Friday, July 31, 2009

Madison's Fashion Friday

In the past sometimes I would write the brand of the clothes and maybe where I got them. However, most of the time I did not. I wasn't sure if anyone really cared since I think most of my readers are friends and family. :) I've had a request so I don't mind sharing.

I am a HUGE fan of Bailey Boys. Madison has several of their outfits. Her Easter dress for example (AND it's reversible). Their clothes have all sorts of extra cute detailing. They usually have bows and are just stinking cute all the way around.

I saw this top and bloomers in a baby store in Greenville, SC (my hubby's hometown). Unfortunately, they did not have Madison's size... otherwise you would probably be seeing it in this post on Madison!

Here is that extra detailing I'm talking about.. isn't the back of the top ADORABLE??!!

This outfit was actually given to me by a friend. Madison is "oooohhhinnng" at a passing neighbor...

She can't resist giving them a wave being the social sweet butterfly that she is...

Notice the watering can?? I was trying to make her smile by pretending to hit myself in the head with it (oh the things I'll do for a smile), softly of course. She asked for it back, stood up, and whacked me in the head. (Did I say sweet? Of course she is!)

This is about as close I got to the giraffe on the top. He has a fuzzy mane.

Check out the back! Details... details!

I usually like to end my posts with Madison's thumb sucking because that is when I end our photo sessions. Once it's in... it doesn't come out! :)

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Show Us Your Life - Wedding Party

Today is Show Us Your Life at Kelly's Korner. It's all about weddings right now and today she's featuring your wedding party.

My wedding was at six in the evening so I opted for long dresses on my girls. I originally had selected pink, however, when I got to the store they just looked horrible! So right then and there we had to go with "Plan B." Unfortunately, I didn't have a "Plan B" so I melted! My bridesmaids came to my aid and started ripping dresses off the rack and trying them on. We settled on what I like to call "sage." My wedding was in April so I think the color worked out perfectly!

I had seven bridesmaids. I wanted eight, but my mom was a little freaked that I had gone beyond six. Even when we were discussing where they would stand at the front of the church she said... "well you can put three here and the other three here maybe"... I said "BUT I HAVE SEVEN BRIDESMAIDS..." She never responded and I guess in her mind as long as she didn't acknowledge that fact then it wasn't true. :)

Michele (college girlfriend), Mendy (college roommate - her little sister met my brother at my wedding and they married last year!), Jennie (my sister and Matron of Honor), me (you know... the one in white), Heather (college girlfriend), Jori (childhood bestfriend), Kat (college girlfriend - we also shared an apartment in Atlanta right out of college), and Lori (my SIL)

I'm still close with all of these girls!

The day of my wedding, I took all my bridesmaids to get their hair "done." There is a VERY limited selection of hair salons in the mountains of Georgia. (At least there was six years ago...). Anyway... I called several salons and settled on "Country Cutters." Seriously?? What was I thinking? I never went in for a trial "do" so I winged it on my wedding day... CRAZY, I know... especially at a salon called Country Cutters. I was the last to go and we were getting down to the wire. I told the lady I wanted it half up and left it at that. All the other girls went back to the resort while Mendy stayed with me. The lady pulled out a TINY barrel curling iron and started to give me tiny ringlets. I am the WORST at hurting any hairdresser's feelings. (I sported a mullet four years ago because I didn't know how to tell her to STOP!) So Mendy sitting there assessing the situation (the style going on my head and the look going on my face) came to my rescue.

Mendy (very sweetly): "Shelby, honey, do you want ringlets in your hair?"
Me: "Um, no?"
Mendy: "mam, I don't think she wants her hair curled"

THANK GOODNESS! So I ended up with hair half up, a little spray, and I walked out the door. I'm sure I could have done it myself, but you don't "do" your own hair on your wedding day!

The whole group together... We look a little unbalanced... I really should have gone with eight!

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Baby Gets a New Do!

I ran to Target yesterday and bought tiny hair rubber bands. I've been dying to scrap Madison's hair up in to pigtails. We had a play date today with two adorable boys so what better time to try it out?

The shot above is the only one I got of her smiling.. I think maybe I pulled them up too tight?... Or it could be that she didn't have a morning nap...

Her daddy was not thrilled with this "do"... So is it a "do" or a "don't?" (I thought it was adorable)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What's For Supper... Easy Enchiladas???

I subscribe to Southern Living and I try to make at least one recipe out of every issue. It helps me feel like I'm getting my money's worth. Any who, tonight I decided to make "Easy Enchiladas" because after all I needed something easy with my fifteen month old beneath my feet.

Notice the actual title of the article is "What's for Supper? Easy Enchiladas" I switched it up a bit for the title of this post based on the actual cooking of it. It probably is easy if you can cook without interruptions!

It was at about this moment that I decided to document my adventure this evening. There I was cooking away and Madison started screaming. I guess she just had nothing left to pull out of the cabinet. So I picked her up and strapped her in her highchair to play with pom poms and cups.

The pom poms did not last long in the highchair.

The view from my spot after giving her 1/2 a banana. All the basics... dog water bowl (she will flip it in a second), elmo sticker from the dentist yesterday that I peeled off the floor, sippy cup, and the stuff I was actually using to cook!

Finally the guts of the enchiladas were ready!

Once I assembled the dish I was trying to clean up before Jason walked in the door. The kitchen was a disaster and Madison just wanted me to hold her. It's hard to tell but I'm wearing a black button down top and navy workout shorts. I had on white capris, but upon the first stir of the enchilada mixture it splattered all over my pants. That's not something you just let sit so I had to run upstairs, spray them with Zout, and change into these shorts!

YUUUMMMMY! Looks just like the picture, right?

Was it worth the wait?? Madison thought so!

Here is the recipe:

Chicken-and-Green Chile Enchiladas
Prep: 20 minutes (It really might only take that long if you are alone)
Bake: 30 minutes
3 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken (I will for sure cook it ahead next time)
2/3 cup Onion and Garlic Mixture (see recipe below)
2 (4 oz) cans chopped green chiles
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
3 (10oz ) can s enchilada sauce, divided (I used 2 mild and one can hot)
2 cups (8oz) shredded Mexican four cheese blend, divided
8 (9 inch) burrito size flour tortillas (I only had room in my dish and enough mixture for 6)
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Stir together first 4 ingredients, 1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce, and 1 cup cheese.
2. Spoon about 1/2 cup chicken mixture down center of each tortilla; roll tortillas up, and place, seam side down, in a lightly greased 13X9 inch baking dish. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over tortillas. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. (I added more than that!)
3. Bake, covered, at 425 degrees for 20 minutes; uncover and bake 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown.

Onion-and-Garlic Mixture:
2 cups chopped onion (1 large onion)
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1. Saute onion in hot oil in a 3 1/2 qt saucepan over medium heat 8 minutes or until tender; add garlic, and saute 2 minutes.

I served with corn. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Madison Goes to the Dentist

If I were judged on titles alone I would be a published children's author. HEE HEE!

I learned in MOPS several months ago that the recommended age for toddlers to go to the dentist is now age one. I thought that was quite comical. If I stick my fingers any where near Madison's mouth she uses them as a teething ring. However, all the other moms are doing it. Why should I stop giving in to peer pressure now? A friend recommended a pediatric dentist near my house. So when Madison turned one and I called to schedule her exam I soon learned that it was easier to get a hair appointment than a toddler teeth exam!! The wait was three months and today was finally our day.

Once I filled out the mountain of paperwork (Madison was occupied by the toy bus) we were taken back to an orientation room. They really know what they are doing at this office because once again they had toys in this room. The hygienist wanted to know all about our dental hygiene routine. She also explained how we should not give our toddler soda and we should use a car seat, and outlet plug covers.... I really laughed out loud and I think she felt a little silly.

Next she proceeded to ask me if Madison sucked her thumb.... Once I told her "yes," she talked to me about trying to break the habit by age 2. Again, I laughed out loud. I sucked my thumb until a permanent retainer was put in at age 8. She suggested a reward program. I said I would give it a whirl. (Not now of course... later

She then prepared me for what would be happening in the exam room. She explained that I would hold Madison facing me and then lay her back into her lap where she would look in her mouth. Then the dentist would come in do the same thing and paint on fluoride. Again, I laughed. I asked her if she expected that to go well because I certainly did not. She said they can take the fit as long as I'm okay with it.... so ahead to the next room we went.

She pulled out two toothbrushes for Madison to choose from. Madison did what any toddler or shameless adult would do... she picked BOTH and would not hear of it going any other way. Next I was shown just how you look into a toddlers mouth without getting chewed on. You have them scream! They were fast all the while being thorough. I was VERY impressed with both the hygienist and dentist. Madison is right on track with eight teeth. They confirmed that she should be cutting her first two bottom molars any day now.

After we were all finished Madison got to pick out a sticker and a bath toy. If you're wondering... I would say it was worth the trip and I would do it again. In fact, we are... in six months.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

The Water Hose...

I tried really hard to get a smile, but it didn't happen on camera today. It could have been due to the fact that it was five in the afternoon or maybe it was because the water was frigid. I usually fill her pool with warm tap water from the kitchen sink and not from the hose... I need to stop spoiling this girl!

She tried to take a sip.... it didn't go over too well.

Still a little stunned I think...

Our neighbors gave us this hat. It was their daughter's when she was a baby. Madison LOVES it and really likes to wear it. I carried the camera and two huge balls outside while she carried out this hat! She left it on the grass and shortly after playing with the ball she brought it to me to put on her head... and there you have it. A cold winter felt jester hat in the blazing July heat...

Madison had Tumblebees today (toddler gymnastics.. I hope to get pictures one day). I think she's so tired she has to support the thumb sucking hand!!

Here she is running back to the deck steps. She was finished with my planned activity. We finished up her evening with a bath in her favorite spot, the sink. I'm pushing back her dinner time to six so I'm trying all kinds of diversions in the evening!

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Weekend Update

We had such a busy weekend! Jason had to work on Saturday so I went to the park with my friend Amy and her baby, Ella. We took a spin on the train. It was a HOT HOT afternoon! Afterward Ella and Madison had a birthday party to attend. It's was right during Madison's nap time so we weren't able to stay the whole time.

Sunday we were invited to the lake by some friends. Jason was off riding jet skis so I hung on the dock with our friend Sandra. I quickly learned that toddlers and docks don't mix. It was a hoot trying to have a conversation while running around the dock.

This was Madison's favorite spot...

Jason returned for a second and we got a picture. We brought a life vest for Madison so she could ride on the boat. Our friend's son took the boat out and it flew out the back never to be seen again. Jason took off again to "see if he could hunt it down."

Relaxing on the dock... How on earth did I get her to stay in the chair you ask?

Raisins and Cheerios of course!

Much to my dismay this moment really on last a second. She was up and running right after she got them all out of the bag...
We finally took a ride on the boat. Jason and Tripp traded off tubing and driving the boat. Their goal was to give each other the worst ride of their life and see how hard they could make the other fly off the tube. When they were finished they asked me if I wanted to take a turn... "uhhh I'm good, thanks."

Madison had been dying to steer the boat herself. She finally got a turn when we ran out of gas... how does that happen?

I took a picture of their son trying to tow us in with a jet ski. You can say that didn't work out so well. We flagged down another boat who took us to the marina. (Apparently their gas needle was broken and stuck at 1/2 a tank!!) I wanted to take a picture of our boat tow, but I thought that was getting a bit tacky! HEE HEE

We finally reached the marina! Madison was HOT and cranky... her face is NOT sunburned... she was just really hot so I took her hat off. Isn't she precious relaxing in the tube? :)

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