Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Eve Dinner... Ribs!

We ate at the BEST BBQ I have ever eaten on Christmas Eve.  It's a restaurant in Winston-Salem called "Bibs."  It's a good thing we had one for Madison because she loved their Ribs!

The very last picture was when Jason took it away!

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Monday, December 28, 2009

What did I end up with?

A few of you have asked about my new kitchen cabinets.. Did I find white ones like I talked about in this post

Well... this is the model home of our house.  Of course they have those fabulous white cabinets in the kitchen.  However, this model home is not even in Austin!  They used this photo in the on-line description of the home we did buy... weird.

This is my new kitchen.  SAME kitchen.. dark cabinets. I was quickly reminded that I would have a HARD time finding white cabinets in Austin.

I am not complaining.  I love my new kitchen... it just needs light and accessories!

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Gone, Christmas Eve, and Christmas!

We've been gone to Texas searching for a home!  We were successful and bought the first house we saw.  Don't worry... we toured a million more homes just to make sure, but I knew this was "the one."  We arrived late after traveling all day and still tried to keep our appointment to tour three brand new homes that same evening.  We went to this house first because it did not yet have power.  It was pretty dark inside, but as soon as I walked through the front door I looked at Jason and whispered "SOLD."

We returned home just a few days before Christmas.  We left Madison for FIVE DAYS safely with her Nana and Pop.   

Since we were responsible for Christmas Eve dinner and went out of town last minute we went to church and ate out.  We were about the only ones in the restaurant and joked that we were like the family on A Christmas Story.  HEE  HEE.  We took some photos in front of the restaurant's Christmas tree.  My sister-n-law has the whole family on her camera. 

We tried to get a photo of the three kids.  I forgot to switch out my lens to have a zoom.  So Jason was unable to back up quick enough to get all kids in the frame.  I'm hoping Lori got a good shot.  Poor Parker.. he's only in the photos because his big brother, Alston, is holding tightly onto his clothing.  Can you tell Alston has had practice at this?  A perfect smile while holding fiercely onto Parker!  Madison stood there hamming it up saying "cheeeese!"

After we put Madison to bed, Jason had this to contend with... her play kitchen.

Just a few hours later... Voila!

Madison is going to be such a good big sister...

All that mothering can wear a girl out!...

There were several gifts under the tree for her baby brother.  He got a soft blanket and Madison immediately wanted her lovey.. this is her sign for "lovey."  (She also rocks her head back and forth).

Next we moved on over to Lori's house.  Jason's parents were already there.  Madison gave Parker this Elmo toy.. She decided that he needed to be shown how to properly use it.

He did NOT agree...

Dessert on Christmas day at Lori's house is a birthday cake for Baby Jesus.  I think we may have to adopt this tradition when we aren't with them.

Lori gave Madison a cardboard box for Christmas (in addition to other things!).... and it's a favorite!

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Center Stage

Oh y'all! My child was a hoot in her Christmas program this morning. I swear she was meant for center stage! Is it just me are all eyes on her? HEE HEE! She sat up there the whole program. I was totally expecting her to spot me and Jason in the audience and make a break. I can't tell you how many times I looked over at Jason and said.. "that is our child"... referring to the one yelling in an attempt to sing and saying.. "MAAAAMMMMMMA.... DA DEEEE!"

After the program finished I stood up and waved at her.. she started screaming and kicking her legs with excitement. We put her in front of the tree and took a few photos.

Next we headed back to her classroom to wish all her friends a Merry Christmas!

Madison and her teacher, Mrs. Austin.

Madison's gift from Mrs. Austin...

looks beautiful on her tree at home!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Welcome to Madison's Playpen

Poor Ella tried to take a nap in Madison's crib, but Madison wouldn't let her.  Madison was too excited that Ella had come over.  Madison wanted to show her how she jumps in her crib...

So she jumped..

and jumped...

and jumped... (looking a little crazed  here!)

and then she tried to cover her up!

Poor, poor, Ella...

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Photo Session Bribery

How did I get...

Madison to sit in her rocking chair for a photo session?

I turned on "Melmo" (aka - Elmo) of course! 

She wouldn't look at the camera for anything!

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