Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Santa Babies!

Since it is only four days until Christmas, I guess I have messed up the twelve days of santa picture concept... So here we go (in reverse order since that is how they uploaded...)

2010 (Nick-12, Gillian-5, and Spencer-1)

2009 (Nick-11, Gillian-4, and Spencer-3 months)

2008 (Nick-10 and Gillian-3)

2007 (Nick-9 and Gillian-2)

2006 (Nick-8 and Gillian-1)

2005 (Nick-7 and Gillian-4 months)

2004 (Nick-6)

2003 (Nick-5)

2002 (Nick-4)

2001 (Nick-3)

2000 (Nick-2)

1999 (Nick-1)

1998 (Nick-1 month)

So much Fun! I have them all framed and stretched out across the top of our piano (got to get some use out of it somehow...) I know there exists a great picture of me when I was a toddler with Santa. I look a lot like Gillian in 2006! I will try to locate. So glad to finally have them all scanned.

On the what's for dinner front...we have been having Christmas cookies and hot chocolate for a couple of weeks now. We started making cookies to give away to neighbors and friends. But have consumed a large portion of them ourselves. I have also been having this for breakfast. Yum! The Santafication process is well under way!... Hope the de-santafication process will be as fun...

P.S. I mailed my 2010 & 2009 Christmas cards on Monday. I did cards last year, just never got around to mailing them...new baby and all...I had even bought the stamps...

Thursday, December 2, 2010

For Aunt Ellen (aka Diane):

I was going to post my new Santa picture and realized I haven't posted anything since my last Santa picture...Nothing for an entire YEAR! (no wonder Aunt Ellen requested an update) why is that?... I am blaming facebook... and by extension, Sheriece and AD (love you both!).

I love reading and following other people's blogs. I start each morning by hitting a few of my favorites. It's the new coffee. I always come away inspired to make something or do something or BE something. While I am lacking in the usual creative, interesting traits required to be a great blogger, I would still love to be a blogger, if only for my own sake.

So, I am committing to blogging on a more regular basis. Therefore I am going to save my new Santa picture and do a 12 days of Christmas thing with all the pictures to date. Fun?... Sounds fun to me, I do love my Santa pictures.

So for tonight I am just gonna blog about....what I had for dinner! Although I am not looking to start a cooking blog. Mainly because I don't cook. Think I will use "What's for Dinner?" as default/filler posts... Tonight Shane made a scrumptious stew for another of our favorite blogs, Kalyn's Kitchen. She has a great cafe Rio recipe!...although I have nothing to compare it to. Never been to the real deal, but I hear great things about it! (btw, Sheriece, AD, that meal makes up for the facebook thing!) Anyway, Kalyn's pictures are much more appetizing than mine. I'll work on that...


Crockpot Recipe for Sausage, Peppers, and Cannellini Bean Stew


It is a South Beach recipe that I LOVE! Italian turkey sausage, YUM!. (Thanks, Shane! )We do the South Beach / low carb thing on occasion with much success and I am currently in need of some of that success. Holding out until after Christmas and then we will go back to phase one. Maybe this will be the year I finally shed all this baby weight I have been carrying around for twelve years now in varying degrees... Tonight though, I had my soup with saltines!

Oh, and here is a quick picture of Spencer. This is his early morning face. Somehow he looks sweeter in the mornings...maybe it's the bed head, a sign of a great night's sleep.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Santa 2009

This falls into the category of Christmas tradition and decoration since my favorite holiday decoration is my progression of Santa photos since Nick was a baby. I proudly display them on my mantel each Christmas. Maybe someday I will upload them and share them with everyone but for now all you get is this year's photo...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

World, meet Spencer

Jonathan "Spencer" arrived at 7:56 am on August 28, 2009 weighing in at 8 lbs. 5 oz. and 20.25 inches long. Everyone is healthy and happy.

Spencer has a nice head of black hair, not as much as Gillian did, but still a respectable amount. He has dark blue/grey eyes.


I would give you more descriptions, but Spence is hungry...

Spence is a great sleeper already. The new parents on the other hand...not so much.
Nick couldn't be more proud. He keeps telling us how lucky he is to be the only male cousin with a brother.

Gillian is in baby heaven. Spence will always be the best dressed baby if Gillian has anything to say about it.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Gillie's first soccer outfit...

We signed Gillian up to play soccer this fall with her cousin Addison and her friend Gracie. Since she will make the cut off for kindergarten next fall and neither of the other girls will, this will be one of the few opportunities for them to be on the same team. Gillie's initial reaction to the idea of playing soccer was not excitement... actually she cried. "I want to be a cheerleader." Well, new soccer gear and outfit later, she is finally excited to play soccer... just don't tell her there is anything wrong with her soccer outfit...

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Nursery







We have finished the nursery with only 19 days to spare. We scheduled my c-section for August 28th. Oh, and we have picked a name. Not a full name, just a name. But that is half the battle, right?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Yes, that is Nick!


This week Nick was lucky enough to go to the lake with his cousins...(Note: I am blogging from my desk at work, not from the boat...lucky dogs) Last year he was very close to getting up on skis, but this year he did it!!! We are so happy for him. It's either good water skiing genes or Lee's boat driving is enough to scare anyone out of the water...