Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

It’s a Wonderful Life 2010

Everyone looks forward to Christmas every year. This year, was particularly great. The entire week, not just Christmas day (although, all the pictures I have are from Christmas morning…) was a great time.

My mom was off work the whole week and we spend Monday and Tuesday doing small projects and cleaning my house to get ready for Christmas. By Wednesday she was too sick to leave the house and had a fever. :( Sad. One day Collin and I had lunch with my aunt one day since she’s off school right now. Another day we had dinner with the Whiteners at Sonny’s then Mandy and I visited Ashley and baby Luke at the hospital. Devin was off work Thursday and Friday so we got to spend a little bit of time together. My cousin was in town from Pensacola so I spent Thursday afternoon and evening with her and my aunt shopping. (***Side note, I can keep up with my 14 month old better than I can keep up with Melissa shopping. That girl can shop, and I can’t keep up! I was worn flat out by the time I got home! haha!)

 Friday, Christmas Eve, we always spend with Devin’s side of the family at his brothers house. So we were there around 2:00, ate dinner opened presents and just hung out for a while. Devin took Collin home to put him to bed and I stopped by my aunts house to enjoy the last part of their Christmas Eve dinner before heading home. Devin read Collin the Christmas story from his little Baby Bible and then he, Bradley, and I finished getting the gifts around the tree ready for the next morning. Everything he got that night we took out of the boxes and set up so they were ready for him to play with when he got up in the morning. Bradley stayed the night with us so he was here Christmas morning.

Because I told Bradley and Mom, Collin would be up about 7:30, he of course woke up coughing at 6:00 and wouldn’t go back to sleep. So he played with the fun new toys early in the morning. Ugh. Mom got to the house about 8:00, we did the present thing and ate the casserole I made for breakfast. More toys were put together and played with. Collin had some serious stimulation overload going on. He bounced from toy to toy to box back to toy after toy after box after toy. Finally it was naptime. For Collin. I should have taken a nap too, but I didn’t. We had dinner with my family at my aunts at 4:30. Collin ran around and around and around before Devin took him home for bed. I stayed to hang out with my cousin for a little while. A little while ended up into about four and a half hours. At 10:30 I thought I should probably go home.

I feel like I definitely made the most of Christmas this year. It was great. Sunday/the day after Christmas will be another post. It was also great, fun, exciting, and cold. For now, I leave you with Christmas morning in pictures…

My poor tree never got the ribbon or bow topper this year :(


Having a blast with his new toys


Opening his stocking


Opening presents

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Carly checking out the action, wanting to chew on everything!


“Open it Mom!”

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Playing the the new toys


Carly got new chew toys… one was destroyed almost immediately


Everyone needs a slinky!


Oh Carly


My Mom and Collin after all the chaos


Enjoying his new table and chairs



Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Cute Video Friday


In September Collin learned how to climb up the stairs

In late November/early December he learned how to climb down the stairs. I got very excited for him and he just continued on like it was no big deal.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


It’s 2010, practically 2011 already, and technology makes everything so readily available to us, it’s ridiculous. Devin and I can be driving down the road talking about a movie and I’ll open my RedBox app to find out where we can get it, then I’ll use Google to find a code so we can rent it for free. All within minutes. A few nights ago we wanted to go to a store but weren’t sure what time it was open until, so again, I took my phone, opened an app and found out what the store hours were. Literally, “there’s an app for that” and just about anything you can think. We would check weekly to see the progress Collin was making while I was pregnant with him and while I was in labor, we used a contraction timer app. I have an iphone, but don’t actually even need songs in my itunes library because I can listen to Slacker Radio.

This post is going somewhere, I promise. I have spent countless hours reading Twitter updates from people I don’t know, playing Angry Birds, DoodleJump, iJewels, PaperToss,  and a ridiculously infinite amount of time of Facebook. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had conversations with people about how addicted to Facebook we are. We check it constantly from our phones, getting (for lack of a better word) annoyed, when there are little to no updates to read. A friend of mine was recently locked out of her home with a sleeping baby inside and no phone. She laughed as she said she was upset because she didn’t have her phone to check Facebook while they waited for help to come. About a month ago I thought about deleting my Facebook app from my phone because I knew I spent too much time on it. But I didn’t. This weekend I got to go to the Jaguars/Raiders football game with Devin. I posted pictures while we were there, people commented on them. I like that. But on the way home and that evening Devin told me that I spent too much time Facebooking.

I woke up the next morning and did what I always do. Looked at my clock, grabbed my phone, checked my email and scrolled through Facebook. I have known for sometime that I spend way too much time on Facebook. So I though, Ok, I’m going to do this. I’m taking a Facebook sabbatical-ish. I deleted the app from my phone to resist the urge to just look when nothing else is going on. I still get email updates when people comment on stuff or send friend requests, so occasionally, if/when I turn the laptop on, I’ll check stuff. But I’ve already decided I will not spend as much time… wasting time… as I have in the past.

The End-ish ;)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Cute Video Friday

I’ve been getting so many cute videos of Collin lately, it would be a shame for them to sit on our YouTube account and no one really see them. Yes, there is a VERY good possibility you’ve already seem them on facebook, but I don’t really care :) So here’s the first of many more to come!

We got the lemons so Collin would eat them, little did we know they were going to keep him entertained for about 20 minutes.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Family Photo Shoot

So, we went back to Portrait Innovations this year for our family pictures. It was almost exactly a year, to the day, than when we went last year. I was much more annoyed this year than last. We had to wait more than 45 minutes past our appointment time, got passed off between people (two different photographers, two different assistant type people, and a person to go through the pictures with us), didn’t get the poses I really wanted, didn’t get the “attention to detail” I would have liked, and had to go back the next day to pick up the pictures. “Because we had to wait” they gave us 25 “free” Christmas cards as opposed to the 9 or 10 they normally give. But oh well, what’s done is done and these are some of our family pictures… they are growing on me. Ok, truthfully, I LOVE Collin in every picture, and Devin too, he has a genuine smile (as opposed to the fake I’m smiling for a picture smile) I’m just not crazy about me. Surprise surprise. For some reason I don’t think I look all that happy and my head was tilted to the side (hence the lack of attention to detail by the photographers and assistants. They never said, turn this way or tilt your head that way, which turned out to be very annoying.)



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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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