Monday, December 28, 2009

A Griswald Kind of Christmas



I don't have the energy right now for a full recap of our Christmas Vacation this year.  Let's just say that we had to keep telling ourselves that we'll laugh about it in a couple of years.  There aren't many pictures.  If it wasn't Caroline's first Christmas, I might say it would be better that way.  But given the circumstances and not having a camera other than my phone, we are low on pictures.  I do have a couple that I'm sharing below.






The pictures above were at Nanny Carolyn's on Christmas Eve.  Below we are at Waffle House on Christmas Day.  She was much more interested in the menu than in posing for a picture.  She wanted her hashbrowns scattered, covered and chunked.



But given all of our travel delays and sicknesses, at least we weren't like these people.  You can't really tell, but this new SUV stranded on the side of the interstate has a big red bow on top of it.  I think someone went without a gift this Christmas!!



Sunday, December 13, 2009

Welcome to my freak out

My boss said last week, "oh my!  We only have a week left before you leave for the holidays!"  My response with a straight face, "Welcome to my freak out."

There seems to be an endless number of things to do before we leave for Louisiana.  I feel like we've made decent headway this weekend but didn't get nearly accomplished what we needed to.  And now I'm on the computer, so I've my priorities straight, I think.

I've got almost all the laundry washed, but not put away.  Please ignore Mt. Washmore in my living room.  There aren't any dishes in the sink thanks to T.  The Christmas cards are stuffed, addressed, stamped and ready to go.  And I've got almost all the presents that I have wrapped.

What's left you ask?  Just a week of work, combined with several doctors appointments, Christmas program at school, packing, finishing the Christmas shopping and cleaning the house so we don't come home to mess.  And we've got three days to do it all.  No problem!

Friday, December 11, 2009

6 Months

Can you believe it's been a half a year already?  I swear it was just yesterday we were in that horribly hot hospital room.  But the little person looking back at me  has changed quite a bit.

She's now 17 lbs, 3 oz and are you ready for her height?  You sure?  She's 28.5 inches long.  Yes, she's just about 2 and half feet tall.  She may be taller than Leslie by her first birthday.

She's rolling over like a champ and now insists on sitting up.  If you recline her too much, she'll try to sit herself up.  I'm sure she's got great ab muscles from doing that all the time.

She's enjoyed singing along with the Christmas carols on the radio.  And giggled as we sang and danced to the Elvis Christmas Album.  That's always a good sign.

Her visit with Santa was a huge success.  Overall, we have no complaints.  She's actually starting to eat some of her food instead of spitting it right back out.  And she's so cute when she swallows it.  She kind of sucks in her bottom lip when she does.

We are just getting over our first ear infection.  We caught it very early and although we would normally have waited to treat it since it was so early, with us getting ready to travel for the holidays, I didn't want to take a chance with it.  So we had our first taste of the pink, bubblegum medicine.  She would have made Auntie proud.  She'd suck the medicine out of the dropper before I could even squeeze it into her mouth.

I know that I'm looking forward to her being able to interact with everyone during the holidays.  I'm sure it will be a whirlwind, but we can't wait.  I do have some pictures that I hope to add later this weekend.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Not a joke!

It's really cold!  This was my drive in this morning.  Windchill is in the negative numbers.  Although we may get get warmer than freezing today.  Hope so!


Sunday, December 6, 2009

It's Christmas time pretty baby!

Because I couldn't find a portrait studio with a Santa, we braved the mall for Caroline's first Santa photo.  We braved the mall... on a Saturday... in December.  Obviously, I've lost my mind.  And the windchill was only like 15 yesterday, so PERFECT weather for taking a baby to the mall.

We got dressed in our pretty red Christmas dress, tights and new red shoes.  We put on our largest bib to protect the pretty red dress.  We put on our new red coat and our red and white reindeer hat.  And after all my Santa recon work, we headed for the mall in Edmond.  Yes, it's farther than the one in OKC, but I liked the picture package options much better.  And both Santa's were equally "Santa-y", so I went with the better price option.

We were going to be in Edmond later that evening anyway, so it's not like I drove out of my way just to save a few dollars.

I've never been to the mall in Edmond, but knew that Santa was at the Macy's entrance.  So we parked at Macy's.  Walk through the store to the mall, only to find we are on the second level.  Backtracked into Macy's to find the elevator and then ventured back towards the mall.  The line didn't look very long at all.

We get up to the entrance and sign-in like at a restaurant.  They handed me a pager and tell me I can shop wherever I like in the mall and it will vibrate when it's my turn TO GET IN LINE!  So our first stop is to find a chair so we can take off the 35 layers of clothes Caroline is wearing because it's H.O.T. in the mall.

I pulled her out of her stroller and she is wide-eyed with all the mall excitement and decorations and people.  She's smiling so large she can't keep her pacifier in her mouth.  Lots of people stop us to tell us how pretty she is.  She giggles and grins for each person.

Luckily, we didn't make it very far before our pager goes off and we head back to get in line.  It moves quickly and the back of the display is decorated with all the characters from "Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer" and they had the movie playing on various tv sets.  It was cute and well done.  There was a family of 4 boys behind us and Caroline kept smiling and giggling and making sweet eyes at them.

Our turn came and I was a little nervous about how she would do with this strange man with the large beard.  He had a real gentle voice and was a great Santa.  She looked at him and was staring around in awe at everything.  I moved by the photographer and she squeeked a toy and the ham came out.  She turned to the camera and gave us a series of 3 great grins.

I choose the photo and we were done.  And after reading all of that, you are now rewarded with Caroline's first Santa photo!  We'll have prints for everyone when we get to Louisiana.