Archive for ‘Holidays’

July 19, 2011

Busy is what I like to be.

When I was a kid, the summer always seemed to fly by faster than any other time of the year. I guess it’s kind of like the weekend…or Christmas break. When you’re not in school, time zips right by leaving you longing for the days when you didn’t have to worry about multiplication or spelling tests. Nevertheless, the summer always ends too quickly and you once again find yourself stuck in a classroom with twenty-something other kids who wish they were at the pool.

Maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit here. I always liked school and was, for the most part, ready to return when the time came. I say all of this because it is already the 19th of July, and school will be starting in no time. You may be thinking to yourself why this would concern me now. I’m not in school, and Little Miss has quite a while before she will be starting either. Thank goodness. I guess I still think about it because my mother is a teacher, and it always seems as if right when her summer break begins, it’s just about time to head back! And did I mention that Little Miss and I spend a lot of time with my mother during the summer? She lives just two minutes from my house.

Anyway, enough with the rant about school days. Since I’ve become a grown woman with a husband and a daughter, my days just continue to fly. Not just the summer days either. Every. single. day. Except for those days when the house is a mess, and Little is screaming, and Kona and Moose are driving me insane wanting to go outside every five seconds…

The past couple of weeks have been so busy, which I love. But everyone knows that when you have a busy schedule, time really starts slipping away. And now I have nearly a months worth of activities that I need to pack into one post before I forget something!

About a month ago, my mom, dad, sister, Little, and I took a 15-hour road trip to Pennsylvania. My grandmother turned 80 at the beginning of June, and my dad’s whole family (six boys and one girl plus spouses, kids, and grandkids) surprised her with a party.

Daddio didn’t get to go because of work, so he stayed home and took care of the dogs. Little Miss got to meet her great Gramma at my sister’s high school graduation, but I was so glad that we got to see her again. And Pennsylvania is a beautiful state! My dad was very excited to be back where he grew up for a visit.

For the 4th of July, Daddio, Little and I (plus the dogs) headed to Kentucky to stay with Daddio’s grandparents.

My parents and sister and Daddio’s parents also came to visit, so we had a great time relaxing and visiting with everyone. Little Miss loves going to Kentucky for all the good food, the exploring, and of course the extra attention!

Daddio and I had our anniversary on July 11th. Did I mention that thing about time flying by? I love you, Mr. T.

Other than all of that, we’ve been spending our days getting haircuts, going to the pool, cleaning house, going to birthday parties, shopping for groceries, and seeing old friends. I just finished reading The Help, and I’ve got to say that it was one of the best books I’ve read in a while. I’m not going to spoil anything for those who still want to read it, but I do want to say that my favorite part of the story was seeing Aibileen and Mae Mobley’s relationship develop. It was so neat to watch what began as innocent, pure love turn into something deeper and stronger as Mae Mobley grew. I laughed, gasped, and cried throughout the whole book. Feel free to leave your thoughts on the book, too.

Happy summer!

February 11, 2011

Be mine.

I would not call myself a crafty person, but when I spotted all the fun Valentine goodies in the Target dollar bins a few weeks ago, I was inspired to make some handmade “love” notes  for Little’s friends and family. I came up with a cheesy little note that is way over done for the inside, but I thought it fit the do-it-yourself feel. The notecards were plain, so I spiced them up a little with ribbon and Valentine paper. All the cards were different in some way.

Valentine’s day is such a cute little holiday. I’m so glad that I can use Little Miss as my excuse to channel my inner Kindergartener! Whether you’re going to spend your Valentine’s day with friends, family or that special someone, I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating your love. 🙂

December 27, 2010

My little girl in a pink puffy chair

I believe Little Miss greatly enjoyed her first real Christmas. I say first real Christmas because she was born on Christmas of 2009, so this year was actually her second Christmas. But since we were in the hospital with a newborn for all of the holiday last year, some would say it didn’t count.

At any rate, she woke up smiling and ready to enjoy the day!  Her daddy and I greeted her with the video camera to record her first birthday morning. After some milk and a diaper change, we headed out to the living room to open our presents together. Little got some books (I think I may have a problem when it comes to buying books…I can’t stop!), play kitchen food, and some puzzles among other things.

After finishing our own presents, we went over to Daddy’s parents’ house to visit with lots of family. It was a little overwhelming with all of the people and presents, but one of Little’s gifts was a pink oversized arm-chair and ottoman from Nana and Poppy. She got up in that chair, and it was obvious that she was just taking it all in. While everyone opened their gifts and visited with each other, my sweet girl sat peacefully, toying with a small wrapped box. I don’t think I will ever forget the way she looked sitting in that chair for the first time.

On Christmas night Ressie, Papa C, and Auntie (my mom, dad, and sister) came over for a delicious meal and more gifts. It was low-key and relaxing as we slowly opened each present. Little Miss got more books, the cutest little talking purse, and an owl lamp for her room.

I really can’t believe that Christmas day has already come and gone. It happens more quickly with each year, and I fear that with a child, it will only continue to fly by even faster. I hope that with every holiday, Little Miss is able to hold on to the joy and awe that was so easily observed on her sweet face in that pink puffy chair.

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