Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Michael and I are so thankful to have you in our lives and know that you will be a great father to our new arrival in March as well. Thank you for everything that you do for us. We hope that you had a great day. We love you!!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate with peppermint is my favorite!
Does Santa wrap presents or set them under the tree? Santa wraps all of his presents.
Colored lights on tree or white? Colored lights. We use white lights for decorating outside. We always had the light strands with the big bulbs growing up too.
When do you put your decorations up? Whenever we get them down off the shelf out of the garage. Usually the week after Thanksgiving.
What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? That's a hard one because the holidays are all about eating. I don't know that I have a favorite one......
Favorite holiday memory as a child: Opening presents on Christmas Eve, loading up into the car and heading to my grandparents' house to open presents until the early morning. Then we would go to my other grandmom's house and open presents there in the morning. Lunch was always at my great-aunt's house in Philly. I didn't know you could fit so many people in one place that wasn't a restaurant.
When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? What is the truth about Santa? :)
Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? We always opened our presents at home on Christmas Eve and then opened at my grandmom's on Christmas Day. We still open with my parents on Christmas Eve.
How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Lights on first, along with the tree topper, then decorate with ornaments and finally the Aunt Rose balls go on last. The finishing touch is the tree skirt, which I always have a hard time with.
Snow! Love it or dread it? Love it if I am inside and warm....not such a fan when I am outside and cold. We don't get too much here though.
Can you ice skate? Sure can! I used to have my birthday parties at an ice skating rink from the ages of 10-13. I got my own pair of ice skates when I was in high school and still have them.
Do you remember your favorite gift? I have always been blessed with many gifts so it would be hard to pick my favorite.
What's the most important thing about the holidays for you?Definitely spending time with my family.
What is your favorite holiday dessert? Chocolate crinkles cookie.
What is your favorite tradition? Making Christmas cookies each year the weekend before Christmas. I love baking and getting everything together and eating cookie dough too!
Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? I prefer giving because I get such joy when I have carefully selected a gift that really makes someone happy.
What is your favorite Christmas Song? This is an easy one. It's Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses. My sister and I used to love to listen to it every year as we wrapped presents.
Candy canes! Yuck or yum? Yum. Had my first one this year in a chocolate covered brownie.
Ever recycled a Christmas present? Never, but I may have wanted to.
Don't Be A Scrooge! Tag 7 friends to Deck the Halls...Susan, Steph, Amanda, Amy, Manda, Staci, and Jen.
Michael really enjoyed the train ride through the fields once we got going. He was a bit scared at first but he usually is that way when he experiences something for the first time.
After we got off of the train, we headed back inside to see Santa. We had looked at Santa on our way in and tried to get Michael to sit on his lap but he wasn't interested. When Michael saw him for the second time, he actually sat on his lap and talked to him for a minute before getting a treat.
We drank some hot chocolate and ate some fudge before heading home for the afternoon. We didn't get our tree from there as the type that we like is not grown in South Carolina. Looking forward to making this an annual tradition!!
Monday, November 24, 2008
We are busy getting our house ready for our new arrival as well. The furniture that we ordered for Michael's new room is in and the room will be painted this weekend. The furniture will be delivered on December 5th and then we will finish setting up to move him in before Christmas. This will give him several months to get used to his new room, as well as give us time to get the nursery set up.
Here I am at 23 weeks:
Friday, November 21, 2008
Whole Body Shot
It's a Girl!
We will have another u/s at approximately 28 weeks and I know that there will be amazing growth between now and then. I love watching our daughter change and grow before she even gets here!!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
We had our big u/s on Friday, November 7th. Todd and I did decide to find out the gender. I wouldn't have minded it being a surprise but we wanted to be able to plan the nursery and not be gender-neutral. So we went in and the u/s tech started looking at the baby. You could see the baby open its' mouth and close it over and over. It was pretty neat and the baby was really cooperating for the u/s tech. We saw the head, brain, spine, two arms and two legs. Everything looks great and the baby is measuring right on schedule. Of course, I am sure you are wondering the big question: boy or girl?
We are very happy that our baby is healthy and are looking forward to having a little girl. I think Michael will make a great big brother and he will be able to protect her when they get older. When she is dating, the guys will have to pass the scrutiny of her father and older brother. But that is far away!!
Michael doesn't quite understand what's going on but knows that there is a baby in Mommy's tummy. He is very sweet and will kiss the baby when I ask him to. I told him that he was going to have a baby sister and he said "Baby Kaitlyn", which is our friend's little girl. He thinks all babies are Kaitlyn, which is pretty cute. I am looking forward to seeing how he reacts when our little girl finally arrives here. I am hoping he will adapt to the change and we are preparing him as much as we can now. We ordered this furniture for his new "big boy" bedroom and it's awesome. I wouldn't mind sleeping on it at all.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Wednesday night we went to Boo at the Zoo. Michael wore his Cars race car costume for the first time there. He was hesitant to put it on at first but once he did, he even wore the hat that went with it! We went inside and walked around the zoo. Some animals were still out and they had several exhibits set up, along with about 20 or so Trick or Treat stations. Michael did really well and walked around the entire zoo, holding hands with Todd and I. He even loved the music at the front of the park and was dancing along by himself. It was adorable. After we left, he was exhausted!
Michael and Daddy
Thursday night Michael painted his pumpkin that we got last week. He did a great job with it and didn't get any paint on himself and spilled very little on the newspapers that I had laid down in the garage. I was amazed considering two year olds are normally very messy. After he finished painting his pumpkin, he watched me carve mine. He wanted to "help" with the carving but the knife was sharp and making me nervous. I finished mine up and let him help me with scooping out the inside, which he didn't want to have anything to do with!
Friday he had a fun party at daycare and they got to dress up in their costumes and eat treats. Friday night we went Trick or Treating in our neighborhood with our next door neighbors and their little boy, who is a year younger than Michael. They went in his wagon and were pulled up and down our street, with stops at each house along the way. It was the cutest thing to see the two boys interacting together and going up to people's doors to get candy. When they were sitting in the wagon, our neighbor's son wanted to give Michael his candy and Michael told him no and put it back in his basket for him. Todd, Michael and I hit a few more houses around the corner and came back to our house shortly after it got dark. We gave out candy to the Trick or Treaters and Michael seemed to like this almost as much as going door to door. He wanted to take the candy out of the pumpkin and put a piece in each kid's bag. He did a really good job with this.
It was a great Halloween and so much fun to see Michael enjoying himself and understanding a bit more about what was going on. Yesterday morning he asked me for trick or treat candy so I guess it really did sink in!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Would you believe that I am in my office at work and I don't have a single book in here? I just went out the door and got a book sitting on the table outside my office.
From South Carolina, An Illustrated History of the Palmetto State by Ernest McPherson Lander, Jr. and Archie Vernon Huff, Jr.
In April 1846 the Mexicans obliged by attacking one of General Zachary Taylor's patrols in the disputed territory along the Rio Grande. Administration forces immediately introduced war resolutions in both houses of Congress.
In the Senate Calhoun and a few others pleaded for more time, for more discussion, and for a cleared picture of events on the Rio Grande. An administration steamroller crushed their amendments, and on the final vote of 40 to 2 Calhoun abstained.
I bet that got your morning off to an exciting start! I know it did mine.
I am tagging the following people:
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
It was on this day, 3 years ago, that we found out we would be parents for the first time. What a blessing that was! And now that we are expecting our second, I feel like our bond is growing even stronger as we add to our family again. Not only is Todd a wonderful husband but he is also a wonderfully loving and devoted father!
I am working today and this beautiful bouquet of flowers was delivered to my office this morning. I wasn't expecting anything like this, which made it an even nicer surprise!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Here are some before pictures:
During the cut:
Here is the after picture:
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
A. Attached or single? Attached
B. Best friend? Todd
C. Cake or Pie? Cake
D. Day of Choice? Saturday
E. Essential item? Sleep
F. Favorite color? Blue
G. Gummy bears or worms? worms
H. Hometown? Brigantine, NJ
I. Indulgence? Manicures
J. January or July? January
K. Kids? Michael
L. Life isn't complete without? Family
M. Marriage date? 9/30/00
N. Number of brothers and sisters? One sister
O. Oranges or apples? Apples
P. Phobias? Spiders and bugs and the dark
Q. Quotes? Don't really know any.
R. Reasons to smile? Too many to list
S. Season of Choice? Summer
T. Tag some peeps: Susan, Alexa, Staci, Anna
U. Unknown fact about me? If I told you then it wouldn't be unknown any more!
V. Vegetable? Potatoes
W. Worst habit? Have to ask someone else
X. X-ray or Ultrasound? Ultrasound
Y. Your favorite food? Cheese
Z. Zodiac sign? Aquarius
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
The car is all packed and we are ready to go right after work today. I hope that we have an uneventful drive up and can't wait to tell everyone about our vacation when we return!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Well, it's now getting a little out of hand. He manuevers the feet of his daycare teacher, our next door neighbor and one of my friends to his liking so that he can get the best angle possible. He also likes to lay close to the painted toenails. It seems like he seeks out the painted toenails in order to give them special attention. I wonder what is so fascinating about them. Maybe he can tell me someday when he gets older!!
Friday, July 18, 2008
While reading blogs yesterday, I came across this post. I thought that it would be really neat to have this on my blog and see what memories other people have of me. I have never met a lot of my blogging friends in real life, as I only know them online. But I thought it would be interesting to see what types of responses I get anyway.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
And the funniest part about it all is that Michael doesn't really like to wear his glasses when we are trying to get him to put them on. Now that they are missing, he is asking for "sasses, Mommy" and "sasses, Daddy". It figured that he wants to wear them when they are nowhere in sight. I think he may be working us.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
We went to a parade on the 4th of July before the doggies got here and Michael was walking up to other dogs and petting them.
Saturday night, we were outside playing with the dogs after dinner and getting ready to light some sparklers. Michael really wanted Ben to come over and see him and this is how he was trying to get his attention. It was so cute!!
Monday, June 30, 2008
My sister works for a children's clothing designer in the Raleigh area. They publish a catalog of their clothes twice a year. Last September, she asked us if Michael wanted to be a model in the catalog but we were going on vacation so we missed out. When it came time to shoot the Fall 2008 catalog, she asked us again if we would like to have Michael model in the catalog. So of course, we jumped at the chance to do it. We thought it would be a neat experience and something to have in Michael's baby book, which is only about half full.
The photo shoot was on a Friday in March and we got to see the proofs before the catalog was assembled. The photos were taken to show off the clothes but the photographer was able to capture Michael's personality as well. He looks so mischievous in the Christmas photo, like he is stealing a present from under the tree. In the other picture, he looks kind of bashful, which he was during the photo shoot at first.
I don't know how to post the catalog directly into this post so I will just put the link to the catalog here if you want to see our little model. He is on pages 15 and 48.
We are so proud of his modeling debut. A special thanks to Aunt Michelle and Chez Ami!!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Michael went for his opthalmologist appt last month and he needed to get glasses. He is nearsighted and the glasses will help him to see better and hopefully strengthen his eyes as he gets older. We went on his birthday to pick out a pair of frames and just got the finished product (with ear pieces to keep them on) on Thursday. He looks like such a little man when he wears his "sasses". He loves that he has them like Daddy does and knows that Daddy puts on his glasses when he gets up so we are trying to do that with Michael. He has worn them to daycare for 3 days so far and all is well there, which I was worried about. I do think that his eyes tend to get tired of wearing them and adjusting to them so we try to work with him on giving him breaks if he wants them. He is wearing them more and more each day though and I love how he looks!
Here are some pictures of our little man with his "sasses":
Now that he has his glasses, we watch him with delight as he explores the world around him like never before. It is truly amazing!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Here is a picture of Michael when he was a newborn:
And here he is at his birthday party on Saturday:
What a difference two years makes! Happy Birthday Michael!!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Luckily it was a nice night outside because Michael got soaked. Here he is after all the fun of running through the hose as Daddy was watering the grass:
Then after all of that fun, he decided to ride on his new toy and dry off in the breeze. This was the first time that he didn't push it all through the yard and actually sat down and pushed the button to go. And he was off. Here he is on the side of the yard:
Looks like it's going to be a fun summer at our house!!
Friday, March 28, 2008
Michael loved looking for the easter eggs and they probably could have been hidden more because he was such a good hunter! He knew exactly what to do just like he did at Halloween. He collected the eggs and put them into his Elmo Easter Basket. I think that he was a little disappointed when it was over. Then he started opening the eggs and eating what was inside.
Hunting for eggs
I found one!
Taking a break
Thursday, March 6, 2008
He has never really been overly interested in toys but will play with them if you sit in the room with him. However, we went to a consignment sale on Sunday and he saw this vacuum and just wouldn't put it down. He pushed it all over the hall where the sale was held and just didn't seem to want to let it go. He didn't even try to play with any of the other toys, which was surprising because there were definitely some tempting ones there.
We were getting ready to leave the house for the day on Tuesday and he was crying and screaming when we took the vacuum away from him. As soon as he got buckled into his carseat and we headed out, he was fine though. But that night we got home and he went straight for the vacuum and only let it go to eat dinner. Of course, it was still in his sight. When it was time for a bath, the real tantrum started. He cried and cried for the vacuum for the whole time he was in the bath. After he got out and was dressed, he played with it again for a few minutes (that was a mistake on our part by not putting it away) and then the crying started again when it was time for bed.
However, this morning, I had the vacuum in the hall closet right behind the regular vacuum and he took it out and started "vacuuming". Well, I told him it was time to go and asked him to put it away and he did. Of course, this may have had something to do with the fact that the front door was also opening for us to leave and he loves the outside too!
If this is a preview of what the terrible two's are going to be like, then we are in for it!!
Here is a video of Michael "vacuuming" downstairs:
Saturday, March 1, 2008
And here he is gazing longingly out the sliding glass door.
I love this picture because you can see his reflection in the glass!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I finally thought that things were starting to look good for my sick men when I got a call yesterday that Michael was running a 102 fever. I took him home, gave him a bath to cool him down, we ate dinner and he went to bed early. When he got up this morning, there was no trace of the fever! We went to the doctor again and he tested negative for strep and the flu, thankfully. I don't know what he had but I hope that this is the end of sickness in our house for a while. Maybe we can take the quarantine sign down now......
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Here are a few pictures:
Looking out the window
Outside the window
Inside under the roof
It even has a light!!
Side yard view
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I don't have to work today so Michael and I are just taking it easy before going out to lunch with Todd. It's nice to have some downtime for just the two of us to spend together.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Here are some pictures:
I have resolved to make at least one blog entry per month starting in January. I felt like the resolution of one per week may have been too much but we will see. There's always next year.....