Saturday, December 31, 2005

Haaaaaapppy holidays!

sex and the city
I know, you thought that was me for a second.
We get confused so often.
Ha. Ha.
No. That's just my new book I got for Christmas from my FAVORITE show!

Christmas was grand! It was a whirlwind of busyness and fun.
My parents, sister, BIL, nephew, and neice all came and stayed with us. The kids were so excited for Christmas and had a great time playing together.

reading books

Just get a load of the beer gut on little Miss Hailey.
Uncle Dwayne and Hailey

My dad.

My mama.

So yeah, I AM blogging on New Year's Eve. That's how cool we are.
Kids are sleeping...thank god.
poor baby Holden has an ear infection and has been miserable the last few days. Has also kept us up for the last 4 nights.
So we decided to have a quiet night at home.
Dwayne's watching hockey and I'm blogging. We've got beer.
How much better can it get than that??

But THE BEST present I just got today...
my new baby
I have been wanting a good DSLR for a loooong time. I have been trying to save money for one, but it's kind of hard when you don't have a paying job. So with half the money from Dwayne and the other half from the money I saved my birthday, selling old baby stuff, and Christmas I went and picked out this sweet little thang.

And here's my first picture...
my love
My sweet love.


Monday, December 19, 2005

the Christmas Gang

Sophie carefully lined up her little friends. They were much easier to photograph than two children I know.
The Christmas Gang
Big Baby, Santa, Christmas Doggie, Canada Bear, Little Baby, Wrong Baby, Merry Christmas Froggy, and Sophie.

This is my Purple Frosty waving to you and telling you thankfully it's too warm here for real snow.

Friday, December 16, 2005

The blah blahs

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
(sung to the tune of Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la)

And that's about how I feel lately. Blah.
Nothing too exciting, funny, or creative, but nothing ugly or horrible either to write about. which could actually be a good thing.

We are all decorated and ready for Christmas. Sophie and I love to sing Christmas songs everyday. Her favorite is Jingle Bells. Holden dances along.
Sophie thinks you are to wear the Christmas stockings on your feet and keeps asking where her other one is.
She does "get" the Christmas thing this year and I have even pulled the Santa card a few times.
She wants to kick and fight me getting dressed...
"Santa's watching you Sophie. He knows if you're being naughty and he only likes to bring presents to good little girls and boys."
She thnks about it and decides to get dressed nicely after that.
Ha ha

Holden has learned his own method of moving about now. He uses his hands like in a crawling motion but from a sitting position, puts one foot down flat on the floor in front of him, lifts up his tushy and uses his foot and hands to push himself forward.
Quite cute.
He is very proud of himself and is so happy to get into all of Sophie's toys now.
She is not quite as thrilled.

My mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, nephew and niece, will all be here next week to celebrate Christmas together. I can't wait to see them all!

And that's the word from the Land of Blah Blahs.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

lots to share

(as I type with one finger here due to new cool wrist splints on each hand)
A few shots to share...

these are from last weekend's trip to Houston for Miss Carrie's 30th Mad Hatter Bday party.
The kids thought the hotel bed was way cool and fun to play on. Way cooler than the beds at home.
hotel party

Mom and Holden in their wacky hats.
wacky hats

Sound asleep on the drive home.
sound asleep

At home here.
Sophie loves to pile up as much crap as she can onto her little cart and baby stroller and run them around the house like some crazy bag lady.
Here we have all her babies piled up.
bodies piling up
It kinda looked sick to me like bodies piled up so I had to get a shot of them.
Just so you know, none of her babies wear clothes. The big one is named "Big Baby" the little one on top is "Little Baby" and the little one on the left is "Carla."

And her's my new haircut. Got 4 inches chopped off and some pretty golden highlights. Merry Christmas hair!
new haircut

I wish it was easier to type cause I have a lot more to say, but I'll have to give my hands a rest now.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

I've got the Blogging Blues

It's been hard for me to blog a lot because my wrists and forearms have been killing me. I went to the doctor and I now have to wear wrist splints for my carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as going to a physical therapist. Yikes, like when am I going to squeeze that in?!? Let's just hope they are kid friendly there.
So it's pretty hard and very slow to type with these things on.

But anyway. It's getting cold outside...brrrrr. We are staying in, keeping warm, and trying to get over our colds. I feel like we have all been sick so much. We'll get better and have a good week of everyone well and then someone starts with the coughing and runny nose again. Then before you know it we've all got it again. Argh!

So Holden can say "mamma" now and can pull himself up into a standing position. He loves to eat finger foods and is a happy little guy.
Sophie is CONSTANTLY taking away whatever toy he's playing with. She has more than enough toys of her own, but for some reason the one Holden has is always more appealing. It could be a piece of dirt or a puddle of spit, but as long as Holden is happy playing with it she has to come snatch it away and ruin his good times.
Very frustrating.
It'll only get better when Holden learns to snatch them back and run away.

And that's about all the news for today.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

It's Been Awhile

I just realized I haven't blogged in over a week! crazy.
Our Oma/Trudy has been in town the last 10 days and it was busy busy busy!
Lots of food, wine, playing, and shopping. It's amazing how it all flew by and seemed like only a few days.

We had a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner. Trudy and I worked hard for two days to prepare a most delicious meal. She is like a Martha Stewart only sexier and more fun! But she can cook and put together a party like nobody can. I've been taking notes.
We had our Finnish friends over with their little girl for their very first American Thanksgiving. Sophie and her little friend tore it up... running around playing and laughing all the way!
Sophie and Milja
Here they are taking a moment to pause and reflect on all the things they are thankful for.

We DID NOT do the after-Thanksgiving-biggest-shopping-day-of-the-year sales. Never have. And probably never will unless you feed me some chocolate covered Xanax. I know there are some fantastic deals out there to be had that day, but I just can't do it. Too many crowds make me coo-coo.
BUT, we did do some great shopping in the many days after. I am now officially and absolutely done with my Christmas shopping!
My next feat will be the Christmas cards.

We also went to the annual Blue Santa Parade downtown. The only day it's rained all month.
watching the parade
But it was exciting for the kids to see all the bands, floats, musicians, giant floating characters, costumes, cheerleaders, and Santa too! We forgot to bring our toy to donate again this year. I had one, still sitting up in the closet from last year. I swear next year we are really going to remember.

sunny days in Texas
It always seems so weird around Thanksgiving and Christmas here because you're out shopping for your tree and decorations, but it's so warm you're wearing shorts and flip flops.
fa la la la la

We have exciting plans to drive to Houston this weekend for my friend Carrie's 30th birthday party. Woo woo!
Wait till she sees the present Percy got her for correctly identifying his spiderness type. You do remember Percy don't you??
We haven't seen Percy around ever since our handy man Jim came over to put screens in the kitchen windows and accidently probably on purpose knocked down his web. Percy scrambled quickly into our deck umbrella and hasn't reappeared yet. I haven't opened the brella to see if he's still in there and he hasn't come out to spin another beautifully ginormous web for us. That might have been the last sighting of Percy. We'll see...
you never know if Percy was really a Percella and might have left us many many of her offspring. ahhhh!