Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Avery Meets Santa!

Santa and Mrs. Claus came to Nanna's last Thursday. It was so neat! All of the children waited at the stairs to see them. They giggled and giggled and once they saw Santa were starstruck. Avery ended up being one of the only ones that was excited to sit on Santa's lap! She loved the white fur on Mrs Claus' outfit and was fascinated with Santa's beard.

It was also nice to meet all of the parents and their children. Everyone seems so nice and normal (does that sound bad!?). And most importantly the children loved Avery! We are loving Nanna and the adjustment to daycare is going so much smoother. 

Christmas 2012

It is a fluke that I can add photos again!? Let's hope this continues!

Merry (late) Christmas to all! This time of year is so much fun and now with Avery, it makes the holiday even better! Our Christmas holiday began a week early in Lincoln with my family. 

We went on our annual Christmas lights tour, which begins with dinner at Don & Millies and continues with a cooler, a mixed drink, a van and a camera. This is our third year of going! Saturday evening we had a traditional Christmas dinner followed by gift opening. We were spoiled :)

Isn't my Avery the sweetest?

One of the two Christmas trees in my parents house.

Prime rib MMmmm

Unfortunately, I got a yucky stomach bug on Sunday that spread to Jon & Kristin. Not exactly how I wanted to end our celebration.

This past week we went down to Tulsa to spend the actual holiday with the Haus'! (Every year we rotate holidays). It was nice to have a few extra days to spend with everyone. Avery was the highlight of the trip and she did such a good job with all of the new faces and being passed around from person to person.

Again, we were spoiled! So thankful for such awesome families and all of the laughs and memories we continue to make. 

Annual Christmas pic!



Oh and how can I forget our families little Christmas that we celebrated? The blizzardy weather last Wednesday was the perfect time to start the fireplace and open gifts. 

Watching the snow fall.

For all those who know Greg, they know his infamous moccasins that were his dad's. He whips them out in the chilly months and they were worn to the sole! I decided to get Greg a new pair and he was thrilled!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

It's days like today that the ole '98 Pontiac Sunfire just isn't cutting it. With a foot of snow on the ground, driving is rough. Not impossible, just rough. If it were just me driving I wouldn't mind, but now that I have my sweet baby to transport it would sure be nice to get something new.

So, Santa, the only thing on my Christmas list this year is a new car. Nothing brand new or super fancy. Just something more reliable for our little family. Please and thank you! :)


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Missin' My Blog!

Oh dear, I am missing my blog! I miss updating everyone on the funny things that happen to me throughout the week and uploading pictures of Avery and all of her discoveries (seems like there have been so many recently). 

One thing I must say is that I am ECSTATIC about the weather that is coming our way - A BLIZZARD! This mild 50-degree weather isn't cutting it for Christmas and I am really looking forward to a night in with my two favorite people ordering pizza and watching TV with the fireplace going. There is something about this weather that gets me excited. I truly love all of the seasons and can't imagine living somewhere without them.

I will leave you with a few pictures (this is the maximum I can download before this stupid site says I need to pay). Avery is enjoying the holiday and getting new toys to play with. She is growing so fast!

Happy Holidays to all! This year, given the recent events going on in the world, don't forget to take the opportunity to reflect on all your blessings this year. God is good!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


So yesterday I went to upload photos from this past week and told me that I was over my photo size limit and I would need to purchase more space in order to upload more pictures to my blog!? WTF!! Not sure what my next step is, but I don't want to discontinue writing on here!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Avery's First Trip to Tulsa

This past weekend we finally made it down to Tulsa. Avery was a trooper with the traveling! We didn't have to stop once for her on the 7 hour drive! We were able to celebrate Greg's birthday, visit both grandmas and grandpa, eating at our favorite Tulsa restaurants and shop at the outlet malls. We had a good time - and will be back in a month to celebrate Christmas. I am so lucky to have such fun in-laws, there's never a dull moment!!

Yes, we let Avery out of her seat for awhile. 

Whether you're an OU fan or not, this is too darn cute!
Meeting Great Grandma Akin!

Dinner at In the Raw Sushi, so yummy. No, Greg didn't have one too many saki bombs :)


Playing with Nownie & Gpaul

I've got matching cowboy boots like my Uncle Brad!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Random Monday Thoughts

1. I am really proud of myself because today I started on Greg's Christmas gift. My poor hubby is usually the last on my list, which means I usually don't have time to get him what he really wants. He made it a point to remind me this weekend that he always picks up on my cues when I hint at something I want. Now I am returning the favor. After 6 years of being together I thought I'd be better at this. I can't wait to see the smile on his face this year when he opens his gifts to find it's EXACTLY what he wants :)

2. I am chopping my hair off. Yep. It's way too long. It's a lot of maintenance. Most importantly I am ready for a change. I've spent so many years growing it out thinking it was exactly what I wanted. I've come to find out that it's not. That and I'm not 18 years old anymore. I don't get to throw it in a pony tail for school all day and call it good. I now have an 8 month old that thinks it's fun to tug at my locks and an 8-to-5 job that requires me to look professional. So good bye hair! 

Lately I've been channeling Emily from Revenge. I'm thinking of doing something similar to this:

3. The greatest pleasure I have on Mondays (besides seeing Avery's face when I pick her up) is the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is on. Oh how I love Kyle Richards. I love her hair and her kitchen and her adorable little family. I just re-read the beginning of this thought and it sounds dirty....tehehe :)

4. I am LOVING how our living room is coming together. My friend, Megan, and I have been talking about stenciling for months now. I have found one I love and she has been working on hers in her bathroom. Wallpaper is out - stenciling is in! I can't wait to stencil on our fireplace wall.

Avery's 1st Cold

BLAH! - the perfect way to describe my feelings towards Avery's first cold. Nanna called me on Thursday because Avery had a fever. So off I went to pick her up from daycare. The first week there and she is already sick...awesome. When I saw her, her little face just read, 'I'm congested'. I felt for her. In the last 72 hours, I have never dealt with so much snot, crying, and Vick's vapor rub. 

Even worse, we weren't able to go down to Oklahoma to visit Greg's family. I was personally looking forward to getting away for a few days and Greg was excited to see his family. However, I'm glad we decided to stay back and take the time to get Avery better. I cannot imagine driving down there with a stuffy, fevered baby. It would've been pure torture for everyone involved. 

Today Avery seemed to be feeling lots better so she went to Nanna's again. I know that getting sick (especially infants) is inevitable. But it's such a horrible feeling to see them so miserable. Greg and I have had such little sleep lately, we both are starting to feel run down. Let's hope this passes soon!

Friday night Greg and I though we'd take advantage of the situation by making a favorite around here: soup and grilled cheese and watch Harry Potter. We didn't get very far in to the movie before Avery woke up...

Groggy baby was still in pretty good spirits.

We got pretty desperate on Saturday night and decided to have Avery sleep in her carseat. Best decision we made all weekend. It really helped her be able to breathe.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Family Picture Frenzy

Here is a teaser from our photo shoot yesterday! I can't wait to see more! But Miss Avery was NOT having it. She was groggy from waking up from her nap, hungry and to top it off it was chilly outside. Her normally cheerful, smiley self was not coming out and I was panicking! We drove 2 hours to get these pictures taken. Finally she started coming around, but I felt so flustered the entire time; worrying that any minute she would throw a fit. I hope they turn out good. The photographer spent a lot of time getting props set up and was trying her hardest to get Avery to laugh. 

After pictures, Greg begged me to drive an extra 20 miles to Hastings (our old stomping grounds) for dinner at our favorite Wednesday night hang-out in college: the Reno. $1 burgers, $1 fries, $1 beers. Since today is my hubby's birthday I agreed. And damn was that hamburger good. $10 for our entire meal with tip - really?! I could get used to that.

As we were driving home we both noticed Avery's runny nose. When we got home, she was NOT ready for bed and her nose was running even more! I finally got her to bed around 1AM and woke up to a very stuffy-nosed baby with a little cough :( Avery's first cold is here. We have had a lot going on these past couple of weeks and now I'm getting mommy guilt about going, going, going with her. 

On another note - happy birthday to my wonderful husband, Greg. What else is there to say besides Yippee! Another year we get to celebrate together. Every year keeps getting better and better! He brings me up with I'm feeling down. He takes care of the house, our bills, our cars, our family....he is an all-around swell guy! I love him more than words can say. We have built an amazing life together and I can't wait to see where it leads us! XOXO

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Political Rant

Ok, I've got to say this because it's driving me crazy: You know what I think is sad about this whole election? Republicans AND Democrats bashing and degrading one another based on their vote on FACEBOOK. How is trashing others helping to build our country. Whether you believe in our current leaders or not, negative comments towards others only divides our country more. I have hope that things will work out the way they are meant to. 

That's it - the end. Life goes on...tonight our little gang has family pictures! Yay!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Random iPhone Pics

Just a few random photos off my phone that I forgot to post. Is your Tuesday afternoon going slow? Mine is!

Oh and one more thing - Day 1 of daycare went nice and smooth. Avery sang in her carseat on the way home and was wiped out all evening! I could get used to this!!

Are you sick of seeing this centerpiece? If you are - TOO BAD! We had to move our sectional into 2 pieces to accommodate the 12 person table.

The aftermath of the evening...(have I mentioned my desire for new countertops and appliances? one day...)

My big girl eating her puffs!

New favorite thing to do...

All she wants to do is stand and play. How is this possible?