Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Before you scroll down, let me warn you...there will be NO cute baby pictures in this post. I didn't bring my cord home, so pictures will have to wait until we get back to NWA.

Yesterday, we started our trip "home" to Blytheville. This is a trip that on a good day takes 5 hours and 45 minutes. Before we got to the tunnel on 540, traffic stopped and remained stopped. Then it moved slowly for what seems like forever. 2 hours later we were finally on 40. Already over an hour behind schedule. 5 looooong hours later we arrived home. But, it's always good to be here. (This morning in the paper it said that the bridges were iced over and they decided to call the salt trucks to spray them before they were going to let people drive on them. I guess better safe than sorry.)

This morning my mom and I braved the crowds at Wal-Mart and JC Penney to get a few last minute things (no gifts thank goodness). These kind of shopping trips reinforce the fact that I am NEVER moving back to Blytheville. IT IS AWFUL.

But our evening was WONDERFUL. Tonight, we all went to the Candlelight Service at our church. We have done this since I was a little girl and I always LOVE it. Last year, Neely slept in her carrier the entire service. This year was a little more eventful, but she did seem to enjoy it. We need to work on not saying "bounce & bounce & bounce" every time music comes on. Or yelling "BABY" every time she sees her red headed baby doll. I kept her satisfied with milk and crackers and we made it through the service. We came home, had dinner and opened presents. I think this is the last year that she won't understand Santa at all, so we took advantage of that and opened them all tonight. I can't explain how much stuff she got. I think her favorite thing was the newborn Cabbage Patch Kid or the farm animal sound book. I love to watch her learn new things so it should be fun watching her play with her new toys.

Tomorrow we go to my grandmother's for the big meal which is always wonderful. We will also stop by my Great Aunt's (like a grandmother) house. Neely is so lucky to have so many people that love her.

Well, I won't be posting for a while. Brad and I are taking our first vacation without Neely. As excited as I am, I am still pretty sad. I am going to miss that baby so much. I know my parents will take good care of her while we are gone and that she will have lots of fun. I promise to give a full report when we get back.

I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL Christmas day.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Not Biased At All - 1 Year Pictures

We got Neely's 1 year pictures back today & I have to say that she might be the cutest 1 year old little girl I know. Not that I am biased or anything.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Denver Aquarium and Children's Museum

Brad took Monday off so we could spend an extra day in Denver. Our first stop was the aquarium. Neely was really interested in the fish for about 5 minutes and then she couldn't have cared less. It was a pretty small aquarium, but it was the perfect size for young kids. Here is Neely with some tropical fish. Most of the time, all Neely wanted to do was reach over the tanks and try to touch the water.
After the aquarium, we went to the Children's Museum and she absolutely LOVED it. Here she is in the firetruck with Brad.
They had a special section for kids under 4. Here she is on the fishing dock looking over the babies.
And climbing on some trees...
And more climbing...
And rocking in the boat...
And pretending to be a vet... Well maybe not pretending, but at least dressed up like one.
And playing with the train.
And playing in the squirrel's nest? Or at least that's what Brad called it. I didn't even know that squirrels had nests. He may have made that up.
We ate at an old diner for lunch. I had the BEST chicken fried steak. Oh how I love fried food. And obviously so does Neely. I think she had a whole chicken strip and a handful of fries in her mouth in this picture.
Late in the day, we drove south to Colorado Springs. I think Pike's Peak is the mountain on the right, but I asked so many times and never really figured it out. We also drove through the Garden of the Gods. Neely slept through it all.
Before we left, we had Neely's picture taken with Santa. She was TERRIFIED. Bless her heart--she was clinging to me the entire time. So now we are back home!

Brad's Christmas Party Weekend

Brad's company Christmas party was held this weekend in Denver, so we all left Friday afternoon (Neely's Birthday) to attend. Neely was SO good all weekend. We had an easy flight once again, but thank goodness it was direct. She only slept about 45 minutes, so she would have been restless if we had to go much longer. We had dinner at a tapas restaurant in Boulder. I am so proud of her for sitting through a 2 1/2 hour long meal! Here is the only picture I took on her birthday--this is Brad's boss & Neely. Here is the picture of the mountains from our hotel room. I have decided that I LOVE Colorado. I have practically packed my bags to move out there. If only housing were not 3 times the price here. OUCH.
Neely refused to sleep in the crib in our hotel room. I tried to explain the concept of the "Heavenly Crib Mattress", but she wasn't buying it. All she did with the crib all weekend was throw her toys in it.
On Saturday, we headed up to Estes Park, Colorado. Brad took a tour of the Stanley Hotel, which is the basis of Stephen King's book, The Shining. Part of the TV mini series and Dumb and Dumber was filmed here. It is supposedly haunted.
While Brad took a tour of the hotel (no one under 5 could go on the tour), Neely and I went downtown and did a little shopping. It was a little like Eureka Springs.
In her new toboggan and mittens.
FINALLY, passed out!
On Saturday night, Brad and I went to his company Christmas party. This was the first time that we had a babysitter that wasn't a relative. One of Brad's co-workers' daughter watched her in the hotel room. Here is the only picture I took (with the self timer). I totally forgot to get one taken of Brad and me. Who know's how much longer it will be before we get all dressed up again.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The past few weeks

Once again, it's been a long time since I posted. So, I'll just post a bunch of pictures again.
Here are some pictures of Neely and her friend, Maddox, playing at Gymboree:
She loves playing in tunnels!
Getting close to taking some steps by herself. Loving the rocking horse!
Again, in the tunnels!
The week before Thanksgiving, we went to Fayetteville to see the lights on the square. We were going to eat at Tim's but it was SO busy, so we ate with Uncle Kris and US Pizza.
While we were in Blytheville for Thanksgiving, Neely tried ice cream for the first time. SHE LOVED IT!

Here's Neely getting her first birthday present from her Great Great Aunt Ethylen. She got a doll that looks a lot like her and a book called "Do You Wear Diapers?".
Just a cute picture from Thanksgiving week.
While we were in Blytheville, we had a birthday party for her with my parents. Here are her cakes!
In her birthday hat--it only lasted about 5 seconds!
She LOVED cake!
Still eating...
Neely looked so cute on Thanksgiving day! Here she is with mom and Kris. She didn't mind the hat at all!
And with mom by herself.
This is what Neely loved the most about Thanksgiving. Her cousin, Jack, pulled her around in the wagon in the back yard for forever. I swear they were going about 30 mph. And she loved every minute of it.