Monday, January 26, 2009

Welcome to the World!

Our friends had their first child, a beautiful baby boy, David Alejandro! He is absolutely adorable. He entered this big world on January 25, 2009 at 9:39pm.
7lbs. 2oz, 20 inches long! Congratulations guys! He's precious!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Potty Time!

A couple of weeks before Kaelyn's 2nd birthday she was doing really well with the potty. Shortly after, she went on strike....around the time Brian and I went on our little vacation. hmmmm....stinker! lol We are trying to get back on track with pottying so we put up this chart and Kaelyn gets to put a sticker on each time she goes in the potty and she gets her m&m's. She gets pretty excited about it so hopefully she will stick with it! =) When Brian came in and saw the chart he said, "Wow, we are really parents, huh?" haha Yep honey, we have adopted the modern decor of Sesame Street in our lovely bathroom... it's only temporary. ;) Here are a few pics of my big girl right after a successful trip to the potty!



What did I do..... deserve flowers for no reason?!!! Not just any flower, one of my favorites...tulips! Last night my husband came in from the gym and surprised me with these beauties below. I love it when he does sweet things like this! It brightened my whole night. It truly is the small things that mean so much. :) And the flowers fit perfectly in the empty bowl I have been meaning to get more apples for! Thanks for being so wonderful, honey! I love you. ;)



Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Our district's schools were closed today due to our whole ONE inch of snow! Kaelyn's daycare follows the school district so they were closed too. I was fortunate enough to work from home with her today. =) I always work much harder when I am here than sitting in the office, but we had a great time! Here is a video of little miss priss and a few pics from her exploring the snow!




Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sesame Street Live!

Yesterday we took Kae to see Sesame Street Live, When Elmo Grows Up! Brian got us free tickets! Woohoo! I wasn't quite sure how she would do since she is a little weird about the talking Elmo dolls, but she had a blast and was in awe! She got to see her favorite character, Abby Cadabby, from one of our sesame street books and she was so excited. She also loved Zoe... well she loved them all, actually! The Count came close to us and she did well. :-) It was a really fun show and I was thankful we went. Kaelyn had a wonderful time!





Friday, January 16, 2009

And we're back....

...from the Bahamas! Brian and I left Wednesday night (Jan. 7th) to fly down to Miami and cruise to the Bahamas. We were super excited to see new places and take our first cruise! This was also huge for us because it was our first big trip away from Kaelyn. Mom was already coming for Kae's birthday so we asked if she could stay a little longer so we could get away for a bit. Surprisingly, Kaelyn and I both did great away from each other for 5 nights. Since she was with Mom I didn't worry at all, and she was having a blast with Nana! When we talked to her on the phone she was such a big girl and asked if we were having fun on our "trip short." Toooo cute! Love that girl! ;)

Now for the trip...we had a blast!! We flew into Ft. Lauderdale late Wednesday night, got our rental - red mustang, probably the last 2 door we'll drive for a whiiiile haha, and headed over to our hotel in Miami. We were very pleased with our condo-like room and had a pretty good city view. :) Around midnight we were feeling a little hungry and decided to walk down to a little restaurant we had seen about a block away. We got there and they were still open for drinks, but the kitchen had just closed. =( They told us we could go a few more blocks and Blue Martini would be serving food so we decided to check it out. They were serving food... along with insanely loud music and lots of booty bumping on the dance floor. lol We could barely hear each other in there so we ate an appetizer and got our entree to go. The food was yummy!
Thursday we got up and went down to Bayside Marketplace to do a little shopping and get a bite to eat. We ate outside at Tradewinds. The weather was perfect! It was in the 80's, beautiful sunshine and not too much humidity. :) After we finished up there we went to lay on South Beach. It wasn't crowded but there was a good amount of people there for it to be JANUARY! haha People are very "free" on the beach if you get my drift. It was a gorgeous beach and we couldn't have asked for better weather! That evening we we walked down to P.F. Chang's for some yummy Chinese and to watch the first half of the National Championship game. We headed back to our room to cuddle for the second half and ended up dozing off. ;)
Friday we got up and packed everything back up for the cruise. We walked around for a bit and went to Lombardi's for lunch outside and had some delicious oysters! Then we returned our mustang and took a taxi to the port.
We boarded and checked out the cruise ship. We were pleasantly surprised with the size of our room. I had imagined it much more cramped but we had plenty of space in our room/bathroom. We laid out by the pool for a bit and relaxed in the hot tub... then it was time for the cruise ship fun! haha, but necessary in case of an emergency. That night we headed to dinner and met a very cool couple. It was fun getting to know them. We went to the comedy show afterwards and headed back to our room.
Saturday morning we arrived in Nassau, Bahamas! It was beautiful! We did a little shopping and then got ready for snorkeling. We got on a catamaran that took us out to a reef where we saw lots of neat fish in the most beautiful water! It was so much fun and we finally used our olympus camera under water for the 1st time! It did a good job! The weather was again...perfect! We saw gorgeous houses on the way there and back. When we finished on the catamaran we had to rush back to the ship to get ready for dinner. We didn't have much time at all, but we made it to dinner... a tad bit late. :) That night was my favorite meal on the ship...yummy lobster and shrimp! We also had another awesome couple join us for dinner. After dinner we hung out with our friends we met and enjoyed great company and conversation getting to know everyone. :)

Sunday was a pretty lazy day. We slept in until around 10 and got up to get a bite to eat. We jumped in a hot tub for a few, but it was so hot outside we could barely stand it! We weren't in too long before we hopped out to lay in the sun on the "no kids" deck. haha It was so nice and relaxing. We went back to our room, ordered room service, and lounged around. Before dinner I took advantage of one of the spa specials and got a hot stone massage. Ahhhh, it was soooo wonderful! I came back and we got ready to have dinner with our new friends. After dinner we enjoyed a karaoke contest and a comedy show. Oh, how could I forget?!...Brian sang karaoke for us on this night AND the night before! He did an awesome job and we all cheered him on! =)
Monday morning... back in Miami. We had exchanged contact info with our friends and were ready to go our separate ways. We left the ship that morning and went down to Miami's art deco district. There were so many neat buildings and the weather was yet again...gorgeous! We walked all over the place and had lunch at Joe's Stone Crab Take Away. It was delicious! From here we walked a bit more and then headed back to the airport. We felt like we had been away the perfect amount of time. We didn't feel rushed at all, but we weren't gone too long to the point where we were miserable missing Kaelyn.
Mom and Kae picked us up that night and Kaelyn was soooo excited to see us! We were sooo excited to see her too, and she seemed to have grown even more while we were gone. hehe It was a wonderful trip and we throughly enjoyed every minute! Thanks to Mom for keeping Kae. We hope to take trip just for us at least once a year! =)
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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Nana Goes ByeBye =(

Today was a sad day for us, but happy for Dad. haha We had to take Mom to the airport early this morning. Kaelyn wasn't too happy about Nana leaving.
Mom, thanks so much for all of the yummy meals, helping out with laundry, and keeping our little angel so we could take our much needed trip! Dad, thanks for sharing her for 2 weeks. We love and miss you both!

Here is a video Mom took earlier in the week... The first part shares her thoughts on Nana going back home to Michigan.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Dancing with Dora!

Even though Aunt Chelsea was unable to attend Kae's birthday party, she delivered the BEST birthday card! See below...

We love and miss you Aunt Chels!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Tea Party!

Kaelyn and Mom played tea with her new Princess table and tea set Mom and Dad got her for her birthday. They were too cute! Kae loves it and it was amazing to see how her imagination just ran wild!




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Sunday, January 4, 2009

My Baby Girl is 2!

Happy Birthday to my dear sweet Kaelyn! Another year flew by and my tiny baby turned into a Big Girl! This year we watched Kaelyn grow into a little girl. Her personality blossomed even more if that's possible lol.
She can say her ABC's and identify all the letters and a word they are associated with, (example: A for Alabama), counts & identifies #s, says the cutest night time prayer, sings all kinds of songs, and has a massive vocabulary that surprises us everyday! She is so bright and funny. She has kept us laughing and I know there's lots more to come. =) A couple of weeks ago she started using her potty a lot. She had a few good days where she went about 3 times in a row. Once she goes back to school on the 15th she will be wearing pullups more and they will work with her there too! ...So hopefully we will get this potty training thing down. ;) Kaelyn, you are our biggest blessing and the light of our lives! We love you so much! =)

We celebrated her birthday at Flying Saucers with a "Create a Critter" party where the kids picked an animal and stuffed it! =) Kaelyn had a few friends there..personal friends and from school. They were all so cute and I think they had a good time. Kaelyn was amazed by the white fluffy stuff!
They might've gotten a little restless during the stuffing process but I think they enjoyed taking their "critter" home. :) Other guests included Kaelyn's Great Great Grandparents, her Great Grandpa, Nana (my mom), Uncle David & Aunt Jacque, and Big Sis Skyler. She had a Minnie Mouse themed party and had a Minnie cake, balloons, and outfit. =) Kaelyn was blessed with many gifts from people all over. We missed her Nonny & Papa who were just here at Christmas, her PopPop, Uncle TC, and Sarah, Aunt Tera & fam, and Grammie Ann, but we know they all sent their love and wished they could be with us!

Here are a few pics from the party! Click HERE to see more pics!




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Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!

Hard to believe another year has come and gone! WOW! We celebrated the new year by going to dinner at Mimi's Japanese Steakhouse with a couple of our friends. It was great food and great company! We went early so we could have Kae off the roads at a decent hour...we got home around 9. I did make it to see the ball drop and leaned over to kiss my sleeping hubby. :) I am usually sleeping too, but couldn't fall asleep yet. As I look back over 2008, it was an amazing year and I have sooo much to be thankful for! A few highlights..

My baby girl celebrated her 1st Birthday
Brian and I survived that first year!! haha
We celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary <3
We got to see my little brother graduate high school in MI
Took a trip to FL to see my best friend, old friends, in-laws, beautiful beaches for 4th of July
I grew and learned new aspects in my photography
Got a promotion at work!
Was able to go to AL to shoot a high school friend's wedding
My uncle finally got married to the lady he's dated for about 6 years! We love her!
Spent Thanksgiving with my great grandparents and family in Charleston that we don't see enough
Watched my baby turn into a "little girl"...more personality, talk your ear off, make you laugh, can't help but LOVE her so much!

In 2009 I have many goals... a few I will share now..

I would like to grow spiritually, spend more time with God.. set aside quiet time to commit to a devotional. :)
Find more alone time for me and my hubby and let him know how much I really do appreciate him, he is my best friend.
Advertise for my passion, photography, and see where it takes me.
Be the best mom/wife I can be!
And of course the ol' get a fitness routine and STICK WITH IT! haha

Wishing you a Blessed 2009! ....
Here are a few pics from our New Years Eve!




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