Wednesday, December 24, 2008

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads...

Merry Christmas to all our family and friends... and to all a good night!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

While playing in her room, Anna Kate first took her tutu over to Bella and tried to put it on her. I gave her and hand, and then she looked at Bella like something just was not right... After thinking for a second, she went to the other side of her room and came back proudly carrying her pink shoes and saying "shhheewws... Bellwa." She then proceeded to take her shoes and try to put them on Bella's feet. This was the end result. She was very tickled and proud. I foresee many days of humiliation to come for poor Bella.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Last week we had our first family photo shoot with our friend- the lovely and talented- Brittany (of Moncrief Photography). It is a rarity that the three of us ever get photos together, because I am almost always behind the camera. It was so nice just to relax, be ourselves, have fun together, and have someone document it. I absolutely l-o-v-e the shots Brittany got. She truly captured the "little moments" between us. The funny thing was that Anna Kate was a little confused as to why Brittany was not playing with her. She kept taking her toys and looking at her like, "Where is Ada?" I realized that day more than usual that Anna Kate is a "serious" child. Don't get me wrong, she is very happy and all smiles most of the time, but has a very serious side as well. We had so much fun Brittany, and can't thank you enough! Here are "some" of my favorites from the day... there are really so many more, but don't want to bore you!

Monday, December 15, 2008

"Giving is Awesome" is a project that my friend Brittany is participating in. Not only is she a wonderful photographer, she is such a sweetheart! Please check out this post on her blog, and nominate someone for a fabulous photo session!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Ok, ok. I am well aware that it has been two weeks since my last post. I am comforted in the fact that I have seen very few updated post from my friends... what can I say. My excuses are the same as anyone else's. It's the holiday season, that adds up to very little extra time. Our past two weeks have been busy and fun filled with visits from family, broadway plays, Thanksgiving celebrations, putting up Christmas decorations, and me turning 28. Here are some pictures with a few updates... Hopefully I can keep up better for the rest of 2008!

"Auntie" Pam came to visit from TX! We had a great time shopping and just hanging out with her. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving we took a "girls night" and went to see Annie. It was fabulous as always. Annie has been my favorite musical since I was a little girl. I can't wait until Anna Kat is old enough to go!
This picture is blurry, but just too cute not to post. Anna Kate is loving hanging out with Uncle Brian these days.
She had a blast watching the Macy's TG parade! After she finished her waffles, she got down and danced to all the songs and waved back to the people in the parade who were waving. She really got excited when the Sesame Street float came by!
Our first "feast" (yes we pig out not once, but TWICE on Thanksgiving) was at my parent's house. My mom always sets such a beautiful table!

This was, of course, Anna Kate's second Thanksgiving, but it was her first to partake in all the yummy food! Here is her plate. She devoured everything!
Eating turkey... Here's a quick funny story. My family is not crazy about turkey, so we opted to have only ham this year. Chris' mom was fixing a chicken casserole instead of turkey. When Chris found out that there would be no sign of turkey at either household, he got a little upset! I shrugged it off. He's a big boy. No turkey for one year won't kill him. So after we woke up Thursday morning, he started talking about how sad it was that Anna Kate was not going to eat turkey on her first Thanksgiving meal. That is all it took! Ten mins. later I was at the store looking for a "small" turkey. Keep in mind that is is about 3 hours before we are going to mom's to eat. I left the store empty handed and laughing at myself... it became VERY evident that I've never even thought about fixing a turkey of any kind. I learned that day (after picking up and examining all the FROZEN SOLID butterball turkeys in the store) that fixing a turkey is not at all a last min. thing! So off to Cracker Barrel. I got a couple laughs when I ordered one pound of turkey to go... oh well. Chris and Anna Kate and Uncle Brian had their turkey.
playing at Granna and Granddaddy's house
typical after turkey pose...
playing in Granna's decorations
pretending with Granddaddy
She loves this old baby doll of mine!
love her face in this one
Our second yummy meal at Ya Ya and Granddad's house! She loved the casserole!
It is so super hard to get a good picture of these three cousins.
Granddad and Great-Grandmommy
Ya Ya and AK
Wednesday was my 28th birthday. Yes... I feel very old. I got to celebrate with my parents, brother, Chris and Anna Kate that night. We had a fun time eating at Provino's a tradition that is at least 12 years in the running. Then came back to our house for cookie cake and ice cream. Yesterday, Chris' family had dinner and desert for me. Thanks everyone for helping make my birthday special!
My beautiful daughter is the best present ever!
my loves...
giving the card to mommy...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Last Thursday after Chris picked Anna Kate and me up from the Nashville airport, we got to do something I've always wanted to do. We saved the two and a half hour trek back to Chattanooga for the next day, and stayed overnight at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. I've loved this place since I was a little girl. It is especially fantastic while decorated for Christmas. Our little girl missed her daddy while we were in CT! She was so excited to see him that night!

While there, we got quite the VIP treatment thanks to my friend Skip's wife Kate, who works at the Gaylord Texan. She got us an amazing room overlooking the waterfall in the Cascades section of the hotel. Absolutely beautiful! Can't say thanks enough Kate!
the view from the balcony in our room... (the picture does not do it justice)
While we were wondering around looking at the lights, we turned a corner and almost literally ran into our friend Brent (who recently moved from Chattanooga to Nashville). It was such a coincidence seeing him in such a huge place! It was so good to see you Brent and catch up a little.
This was waiting for us in our room when we returned... a sweet note and a voucher for breakfast at our favorite restaurant in the hotel. Thank you Brent! You are awesome!
Lights, lights, and more lights! Two MILLION lights are used to decorate the outdoors alone. Add two hundred thousand to decorate the indoors. It is quite a sight to behold. Anna Kate was fascinated. She spent the whole night pointing, smiling, and clapping.
The outdoor Nativity scene was stunning. We were told that is is the world's largest.
watching the fountain, light and music show...
This is no average fountain! It reaches 85 feet at it's highest!
This is their gorgeous Christmas tree stretching up 40 feet!

After a long day on a plane and quite an eventful night, it took us a while to calm our little "overstimulated" girl down. She had fun playing on big bed in the room.

still fascinated when she woke up the next morning...

having fun running down the long hallway after an early morning swim...
a walk by the beautiful flowers...