Monday, November 24, 2008

Not Exactly What I Had In Mind

Okay, I have to admit I've been looking forward to Christmas portraits ALL YEAR! In July I purchased matching Christmas outfits for Mason and Hannah Kate. And I've had this image in my mind of what our Christmas pictures were going to look like this year. So I was super excited when Amy (remember my fabulous photog friend who took the precious pics back during the summer?) said she was going to have a special Christmas mini-session photo shoot. Sign me up!

Last Friday we loaded up and headed off to have the Christmas pictures made. I was oozing with excitement. We met Amy at her in-laws' house where she had several Christmas scenes set up outside. My excitement continued to build as I combed hair and straightened outfits one last time. Here we go!

It didn't take long for me to notice that Hannah Kate was awfully "serious." There was absolutely nothing I could do to make her smile. And, believe me, I tried everything and made myself quite a dork in the process. And Mason . . . well, he just wasn't interested. He was zoned out somewhere else. Oh yeah, and I also forgot to mention that earlier in the day I accidentally scratched Mason's cheek with my ring! No amount of Neosporin was making that big red mark go away! So after 15 minutes of this, I was absolutely exhausted. Oh the things we do for coveted pictures of our babies! But we weren't finished yet.

I changed Hannah Kate into her 1st birthday outfit so we could go ahead and get those pics as well. Keep in mind that Hannah Kate is still quite "serious" at this point. And then all of a sudden the bottom drops out of the sky, and it starts pouring down rain. So we scramble to get everything and everyone inside. Amy wanted to get a few more shots of Hannah Kate. Well, the dog was inside and got awfully excited when we decided to go inside, too, so we ended up having to dodge the tee-tee all over the floor. At that point, we were just laughing. It really was funny! And Amy was such a sweetheart the whole time. Let's just say that we're going to take Hannah Kate's 1-year portraits again in a couple of weeks!

Having said all of that, I decided to share with you a few of my favorites. I hope they'll make you laugh as much as they've made me laugh. And, in retrospect, Hannah Kate isn't really serious. She's just downright MAD!

I'll bet you're wondering what our Christmas photo greeting card is going to look like this year!

Monday, November 17, 2008

In the Drawer

Since Miss Priss is into EVERYTHING these days, I decided that rearranging the drawers and cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom was the best way to go. I would no longer have to spend much of my day picking up after her and most of my day trying to keep her away from the contents therein that she really did not need to be playing with. So all of the drawers on her level are completely empty.

The other morning I was putting on my make-up. As usual, Hannah Kate was playing at my feet. I knew she was down there, but I really wasn't paying attention to what she was doing because I knew there was nothing she could get into since the drawers were empty. A couple of minutes later I look down, and she is grinning from ear to ear . . . she is "into something" alright . . . she is IN THE DRAWER! And now this has become a common occurance around our house.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

These Feet Were Made For Walking

Hannah Kate took her first steps at 10 1/2 months so she's been walking for nearly a month now! It was slow going at first, but she's getting more and more sure of herself each day. Soon she'll be running.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Trick or Treat

Okay, so I have to admit that we've never "done" Halloween before. Mason has never dressed up, and he's never been trick or treating. Since we got Mason and Hannah Kate costumes to wear to Abbie's birthday party, we figured we should get the most out of it. So we went trick or treating with Logan.
Mason was, of course, a cowboy. And Logan was a horse! This wasn't even planned. We didn't know until we walked out the door to go trick or treating what costume Logan was going to wear because he hadn't much been in the mood for costumes lately.
Mason and Logan had the best time, and Hannah Kate enjoyed riding around in her stroller.

Mason and Logan were very cordial trick or treaters. After receiving their candy, they would say, "Thank you!"Of course, Mason did not understand that we were not going to eat all of the candy that night. It was all I could do to convince him to leave the candy in his bucket and save it for later. Everytime we headed off to another house, Mason would try to start eating his candy. And then his bucket got so heavy that he couldn't carry it anymore so I ended up hauling it around.We met several "spooks" along the way, as Pop would say. At first Mason didn't know what to think of this little guy. He just stared him down from a distance. He finally reached out and touched his hand, and the spook started laughing. Mason thought that was the greatest thing, and then he didn't want to leave.Another house we went to was all decked out. There was another spook on the porch waiting for us. He had a bowl of candy in his lap since his owners weren't home. Mason eased up to him, stood as far back as he could while still managing to reach his hand into the candy bucket, grabbed a piece and then ran back down the driveway.As the evening wore on, it got a little chilly so Hannah Kate had to wear her hat.This afternoon while I was watching the Georgia game, Seth was "watching" Mason. I knew he'd gotten the treat bucket down from the top shelf in the pantry so Mason could have a piece of candy. What I didn't know was that Mason didn't just have a piece of candy. He had many pieces of candy. I didn't even bother counting all of the wrappers I found in the garbage. So three hours later when Mason was running around the house and yelling like a banshee, I reminded my husband that he was the one who allowed Mason to delve into the candy uninhabited. He said he would never give Mason that much candy again.