Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas from the Bossio's

Merry Christmas




Shutterfly offered 50 free cards to bloggers and I must say that I am extremely happy about the turnout. It was extremely easy to put together this card. After ordering and receiving them in the mail, I was really pleased with the turnout. I will definitely be using them again!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Busy Season

Can you say BUSY? I'm sure that everyone could use that excuse for the month of December. 
Work parties, school parties, church parties, house parties, Sunday School group parties, cookie exchanges, ugly Christmas sweater parties. You name it, we've gone. 
One of my favorite Christmas activities so far this season was Karrington's Christmas performance for school. I know, I know, you're probably thinking 1 year olds have a Christmas performance? They sure do and it was pretty stinkin' cute! Here are a couple of snap shots and a video. 



Forgive me for the video being sideways. I had to video with my camera instead of our video camera and didn't realize that I wouldn't be able to edit the angle of the picture (dang dead batteries).

Friday, December 10, 2010

Bossio Christmas Card 2010

Count Your Blessings Christmas 5x7 folded card
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Friday, December 3, 2010

Holiday Whirlwind

We were out of town for Thanksgiving and this week we have completely hit the grown running. It seems like I am in a rather unexciting routine of sleep, breakfast, work, dinner, bed... I have tried to squeeze in as many moments possible with Karrington as I can. It seems like she is growing so fast and I don't want to miss one moment of it. All that to say, everything else is put off until I have one moment to breathe. Our bags are sitting on our floor half unpacked, the laundry basket is overflowing, the bathroom counter is cluttered, the kitchen sink is empty (miracle), but everything else seems in disarray. How do moms do this work, wife, mom, holiday involvement thing?

Goal this weekend:
Laundry, Clean Room, Grocery Shopping, Catch up Blog with Thanksgiving pictures, family pictures for Christmas card, I'm sure that there are probably a couple of more things that need to get added to this list...I guess we'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thankgiving Treats

Pumpkin pie with turkey and leaf cutout in the center.

This was made specially for my grandad. He requested cherry pie and I delivered, topped off with his ranch's brand. That's what I call "custom".
Just wanted to take a moment and brag on a few of the pies I made for our Thanksgiving feast.

Around my table...

I blogged yesterday at Prize31. Stop by and check it out!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Christmas Cards

As I prepare for the holidays, two things have been on my mind: family pictures and Christmas cards. Of course, these two things go hand in hand. As I cannot just snap a shot of the family in an instant, I can get online and look around for great deals on cards that are stylish and tasteful. I have come across a great option that offers the qualities that I am looking for in all of my photo gifts, especially cards. The designs are great and so are the prices. I was also extremely excited and intrigued when I found they were offering 50 Free Holiday Cards for bloggers.
I have ordered from Shutterfly in the past and have been extremely pleased with the products that I have received. The photo quality is excellent and I have not been disappointed by any means. As for Christmas cards, I have browsed the site and found several designs that fit my taste and style. Here are a few of those cards:

I love the playful letters and retro design on this card. Definitely a huge possibility when it comes to purchasing our Christmas cards.

I am a big fan of the monogram on this card, as well as the 'Merry Christmas.' Our holidays are happy, but we definitely are big proponents of saying "Merry Christmas."

I can definitely imagine my sweet girl's smiling face on this card.
 
 Make sure to stop by their site and check it out for yourself.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Attention, Salute, Pledge

Taken from floridakeysteaparty.com

Attention
Salute
Pledge

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the  
United States of America
and to the Republic for which is stands
One Nation
Under God
Indivisible
with Liberty and Justice for all

I am proud to be an American! It is a great privilege to honor those who are serving and who have served our country in war time and peace. Thank you for sacrificing your life and fighting for the freedom we have in American.

Happy Veteran's Day

Monday, November 8, 2010

Smile

With Christmas around the corner, I am working on some pretty crafty Christmas gifts for the ones we love the most. Here is a hint to something we are working on.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Big Helper

Once November comes around, our family commences into "get ready for Christmas" mode. Usually first on the list is to get lights up on the house. This year is no different, as there are two trees in the front yard and 6 trees on the side of house wrapped in red and white lights. Theme: Candy Cane. As a crazy about Christmas mom, I find it completely necessary to emerge Karrington into the "crazy about Christmas" culture. She's catching on pretty fast and found great joy in helping G-Pops with some of the lights this weekend.
Such a big helper!

G-Pops let her climb up the ladder. She is so proud!

She's thinking: THIS IS AWESOME!

Isn't that a cute Little House on the Prairie outfit?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kisses for Her Cousin

The other day we got a lovely surprise from Anton's brother, Dominic, and his wife, Gretchen: a sweet birth announcement picturing Jemma, our new little niece (see her story at thatmamagretchen.blogpot.com)  I gave it a good look and then handed it back to Karrington. I was able to capture these sweet pictures as she looked at the 'baby.'

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Crafty Aunt

This weekend I kept myself busy with several projects around the house. Before I could get started, Karrington and I ventured down to Hobby Lobby. I was fortunate to find sales on the majority of the items I was looking to purchase, so that was AWESOME!

Project #1 Letters for Lucy

My niece Lucy will be born any day now. Her due date is November 20, but my SIL Deborah is feeling like it could be any day now. You know how babies are though, they come whenever it's their time.
I painted the letter white and then applied scrapbooking paper in the colors of Lucy's room, pink and green. I antiqued the edges of the paper with some of the white paint and then added a little ribbon for detail. Pretty cute, don't you think?

Project #2 Bows for Karrington

We just bought Karrington some new clothes (she's a growing girl). Every time there are new clothes purchased, it is necessary to make sure we have bows to match. There were a couple of shirts that we didn't have matching bows for, so while we were at Hobby Lobby Karrington and I checked out the bows. There weren't any that I really liked, so I decided that we might need to go look somewhere else (maybe a craft mall). That all changed when I discovered a 50% discount on ribbon. I found several cute patterns with colors to match her new shirts and ventured into being a bow making mama. Not too bad for my first batch.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Just Sayin'

Karrington's vocabulary grows more and more everyday. It's crazy and fun to hear her talk and put words together. This is part of what makes being a mom so AWESOME!

Words she has down pat:

NO
               Mommy
                     Daddy
Scratch or Scratchy (sounds like 'cratch')
Shoo-wee              
sock
shoe
      DIAPER
poo-poo
bless you
hi
              more
              please                       
                 all done


Josiah                                    
Joshua                            
baby
AMEN


This is not in any way a comprehensive list of all of Karrington's words. Just a few of the ones that get used most often.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

It's in the Bag

Woodland Creature (owl)

Here is my newest "Crafty Mom" project. I ran across the idea in a Country Living magazine. It seemed easy enough, so I thought that I would give it a try. I ventured out to Hobby Lobby this morning and picked up all of the materials that I needed. From beginning to end, it took about 45 minutes. Not too shabby. I will definitely keep this in my back pocket to make a cute gift. It is extremely easy to personalize. The magazine had patterns for woodland creatures, but I'm sure you could create any type of pattern that would fit your style. This particular bag will be making a trip in my suitcase next month to its new owner.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Thankfullness Already?

This year marks our second holiday season living miles away from half of our family. Last year we were unable to participate in the holiday travels and spent as much time as we could on the phone with loved ones wishing Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. With Anton's job, we are unable to ever travel in December, so Christmas celebrations in the Northwest are a no go at this time. However, with some time off finagling we have been able to make arrangements to travel for Thanksgiving. When we first made the decision to travel, I got onto the airline's website right away in efforts to find the best deal. We went through several scenarios including driving to Denver and then flying the rest of the way (YUK!). The best deal we found was to drive about 2 hours north and fly out early afternoon on Thanksgiving. The day of travel would require about 10-11 hours of a great behavior from our 1 year old. (Which is stressful, to say the least) After making our arrangments, my dad encouraged me to keep checking. Sometimes there is a better deal that comes up unexpectedlly. So, I did and come to find I found a better deal. On flight time, that is. We are now flying out of our home town an hour later. So, our travel time was reduced to 6 1/2 hours. YAY! Though I don't expect Karrington to be perfect, we cut out a good 4 hours of possible melt down time. All in all, I AM VERY THANKFUL!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cuddle Time

Karrington and I had some great cuddle time the other night. We both laughed as she pointed out the parts of my face. She is learning things so quickly. I am excited for her to grow, but at the same time miss the baby/cuddle stages. I definitely cherish moments like these and am glad Anton was able to capture it on iPhone (the new version of film).

Friday, October 15, 2010

Diaper Deal

I just bought this box of diapers for $16.64. I absolutely love a good deal! I usually buy a box of 74 diapers for $19.99 at Target. There have been a few times when I've caught a deal using double coupons and earning gift cards, but this one takes the cake. On Amazon Mom you can select to subscribe to the deal and get an extra 30% off of the sale price (after you receive the order in the mail, simply cancel the subscription). THEN in my Parenting magazine there was a coupon for an additional 20% off. That's right, they let me stack coupons. This took the sale price of $33.29 (down from $39.99) to $16.64. I also got free 2 day shipping. It might be worth stopping by the store and picking up another Parenting magazine.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It's a PARTY!


Last week my dad turned the big 5-0. In efforts to make him feel extra special, my mom and I put together a surprise party. The theme was Christmas, I know it's only October (never too early to start celebrating). Our goal was to include all of his favorites. We had lots of pictures, great food and friends and family.
We also include a little bit of "It's a Wonderful Life" and a lot of Christmas. He was absolutely surprised and impressed with my party planning abilities. I believe the reason it turned out so well was because I love him so much. It was important for it to be AWESOME! and it was!
Instead of a big cake, we did all kinds of finger food type desserts. These cake balls were apart of the menu. I am proud to say I MADE THEM. Though I never tasted one myself, I can honestly say they were pretty tasty (based on the rave reviews I received from all of the party attendees). Flavors shown: chocolate chocolate and chocolate peppermint

Friday, October 8, 2010

Recycle Bangles

I am not sure if it because I am getting older (nearly 30) or if it's a "mom" thing, but recently I have had a strong desire to be crafty. A few weeks ago I decorated letters of Karrington's initials for her bedroom and then redesigned a pair of flip flops. And now, I have come across this cute idea to modify old bangles. I haven't done it yet, but it is definitely on the 'to do' list. Also on the 'to do' list is making cute letters for my newest niece, Jemma, and my on the way niece, Lucy.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Big 5-0

Isn't he cute?  This picture of my dad was taken about 46 years ago, when he was 4. Today he turns 50. I am very blessed to have Robert Winkler as my dad. He is an awesome example of a man of God. He loves his family dearly and has never met a stranger. He is a great listener and gives great advice.I can go on and on about the qualities I love about my dad, but instead I'll just wish him a happy birthday. Happy Birthday Dad! 
Love, Anton, Tasha, and Karrington

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Potty Time


Karrington is still a little young to start potty training, but she is definitely starting to show signs of being ready. I am fully prepared to start working with her over Christmas break. While visiting our pediatrician the other day, I asked a few questions about potty training. Here is what she told me...
1. Girls are usually ready earlier than boys
2. Put a little potty in the bathroom, so that she can get used to sitting on it, even if she isn't using it yet
3. Watch for her waking up with a dry diaper

I thought those were some good tips to, at least, get us started.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Reminiscing

I was going through some pictures on my computer, in efforts to get some organization, and ran across this gem.

This picture was taken just about a year ago. Isn't she absolutely adorable? So much changes in a year! Especially in a baby year. Last year, we were worried about getting enough 'tummy time' and this year we are worried about getting everything 'Karrington proof.' When you go from 27 to 28, there doesn't seem to be that much of a difference. Going from 3 months to 15 months definitely is a BIG difference. Forget tummy time, she is walking and at moments running, trying to climb stairs, eating by herself, trying to put on her own shoes and socks, and telling me when she has a "shoo-wee or poo poo." We have a sweet little girl with an ever growing vocabulary. I am excited to see what this next year holds for our little family.

Monday, September 27, 2010

B-I-B-L-E...yes that's the book for me...

One of my favorite moments as a mom happened today. I called Anton when I was about to leave work and could hear Karrington in the background. He put the phone up to her ear and I said "hi." She knew it was me, but really wasn't saying anything. So...I started to sing one of our new favorite songs: The B-I-B-L-E. Yep, a golden oldie. After I finished up singing, she yelled out "Bible." What a proud moment! I just love that kid!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Cutest of All

I know all of you moms probably think that your kids are the cutest. I know I think that about my own. It's a natural thought. Geoffrey and Amanda (my younger bro and his wife) just got their wedding pictures. This treasure was among them. Love it...

Friday, September 24, 2010

So MANY things...so little time

I have big aspirations for my Saturday off. Some of it is daunting, but definitely needs to be done! 
The first thing on my to do list tomorrow is LAUNDRY. I missed my laundry day last week. Boy, does that mess up my wardrobe. I had to dive deep into my creative dressing mind to find a few outfits for work this past week.
Next, organize Karrington's room. We were given some little girl clothes (I won't mention how long ago) and have yet to go through them. Her poor room is full of boxes.
After that, I really need to go to Target. Not for any reason in particular. I just haven't been in a while and am feeling the need to go. I am sure to find a good deal.
I'll probably break some time in that schedule to meet the whole fam for Saturday donuts. (Don't worry, I don't participate in the eating, just the fellowship. If I was going to blow the 'eating plan' it definitely would not be on a donut).
Then, when I am still in the middle of doing those things, Anton and I will venture out to the South Plains Fair to do our 7 hour shift at Trinity Church's booth. Fried Snickers anyone?
WHEW! You tired? because I sure am and I haven't even started any of this. It kinda makes me want to take a nap. I guess we'll see how tomorrow actually turns out.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Ugly Ganglion

OH Yes, you read that correctly, a ganglion cyst has decided to grace us with it's presence on Karrington's left wrist. I can't say that I am very excited about this little evidence of a very active little girl. A few weekends ago, my mom was holding Karrington and discovered a bump on her wrist. As a normal mother, I was ready to overreact and take her to a clinic or the ER right away to see what we were dealing with. As a normal father, Anton assured me that she wasn't going to die and would be okay until Monday when I could take her to see our pediatrician. Monday rolled around and, of course, I called her doctor (whom we absolutely adore) and made an appointment. Turns out, the bump is a lovely ganglion cyst (which is rare in children under 10). The cysts can just appear or can be the result of a hard fall (which is very possible in our case). Fortunately it isn't bothering her and (supposedly) it will go away on it's own (in due time, of course). I was relieved that it wasn't anything too serious, but it still isn't very fun having a huge knot looking bump swell out of the side of Karrington's wrist.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cinnamon Toast

In desperation to add some variety to Karrington's morning breakfast routine, I remembered an old classic my mom used to make for us regularly...Cinnamon Toast. Although simple, it's absolutely delicious. I changed up a few things though. I made sure to use real butter instead of spreadable margarine, honey instead of white sugar, and whole wheat bread (without high fructose corn syrup) instead of white bread. Anton would say that all those substitutions make for a cardboard like breakfast, but based on Karrington's reaction, it was delicious and will definitely become a regular at our breakfast table.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Her new favorite game

During our morning, afternoon, and evening routines, it is always inevitable that the refrigerator door will open. As soon as the door opens, Karrington climbs right on in. She loves to climb in and start pulling things out. Within a matter of seconds there can be ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and whatever else is in reachable distance on the kitchen floor. This morning, I opened up the fridge to grab the mayonnaise and when I went to return it found Karrington sitting very comfortably on the edge of the fridge, cup in hand. She's one crazy girl.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

We Walk Again

This morning, we laced up our Nikes and participated in the American Diabetes Association walk. Like the other walks that we have participated in, we gladly walked in honor of people in our lives who live with diabetes. Just to name a few, Anton's Grandma Bossio and his Aunt Bobbi, Lexi and Lauren (5th grade girls from TCS), and my Grandma Winkler, who lost her life to diabetes. The walk was a 5K and had a great turnout. It was a beautiful morning and Karrington had a great time riding along in her stroller and checking out all of the kids and dogs who were joining in on the walk. The trail was set up with several hills, so pushing a stroller with a 25 lb little girl became a little bit of a challenge at times. Needless to say, I am probably going to be sore in the morning.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Incident Report #3

Today, we received a third incident report for Karrington. She hit her head, again. Apparently, we have one of the most clumsy kids around. I think I might stick an ice pack in her back pack for the rest of the year.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Gettin' Crafty

For some time now, I have been wanting to make some type of decoration for Karrington's room involving her initials or whole name. So, on Labor Day I ventured over to Hobby Lobby and looked around for an idea. I stumbled upon some wood letters that I thought would be great. But...what was I going to do with the wood letters? As I browsed some more, I came across some textured paper. What a great idea...so I glued the textured paper to the letters and added some cute ribbon. Wallah....Karrington's initials in pink and black and ready to be hung in her room.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pretty in Pink

Karrington has taken to jewelry. But, not just any jewelry. Bangles, such as these, with large rhinestones. I have three of these such bracelets in pink, red and black. Anytime I am wearing these, Karrington thinks that SHE needs to be wearing them. I find it very interesting how little girls take to these things.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Basketball Family

This weekend we ventured down to Midland, Tx. Some of our great friends/mentors live down there with their two precious kids. One of our reason's for going was to see Carter play football. We have never seen him play and he happened to have a game on this wonderful three day weekend. We left early Saturday morning with plenty of time to get to the field early and check out the sites. Still being fairly new parents, we did not anticipate the work that would be involved with taking a one year old to a football game in the middle of the day heat. Not even 10 minutes after getting to the field, I soon realized that this was going to be a long afternoon. We arrived at 11:15 am. The game was supposed to start at noon, but didn't end up starting until a little after. THEN we found out that they don't play four quarters in 4th grade football, they play FIVE! Yes, five. It was about the actual game 3rd quarter (which was actually the 4th quarter we had watched) that I informed Anton that this makes me perfectly okay with being a basketball family. Basketball is inside. I don't have to worry about sunscreen, bug spray, and finding shade.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Incident Report

When we picked Karrington up from her day care today, we received our first incident report. Ahhhh...poor baby! Apparently she was bending over to pick up a toy and fell head over heels. She hit her lip and bit a hole in each side. Fortunately it didn't go through, but it still looks like a pretty nasty cut. On the inside, at least.

This motivates me even more to put her in gymnastics or ballet or something that will help with balance. I know that she is still getting used to the whole walking thing, but with two flat footed parents, we need to be proactive in the coordination department. I have had input from several different moms. One told me that Karrington is definitely not too young to go into gymnastics right now. I know, gymnastics for a one year old sounds a little overboard, I thought so too. But, if it helps, then why not? Besides maybe we could do gymnastics and ballet. Ballet doesn't start until she is 3, so we can start one now and the other later.

Anyone have any other ideas as to what might help with balance and coordination? We are open to all ideas. I KNOW that I don't have all the answers! That's for sure.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Grandparent's Day

After totally spacing Grandparent's Day last year, I have made sure to know exactly what day it falls on this year. Sunday, September 12th is Grandparent's Day. Though I am still working out gifts and celebrations, it is on my radar and I'm pretty proud of that!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lessons from a preschool lunch table

For those moms who are always wondering what is really popular at the school lunch table, I am sharing the lessons I learn during preschool lunch. There are not any kids more honest than preschoolers.

1. Lunchable cheese is really, really gross
2. Dessert should really come first
3. Lunch meat is supposed to be microwaved
4. Capri Suns are AWESOME, especially if you can do your own straw
5. Eating takes a lot of focus...almost too much

I am sure that there will be more to come. After all, I spend 45 minutes a day with these precious little munchkins.

Monday, August 30, 2010

We've added words

It seems like there is a new word added to Karrington's vocabulary everyday. Today, instead of just rubbing her hand on her chest gesturing "please", she was also saying "pees." This morning she greeted me with "shoo-wee" in reference to her diaper. She can also say "poo poo" (we've definitely taught her all of the important words). Bear, dog, no, yes, ball, bah e ball (basketball), and hippo are just a few of her ever growing vocabulary. She's a pretty smart little chic, wink!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Swinging with daddy

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Karrington got this sweet swing for her birthday. It has been sitting in our living room until last week when Big Daddy (Anton's dad) came to visit and took some time out of our busy schedule to hang it on the lone tree in the backyard.
 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Into the Tub She Goes

Today, Karrington climbed into the tub. ALL BY HERSELF! I was getting ready and noticed that she was lifting her leg up in efforts to get it over the side of the tub and climb in. She was unsuccessful a couple of times, so I ignored her thinking that it wasn't likely to happen. Boy was I wrong. My first clue that she was having success was her little giggle. As I turned around, I noticed that she had successfully lifted her leg over the tub and was ready to give full committal. As the other leg lifted off of the ground, her body toppled over and into the tub. She sure was proud of herself. I'm sorry to say that I don't have a picture of this lovely event. Maybe next time.

Monday, August 23, 2010

One of my favorites

This is my absolute favorite of all of the pictures that I took this summer. 

We took Marlon and Jan (Anton's parents) to Cagel's Steakhouse the other night. They have a great little outside area set up with a windmill and little play house. All in all, a great opportunity for a picture op. As we walked around after dinner, I pulled out my camera and got a great photo of daddy and daughter. I will definitely need to put this in black and white, blow it up and frame it for our house.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bye Bye Pounds

Several weeks ago I blogged about going on a detox from carbs and all things processed. It is working. I feel a million times better and 10 pounds lighter. It is great to get on the scale and see those numbers going down!!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Whirlwind

Today, I realized that it has been a while since I posted. I logged into my account and noticed that there were several (over 10) posts of "blogs I follow" that I had not read. Not only do I get negative points in the "super" blogger category, but I also get negative points in the blog follower catergory. What a mess!

I could mention my pile of excuses...so I think I will.

School started yesterday. This means that for the past week+ I have been in inservice and training getting ready for the grandios moment. One of the medications that I am on for my heart was doubled, making me doubly exhausted (it slows my heart wayyyyy down). Anton's parents drove/flew in on Wednesday night. We are still trying to get settled in to our house. (My bedroom is far from being settled). AND (though this is a HUGE blessing, it is still work) someone just gave us 8+ boxes of little girl clothes sizes 24M-6 year that need to be sorted into keep and give back piles. WHEW!

Needless to say, I am looking forward to things settling down just a bit.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Walking Like a Big Girl

After getting her dressed today, I told Karrington that it was time to go. She got up, in her new shiny Nikes, and walked to the garage door. WOW! I was shocked. She knew exactly what to do. As I opened the garage door, I prompted her to follow me. She seemed somewhat shocked, but followed my lead. She walked all the way to the car and waited at the back door to be loaded. I was totally impressed. She is so grown up. Pretty crazy how quickly they grow and change.

Monday, August 9, 2010

1 Year Old Check Up

Today was Karrington's 1 year old checkup. It was much more detailed than her previous checkups. As usual, the nurse took her height, weight, and head circumference. All were great and placed her in the 84th percentile in all three categories. Good thing, otherwise there could be problems. Next they checked her heart and lungs, nose, ears, eyes, and mouth. All good! While checking her mouth, the doctor verified my suspicions of there being another tooth on its way. The doctor checked her stomach and legs, pupil dilation and ability to follow a light (which I'm assuming is her eye sight). Overall, she is a very healthy little girl. She did great through the whole appointment. She sat patiently while they were listening to her heart and lungs and even opened her mouth for the doctor when it was time to check her mouth. The doctor finished up the exam and four shots later we were on our way.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Bottom's Up To Uncle Geoffrey


Or Uncle G-Dub, as we all prefer to call him. The G-Dub nickname was given in efforts to alleviate the temptation to call him Geoff, which he absolutely hates. Geoffrey is my baby brother and is a great guy to have around. Geoffrey has saved me in numerous instances, whether I need a handyman, babysitter, or midnight ice cream run. I can count on ole G-Dub to get the job done.
When we moved from the Pacific Northwest to Texas, some of our furniture had to disassembled in order to get it into the truck. Among the disassemble furniture was our dining table. When it came time to reassemble, Anton took on the task. After a few minutes (though he would claim that it was longer), he became extremely frustrated and decided that it wasn't fixable. As he was carrying it out to the dumpster, I was on the phone with Geoffrey calling for help. A few moments later, Geoffrey walked in with a drill and a mission and not long after that, we had a fully assembled dining table.
We are definitely blessed to have Geoffrey in our lives and love him dearly!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bottom's Up to Uncle Robby


Robby is the middle boy in my family. He, like Cody, is always good for a laugh. In fact, there have been numerous times when Karrington has been upset and Robby has walked into the room and done something silly to make her laugh.

Robby has made sure to be present (even if its in the waiting room) for every minute of the births of his nephews and niece. He is extremely dependable and prides himself on being an excellent uncle. His goal, at all gift giving celebrations, is to give the 'best/most loved gift'. It's pretty cute, how he gets so excited to see his nephews and niece play with their new toys. He is very thoughtful in his gift giving too. At Karrington's first birthday, he got her a toy that would help her in her walking endeavors. (It's a lion and, like all other animal toys, we gave him a name...Rudy or Lionel...depends on who you talk to.)

Robby is a great uncle and we are very blessed to have him involved in our lives. We love you Uncle Robby!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Heres to Uncle Dominic


Or Uncle Dom as we prefer to say. Dominic is Anton's one and only brother. They are three years apart, but at times you would think that they were born joined at the hip. They are very close. Dominic is a great uncle and I am sure will come across very intimidating to whatever boy comes around our house (when that time comes, of course). 
When we lived closer to Dominic and Gretchen, he was, without hesitation, our first phone call if something needed to be fixed.  Too bad we don't live closer, I really need someone to go garage sale-ing with me. He is an excellent garage sale shopper and prides himself on knowing all of the good deals. I can't even count all the times I have heard him say, "Oh, I got that at a garage sale. I talked them down to..." That's my kind of guy, out for a good deal. It has been a huge blessing to have Dominic in our lives. He's been a great support over the years and we know that he would be available to help us at the drop of a hat. We love you Dom!

Monday, August 2, 2010

And here's to Uncle Cody



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Cody is the oldest boy in my family. We are very close in age and have always had a great friendship. As evident by the picture, we can always count on Cody for a laugh. Cody has been a great companion over the years. Turns out, he's not only a great brother, but he's a great uncle too.
Cody is a man of God. He is faithful and hears from the Lord on a regular basis. It has been a blessing to walk through life with him as my brother. We have gone through the good, the bad and the ugly and today I can honestly say that we are better people for it.
Thank you Cody for being an awesome brother and uncle. We are very blessed to have you and your family in our lives.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Toast to the Uncles

Copying something my SIL (sister-in-law) did on her blog, That Mama Gretchen, a couple of months ago, each day this week we will be honoring the great uncles in Karrington's life. Anton and I were both raised with only brothers, so there are lots of uncles to look out and stand up for our precious little one. Monday will be my brother Cody, Tuesday will be Anton's brother Dominic, Wednesday will be my brother Robby, and last but definitely not least will be Geoffrey on Thursday.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Boston Med


ABC's Boston Med is one of the newest shows that has been added to our recording list. Every time we sit down to watch, I am brought to tears by one story or another. Last week, an fairly young dad (50's) had been recently diagnosed with a hear condition that was quickly digressing. He was in desperate need of a heart transplant, but things didn't happen in a timely manner. As the doctors were meeting with family to talk about the situation, a nurse peeks her head into the room to tell the doctor that the man was going into cardiac arrest. His family surrounded him as he was in his final moments. Needless to say, I was in tears. As sad as this situation was, the babies and children are what really get to me. There was a baby boy on this weeks episode who was born with a bad connection between his heart and lungs. His parents immediately had to give him over to the doctors to take care of him. FOUR MONTHS later, they were able to take him home. All this makes me extremely thankful for a healthy little girl!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

NO!!!

NO!!! It's the new favorite word around our house. The answer to everything is NO! Do you want some milk? NO! Followed by her sign language 'please'. It seems as though we have one confused little girl on our hands. In efforts to motivate change, Anton will ask, "Can you say 'yes'?" Which is followed by "NO!" We laugh, which probably isn't the right thing to do. Needless to say, Anton and I are both looking forward to the expanding of KP's (Karrington Paige) oral vocabulary.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Carbless

In efforts to become a healthy mama, I have am taking an endeavor to become completely detoxed from sugar and flour. Not to mention high fructose corn syrup, pop/soda/coke (whatever you call it), and sugar substitute. Today wasn't extremely bad, though I am suffering from a caffeine headache. We will see how the rest of the week goes. According to the Perfect Weight, I should be completely detoxed in 4 weeks. Hopefully I will be several pounds lighter as well.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fevers Are Never Fun

Fevers are never fun! Karrington woke up at 1:30 this morning with a very warm forehead. From my one year experience in feeling warm foreheads, I would say her fever was around 101. This is all I had to go on considering my thermometer is stuck buried in a pile somewhere around the house. (We recently moved and things are still a bit array) After a dose of infant's ibuprofen, we rocked for a bit, sang Jesus Loves Me, prayed for Jesus' healing touch and then finally went back to bed. I would love to say that she woke up this morning with no fever, but that would be a lie. She still had a fever and was rather whiny all day. Poor girl, maybe tomorrow will be a better day!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Biscuit Finds a Friend


Biscuit Finds a Friend is our new favorite book. It could be that she has a little dog named Biscuit or maybe that Grammy bought her the book for her birthday. Whatever the reason, I love reading this book to her. She points at the pictures and giggles as we turn the pages. My absolute favorite part of sharing this experience is when she points at the little duck and says "duck." Now, it's not quite that clear, but it is obvious that that is what she is saying. I believe that there is a complete Biscuit series, so we will most likely be adding to our small collection.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Its the little things...

Thanks to a beloved gift giver, I was able to get my "fake" nails put back on today. I have gone without for sometime now due to the inability to find a suitable nail salon in Lubbock and the lack of funds. I must say I feel much more womanly with my french tip solar nails. It's the small things in life. Sigh!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Meet Biscuit

Meet Biscuit...He is the newest addition to our bedtime routine. During our recent visit to the Northwest, Karrington and I took a trip to IKEA. She oooed and ahhed at all of the toys, but the one that got the biggest reaction was this sweet little dog. Anton has strictly informed Karrington and I that we will never own a real live dog, so I decided that the purchase of Biscuit was completely necessary. As we walked through the remainder of the store, she cuddled him and laughed. This is still the same reaction we get anytime Biscuit is presented. She grabs him, gives him a big open mouth kiss and cuddles him then grabs pink blanky and turns on her side for a good night's sleep.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Baby Sign

We contemplated doing baby sign language with Karrington for several months and had come to the decision that since she had started to say words that we would just skip the sign thing. However, a couple of nights ago amidst Karrington's grunting and screeching for more food I decided that a few sign words might be vital for my sanity and her survival. Her first word was 'please.' She got that one down pretty quickly. Next, we worked on 'all done' and then 'more.' We'll probably stop with those three. She is already saying mommy and daddy and a few other words, so hopefully from here on we'll add vocal words.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Down for the count

2 Benadryl later, I am dozing off. Prior to the Benadryl my heart was racing, throat closing in, and asthma roaring. To what do I thank for these lovely symptoms...a banana. I have eaten bananas my entire life, but recently have experienced some mild throat itching after eating this delightful treat. I have finally come to my end all with my relationship with bananas. They no longer get to participate in my diet. What a sad day!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cabinets and drawers

Toddlerhood is bringing its adventures to our house. As Karrington becomes increasingly mobile, she is finding the joys of opening and closing drawers and cabinets. Though this is a fun adventure for Karrington, it stresses me out. I am always afraid that she is going to get her finger or hand stuck. And she has gotten them stuck a couple of times. However, today I noticed that she was very careful when shutting one of the drawers in the kitchen. She took both of her hands out and made sure her fingers were out of the way and then slowly shut the drawer. It is amazing how quickly kids pick up on things.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Doughnut Day

Saturday is Doughnut Day in our house. You can usually find us at our local doughnut shop around 10 am every Saturday morning. By us I do not simply mean Anton, Tasha, and Karrington. I mean Rob, Linda, Anton, Tasha, Karrington, Cody, Deborah, Josiah, Joshua, Robby, Megan (when she can), Geoffrey and Amanda. And then there are the occasional drop ins. This is has been our traditional Saturday outing ever since I was a little girl. We get up at a reasonable hour and head off to the doughnut shop for a sweet treat and great conversation.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Unwelcomed Visit of Strep

Well, it is official, strep has made it's visit to our home. Fortunately, Karrington has been missed and hopefully it will stay that way. The doctor told me today that it is rare for children as small as Karrington to get strep. It all started with Anton. Last Tuesday he started to complain of a sore throat. I passed it off to his quarterly cold. He took some Vitamin C and some cold medicine and went to bed. When he woke up on Wednesday, he acted as though a bus had run over him, but went to work anyway (he opens, so it would be difficult to call in when he is the first one there). When all of the others showed up at work, they sent him to the clinic and home in efforts to avoid getting sick themselves. Upon his visit to the clinic, he was diagnosed with strep (his tonsils were touching...ouch). The doc gave him two big ole' shots: a steroid and a steroid/anti-biotic mix. After about 10 hours, he was feeling much better. I did all that I could do kill germs around the house. I banished him to our bedroom and washed all of the pillow cases. That night, I put an extra sheet on my side (kind of like a sleeping bag) so that I would not be on any of his germs. AND then yesterday, my throat started to hurt. I was really hoping that it was just allergies, but when I woke up this morning it hurt even worse and I thought, I don't even have tonsils, how can I have strep throat? I went ahead and went to the clinic just in case (I really don't want KP to get this). She swabbed my throat and it had the color of strep, but the test turned out to be negative. She decided to go ahead and treat it since all other symptoms were pointing to strep. I then got the two large shots. I usually handle shots really well. Today was a different story. Both shots are given in the hip and I had to stand up. Shot #1: steroid. As I was being injected, I began to feel light  headed. I started to see the lights fade. I kept telling myself, YOU WILL NOT PASS OUT. Shot #2: Steroid and Antibiotic (much thicker than shot #1) After a few minutes of recovery, it was time for shot #2. Considering my reaction to #1, we decided it would be best for me to lay down for the next one. I handled the shot better, but as soon as I got up to leave it all hit me again. UGH! What the heck! Have I turned into a pansy or something? I don't know what the deal is, but I do know that those shots are pretty amazing. Hopefully that was just a one time reaction!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Toddlerhood

Karrington has definitely moved past the one or two steps phase. She almost walked clear across the room today. Though walking is not yet her main form of mobility, she is definitely on her way. It is so cute to see her stop and try to catch her balance so that she can take a few more steps. A goal this week is to catch a few of these steps on camera, so that we can always remember.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Little Chick's 1st Birthday


I wasn't able to get the full cupcake cake mold, but this half mold worked out just perfect. Pretty cute if you ask me!

Right after she touched the cake, she looked at me to see what my reaction was going to be. Once I gave her the "it's okay" talk, she was all in. 

This is just one of a few very cute pictures. Her cheeks were a little pink for the rest of the night due to the purple icing. 

She did some good work if you ask me. Ignore the bottom part of the cake (mom helped a little), but the purple part was all Karrington. 

All in all her first birthday was a hit. We had family and a few friends over. Anton's parents were even able to attend, from Portland, via Skype. (What on earth did we do before the internet?) She seemed very comfortable with everyone who was there. I made sure that she had a good nap before the party and we did not have any meltdowns. All in all, it was a success.