Saturday, January 30, 2010

what's wrong with this picture?

Can anyone see what's wrong with this picture?
How about now?
Still having a hard time? Let me zoom in!
That's right - one of the legs is about 1 inch shorter than the other. I bought these for Mackenzie months ago and I didn't notice this until after I had washed them. They might have been like this before I washed them - I don't know. It's not too noticeable once she has them on. But since I know they are shorter, I of course can see it instantly. Also, the shorter leg is a little wider than the the longer one. It's like they took a pant leg for a squatty, chubby child and paired it with one for a taller, skinny child! Oh well - now I know to pay a little more attention to pants before I buy them.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Flashback - Week 4

Originally I planned this week to be me in Junior High, but I only found 1 picture in that time frame. I know there were pictures taken, I just don't have any at my house. Here is the lone Junior High picture.

I know I was in 8th grade here because I think this picture is a part of a series of pictures we took when I was in Home Economics and I had to cook and document a meal. The paper/presentation is probably in a box at my parents house with all of the other school stuff. I think I might need to get that soon.

Now onto high school!
How cute - a family portrait. :) I really do like this photo. I was a freshman in high school and what I didn't scan is the picture of just me and my brother with our Lion King stuffed animals. Yep, that's right, I was obsessed with Disney's The Lion King. I seem to recall that the it came out on VHS right around my birthday and I got mainly Lion King gifts. I know - I'm a dork.

In this picture I'm in 10th grade. I have always liked this picture because it is one of the few pictures I have of my Grandpa - my dad's dad. We went to Hot Springs Village to visit him and Grandma and had a lot of fun - see we are all smiling! It was the first time I had really gotten to talk to Grandpa - really talk. He wasn't really a kid person, so at age 16 I could finally carry on a serious conversation with him and I think we both really enjoyed it. I remember talking to him about wanting to be an architect and about going to Texas A&M. I remember him being very interested and giving me helpful hints about focusing on math and science. He died 2 years later, which is another reason why this picture is special.

Junior year - you can't really see it, but it's definitely a retro dress. Once again, fashion always comes back around.
Senior year - Prom Alternative. Our church always sponsored a "prom alternative" - a weekend for the high school seniors to go where ever they wanted to avoid the typical temptations Prom tends to focus on. There were 4 seniors that year and we all brought along dates and a young couple from church to be our chaperones. We chose to go to Corpus Christi and had a lot of fun.

Sorry, all of these pictures seem to be so far away, but I think I kind of preferred that when I was in high school. I didn't exactly have the best skin when I was that age. Most of the close up pictures clearly show the acne/redness that was my face. Only in the last couple of years since I started using ProActiv has my acne practically disappeared.

Ahh - Camp Bandina. Not my favorite place by any means, but I really enjoyed hanging out with my friends. The first picture is me with 3 of my close friends in high school. 2 of them were actually a bridesmaid and maid of honor in my wedding. The second picture is 2 of the same friends and a close friend of the family - Mrs. Gernand. If she reads my blog, she probably isn't going to like that I posted this picture. Sorry - that's what happens in flashbacks. :(

And my great find and picture of the week is of me and my "momma". I love it!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

16 months

I've been pretty good about taking Mackenzie's monthly photos until recently. Her 14 month photo happened when she was 14 1/2 months and her 15 month photo didn't happen at all! I did get this 16 month photo within a week of the 18th. I'm over the fact that she's in pajamas. If I had time to take the pictures in the morning then I would, but I don't, so they have to happen in the evenings or on weekends. Because her clothes are usually a mess at the end of the day, I opted for a pajama picture.

Since we are talking about the amount of time to take the pictures, I've decide to include the behind the scenes footage from our monthly photos! Enjoy!

This is why I can't take them in the morning before work. The good picture with her bear was the very first picture and the good picture with her elephant was after Brandon helped to get her to look at the camera. I guess it will only get worse. Gone are the days, and have been for quite some time, when she would just sit there and have her picture taken.

This post and the last post were on two separate nights within 20 minutes of her bedtime. Maybe the pajamas really are too bright for bed! :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

too bright for bed

Mackenzie received a few pairs of pajamas for Christmas this year from my sisters. This is one of my favorites. How can you not be happy when you see the bright yellow pants! :) The shirt says "I will make a difference".
This last photo makes me laugh out loud. This is what happens when you sit on the floor to take pictures and your 16 month old want to be held or sit in your lap!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Christmas 2009 - Part 2

I realized after this post, I never showed you the tree we finally bought.

It's a 4 foot prelit tree. We bought new ornaments (non breakable and no hooks) just for this tree as well. It was perfect for the little corner in our living room. Eventually the ornaments were at the top of the tree out of Mackenzie's reach, but for the most part she didn't mess with the tree.

This is Mackenzie opening her stocking. I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but I bought all of Mackenzie's stocking stuffers at Target for $12! I loved it and she liked everything as well - especially the animal crackers!

I had to buy her a xylophone because I've seen her play with the one at school a lot. She hasn't quite figured out how to hit the metal plates with the stick, so she just hits the keys with the stick or uses her hands. Either way it's cute.

This is her new chair that she loves. She loves to stand on it and climb on, but rarely sits on it! Go figure.

Her other large item is her car. She loves to be pushed around in it and has realized she can honk the horn with her hand and not just her foot!

For Christmas, my family always gathers at my Granny and Papa's house for lunch and gift exchange. This year there were 18 of us and it was a lot of fun. When Mackenzie found out this present was hers, she decided she needed to carry it around like a purse.
As you can imagine, 18 people in one house can add a little heat. By the time we left, Mackenzie was wearing just a onesie - forget the dress and tights!

Brandon's family came to town on Christmas day and stayed through the weekend. Unfortunately I left my camera at my Granny's, so I didn't take any pictures. Despite no pictures, we had a wonderful time. We decided to forgo the traditional Christmas meal and had a cajun meal instead. We ordered a Turduckin and Boudin and then made green beans and stewed okra. And of course there were wonderful desserts as well. It was all so delicious!

Finally, I finished my Christmas posts! I do have one more post about Mackenzie and my cousins daughter on Christmas day, but that will have to wait!

Christmas 2009 - Part 1

My sister-in-law assured me that it wasn't too late to blog about Christmas. It's going to have to be in 2 parts because I have yet to download my pics from Christmas Day. These 2 pics are from the weekend before Christmas. I know I promised to post these before Christmas, but on Christmas Eve we took Mackenzie to the doctor and she had 2 ear infections and strep throat. Needless to say, I was a little busy before Christmas!

My mom bought Mackenzie 2 little crocheted hats and when we tried to put it on her she pushed it away and said, "noooooooo". I tried again the next day and she wore it without any issues. In fact, we went to the grocery store and she kept it on almost the entire time we were there. Below is her with the hat on. I think it would be cuter if her hair was longer or curly so that it stuck out a little more, but I think it's cute now too.

The funny thing about this picture is that if you look at the background close enought you might be able to see that she is sitting in a closet. Brandon's closet to be exact. Her little seat is an ammo holster and you can see a gun case behind her! Only in Texas or the South would you take a picture of your 15 month old sitting around guns and ammo! Don't worry, the guns aren't loaded and she's just sitting on the holster, not the ammo itself.

Another gift from my mom is a stuffed moose that looks sort of like a monkey! The hands have velcro on them so you can attach it around something. Apparently when my parents gave it ot her she wanted nothing to do with it. Are you noticing a trend?! A couple of nights later we attached the moose around Mackenzie's neck and she walked around with it for a while.

She knows how to take it off now, so she rarely lets it stay on her neck now. Hope you enjoyed Christmas in January. Stay tuned for part 2! :)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Flashback Friday - Week 3

So this week we begin elementary school. For 1st through 6th grade I attended an elementary school that was right next to my neighborhood. I was literally 3 houses down from the sidewalk that led to the school. I remember all of my teachers very well, with the exception of my first grade teacher, who my mom says was absent a lot, hence the lack of memory. My 3rd grade teacher was by far my favorite - Mrs. Ashton. She eventually became the librarian and when I was in 6th grade, my best friend and I got to help in the library once or twice a week during our free period. Although we were still in elementary for 6th grade, we did change classes/teachers for each subject just like we would had we been in junior high. Some of my fondest memories are actually of my principal. Once a year he gave the teachers of each grade level an extra long lunch (each grade level on a separate day). He would then let all of the students of that grade sit in the hallway and watch a movie - always the Apple Dumpling Gang. I know it's silly and to be honest we probably only watched maybe half of the moview, but still - no school in the middle of the afternoon - woohoo! :)

Just so you know, I have these images scanned, but I don't know the time frame and since I never give myself enough time to ask my mom or granny about the picture - I'm always guessing the age/year.
The Christmas photo looks to be about 1986. I'm thinking I'm in first grade, possibly second. The white tights make me laugh. Is it an unwritten rule that children wear white tights and then as adults we shift to black? I'm curious because Mackenzie does have several pairs of white or off white tights and I just bought a pair of black tights the other day. By the way, I forgot how much tights can warm you up. I wore them with a dress and a skirt on 2 different occasions when it was chilly outside and both times I could tolerate the weather more than I would have with bare legs or hose.

This picture is taken at my granny and papa's house. I chose this one because it reminded me of all the times I used to spend the night at their house. They lived about 5 minutes away from us and I'm pretty sure I stayed over once a week. I had my own little drawer for my pajamas and I always slept on a pallet next to their bed. I would get to lay in their bed with them for a little while and then Granny would pat me and say "it's time to get down now" and of course I listened and got in my pallet and went to sleep.

This is what we called the never ending perm! I got it in 4th grade and finally cut it all off in 6th grade! Obviously by 6th grade the perm was in the latter half of my hair and the top half was straight. But this doesn't matter when you where your hair in a pony tail at the top of your head like I did in 1992! I guess I should have scanned in a picture of that, but just google early 90's hair trends and I'm sure similar pictures will appear.

Don't you just hate in when you match the patio furniture?! :)

And for my favorite and just for fun picture this week, I went back to baby pics. My cousin Brad is exactly 6 weeks older than me. Growing up we always played together at each other's houses and at Granny and Papa's. We are very different! This picture is just one of many differences, but it still applies today. I was always the pale one and Brad always tan!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Yesterday while driving on the freeway, the electronic freeway sign said this:

Anti-icing in progress. Expect Delays.

In most cities in January this might be a normal occurrence, but here in Houston it's very strange. Not only is that sign strange because it rarely gets that cold, but also because when I looked at the thermometer on my car, it said it was 73 degrees outside! I'm pretty sure they hadn't updated the sign since 2 weeks ago when it was freezing outside.

Speaking of which - 73 degrees - seriously?! Don't get me wrong, I like the nice weather, but its January. I just bought a bunch of sweaters and long sleeve shirts after Christmas. I'd like to at least wear them in the so called "winter". Oh well, that's how it goes in Houston. Since I've lived here all my life, you'd think I'd be used to it. But, I guess not.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Flashback Friday - Week 2

It's that time again! Week 2 of Flashback Friday keeps us in the 1980's but focuses on my toddler years.
My Granny gave this photo to Brandon several years ago and it sits on our desk at home. It's probably not the first school/professional photo of me since I went to school/daycare early just like Mackenzie. I like the shirt and how it's basically an apron! This is about the time my hair stated getting darker as you'll see in the next few photos.

Awwww. Doesn't everyone take a book and read it while sitting on a tree stump when you are all dressed up? :) Love the red patten leather shows. I was actually trying to find some this last fall, but couldn't find any I liked.

I think I'm actually outside for this picture.

And now begins the portion of pictures where I look like I'm about to work out. So add these 2 picture to the number of times I've actually worked out and we might be up to 12 times total! :)

Not everyone can pull off those 2 looks! I actually had to go check Mackenzies clothes just now because I thought I bought her some pink pants that looked like the ones in the picture. They are solid pink and more of a ski pant than what looks to be a jogging suit, but they are similar. I guess trends really do come back around every 20-30 years.

And my just for fun picture. I stumbled apon this one and new exactly which one to match it to. So in the last ALMOST 30 years, it has snowed in Houston a handful of times. I think my mom probably has a picture of me when it snowed in 1989, but for now here are 2 of the other times - 1981 and 2004.

Thanks for flying back in time with me. Tune in next week for elementary days and yes, we'll still be in the 80's for most of it! :) I promise that eventually we'll get to the wonderful 90's soon.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Nap Mat

In a couple of months Mackenzie will transition to another class. She will no longer be in the room with the babies and smaller toddlers that she's been in for the last year. In her current class they take naps on small mats on the floor, but when she moves up she needs a nap mat. Essentially she needed a sleeping bag that doesn't zip up and comes with a pillow. We bought her a butterfly nap mat and when I unrolled here at the house she instantly knew what to do.

In other Mackenzie news, the day after I blogged about Mackenzie not eating in her high chair I asked her school where they sat for lunch. Apparently they all sit at a small table in little chairs. They also use forks and spoons. So, now that she sits in our lap or sits in her booster seat and I give her a fork or spoon, she's back to her normal eating habits. Woohoo! Her teacher also told me today that they started introducing her to a normal cup. Brandon said he also did that last night but she just let all of the juice fall out of her mouth. I sure am glad she's going to school, because I don't know when I would have started giving her utensils or letting her drink for a cup. Maybe they'll tell me when to potty train her also! :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Flashback Friday

Eight weeks from tomorrow is my BIG birthday! In prepartion and/or acceptance of this occasion I decided to travel down memory lane and look back at the last THIRTY years. Don't worry, it won't be 30 posts about me. Although that's what this blog is essentially about. :)

Today we go all the way back to 1980!

Me and Papa circa 1980. These photos are from my Granny and Papa's albums that I scanned in while working on their 50th anniversary presentation. The top picture I look small as in newborn, but I also look fat. I don't know how old I actually am in that photo, but since I'm all swaddled up, I'm thinking I'm kind of young. I think I weighed around 8 pounds when I was born, so I guess that might explain the chubbiness if it is a newborn photo. I say I look chubby because compared to Mackenzie's newborn photo below, I'm much rounder in the face.

Next we skip to the year 1981 or 1982.
This is one of my favorite photos. I love that the '80s brown permeates in all aspects of life, including photo backgrounds! :) My hair kind of reminds me of Mackenzie's hair. It looks to be brushed down all the way from the back. Brandon did that with Mackenzie's hair the other day and I told him to part it and brush some of it to the side. He said he didn't want her looking like a boy, to which I replied, I part my hair on the side and I don't look like a boy. Obviously my hair is a lot longer now and people can clearly tell I'm a girl, but I think that can be said of Mackenzie as well.

Proof that the brown, orange, avocado and yellow of the 1980's are everywhere! The booster seat I'm sitting is one of those combo things that is also a step stool. I think I need to be in search of something like that for Mackenzie. I'm throwing in the photo below of Mackenzie just because we are both smiling at the camera while playing with a toy. I don't think we look very much alike in it, but who knows. I think Mackenzie has much more delicate features than I do - another reason why she doesn't look like a boy.

This last one is just for fun. When does it stop being ok to sit in your diaper/underwear and a flanel shirt and eat a chocolate bunny? :) Maybe that's what we'll do for Easter this year!

Hope you enjoyed the ride. Next week - my school photos! Aaaaaggggghhhhh!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

School Pictures

We all love school pictures. You know the ones where our hair is a mess, our eyes are closed or we aren't smiling. I think I've only ever liked two of my school pictures - 9th and 12th grade. Mackenzie's school starts early with school pictures. Her first one she was 5 months old and not even sitting up on her own. Apparently they took one picture and when they tried to adjust her she started crying and of course no more pictures after that. This is her 5 month picture:

It's cute, but it would be cuter with a smile. In November they did pictures again and I was really excited and made sure she was wearing a cute little winter outfit. My omen for that day should have been when she didn't cooperate for me that morning when I tried to take my own photos! Here's Mackenzie's school picture at 14 months:

Apparently a similar incedent occurred. They took her in the morning, she cried so they took her back to take a nap. Her teacher told me when she took Mackenzie in the afternoon, she specifically told them to not adjust her and that she (the teacher) would adjust Mackenzie other wise there would be crying. They said ok. They took 2 pictures and tried to adjust her. Guess what - she started crying! Imagine that! :) So, these are our two school pictures for 2009. I'm assuming they'll have pictures again this March/April so we'll see if we get a smile.

Last night while I was scanning these pictures, I started looking at some other scanned photos I had and came across another photo that surprised me.

Mackenzie is obviously on the left and the baby on the right is my mom! I don't know if it's because they are babies with hardly any hair and big eyes (both blue even though you can't see in black and white) or what, but I think they look alike. I think the mouth and nose look very similar! I was completely thrown off because so many people say Mackenzie looks like Brandon and then here's a picture where she looks like my mom. Anyways, I just had to post it and see if anyone else sees similarities.
Tomorrow I'm going to do a "Flashback Friday" to start the countdown to my big birthday, so there will be plenty of photo comparisons to come. For those of you who like that sort of thing, it'll be fun. For those who don't, you might want to skip my blog on Fridays until the end of February! :)
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