Sunday, November 30, 2008

Deja vu??

Today I dressed Rylan and remebered a picture that I had taken of Holden in the same outfit. I could not believe how much they look alike. Rylan is a little bit bigger than Holden was but they look the same to me!

Rylan 2 months old

Holden 4 months old

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Black Friday

There is something about the day after Thanksgiving, better known as Black Friday, that I love! It may be getting great deals, or having all my shopping done in one day or maybe it gets me in the spirit of Christmas with the music and the crowds. Either way, every year I always get up early and stand in line with all the other eager shoppers for the best bargain. This year was no different! Rylan woke up around 3:50 am to eat so after that I decided to go ahead and get dressed and go shopping! With my coupons, budget and list in hand I ventured out! I went to Sam's, Toys 'R Us, Target, and Dick's Sporting Goods all before 7:00 am! Then I went home to check on the boys (seeing that Rylan would not take a bottle, I kind of had to go home for a bit). After everyone was fed, I then headed to Macy's and Bath & Body Works. What a morning! I still had two more stores on my list, but I at least have 26 more shopping days until Christmas. If anyone is up for joining me next year let me know, I will be out again. Happy shopping!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Magical Lights at Lake Lanier

Wednesday night we made the trip to Lake Lanier to see the Magical Lights. We had not been before so we did not know what to expect. We drove around the lake and each section had a theme such as Teddy Bear Lane, 12 Days of Christmas and so on. Surprisingly, the lights were really good! At the end of the tour we stopped at the Christmas Village to have hot chocolate and roast marshmallows at the fire pits. If I would have know this, I would have brought graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows to make s'mores! I guess we will be ready for next year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Rylan before going to Thanksgiving dinner at Dad-Daddy and Grammy's house.

(What a cute turkey!)

Holden and cousin Wesley at Dad-Daddy and Grammy's house

(The other two turkey's)

The beautiful wreathe Wesley made! It smells so wonderful that I wish we had a real tree!

Happy Thanksgiving! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving here in Alpharetta. We had our family dinner at the grandparents house. Additionally, my cousin Wesley came from South Carolina to spend Thanksgiving with us! Holden had so much fun playing with him. He even wore a belt to match Wesley! Holden did not want to let him leave, he kept saying 2 more minutes. But poor Wesley had to work on Friday, so he had to get back home. We are so grateful that he made the trip to spend the day with us.

This Thanksgiving we are thankful for our many blessings...a wonderful loving family, healthy and happy children, and most of all each other. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Turkey Cookies

It is cold and rainy here, so most of our activities have been inside. I saw a cute cookie craft in Family Fun magazine this month and decided to try it. We made turkeys out of Oreos and candy corn for Thanksgiving. They came out pretty cute if I do say so myself! However, I think Holden ate more of the candy than what actually ended up on the turkeys but it gave us something to do. Gobble, Gobble!

Thanksgiving Feast

Time for the Thanksgiving Feast! Just like the Pilgrims and Indians... well not exactly.
Holden celebrated Thanksgiving with his preschool classmates today. They had the typical Thanksgiving foods, however, I think most of them just ate the goldfish and fruit but they had a great time. After their feast, Ms. Jan read a book and they played Thanksgiving games like Pin the Hat on Tom the Turkey and Duck Duck Turkey! Fun was had by all!

Date with Dad

Holden and Davis (he is the one in the red)

Last Thursday, Holden had "Date With Dad" at school. Holden was so excited to take his Daddy to school with him. I told Kevin before he went into his classroom to look on the wall at the poster "All About My Dad". I had read it the day before and could not stop laughing! Here are some of the questions that they asked and Holden's reply: What is your Dad's name- "Phillip" How old is your dad-"1 year old" How tall is your dad-"This Tall" What color is your dad's hair-"Brown" What does your dad do at work-"Hammer" What is you dad's favorite food-"Cheerios" What is your favorite thing to do with your dad-"Play Swords". To explain a couple of the responses I asked Holden in the car what was Daddy's name he said, "It is not Kevin, I want it to be Phillip", I said "Why do you want it to be Phillip" and Holden says "because Davis' dad's name is Phillip." With that being said I just laughed because two other boys had their dad's name as Phillip too (which their dad's names are not Phillip either). Davis must have a big following in the 3 year olds!
Kevin said he had a great time watching the kids recite the pledge of allegiance, sing the days of the week, and count with the number song. As a gift for the dad's they painted pictures and traced the outline of their feet beside their dad's outline. It was really cute!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Postcard from Santa

My friend Michele sent me a link to her friends website that will send your child a postcard from Santa. You customize the card with whatever you want it to say and they send it out like it came from Santa Clause. The best part it is only $4.00. I ordered one last night and it is adorable!

I could not figure out how to upload the proof to the blog, so here is the link to my proof:

I can not wait to see Holden's reaction when he receives his card from Santa Clause! I am sure he will be so excited!

(If you want to order one you can email Amy Erickson at Just give her your information and she will send you a proof. It is that easy! Enjoy!)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Baby Rylan

I thought I would post a couple of recent pictures of Rylan. He is growing so fast and is the cutest! (I am a little bias!) We have his 2 month appointment next week, I am very interested to see how much he has grown.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Whatcha Got Cookin'

"Hey Good Lookin', Whatcha Got Cookin', How About Cookin' Somethin' Up With Me?" Dinner time tends to be a little chaotic at our house. In order to keep him occupied, I ask him to help cook with me. Holden is more likely to eat something if he helps out, and of course he has alot of fun cooking with mom. After we finished making corn souffle' today, I told him thanks for helping me "my little chef". He said, "I am not a little chef." Sorry, I meant "big chef". He proceeded to tell me he was not the "big chef either, I'm a little daddy". I thought it was too cute! Well, thanks "little daddy"!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Soccer Season

Holden setting up for a corner kick

Holden running after the ball

Mmm...delicious cupcake

Holden receiving his trophy

Soccer season has come to an end! Saturday was the last game for the 3 year old Shooters (yes,that is a terrible name for a soccer team, but I did not pick it). Holden has come a LONG way since the beginning of the season when he was, let's just say, "confused" about the sport. I think he finally got the concept that you kick the ball to the goal, and you can take the ball away from the other team too. However, he enjoys watching his shadow as opposed to following the ball but at least we had fun. After the final game, the team gathered for a party and received trophies. Overall, I would have to say he had a great time in his first soccer season-he wants to play again. We will see if that changes before next fall.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Sweet 16

It is hard to believe that 16 years ago my beautiful niece was born. I can remember it like it was yesterday, Clif calling to tell Mom and me that Catherine Alexandria, better known as Allie had arrived. He was so funny describing her hair and her cone head - thankfully that went away! At the time I was a freshman in high school, and now Allie is a sophomore in high school. It seems like a lifetime has passed. With that being said, I would like to share some of my favorite memories of Miss Allie. First, she always loved to control the radio as a child and today too, but her taste has changed from Barney to John Mayer and Sugarland. Now I am listening to Barney! Allie used to love to mix up her food. I remember going to Olive Garden and she put bread sticks, spaghetti, and sugar into her water glass and then proceeded to drink it. Or the time Allie was telling me that her Daddy told her that she was going to see her Uncle Hal at the zoo with the gorillas. Or the time she was running around in her diaper while my friends Crystal, Nicole and I were getting ready for the Christmas dance. Now Allie is getting ready for her own dances. A most recent memory is me letting Allie drive for the first time…what an experience! I am assuming that since she passed her driving test she is not using both feet to drive! But one of my favorite memories is shopping with Allie and my sister the day after Christmas, which has been a tradition since she was born. Hopefully, we will continue this forever!

Allie, I used to hold you and play with you when you were a baby and now you are holding my babies…wow time flies by! Every time I think about you, you bring a smile to my face. You have grown up from a cute little Gerber baby with all your rolls to a beautiful teenager before my eyes. If I had a little girl, I would want her to be just like you! My birthday wish for you is that your life becomes everything that you have dreamed of and that you do not lose site of what you want in the future. We love you, Allie! Happy Sweet 16!
(Pictures above are 1-Allie was 7 months 2- Allie 1 year and Aunt Liz-yes the hair was bad 3- Allie was 2 years old 4- Christmas 2007 5- Adrian's Wedding June 2008)