Monthly Archives: December 2008

From Our Home to Yours

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8 Things

I was tagged by my good friend, Kelsey. I’m working up a new post with pictures and tons of Cady sillyness, so in the meantime this will have to do.

8 Favorite T.V. shows I watch:

1. Grey’s Anatomy
2. Private Practice
3. Gossip Girl
4. One Tree Hill
5. Top Chef
6. Dateline, 20/20, 48 Hours Mystery (or any other show like those)
7. The Hills
8. Most reality dating shows

8 Restaurants I love:

1. Saltgrass
2. Salsaritas
3. Taco Villa (its my guilty pleasure)
4. Most japanese steakhouses
5. The Melting Pot

6. PF Changs

7. Coldstone Creamery (thats a restaurant, right? 😉 )

8. Ye Olde Steakhouse (Knoxville, TN)

8 Things that Happened today:

1. I woke up
2. Showered
3. Fed Cady Breakfast and Lunch
4. Went to Walmart
5. Went to Taco Bell
6. Made Red Velvet Cake
7. Talked to my friend, Tee
8. Put Cady down for a nap

8 Things I am Looking Forward to:

1. Three Christmases coming up in the next 3 days
2. Going to see my grandparents this weekend
3. Cady’s First Birthday very soon
4. Being at home for an extended period of time

5. Seeing Twilight tonight!
6. Hanging out with some good friends during this trip
7. 2009 and all the excitement it brings
8. starting running again

8 Things I Wish For:

1. To move closer to home
2. healthy and happy friends and family
3. world peace (yes, thats corny, but its true)
4. a new car
5. a housekeeper
6. to win the lottery (even though I don’t play)
7. for it to not be so stinkin’ cold out right now
8. Oven mitts (I’m so serious. I need some stinkin’ oven mitts)

OK, I tag everyone who reads this and has a blog (I know I took the easy way out but I’m tired. Give me a break.)

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10 Months Old

How in the world did this happen? How did my sweet baby girl become a 10 month old toddler?

So what is Cady up to at 10 months?

She sleeps around 10-12 hours a night. We start our bedtime routine around 7 and she is normally in the crib by 7:30-7:45. She won’t wake up until around 7:30 or 8 in the morning. This would make a mommy happy if her husband didn’t wake her up at 5:45 every morning. Also, this weekend she has started taking only one nap a day. This is great for running errands and planning our day, but it makes getting chores done around the house a little more difficult.

She is completely off bottles. She hasn’t taken a bottle in over a month. We are still working on transitioning from the soft spout cups to the firm spout with the valve. She has the basic sucking motion she needs down. I think she is just not keen on the feel of the spout. She will get it though.

She isn’t a full time walker just yet. I noticed today she was doing a little more walking than crawling, but crawling is the old standby when she wants to get somewhere quick.

She is really into clapping right now. We clap about pretty much everything. I say “we” because she wants you to clap along with her. It was difficult to get the 10 month picture without clapping in it

She also loves giving kisses and hugs. This is definitely my favorite thing ever. Its so nice for her to run over while she is playing and give a hug and then go back to playing. I just never knew how amazing it would feel to have affection returned from her. So unbelievable.

We are all really looking forward to celebrating our first Christmas as a family of 3.

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Like Mother, Like Daughter

There is a picture of me when I was only slightly older than Cady where I am just hanging out in one of the bottom kitchen cabinets.  (I’m going to try to find the picture when we go home this week)

So, who is surprised when Cady apparently enjoys the same play spot?

Cady has also had a big week when it comes to bubbles.

I bought some bubble bath for her this week. Too bad she is afraid of it. I made up a nice bubble bath for her and she refused to sit down in it. I didn’t have time to get any pictures. We will give it another shot soon. Surely, she won’t be afraid of bubble baths her whole life.

I also bought a bottle of bubbles. Those were a hit. We sat in the kitchen and blew bubbles and clapped (we are on a clapping kick right now) for awhile.

And I just have to give a big thank you to a friend of mine. She knitted (crocheted? I’m not sure….) Cady a cupcake hat. It is ridiculously cute. I just have to show it off.

And this picture just makes me sad. She is starting to look more and more like a little girl and less and less like my little baby. I think a big reason for this is that she is starting to have an actual neck

We are headed back to the Ark. this week to partake in many Christmas activities. I promise I will be much better at taking pictures than I was while we were home for Thanksgiving. And for those of you who we will be seeing while home, please hold me accountable for this.

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The Great Blizzard of ’08

It snowed. For those that know where I live, thats a big deal.

Coming here from East Tennessee, the snow did not impress me as much as it did the natives. But it was still surprising and pretty.

I didn’t have to get photographic proof, or I was afraid some might not believe it.

Cady didn’t get to go out in it. It was FRICKIN’ FREEZING and it had been raining for 2 days straight.

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Go ELF Yourself!

I did (along with Jason and Cady). Go look.

http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/LyHufcMnSmP2hhso

I am cracking myself up with this!

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Playing Catch-up

It feels like it has been so long since my last REAL post (the Thanksgiving one doesn’t really count).

We traveled back home to Arkansas for the week of Thanksgiving, so of course we were running ragged trying to see everyone (and we still didn’t). The following week, Jason had some work to do in towns on the way to home base, so we spent the week in hotels. I definitely don’t recommend that after a week away from home already.

We got back yesterday and I am thrilled to be back. I’m also having mixed feelings about heading back to the AR to do it all again in 2 weeks. Yikes!

We left the Friday evening before Thanksgiving. We drove during the night because we had made important plans for Saturday (I will soon explain) and because we thought it might make the 8 hour drive a little easier.

We were right about making the drive easier. Cady slept pretty much the entire way.  We made only 2 stops. We arrived at our lodging for the week around 12:30 am. We were both ready to crash. Jason had worked half a day and I had spent the day packing us all up. Too bad Cady thought it was play time. She finally went to sleep around 2:30.

The next day, we went to lunch at MY favorite local establishment (and always the first place I have to eat in town). After lunch we left Cady with her Nana and we headed toward the town of our alma mater’s. Jason’s college football team was playing for the conference championship, but not really. The team just moved into the conference and they have a 5 year transition period. That means they can’t be recognized as the conference champs, even though they are.

We had a great time. We saw almost all of our old college friends. It was a great game. Much fun was had by all.

We spent the first part of our week leisurely visiting with different friends and family. Cady and I had lunch with our friends, Kelsey and Pax. I keep bringing my camera to get a picture of the girls together, but keep forgetting. We hope to see them again while in town for Christmas and I am definitely getting my picture then.

Jason and I even had the opportunity to check out a movie. We watched Four Christmases. Pretty funny.

Then Thanksgiving Day rolled around and things got kicked into high gear. We spent Thanksgiving Day with Jason’s Dad’s side of the family. We spend Friday with my Dad.

Friday night we drove to my Mom’s house and spent the night and the following day with her. It was the first time all four of her granddaughters had been together. We tried to get a picture of the girls. It didn’t turn out all that great, but its still pretty cute.

Saturday night we drove back to Jason’s Mom’s house and spent Sunday with her. Monday morning we packed up and headed out.

We had a wonderful (and rushed) time while home. Hopefully next trip we will get to fit in even more friends and family.

While away, Cady all but perfected the art of walking. So much so that I have been able to get a couple of decent videos of it.

Just to reassure the grandmother’s, she is fine. That fall was nothing. She got up 3 seconds later and was ready to go.

And another from a little different angle.

She has also started standing all on her own. She doesn’t need something to pull up on anymore. I’m just in awe of how quickly it has all happened.

Another milestone that is occurring is Cady celebrating her first holiday season. Many of you might recall that I can get pretty excited about holidays and making them perfect for Cady. So of course, a visit to see Santa is something I have been looking forward to since finding out I was pregnant.

Even though we only got home yesterday and I have a ton of unpacking, laundry and other things to do, we had to go see Santa immediately. I completely prepared myself to get a picture of a frightened, crying Cady on Santa’s lap. I was ok with spending an hour waiting in line for this picture. At least it would be funny to look back on when she is older.

She was completely fine with him. We kept her up through her afternoon nap. We kept her strapped into her stroller (that was not moving) way longer than she is used to. We had all the cards stacked against us for a good picture. But we got one.

Here is my unprofessional shot:

Doesn’t she look like she is telling him exactly what she wants?

And here are our “professional” shots:

I am just thrilled with how they turned out.

I know I should have more Thanksgiving related pictures, but I am horrible when I get around my family. I completely forget about my camera. I promise I will take tons while home for Christmas.

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