Dec 30, 2010
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 17, 2010
I thought I'd share the pictures that didn't make the Christmas card this year. Why is it this hard to get an almost 4 year old to smile...
Dec 11, 2010
Dec 8, 2010
Nov 30, 2010
Thanks to Travis' mom, the 3 of us are packing our bags and heading North to the Christmas Capitol of Texas- better known as Grapevine, Texas.
We'll be visiting the Gaylord Texan Resort for two days. This place looks amazing.
Here are the stats on how BIG Christmas is at the Gaylord.
52 foot rotating Christmas tree
1.5 million LED lights
5,600 feet of garland
a life-sized gingerbread house
While we're there will be having milk and cookies with Mrs. Clause, taking a ride on the Polar Express, touring a life size gingerbread house and blowing our own glass Christmas tree ornament.
Sounds like fun to me!
Nov 29, 2010
So I realize that I should have posted this before my Black Friday post but who really reads this blog anyway... I think I know of 3 people... maybe 4.
Wow. 4 People in the whole world stop to read "MY" blog. That's pretty cool.
Anyway, I wish I could say that I took tons of photos but I didn't. I can tell you that I made an awesome turkey. I highly recommend it and I'm even thinking about roasting a chicken the same way next week.
My cranberries were awesome! However they didn't gel up as much as I had hoped but they were still yummy. The sweet potatoes were good... I like Travis' and my Mom's recipe better. Stuffing and green bean casserole were great as usual.
Dessert looked amazing. Kind of heavy on the pumpkin cake part... would have liked less cake.
For my table scape I used my "good" silverware, silver napkin rings/place card holders, silk fall leaves and candles. It was simple yet stylish.
On every one's place card I had there name on one side and then a funny Thanksgiving quote.... "did you know that it takes 18 hours to prepare Thanksgiving dinner and only 12 minutes to eat" and then another one said, "I had the hardest time stuffing the turkey, I went through the beak."
We then spent the afternoon decorating my tree and watching the Cowboys almost win. Saying almost win sounds better than watching the team lose. Ya'know?!
My tree looks great....still have a few ornaments to set out and then I'll be done for the season.
This week we're heading to the Gaylord Texan, Lone Star Texan Christmas in Dallas. Should be fun.fun.fun!
Julie and I did it again but this time our mission was much more successful with the addition of 2 newbies, 2 mapped out store floor plans and super fast grocery cart navigation skills.
I decided to try something new and map out Toys R Us and Kohls to get a general idea on where everything was going to be. I definitely recommend doing that for any and all stores you plan on shopping at. Target had a cool feature online where you could download a Black Friday floor plan of your particular store.
Our night began at 7:30 pm at Toys R Us.
Susan, Julie, Dawn and I all had our lists in our hands as we made our way up to the entrance. We were the 3rd group of 50 people allowed in the store. It's a really great system so everyone isn't rushing the door. Once in we grabbed our buggies and took off! I think everyone got what was on their lists. You have to be quick at TRU or else you'll get caught up in the check out line. Once you're stuck in a line you can't get out of it, which is kind of frustrating.
Tip: Always bring the TRU BF ad and wish booklet to compare prices. Keep these ads with you at all stores you visit because those stores might make a price adjustment.
Once we were done there Julie and I headed to Wal-Mart.....never again will I go to Wal-Mart on BF. They are completely unorganized and no one of any status knows where anything is, or even what they have on the shelf. The check out system consisted of 8 cashiers.... ok that's an exaggeration but it was really bad. At one point, Julie and I looked at each other and questioned if we really wanted to buy what was in our hands. I think right after that we saw an open lane and made a dash for it.
We finally made it out alive and headed back to meet the others at Target.
We made it back to them around 1 o'clock or so. They were practically frozen. They had heard that Chic Fil A was open so they went to get something warm to eat and drink. Once they got back we worked out our plan of attack.
We decided to split up the list and all go separate ways. It was awesome! Susan got her vacuum, Julie got her scooter, Dawn got her keyboard and I got my things. Divide and Conquer.
Black Friday was a success!
Susan checked out after Target. Dawn headed to Academy. Julie and I went to Kohls.
I was home by 7:30 a.m. I would love to say that I slept all day but I really didn't get to sleep until later that evening but somehow I managed to get through the day with a 30minute catnap! Cade and I went to the movies to see Tangled and then to lunch at Berry Hill. We spent some time playing at Market Street and then made our way home to rest for a little bit. Travis finally came home from his mom's house around 5 that evening. He was helping install hardwoods (originally I was going to go up there for brunch and to sleep but something came up and the plans changed). Needless to say I fell asleep by 8 pm and slept soundly until the next morning.
Thanks girls for a fun evening of shopping and staying up talking! All that was missing was the wine!
Nov 24, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
This year will be my first time - EVER - to host Thanksgiving dinner. This morning Travis and I planned out our menu together. My mom is bringing stuffing and green bean casserole and we're doing the rest.
I knew I was going to be making the Pioneer Woman's Cranberry Pomegranate sauce.
Cranberries are my personal favorite.
I remember spending Thanksgiving at Travis' family's house one year while we were dating and I went in the back bedroom and called my mom crying over the cranberry dish, prepared out of a can. Looking back, that was a waste of tears but there is something about fresh cranberries that I just LOVE. I'm sure it has to do with the many meals before shared with my parents, grandparents, and aunt and uncle.... cousins too!
For the bird, we are going to attempt to make Sandra Lee's Roasted Buttered Herb Turkey.
I've never roasted anything besides a beer-butt chicken. So I'm going with this one because of the "simply homemade" approach that comes with the recipe.
For sweet potatoes we are going with a recipe I found in Southern Living Magazine. It calls for cornflakes, mini marshmallows, butter and brown sugar... sounds like a wining combo to me!
And then for desert we are going with Texas Table's, Pumpkin Praline cake. The picture in the cookbook looks amazing!
Travis is making his Great-Grandma Aggie's Yeast Rolls and a delicious spinach, pear, pecan salad.
I usually do something special for tablescapes at my mom's house. Last year it was a special note telling each one how "thankful" I am for them. This year I'm going to make something special for my guests at their place setting... it should strike up a conversation for sure!
Time to head to the store.... hopefully beat the rush!
Nov 10, 2010
Conversations with Cade:
Cade make sure you don't throw sand on Angie and don't get it in your hair or eyes. Ok?
Mama, I won't eat the sand like ____ does at school either.
Me: When we get to Nana's house do you want something to drink?
Cade: Don't call it that. She's not there. It's Granddad's house.
Mama, I'll make sure to be very careful so that no one steals me.
(walking across the hall to his classrooom).
Oh my little Cade! Where has the time gone? Each day you are inching closer to being 4! Say it isn't so!
One day you're going to stop growing up, right?!
Nov 3, 2010
Caution: Don't ever leave your iPhone or iTouch abandoned in our house. Cade is likely to find it and find the most energetic, loud, obnoxious song you have downloaded and blast it on repeat just so he can dance.
On my iPhone play list that song happens to be Lady Gaga's, Just Dance.
So to make this habit of his a tad less annoying I started having a "dance break" during activities. For example, today we made banana bread for my dad and the recipe called for the eggs and sugar to beat for 10 minutes.... seriously, 10 minutes.... I don't have time for that... but I set the mixer to medium speed, asked him if he wanted to have a "dance break" and then started the music!
We hold hands, kick our legs, spin on the floor, wiggle around, shake it... we do it all!
He loves it!
Oct 23, 2010
It always feels good to throw out things that are old and broken. The feeling of clean is one of my favorite feelings.... UNTIL.
My 3 year old realized that all of the things I just tossed into a big, black bucket are his things. In his eyes the book that is hanging by a lone fiber is still worth keeping and "heeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyy" the broken shovel with a crack in it, still has to be good for something.
After a little convincing we were able to actually throw the book and the shovel away. Along with the other junky, worn out sandbox toys and dried up sidewalk chalk.
We can finally see our back patio (not as well as I had hoped- our power washer died today) but we can now see the concrete and that is what the goal was!
Next step is to power wash, put crushed granite down for our *new* gas grill that is waiting for at Lowes, install a new back door light and a storm door. Maybe we will even luck out and get a great deal on end of season patio furniture!!
We shall see...but for now I'm going enjoy the back porch and the "not" mess.
(cade has a habit of saying "not" in front of words...for example I'll take him to the bakery and he will want a pink donut with "not" sprinkles).
Oct 22, 2010
We'll be hearing Hocus Pocus more and more these days since Cade decided he wanted to dress up as a magician for Halloween! The costume is rather simple but absolutely precious on him. It comes complete with shirt/vest combo, mustache, wand, and a black top hat with rabbit.
Last night was his first time wearing it. We attended Hocus Pocus Pops at The Woodlands Pavilion with our neighbors. Cade loved listening to the Houston Symphony... he gets that from his dad! Travis loves classical. It was a fun, spoooooooky night and I'm glad we went!
Oct 20, 2010
This week is flying by and it's only Tuesday!
It's seems like the past few days we have been on the go! It started on Saturday with a garage sale, followed by a baby shower, a bonfire, church services, pumpkin patch, and small group...then rise 'n shine it's Monday...that's the blurry part. Where did Monday go??
Tuesday wake up and get out the door by 8 be home by 3:45 before a major meltdown... then it's time to make cookies for the VIP snack for school and then attend a Junior League meeting that evening. Open House is Wednesday and then finally....Thursday we can relax after we drop off a meal for a friend who just had a baby.
Ahhh! Where did my days go where I could take naps and relax? Oh yeah... that was WAY before motherhood. I love my crazy, simple life.
This past week Cade has had a special visitor with him. It was Ruby Robin. She is the class "pet" and goes home with each child for a whole week. I loved having Ruby here. She was such a good little bird!!
Oct 12, 2010
I can't believe it's October?! In two months we will have a house full of Christmas decorations! That part I'm excited about but seriously, where does the time go?
Trick or Treat is just around the corner. Cade wants to be a scarecrowspidermanpirate. I'm about to dress him in all 3 if he doesn't decide! I'm not sure where the spider man came from...since we... or I am anti-super hero. I dread the day of little Lego men and star wars figurines that will one day take over my floors. So, I'm leaning towards the pirate this year.
This past month I started a running program called Couch to 5k. I was doing really well with running every other day until last week when I rubbed a huge blister on my heel and then happened to get shin splints in both legs. They are finally feeling better and my blister is almost healed completely. I'm looking forward to Thursday when I can get to Luke's Locker to get fitted for new running shoes. Apparently they do a whole work up on your foot and find the best shoe for your foot. So no more picking out a pair of shoes because they are pretty. I can't wait to get them on my feet and get back on the track/concrete (ugh).
Cade is doing great these days. He loves his teachers at school! He especially loves that he gets to have a "job" in the class room. This week he is the line leader. I asked him where he lead the line and he said to door and out to the playground. He then told me that next he wants to be the counter.... ohh to be 3 again!
Here are 3 things that Cade has said recently that is either cute/funny or both.
1. Mama, God made him and told his mama to name him Jack (said about a friend at school).
2. You have stairs. We don't. You have two couches. We don't. We should switch keys. (telling my mom about how our houses are different...apparently stairs are WAY cool to have).
3. When is the school going to bring the friendly lions to the petting zoo?
Sep 6, 2010
This weekend we went to the farm and took Cade fishing for the first time. It was so cute watching Travis and Cade put bait on the hook and cast out the line. We were pretty sure we were fishing on the wrong side of the pond since it seemed like we barely got any bites from where we were at. Until.... I decided to hold Cade's rod while he wondered around the pond. I had a feeling that something BIG was nibbling on my poor little worm.... and I was right! With a flick of the rod and a turn of the crank I had myself a BIG ol' perch on my line. He was a BIG as my hand.
And since no fisherman's tale is good with out a little exaggerating here is what really happened when I noticed that I was getting a bite on my line....So I'm standing on the soft mud (or what I'm hoping was mud) watching the bobber go a little this way and a little that way...and I mention to my family..."uhhh, I think I'm getting a bite." All of a sudden it goes down and I crank it once and then yanked the rod so hard that fish came flying out of the pond, detaching from the hook and landing just inches away from my shoes.... I yelled like a girl (of course)! My father in-law came to the rescue and picked up the fish and showed Cade and then tossed him back into the pond. That was the funniest moment..... I loved it! Can't wait to go fishing again!
I was the only one who caught one....and on a child's pole nonetheless.
I will post pictures when I get my camera back.... I left it at the farm. argh!
Sep 2, 2010
I guess I'm over my baby fever... for now at least! I'm just going to let my friends take care of that department for me until I'm good and ready for another one!
Summer is wrapping up. Tuesday is first day of school. My litle boy will be a "robin" this year! yay! It's going to be a great year for Cade! His teachers (once again) are 2 of the nicest people!
---on a side note--- I'm completely covered in sparkely embossing powder.... it's a nice touch but I hope it's not a pain to get off! whooopsy! guess I got carried away when I was making a few handmade cards---
Anyway, so this past week I thought I might start keeping a little journal of all (which means, some of or most of but more likely just a few) quotes from Cade. He seriously says the cutest things.... oh to be a little kid again. I'm going to start...... tomorrow since today is a goner. I'll post as soon as I have at least 3 things....
Jul 27, 2010
I think I have a case of baby fever.
It's just not going away. So far this week I have unintentionally made matters worse.
I have spent my free time sifting through baby clothes...sorting through them and remembering when Cade was "this little" followed by an "awwww, look at this one, remember when he wore this?" Mostly Travis just stares at me... but then I see a little gush of fluid fill his eyes as he blinks really fast to make them return to normal. He just might be coming down with case of it too, YIKES! Two parents in one household with baby fever..... can only mean one thing... separate rooms! LOL.
Maybe it's a case of everyone else is, why aren't we?
Everyone I know is having babies... some are even having multiple babies! Some are having boys, some are having girls, some aren't even finding out!
It's also not helping that I've been spending time with my neighbor who has a newborn baby boy who is absolutely precious. Tiny feet. Tiny hands. Tiny everything... so perfect in every way. This weekend I'm going to be scrapbooking Cade's first year. FIRST year. He's already 3. Actually he's closer to 4 now....which means one more year and he'll be in Kindergarten. WHAT? Where does the time go? Why so fast? Why? Why? Why?
Is there a cure for my baby fever? Who knows what is in store for our family... All I know is that Cade is such a blessing. I know that I love him and he loves me (even if he presses and squeezes his hands together so tight, then shows and tells me that this is all the love he has for me--in which I tell him that amount is still something).
Here are some of my favorite pictures of my once little boy! Cade Christian.
|Hook 'Em Horns|
|his onesie was bright blue and his socks were from Baby Gap...I loved those socks!|
|Kimono from Becky|
|favorite picture taken at Picture People|