Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Addie Visits Santa 2011

We took Addie tonight to see Santa and she was so excited! It was a much less traumatic experience than last year! We were total suckers and bought the USB stick so we could have all of the pictures! Here are our favorites!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Wonderful Week!

We have had a wonderful week this past week!  Brandon was off with us and it was so fun to be together all week.  He is such a big help with Addie and around the house, I am so lucky!  I took naps, did some holiday crafting, and just enjoyed him being here.


On Monday, Addie and I were so excited to have a visit from Auntie Hilly and Landry!  It was so great to see them and catch up!  Addie had fun showing Landry her “tangerine” (trampoline) that her Bubbie and Poppie gave her as an early Christmas present!

He is so cute I could just eat him up!


For Thanksgiving, we went to my dad and Julie’s house and celebrated with a DELICIOUS meal!  We were so stuffed!  Addie had a great time running around, being silly, and skipping her nap!  Nana and Leelee joined us over there, it was nice to see them on Thanksgiving too!


Addie had a special setup to eat her lunch…what a little princess.


After we ate lunch, Addie had to help check out the sale ads for Black Friday….


And she got to take a fun bath in the SUPER bath tub!


She had Thanksgiving jammies to wear that evening too. :) They say “Thankful for Mommy”


We also decorated for Christmas this weekend!  We kept it very minimal this year due to the fact that Emerson is due one month from today and honestly I didn’t have the energy to put out all 12 tubs of decorations (nor did I expect to feel like putting it all away in a month.)


So, we started with the most important thing to put out….and Addie got to open an early Christmas gift from Hicare and Uncle Micah, her very own Little People Nativity Scene!  It is so precious, and she loves it!  I want her to understand that the ONLY reason we celebrate Christmas is because our SAVIOR was born on that day long ago.  It’s really, really important to us.  Last year Hicare and Uncle Micah gave her the Innkeeper Little People set and she played with it this weekend too!  I am working to teach her the Christmas story, and it warms my heart to see her loving and playing with these little Biblical figurines.  Thanks Carol & Micah for the wonderful gift!! This is ALL that matters!


We also decorated our tree, which she loved this year.  It’s amazing to see the difference in one year!  She was totally into it and wanted to help hang ornaments.


And Addie got to put the star on top when we were finished!


She is getting so big and just has so much joy to share!  When I ask her to say cheese for the camera, she does things like this now:


Silly little girl.

I am so blessed!  I love my little family so much!  I can’t believe how close we are to seeing Emerson’s face!  The countdown is on!

Merry CHRISTmas!

Love, Michelle

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fun phone photos :)

We've been very busy lately around the house and I've been snapping some cute little photos with my phone.

I grew up LOVING the Radio City Rockettes, and even got to see them live a few years ago in NYC. It was a dream come true!! Addie and I watched them on the Today Show last week and she loved it too! We actually watched it three times. We are excited to see them in the Thanksgiving Day Parade! In this photo she was dancing with them, practicing her high kicks. Lol!

Here she is in an adorable hand me down outfit from Rylee.

She is starting to show interest in helping in the kitchen. Last week she helped me make pumpkin bread for her teachers.

She loves to have dinner theater these days! She gets to eat and watch a show at the same time occasionally and she thinks it's so fun!

My mom's friend sent her this apron and she will not take it off!

Playing with her rice sensory tub. She loves to do this kind of stuff :)

Showing off a new outfit from
Bubbie....being silly in the process!

And trying out Emmie's bumbo to make sure it's working properly! Ha!

She is so much fun! Trying to relax and enjoy these last few weeks with her as my only baby!! Love to all!

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Lovely Little “Sprinkle” for Emerson Claire

I was absolutely blessed beyond measure last Friday night when 6 of my precious friends (with whom I go WAY back!) celebrated Baby Emerson at a “Sprinkle”. We met at a restaurant in Lewisville, near the area of our first home.  I have been friends with these ladies for many years and it was so much fun to catch up and celebrate together!  My sweet friend Hillary put the evening together and just did so many special things to make it memorable.  I was blessed with several really sweet outfits, lots of diapers and wipes, baby care essentials,  a book for Emmie, and even an adorable pair of FUR boots for her!

The whole group, left to right:
Jessica, Hillary, Lindsay, me, Renee, Lina, Melissa


We enjoyed a delicious Italian Crème Cake!



Hillary put together the most amazingly thoughtful favors for each guest.  They were little bags of homemade chocolate chip cookies, with these adorable tags tied on each one.  Notice the background of the card is the same print as the fabric in Emmie’s nursery?!  I was amazed that she was able to do that!  The best part was the back side though.  Hillary made 6 separate cards, one for each guest, that had a scripture at the top, along with a  specific way to pray for Emerson and me in the next 6 weeks and as she is born.  They ranged from prayers of protection to prayers that she will come to know God, to prayers for joy in her life.  She made a set for me to keep of all of the cards.  It is such a special gift, and one I will always treasure.  I know Emerson will some day too!  What a gift…prayers for my little girl! Talk about making me tear up! 


It was a lovely evening spent with the sweetest ladies, and I will never forget it! :)  A heart-felt thank you….

to my precious friends.

Love, Michelle & Emmie

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Boo! Halloween 2011

We had a wonderful Halloween this year!  Addie was a ton of fun!  This was the first year that she really “got it.”  Our little Minnie Mouse had the TIME of her life on Halloween night!  She would skip to the door, say "Trick or Treat!!" Then, "thank you!" and even "happy Halloween!"  She even said to a few people, "I am wearing my Minnie Mouse dress!"  We definitely will never forget our last Halloween as a family of 3!


Before we started Trick-or-treating, she was so excited because she was sitting watching out the window at the kids coming to our door.  She kept saying, “They’re coming Mommy!  The tick or treaters are coming!!”DSC06315DSC06313

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These two melt my heart….


Nana and Leelee came trick or treating with us!


Addie and her sweet friend Lizzy…


We also enjoyed a hosting a Halloween Playdate for our MOPS (moms of preschoolers) group the week before Halloween.  It was so fun to see all of the kids in their costumes.  Addie and Rylee were the “Minnie Twins,” and they were so excited to be in the same costume.  It was a great time! 


Addie loves Baby Eli (Baby “Ery”) and had fun admiring him….he was the cutest Mickey we’ve ever seen!


We had crafts and cookie decorating on our back patio, and Halloween treats in the kitchen.


I also had to post the pictures of my little “Kitty” in the dress Aunt Penney gave her last year. (Aunt Penney is Carol’s super sweet Aunt who lives in South Carolina) We love her so much!  We have been waiting for Halloween to roll around so Addie could wear this dress!


Opening Halloween cards from Nana and Lee….

I just love how her “exuberant” personality shows in these pictures…


Showing off her new Halloween Jammies from Cece and Grandpa…


Oh, and I had to throw this one in with the Halloween post as a way to say, “I pick my battles.”  I actually let her carry this fake pumpkin from our porch to school with her.  (She did not take it into school, but it rode in her lap with her all the way there!)IMG_2441

Can’t wait to celebrate Halloween again next year with not one fun little girl, but TWO!  Hmmmm….what will they dress up as?  Gotta start thinking now!  After all, I did get Addie’s Minnie Dress at a consignment sale this summer for $4!  Gotta keep my eyes open for next year’s costumes!!