Friday, October 30, 2009

Christmas Card Dilema

Brandon/Charlton's Christmas card history:

Year 1 Christmas - I bought a box of Christmas cards and mailed them out
Year 2 Christmas - I made half of the cards and bought half of the cards
Years 3 through 7 - I made all of my Christmas cards (with my mom's help of course)
Year 8 - I went cheap and easy and sent the picture post card of Mackenzie

Now we've reached year 9 and I don't know what to do - store bought? hand made? picture post card? letter? I feel like I can eliminate the letter because I don't think we have done anything real interesting all year to warrant an 8 1/2 x 11 page letter. The picture post card is nice, but I can't write anything on them and I like to write a small note in my christmas cards. I like hand made cards, but it can be very time consuming. I like store bought cards, but I can't always find cards that I just absolutely love. Deep down I know what I'm going to do...but talking about it makes it a little bit of an easier decision. Most likely I'll do a hand made card (simple I hope) and insert a picture of Mackenzie and/or us. With that said, I guess I have 1 dilema down, now onto the next...designing my card. It looks like I need to go to my mom's house for ideas once again! :)

What is everyone else doing for Christmas cards? Have you even thought about it or is it way too early and I'm just crazy! :)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

I love chocolate!

I do love chocolate, but this post is about Mackenzie loving chocolate. Brandon decided to share some of his M&M's with Mackenzie today and we are pretty sure she likes them, but then again who doesn't?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Everyone needs a little Sparkle!

Who needs ruby red slippers when you have these?

These were actually Brandon's choice and needless to say Mackenzie loves them!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Opening Night

Tonight was opening night for the building I've been working on for the last 4 years! It's awesome to see the building complete...well, mostly complete. :) I hope all went well and that the opera went off with out a hitch. If you are ever in Dallas, go see an opera or broadway show! Also, there is an exhibit at the Nasher that I have not seen, but am told has my name on display. To all of my Dallas relatives - go to the museum and take a picture if you can! It may be the only time my name is ever in a museum exhibit! :)
I'm not going to go into any detail about the project because I don't blog about work specifics, but if you are interested here are some articles from this last week:

NY Times

Dallas News



PS - My office was involved in both buildings discussed in the articles but I specifically worked on the opera house - the big red one!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Did you know???

Did you know Christmas is only a little over 10 weeks away?!!! I can't believe it's already here! Since I'm already a crazy list person, Christmas makes things so much more crazy. I already have my list of people to buy for (16 + Brandon and Mackenzie); stockings to fill (4 + Brandon and Mackenzie); goodie baskets for friends; gifts for teachers; christmas card list (60+); and I'm sure I'm forgetting something...oh yeah - decorations, food, schedule of events (we are hosting this year, so christmas last for several days). The sad thing, is that while I have all of these lists, I have NOT bought a single gift!!!! I've thought about gifts and have several ideas for different people but have not committed. I should probably start buying things soon, especially if I'll be doing some internet shopping.

As I mentioned earlier, we are hosting the Meyers Christmas at our house this year. Brandon and I have decided to forgo the traditional christmas tree for 2 reasons: 1) absolutely no room for a tree and 7 adults, 1 child, and presents; 2) We don't feel like saying "no, Mackenzie - don't touch the tree" over and over again. So, with that said, we are looking for alternatives to the big christmas tree. We currently have our coffee table in front of the fire place blocking the opening and I'm thinking we'll have a small tree sitting on the table. I've looked online and these are different trees I think are kind of cute.

What do you think? I think Brandon is thinking we'll have more of a traditional tree, just smaller, but I'm wanting to go a little quirky if we aren't going to put our big tree up. I have a feeling though, that we are going to need to go shopping in an actual store to see the tree before we buy it. I'll be sure to post the final outcome in early december once we've decorated!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

pony tail and eating

Apparently the teachers at Mackenzie's school think she has enough hair for a pony tail. It's basically enough to fit in the band. The first picture's hard to see, but the majority of the pony tail is covered by the giant brown band and the orange band is at the very tip of the pony tail. I have no clue how they got her to sit long enough to wrap the band around that many times! :)
Random pictures:
Mackenzie LOVES lasagna!

She loves the medicine dropper as long as it doesn't have medicine! Imagine that!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

1st Birthday Party

Now that Mackenzie is 12 1/2 months, I guess I should blog about her party! :) We had her party at the church gym because our house is too small to hold everyone. We got their early and thanks to Aubrey & Dustin the decorating was finished just as everyone was arriving! Everything went well and she did great - especially with the singing. I was sure she was going to start crying when everyone started singing, but she actually got a little shy and put her head down. She didn't actually want to touch or eat the cake so Brandon ended up feeding her watermelon and she was content with that. Opening presents went well and she has really enjoyed all of her new toys and books. I wasn't thinking clearly when I planned the party and so the party happened basically in the middle of her nap time. Mackenzie was asleep before we got half way home and the church is only about 5-7 minutes away! Overall she had a great birthday and birthday party, but I'm glad it's behind us! Now we can concentrate on this next year - learning to talk, walk, run and so much more! I'm really looking forward to all our new firsts this coming year! Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Traveling - What I've learned

So for the last 3 days I've traveled back and forth to Dallas. After 6 flights and 6 cab rides in 3 days, this is what I've learned (in no particular order):

  1. People really open up on air planes and tell a random stranger everything about their lives! I found I talk to people a little and I might say I'm an architect or that I have a daughter, but some people tell everything - just got divorced, son is playing sports, i bought my granddaughter a pony purse...whatever they can think of. It's like they have this 50 minute bonding time and tell all knowing they will never see each other again. I just don't get it.
  2. I don't like sitting in seats near the wings. I feel like the plane flexes a little more there, but it could just be me. However, no matter how much I try, I always seem to sit on those rows. I think I'm far enough back, but I'm not and apparently I don't know how to look out the window until I'm already seated!
  3. Airport food is expensive!
  4. A large bottle of water costs $2.95. Every morning after I went through security I went straight to the mini market thing and bought a large bottle of water for the day. If I'm allowed to take it on the plane, why can't I bring my own water? Security reasons I'm sure, but it's annoying. Then at the end of the day when I got to the airport in Dallas, I had to throw that bottle away and buy another water/drink once I was past security! Again - annoying.
  5. Cab fairs apparently differ even though every morning and every afternoon I went to the same place and it's supposed to be a flat $20 fare. Explain please.
  6. I think Southwest is known for their humor, but not every phrase has to make you laugh and sometimes I think they try too hard. It kind of reminds me of that song *Almond Joy* song, "sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't". Sometimes, I don't need the humor - just tell me the safety instructions, tell me when we landed (as if I didn't notice) and lets get on with the day.
  7. Speaking of nuts, southwest serves pretzels and honey roasted peanuts. Neither of which I like. I'd rather have plain peanuts or chocolate covered peanuts. Ooh, why not give out peanut M&M's instead?
  8. And last but not least, I've learned that 6:15am is way too early for the flight attendant to have the intercom turned up as loud as possible. While 6:15 is early, it's quite an enjoyable flight, because hardly anyone is on it and it's dark and cozy. I still didn't sleep because I can't sleep on planes and I was already up, but it was cozy none the less.
Only one day left of my week and I actually get to stay in Houston! Woo hoo! I also realize that some of you are still waiting on a post about Mackenzie's party and I promise I will get to that this weekend. I've already gathered my pictures I just have to sit here and post them. Apparently I wanted to talk about airplanes more than Mackenzie and the party - that's a first! ;)
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