Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A message from Santa

We have been so busy over here! We finally stopped to take a break and saw this come through from Santa:


Looks like Santa has been pretty busy too! Carter LOVED seeing Santa talk directly to him.

Friday, November 19, 2010

It's that time of year again

I can't believe it has been over a year since we had our family photos taken. Last year I was really ahead of the game and had them taken in October and immediately ordered our Christmas cards from Shutterfly. They arrived in no time at all. I actually remember Chris telling me that it was tacky to send Christmas cards before December 1st (in my defense, we were moving December 1st so, I wanted to send them so that I didn’t have to move them). The cards turned out great and it was so easy to design them. And yes, I did wait until December to mail them.

Fast forward to 2010. We're supposed to take a photos this weekend, but the weather doesn't seem to be wanting to cooperate so, we might have to postpone. Good thing I still have some time before I need to get them ordered. Even better, I'm getting mine for free just for writing this post and you can too! Just check out this link.

I'm keeping my card design a surprise until it arrives in your mailbox :)


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Terrible 2s continued

Today, I was THAT woman. You know, the one who has the child screaming at the top of his lungs in the grocery store. Yep, that was me.

Carter was well-rested & well-fed when we got to the store, but within 2 minutes, his world came crumbling down when mommy dared to buckle him into the cart. In my defense, I let him go without the seatbelt for a couple of aisles. It was only after he stood up in the cart and would not sit back down that mommy used the seatbelt.

That was all it took. He kicked and screamed all the way to the front of the store to the register. He finally calmed down - I think out of embarrassment - when it was time to pay.

Yep, I was THAT woman today.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Terrible 2s already?

Carter mastered the word "no" this week. Unfortunately he thinks that
it should mean something to mommy EVERY time he uses it. This has
turned nap and bedtime into full-out screaming.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Some time with daddy

I was only gone about an hour, but apparently that is plenty of time
to built a huge fort.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Carter's fortune

Daddy pointed out that his whole life is already a vacation.

Working with dad

Carter and I spent a good half hour in the backyard raking leaves the other day and you could hardly tell we had even been out there. We decided it was time to get daddy a present - a leaf blower! Of course, daddy wanted to check it out INSIDE the house, but, as he told us out loud, he needed a screwdriver. That was it, Carter was off to the playroom.

What you don't see here is that Carter first came back with Filipe and daddy told him that he needed a flathead so, he went back for Turner.

Things I find around my house

Do you see what I see?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Learning some manners

Notice how every time I mention the food in his mouth he feels the need to show it to me.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Big news for Carter

Carter was given this great book from daddy's cousin Cierra today and it came with an even bigger gift - Carter has been asked to be the ring bearer in Cierra and David's wedding this coming May!!! We are so excited that they asked him to be part of their special day. I can't wait to see what he gets to wear!!!

Like riding a bike

Yesterday morning, Carter and I had NO plans for today. By last night, that all changed.

On the schedule for today: Papa and Neta for lunch with baby Emma (Chris' cousin's 5 months old baby), followed by fun time with Grandma J, followed by or simultaneously having cousin Cierra for a visit.

We were so excited to see Papa and Neta and lil' Emma. After lunch, when they had to leave for Papa's appointment, I begged them to let Emma stay. Carter loves babies and really took to Emma. He gave her some sweet little hugs and after Papa and Neta left, he got a little upset with me for not letting him pick her up by himself. He did get to hold her for a minute, but carrying her around the room... we'll save that for his baby doll.

So, 1:00 came and it was nap time so that Carter could play with Grandma when she got here. All was good until Emma started to cry when I put her in the bumbo to change Carter (I love that I still have all my baby stuff readily available). Carter, although perfectly fine, was very distraught that Emma was upset and started to cry as well. So, we had to do a very hurried "night-night" and leave him crying. With a screaming Emma, I panicked a bit thinking - what they heck am I doing trying to have another baby? I've only had 2 for 10 minutes and they are both crying?! Then, I remembered the swing!!!!

I grabbed the swing out of the guest room closet and placed Emma in it. The crying stopped immediately. She loved the swaying and the toys on the bar. By this point, Carter had completely passed out as well (it took all of about 2.5 minutes for him). 5 minutes later, Emma was passed out as well. Oh, how I love that swing and the wonders that it works.