Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas a day late!  I have to admit.......I have been bit of a Grinch or a Scrooge this year.  Trying desperately to stay in a good mood and get the Christmas spirit, but I won't lie - I've had to work at it.  My reasons for this negativity? Combination of sleep deprivation, exhaustion, breastfeeding, sick kids (who are somewhat well now), Matt working almost every day this month to be off next week, and the well kid having a relapse of the terrible 2's.  The last reason being the main reason.  I don't think MC handles excitement well.  She has stayed in trouble pretty much since the beginning of December.  Not sure if its a Christmas thing or just a new hormonal rage thing.  Her manners have completely left the building.  I was mortified in her school office the other day when the secretary gave her a compliment and she replied with the most sarcastic and rude tone of voice I've ever heard come out of her mouth.  

She has been so bad, that I began to use the Advent Calendar (that holds a piece of candy for each day) as a new reward system.  As I put it in the attic today, I had to empty all the doors out.   Yeah it was that bad.  We also took several presents away and she can have them back if she stays on "green" (which is the good color) at school for the month of January.  

We hated to kill her Christmas spirit on Christmas morning, but again I won't lie - she and Mattox got several spankings this week.  Christmas or not - I'm not gonna let them walk all over me and get away with it just because it's Christmas.  

It killed me when she went to bed Christmas Eve and told Mattox, "I'm not sure if Santa is coming or not..."  Yes, just call me Scrooge.  Believe me, I wanted to cry with her.  I don't believe in threatening your child to make them do something and then not follow through.  Maybe that's whats wrong with kids today - they think they can get away with too much.  Anywho - back to Christmas!

let me introduce yall to the newest not-yet-member of our family:  Mr. Aaron!  This is my SIL's boyfriend of a year and he sure knows how to make things interesting!  Good times.  
Mr. "A-Ron" playing around with Mattox's new cowboy hat

I'm in a much better mood now... my tree was down by 7:30pm Christmas day and the inside decorations are in the attic!  Yep, just call me Scrooge.  ;)  

We have our weekly weigh-in here.  Mitt is up to 10 lbs 7 oz on Christmas day.  
She LOVES to get weighed (maybe bc we make a big deal about it each time bc she used to cry).  Our pediatric dentist let us borrow her infant scale for awhile - and it is a must for anyone that might have weight issues in babies.
~5 1/2 months.  10 lbs 7 oz.
Future NBA star?   (and that was probably the last time he rode in that car seat bc he's too tall for it) He's 2 going on 6 I think.
One of VERY few matching/coordinating outfits...and of Mattox smiling at the camera.
Yes, he's the real scrooge.  All that baby sister's bouncy seat.
Oh there's a smile!  He got a basketball goal.  Like Father Like Son
Cousin Kendall and MC
I used to make that face too.
Very glad to see 5 stockings this year.  This time last year I wasn't sure if we would have 5 this year. My grandmother made all of those and they are my favorite of all our Christmas decorations/items.
None of them were quite awake on Christmas morning yet.
Her Tigger doll
Thank you Poppy for putting that massive dollhouse together! It's taller than her!  
Mitt's new play yard.
And now we are on to Tennessee for Christmas #2 and New Years! Mitt's first road trip!  Wish us luck! 

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Seeing double

This picture:

brought back memories of this picture:

love it!!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Washi Washi

I won't bore you with too much stuff.  Just have to share 1 quick thing.  

I have been extremely fearful of taking a plunge into the unknown - which is... FONDANT icing.  Yep.  I thought I would start myself off easy (and I teach myself people because I don't have time to take a real class -- hint hint that would be an awesome Christmas present --)  so I bought the premade store box of rolled fondant.  I found a recipe for marshmallow fondant that seemed easy enough so I made that too just in case I didn't like the box stuff (which is super sticky obviously but tasted the exact same as the boxed fondant to me).

I LITERALLY stared at the box for at least 30 minutes... and kept procrastinating by doing other kitchen duties.......Read the directions 1000 times.  SEEMS easy enough.  

I have a new appreciation for cake makers.  And I see why they charge and arm and a leg for that stuff.  Its cheap as dirt to make, but it is a pain!  

Here is my final product:  

For some odd reason I like to know what I learned:
1)  What WASHI tape is.  Yeah, Washi.  I got your Washi right here.  Washi Washi Washi.
2)  That fondant icing is not my friend.  
3)  Fondant won't stick to your cupcake by itself... I was suppose to make regular buttercream icing too and ice the cupcake first.  Ummmmmm no.  Not happening.  I just made some serious icing and you want me to make buttercream too???
4)  Edible markers.  Awe.some!  Who knew this and why didn't you tell me?

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Lets Get This Party Started

"Hello everybody?  I should say it?"  

Our Sunday School's Christmas party was this past weekend.  This year's theme:  favorite Christmas movie character.  Apparently some people had trouble figuring out who I was.  I do wish my hair was gray-er here, but the gray hairspray was beginning to scare me a little and I had mental images of it all falling out or not washing out.  But no, I am not this gray yet it is my real hair.  I also rolled it into ringlets, but my hair won't hold a curl... obviously not blood related to the Miley's -- ha!  

And then after posting this pic, I realized my hat was on the wrong side, but anyway -- here is AUNT BETHANY!!! From National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.  Only one of the best movies ever made.  

"Is your house on fire, Clark?" 
So if anyone needs an Aunt Bethany costume for parties or Halloweens to come - you know where to find it! 

Here's to the week before Christmas!  My kids are all stirring not a creature asleep....;) School parties, Santa's busy, cooking, and we still aren't out of school this week! 

"Is Rusty still in the Navy?"
"Grace?  She passed away 30 years ago."

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

5 month Update

5 months old. wow.  I'm sure most of you who know me, know that I am already planning her birthday party next summer.  unbelievable.  course I know that a plan can go out the window in a second... but alas,

Mattox and Merritt have both been very sick this past week.  
Mattox: vomiting, low and high fever, and just overall not feeling well.  He is getting his 2 year molars as I type.  Runny nose and cough didn't start until recently.   
Merritt: low fever, horrible cough, nasal and chest congestion.  We've been suctioning her nose like crazy because she can't breathe to eat... so she has lost weight this week. :(

5 month update!  At one point last week, she was up to 10 lbs. 9 oz, but the official weigh in yesterday (due to illness) was 10 lbs 1 oz.  She wears 0-3 month clothes (and the pants she has on the picture below are newborn size).   Wears size 1 diaper.  Never sleeps more than 4 hours usually.  

The cardiologist told us we could cut out her Lasix (diuretic) for her heart, but honestly - I think she just feels better when I give it to her.  I only give it to her once a day instead of twice, but she sleeps better and is just overall happier on those days.  Course I only have a tiny bit left.

She's very happy when she feels good - a definite SMILEY MILEY.  These pics don't reflect that, but this is as good as it got since she's been sick and can't stop coughing.

I am posting a link to a video that I posted on Facebook as well.  An O baby made national news on the TODAY show this past Sunday.  Its so great to see this little girl get recognition for her battle.. and she won.  She finally got to leave the hospital.  This little girl is what we expected Merritt to be like.  We fully expected months in the hospital, many surgeries, G tube and a trach, etc... We are all blessed beyond measure.  These parents have my upmost respect for what they have had to endure and how they stuck with her when most people would have given up on her.

Happy 5 months!  Although Merritt doesn't let me sleep much, I am counting my blessings = we are home.  she is breastfeeding.  she is gaining and growing.  she is tube free.  she has no other issues at the moment besides reflux.  and she's about to celebrate her first Christmas.   it doesn't get any better than that!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Turn your eyes

onto a 10 pound Mitt!!!!!  Ok I'll stop obsessing over her weight.  Our pediatrician said we need to work on better head control and sitting up skills.  So this little 10 pounder is getting lots of exercise lately.  Since its flu season, I try to limit her outings.  I haven't taken her to church, but heaven help me she went to her first Nutcracker performance! lol!  couldn't miss that!  And check out MC's old Christmas dress that FIT her somehow ?!? She is definitely playing catch up lately because she is still eating every 2-4 hours.  Needless to say I am exhausted.  I don't know how I found the time or energy to leave her for the first time so we could go to a New Orleans Saints game!  I needed a break and we had a great time (even though the Saints lost).  Merritt touched her belly for the first time...and I don't know why, but I found it odd.  Its like she noticed it for the first time and she grabs it alot now.  Weird to me.

Our first date in almost 5 months!
And because Sarah is the most awesome friend ever, we got to meet tobyMac!  The concert was awesome!! We got to see Mandisa (who we were most excited about), Brandon Heath, Group 1 Crew, Britt Nicole, Chris August, and Jamie Grace.  I won't post all the pics but we had a great time! It was a very intense and high energy concert = I'm not in my 20's anymore...but we hung in there! ;)

me, Tyanne, tobyMac, Sarah, and Jennifer

Group 1 Crew 

Every morning, I wake up singing a song in my head.  Sometimes its what I heard before I went to bed.  Sometimes its a popular song that the radio plays too much.  Sometimes its a song from an SNL skit the night before.  but yesterday, I woke up singing "Turn your eyes upon Jesus".  I can't remember the last time I heard it.  Months or maybe even a year.  We attend the contemporary service at church so we don't sing the old classics very much.  As I was having my morning prayer, I told God that it was an interesting song to put in my head.  To my surprise, we sang it in church later that same morning!!!!!!! 

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.