Thursday, December 31, 2009

Copy cat

So, here I go again, copying Holly...welcome to my 2009 Blog recap. The idea is to copy the first line of the first post from month in 2009. Let's see what happened this past year! :)

I hope everyone had as good a Christmas as we did.

I think that it's funny that it took me an entire week before I posted about Christmas. Maybe it's not too funny since I still haven't posted about Christmas this year either! My excuse this year is that I left my camera at my grandparents house on Christmas day and won't get it back for another week.

This past weekend, I decided to see if Mackenzie would fit/enjoy her "big girl" stroller.

This year was full of firsts with Mackenzie including the stroller ride. If you look back at the blog, you will notice we have a Maclaren stroller which was recalled a couple of months ago. Don't fret - they sent us covers for the hinges. There will be no loss of fingertips with our stroller! :)

For my birthday, Brandon bought me a digital SLR camera.

Still one of the best presents ever! I love that camera and have missed it this past week.

This past Sunday, Brandon, Mackenzie and I went to my hometown church to visit my family and celebrate Easter early.

This was a good weekend, but after reading this I've realized we haven't been back to visit on a Sunday morning since then! Maybe we can visit a couple of times in 2010.

A miniature pool, swim diapers and sunblock...a small swimsuit, large swimsuit, sunglasses and hat...Looks promising...we shall see.

Yeah, we went swimming ONCE this past summer. We were really prepared, had all the stuff, but it's a LOT of work to take a child swimming! Maybe next summer!

This picture looks really familiar...oh that's right this is my same team from 2 years ago at our company Bowling Tournament.

I go bowling once a year - for our company tournament. We have 3 events every year - bowling, golf and Christmas party. The bowling tourney is the cheapest event that everyone enjoys the most! I'm sure there will be another blog about it in 2010.

So after I read Holly's blog, I realized I suffer from the same Bloggy Funk Denial!

I seemed to have several of these this years. I think my biggest issue is trying to balance my blog and not have it become all about Mackenzie. I know some of you really like my pictures of Mackenzie, but I also want to appeal to those that might be interested in me too and not just my daughter. The truth is that a lot of times I don't think I have anything interesting to say, but who knows maybe what I find dull is interesting to someone. Then again, maybe what I find dull is dull and you all are just waiting on photos of Mackenzie!

When I drop off or pick up Mackenzie from school, her teachers tell me how good and how much she eats at school.

This hasn't really been the case in the last couple of weeks. I think a lot of has to do with her being sick, but some of it could be her just becoming a slightly picky eater. Lately we havent' been able to get her to eat much more than fruit, crackers or nutrigrain bars. Tonight she actually ate some of my tortellini and Brandon's ham sandwich while she was sitting in our laps. Apparently when she is given this same food in her high chair it doesn't taste the same! (BTW, you can see from our dinner description that Brandon and I are taking it easy and doing nothing this new years eve.)

I just looked back at previous posts and the last 3 posts with pictures of Mackenzie are very similar.

I don't really have much to say about this post other than - "yep".

So for the last 3 days I've traveled back and forth to Dallas.

I'm glad that's over! I did however get 3 free airplane tickets out of all the trips I took this past year, so on the agenda for 2010 is a family vacation! Woohoo!

Last year at Halloween, Mackenzie was 6 weeks old and the glow worm costume did NOT go over well with her.

Halloween was definitely better this year, but I'm really looking forward to next year when she can really walk around and have fun going door to door.

Lately our "office" in our house has no resemblance of it's so called name.

What's really funny about this post, is while we did box up a lot of stuff, now after Christmas the room is a total mess again! My goal is to clean it up again before I go back to work on Monday, but seeing as how I'm on "vacation", I'm not sure it's going to happen.

I really liked this blog recap. I had fun reading my old blogs and remembering this past year. I hope all of you had a wonderful 2009 and here's to an even better 2010! Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Let the Festivities Begin!

This past weekend we had our first set of Christmas events. Friday night my parents watched Mackenzie while Brandon and I went to his company party. My parents brought Mackenzie her Christmas presents early which helped when I had to sneak out of the house. I'll blog more about those gifts later. Saturday morning Mackenzie and I drove down to Alvin to have our "girls Christmas" with my mom, grandmother, aunt and cousin. The 6 of us had so much fun eating, visiting and exchanging gifts.

That evening we had Christmas with my family at my parent's house. We thought we'd make it an easy dinner by just having appetizers, but once we put it all together we ended up with quite the smorgasbord! Pork or Brisket sliders, 7 layer dip, pigs ina blanket, bbq smokes, crab cake things, spinach artichoke dip, taquitos, queso fruit & veggie trays and let's not forget dessert - miniature cheesecakes! My sister makes the best cheeseckaes ever and these little ones seem even better! I know Mackenzie agrees because she practically inhaled her cheesecake.

Mackenzie enjoyed playing with the big kids:

The gift exchange was great and my parents family gift to us and my siblings was a box of BBQ from Coopers in Lano, Texas. While all of the food fit in our freezer when we got home, Brandon and I decided we needed a larger fridge. The next day we bought this:

I absolutely love this fridge! We still have our old one in the garage for extra storage which I know will defintely come in handy this weekend when Brandon's family is in town!

I'm running out of time to post about Mackezie's gifts, so I'll blog about it later. Hopefully it will be before Christmas! We'll see.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Long time, No blog

Wow! Two weeks is a long time not to blog. This morning I was asked to add a new blog post, so I decided to see what photos I had uploaded here at work and once again post about Mackenzie through pictures.

These first 2 are from the day before Thanksgiving when she stayed home with Brandon while I worked. There are 2 things about these photos that I want to point out. First, notice how she's in forward movement in the picture. You now have to be walking/running backward to get a picture of her. Second, have you noticed the pink sparkle dress shoes with the fleece pajamas? Apparently she really wanted to wear them and here daddy just can't say no. :)

This oven mitt that she's wearing in the first 3 photos is her new toy. I think the reason we took these photos is because this is one of the few times she has actually put the oven mitt on her hand. She likes to play with the oven mitt, but if I put it on my hand she freaks out. I guess when an oven mitt comes to life, it's a little scary for children! :)

This is sort of a follow up to the post about the magnets being thrown on the floor. During the Thanksgiving holiday when we were at home with Mackenzie for 5 days, I can't count the number of times we picked up all 36 magnets off the kitchen floor. At one point I caught her at least putting them in the case of water instead of scattered on the floor. Since that weekend, we have moved all of the letter and animal magnets to the top of the door where she can't reach them. Brandon gave her 1 letter and 2 animal pieces (for her 2 different magnet sets) and she still throws those 3 on the floor daily. Who knows when she'll get to know the rest of the alphabet! :) (BTW, the letters weren't moved up just because we didn't like picking them up. She actually stepped on one and fell down on the tile floor and they hurt my feet when I step on them as well.)

And finally, Mackenzie's new favorite napping place. We keep this pillow in the living room and she loves it. The last couple of weekends she has fallen asleep on the pillow for her morning and afternoon naps. Other than the fact that I can't be too loud around the house since she's in the living room, it's not too bad and she sleeps for at least an hour each time.

Well, I'm hoping to take/upload pictures of our Christmas tree, school pictures and other stuff tonight or tomorrow. Hopefully it won't be another 2 weeks before I post again - maybe more like 2 days!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

As Seen on TV

Lately our "office" in our house has no resemblance of it's so called name. Maybe it's the dusty elliptical machine in the middle of the room, the storage bins full of baby clothes, toys, paraphernalia, the Christmas gifts stacked in the corner, the piles of left over first birthday decoration.. you name it. Since we are hosting Christmas this year, we thought it best to do some serious cleaning out of the room. First task - move the elliptical machine to the garage. Check. Second - store Mackenzie's clothes, toys, paraphernalia somewhere else. To check off this task we did something I don't think we ever done - we bought an "As Seen on TV" product. Have you seen the commercial for these:

I read some reviews online and found that the basic bags weren't that great, but the underbed tote bag was much better. So we bought 3 of these:

Here are the "before" pictures of 2 of the bags:

Here is the "after" picture with all 3 bags!

Now they are all sotred under our bed and the tub is storing bottles, sterilizer, bathtub...a lot of bulky stuff that space saver bags can't help. We also moved some of the bigger, bulkier items to the garage and I was able to throw away or sort the birthday stuff I mentioned. While we still have a few minor things to clean out and sort, our "office" is finally starting to live up to it's name!
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