Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Our Christmas!

Whew...Sorry it's taken a few days to update, but I've been being a complete slacker this week! We had a great time over Christmas! We got to spend lots of time with our family, and we truly enjoyed Anna Kate on her very first Christmas. Christmas Eve we hung around the house for most of the day, and then spent the evening at Tyler's dad's house. Anna Kate had a fabulous time opening her presents, though, as most parents with kids Anna Kate's age would attest to, she enjoyed the bows and ribbons SO much more! ;) Then Christmas morning, Tyler and I got up a little earlier than the little one and had our Christmas, then woke Anna Kate up to show her what Santa had brought her! Then, Tyler's mom and stepdad came up and we exchanged presents and had brunch. That evening, we went out to my parent's house and had a wonderful dinner and Anna Kate opened up one present per Granna's request! :) Uncle Ben and Aunt Lacy came in last weekend, and we had Christmas with them Saturday night. In the midst of all that, Tyler had the grand opening of the Callahan are a couple of pics from that! We are more than thankful for its success so far. It is definitely due to a lot of hard work and prayers from everyone involved!

If you guys haven't had a chance, you must see the store. Tyler, his dad and everyone involved did an amazing job, and Robin, I have to say that I haven't seen THAT many stores in my time, but this one has to be one of the most beautiful showrooms EVER!!! Congratulations guys!

Daddy and his baby on the day of the Grand Opening!

Okay, here's the montage. I must apologize for the 80's Sandi Patty song, but it's one of my favorites, and it seemed perfect! Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town!

Hey y'all! Sorry it's been a while since I has been a bit crazy lately! I am proud, though...all our Christmas shopping is finished...everything's wrapped, and we're ready for action! :) Next up, baking! Yesterday, Granna & Grandaddy took us to see Santa, and Anna Kate had the BEST time! She absolutely loved being out in the hustle and bustle. She laughed and cooed and smiled all afternoon, even though she completely missed her nap. She became fast friends with the big man in red, and I hope it's the beginning of a wonderful friendship! After our afternoon out, we came home, ordered pizza, and after putting Anna Kate to bed, I convinced Mom, Daddy, and Tyler to assemble a gingerbread house I bought while I was grocery shopping this week. After much grumbling and persuading, we had SUCH a good time working on it, and I must say, it being our very first one EVER turned out really great! .

I Hope everyone's taking a little time each day to reflect on the real reason for celebration this Christmas. Stop for a minute today, and think about what your life would look like without the redeeming work of Jesus in your life. Praise the Father for sending the Son and allowing us to have relationship with Him. I bought Amy Grant's very first Christmas album at McKay's this past weekend (Boy, I'm not sure why I thought a trip to McKay's the Saturday two weeks before Christmas would be a good idea!), and I listened to it Wednesday while I was wrapping gifts. She has a BEAUTIFUL arrangement of "A Mighty Fortress" paired with "Angels We Have Heard on High." It's an incredible reminder that the Jesus we celebrate at this time of year is the SAME Jesus who is our fortress, our deliverer, and our never-failing protection! Hallelujah!

And you thought you were having a bad hair day!

In front of Granna's tree. The onesie she has on says "Mom & Dad's Best Present EVER!" How true...

This is what most of our pics look like...

See all my teeth??? Her front ones are breaking the skin, making 6, and her eye teeth are coming soon...Whew!

Storytime with Daddy...Thanks for the cool touch & feel book, Grandmom!

Ready to rock-n-roll at the mall!

Playin' with Granna during lunch!

Storytime with Grandaddy!

The beginnings of the masterpiece!

Go Mom!

Poor Bella!

With the finished product! I was amazed we had any candy left. Tyler kept sneaking pieces!

Isn't this adorable??? She looks like she's saying, "What's up Santa? How ya been?"

I'm convinced this is the BEST Santa photo EVER...but I may be just a teensy bit biased!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Still #1 in my heart!

We had the privlege of traveling to Atlanta with Tyler's dad, Robin and the girls yesterday to cheer on the Tide in the SEC championship game. Thanks SO much guys, we had a fabulous time! I can safely say that I gave it my all (as evidenced by my sore throat, massive headache, and hoarseness by the end of the game), as did the rest of the fans, the band, and most of all, the players. I was so proud of our team for holding on and fighting hard. I know most of those guys are probably fighting injuries and are exhausted, but they were awesome. Our fans cheered hard and looked great! (Hardly any crimson camo or tacky outfits!) We lost to a great team, and we all had a fabulous time in spite of the loss! Thanks Granna & Grandaddy for watching Anna Kate while we were gone! She is definitely a handful now that she's a speed demon-crawler and cutting like 89 teeth all at once. (Babies don't have that many teeth, do they???) Despite getting in around midnight and being up thru the night with our darling little teether :( I thought I'd update. Things have been so busy with Tyler lately, I haven't had a chance to take tons of pics, but here are a few!

Kay all you "Not Me Monday"'s mine: I most certainly DID NOT leave my baby in her high chair for several minutes after she finished eating just to take a slew of silly close up pictures of her! NOPE! Not me! :)

Those cheeks...

Playin' with Daddy...err...trying to keep Anna Kate out of the Christmas tree! ;)

This is what I find most days when I go in to get Anna Kate up from a nap! Oh-and her paci in the floor!...

Adventures in bathtime...why do I have to pay dearly for mascara to make my lashes look half this long???

Mae Beth, Tyler and Sarah at SEC fun!

Tyler and me at the Georgia Dome...we had such a good time despite the loss! Roll Tide!