Holiday in the Park

Darla and I took the kiddos to Holiday in the Park at Six Flags over the Christmas break. We all had a lot of fun!

Meg, Brylie & Bugs
Megan & Brylie riding tea cups
Meg & Brylie
Such cute little girls!

Meg's new play set

While we were in San Antonio over the holidays, a close family friend gave Megan a play set that was left in his yard by the previous home owners. Justin told us that as long as we take it apart and haul it off, we could have it. So, we went over to his house and took it apart. Dad and Jarrad did most of the work, while mom and I supervised.

After it was completely apart, we loaded it up on the trailer and brought it back to Mansfield. Jarrad and I unloaded it and stored it in our garage until today. This morning around 10:30, we started putting it back together. We were successful. It only took about 3.5 hours (with a 1/2 hour for lunch). We went to Lowe's to buy a few new swings and other little things, for now we're all set.

Megan loves it. She played on it all afternoon. Below is a picture of Jarrad and Megan. She's been telling him thank you all day long. She's so cute.

We were finally able to convince her to come in for the day. She got a bath, then curled up in daddy's lap to watch Star Wars. She didn't last five minutes! What a sweet little girl.


Fifth 2007 Christmas

Christmas Day!

We had our fifth and final Christmas celebration on Christmas morning with my family. Of course, Santa visited Megan this year. She was so excited to see everything. She actually asked us "Is all of this for me?" It was so cute. Santa brought Megan a guitar and keyboard. He also brought her a digital camera, a tea set, Disney Princess Dolls, and a cleaning set that includes a mop, broom, floor brush, dust pan and spray bottle for "cleaning solution". She absolutely loved everything. All day, we were offered coffee out of her tea set.

Of course, Mom and dad completely spoiled us this year (as they always do). It was such a perfect Christmas.

It's hard to believe that Christmas has already come and gone. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect Christmas season!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Fourth 2007 Christmas

Christmas Eve - a family tradition!

All my life, we had the tradition of spending Christmas Eve at my grandmother's house in San Antonio with my family, and a few of my mom's sister's families. It was something I always looked forward to.

Two years ago, my grandmother passed away, but we've held strong - we're still carrying on family traditions. Although, since I've gotten married, we only spend every other Christmas with my family (my brothers and cousins are all on the same schedule too). So, this year, we went to my aunt Lanie's house to celebrate Christmas Eve.

It was a great evening. We had dinner, visited, and open presents.

Another tradition we had started a few years back was a "wish ball". Every year, we all write down our wishes for the upcoming year, then the following year, we go back and read our wishes. Its so neat to do.

Christmas Traditions

Last year, I started a Christmas tradition with Megan. We decorate cookies for Santa. This year, we did it in SA at my parents house. Aunt Sheryl and Uncle Kyle even decorated cookies with us. Meg did a great job this year - I was very proud of her.

On Christmas Eve day, we decorated the cookies. Then, right before we went to bed, we put them out for Santa with a glass of milk. Meg had picked out her four favorite cookies for Santa.

I hope this is a tradition we will continue in the future!

Third 2007 Christmas

December 18

Our 3rd Christmas this year was over at Sandra's house. We had dinner, dessert and opened presents. It was a perfect night. Meg had a blast with Leigh Ann's new dog, Sam Bradley, and running around at Nina's house.
Meg got lots of pretty, pretty things from Nina...make up, lotion, and hair accessories. Meg is a very lucky girl to have so many people that love her so much!

Second 2007 Christmas...

On Monday, December 17, Jarrad and I were watching TV around 9:45...below is our conversation...

Jarrad: When are we going to celebrate our Christmas?
Allison: What do you mean?
Jarrad: When are we going to open presents with us and Megan?
Allison: Oh, I was going to take all of our gifts to San Antonio and do it there?
Jarrad: We're not hauling all of our gifts to SA just to haul them back...
Allison: Well, tonight is the only night we can do it...I think I hear Meg in her room.
Jarrad: Go wake her up.

So, at 10:00pm on Monday night, we opened our family presents. It was perfect. Megan got roller skates - which was what she really wanted. She also got some clothes and a few other small gifts.

Watching Meg open up gifts was so adorable. In this picture, she said (with so much enthusiasm), "a beautiful box!" She was genuinely excited about getting a box for Christmas. I had to explain to her that the box wasn't her present. I love this child more than I could ever say!

First 2007 Christmas...

December 16th

Our first Christmas celebration this year was with Luke, Patty, Leigh Ann, Ed, Nick, Michelle, Stacy & Bryan. We all went over to Luke and Patty's house on Saturday night for a sleep over then opened presents the next day. While we were having Christmas breakfast, the door bell rang. We were all pleasantly surprised to see Santa Claus standing at the door :)

Meg was Santa's big helper, passing out every one's presents for him. It was such a great day. One I know we'll all remember.


Merry Christmas

Here is a picture of Megan from Christmas morning. I will post all about our Christmas celebrations soon! We had FIVE!



Dear Santa

On Friday, Jarrad and I took Megan to Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie. It's a drive through light display in Grand Prairie. There are lighted candy canes, toy soldiers, elves, flowers, castles, and of course, Santa & reindeer. About half way through the display, there is a huge tent set up. Inside the tent, there is a food court, a "gift shop", a light show, and pictures with Santa. Poor Santa, Meg just talked his ear off. But, I think she got her point across that she wants roller skates for Christmas. Hopefully Santa will hear her wishes!
I took pictures, but haven't downloaded them yet. Maybe I'll get around to it next week.



Can I get you anything?

Tonight, while Jarrad and I were watching the Big 12 Championship game, Dixie climbed up into Meg's recliner. She was trying to sleep while sitting up in the chair, so I reclined it for her. She hasn't moved a muscle. Guess she's comfy.


Go Cowboys!!!

Last night, Jarrad and I were able to go to the Cowboys/Packers game (sorry for the blurry picture). It was my first time to watch the Cowboys play in person. The game was awesome. Jarrad's brother, Nick, gave us his seats because he was out of town. I am so glad that we were able to go! Our seats were awesome - right by the tunnel where the Cowboys run out!



When no one is looking...

Dixie can be so sweet to Megan. I snapped this picture of Dixie and Megan in the car on the way home from the ranch. Megan was using Dixie's head to support hers. Such a sweet moment!

So Sweet

Nina & Megan

Poppy, Megan & Meme (at the ranch)

Happy Thanksgiving

We spent Thanksgiving at the ranch this year. We went out on Thursday, meme and poppy met us there too. Not long after we got there, we started seeing a few snow flurries. The picture above, was taken on Friday morning. We think we got about 5 or 6 inches. It was so beautiful!

Jarrad and I actually went out on Thursday evening to hunt. I froze my butt off, but I'm sure Jarrad was colder than me because he sat in a tripod stand - it snowed the whole time we were hunting!


If Taylor were a girl :)

Isn't he pretty! I always wanted a sister.

When a 3-year dresses herself...

...this is what you get!
I wasn't in the mood to argue with her, so I just let her go in public dressed as is.

I was up with Meg last night until 4:15! Not sure what is wrong with her, she just kept saying she didn't feel good. She'd fall asleep for about 45 minutes to an hour, then wake up with this horrible cry/cough. I was finally able to get some Motrin down her around 3:30 and that seemed to let her sleep until 7:00. Hopefully tonight will be better :)


That's not my Poppy

Mom sent me the picture of poppy (see below) today. He had just finished mowing the big yard on the south side of the house and was covered in dust and dirt. She just had to take a picture. When I opened it, I showed it to Meg and the first thing she said to me (in a very "matter of fact" tone of voice) was "That's not my poppy". I told her to look again...then, she said "My poppy is yucky dirty, he smells like a foot."



Swimming Lessons

Megan had swimming lessons tonight. She's doing so good. She needs to work on breath control, but other than that, she's doing awesome! She can swim to her "target", roll over onto her back, swim back to the wall, and jump off the side all by herself. She makes me more and more proud every week!


Love this picture

This was one of the last pictures of the night on Halloween. It's such a goofy picture of Meg :) You'd think that the was screaming or saying something, but surprisingly enough, I just caught her at the perfect moment. She did this right after she had been spinning in the kitchen.


Is it too early...?

This year, I decided that Megan needed her own Christmas tree in her room. So, we did a little shopping today and couldn't wait to put it up. She had so much fun decorating the tree. Maybe this will help me get in the Christmas spirit. With the 80 degree weekends, it's hard to be in the Christmas spirit.

After we set up Meg's new tree, I wrapped the gifts that I have so far. So, now I have wrapped Christmas presents with no big tree to put them under. This will all be changed tomorrow though - I've talked Jarrad into getting the tree down for me on Sunday! Christmas spirit, here I come.


Jarrad: We don't say shit, do we?
Meg: No, we say Oh My Gosh.
Me: We don't say stupid, do we?
Meg: No, we say Oh My Gosh.
Me: We don't say bitch, do we?
Meg: No....yes, we say bitch.

Lesson learned...don't encourage my daughter to be cute. Her answer to everything is usually, we don't say [insert any word here], we say Oh My Gosh.



Always believe your children...

Tonight, on the way home from swimming lessons, Meg told me that she needed to throw up. The conversation went something like this...

Meg: My tummy hurts.
Me: What's wrong?
Meg: I'm going to throw up
Me: Can you wait until we get home?
Meg: Yes.
Me: OK.

Fast forward to the minute we arrive home...

Meg: My tummy still hurts. (as she's holding her hands over her mouth)
Me: Do you need to throw up?
Meg: Yes.

Turns out, she wasn't fibbing. Apparently, she drank a lot of water tonight at swimming. On top of her tummy bothering her at school today, I guess the pool water did her in.

She's now curled up on the couch with her daddy drinking some Gatorade. She's had a bath, so I hope that she'll be better in the morning.


Video from April 2006


I love this smile


Trick or Treat

Last night, we went over to the Sandlin's to go trick or treating. We figured Meg would have more fun if she got to go with a friend this year. This was the first year that she didn't see ANY of her grandparents on Halloween - honestly, I'm not sure that she missed them (sorry Meme & Poppy). Below are pictures from the evening. The kids had so much fun!



Megan & Emmie

Below are a few pictures of Megan and Emmie. Emmie is the new puppy of a family friend. When we were in SA, Meme & Poppy took Meg over to the Koppes' house to meet Emmie. Meg fell in love with her. Poor Emmie - I bet she hadn't been handled like that her whole life. I hope she won't be afraid of children for the rest of her life.


Updated Toddler's Creed

I came across this today and it's more fitting for Meg's new outlook on life.

The Toddler’s Creed
If it is on, I must turn it off.
If it is off, I must turn it on.
If it is folded, I must unfold it.
If it is a liquid, it must be shaken, then spilled.
If it a solid, it must be crumbled, chewed or smeared.
If it is high, it must be reached.
If it is shelved, it must be unshelved.
If it is pointed, it must be run with at top speed.
If it has leaves, they must be picked.
If it is plugged, it must be unplugged.
If it is not trash, it must be thrown away.
If it is in the trash, it must be removed, inspected, and thrown on the floor.
If it is closed, it must be opened.
If it does not open, it must be screamed at.
If it has drawers, they must be rifled.
If it is a pencil, it must write on the refrigerator, monitor, or table.
If it is full, it will be more interesting emptied.
If it is empty, it will be more interesting full.
If it is a pile of dirt, it must be laid upon.
If it is stroller, it must under no circumstances be ridden in without protest. It must be pushed by me instead.
If it has a flat surface, it must be banged upon.
If Mommy's hands are full, I must be carried.
If Mommy is in a hurry and wants to carry me, I must walk alone.
If it is paper, it must be torn.
If it has buttons, they must be pressed.
If the volume is low, it must go high.
If it is toilet paper, it must be unrolled on the floor.
If it is a drawer, it must be pulled upon.
If it is a toothbrush, it must be inserted into my mouth.
If it has a faucet, it must be turned on at full force.
If it is a phone, I must talk to it.
If it is a bug, it must be swallowed.
If it doesn't stay on my spoon, it must be dropped on the floor.
If it is not food, it must be tasted.
If it is food, it must not be tasted.
If it is dry, it must be made wet with drool, milk, or toilet water.
If it is a carseat, it must be protested with an arched back.
If it is Mommy (or Daddy), it must be hugged.
I am toddler!

Pumpkin Patch

Yesterday, Darla and I took the kids to a pumpkin patch in Cleburne. It was about a 25 minute drive from Mansfield, but it was worth the drive. The girls and Lawson had so much fun. There was a three story tree house, a semi-petting zoo (the animals were in a fence, but if they came close enough you could pet them), a hay ride, and face & pumpkin painting (although we didn't do any of that).

I was pleasantly surprised that we didn't have any melt downs from the children because none of them had taken a nap. I know that Megan had a blast. I'm glad that Darla and the kids were able to come with us.

After the pumpkin patch, we went back to their house for a quick dinner, then I took Megan over to Boompaw & Nawnaw's house to spend the night. With Jarrad out of town, this means that I was all alone last night :) I actually slept in this morning until the dogs woke me up around 10. Truth be told, I let them out and then went back to sleep for another hour. I feel so rested.


So much fun!!!

Sorry for the sideways video :)

Fright Fest

Friday night, we went to Fright Fest at Six Flags in Arlington. Every year the company I work for hosts a Halloween party for the employee's children. It's usually held at the office, where the employees decorate offices and then the children come through to "Trick or Treat" in the office.

This year, my company decided to take the party to Six Flags for Fright Fest. Meg had never been to Six Flags before, so it was a real treat. We arrived around 6:30 and found our way back to the pavilion where dinner was being served. Of course, this was after we rode the giant carousel that is the first thing you see when you walk in to Six Flags (picture on left).

After dinner, it was off to the area of the park that is for the little kids. I wasn't sure how she was going to do with rides because of her traumatic experience at the State Fair, but she loved it. Some rides, she rode alone and others I had to ride with her. I think she had a blast.

The picture on the right is the last picture I took of the night. You can't tell, but she has HUGE circles under her eyes, her lips are chapped, and she's cold (couldn't get her to wear a hat). So, we had a drink, rode one last ride and headed home. She was such a big girl all night. She never ran off, which was a bit of a shock to me. I thought for sure that I would be chasing my three year old around the park.


She's growing so fast


Meg & Daddy

Meg sure loves her daddy!!!
This picture was taken through the door of the mule while we were at the ranch.

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