'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!
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.
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!
"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!
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!
Chris. Amy. Anna Kate. Throw in a dog and a couple a cats, and that's our little family! Chris and I were high school sweethearts and were married in 2005. Anna Kate stole our hearts and changed our lives with her arrival in September of 2007. Our time together as a family is now spent on playgrounds, playing with baby dolls, watching Sesame Street, reading board books and finger painting. My wonderful husband deals with the headaches of the stock market all day, so that I can have the privilege of staying home with our beautiful one year old. This is a peek into our world.