Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ice Skating

My friend Jennifer and I took the boys to lunch and then ice skating this afternoon. Let’s just say that they were all much better than me! It’s been several years since I ice skated. I basically held onto the railing the entire time and Jonah kept trying to make me let go. The only problem was every time I did, I fell.

But it was still fun and I can’t wait to try it again soon.

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Build A Bear

We went to Build A Bear today. Jonah made an Alvin the Chipmunk and Meredith made a Monkey. Doesn’t Meredith look so happy and cute in this picture? Well, this picture was taken right before Meredith had the Mother of all meltdowns in the middle of the mall when she realized we were going to lunch and not on the carousel. After a good thirty minutes of  trying to calm her down it was obvious neither of us were winning the battle and we ended up going home. I didn’t get CPK for lunch and she didn’t get to ride on the carousel. Of course I’m not sure if she is going to be allowed back in the mall anytime soon! Ha!

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Meredith’s Mini Me

Josh and I bought Meredith her first American Girl doll for Christmas this year. She was ecstatic that Kit looked just like her with blonde hair, blue eyes and a splash of freckles across her nose. She also received an AG doll bed, clothes, and Coconut the Dog (which happens to look just like Riley). And of course they had to have matching PJ’s. Yikes, I have suddenly immersed myself into the American Girl cult. This is going to be bad!

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Zombie Lab

Santa brought Jonah a Zombie Lab so we decided to try to make the bubbling brains today. They were tasty. Jonah wouldn’t eat it but I did. Oh and just so you know, all the creations in the lab are edible.


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Day

This year I decided to enjoy the moment with my kids and husband on Christmas instead of snapping away on my camera like I usually do. I mean I love pictures and I love capturing all those special memories but sometimes you just have to sit the camera down and be in the moment and then save those mental pictures in your head and that’s what I did on Christmas this year so I only have a couple of pictures to share but we had a blast waking the kids up, running downstairs to see what surprises Santa had left for everyone. After playing with all the new gadgets and toys, we had our traditional breakfast, hot chocolate and then got dressed to drive to Josh’s grandmother’s house where we enjoyed an evening with family eating a wonderful Christmas dinner and opening presents. It was a great day and I’m glad I took a moment to enjoy it.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with their family and friends.



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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Christmas PJ’s on:

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Santa Key hung:


Reindeer Food sprinkled outside:



Cookies and Chocolate Milk for Santa and M and M’s for his elves:


Meredith making sure the cookies are suitable for Santa :-/


Santa came and left lots of surprises for the kids. I think it was the Chocolate Milk that won him over.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Pharaoh's Quest Lego Pyramid

A picture of the Lego pyramid (A Christmas gift from my Mom and Dad) that took my older niece Meg, her boyfriend Brody and my older nephew Kevin 3 hours to build with Jonah at my parents house.

It is now sitting on a shelf in his bedroom never to be disassembled again. Ever!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Birthday Cake

Here is a piece of the birthday cake from Gregory’s Bistro in McKinney. And yes, I had it for breakfast.

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Birthday Week celebration

My Birthday week long celebration started out with a Happy Hour at Zin Zen wine bar on the 16th with my friends Jennifer and Kelly. My friend Kelly was in a car wreck on the way to Happy Hour so it was a crazy night but after a few glasses of wine everything was good!

On my actual birthday the 20th, Josh and I went to a Tacky Christmas Sweater party at our friends Gary and Kayla’s house where they surprised me with a birthday cake and sang Happy Birthday.

On Wednesday my friends Vicky, Shannon, Lindsey and Jennifer G. took me to dinner at a fabulous new bistro in McKinney called Gregory’s. They also brought out a strawberry cake that was to die for! It was so good. The food and the evening were absolutely perfect!

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On Thursday the kids spent the night with Jerod and Lauren and Josh and I went to our favorite restaurant, Del Frisco’s, and I had an amazing birthday dinner complete with a special dish made exclusively for me by the chef.

Then on Friday, I went home to visit my parents and my family. My Mom cooked a wonderful birthday meal of barbeque and yummy sides. Something I had been craving!

It was a fabulous week and I am thinking I should turn 35 every year!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Party

I co-hosted a Christmas Party today with my best friend Shannon at her house. It was a lot of fun. For the kids we had a hot chocolate bar, smores station and Christmas games. For the parents we had snacks and pomegranate champagne with the glasses dipped in green sprinkles to add a little Christmas cheer. 

But the real surprise was a visit from the Big Man himself – Santa Claus. He read Twas the Night before Christmas to the kids and then each of them sat on his lap to tell him what they wanted for Christmas.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Gingerbread House

Jonah and Meredith both received Gingerbread Houses from their Elf Nose but Meredith did not want to build hers but Jonah did so today we sat down to build it and Jonah finally got so frustrated with the sides not sticking together he said, “Mom, let’s just eat it.” So, that’s exactly what we did.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Jonah’s Polar Express School Party

Today Jonah wore his PJ’s to school, watched the Polar Express and then had his classroom party. They decorated mini gingerbread houses, mini Christmas trees and exchanged gifts with friends and his teachers.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cookie and Ornament Decorating Party

We went to my friend Shannon’s Christmas Cookie and Ornament decorating party today. The kids had fun decorating Christmas cookies and making fingerprint snowman ornaments.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Does this count as the first snowfall of the year?

We woke up this morning to the small amount of snow on the tables outside! Such a teaser! Last year it snowed on Christmas Eve!

Jonah wasn’t too excited about it since he still had to go to school but Meredith couldn’t wait to go outside and touch it!


Sunday, December 04, 2011

Visit from the Tooth Fairy

Jonah got a special visit from the Tooth Fairy last night. She left fairy dust all over the window seal, his room and then left him lots of surprises for taking such good care of his teeth and since it was his first tooth she even let him keep it because it’s suppose to bring him good luck!

I hope she comes back tonight to clean up all that fairy dust!

Jonah received two gold $1 coins, a small set of Legos, a new toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash to help him take extra care of his other loose teeth and even a pack of bubble gum (sugar free of course!)

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The tiny little note she left for Jonah and his first tooth

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A Happy Boy!

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Saturday, December 03, 2011

All I Want for Christmas…..

Jonah lost his first tooth today. He is so excited and of course I started crying. That means he is really growing up!  I guess we will be getting a visit from the Tooth fairy tonight!!

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Part 2

Over Thanksgiving weekend we went to Austin to spend time with more of Josh’s family. It was a house full at Jon and Amy’s with all the kids, Opa, Oma, Jen, Jerod and Lauren! We had an amazing dinner, played games, watched movies and relaxed. A perfect way to spend the holiday with family! I love being with everyone on the holidays. To me, it’s what the holidays are all about. Enjoying time with family.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Part 1

We spent Thanksgiving Day with Josh’s family. We spent a wonderful afternoon with Mimi, Grandma, Amy, Kayla and Christian.

We have so much to be Thankful for this year!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Disney on Ice

My friends Lisa and Kelly and I took our girls to see Disney on Ice tonight. We were rink side and the girls had a blast watching all the Disney characters skate up to them and wave. Meredith was very happy to wear the red Minnie shirt our nanny Debbie made for her and her red tutu.

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