Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Anna Kate & Santa!!

Well, all our talking and talking about "HoHo" seems to have paid off. She LOVED Santa, and we got a few good pics. We are ready for Christmas now!

Smile for the camera!!!

Snugglin' with Santa!

Merry Christmas, Y'all!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I Said It's Great to Be from Alabama!!!

ROLL TIDE, Y'all!!! It's been an eventful few weeks since my last post. We've decorated the house for our first Christmas here, and Anna Kate absolutely LOVES the lights and decorations! Her favorite thing so far is taking the remote for the outdoor lights outside and turning them on all by herself. She just thinks it's TOO cool. She's just in love with her snowglobe that plays Christmas carols from last year. Anytime she goes in her room to play, she just turns it on and leaves it on. Apparently, she gets her love of Christmas music from her mama. :)

We also got to go to Alabama for Thanksgiving and see my family. It was GREAT to get away for a bit and spend time with family that we don't see nearly enough. By the way, Anna Kate has decided to call Ben & Lacy, Uncle B and Aunt Sissy! She follows Ben around saying, "Beee!" Is that the cutest thing ever???

We got the chance to go to Atlanta to see our precious Crimson Tide play a fantastic Florida team for the SEC Championship. It was a great game, and we were so thankful to come away with a win. Now, we've got to go get #13, and take care of those Longhorns in Pasadena! :)

Playing with Aunt Sissy while they were up for a visit.

Uncle B reading Anna Kate a story at his house the night before Thanksgiving. It was SO sweet, and I think Ben will be a fantastic daddy someday. Anna Kate LOVED listening to his rendition of "Goodnight Gorilla"

Anna Kate representing in her houndstooth and red tights!

Definitely a fan of the Christmas tree!

LOVE the outdoor lights. Thanks, Granna & Grandaddy for ALL your help with our outside decorations!

All decked out and ready to take on those Gators!

Rammer Jammer, Baby!!!

A little blurry, but definitely #1 for now!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Headed to ATL!!!

Roll Tide, y'all! Tyler's dad graciously offered us the chance to go down to T-town at the last minute the weekend, and we had THE BEST time! Granna & Grandaddy were sweet enough to watch Anna Kate, so we jumped at the chance to go see our favorite team clinch the SEC Western division title and the chance to go at Atlanta again this year and play the Gators in the Championship game! :) We opened the weekend with wings at Buffalo Wild Wings and a walk around campus, then got up bright and early for some shopping on Bryant Drive and an early arrival at The Zone for some good food and cheering as the team pulled up and entered the stadium!! I can't say it was an "easy" win, and there were definitely some moments when we wondered what the outcome would be, but we cheered until we were hoarse, and thankfully, the team pulled out another impressive win! ROLL TIDE!! We are definitely blessed with great family that allows us the opportunity to go and use their tickets, and awesome family that keeps an eye on Anna Kate while we're away! Thanks, y'all! We love you SO much! Here are a few pics!

Us...being silly...same pose a year later! Not too bad for an unflexible almost 30 year old next to a national champion baton twirler, huh! :) :) :)

SO excited about heading to the stadium to see our guys whoop LSU!

awwww...We are so blessed to have such awesome family!

One of the great things about sitting in the Zone is getting to go in early and watch the team pull up and walk the Walk of Champions...this is the aftermath...a sea of crimson!

Tyler and me in the stadium getting ready to watch the Tide roll!!

After the game, minus our voices, and VERY happy!!! Ramma Jamma, baby!! 24-15!

Here's a picture of Anna Kate enjoying storytime with Grandaddy while Mama & Daddy were in Alabama. It's such a blessing to be able to leave Anna Kate with them and know she'll be in good hands and LOVE every minute with them...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fall, so far!

Happy Fall, y'all! I've been away too took me quite a while to upload these pics. I've been lax lately, mainly because we've been super busy and because our camera is now officially 27 years old. I've definitely got my sights set on a camera that doesn't weigh 12 lbs for the new year!!! :)

Anna Kate is growing like a weed. At her last appointment she weighed 28 lbs, and was 34 inches long...She is TALL TALL TALL! She is STILL not talking which would concern me, but ALL my friends say that she will just wake up one day and speak in complete sentences. She knows which books are which, and can get them when we ask her to, but I'm ready to be able to communicate more effectively with her! She's definitely gotten some "spunk" here lately! No is not quite as meaningful anymore, if you know what I mean! She absolutely loves playing with Bella, and watching football! YAY!

Today, we went to visit Mrs. LeAnna, for Anna Kate's VERY first haircut! This is the before

During...LeAnna did a FABULOUS job!

And, after! I think it's pretty obvious that Anna Kate LOVED getting her haid done. I'm afraid we have a girly girl on our hands! :)

This is a picture from Halloween! We did NOT go trick or treating, because of the rain :( but we did eat pizza and hang out at home with our little puppy dog!

Me, Mae Beth, Gigi, Anna Kate and Sarah after one of her famous halftime performances at Catholic! Anna Kate LOVED going to the games this season.

Anna Kate is FASCINATED by all the shiny crystals and sequins on Sarah's costume. Gigi's mom, Mary, made this suit...isn't it GORGEOUS!!??

This happens a LOT...I can't tell you how many of our pictures are just not blog-worthy because Anna Kate is trying to escape the clutches of some loved one! Can I get a witness from the moms who've recently had an 18 month old???? :)

Getting an all-important shaker lesson from Grandad!

ROLL TIDE!! I think she's got the hang of it!

With Daddy and Mae Beth after one of Sarah's performances all decked out in Irish green. Check out Anna Kate's gold sandals! Has this chick got spirit or what?? :)

With Uncle Ben at Allison's Catfish for dinner!

With Uncle Ben & Aunt Lacy before dinner!

With Gigi, obviously pumped to be decked out for the first Bama game of the season!

Could she be more excited??? Actually, this one had nothing to do with football, and EVERYTHING to do with a couple of super cute puppies!

Attempting a picture with Aunt Sarah...

Walking around/on the dress that Momma bought last season in T-town. Good news-she'll probably be able to wear it next year, too!

Anna Kate LOVES watching football with her daddy!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Do NOT Watch This

...unless you're ready to do something about it.

On another somber note, Joylyn, one of my best friends in the world, lost her daddy last night. I'll be en route to Alabama tomorrow afternoon to be with her and her family. Please keep Joylyn and her family in your prayers in the next couple of days.

I guess it's just one of those days, huh!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Beach 09

Hey y'all! Whew...I'm telling you. It is a blessing to be able to get away with family and enjoy some time off, but I think the getting ready to go and the coming home and getting settled back into real life is just craziness! We went to the beach last week and took our first real official family vacation with Anna Kate! I've grown up going to Panama City Beach EVERY year, but decided to try something new this year. We went to Seagrove Beach, FL, which is between Destin and Panama City on Hwy 30A. Y'all it was amazing. There are absolutely no highrises, and there are tons of quaint shopping areas and local restaurants. It's almost like going back in time. We really had a great time. Anna Kate, it turns out, is a little beach baby. In fact, she loved the ocean more than Mama! I love to go to the beach and sit in a chair and listen to the radio and read, but as for the ocean, I only go in when it's perfect, which you'll see from the pics, it was. Anna Kate splashed and laughed (even when she got splashed in the face!) and played in the sand. She had a ball. We are definitely looking forward to next year and taking even more family with us!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Longest post in the history of blogger

I don't really know where to begin, so I'll just give y'all a little update on miss Anna Kate. She's walking up a storm, backwards even! She LOVES spinning around and around, and she absolutely loves to eat, especially anything bready or sweet. She is her mama's child, I'm afraid! We've been pretty busy with work lately, and I've been SUPER busy painting and working on things around the house. I now consider myself an expert level painter after painting almost the entire 1st floor of our house in less than 3 days...HILARIOUS! I'll post pictures of that soon. I'm almost done with the faux finish in the dining room. That red had to go! :)

In the pool with Aunt Sarah...nice swimsuit, Sarah! :)
Splashin' with Bosley
Traditional triple birthday pose for Daddy, Aunt Mae Beth, and Grandmommy's birthdays

Reading with Grandmom...


Playing in the pool with Daddy

See how much I love my daddy???


I LOVE bathtime at Granna's!

Happy Birthday Grandaddy! (Better watch out! Bella looks pretty interested by that
Sunday lunch at Zaxby's with the bobsey twins! :)

Thanks, Grandaddy for putting up my swing. I L.O.V.E. it!



AK LOVES ice cream

AK does NOT love this hairdo!

AK LOVES the piano!

Ice cream with Daddy & Uncle Ben on the 4th! Nice smile Uncle Ben :)

Waiting for the fireworks on the 4th...too bad bedtime came first.

One of mama's VERY best friends from college, Aunt Joylyn came to visit! Is this not an awesome picture???