Monday, September 28, 2009

Project Runway: Baby Edition

I told you all that I have a new (to me) sewing machine, and I have been itching to use it! Saturday night Jamie invited me over to have a little "sit and sew." I was in need of a little sewing wisdom and Jamie had a lot to offer!!!!  She was such a good teacher because she showed me what to do without doing it for me, and was patient and helpful when I did something wrong. When I left her house, I had almost finished this:



This dress is for her to wear to the Champions of Hope 5K in Dothan. I saw the fabric and knew that it would be perfect for Margaret Anne to show her support in!

And then yesterday, I was so excited, I made a little modification (ribbons instead of buttons) and made this, which I LOVE and I think MA does too!

Don't you just LOVE the harvest toille? I know I do! I hope to make some more creations soon. Next up: An orange and blue dress. War Eagle THAT!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

For Elle


I finished another baby wreath this weekend. However, sweet baby Elle decided to come early so she doesn't have it yet. I can't wait to give it to her and meet her in person!

We were supposed to go to a band function on Saturday but it got rained out, so I got very creative. You guys won't believe what I have learned to do! Post coming soon. Stay tuned...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Things I LOVE lately

I thought I would let you guys in on a few things that are around these days that I absolutely love.
  1. Babylegs. Like baby leg warmers, these little things are SO cute and so far, Margaret Anne likes them too! They are warm, not nearly as difficult to put on as tights or leggings are, and the best part is that you don't have to take them off to change her diaper! I have her some in several colors: pink, white, orange (war eagle that), black, and purple.

    2. My new (to me!) sewing machine!!!

    It was my grandmother's. She passed away when I was sixteen and I guess my mom finally figured that since I am 30 and have a child that I could be trusted with it. I got it Monday night and immediately sewed up the rear end of some of MA's pants. Because she still scoots so much, she has completely worn out the seams of several pairs of pants! I am excited about learning how to use it and maybe even making some cute little dresses. I think Grandma (Hays' maternal grandmother) may give me some lessons one day, if I'm good!
    Another reason I love this... I could almost swear that when I opened the case and took it out, it smelled like my Mee-Maw. Maybe it was just my imagination, but I could detect just a faint aroma of the Jean-Nate that she used to wear. :)

    3. FALL. I love fall. I love all of the pretty fall colors and the way that the air starts to get cooler after the sun goes down. Our wedding was in the fall and I was so glad to use those beautiful fall colors in my wedding flowers.

    4. NEW EPISODES!!! My favorite TV shows have finally started showing new episodes. I love "House, M.D.," "Criminal Minds" (the show last night was SO good), "The Office," "30 Rock," "Grey's Anatomy," and "Private Practice." I have NO idea when I will ever be able to catch up on everything that I have DVR'd!

    5. This weekend is the Greek Food Festival at the Greek Orthodox church downtown. I love going and we try to go every year. They have fantastic food, wine, Greek music, dancers, and shopping! Not to even mention the yummy desserts (baklava, anyone??)!

    One more thing I love... my husband, of course!!!

    We were married 3 years ago yesterday, and I am so glad I was able to marry my best friend and the love of my life. I can't believe that 3 short years later, we are settled into a home and the Lord has blessed us with a 13 month old amazing little girl, and so much else, and we are happier than ever. We have so much to be thankful for!

    Wednesday, September 16, 2009

    Little Debbie is my friend

    Margaret Anne ate a good dinner tonight (peas, pasta wheels with chicken and carrots) so I thought I would let her have a treat that I used to love when I was little - oatmeal creme pie! I will have to say this isn't her first one. I also have to say that I asked the doctor if she could have a few treats like this, and he said as long as she doesn't stop eating her regular food it is fine, and so far she is still eating it. I think she is so good that she deserves a few treats. I hope you enjoy the video as much as she enjoyed her dessert!

    video

    She keeps looking up at Hays who was standing behind me. We had a little drop at the end, but that bib is awesome and catches everything that falls! Thanks Jessica!

    A cute story. Margaret Anne goes to daycare with 2 year old Addison ( I teach with Addison's dad, Jason) and Jason told me this morning that he asked Addison if Margaret Anne was her best friend and she said "yes." Then later she was playing with her cell phone and said she was going to "call Margaret Anne." I think that is SO cute.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2009

    Eye surgery and more

    I know I haven't blogged in a while, but life has been SO busy lately. Margaret Anne had her eye surgery last Wednesday. It went wonderfully and so far we have no more tears or cruddy eye! She is getting some more teeth which is getting interesting, but all is going well as far as she is concerned right now. Her newest thing is that any time you talk with a stern voice (to her or anyone else) she makes this face that is somewhere in between angry and her heart breaking. It is so funny and sad at the same time, I will try to get a picture of it.
    We had family in town last weekend. Alan and Sandi were here, and my mom and dad (he just came for a little while). We went to the high school football game on Friday night, and it was SO fun because Margaret Anne just loves the marching band and loves watching my girls dance. I think we may have a future dancer on our hands! We watched Auburn vs. Mississippi State on Saturday night and had great fellowship with the family. My Aunt Donna, Uncle Tim, MeeMaw, and Mary Margaret came over to join us all and brought some yummy homemade chili, and we had a great time visiting with everyone and watching my Auburn tigers win!
    I hope I have time to put up some more pictures soon and blog a little more, but I have a lot to get done! School has been so busy, it seems like everything is happening at once. I am also working on a new baby wreath for a friend, so stay tuned for pictures of that!

    Monday, September 7, 2009

    Wardrobe Malfunction

    Margaret Anne got a "Praise Baby" DVD today! She was really into it.... and then Hays called my attention to the most precious little cheek hanging out of her diaper.

    We better start saving now for all of the therapy bills, but (or should I say "butt") it was too funny not to post. Happy Labor Day!

    Sunday, September 6, 2009

    The Loveliest Village on the Plains

    We made a trip down to Auburn yesterday so that Hays and Jordan could see our Tigers win their first game of the season. We were lucky that the weather was beautiful and we got to go visit with some friends. We also unexpectedly ran into some new and old friends, which was a wonderful surprise! It was great to see everyone and we want to give a shout out to Jordan for hosting our family at his house, and to his super sweet girlfriend Julie for hanging out with Margaret Anne and me while our men were at the game. War Eagle!

    Hays and Will

    Jason and Leigh (our AWESOME neighbors)

    Scott and Stephanie

    Scott, Jordan, Hays, Brandon

    Katie Beth and Brandon


    Family Pic. If you look closely you can see those top two teeth!


    Margaret Anne and Uncle Jordan


    She wanted to walk around so badly!


    So we walked and walked her.


    My good friend Rachel. We just happened to be tailgating right next to them! She and I have been friends since 4 year old kindergarten. It was so great to see her and her husband Daniel, who I have also known for as long as I can remember.

    That is why I LOVE returning to Auburn. It is nice when our team does well, but it is the tradition, the beauty of the campus, the old and new buildings, and all of the other wonderful things about being an AU alum that make me say "I believe in Auburn. And love it."

    WAR EAGLE!

    Thursday, September 3, 2009

    Fussy McFussenstein

    That is what I changed Margaret Anne's name to yesterday. Poor baby was UNHAPPY. She cried all the way home from daycare, cried when I sat her down to dinner, cried when she went down to bed, and then woke up crying at 9, 10, 11, 12, and did not fall asleep until somewhere after 1am. Needless to say, I am WORN out. She did not have a fever, so I assume she is teething. She has two top lateral incisors that look like they are on the way through, and Lord, please let them come through quickly! I just get so concerned because she NEVER acts like that and when she does it makes me worry that she may be sick. I just want her to feel better, because when she wakes up wailing like that she has to be feeling so terrible!
    This has been a really busy week for me, and for everybody that I work with. We have our big rival football game this Friday night, and my girls have been trying to revamp their field show routine and perfect their routine for Friday's pep rally. They have practiced in all of their spare time this week and are even getting to school at 7am tomorrow morning to get in a few extra minutes of practice. I love those girls! They work so hard and I really hope it pays off for them.

    Wednesday, September 2, 2009

    1 year stats

    Margaret Anne had her 1 year check up last week. She weighed in at a whopping 19 lbs (25th percentile) and was 30 1/4 inches long (90th percentile). Her head circumference was also in the 90th percentile. Her pediatrician said she is doing great because she has stayed on the same growth curves since she was born. She got her vaccines (along with flu and chicken pox this time) and was a pretty good girl about it, only crying for a second. That is, until the nurse came back in to reinforce her band aids (they weren't sticking well) with bigger band aids and I think MA thought she was getting more shots... she kept pushing the nurse's hand away. Poor baby!
    She is totally off of bottles and baby food, and I honestly don't think she even noticed the transition. She LOVES whole milk (as you can see in the video from the previous post) and will drink out of any type of sippy cup. That is a good thing because when I was introducing her to the sippy she wouldn't take any of them and I think I bought every kind of cup ever made. She loves to eat and will eat pretty much anything, but she has a major preference for chicken fingers and cookies. I asked the DR about the cookies and he said they are ok as long as she is eating her other food, and she is. She laps up green beans and diced carrots, too!
    She has this new thing with putting her food pieces on her head and when she does it she just laughs... she has to get a bath every night after dinner because her hair is usually crusted with food. YUM.
    She is still sitting backwards in the car seat... even though she did get a new big girl car seat for her birthday (thanks Nonna and Grampa)! We just installed it rear facing. The doctor said to keep her rear facing because it is safest and she really doesn't know any different, and is pretty happy in the car.
    There you have it, MA's big girl stats. I don't know about you guys, but I am floored by the changes made in just a year. She is growing up too fast!