Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Blog Review

Last year I copied other blogs and did a blog recap by looking at the first sentence of the first post in each month. Let's see what happened this past year!

January: I made the mistake of standing next to Mackenzie's car and honking the horn with my foot.So many funny things happen when Mackenzie is involved! I love watching her mimic us, although we are having to watch exactly what we say because now she does really listen and repeat. All this week she's been saying, "Oh gosh".

February: On Friday, my sister called to tell me she was pregnant!The twins were born in August and are absolutely adorable. Nina and Noah are already 4 months old and it was great to see them this Christmas. I even have pictures of Mackenzie and Nina dressed alike, which I promise to post in the new year along with the rest of Christmas!
March: Mackenzie received another package from my aunt Rhonda. This time it was full of beaded or crocheted socks!
She still wears those socks sometimes. She loves them even now. I used those socks many times as a tool to distract her when I was dropping her off at school. "Show them how your socks jingle..." as I slip out the door.

April: This past weekend, Brandon's mom came for a visit (aka Nana).
Brandon's mom comes for a visit about every 6 weeks and Mackenzie really loves it. She used to be so timid when people came to our house, but now when she or other family members come to visit, she's fairly friendly.

May: I used to read A LOT! I've gotten back into it lately, but it's not as easy to find the time now a days!
I'm proud to say I read 15 books this year. With our trip to Dallas and time off this past week, I managed to add the final 2 books with the Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island. I saw on someone's facebook status that their goal was to read 24 books this past year! I won't make that my goal this year, but maybe I'll try for 18!

June: The World Cup begins next week.
I came in second place in that office pool, without knowing a single thing about soccer! I missed it by 1 or 2 points and unfortunately there was not a second place prize. Oh well, the winner had to bring breakfast, so I was still a winner! I'll try again in 4 years!

July: Ever since I read about this recipe, I've been dying to make it.
This was the simple, yet so delicious pound cake and ice cream flower pots. The dessert was perfect and since I made 18 total and only 4 people showed up, we had plenty of leftovers! I need to make them again very soon!

August: We finally sold our house!!!
This was the highlight of the summer! I can't tell you how happy we are that our house sold and we moved the next month! We absolutely love our new house and look forward to many memories made in this home.

September: Sunday on our way home from dinner, Mackenzie wanted to sing, "pider".
Mackenzie loves to sing in the car. She also loves to make us sing. If I stop singing, she is always there to yell from the back seat, "sing momma". She also will tell you if she doesn't like "momma's music" and wants "kiki's music". I'm always happy to oblige - I like the kids songs just as much as mine! ;)

October: Two years ago I read this blog and thought, "I hope I can plan parties like that for my daughter."
I loved that party. We actually still have 2 foil balloons attached to Mackenzie's easel from almost 3 months ago. The helium has stayed very well within the balloons because they aren't droopy or anything! Hopefully they'll be gone by her next birthday!

November: Then, I wish I used my video camera more!
I think this should be one of my new years resolutions. I know it sounds so simple to do, but we don't very many videos of Mackenzie and I wish we had more. I need to leave the camera where it's easily accessible and pick it up maybe as much as I pick up my digital SLR. We'll see what happens with that resolution.

December: We are so ready for Christmas.
We enjoyed the entire month of December and especially Christmas. Clearly, my blogs have been lacking this month, but I promise to post about Christmas sometime in the next week!

Well, there you have it! My 2010 blog recap. I loved doing this last year and again this year. I highly recommend it to everyone! See you next year!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ornaments - fun

For my last installment of our Christmas tree ornaments, I'm going to share with you our fun or quirky ornaments.

We have to have one of these!
I, of course, have to have ornaments from one of my all time favorite books and movie!
This goes along with the first one, but with some extra bling! ;)
I bought these elephant ornaments in Fredericksburg a couple of years ago. These are two of the ornaments that were still unopened since we didn't have a big tree the last two years. These will probably be ornaments that I'll give Mackenzie when she's older to go with her elephant collection in her room.
And last but not least - the pickle ornament! According to it's box and the internet, "In Old World Germany, the last decoration placed on the Christmas Tree was always a pickle...carefully hidden deep in the boughs. Legend has it that the observant child who found it on Christmas Day was blessed with a year of good fortune...and a special gift."
It's on the tree now, but Mackenzie doesn't know she's supposed to be looking for it. I'll probably move it lower on the tree and have her look for it on Christmas day. Of course she has a great advantage of being the first child to find it since we have no other children! ;)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ornaments - special

While I love all of our ornaments, there are a couple that are very special to me.

This ornament is 30 years old!
This one my aunt Rhonda made for me and Brandon the year we were married. I don't have a good picture for the blog because I've placed the ornament near the top of the tree just in case Mackenzie decided to mess with the ornaments this year.
This year I bough Mackenzie and ornament just for her. I hope 30 years from now when she's decorating her own tree she'll still have this ornament and have fond memories of our family Christmases.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cars on the Road

So, it's been a while since I've blogged about different things I see while driving. Today I saw several vehicles on the road that made me say, "huh? why would someone do that?"

1. Cars decorated for Christmas. I saw the one that has the antlers out of the front windows and the big red nose. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas, but why is there a need to decorate your car? Why does it need to look like a reindeer?? Please clarify. I also saw a car with a big wreath on the front. Wreaths are for doors and walls...not cars.

2. Spiked wheels/hub caps. They remind me of the ones from Grease during the drag race scene. I've seen them on several cars lately and I don't understand the point other than to "pimp your ride". Although, maybe it might keep people from parking too close to your car if the spikes stick out far enough. Is there a law on how far things like that can stick out?

3. Angled back wheels. I know that BMW's have slightly angled/tilted back wheels, but this was not a BMW and these were not just tilted slightly. Does it actually provide better stability or again is it just for show? Either way they are going to spend more money on new tires because they won't last as long since then inside edge will wear faster and they won't be able to rotate the tires.

4. I used to see a lot of low rider cars, but lately I've been seeing raised vehicles and I'm not talking about trucks. Today I saw a medium size sedan with huge wheels on it. The car looked stupid sitting so far off the ground. Again, why????!

These 4 or 5 cars I saw within 15 minutes on my drive from the job site to work. Based on the descriptions of numbers 2-4, I may or may not have been in the best parts of the city! ;)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Our Ornaments - travel

On our Honeymoon in Jamaica I bought a beautiful shell ornament and decided that I wanted to have ornaments from all of the different places we traveled.

This ornament even says Jamaica 2001, so we'll always remember where it's from.
We found this rodeo snowman in San Antonio several years ago on an anniversary trip.
I didn't take a good picture of it, but this one is from Fredericksburg 3 years ago.
Collecting ornaments from different places seems easy enough until I realized we typically traveled in the summer and not every store carries ornaments in the summer! Oh and after having Mackenzie, we haven't traveled much in the last couple of years. Maybe I can find some new ornaments in our planned vacation spots this spring, although 2 of 3 planned trips are shown above! ;)

I hereby declare that my New Years Resolution will be to collect more travel ornaments! It's really a continual resolution, but that's ok. ;)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

First Candy Cane

This past Saturday our neighborhood had a holiday festival. I passed on the hot cocoa since it was at least 75 degrees out, but I did eat some cookies! In one of the raffle drawings, I won a bag that had some candy canes in it, so I gave on to Mackenzie to eat.

She liked it so much, she needed to sit down and eat the rest.

She at all but the very last inch and this is what she looked like:
The mess on her face was also on her hands. Thankfully, my mother in law cleaned her up before she touched anything!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Random Thoughts

1. I was behind my subaru cowboy (I blogged about him a while ago, but can't seem to find the post) this morning. Remember, he's the guy wearing the cowboy hat driving a subaru station wagon? I still don't understand.

2. I've completed Christmas shopping for 3 people so far. I have 15 people I need to buy for total. Typically, this isn't a big deal for me. I usually already have the gifts or I at least know what I want to buy. The problem this year is that I haven't figured out what I to buy for everyone. So even if I have time to shop, I have don't know where I need to go to buy the gifts, so I end up just sitting at the house or at work thinking about what to buy, but not buying anything. I probably just need to pick a store and go look around and see what I find.

3. My mom bought us the Elf on the Shelf a couple of years ago and we are finally starting the tradition this year. We named him Tiny and Mackenzie looks for his new hiding spot every morning. This morning as she was looking around she said, "whe are ooo, Tiny?" Then when she spotted him, she said, "yook, Tiny on pidge." (Look, Tiny's on the fridge).

4. We are doing better with the naming of stuffed animals and dolls. Brandon's mom bought Mackenzie a little stuffed kitty cat in a purse this weekend and we named her Pinky for her pink nose and pink purse. She's actually a white cat, but I didn't think "Whitey" sounded very good or PC. ;)

5. I'm taking Friday off for no real reason other than Mackenzie has to get the other half of her flu shot at 10:00am and I have to meet Brandon downtown for his Christmas party at 7:00pm. I realize those 2 appointments are very spread out, but like I said I'm taking the day off for no REAL reason. I'm looking forward to it very much!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Our Ornaments - Birthstone

I love to decorate the Christmas Tree. It's always so much fun to pull out all of the ornaments and look at each one and remember who gave it to you or where you bought it.

Several years ago, my parents bought all of the "kids and grandkids" birthstone ornaments. They are glass ornaments in the color of our birthstone.

Brandon's birthday is in May: Emerald. I love the deep green of his ornament.

My birthday is in February, so I have this beautiful deep purple for Amethyst.

And last, but not least, Mackenzie was born in September, also known for Saphires.

Mackenzie's was bought the year after we all received our ornaments and I just noticed in the pictures that she has a different design than mine and Brandon's. I guess the company changes the design every year.

I bet a tree full of the 12 different birthstones would be beautiful, but I don't plan to have anywhere near that number of children, so I'll just have to imagine! ;)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Let the countdown begin...

We are so ready for Christmas. This year, I was able to put up all of my decorations and didn't realize how many "Christmas countdown" calendars I had until they were all up!

I got this one years ago when Brandon and I were first married.

Rhonda made me this calendar last year. I still need to buy some jelly beans or some sort of candy for Mackenzie for each day.

I bought this one a couple of weeks ago.

And finally, we are using our tree from last year as our Jesse Tree this year.

A group of 25 women from our old church got together and made/exchanged ornaments that will tell the lineage of Jesus. Each night we will read scripture and open the corresponding ornament for that event and hang it on the tree. By Christmas day we will have gone through the Bible and reached the birth of Jesus. I was unable to go to the exchange the other night to see all of the ornaments, so I'm very excited to see what all of the ornaments look like. I made Joseph's coat of many colors, so that's the only one I've seen. I'll try to remember to take a picture after we've put all 25 ornaments on the tree so everyone can see.

So now that it's December, is anyone else counting down?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My first cheesecake

Sunday I cooked my first cheesecake. Sunday I also threw my first cheesecake down the garbage disposal!

It turns out that I didn't cook it long enough and didn't think to check it before I pulled it out of the oven, let it cool and put it in the fridge. Mandy, if you are reading this...1 hour is not long enough! ;)

While the cheesecake was a bummer, my other 3 pies turned out just fine, so I know the problem isn't all me! ;). Does anyone have any good pointers for making cheesecake?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Elfa and Friends

Every time Mackenzie shows my mom one of her dolls or animals, my mom asks her what their name is. And every time, my answer is, "Oh...we haven't named them." Then a couple of weeks ago, my Papa also asked Mackenzie for the name of one of her dolls. Apparently, Mackenzie and I need to start naming her dolls and animals. Does everyone do that?

On Thanksgiving Day Mackenzie received this doll from Granny (my grandmother).
My mom named her Elfa and everyone agreed this was a good name, including Mackenzie. My dad actually asked Mackenzie if the dolls name was Elmo and Mackenzie said, "No Elmo. Elfa."

While decorating for Christmas we found more Christmas dolls/stuffed animals. It was funny to hear what Mackenzie thought the animals were.

This was a bear:
This was a goat:
And this was a monkey:
The picture doesn't really show it too well, but this is a moose with long lanky arms and legs.

I guess we should probably work on Christmas/winter animals! Oh and I should probably have all of these named before my mom comes to visit in two weeks! ;)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree...

We bought our Christmas tree the weekend before Thanksgiving and Brandon put it up that same day, but we (I) decorated it on Friday. I wish we had a good place to put the tree in the living room, but we don't so it will reside in the office.

We have a bigger tree than we've ever had before and without buying any new ornaments I still managed to fill it up! I was hesitant about buying a tree with colored lights, but I really like it with all of our ornaments! I still need a tree topper, but maybe I'll find one soon.

Hopefully, I'll get a picture of Mackenzie in front of the tree when she's dressed more "Christmas like" and also when there are actual presents under the tree.

I'm so excited that Christmas is in 28 days! I'm not ready for it, but still sooo excited! ;)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Burried in Books

While I sometimes feel I'm buried in books that I want to read, Mackenzie was literally buried in her own books.

The bottom two rows of her bookshelf were completely empty and I think she had "read" most of them. This was last Thursday and I apparently didn't feel the need to pick them up, so by Friday night when I got home (Brandon had picked her up) she was buried in all of those books plus all of the toys in the black bucket behind her!

I made her "help" me clean it all up, which we all know means I picked it up, but oh well. At least she did pick up a few of the books.

Monday, November 15, 2010


We saw LOTS of princesses this past Saturday! Either on the ice or in the stands, they were everywhere! I was glad I had Mackenzie wear here pink tool skirt, because otherwise she might have been the only girl without some sort of tool skirt or costume!

There were multiple Snow Whites, Belles, Cinderellas, the stands, but we saw the "real princesses" on the ice!

First we saw Mickey and Minnie - which I think were Mackenzie's favorite.

We saw Snow White and the seven Dwarfs.We saw Belle and the dancing dishes.

Ariel and Eric were there, of course.

Mulan and her "Prince" (I don't remember his name), were also there.

We saw Sleeping Beauty and the evil witch (again I don't know her name). I will say that this seen was the "scariest" and darkest part of the show. I don't think I'll be watching Sleeping Beauty with Mackenzie any time soon just in case the movie is a little scarier than the ice show.

This is the last picture we took before we left - sweet Cinderella.
We left early because 2 hours is just too long for a 2 year old to stay seated and pay attention. At the intermission after an hour it was already getting difficult. By 1:15 (it had started at 11:30), I looked at Brandon and said, "we need to go home". So we did and missed all the traffic! Yay!

We really enjoyed ourselves and I think Mackenzie really liked it even if she did get a bit restless towards the end. Maybe by next April, we could actually stay for the whole performance of Toy Story on Ice, if we choose to buy those tickets.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Shoes for Abby

Apparently, Mackenzie felt Abby needed some shoes on her feet. This is how I found her doll the other day after I heard her run from her room to the play room.

I failed to take a picture of Elmo, but he was wearing purple crocs a few minutes later. I guess monsters and fairies wear shoes too! ;)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Picture Day

Wednesday was picture day at Mackenzie's school. We haven't had the best of luck with picture days in the past, so I was a little weary about spending time dressing her up, but I did it anyway. After asking her several times if she was going to smile for her pictures, she finally got up and pointed to the camera and said, "amra". Apparently, she wanted a trial run for picture day. She quickly ran to the fireplace to stand there for her pictures. I guess this will be our traditional picture taking place for posed pictures.

Since I was already running late that morning, I only took 3 pictures. Luckily, they are all pretty good.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My mom would be disappointed

Yesterday on my way to work I looked down at what I was wearing and laughed:

White 3/4 sleeve blouse
black and white wool skirt
bare legs - as in no hose or tights
open toed shoes even though my toenails weren't painted

To be fair, the high yesterday was 78 or 80 so I wasn't going to wear tights, but I probably should have changed skirts. I'm sure I committed a major fashion faux pas and my mom would have been so disappointed! ;) Sorry, Momma! ;)

Luckily, I didn't have any meetings yesterday and didn't go out to lunch, so no one really saw me except Mackenzie's day care. It's just so hard when the weather is like this because I think my summer clothes are not enough, but my winter clothes are too much.

Today, on the other hand I am wearing closed toes shoes, pants and a sleeveless shirt. At least I'm a little more appropriately dressed for an 80 degree high.

Monday, November 8, 2010

I elephant

Not too long ago, Mackenzie stuck a slinky in her mouth and said, "I elephant".
She then proceeded to walk around the room slinging the slinky around from her mouth acting like an elephant.

Who knew a slinky could also be an elephant's trunk. Maybe I can remember this for next year and she could be an elephant for Halloween!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Do we dare?

We received the following flier the other day:

Can a restaurant really do Chinese AND Mexican food? Really? It's tempting to go because Brandon really likes Chinese food and I really like Mexican food. But with both at the same restaurant, one of them is bound to not taste good, right? I think the smell of the place would be really strange. Maybe we'll just have it delivered and not pay attention to the fact that it came from the same place. I'll let you know if we order it and if we like it! ;)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tractor Supply

A few days ago we went to the Tractor Supply store to pick up a birthday gift for my Papa. I wasn't expecting to stay there as long as we did and was very surprised at the reason why...

Mackenzie loved the store! She loved the small rocking chair and especially the stuffed plush horses and cows. They actually have quite a few toys there and we spent a good 15 minutes looking at all of the toys. She loved the horse on a stick toy and had to ride the pink, brown and black one at least once! After trying to ride all of the stuffed toys, she then had to touch all of the toy tractors.

Every time I tried to get us to leave, she said, "no, wait." I finally had to just pay for my stuff and pretend to leave in order for her to follow me and she wasn't too happy about leaving! Who knew that the tractor supply store would be her kind of store?! ;)

Friday, November 5, 2010


I love my new iPAD.
Brandon loves my new iPAD.
Mackenzie loves my new iPAD.

It's safe to say that the iPAD is fun for the whole family! Whenever I sit down with the iPAD Mackenzie comes running to me to watch "Chawi Bown". Otherwise known as "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" that ABC aired last week. She also likes this matching game we downloaded and she's actually surprisingly really good. She can do up to about 10 cards (5 matches) before she starts forgetting what card had what animal picture. The hardest thing of her is learning to only tap once.

So far I've just been using it mainly to surf the internet, but I did download the app so that I'm connected to my nook and can read my books from either device. I've also downloaded quite a few free books. Now if I would just use my free time to read instead of surfing the internet! ;)

My next task is to upload my contacts and appointments so that it becomes more of a planner for me that I could use on a regular basis. The otherthing we are excited about doing is using it as a portable DVD player in the car when we go to Dallas for Christmas.

YAY for free gifts! I highly recommend joining an event that gives this prize away! ;)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I wish I had a video camera..

oh wait, I do have a video camera. Then, I wish I used my video camera more! Lately, Mackenzie has been making us pretend to go "night night".

Last night she made Brandon and I close our eyes while we were sitting on the couch and pretend to sleep. Then she would half yell at us to say our prayers. If we didn't do everything just right, she would hit our leg and say, "no momma, night night" or "no momma, pray". I promise I don't hit her leg when we pray at night! ;)

The night before last, she made us lay down on the floor of the office and pretend to go to sleep and then we had to pray. If we sat up, she would push us back down and tell us to go "night night." Both nights Brandon and I are usually laughing the whole time, which doesn't usually help Mackenzie's patience with us. ;)

The best thing was Tuesday night - I was sitting on one of the couches and she laid her baby doll on the other couch to go "night night". She patted her on her chest and said, "Pray baby". She then put her hands together and prayed a few lines of our prayer we say every night. Afterwards she kissed her baby goodnight like I do every night. It was soooo cute and I wish I had had my camera recording.

She's still talking about being a ballerina for Halloween, so she definitely liked dressing up and last night she looked at the baby doll strollers in the PB kids magazine at least 4 or 5 different times!

I love that she's getting into make believe and pretend play - It's so much fun!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Golf Tournament

Today, Brandon and I participated in my company's annual golf tournament. We were on my boss's in the owner of the company's team. This is the 3rd out of 4 years that my boss has picked Brandon to be on his team and the second time I've been on his team.

We didn't win, but the really important thing was for us not to lose and we didn't! We came in 6th place out of 9 teams, but we're OK with that! ;)

The really exciting part of the tournament happened before 8 am at the putting contest! I was able to get my put closest to the hole out of about 25 players and guess what I won?!

Isn't that awesome! My boss is very very generous and I am very very thankful! Now I'm off to go play on my new toy. Maybe tomorrow I'll blog from it! ;)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Dress Rehearsal

Today was Mackenzie's school Halloween party and all of the kids were allowed to wear their costumes. Thanks to Marcia, we have a "new to us" ballerina costume. Before we left this morning I had Mackenzie eat the last of her waffle and took pictures in front of the fire place.

Here she is looking at Brandon who is trying to get her to look like a Ballerina with her hands over her head.
She was dancing around and looked so cute!
I finally got a picture of her standing on one foot (it took about 10).
Happy Halloween everyone!
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