Week 42. She is clapping her hands and cruising all over the place. I really don't think it will be long before she is walking. I can not believe 2010 is over. 2010 has really been good to our family. Miss Carolina has been a huge blessing to our family. I can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for us.
I, the LORD, have rebuilt what was destroyed and replanted what was desolate. I, the LORD, have spoken and I will do it. Ezekiel 36:36
We had an exciting Christmas around here. Carolina could have cared less! ha! She liked the Zoe toothbrush and the pretty dress the most. The dinosaur riding toy that I thought she would love, she looks at funny every once in a while and will sit on it for about a minute! ha! Garrett is normally so hard to buy for because he really likes cheap stuff. His favorite present last year was a $10 package of army men. I feel bad if he gets army men and Gracie gets the expensive stuff she wants. This year he wanted Kinects to go with his Xbox. I went to Walmart and they told me that I would not be able to find it by itself. I went to Target and they had it! ha! It had just came in that morning and they had like seven and I got the second to last one! Yea! He was and still is so excited! He also loved the Harvey Trent (from batman) figurine with the coin to flip (that was like $2). I love that boy! Grace was all about boots and clothes and itune gift cards! She loved all her stuff. I was kind of worried she wouldn't like the clothes I picked out, but she loved them. I let my brother pick out the boots (he sells them so he knows more about the styles). Sean and I also had a good Christmas. I was able to surprise him. He didn't even realize the present was under the tree! He had told me he wanted the blue twins pull over so I went online and ordered it. He got me some Toms and Minnatonka boots. His brother got him a little version of his Chevelle. That was a really great gift also. Merry Christmas!
Week 41. Merry Christmas Eve! Miss Carolina is playing with one of her presents. I had it out to wrap it, and Daddy is a sucker. She was kissing it and talking to it in its box, so he got it out! At least she is too young to know!
I thought maybe after he offered her cookies she may be at least indifferent, but no. She was not going to have anything to do with him. In hindsight, going to Santa after a long day of not so good naps probably was not a good idea! ha!
My sweet Gracie girl is a teenager. She turned 13 on the 16th. Bless her heart, that night we saw Santa (more pics of that later!), Garrett had his program, and Grace had Volleyball practice. She got part of her present, which is a room redo. She only got part because I wanted her to help pick stuff out. Since we moved here her room has always been pink and brown and we have redone it twice before now. So this time I picked a blue comforter and I wanted black zebra striped sheets, but they did not have them at the store I was at, and I haven't had much time to shop around, and I wanted to make sure that was something she wanted (Wow, that was a run-on sentence). Anyway, she loved the light blue and we are going to finish shopping for her room after the stores die down a bit! We did take her to dinner the next night for her birthday. Gracie girl, you are a beautiful young lady, inside and out. I love you so much. Please don't be too hard on my through the teenage years! ha!
Week 40. I know it is Monday, and the pictures were taken on Saturday, but I had a break down on Friday. I had (still do) a list a mile long of things to get done and I got none of it done. I held a baby. I was crying and freaking out and Sean finally got me. I was doing the most important thing. Holding my baby. He took the packages to be shipped. There are still presents to be wrapped. ( No presents under the tree have their cute bows because a certain 9 month old loves to tear them off. ha!) There are still presents that need to be bought. I still need to take care of all my Dad's Christmas presents also. I need to go to Wal-mart, Target, Sams, and Old Navy. But anyway, enough about me. We took these pics on Saturday in Garrett's room. The lighting in my house is weird. It is very yellowish so pics at night or in a room that does not have a lot of natural light do not come out that great. She was having a blast up there though! Sean and I were joking the other day that she has been here longer than she was in my belly! She is so busy these days. She is all over the house! She is a very fast crawler and has learn to wait until we are not looking! She scares me on a daily basis. I will be sitting in the floor playing with her and something will distract me for a minute and she will crawl behind the chair or in the kitchen. It just takes a minute! I am having so much fun with her. Parenting at 35 is so different than 22 (thats how old I was when Grace was born) or even 26 (garrett). Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed them. It is just different. I was a late in life baby for my parents and my sisters always told me Mom was different with me and I think I can understand that.
At nine months you: ~weigh 24 lbs. 13.5 oz ~30.5 inches long ~Say mama, daddy, Garrett, bye bye, dog, hey, hi on a regular basis ~Nurse about 5 times a day ~Have decided you don't sleep anymore ~Think you are as big as the big kids ~Pulling up on everything ~Crawling all over the place ~Still in size 3 diapers ~18-24 size clothes ~Right now you are stalking your brother because he is eating chips! ha! ~You have been out of my belly longer than you were in there! ha!
I "told" on Garrett in my last post (for dropping his sister), so I think this would be a good time for a post about what a wonderful big brother he is! He has just recently started picking her up. When she is getting into mischief (as he calls it) and I am up to my elbows in dirty dishes or laundry or something, he will now pick her up and move her. I thought they were so cute the other day so I snapped a few pics before he noticed. They love to sit on the yoga ball, and C really loves it when you bounce her on it! He is one of her favorite people. She even says Garrett. I only get a mama when she is frustrated and wants something!ha!
Week 39. OK, it is Saturday. Friday was nuts. Beyond nuts. I would rather just forget about Friday. Carolina has a nice big bruise on her forehead and cheek after her brother dropped her off the couch. She was fine, I was not. I know I way overreacted. She was supposed to go to my sis-in-laws house after that so we could go to a Christmas party, but guess who also went to the Christmas party. It was our Bible study group and they were really nice about it, but I know that I am crazy. And all that was after the shear craziness of the whole day. Anyway. We are just going to pretend her Breakfast with Santa pictures were taken on Friday.