Friday, December 31, 2010

That's a Wrap...

It's December 31st and I'm doing my second post of the day.  I am not a late night kind of girl so New Years is probably my least favorite holiday.  I know I won't see midnight much less 10:30 p.m.!  We are home with our sick baby so I figured I'd wrap up 2010 on the blog. So here goes...

Christmas morning everyone was super excited.. yep.. even Tyler.. If he could he would be shouting "HOORAY"

Santa brought him his very own basketball goal.  Unfortuantely we had to ship it back to the North Pole because he forgot to include the six screws that held it together.  Tyler did not seem to mind.

Madison got her Tinkerbell fairy dolls she requested from Santa and a Cinderella gown.. jewels and all.  My Mack was there to help with her earrings....

and daddy was there to try on her crown.  She said.. "bootiful!"

Madison took photos....

while Tyler looked on in the handy dandy exersaucer.  (Notice that fab garland on the banister? 

My mom made it!!! I so want one in my stocking next year.. hint hint hint!!)

While we are on the decorating subject.. that's a BOW!

What a moment.. I think this photo speaks for itself...

Christmas Past.. 2008

Christmas Present..  (We added Tyler and WOW does he look like his sister two years ago... A masculine version of course!)

Picture with the grands....

and not so grand.. as in age not loveliness.. Ha ha ha!

Dinner with the fam and some friends.. YES YES we are in the garage!!!  We didn't have enough room in the house so my mom made the garage a magical place for the weekend.  I mean... can you believe there is bead board in there?  Right in the middle of dinner my brother said.. "uhhh.. I left something in the car can you open the garage door so I can grab it.?"  Ha ha..

Precious memories...

Not a smooth transition but, let's talk gifts.. Jason gave me this...

I cried like a big ol' baby.  My first year of blogging in a book.  Hopefully there are more to come...

And I have to say I'm in love with this...

It's the most adorable cozy blanket EVER... given to Madison by her Nana and Pop.

There were lots of wonderful things we received this year and we are so blessed and thankful.  Thankful for family, friends, our babies and each other.  2010 was wonderful.  We welcomed our healthy sweet baby Tyler.  We moved halfway across the country and bloomed where we were planted.... I'm excited to see what's in store next year!

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Christmas Eve

Elfie came along with us to Georgia.  How else would Santa know where to bring Madison's toys?

Madison, Tyler, and Maddie (my sister's little girl) on Christmas Eve.  My sister still has her exersaucer even though her youngest is three.  I was very very thankful!

Tyler is already loving "My Mack."

Christmas Eve in Georgia just wouldn't be the same if the family didn't load up in the car and go shoot guns.  Not really... not a normal thing for us!!   I have actually never shot a gun and it's on my bucket list, but Jason and I stayed behind to nap because we were still recovering from the horrendous car ride.

My sister-n-law, Caitlin.

Mack and my brother-n-law Kris.  My brother and Kris have served in Iraq and Kris is still active in the National Guard.  This explains why he also had a taser in his truck.  The story goes.. Mack found it and thought the blue static of electricity looked faint.. really how bad could it be?  So he decided to tase himself in the leg.  He immediately dropped to the ground.  Mack is a college grad, army veteran and holds down a career as a real estate appraiser.. Yet he thinks a little ole taser can't take him down.  This made for a great Christmas Eve story.

My dad...

Kris and my nephew, Austin.

They returned home as my little family were waking up from naps.  My dad got busy cooking dinner.. we were expecting some family friends.  (My dad made red and green pasta from scratch for lasagna.. it was fabulous!)  The girls put Santa's cookies in the oven.  This year was especially fun for me.  It's the first year Madison really got what was going on and was SOOO excited!

We started another Christmas tradition this year... They get to open one present...their Christmas pajamas.

This was the best I could do of the kids in their pajamas by the tree!!

Madison and Maddie put out the cookies for Santa.

AND the magic reindeer food for Santa's tired reindeer.

They both carried it out to the deck.

Couldn't you just eat them up?

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Drive

This year we spent Christmas with my side of the family.  We didn't want to have to ship gifts to and fro so we decided to ..... DRIVE!  This wouldn't be such a crazy notion if it were a 3 hour drive... or a 5 hour drive... but this was a 16 hour drive.  With two kids.  Kids that are zero and two.

Get a real good look at these smiling faces....

and this one...

because that was about it for the rest of the trip.  I took these photos as we pulled out of Austin around nap time. 

Good intentions...  Our plan was to drive straight through the night.  I thought for sure both kids would sleep soundly in their car seats and arrive in Georgia happy campers.  Tyler did.  His halo is still intact.

Madison woke up every hour on the hour and cried her little heart out.  She kept saying she had a boo boo on her bottom.  I knew she was just sore from sitting in the seat.  I kept saying to Jason.. "I don't think we are going to make it.. I think we need to stop at a hotel."  In his defense he did not want to leave the car in a hotel parking lot loaded with Christmas gifts and electronics to keep Madison entertained.  At about four a.m. we pulled into Atlanta and once again Madison was crying.  She got so choked up that she started vomiting.  (Let me mention that on the last stop for gas in the middle of the night Jason bought and gave Madison and entire package of tic tacks.  Orange tic tacs to try and make her happy.)  I flew back to the back seat and told Jason to find somewhere to pull over.  He pulled into a hotel parking lot and I told him to go get a room.  He very nicely said "no way... we are an hour from your parents house.. no way."  So he came to her side of the car and I peeled her clothes off of her.  (When we left Texas is was 78 degrees.  It was in the teens that night in Atlanta.  Slightly shocking for us.)  I handed Madison in nothing but a diaper to Jason and he held her at arms length while I started using an entire package of wipes to try and clean her car seat.  I just couldn't help myself and started to cry... "I can't do this anymore.."  (I don't handle things well when I'm tired and I just felt so bad for Madison.  I couldn't bare to put her back in the car seat.)  BUT we did and she managed to get back to sleep.  We pulled into my parents driveway at 6 a.m. GA time.  Madison woke up and asked "Are we at Otie and Doonie's house?".. "Yes we are.. aren't you so glad?"  Her response??!!  "I want to go home.."

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Gingerbread for starters...

I decided to start a new tradition with Madison this year... we are going to build a gingerbread house every year. 

This year I learned ...

1.  It takes about 5 hours to actually get the house ready for child to decorate... no really it does.  I wish someone had warned me.
2.  Don't tell child that you have a gingerbread house to decorate until you have built said house.
3.  If you tell them before the house it built and they see the box they WILL pitch a fit to work on the house.
4. The child will place a piece of candy on the house and then place a piece of candy in their mouth.

5.  After completion of the house, child will continue to try and eat the house for days.

(I was on the couch nursing Tyler.  Madison climbed onto a chair without the booster seat and slid the gingerbread house to the chair with her booster.  She then got herself into her booster seat and began to chew on the house.  I turned around and asked her what she was doing... she said, "I eatin my house."

6.  I have a whole lotta growth to do in the gingerbread building and icing department.

Madison did a fantastic job with the candy... 

mama did a horrible job with the icing!!

I expect the year Madison turns 18 our house will look something like this...

This is a REAL gingerbread house at the Ritz Carlton in Greensboro, GA. (The exact place Carrie Underwood got married.. I'm just sayin'!)

Madison was in heaven.  I told her she could touch things with one finger.  Do you know how much damage a two year old can do with one finger?  I didn't.. but I do now!! 

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