Monday, December 22, 2008

More Christmas Fun

Gingerbread Houses
We went to Randall's to build & decorate Sam's gingerbread house. As you can imagine, Sam did more eating than decorating.
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"My Turn!"In the words of Sammie, "mmm-nummy!"
Walk to Bethlehem
Grace Christian Church hosts a live nativity and guided "walk" to Bethlehem. Sam loved the goats and the singing angels.

Joy to the World
Last minute shopping at Katy Mills Mall should always include a quick merry-go-round ride!
Light Sight-Seeing at Pecan Grove
If you haven't been, you need to go...Richmond, TX

Santa Story-time
La Centerra's Christmas story-time with Santa Claus. Sam really warmed up to Santa this year...I think it only took her 2 sitings to not be scared.She doesn't freak out being on Santa's lap, but I wouldn't say she enjoys it either. She is just there. No eye contact. No talking. Just. There.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Fun

Seven Meadows Neighborhood Party
Westlake Ward Christmas Party
La Centerra Tree Lighting

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Unexpected smiling...

Today is a watching-tv-in-my-sweats day. Blinds are closed, heater is on and Sam & I watched Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (for the 8th time). After I put her down for a nap, I kept watching tv...which is the one thing I don't let myself do during the day. It's depressing and impossible to stop. So, as I sit here watching episodes of Top Chef and eating cookies...I went into the bedroom to get the computer.
As I walked into the room, I saw this.

Can you tell what it is?
Stroller lines in the carpet.

I know it is really hard to see, but the stroller lines go in about a bazilliion different directions. Into the bedroom, in & out of the bathroom, and to & from the reading chair. There isn't a day that goes by that Sam doesn't push that little baby stroller around and around and around.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Gingerbread Man Cookies

Samantha had some friends over yesterday to make and decorate gingerbread man cookies.

From
messes to masterpieces...all in one afternoon!LaurenDaveySamantha

Monday, December 8, 2008

Princess Party

Mary-Beth & Emilynn's Princess Party!
Sammie was invited to a princess birthday party by our neighbors. Tinkerbell Wings
She is WAY into Tinkerbell right now, so we dressed her up in wings. She had a wand, a tiara and princess shoes (thanks Avery for letting us borrow the dress-up).
Duck - Duck - Goose!
Sammie & Emi were always up and chasing everyone around...whether it was their turn or not!
Decorated Princess Crowns
Sam insisted on putting her crown on all by herself.
Toddler Time
While the big girls learned a dance, the little girls traded crowns & played their own version of basketball/chase/keep-away. Pizza & Princess Cake
The party was at Lifetime Fitness.
People Watching at the Gym
Sammie & Emi were caught intently watching a guy doing squats. They just couldn't stop staring!Happy Birthday Mary-Beth & Emilynn!
Sam a got a great party favor-bag with a wand, makeup and a book. Thanks for inviting us!

Random Activities

Our laptop died a couple of weeks ago, and getting back up to speed with downloading pictures takes a while. We are always up to something fun, so here are a bunch of things we've been doing the past couple of months.

2 Year Old Playgroup
Every week we get together with about 10 other toddlers. Sam just loves playing with her friends. Here she is with Lauren and Avery.Rice Krispie Treats
My freshman year at BYU, I lived in the dorms and ate at the cafeteria. Every meal I would take a couple rice krispie treats and keep a collection in my room...you know, brain food. Today, Sam helped me recreate the memories. She would put a teaspoon of rice krispies in at a time...rotating between her mouth and the pot. We put in Christmas M&Ms...she picked everyone of them out!
Shaving with Dad
Titmouse Club
A local nature preserve has a weekly toddler educational hour. We went and learned about American Indians. We got to walk around and enjoy nature. Afterwards, Sam made an Indian Rain Stick.
Taking Time to Smell the Flowers

Calling out to the Herrs...

Monday Night Football!
1st MNF in over 14 years and we were there with our closest
71,000 friends & fans.
If only Brandon would come visit us, we could go to the Bears game! What's a quick 15 hour drive! We want the whole fam! Rockets play the Jazz that weekend too!

Singing Time with Sammie

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Dinner

We had a great Thanksgiving afternoon!Dad was the first to be sitting with a full plate.Sam loves having cousins around. She completely skipped her nap and ate cheese & crackers all day long.I was in charge of water. Ray was in charge of all other food items...sounds like a deal to me!I made every effort to get recipes and cooking tips.Everything I could steal is on my recipe blog.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Singin' with Sam

Sam loves country music!
This may, or may not, be due to my heavily biased influence. We faithfully listen to Sugarland when we are in the car. She will dance and sing and demand her favorite songs "AGAIN!" and again and again. For now, her singing consists of only the last word of each sentence.
"I was already GONE."
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I secretly (well, not so secretly now) want Sammie to have that same twangy-country accent!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Katy vs Mayde Creek

Blake finally got to experience a highschool football game - Texas Sized!
Michelle and I went to Mayde Creek (on the drill team)...and Ray went to Katy (played football).
What will Sammie want to do when she is in highschool?

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!
I am finally old enough to understand this holiday!

2006 Giraffe
2007 Zebra
2008 Ladybug

First, I got to carve my own pumpkin.

Daddy helped me make a Kitty Jack-o-Lantern
Then, My Bee Friend, Jahnovie stopped by to trick or treat. What a great idea! I wanna go!OK Dad...tell me exactly what to do!
I get to ring the doorbell!Hello?! Is anybody home?Trick or Treat!This way is much easier!Beware! I turn into a witch at night!