Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Search for the Velcro Rollers

The other day Scott and I had a dinner party to go to. So I set my hair in my velcro rollers for a soft romantic look. As always, Natalie was watching me get ready and as I pulled out the rollers she took them one by one and tried putting them in her hair. She was fascinated by them. She played with them and the storage box I keep them in for the next couple days. I started to notice that there were fewer and fewer rollers ending up in the box each time we picked up her toys. I knew that she must have hidden them away somewhere, but I could not find them anywhere! On Monday I was making dinner and I needed my skillet, so I leaned down to get it. I opened the cupbaord and this is what I found...

Now why didn't I look there to begin with?

Monday, December 12, 2005

Natalie's First AND SECOND Christmas Dress

So last Christmas I decided that I wanted to make Natalie's Christmas dress, so I got the fabric and pattern. My mom helped me put it all together (I'm very much a beginner!), and it was beautiful. So Christmas Eve rolls around and I go to put it on her--The dress was HUGE!!! It covered her feet and fell off her shoulders. I was so bummed. I thought I'd just keep it for sentimental sake. I mean it was the first little dress I made for her. So I put another Christmas dress on her that her Mamaw had bought and she looked adorable in that!

So all along I have kept the little red dress hoping that someday I would have another daughter during the appropriate season so that the dress would get worn. It hung in Natalie's closet until a couple weeks ago when I decided to pull it out and just try it on her. You know what? It fit her perfect! She looked so cute in it. She's worn it a couple times already. I want to get all the wear I can in!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Let It Snow...

Well, it finally snowed last night. When I woke up there was 4 inches. So when Natalie woke up I bundled her up and we went out to play in the snow. It's the first she's seen that she is aware of. Here she is all bundles up and ready to go...

I looked everywhere for her mittens and couldn't find them anywhere, so being the resourceful mom that I am, I put two pairs of socks on her hands and we headed outside to play in the snow.

When I opened the garage door, she had the cutest look of confusion and awe.

She was pretty unsure of the whole idea of snow kinda like she was with sand this summer. She wouldn't move.

Once I put her back on the driveway, she began to warm up to the snow. (Ha ha! No pun intended.) She started dancing around and kicking the snow.

She ran over to the grass to dip her toes in, but tripped and landed on her bum. She wasn't too happy.

So after a while I noticed her nose was getting red. I asked her if she was cold and she said yes. We headed back inside. She seemed to really love her first snowfall. Let's just pray that there will be many more. The snow is almost completly melted already!

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Naked Natalie

So Natalie is going through this phase (hopefully) of taking her clothes off...ALL THE TIME!!! You don't even know how many times I have gone into her room after a nap or in the morning and found her stark naked! In fact yesterday, I took a bunch of pictures of her, but Scott wouldn't let me post them on the internet. (Don't want them getting into the wrong hands!)

Then Last night, I layed her down for bedtime and 20 minutes or so later I heard her up and jumping around in her bed. So I went in to lay her back down like Super Nanny taught me to, and I found her nude...all the way. We've been working on using the potty (her idea--not mine!) and she is starting to get the hang of things. She knows that when she has to go potty we take her diaper off and sit on the toilet. Well, things got a little turned around for her last night. When she had to go, she stripped down, took off the diaper and sat on her crib mirror as a toilet. She peed all over it as well as all over her bed. I was ready to duct tape the stinkin' diapers onto her little bum!!!!

So anyway, this afternoon I go into get her up from her nap and she is shirtless, which I find astonishing because she is wearing a onesie. Here she had it pulled down around her waist. Of course I grabbed the camera right away...

I asked her to pull her shirt up a little.

I told her to let it go.

I told her to cover her boo-boos.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Isn't She Lovely...

Isn't she wonderful!

Isn't she precious!

Isn't she pretty!

I am so happy. We have been heaven blessed. I can't believe what God has done. Through us He's given life to us.

Well, isn't she lovely made from love!

[Thanks Stevie!]

Look What I Found Yesterday...

After lunch yesterday Scott and I threw away some chips that we didn't finish. The trash needed to be taken out so it was kinda full. About an hour later I noticed that Natalie was eating chips. I couldn't figure out where she was getting them from until I noticed that she would run into the kitchen every couple minutes. This is what I found...

...Yeah, that's right. My daughter is eating out of the trash. Ha ha ha! She is so funny!!!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Heat Wave!

So I was watching teh 11-o-clock news tonight and the weather people said that today there were record highs across the area. It was 71 degrees in Philadelphia! The weather lady said that so far 2005 has tied 2003(?) in the most 65 degrees+ days (12 days) in the month of November. Tomorrow it is a forecasted high of 65 degrees so we'll see what happens. I am a Wisconsinite at heart so I am sad to be heading into the holiday season with 65 degree weather. I would like to see some snow and I wouldn't mind a little cold snap.

Our Thanksgiving...

Well, our Thanksgiving was extra special this year because Scott ran in his first race ever! He ran in the 10th Annual YMCA 5k Turkey Trot in Bel Air, MD. Scott joined six others from our church in the run. Some ran, some walked. All week long prior to the run he kept trying to convince me that I should just stay home. He said things like, "it's going to be cold, icy, icky..." Yeah, I'm from Wisconsin, so like that's going to work on me! Natalie and I just bundled up and cheered him on!!

Here is Daddy getting Natalie ready for the day. It was about 630am Thanksgiving morning.

Scott just after registration.

Here's the whole gang. (Front - Robert Butler, Sean Forrest, Amy Stevenson (our fabulous church secretary), Donna Bosmeny (our senior pastor's wife), Back - Scott Ball, Tom Butler, Pastor Alan Bosmeny (our senior pastor).)

Our little family - The Ballroom

The Elkton First Pastoral Team - Scott (worship/technologies/creative arts), Sean (youth), P. Alan (everything else!)

Natalie was so sleepy!

The runners get going...

As they ran we went back to the car and ate a snack. On our way back we came across this giant turkey. Natalie loved it!!!

I tried to catch everyone as they crossed the finish line, but I missed Sean, so I took this picture of him waiting across the way for the others in our little group. He gave me the heads-up as they approached the finish line.

Here comes Scott!!!!! (Sean was great about cheering everyone on!)

Pastor Alan and Scott ran almost the whole way. They stayed together and only stopped once or twice. Here they are crossing the finish line together.

Ooooo....It was a tough run for Scott!!!

Here's Robert...

And Tom...

This guy!!! You would not have believed this guy!!! Do you remember the soup nazi from Seinfield? Well, this guy was the race nazi. He was yelling at people as they approached the finish line...."Women to the left! Men to the right!" He would actually try to physically stop people from crossing the finish line if they did not have a registered number! It was crazy!!!

Here come Donna and Amy... They walked the 5k, but decided to run the last little bit! Go Girls!

Here is the post run picture. Everyone looks a little less energetic!

On our way home, Natalie fell asleep.

Meanwhile we got stuck in Thanksgiving traffic on I-95. So we listened to Arlo Guthrie's infamous hit, Alice's Restaurant.

This is a bona-fide Hawaiian license plate.

We're bored in traffic. The people in the car next to us were laughing at us. I tried to take their picture, but traffic finally started moving and they zoomed off.

One of the bridges we cross frequently and an all too common toll booth.

Another unique license plate that is rarely seen across the country. Notice the tag line at the bottom of the plate: "Taxation without representation."

Natlalie woke up and took off her socks and boots.

So that was our Thanksgiving morning! In the afternoon we went to Amy's daughter's house and joined their family for dinner. We had a wonderful time and ate lots of yummy food! Mmmm.....turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and macaronis? Yes, we ate macaroni prior to our grub-fest. (Amy's son-in-law is 100% Italian.) Overall it was a wonderful day!!!
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