January 25, 2009

Happy Birthday BIBI!!!


We love you and wish you the best birthday ever!!

January 24, 2009

Happy Birthday MOM!

I know your birthday isn't until Sunday, but I had to go ahead and get the party started today! I know you are going to kill me for posting some of these, but I love them and I hope one day Gracen looks at them and sees what a great Mommy you were and are to me!

Your legs are smaller that mine!

Check out that car seat. I can't believe "Safety Bob" allowed that!

hum hum...Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it... that is all I can remember

poncho pals.hee hee

Now, that I have embarrassed you, I will add one of me for a laugh!


January 23, 2009

Gracen and Ella

Although we have had Ella for almost 2 years now, Gracen is just now beginning to play with her baby dolls. She has about 10 that she plays with, but Ella, our Bitty Baby, is the ONE! She loves sweet Ella, so I thought they would be cute in matching dresses. I had bought this fabric for Gracen last fall and luckily had enough for Ella, too. She loved the dresses and even had to take her to dinner the other night just to show off.

January 22, 2009

My new getaway!

I am sooooo excited about my new room!

Well, I am not really getting away, but I feel like it every time I walk into my new and very organized scrapbook and sewing room. It is nice to have a little retreat right here at home.
While Mom was here last week, we completely emptied this room and reorganized EVERYTHING! She even spent an entire day just folding fabric so it would all be the same size! THANK YOU MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!! is all I can say. Dad helped me make a new table and it is great.

My new computer area with both of my printers (12x12 printer is under the table)

Bins with all of my office supplies, bills, etc.

Ribbon center

All of my sewing, monogramming, and embroidery things.

All of that fabric Mom folded!

Scrapbook area with my tools and Cricket machine

Another view of scrapbooking area.

Some of my scrapbooking supplies, photos, and albums

Rubber stamps and ink pads.

January 21, 2009

The making of a snowbunny?

Jamie and Gracen went outside to play in the snow. They tried to sled down the hill, but there wasn't enough snow. Then, they built the cutest little snowman. Well, it sort of looks like a snowman. They used Gracen's beach bucket! My favorite part was the addition of the leaves to make it a snowbunny!

By the way, I added the next picture because I just can't believe how much she has changed over the past year. This picture was take this time last year during our Valentine's Day snow.

January 20, 2009

It is SNOWING!!!

These are the words I hear coming down the hall this morning as I slept warm and cozy in my bed. "It is SNOWING!!!"... Gracen got louder and louder until she had successfully gotten me out of bed to see the SNOW! SO... here it is!

January 19, 2009

This is what he really did in Vegas!!

Jamie was supposed to be in Las Vegas working last week. Every time I talked to him he was "running of to another important meeting" he said. Instead of working one of the afternoons, he got to go to the Las Vegas Speedway and participate in the Richard Petty Driving Experience! He had a blast and if you know Jamie, you know this is right up his alley.

All I can say is... Thank God they didn't let him drive!

January 16, 2009

I want a grilled cheese, Mommy?

As most of you know, Gracen is one of those challenging children when it comes to eating. When she was 9 months old, she stopped eating and has not been adventurous when it comes to food. We have been through the not eating for 2 days phase, eating only bacon phase, eating only round stuff phase (yogurt raisins, gummies, etc), the McDonald's plain hamburger only meat phase to finally now trying most everything. I am ECSTATIC! If you have one of these kids, you can understand the frustration and feelings that I have had for the past 3 years.

How did this happen you ask? Well, while we were skiing with Nancy and Jeff, Nancy mentioned that she had a friend with a child like this. She started a paper chain and wrote the name of each new food that the child tried. When we got home we started our "Happy Food Chain" with Gracen. Over the past two weeks we have seen a huge change. It all started with carrots on the first night. Now there was a little bit of fussing, but we made it through and now broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, chicken noodle soup, cheeseburger macaroni, peaches, apples, English peas, peanuts, roast beef, cinnamon toast are just a few new things that have made the chain. But, what made me so happy last night was the request for her very first GRILLED CHEESE! She loved it and it is my favorite thing to eat.

I know it sounds crazy that a grilled cheese is an accomplishment, but you have to understand I have been asking for almost 3 years now. Finally, she said yes!

January 15, 2009

I am BACK!

It has been too long and I am missing my Bloggin! People have even emailed me asking where did I go? Are you still going to do the blog? I guess I got everyone addicted the all the Holly Happenings during Christmas. Yesterday, for some reason blogger sent out and email to everyone saying Holly is Back! Well, she is NOT... I need at least 11 months to get ready for Holly again. Hee Hee.

Where have I been you asked? Crazy busy! I have been doing some cleaning out and organizing. Mom and Dad are here this week and I put them to work... Dad has been doing all those honey-do things that Jamie is missing since he is in Viva Las Vegas ( I think he planned that!) and Mom has helped me clean out my kitchen and we have reorganized my entire scrapbook room! I am so excited! I will post some pictures later today so that you can share in my excitement.

Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

January 4, 2009

Skiing with the Rainers....

For the New Year, we went to Beech Mtn for some sledding, skiing, and fun. The kids had a great time with each other over the weekend and we enjoyed spending time with the Rainer family. It has been a while since we have seen them and it was a lot of fun catching up.
Gracen loved sledding and the snow, but she didn't like the skiing! She didn't like the boots at ALL! Well, I can't blame her. Neither do I... Jamie tried for a little bit to teach her, but she just wanted to play in the snow. So, that is what she and I did. No skiing for me this time. Maybe next time!

To see all the pictures from our trip, go to our family website athttp://theamersonfamily.shutterfly.com/