Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Melts My Heart

Can't tell you how thrilled I am that when I look at Nate and say "smile" he actually gives me a beautiful toothy grin.  What a love.

Other developments in The World According to Nate:

  • New favorite word: "that" -- repeated over and over and over.  With pointing.
  • Still loves looking at books and hugging his stuffed animals, especially "Tiger."
  • Walking!!  Prefers we hold his right hand when he walks.  And only on his toes.
  • One day, he's a great eater.  The next, he only wants crackers and fruit.
  • We'll say "no touch" and he responds mischeviously, "touch??"
  • Cries if we don't go visit Auntie Ruth (his great-great Aunt) every day.
  • Loves/fears the neighbors' cat, Chip.
  • Dances on's a bobbing up-and-down kinda dance.
  • If you're not careful, he'll quickly pull his dirty diaper over his head while you're changing him.  Eww.
  • Says "dad" or "da."  No "mama" yet.
  • Still terrified of the vacuum and DustBuster. 

Thanksgiving Memories, #1

This is me (wow, that's a short dress!) and my Aunt Kennie Jo wearing an Indian headdress and Pilgrim hat I made in school.  It appears we're doing some kind of Indian pow wow dance....probably in honor of our Cherokee ancestors - ha!  You're a good sport, Aunt KJ :)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

One VERY Happy Man

(Cue music....)

This is the face of a very happy guy.

VERY happy.  He thought this day would never come but he still BELIEVED in the dream.

He's put a flat screen TV in his Amazon "shopping cart" in anticipation of The Big Day (yeah, we'll see about that).

I wouldn't be surprised to see a cardboard sign in the garage with wet paint that reads "Miami or Bust" or "will work for 1 SuperBowl ticket."

Stay tuned....

50s Friday....on Sunday (I'm behind!)

Let me start off by saying this isn't all that funny -- if anything, it's a little shocking. It certainly gets your attention. I have a feeling the corporate office of Betty Crocker doesn't have this vintage ad lining its' hallway...

Pumpkins, Apples, and Cranberries - Oh My!

I'm still debating what I'll use as a centerpiece (can you tell I'm more interesting in holiday decorating than holiday cooking??) but this picture from Better Homes and Garden's website is right up my alley. Simple, simple, simple...that's my motto.

Do you prefer flowers and candles or something a little unusual like this?

Someday I'll have the time to make....

I saved this craft from Family Fun Magazine because I thought it would be cute to put these cornucopias at every place-setting on my Thanksgiving table.  Wouldn't they be sweet with a small white place card tucked into them or on the top?  I don't really think it's going to happen this year but maybe for a future the meantime, maybe you should try it?

Friday, November 6, 2009

50s Friday

Nothing says PARTY like a toaster.

Next time we have friends over to watch a football game, I'm going to bring mine out and offer everyone toast.  I'm sure they'll commit me to the closest asylum before the game is over.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween Re-cap

Halloween was a VERY busy day for us but SO much fun!  I definitely understand now why they say holidays are extra special when you have kids.  I had such a great time introducing Nate to our favorite traditions of Halloween, that it made it more exciting and special.  Next year will be even more fun when he actually starts to understand what we're doing and saying.  Anyway, the day was full of activities so we were one pooped family by the end of the night.  Happy but pooped.

We started the day with pumpkin spice pancakes with pumpkin butter (Trader Joe's - yummy).  Nate didn't like them; oh well, more for Lee and I!  The weather was so great that we went for a long walk after breakfast.  Nate stayed in his PJs for the walk since there were monsters on the legs -- he he he.  When we got home, we put a blanket on the back lawn and carved a pumpkin.  Nate wasn't too interested in that part; he wanted to explore the backyard instead.  So it was the fastest carving ever done by a family -- it maybe took us 15 mins.  

In the afternoon, I had lunch plans with some old friends whom I only get to see once or twice a year.  We had a really good meal and got to catch up on everyone's lives  (the free champagne didn't hurt either!)

Later on I cooked dinner early so that we'd have plenty of time for us to go trick-or-treating during the early part of the evening.  Nate ate and got into his costume -- he was dressed as Charlie Brown :)  It took me a little over a month to plan and make his outfit (it takes me a long time to get simple things done these days).  Once dressed, we headed out the door and visited our great Aunties on our block.  Then we took a quick spin past a few of the decorated houses on our street.  Burbank residents go all-out when it comes to decorating.  Our neighbor across the street had a haunted graveyard in front of his house complete with a giant spider, dry ice, and loud scary music (thankfully he turned it off at 9pm).  We got back home just after dark and started handing out candy.  Grandma, Uncle Eric, and Ella came by for a visit too.  Nate got to stay up and see a few of the kids at our door trick-or-treating.  I don't think he really understood what they were doing but I think he knew it was out of the ordinary.  Bedtime for our little guy ended up being about 8pm.  What a fun day and night!  Now, onto Thanksgiving!

Nate in his monster pajamas

His new favorite game -- slamming his door on his parents

Pumpkin guts are gross!!

Our pumpkin


Charlie Brown dropped poor Snoopy

Our mascot

Charlie, Snoopy, and Mrs. Brown, I guess

Anybody want any candy??