Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas 2010!

We had yet another whirlwind of a Christmas, but I wouldn't want it any other way! We flew into Houston on the 22nd and had an afternoon playdate with Keri and Sage. My Grandma flew in from California that evening, but she didn't get there until after the little man was in bed, so she had to wait until the next morning to see him!

Thankfully we were all up bright and early, and she got to play with him for a little bit before we hit the road to Waco. We made a quick stop in College Station to hug our dear friends, Brad and Deanna, then made it to Waco just in time to celebrate an early Christmas with Clay's family. We had lots of yummy food followed by opening presents and several trips to the candy table. I even made the rookie mom mistake of giving Connor a bite of my candy and him seeing where it came from. He kept trying to sneak back over there!! Eventually he forgot about it, though...thank goodness! We had a nice time just hanging out with the family! That evening, we had a special visit from our Jennie's mom. She hadn't gotten to meet Connor yet, so we are glad she was able to come see us! She even got a sweet little hug from Connor. (He is way into giving hugs these days...I LOVE it!!)

Christmas Eve morning, we were up bright and early again...Connor had his first experience with "Pigs in a blanket" and I have to say they were a hit! We had a nice day and headed to church that evening. Connor and I made it through the first part of the service before I decided to let everyone enjoy their evening rather than be distracted by my rambunctious 16 month old. We went and ran around in the foyer with a cute little boy about his age. At least we weren't the only ones, right!?

Christmas morning, we loaded back up into the car to head back to Conroe for Christmas with my family! We celebrated that evening with a nice dinner followed by presents. Connor had figured out the whole opening presents by this time and was trying to open anything he could get his hands on!

The next morning, we had a brunch at our house and invited Ben and Courtney (Clay's brother and wife) as well as Courtney's mom and Clay/Ben's parents. It was just another excuse to spend time with family and of course...EAT! That afternoon is when the post Christmas "Is it really over already?!" feeling hit! By this time, we were getting texts messages and seeing pictures on facebook of the snow blanketing Greenville! We are SO LUCKY we were not trying to travel on Sunday. There was one flight that actually made it to Greenville that day. We could have easily been stuck in Charlotte with a toddler. That would have been NO FUN! Monday left us with smooth travels as well as some entertainment.

Next up? Taking down Christmas decorations...ugh!!!

Oh, guess you wanna see pictures, huh? (c:

Connor and Sage...good buddies even though they have only met a couple of times.  (Oh, and please ignore the fact that Connor's shirt no longer had eyes...he pulled those off during one of our flights that morning!)
This was their answer to me asking where the dog's tongue was...

Checking out the baby doll...

He quickly got the hang of the whole opening presents thing!


Happy Birthday, Jesus!!



Hugs for Jennie's mom!




Connor's new favorite word is "iPad"







Jenni

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Probably not her best decision...

Clay and I were VERY lucky when it came to traveling this holiday weekend. If we had tried to head back to Greenville on Sunday, we would not have been nearly as lucky. There was only 1 flight that made it to Greenville that day due to a wicked winter storm that dumped 6-8 inches in our area! We were even hesitant to fly on Monday, fearing the aftermath of the previous days cancellations. Traveling with a toddler makes you nervous of delays/getting stuck! So, we showed up to the the airport in Houston extra early. We go to check in, and the agent tells us we are getting moved to the earlier flight, which is boarding in 4 minutes. Yikes! Our flight was already delayed, and due to our short layover in Charlotte, there was no way we would make our connection. So, we go through the check in process (I am taking off mine and Connor's shoes while Clay is working the computer!) and we get bumped up to first class! Not too shabby to get on an earlier flight and first class! Security was not too bad, but I do think we had the most thorough (read "slow") lady checking tickets at the security line! Thankfully we made it in plenty of time, though.

When we got to Charlotte, we checked on the earlier flight to Greenville. There was a flight about to leave, so we ran through the airport to see if we could get on standby. Sadly, we just missed it, but since we missed getting on that flight, we got to witness some airport drama. After they closed the door on the earlier flight, Clay ran to the restroom and to check the gate of our flight. Connor and I hung out in the gate area waiting on him. Well, this college aged girl strolls up and makes some comment about her flight. I asked her where she was going, and she told me Greenville. When I told her they had closed the doors for that flight, she started freaking out. She tried to demand that the gate agent call the plane because it "was right there" and she should be on that flight. It was HER flight, and the plane was there, so they should open up and let her on. The agent explained there was more to it than just calling them up, and that she would not be on that plane. At one point, she walked towards one of the doors with the big red "Authorized Personnel Only" signs and the gate agent told her she was absolutely not to go out that door. The girl then tried to pick up the phone by the jetway and call someone herself. (Really?!) When that didn't work, she pleaded with the agent one more time, then just made a run for it!! Yes...she ran out the door and on the runway! The alarms started going off and the agent ran after her. Very entertaining...I have to note, though, that I was unimpressed with TSA's response time, though. We hung around to see what happened (and you know...in case they needed an witness!). TSA came and talked to her and eventually took her away. We were interested to see if she was on the next flight out, but sure enough she wasn't. Who knows what ended up happening to her, but I think she quickly realized she did something pretty darn stupid!

And I'll close with a picture of the little guy a few days before we left for Texas...he looks so grown up!!






Jenni

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mom's Night

Tonight was a Mom's Night Out. It was Ladies Night at a place in town called Accidental Artist. It is one of those places for artsy/crafty people, which I am not. I did, however, have a lot of fun, and maybe my over size mug turned out cute? And if not, I'll be the one eating my cereal out of it, so who cares!! It was nice, though, because you can bring in wine and snacks and just relax and paint. I was there for the wine. (c: Oh, and you relex and paint until the lady behind you passes out. She was diabetic (and it was hot in there...I really think that played a role), so it was good that we had some cupcakes, so they put some of the icing under her tongue. Good thing there were two doctors there!!

In other news, it snowed for the second time this month in Greenville. It stuck a little bit this morning, but it turned to rain by lunch, so it melted off. Connor apparently had a blast playing in the snow! Julie said he he couldn't really figure out what to do with his hands in his mittens and that he wanted to just eat any ice he could fine. (Ice, by the way, is a new word.)

Well, other than that, I can't believe Christmas is around the corner! YIKES!! This year has gone way.too.fast!

Last thing...here is where Connor decided he needed to eat his morning snack the other morning...



Cheers!

Jenni

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

{A boy and his dog}





Jenni

An update of sorts...

We have been busy! I hate that I have put blogging on the back burner because it is my way of remembering what we are up to, so I am going to do my best to recap the last couple of weeks.

First of all, Connor went on the 22nd for his 15 month well check up, which was his actual 15 month birthday! He did great...he was 32.5 inches tall and 28 lbs 6 oz. The doc told me that there is a 90% chance he will be +/- 2 inches of 6'1". He also said that kids are typically half their adult height at the age of 2, so he would need to grow 4 inches in the next 9 months...he grew a couple of inches since his birthday, so I have a feeling he'll be right on track. He got three shots and didn't have any tears with the first two. He didn't care for the third one or the finger prick, though. The next day, he had a tough reaction to the shots. His fever spiked up over 103, even with ibuprofen. Thankfully, he was feeling better within 24 hours, just in time for our drive to Asheville.

We went to Asheville for Thanksgiving with my parents. We rented a cabin in the mountains, and it was so nice just to relax!! It was a beautiful house with amazing views, and even though it was close to 70 degrees the second day we were there, it cooled off and we were able to enjoy a cosy little fire. We enjoyed what has become a standard Thanksgiving for us: brisket! I know, I know...you are supposed to have Turkey, but whatever! Of course, the highlight of the weekend was cheering on our Ags with finishing their season off on a high note!! We also enjoyed hiking the mountain behind our house...made me miss all the hiking and backpacking we did in WV. Oh, and Aggie was in absolute HEAVEN! She loves being outside and running around!

Connor came home from Asheville with an ear infection. Poor buddy was not feeling well. However, we got some antibiotics in him and he was doing much better a few days later. We are lucky to have Julie taking care of him during the day...she helped me through my mini-meltdown Monday morning, and loves our little boy like one of her own!

This past weekend, my mom brought my niece and nephew to visit us while Clay traveled to Chicago for work. They were here Friday - Sunday, and Connor had a blast playing with his cousins! We visited Santa and Connor had his first taste of Dippin' Dots AND CiCi's Pizza! Lucky kiddo...after they left on Sunday, we visited another Santa with some of his little friends. He never really warmed up to Santa..he didn't freak out, but he wouldn't smile, either. He just kept his eyes locked on his Mama!

Well, we are back to the routine for a couple of weeks before Christmas hits us full force! Are you ready?!?!

Here are some {ok, way too many, so I just did a slideshow of} pictures from the last couple of weeks! Enjoy...



Jenni

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Hello!

Hmmm...not sure if anyone has stuck around with me lately. Life has gotten in the way of blogging once again! I am actually posting this from my new phone...one, just so I could try it out, and two, because my wireless internet is acting up. More later....just wanted to drop by and say hi!
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Friday, November 26, 2010

What Blogger doesn't like Free Stuff?!

This year, when it came to holiday cards, I debated doing an email or actually sending out snail mail cards. Let's face it...designing and emailing my own card would be more budget friendly, but as I got our Christmas boxes out of the attic, I came across a bag containing all the Christmas cards I saved from last year. I loved flipping though them, looking at all the pictures and just taking the time to remember my friends and family. There is just something about sending/receiving cards in the mail, but the costs do add up. Then, I saw on another blog that SHUTTERFLY is giving away 50 FREE Christmas photo cards to bloggers!!! I LOVE FREE STUFF, so of course I jumped on that bandwagon! The hardest part? Picking out a favorite! Maybe this oneif I get an awesome picture of Connor that I want to be the main focus or even this one if I get several pictures that I want to share and can't narrow them down!!?? They also have awesome holiday invitations (I'd love to host a Christmas Cocktail party, but I don't think we can this year...) Another super cute section they have (that is not holiday related) is baby shower invitations. I will definitely be checking these out next baby shower I help with. I have always had good luck with Shutterfly, and I am excited to try something new with them!


Jenni

Friday, November 19, 2010

T.R.O.U.B.L.E.

I have been considering lately changing Connor's middle name. We are debating between "Trouble" and "Mischief". Good thing we love this kid, cuz he definitely keeps us on our toes these days. He loves adventure. He loves to climb on anything and everything. He knows when he is doing something he shouldn't (like playing in Aggie's water bowl) and he thinks it is absolutely hysterical! He must get that from his Daddy because his Mommy never got into trouble! (Right, Mom?!?) Last weekend, while Daddy was at work, Connor and I were playing in the living room. I was looking down reading something and he was just walking, and totally tripped over something (not sure what?!?) and smacked his head on an oak storage piece of furniture next to the couch. He immediately got a big fat goose-egg on his head, and of course Mommy was stressing out. I called the Dr. (overreaction?) and he reassured me that chances are he is fine. He said to call back if started acting funny or vomiting. Thankfully, none of that happened, and he was just fine, but I had a lot of explaining to do when we took him to a birthday party that night! Here is a picture from a few days later. I didn't take a picture of it when it happened since I had other things on my mind, but now I wish I had!





Another thing that Connor likes to do is make a mess! He is like a little mini-tornado! We call him "path of destruction" boy. (SORRY, JULIE....I am sure this drives you nuts!) Anyway, he really likes making messes. We have taken toilet paper off the holders (or make sure the door is kept shut) because he always makes a beeline for this. Today, I was cleaning his highchair tray after lunch, and I noticed he had been quite for about 30 seconds, which is unusual. I then realized our bathroom door was not completely closed and I discovered this...





I do give him a hard time, but I love the mess...it means I have an active, healthy little boy!


Jenni



PS Aggie just tooted on the couch next to me and got up and ran away...she scared herself! Haha!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Today I gave myself...

...a random day off! I know, I just took a day off a couple of weeks ago to Columbus, and while I thoroughly enjoyed that trip, it's not the same as just having a day off. A day to be. A day to run to Target if I want and wherever I might feel I need (read want) to go. A day to have a lunch date with these two:


(I love my boys and girl!!)



I hadn't planned to take today off, but it worked out that way, and I am glad it did. Back to work tomorrow, but I enjoyed my the random break!

Jenni

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Where have we been?

We have had a couple of busy weeks in our family!  The weekend after Halloween, Connor and I said bye bye to Daddy as he met up with some friends to attend Punkin' Chunkin.  They have been talking about doing this for years, so I am glad they were able to fulfill this life long dream!  (Ha!)

Taking advantage of an opportunity to do something fun while Daddy was out of town, Connor and I packed up and headed to Columbus for the weekend to see Deanna!  We had a wonderful time!!  It was a quick trip, but it was so good to see Deanna (and Bethany, too!)  We did pretty good traveling...he's more of a challenge waiting in the airport these days as he wants to RUN RUN RUN!  He was great on the plane, too.

We got home from that trip on Sunday evening, and I left for Morgantown Wednesday afternoon for a quick work trip.  My boys had some quality father son time while I caught up with people on MGW.  It is always good to be back in the office for a few days, but my trips are always so HECTIC!!  I got home late Friday night, crawled into bed and it felt like my little man was up as soon as my eyes closed!  It was so good to hug the necks of both my boys and my girl, though!  I missed them!

Having two back to back trips, one personal with a kiddo and one for business by myself, really made me notice the difference in the two travel scenarios:

-Traveling with Connor, I could not check my suitcase soon enough.  One less thing to keep track of.  (Well, actually two since I checked a car seat, too!  I am sure I was a site to see with a suitcase, car seat, stroller and diaper bag!)  Traveling by myself, I wanted to keep my bag with me so I wouldn't have to wait at baggage claim.  Interesting, too, that I was so eager to check a bag when it was on my dime!

-Traveling alone, I was able to relax, read a couple of magazines and even splurged on a massage!  I ate a meal in peace (alone...always a weird feeling to me!) and even had an adult beverage.  With Connor, we ran laps up and down the airport hallway.  Snacks were reserved for the plane as "entertainment" and I scarfed a PB sandwich between giving him bites of his sandwich.

-Security.  I have to say, I like to be well prepared when going through security.  I know where my liquids are and make sure they are easy to get to, my shoes are usually slip ons so I can just kick them off, and if I have to take anything else off (belt, jacket, or get laptop ready) I always do so in advance.  Connor and I got through security flawlessly both times.  The only thing that annoyed me was that at Columbus, they had two lines:  expert traveler (with a picture of a business traveler) and family.  Well, being the rules follower I am, we went to the family line.  That was a mistake!  Basically, they had two lines for checking IDs, then you fed into one line for the x-rays/medical detectors!  This annoyed me because the bottle neck is always the x-ray, not the ID checking, and the family line was longer than the other one.  We should have gone in the expert one since we are expert family travelers!  (c:

And finally what you are really interested in...pics of the little guy!

Coloring Cooper's birthday card!

Yummy (and messy!) peanut butter!


Recent lunch date with Sophie


Don't tell her daddy, but he is totally kissing her!

Jenni

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!!

I can't believe it is already Halloween! Today is a PERFECT day outside, and I could just be out there all day long. I dressed the little man up in his bee outfit and we took a quick run to a pumpkin patch nearby for some pictures just before lunch. Here are some of my favorites...



Here is a picture from last year, just for comparison!!


Jenni

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Refreshed!

I finally updated my header with pictures from Connor's birthday shoot!!  Enjoy, but don't miss the post below with a couple of fun giveaways!

Jenni

Connor's one year pics were taken by Heather Garland!

Who doesn't like free stuff?!

As a celebration of the Grand Opening of her Etsy store, my friend is hosting a GIVEAWAY! Check out her Etsy Page and her Facebook page! GiggleBugs Designs has some super cute stuff!!

In addition, our photographer in Greenville, Heather Garland, is getting married next year. With this, she is introducing a brand new brand, and as a celebration, she is giving away a FREE wedding as well as some other gift certificates for non-wedding clients. So, if you know anyone getting married in 2011 who hasn't booked a photographer, you can nominate them! Check out her site for details! (She is wiling to travel, but that is not included in the free part, but that still would probably be cheaper than a whole wedding package!!)

ALSO, even if you don't know anyone getting married, check out the contest anyway (especially the second picture in the annoucement...it is pretty cute if I might say so myself!). Leave a comment, and if you win, I'd help you spend your winnings! (c:

Finally, I'll leave you with a couple of pictures from last night. We had some storms in the afternoon/evening, and were rewarded with this beautiful sky! Sunset one direction and double rainbow the other! (I only got part of the rainbow because we were eating dinner and it was drizzly still, so I didn't go off the porch!)







Jenni