Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas 2010

Hard to believe that this year is almost over. It seems that the older my child gets, the faster the years seem to fly by. We are ready for whatever 2011 has to bring our way. I will be ready with my trusty camera in hand snapping all the memories I can.(yes that rhymes, so what) That's if I remember the check the battery!
We had a wonderful Christmas this year. Santa sure was good at our house.
Here are a few pictures. Nothing too exciting. Most of them are of my dear sweet child opening gifts, but she sure had fun.
Christmas Eve we spent at Stewart's parents house, and then on Christmas day we stayed home and my family came to help celebrate. It was nice to stay home and enjoy the day. With all the things that my family bought for Maddison I can honestly say I should have changed her Birthday from June 5th to December 25th. It was insane how many toys she got. It was too much.
Enjoy a few snapshots and a slide show at the end.....
Maddie putting out her Reindeer food.....

Maddie with her Pappy!

Maddie coming out Christmas morning. Ready to see what Santa brought.

A girl always needs shoes with a little "bling"!

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas gathering......

Last Saturday was our family Christmas dinner for Stewart's Grandma.
She is a mother to three daughter's, five grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. All together there are 22 of us. Soon it will be 24.
Two of Stewart's cousins are both expecting at the beginning of next year. One baby is due to arrive in January and the other in February! Can't wait ladies!
We always have a big dinner and we even have a visit from Santa Claus!
And this year I was so proud of my child. The last three years she has screamed in Santa's face, and refused to have anything to do with him. But this year she was laughing and gave Santa a big hug!
Here are some pictures from our fun night down at the farm!

Maddison and Kinley~Waiting for Santa!

Ready for our toast and dinner!

Ashley played "Jingle Bells" on her trumpet.

So excited to see Santa!

A new Coat!

A New Pink Guitar and Microphone!

Ok, this was too I had to share

A New Baby Doll.

Our gift for Grandma!

Merry Christmas to All!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Not much.....

Holy cow.....have I been slacking on the blog or what?
Sorry folks, but I can finally use the excuse that I've been staying busy getting things ready for Christmas.
I still have to pause from time to time and ponder where has this year gone? And it's almost over!
Next year is sure to bring many more wonderful memories. Stu will turn 34, Maddie will turn 5, and I'll *gulp* be 32. And not to mention that my baby will start kindergarten next fall. I guess it's time to face the fact that my kiddo is growing up. Too fast for me anyway.
I have managed to snap a few pictures here and there the past couple of weeks.
I don't know what it is, but it seems like every year around this time there are hundreds of Black birds that make there way all over the back yard and into the field. I should have captured them on video, because the sound that is made when all these birds take off at the same time is kind of neat. Glad they didn't decided to attack me! he he

And here's what happens when you let your child watch too much t.v.....

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 3, 2010

A night of Joy.....

Last night we went to watch the Christmas Parade in Augusta. I was excited to go. And Maddie was thrilled as well. Plus she couldn't wait to see Santa.
The weather was perfect. It wasn't that cold, since it was in the 50's earlier in the day. As we were walking to the main drag where the parade was going to take place, this nice lady offered to take a picture of all three of us together. That made my day.

Then we walked around in some of the shops downtown, looking at all the decorations and lights and I started snapping away.....then much to my surprise my camera started flashing a red light. Yep, the battery was low. That's what I get for not changing it before I left the house.
Mid way through the parade my camera literally died. I thought well there goes that, and I was bummed I wasn't going to get a picture of Maddie with Santa. Oh well, life goes on.
Here's the pictures that I did manage to take.

Oh I am so wanting one of can't really tell from the picture, but the color of it is actually pink.

The Augusta Theater. It's really neat with all the lights. And most people don't know, but this is where Stewart & I went on our first official date.

Here comes Santa! I took a close up, but it came out blurry, so I didn't post it.

That was the end of the parade, so Maddie was dying to go see Santa. So we walked down to the Historical Museum to go wait in line to see Jolly Ole Saint Nick. Now when I say we waited in line, I mean WE WAITED in line. I hope our child knows how much her parents love her, because we waited for about a good hour to see Santa. But I was so proud of Maddie, she waited and didn't throw a fit. And I was happy that when it was finally our turn, she didn't scream in fear and run. She wouldn't sit on Santa's lap, but she did tell him what she wanted for Christmas, gave him a high five, got her candy cane and then gave Santa a hug.
I was also grateful, because the good lord made my wish come true. I pulled out my camera for one last try and it came on! I got one good picture of Maddie talking to Santa. Hopefully next year she will be on his lap.

Happy Holidays y'all!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving wrap-up.....

Well, we survived another Thanksgiving this year. Hard to believe that it's already Christmas time.....
This year we had Thanksgiving dinner at Stewart's parents house. We had enough food to feed an army. Any everything was so delicious! As always. Plus my homemade pumpkin pie. YUM-O!
Here's a few pictures of our weekend. As always I start my Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving... I managed to get it done and snapped a few. It looks like Christmas exploded in my house.(but I LOVE it all) Enjoy the holiday season!
To start off this dear sweet child kept begging and begging and begging to please put together her Gingerbread house. So we did.

My favorite. My "Barbie tree." My Mom helped me start this collection in December 1994. I'm running out of room.

Love this one.

This one has to be my absolute favorite.

This is the very first ornament that started my collection. Dated 1994. It's the 35th Anniversary doll.

This is another one of my faves! A girl can never have too many shoes!

Our big tree in the living room.

Hope that everyone has a good week!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Winter Wendesdays.....

Well this wasn't the full post that I wanted, but this will have to do.
I have more pictures that I wanted to add, but every time I tried to add them, it would take forever, so I gave up for now. I've been trying to post these pictures for over a week.
It's the holiday season! I don't even want to think about it.
Plus the weather is turning colder, which I don't mind. I love the snow! Yes you heard me. I ♥ SNOW! Not the freaky snow that cuts off your power for a few days and puts a 4 foot snow drift in front of your garage and you can't get out.
I enjoy just a nice smooth, crisp layer of white snow. Makes me want to put up the Christmas tree.
Now for a switch... Last Wednesday my brother sent me a text saying it was Winter Wednesday at the Zoo and the admission was just $2 per person! So guess where we went!
THE ZOO!!!! It was really nice. It was 65 degrees, the wind wasn't blowing and the sun was out. Maddie had a big smile on her face, and a large box of popcorn. It was a perfect afternoon.
Here are some pictures from our fun. Not all the animals were out, but we did see quite a few.

Ahhh...the petting zoo. Last time I took Maddie to the zoo, I stayed away from this area. I just knew it would freak her out. But since Uncle Matt was there, we went this time. I had back up helper. When we got to the area where the "pellet eating" creatures were, we noticed something was much different. The head butting fur balls were gated off in their own little area. So now they wouldn't charge at you when you were at the food machines. WTH! When we were kids and you went to this section of the Zoo it was do or die. You would get bombarded by 5 or 6 of them so they could be the fist to get all of 7 pellets that you paid a whole quarter for. I was in shock. But also happy that my child wasn't clung to me and screaming in total fear.
Although I can't say much, because there is a childhood photo of me (somewhere) in this section at the Zoo, where I am in a stroller screaming my head off.

Happy Holidays!