Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Good to the Last Drop

So, apparently when I eat my cereal in the morning someone is taking notes.  I always drink my milk straight from the bowl.  Not very lady-like, I know, but it gets the job done.  Well, I gave Carys a bowl of pasta and veggies the other day and let her feed herself.  The bowl has a ring on the bottom that is supposed to suction it to the tray, but of course she figured out how to get it off and when she did it went straight to her mouth!  She had never done this before, so I was cracking up!

Today was another low-key day at home.  I started trying to tackle some of the unpacked boxes in our basement and I have SO much stuff to drop off at Goodwill.  I also cleaned out a cupboard in the dining area of our kitchen and I'm feeling so good about getting stuff organized.  Of course, while I was busy working in the kitchen Carys was busy tearing apart the rest of the house!

We have playgroup again tomorrow morning, and then we'll be running errands in the afternoon.  We weren't able to go last week because we were meeting with friends, so I'm excited to go tomorrow! 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Happy Monday!

We are just chilling at home today.  We'll probably run some errands this afternoon, but I'm not minding having a low-key day with nothing we have to do.  So, I thought I'd share this little video of Carys last week before swim class.  She is usually very enthusiastic about practicing her scoops, except during swim lessons!  Oh well, I'm sure we'll get there eventually.  She also loves to "shake it", which is pretty hilarious especially because she can't walk and dance at the same time, so usually if she hears music, she'll stop to swing her hips a couple of times and then keep walking to wherever she was going.  Cracks us up!  

Anyway, she always seems to realize when I bust out the video camera, and doesn't quite perform the same as when it's not around, but here is a sneak peak at some of her moves!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Lots of Activities

Carys and I have had a lot of fun together lately.  Last week, we started the week with a visit to see my sister, Lisa.  We had such a great time.  We took Carys for a walk in her wagon and then had lunch at A&W.  It was so nice to chat with my sister and just have a relaxing afternoon together. I love that we live close enough to do this now!  I also found out that my nephew took a ton of pictures at Carys's birthday party!  After not taking many myself, I was so excited!  Thanks Travis for doing such a great job!

So, since I didn't take any pictures while we were with Lisa - here is a picture of my beautiful sister with Carys at her party.  And the two handsome boys below are my super sweet nephews with my grandparents!

On Wednesday, we had our first playgroup meeting.  There is a local church that is hosting a Mommy & Me group for children under 3, so we decided to check it out.  It was so much fun and I think it's going to be really great for Carys to get some time to hang out with other kids.  We played in the gym, sang some songs, did a craft, had a snack and then played outside.  I was really excited to meet some moms with kids Carys's age too, so I think we'll be hitting this playgroup as often as we can.

On our way to playgroup!

Thursday was our first swim class and I was so excited for Carys.  She LOVES the water, and has never shown any fear in the bath, pool or lake, so I thought it would be a good idea to get started with lessons.

We had a new YMCA built a couple of years ago and it is so nice.  They have a great family locker room, so Carys and I had a nice space to get ready for her lesson.   

She thought the key card was pretty cool.

Unfortunately, the key card was where the fun ended.  The look above pretty much sums up her mood for the whole lesson.  She clung to my neck and didn't want to let go!  I was so surprised.  She tried making her "scoops" in the water a couple of times, but then would just start crying and clinging to my neck again.  Hopefully she'll get used to the environment and start enjoying herself, especially since we signed up for 8 weeks!

Saturday was a special night for Scott and me - we had our first babysitter for Carys and got to out on a date!  We were so excited to find out the daughter of some close friends was interested in sitting.  She just started nursing school and is so sweet.  As far as I'm concerned, we hit the babysitter jackpot and I'm keeping her number readily available!  We decided to start out slow for our first time out and let Carys get warmed up to her.  She came over right before Carys went to bed and it didn't take long before Carys was on her lap reading books.  We stayed to put her in bed and then headed out to dinner.  

This picture is from my phone - I forgot the camera.  We had a great dinner at Vintage Tavern and Scott was so funny.  We ordered two appetizers, an entrĂ©e and then dessert because he said he wanted dinner to last as long as possible!  When we go out with Carys we usually take turns scarfing down our food while the other one entertains/feeds Carys.  I guess he was pretty happy to be able to eat and talk without interruption. Ha!   After dinner our friends met us for drinks and we had an awesome time.  Overall, it was a pretty expensive evening, but totally worth it to get some quality time with my amazing husband and be able to reconnect.  We plan on making date night a regular occurrence!  

We finished off last week with a trip to Blake's Cider Mill on Sunday.  I was so excited to go!  I love everything about fall and nothing says fall like apple picking, fresh cider and doughnuts!

I used to go to Blake's with my family and have some great memories, so I was really excited to take our little family and enjoy the day.  They added a lot of activities for kids and Carys loved checking everything out!

She was laughing at these ducklings running back and forth.

She was so interested in the animals.  We read her My Little Animal Book a couple times a day, so it was really cool to see some of the same animals in real life.  She got this book as a birthday present from her Aunt Jenn.  Her quads loved this book and so does Carys.  

They had a huge corn maze.  We didn't feel like getting lost, so we didn't venture in too far!

The older kids were having so much fun climbing the hay pyramid - Carys will have to wait a couple of years before tackling this one!

We had so much fun letting Carys run around and check out all the activities, that we didn't even pick any apples.  It was getting really close to Carys's nap time, so after we finished our cider and 'hot from the oven' doughnuts (yum!) we decided to head home.  I did buy some apples to bring home and made some applesauce this week.  The house smelled amazing and it was so good!

This week Scott was out of town for work.  Carys and I missed him, but we still had some fun.  We went to our friend's beach house on Tuesday.  It was hard to believe we were hitting the beach in September, but it was still so warm in the beginning of the week.  Carys loved playing in the sand and water, so I was really hopeful for our swim lesson that week!  Unfortunately, it was pretty much the same story.  She did relax a little at the end of the lesson, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for next week!!  We skipped our Mommy & Me group this week because we had an extra special playdate with our friends.

Flashback - this picture was taken in 2003.  
Me, Tonya, Jenn, Dannette

These three girls are some of my bestest friends and we always had a ton of fun hanging as the Fab Four!  Well, since those days, we've increased our numbers quite a bit and couldn't be happier!  
Here's our crew...

Someone wasn't super excited about getting her picture taken, but thankfully Aunt Jenn has some mad photography skills.  I think Carys was in that position for literally 1 second and she got it!!  

So, that's what we've been up to!  Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.  After Scott being gone, we are looking forward to a low-key family day tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Girl on the GO!

It's hard to take pictures of Carys lately unless she's sitting down or strapped into her highchair!  She is busy, busy, busy....

So, mostly I just follow her around and try to get her to look at me...

 It happens briefly, sometimes she'll stop to show me something,

but then she's off again.

Standing still,

but just for a second!  She's off again!

Thankfully she's such a sweet girl, and still likes to give her Momma hugs.  After my hug, I get to see this sweet face!  I love it - I have the best job in the world!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Made with Love

Carys was blessed with so many gifts for her birthday and our girl has been having so much fun playing with all of her new toys, reading her new books and wearing her new clothes!  She also received two very special gifts that deserve extra attention.  Both of these gifts were a labor of love and took a lot of time, work and thoughtfulness to come to completion.  I am so touched that our daughter is so loved.

Quilt made by my Aunt Janelle

My Aunt makes the most gorgeous quilts and a few Christmases ago, she made me and my two sisters table runners.  They are beautiful and it was so thoughtful that she styled each one just right for each one of us.  Mine was classic & traditional, Lisa's was fun & cheery and Lynnette's was funky & modern - just like us!  So you can imagine how excited I was when I heard she wanted to make a quilt for Carys.  And I was not disappointed!  It's absolutely beautiful and full of special touches, like the tag above and even the quilting was done in heart shapes!  It's such a wonderful keepsake for Carys and I'm hoping that someday she'll be able to gift it to her daughter.  My aunt works really hard, so the fact that she took her free time to create something so special for my daughter is so touching.  

Memory Book from Grandma Alice 

Grandma Alice put together a book of memories beginning with the day that we found out we were pregnant with Carys and up through her first birthday.  She included emails that I sent her throughout the pregnancy and letters to Carys that detail each visit that we had during that time frame.  I can't even tell you how many times I've looked through it and cried - it's beautiful.  I know that someday Carys will love reading these stories and seeing the pictures.  I appreciate it too, because I was so disappointed that I didn't start this blog when I was pregnant.  It was such a special time and I want to remember every moment.  This book from Alice will preserve those memories and I'm so thankful that she took the time to put it all together!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Birthday Celebration

Even though we were gone for Carys's actual birthday, we still wanted to celebrate the event with family and friends, so a couple of weekends ago we did just that!  Scott's mom and dad came down and helped us get ready.  I'm so thankful that they did too, because I know I couldn't have gotten everything done by myself!  

Scott was in charge of beverages and getting the outside cleaned.  He had some help getting ready too.  Bug loves to be wherever her daddy is, so here she is supervising the powerwashing of the deck!

"You missed a spot over there Dad"
Grandma Alice did a great job helping me decorate the kitchen! Even Grandpa Tom pitched in and helped roll the silverware!  I kept the food pretty easy, so that I didn't have to worry about cooking after everyone arrived.  We had pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches, cheesy potatoes, baked bean casserole and a cucumber salad.  My friend Tonya made the casserole, my Grandma brought the salad, and Alice helped me prepare everything else, so it made things nice & easy.  Not long after our guests arrived, we ate, had cake and Carys opened presents.  We had such a beautiful day for the party.  It was nice to be able actually to hang out outside.  After such a hot summer, we were thankful that even though it was a little hot in the sun, there was a nice breeze and you could stay cool in the shade.  

The Birthday girl - no party dress is complete without Uncle Hoon's hat!
Great Grandparents!
My Aunt Nancy and cousin Daniel
Great Grandma Mary, Grandpa Harold and girlfriend, Bev
Aunt Nancy & Uncle Jerry
Me & my girl
Unfortunately, I started making my rounds with the camera, got distracted halfway through, and never finished, so I missed half of our guests.  I've learned my lesson - next year I'll assign photography duty to someone else!  We were so thankful to have so many of our friends and family come help us celebrate - all of whom we love so much!
Making her rounds
Grandma Judy couldn't make it to the party, but she did sneak in a quick visit the day before to give Carys her present.  She loves her Dora ride-on and was sweet enough to share it with her friends.

Cake Time!

We had such a great day!  Carys had tons of fun playing with her friends and new toys.  We are so thankful that this little girl has so many wonderful people in her life that love her!