4. Tag 4 people to do the same.

My picture is :

How fitting that my picture is from last Chrismas. Catelyn was about 7 1/2 months old. She was in her p.j.'s about to go to bed, and I was snapping pictures of her as always. the time flies. I tag Sarah and Julian and I'll have to think of two others. Have fun!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Tonight we took Catelyn to see Santa for the very first time. She was doing fine as we walked her up to see him, but just as soon as she was set on his lap she flipped!! Oh's somewhat of a right of passage to have the crying with Santa Christmas picture.

**Be sure to keep scrolling down. There are about 5 other new posts. I've been playing catch up. :)

Christmas Dress & Crazy Hair

I put Catelyn in her little dress I made her the other day, to try and get some cute Christmas shots. She looked super sweet and heavens knows I took enough pictures. :) Come that afternoon, I put Catelyn down for her nap. That had to have been one heck of a nap to get the bedhead she woke up with. The pictures just don't do it justice.

Our Tree

I wished I had gotten some pictures while decorating our tree, because Catelyn was so cute and so helpful. I got out the box that held our ornaments, and one by one, Catelyn would bring them to me to put on the tree. We added a couple of new ornaments this year. One for the family, one that is specifically for Catelyn, and then a few that I made. Nothing gets you in to the Christmas spirit in September like making Christmas ornaments. Ha!! Anyways, the ornament I got for Catelyn this year is a cow, because she is SOOO in to cows. Even when she sees people, she usually ends with a greeting of "bye, bye cow!" She got so excited when I hung her cow up on the tree.

Our family ornament

Catelyn's cow

Salt dough ornament I made to commemerate all the sewing stuff I've learned this year. :)

Our pretty tree all decorated.

New Trick

Unfortunately, Catelyn has learned how to take off her diaper by herself. The other day, I went in to get her from her nap and the picture below is what I found. Needless to say, a little mopping needed to be done, along with washing her sheet, blanket, and bumper pad. It's these moments as a mommy where you just can't help but laugh! How much I love that little girl! :)

Mommy's Shoes

Catelyn loves to put on shoes. Any shoe that is left hanging around, is going to make it's way on her cute little feet. Sometimes, I'm even impressed that she manages to get her own shoes on. She's a genious!! hehe! The other day, my shoes were left in the kitchen and here is what I found.

Christmas Parade

Will and I are always talking about how much we love the location of our house. Not only do we have two grocery stores, a couple of coffee shops, resteraunts, movie theater, post office, etc... all within about a 500 yards, but we could actually walk to the Christmas parade. Anyways, it was super cold out, so we bundled up good and headed out to watch the parade. We saw some of our neighbors while out there, and got free hot chocolate to drink while watching the parade. We didn't end up staying too long, but it was a very fun way to start a Christmas weekend. The next night we got our Christmas tree, and Catelyn was so excited about checking it all out. Here are a couple of pictures.

Friday, December 5, 2008

18 Months Old

Our little girl is 18 months old! The time has gone so fast. I took her in for her check up the other day, and her stats are as follows:

Height: 32 1/2 inches (75%)
Weight: 20.11 lbs (yea!! We finally broke 20 lbs) (10%)

She is so much fun right now, but she is also IN TO EVERYTHING!!! You take your eyes off of her for two seconds, and she'll come running around the corner with the toothbrush you use to clean toilets and shower mildew- in her mouth. Yes...this happened last week and I screamed and ran to try and disinfect her mouth. Gross!! There are so many more of these stories I could share.

Anyways, I've been doing some sewing for the holidays, and thought I would post some of my projects. I just love the holidays!!!

Thanksgiving Dress

Christmas Tree Outfit- I still have to finish the pants. I better get on it! :)

Smocked Candy Cane Christmas Dress

I made stockings for my mom. Instead of having 11 stocking on her mantel, I made a stocking for each family instead. She was happy about them, and that of course made it worthwhile to make them.