Friday, January 30, 2009


To continue Mackenzie's elephant collection and to try and clear her congestion, we bought this:

By the time she's 1, we'll need a separate room for all of the elephants!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

we are on a roll!

Can I just say how happy I am that Mackenzie has slept through the night 2 nights in a row! Hopefully, she'll continue that pattern!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Random Pictures

For all of those interested, I've posted some random pictures from the last 2 weeks.

This is how Mackenzie "plays" when the TV is on.

I think the TV was probably on this time as well! :)

4 months

This is for my Granny & Papa - notice the John Deer socks!

We decided to put Mackenzie in her swing the other night while we ate dinner. I think she liked it! :)

Apparently, she doesn't know how to retrieve a toy once she loses hold of it! :)

Friday, January 16, 2009


Mackenzie's stats at 4 months:

Length: 25" - 75th percentile
she's longer/taller than 75 percent of children her age

Weight: 14 lbs - 50th percentile
weighs more than 50 percent of children her age

We've been given the go ahead on starting solid foods, so this weekend we attempt rice cereal. Stay tuned for pictures in the upcoming weeks.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

As I've mentioned before, Mackenzie doesn't like her carrier/car seat. Because of this, Brandon and I haven't taken her to any restaurants because one of us would have to hold her the whole time. With this in mind, we decided to venture out today so we could take Brandon's dad out to celebrate his birthday. We took her bumbo seat and requested a booth and all of us had a very nice lunch! I held her while we waited for our food and the whole time she was looking at everything and taking it all in. Like I said, besides school, church, the doctor and family functions she hasn't really been out of the house too much. When our food came I put her in her bumbo seat next to me and she sat there smiling at all of us while we ate! I'm very encouraged and cannot wait to get back into eating out again and not having to order everything to go! :) When she can sit up on her own, then she can use the high chairs at restaurants, but until then we'll use the bumbo seat. For those of you who don't know what a bumbo seat is, I'm attaching a picture of her in hers about a week or two ago.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Learning to fall asleep on her own and a new bunny blanket from Rhonda makes for some cute pictures!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

100th post part 2 (aka 101st post)

  1. I iron everything!
  2. Even our t-shirts!
  3. Even Mackenzie's t-shirts!
  4. I went through 4 years of undergrad at Texas A&M
  5. I went through 3 years of grad school at the University of Houston
  6. When I was young I used to design my dream house.
  7. Now I work for a firm who helps design commercial buildings.
  8. I love my job.
  9. I've taken 9 of the Architect Registration Exams
  10. I've passed 8 of the Architect Registration Exams
  11. I was supposed to retake my final test while on maternity leave
  12. It doesn't look like that is going to happen!
  13. I've seen real snow 4 times in my life.
  14. Twice in Houston & twice while visiting Washington D.C.
  15. I've made my own Christmas cards since Brandon and I were married.
  16. Last year I sent out 76 Christmas cards!
  17. This year they were not handmade.
  18. I've seen The Lion King on Broadway in New York.
  19. I would love to go back to New York.
  20. I've never been to Europe.
  21. It's on my "places to visit" list
  22. Along with San Diego, Grand Canyon, Boston, San Francisco...
  23. I went to Disneyland with my grandparents when I was 8.
  24. I hope to take Mackenzie to Disney World when she's older.
  25. I've had the same email address for the last 10 years.
  26. It sometimes confuses people about how to spell my name.
  27. I spell my name C-H-A-R-L-T-O-N
  28. There is NO "E" in my name.
  29. When I was pregnant, I ate a "Little Debbie" snack EVERY day.
  30. I haven't had one since Mackenzie was born!
  31. I have had however lots of Dr. Pepper, which I didn't drink while pregnant.
  32. I have cousins that are 20 years younger than me.
  33. One of my nephews is closer in age to MY cousin than he is to his own (Mackenzie)
  34. I've only had to stay in the hospital 2 times in my life.
  35. Once when I was 7 for a kidney infection
  36. Once when Mackenzie was born.
  37. I play Bunko with a group of women from church every month.
  38. I love going and spending time with them.
  39. At Christmas we let the husbands join us.
  40. I've never broken a bone in my body.
  41. I smashed my pinkie finger pretty bad in Grad school, but no broken bone.
  42. I've passed out twice in my life.
  43. Once when I smashed my finger.
  44. And once when I was having blood drawn.
  45. I love Dean Martin and his music.
  46. I love classic movies and the true "Hollywood" stars.
  47. It's like I was born in the wrong decade.
  48. My mother says I'm an "old soul".
  49. I love "Friends" the TV show.
  50. I have all 10 seasons on DVD in a box made just for them.
This was a lot of work and hopefully I can think of 100 new things for my 200th post!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

100th Post

In honor of my 100th post, here are 100 things about me! This is actually just part 1 (first 50) just in case some of you want to read it all, you won't have to read 100 things in one post!
  1. My full name is Charlton Susanne Meyers
  2. I met Brandon when I was 18.
  3. In an architectural history class at A&M.
  4. We were engaged when I was 19.
  5. We married when I was 21.
  6. We were married the weekend when Tropical storm Alison hit Houston.
  7. We've been married for 7 years.
  8. I love him so much I would give my life for him.
  9. We bought our first house when I was 25.
  10. I had my first child at 28.
  11. She was born a week after Hurricane Ike hit Houston.
  12. I love her so much I would give my life for her.
  13. I like to cook.
  14. I usually cook a casserole or dinner for the week on Sunday afternoon.
  15. When I was pregnant I cooked an additional meal on Sunday for my lunch for the week.
  16. I like to bake.
  17. I like to scrapbook.
  18. I haven't really done much baking or scrapbooking since Mackenzie was born.
  19. I had my ears pierced when I was in 6th grade.
  20. I had a second hole pierced when I was in 8th grade.
  21. I just recently let the second hole close up.
  22. I put sun-in in my hair my freshman year of college.
  23. It turned my hair orange.
  24. I didn't cut it off until after my wedding 2 years later.
  25. I had my cartilage (top of my ear) pierced my freshman year of college.
  26. I finally removed the earring my last year of grad school before I went into the "working world".
  27. I played the flute in high school.
  28. I stayed in band so I wouldn't have to take PE.
  29. I also stayed in band so I could get a "Letter Jacket".
  30. I think I could probably still play our school fight song by heart.
  31. I love to read.
  32. I read the babysitter club books in elementary school.
  33. I read Nora Roberts books in undergrad.
  34. I read biographies in grad school.
  35. Now I read children's books and baby/parenting books.
  36. I love to go clothes shopping.
  37. Especially shoe shopping.
  38. I have 40 pairs of shoes in my closet right now.
  39. I have had way more than that in the past.
  40. I get the shoe shopping addiction from my mom and grandmother.
  41. I'm sure they both have way more shoes than I do.
  42. I've been to the Cayman Islands twice with my family.
  43. We went fishing the second time and got really sunburned.
  44. I was only burned on the front of my body since we were sitting down.
  45. I went to Singapore for a mission trip when I was 17.
  46. I ate McDonald's a lot while I was there!
  47. We performed a play in a 5 star hotel while there.
  48. I saw Bill Clinton's second inauguration from the streets of Washington D.C.
  49. It was very, very cold for this Texas native!
  50. I make lists for everything.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Last Day

Today is my last day of Maternity Leave. :( I'm not counting this weekend because, well it's a weekend. You would think for my last day of maternity leave I would want to spend it with Mackenzie, but she is actually at day care right now. Since we started paying for full time care today, we thought she should go full time and get use to being there for longer than 3-4 hours. I dropped her off at 8:30 and I'll probably pick her up about 5. Next week she'll be dropped off between 6:30 and 7:30 and picked up between 5:30 and 6:30, so her days will be considerably longer! I'm really going to miss seeing her all the time and being at home, but I love my job and am looking forward to going back to work.

For my last day, I planned to go shopping at Macy's and use some gift cards I had, but as you know, when you have money and time, you can never find anything you want to buy! I was there for 30-45 minutes and found 2 tops that somewhat interested me, but not enough to buy. Oh well, I guess I'll just wait for the spring/summer clothes to arrive and I'll go shopping then. After my bust at shopping I went back home to pick up Brandon and we had lunch, went to the outlet mall and the grocery store. It was nice to have some time together and not have to worry about when Mackenzie's next bottle is or if we have to be somewhere at a certain time.

I know this was kind of random, but if you remember, think of me on Monday. As much as I am looking forward to going to work on Monday, seeing Mackenzie for only a few hours a day is going to take some getting use to!

Thursday, January 1, 2009


I hope everyone had as good a Christmas as we did. We were here for Christmas Day and went to Dallas the day after. Mackenzie did so well on the way up there and back. It probably helps that I sat in the back seat with her the whole time. :) As expected Mackenzie received a lot of stuff. She received quite a few gifts from me and Brandon. I think we went a little overboard! In our defense, we used almost all gift cards when buying her stuff, so we didn't actually spend too much of our own money! (Thank you to anyone and everyone who sent us gift cards after Mackenzie was born!) Next year will be different, but I'm sure we'll still manage to go overboard! :)

I love Christmas not because you get to exchange gifts, but in our case, you get to see family that you haven't seen in a while. Mackenzie got to meet several members of both sides of the family for the first time. My aunt, uncle and cousin had not Mackenzie until Christmas Day. My cousins daughter (5 years old) was interested in Mackenzie and I told her next year, Mackenzie would most likely be following her around. Brandon's brothers had also not met Mackenzie, so the trip to Dallas was really exciting. She was not at a loss of people wanting to hold her. In fact, I think on Sunday night she was so excited when I layed her down on the couch and no one was holding her. She was very content for at least half an hour just lying there on her stomach or back. We even got her to laugh a couple of times this past weekend. It's not a regular event yet, so it's really funny and cute. Maybe I'll catch it on video soon and post it. Without further ado, here are the pictures you've been waiting for!

Mackenzie's loot from me and Brandon!

Mackenzie's loot from the rest of her family.

Mackenzie with my mom/her "Moshi"

Mackenzie with Papa (her great grandfather)

My sister-in-law Virginie enjoying her Christmas bow. It kind of reminds me of the Friends episode where Phoebe gets humus on her dress and covers it up with a huge Christmas bow.

My sister-in-law Aubrey enjoying her ice cream maker we bought her.

Lacie and her son Lincoln (really good friends of the family)

Brandon's youngest brother Dustin holding Mackenzie. She was too busy checking things out in the new surroundings to turn around for a picture.
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