Saturday, December 30, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
After naptime, we headed over to Mimi and PaChuck's house to have Christmas dinner with Suz, Bry, Evan, and Mimi and PaChuck. It was a wonderful day full of dump trucks, balls, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Disney's Cars, and games!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
We are a family of four! I finished Seth's stocking a couple of weeks ago, but only just got around to taking a picture. I made all of our stockings by hand and they are something I will always treasure. I can't believe we have FOUR stockings hung by the chimney with care! wow!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Well, as I was there, I realized that I had goodies to transport to his school tomorrow, and I didn't have any way to do that.
So... I BOUGHT A CUPCAKE CARRIER. It was like I had officially arrived at Motherhood. Yeah, I suppose pregnancy, birth, diapers, spit up, kissing boo boos, potty training, and all that stuff is what really makes me a mom, but I mean, who else has the need to send 2 dozen cupcakes out into the world. I thought to myself as I was picking one out, "This has got to last through at least all of pre-school, primary, and elementary school holiday and birthday parties." I was so excited.
I remember carrying cupcakes that my mom had made for me in her cupcake holder. It was the most exciting day of the year to bring in cupcakes.
My mother was the master at cool cupcake/cake decorations. I have a vivid memory of her sending me off to school with cupcakes for our Christmas party (It was actually a Christmas party back then, not a "Holiday" party). The cupcakes she had made were white with red hots and green icing which looked like holly. She had inserted a small candy cane in the center of each one. The lid didn't fit onto the top of the carrier because of the candy canes sticking out, so she had used saran wrap. I don't know how old I was, but I remember being so proud. When I got to school, everyone thought I had brought the coolest goodies because they had a candy cane in them. I don't even know if I told Mom about this memory, but it is one of my fondest from childhood. Really.
So... tonight, I slaved away making cupcakes for Brody's party. He won't be there to enjoy them, so I kept a few out to have at home. So, in honor of Mimi, the most creative mom ever, here are the cupcakes that will be enjoyed at Brody's Christmas party tomorrow (and there is my new carrier in the back!). Thanks for the inspiration, Mimi, and for being such a loving mommy!
Monday, December 11, 2006
Well, Miller and Rhoads is long gone, but that SAME Santa is still in Richmond at the children's museum, and Mom, Suz, and I still go every year, taking our kids now. Here is a link all about him...
The Legendary Santa in Richmond, VA
I will be sure to post some pics. And you better watch out... Santa Claus IS IN TOWN!
Oh, and here is a pic of Seth getting in the Christmas spirit!
Friday, December 08, 2006
We also bought a gingerbread house kit that we are going to do this weekend. Brody has been trying to rip into that box for a week now.
When we get our tree, we ask the guy working there to cut off a couple inches from the bottom of the trunk and we save that little piece of the tree. We then write on it the year and then what happened in our lives that year. We have a little tree trunk from each year we have been married, so we just added our 7th. It says "2006 - The year of Seth, DisneyWorld, and Preschool". That is one of my favorite traditions. I wonder how many trunks we will have when all is said and done... and the even bigger question.... what should I DO with all of them? Any ideas?
Monday, December 04, 2006
Here are just a few things I remember:
Kurt and I had just moved into an 800 sq. foot apartment in Fairfax, paying $1365.00 a month in rent!
I was whitening my teeth so they looked whiter than my wedding dress.
We had a Chevy Blazer and a Mitsubishi Convertible Eclipse.
Kurt was in a rock band, Rachel's Fault, and was also playing in an ice hockey league.
I was in a show choir, The Alexandria Singers.
I had a second job selling Yankee Candles at Fair Oaks Mall.
We were expecting our first nephew.
I was working at Booz·Allen, & Hamilton in Vienna as a multimedia developer.
Kurt was working for Henninger Media services in Arlington as an assistant editor.
We had 2 cats and an extra 5 cats worth of fur around our apartment.
I was taking golf lessons so I could spend more time with Kurt and his family when we visited them in Salem.
I stunk at golf.
We were attending Messiah United Methodist church in Springfield.
We were at least a 3 hour drive away from our parents and siblings.
We did things like go out to the movies at 9:30 pm, on a whim.
We were extremely career oriented.
We had only ever filed a 1040 EZ.
Credit cards were a means to a living.
Hamburger Helper was a staple in our diet.
A steak dinner was a BIG luxury.
We went out to clubs and bars with friends.
We owned our first cell phones and the company was Cellular One.
Our computer was a Compaq and it had somewhere around 250 Megs of memory. And that was AMAZING! Why would we ever need more?
We were "dinks" (dual income, no kids) and didnt know how great we had it!
Our vocabulary didn’t include words like: mortgage, life insurance, home-owners insurance, education fund, epidural, colic, play group, or daycare.
We knew that we wanted kids and a big house *someday*
We knew that our love was the kind that would last through anything and everything.
Today, we have our big house and our 2 kids, as well as all the responsibilites and financial burdens that come with those things. We are living a life in Christ, which has changed our lives beyond the imaginable. We are truly blessed and love the life that God has given us and that we have built together. We still have the kind of love that will last through anything and everything. I can only imagine with the next 7, 30, 50 years will bring us!
I love you, Kurt. Happy Anniversary, G!
Seth at 11 months
Brody at 11 months
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Here is the way Brody looked at me when I told him that I loved him, and now I have it forever.
We stayed overnight, had a wonderful breakfast, and then drove around listening to Indigo Girls, Nickel Creek, and a few other favorites while touring wineries (Wintergreen, Afton Mountain, Cardinal Point, and Jefferson).
We had a nice lunch at the Boars Head Inn at Charlottesville, then visited Jefferson Winery and headed home in the evening.
It was a WONDERFUL ADULT weekend!
Thank you Mimi and PaChuck for letting us get away for an evening and a day!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Do you ever just stop where you are, take a good look at yourself and wonder, "Who IS this person that I have turned out to be?" I feel like I go through an identity shift every 5 years, but since becoming a mother, my role in this world is COMPLETELY different! I think of who I was 10, 15 years ago and sometimes don't even recognize who that person was, let alone who I have become!? So, when do we finally feel comfortable with who we are? In another 10 years, will my outlook on life and love be compeltely different than it is now? Is this just called GROWING UP? Hmmm. Maybe it is widsom. Who knows. Right when I think I have it all figured out, life gets all crazy and changes on me.
There are times when I look at my life and think it couldn't be any crazier. But then, I realize that actually, my life is so tame, sometimes even predictable. But I wouldn't have it any other way. I like tame. I like centered. I like simple. I like sane. I like healthy, and happy, and fulfilled. I especially like being loved by Kurt, with an intensity that I could never explain to anyone else. And I love that my children look at me and truly believe that I am EVERYTHING.
I think I will just keep my hum-drum mommy life. :)
Sunday, November 19, 2006
We had a wonderful week-long trip to Florida earlier this month. We stayed at the Disney Pop Century Resort and visited The Magic Kindom (twice), MGM Studios, Epcot, and The Animal Kingdom.
It was a truly beautiful trip that we will never forget! Here are just a *few* of the HUNDREDS of photos we took!