Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Year of Ana Kate











November (a little blurry...cell phone pic...but love the pig tails)


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Pictures...finally!!'s taken me a while to post Christmas pictures.  I have a couple of short videos as well.  I have just felt so behind this holiday.  It just never 'felt' like Christmas to me....and it still feels like it snuck up on me and then flew by.  I'm sure a part of that is that fact that Whitney moved out to her own place in the middle of the holidays, so that made me a little sad.

On another note, Ana Kate was SO much fun on Christmas Day.  She passed out everyone's presents and did such a great job!  She has told me multiple times since Christmas that she loves her Christmas presents.  Whitney also came back and spent the night here on Christmas Eve and Christmas Night, so we were all together and that was wonderful!  My Mom also came over and spent the night on Christmas Eve.  She enjoyed seeing Ana Kate open her presents we had a great Christmas dinner.  I almost forgot to mention that we had a white Christmas this year...the snow is still on the ground and we're supposed to get more this week too.

Something I've been wanting to mention is that we didn't play up the whole Santa thing with her because we want to emphasize the real reason that we celebrate Christmas.  I quickly realized you can't really escape Santa in this society....he's everywhere (even on the Dora cartoons every morning)...which make me even more determined to focus on the birth of Christ each year and to make sure that the meaning of the day is not lost in the commercialism of the holiday.  So Ana Kate does know about Santa and is especially fascinated with the naughty list!  I think this actually stems from another Dora episode where Swiper is on the naughty list....anyway, she likes to get the receipts when we go grocery shopping and now after she gets one she looks it over very intently and says...'This is the naughty list.'  So funny!  She also wanted to go see Santa at the mall, so I finally decided that it was ok....but it would be up to her.  She kept saying she wanted to go and when we got there she looked at him and started crying, so we just let her ride the carousel in the food court instead.  Later at our Christmas service at church one of the ushers was talking to Ana Kate and he asked her is Santa brought her presents.  She looked at him and said, 'I didn't like him.'  He thought this was especially funny and she got so much attention that night at church that she was quite hyper by the time we got home. 

So here are the pictures of our Christmas weekend...enjoy!  Just a note...the last pictures are from church and I was trying to get a picture of Ana Kate by the big Christmas tree.  She was NOT cooperating and we finally told her we'd give her an M&M if she would pose and smile and you can see the smile she gave us....her super fake one...lovely.  I did later get a genuine smile at home although she wasn't exactly looking at the camera.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My beautiful girls...

Monday, December 14, 2009

New Look

So I was playing around with my blog design today and trying out some new blog header templates....and this is what I ended up with. I like the current look, but I'm still working on a couple of other designs, so it will probably change again soon. I was really getting tired of the old look, so this is a nice change. What do you think?

Not much other news....we've had a pretty slow week. Ana Kate had a fever on Tuesday, and I took her to the doctor, but it appears to just be a bad cold. She is still coughing and has a runny nose, but appears to be feeling better. She has been doing great sleeping in her bed and has been staying there all night! I have been rocking her to sleep since she's been sick and I wonder if that has helped her sleep better? Who knows...

I guess the biggest news around here lately is that Whitney is moving out at the end of the month. I can't believe she is already leaving home...seems like only yesterday she was Ana Kate's age. It will be an adjustment for all of us, but she's excited, so I'm happy for her. I think the plan is to move her in next weekend, so we'll see how it goes. Her new room is much smaller than her current room, so I really don't think we'll be moving much of her stuff. It should go pretty quickly. I'll try to take some pictures and post them once she's settled.

I only have a couple of pictures from this week, but I grabbed a couple of Amanda's pictures that were taken at her cookie exchange party last week. I'm always talking about how much Ana Kate loves going to Amanda's, so I thought I would add them....enjoy!

Ana Kate has been obsessed with trains lately, so we found her a train set last week and she absolutely LOVES it! A few days ago she asked to go play with it and after a few minutes I went to check on her and this is what I found...

Ana Kate giving us a fake smile.

Amanda & I. We tried to get Ana Kate in the picture, but she didn't cooperate. If you look closely you can see her laying in the floor behind us.

Ana Kate posing in the Christmas shirt Mommy made for her.

Another fake smile...

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Decorations

I finally got my decorations done....yay!! Of course I didn't put nearly as many up as usual....I was busy and I also didn't want to tempt Ana Kate with too many pretty things that she can look at but not touch. She has been very good about just looking so far, but I know she really wants to get her hands on everything! When I got the tree done she went in and sat on the couch and said...'Oh, so beautiful!' She is too cute!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Week

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving week and I didn't take a single picture...I guess we were a little lazy!

We had Thanksgiving dinner at Deric & Amanda's house and it was great! Lots of yummy food and fun conversation. Ana Kate had a blast as well....she loves their dogs and chased them around screaming all afternoon. Whitney went to her Dad's for Thanksgiving, so we missed her, but she had fun.

On Thursday night I decided I would do a little black Friday shopping and made my list. I stayed up late to do some online shopping at the time I finished it was almost 3am, so I decided to just stay up and hit some of the stores at 5am! I was tired by the end of Friday, but I got everything on my list for a great price! We spent the rest of Friday relaxing and enjoying the holiday.

Saturday we went to church and then Sunday I woke up with a we did absolutely nothing. Since I had planned to put up the tree this weekend, but didn't get to it, I guess I'll be working on my Christmas decorations today. We'll see how far I get with my little helper. : )

On another note....Ana Kate is a much better sleeper than she used to be, however, she still wakes up at least once each night and either cries or gets in our bed. On Friday night she slept in her bed all night without waking up or crying at all! Yay!! However, Mommy was not so lucky. Whitney decided she needed to ask me a question and called me at 3:40am waking me up!! So, I guess if it's not my 2 year old waking me's my 18 yr old. : )

I have a lot planned for this week, so hopefully will have another post this week with lots of pictures!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Yes, we're still here....

Yes we're still here...just very busy lately. We were super busy in September, October, and November! So, in order to keep it simple, I'll do a recap in pictures. I will try to update more frequently in the fact, I plan on trying to do at least one post per week. Let's see if I can keep that up!

A quick update on Ana Kate. She is getting to be such a big girl! She talks just like an adult, has an amazing memory, and has more energy than anyone I know! : ) She can sing her ABC's and count to 12. She also knows many songs and loves to sing them all the time. She usually wants Doug and I to sing with her, but the other day she was singing 'Jesus Loves Me' and when I tried to sing with her she said, "No Mommy....I do it by myself!" She's quite bossy! She is doing SO well in the church nursery now....she goes in and doesn't cry or look back...yay! I even take her to a different church nursery for my MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meetings and she does great! Ana Kate and I both got sick at the end of October. Ana Kate tested positive for Type A flu, so it could have been the swine flu, but they didn't test specifically for H1N1. Whatever she had, I had the same thing....we were miserable for a few days, but everyone is healthy now. Hopefully we will stay that way through the winter!

Ok....on to the good stuff. Enjoy the pictures!

We went to Dallas over Labor Day weekend to visit our good friend Sherry. While we were there we visited the Dallas Aquarium and the Zoo. Ana Kate LOVED it!

With Sherry at the zoo.

A couple of family pics taken in September.

Both of my 1st cousins (who are sisters) gave birth to their beautiful babies on the same day...September 15th. Ana Kate and I were able to go and visit Taryn and baby Piper the day she was born. We finally were able to visit with Brandi and baby Rhys in November...he's adorable!!

Baby Piper....SO precious!

Taryn & Piper

Ana Kate & Logan (holding his baby sister Piper).

A couple of random pics of Ana Kate from September....notice she is wearing her pants on her head in one of them....silly girl!

Brad & Ana Kate watching Elmo.

In October I was able to go meet some of my very best friends from high school. Claudia (who lives in California) and I flew to Illinois to see Michelle and her family for a few days. We had an amazing time and promised to meet up at least once every year from now on. We went to visit a pumpkin patch one day when we were there and the kids had a blast! Michelle has 3 boys (Michael, Matthew, & baby Andrew) and Claudia is hoping to have a baby soon.

Me, Michelle, & Claudia.

Michelle & Claudia

Michelle & I

Ana Kate & I meeting baby Andrew.

Ana Kate, Michael, and Matthew having fun at the pumpkin patch.

Group picture

Sweet kisses from my sweet baby girl.

Me & Michelle with the kids.

Claudia & I with the kids in front of the giant pumpkin.

Claudia with the kids.

Me & the kids.

Ana Kate was such a BIG girl....she went down this huge slide all by herself several times and she LOVED it!

Ana Kate loved Michelle's kitty's.

She loved the horses too.

Michelle, Claudia, and I....together again after almost 20 years!

Halloween picture....she was a fairy.

We went to see Papa earlier this month and it was SO the high 70's.

Playing at the park with Papa...Ana Kate LOVES her Papa.