Friday, December 5, 2008

Jingle All The Waaaaaaaaaaaay.....

"HEY!" That's Lily's favorite part of the song and we're hearing it quite a bit these days.

Since Thanksgiving, we've quickly realized that this area is all about sweet little hometown Christmas celebrations, so we've been catching as many of them as we can... they do such a wonderful job of just making it feel like Christmas here. We love it.



The city of Georgetown put on their official tree lighting ceremony a couple of Fridays ago, complete with "Lily's singers" (aka carolers), hot chocolate, the town mayor and judge and Santa in full cowboy gear. Only in Texas! It was adorable and Lil even got up on the steps with the other kids to sing along with the carolers.



The following day, it was REALLY cold and REALLY rainy. We didn't let it stop us from making the drive to The Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, though. We bundled up our girl and braved the chilly weather, big pools of mud and the scariest thing of all: no naptime.



We hopped on the hayride shortly after we arrived feeling a little bit soggy and were sooooo happy to see the sun coming through the clouds as we rode.

They dropped us off in the middle of the farm, handed Mike a saw and set us free to search for our tree. We were surrounded by a ton of families, many of them who had been coming to the farm for years... so sweet.



There was a lot of touching and sniffing



A few breakdowns caused by muddy hands



and a whole lot of walking around until we finally found THE ONE.


Mike was excited to put that saw to use and Lily was right there to help.



She quickly announced that "the tree is sticky!"



but still wanted to help her daddy carry it back to the hayride.


We visited the animals while Mike loaded up the car


and Lil enjoyed her view of our tree through the sunroof on the way home.



It's been a fun couple of weeks, but by far, the most exciting thing



was our trip to the library for a Santa sing-a-long and visit.



She made sure to tell him that she's "a good girl" and demanded that he take a moment to listen to the band that was playing Christmas carols across the room



Before we left, she decided that she wanted one last sit with the big guy and took a flying leap onto his lap.

Her final take while eating her prized candy cane from Santa: "He got scratchies on his face." Funny girl.

Merry Christmas, everyone! :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

They all warned us....



...that it would go by terribly fast. That we would look back on those early days fondly and forget about all of the fear and uncertainty that came with being new parents. That we would marvel at how tiny those little fingers once were. That we would question how we ever lived without her.

They were right. I can't help but wish that it would all slow down just a little.

And here we are on the eve of her second birthday, weepy at the sight of these pictures... not from sadness, but gratitude. This child gave us the gift of parenthood on the day she was born and we are so, so thankful. The love that has come along with it opened up our lives in ways we never could have imagined . Even though this birthday marks her time as a "big girl," she'll always be our precious baby.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Too much.

Festivals centered around pecans and hairy men, day trips to new places, my return to work, Beatles schooling, visits with friends and a wheezy kiddo... in the middle of it all someone turned 31 on the same day that another someone entered her 23rd month.

I've been a bad blogger and I have way too much to catch up on. So for now, here are a few pictures to catch everyone up -- many of them horribly messy and out of focus, but I included em anyway-- on what has been a busy month around here.
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Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Patch


What was supposed to be a short trip to Sweet Berry Farms in Marble Falls on Sunday turned out to be just the opposite. Lesson learned= GPS really doesn't like anything involving farm roads and it'll mess with you if you attempt to go there.

The insane frustration was worth it. We got to explore a gorgeous area that we didn't know even existed out here. Even better, my dear friend Kayce was in town to enjoy it all with us. Just a great day spent together.

Lil was thrilled to feed the goats. Four days later, we're STILL hearing "mmmmm.... yummy goat food. It's good!"

They hayride wasn't as exciting.... however, the walk over was. We were asked to walk through a tunnel to get to it, and once we did, someone pointed out that hanging right over our heads was a baby bat. Yuck.


The whole pumpkin patch trip has been a tradition for me and Mike since pretty much when we first started dating. We're a little dorky that way.

Lil was all business about our big mission: to find our family pumpkins. I think my fall obsession has rubbed off on her just a little bit and I'm pretty happy about that.

I just love that she's big enough now to really enjoy things like this.

That's "Lily" that she's holding. She found it 2 seconds after we got there and wouldn't let go. It's lined up right in between the Daddy and Mama and Mimi pumpkins on our porch where it'll stay until we carve it on Halloween.

Ever since she was born, we've talked about traditions that we want to start with her during the holidays and this was one of them. So fun and a blast seeing it all through our little pumpkin's eyes.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Remembering

Thinking of Ann today as she's laid to rest and making a promise that I won't take time for granted. I'll stop putting things off. Enjoy the little moments. I'll be a better friend and make more of an effort to get in touch with the people that I love. Be content with what I have. I'll try to let go and not hold grudges. Rejoice in the way things are. I'll write down memories and take more pictures that include me. I'll make the most of each day.

I'm remembering how I couldn't help but smile at my mom and Ann when they were together. How they would laugh until they cried and squealed at the sight of each other. Their realness. How they bonded over their mutual adoration of their kids and families. They didn't let distance get in the way of friendship. They savored every minute together.

More than ever I've been reminded of how blessed I am to be a mom and to have a family.

On the most challenging, longest of days, with Ann in mind, I won't take that for granted.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Little Bit of Goodness(es).

She's a big ol' chatterbox these days and cracks us up at how her stories are sometimes just a little bit dramatic....

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And last week during a trip to our neighborhood pool, she decided that she'd shower like the big kids. So now, instead of asking to go to the pool, she asks to go to the shower. Check out her "cute cheeks"

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Did somebody say FALL?


We're sooooooooooo ready around here so I'll be doing a little dance when it officially starts at midnight. We spent much of the afternoon putting up our fall decorations, some of us in full costume (this is not the official costume, by the way-- she has made it very clear that she wants to be a bee... specifically, a "buzzy bee".... and not a "humkin").

We had a wonderful weekend.... enjoyed our neighborhood swimming pool with some buddies on Friday night, made it to an outdoor family festival on Saturday and wrapped things up at the Austin Pecan Street Festival this morning and dinner with my sister at home this evening-- sooooo much fun and really nice to be outside, even if it's still pretty darn hot.

This is my favorite time of year and I'm just so happy that it's finally here. Mike dreads it because so many birthdays and anniversaries happen around this time... but I love it. Such a great time a year with so much to celebrate. Can't wait.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Happy Birthday

to Lily's new cousin and the littlest of the beautiful Hazard girls! We just got news of her late Friday evening arrival from her proud Grandpa and Nana and are anxiously waiting to hear her sweet name.

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I still have about 2000 more to share. Really. :)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Bibbity, bobbity....


we're back. :)







It's pajama day around our house while we re-adjust to life outside of the castle... like all good things, it went by way too fast but we couldn't be happier about the whole experience. We had a blast and Lily cannot stop gabbing about her time with the "hi hos."


A lot of people have pointed out that she won't remember the details of this trip--- but it wasn't about that for us anyway. We wanted to enjoy every part of her "little-ness" while we still can and ended up doing just that. She reeeeeeeeally believed in the power of Cinderella's wishing star, hugged every character she came across, is still truly concerned that Nemo needs to be found and the memories created in moments like this one, with her tiny hand in his and her voice squealing "Pooh. Lily. Walk!" all day afterwards will stay with us forever.


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