Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Happy Birthday, E.J.!

Yesterday was E.J.'s 28th birthday! Happy birthday, Sweetie! Kathryn is so lucky to have such a great daddy and I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful husband!

This weekend we did a bit of celebrating. I made a hearty breakfast Sunday morning and afterwards, Kathryn and E.J. took a little nap...
...while I made some of E.J.'s favorite treats for his birthday
(pineapple upside down cake and peanut butter cookies).

Sunday night we went out to dinner with some friends. I put Kathryn in her adorable Ralph Lauren sweater (thanks, mom!) since it's actually starting to get a little "chilly" around here. Oh. My. Goodness. Does it get any cuter?
Backtracking a bit. On Saturday we all ran some errands together and stumbled upon a great deal at Sam's Club: (around) 8' Live Oak trees for $23! What a deal! So we picked one up for the yard and E.J. planted it on Sunday. With the new tree in the yard and E.J.'s birthday, we did a mini-photo session of daddy and Katie on his birthday. We are hoping to remember to take a picture each year to track the tree's growth along with Ms. K's growth :)

Although blurry, I think this one turned out cool!
"Mom, look what I can do!"

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Nursery Pictures!

A blue room for a baby girl? Have you ever heard of such an injustice? What parents would do that to such a sweet girl?

Really? I'm kidding and have absolutely have no problem with Kathryn having a blue room. The story is that the room was already blue and we decided to just keep it that way, especially since we didn't know if Kathryn was going to be a boy or a girl. I figure when she's older, we can go to Home Depot and pick out a color that she and I can agree on :).

I should have taken pictures of her nursery a long time ago, but better late than never. Enjoy!

Hanging out in her crib while I have a photo shoot of her room.
Love the classic Winnie the Pooh bedding!

I love the gingham curtains in her room. P.S. I highly recommend getting blackout curtains, these are wonderful as they darken up the room so well once they're closed.

Kathryn is one lucky girl with quite the baby wardrobe.

To maximize space in her room for the time she's in a crib, we put her dresser in the closet, which works out really well. It turns out that if you grow up in new house, closet space is much greater than if you grow up in a house that was a hundred years old (literally). Growing up, I could barely fit my clothes in the closet , never mind an entire dresser!

View from her window. Once we do more yard work and it's not so bloody hot and allows grass to grow easily, she'll have pretty view of green grass surrounding the pond.

Had to throw another picture of my sweetie in there :)

Kathryn's reading chair, which we LOVE! Lots of time already spent there reading stories and lots more reading time to come!

I also adore her shelves. Yes, that's right, I haven't put pictures in the picture frames yet, just waiting on picking out the perfect ones to put in there. I also think the bottom shelf needs one or two cute accessories, but I'm holding out until I find something that works.

No, you're not crazy, the "t" and "y" letters on the top shelf are crooked. They can be screwed directly onto the wall, but in the catalog I saw them just propped up on the shelf and I liked the look of that. The only problem is that the "t" and "y" don't have flat bottoms. However, I kind of like them being crooked and think it gives the letters some "character", if you will.

The needlepoint my Aunt Debbie made me when I was born. I love that my mom brought it down so I could have it in Kathryn's room. Thanks, Aunt Deb! :)

I'm obsessed with this canvas picture I found online. I think it looks great in her room. Plus, it's not too baby-ish, so she can having it hanging on her wall for a long time. Apparently Kathryn approves too because she gets so excited when she checks it out!

The dresser, bed, and desk were E.J.'s childhood bedroom set. Someday we might paint it white to make it a bit more feminine. Also, you may notice that there's no changing table in her room. A lot of friends discouraged me from getting one and I'm glad we didn't end up buying one. We use the twin bed as her 'changing table' and just always have a changing pad on the bed. I don't regret for a second not getting one because it would take up more space and it's not a piece of furniture that you can use once she grows out of it.

I think her nursery turned out great and honestly when you're in it, it feels cozy. I'm not sure the pictures completely do it justice!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Big Day!

Friday was a big day for Kathryn and me! I had the day off from work so we could get lots of errands out of the way, but it started out with Kathryn's 4 month check-up, which went great! She's a healthy little girl :).

This is when we arrived at the doctor's office.
Waiting to see the doctor...poor thing didn't know the shots were about to happen.
After she got her shots, I picked her up and even with tears in her eyes she was all smiles.
What a trooper!

Back at home, showing off her Band-Aids.

4 Month Stats:
Height: 26 inches (can't quite tell what percentile because it's past the 95 percentile, however, the chart doesn't go any further than that, so again, she's OFF THE CHARTS!)
Weight: 15 lb 14.5 oz. (90th percentile)
Clothes: Wearing 6-9 month outfits

After lots of errands, we headed home and got ready to head back into town to attend my Aggie Ring Day! Ring Day is a pretty big deal around here. Trust me, if it was any other college, I probably wouldn't even think twice about getting a class ring, but the Aggie Ring is a whole different story.

For those of you reading things who aren't Aggies, here's an explanation about the Aggie Ring and a little video on how it's made.

My little Aggie ready to go get mom's ring!
About 3,500 people got their ring yesterday. Here's a glimpse of just fraction of them waiting around to get their ring or take pictures with family and friends.

Signing off for my ring!

Gig 'em, Aggies!
Aggie Family Shot! (Kathryn is taking it easy here)
We ran into Reveille! (A&M's mascot)

One of my favorites
Out to dinner to celebrate!

A close up of the ring.

Aggie mints that a friend of mine gave me in honor of my ring day!

To sum it up, it was a GREAT day!

Monday, Monday...

I couldn't think of anything else to call this post. I hate how fast the weekends speed by and can't believe I find myself sitting here on Monday morning, again. At any rate, good morning!

Nothing much new to report, which is probably a good thing though!

When I got home from work Friday afternoon Kathryn helped me with some laundry. She's already so good with helping out around the house ;).

While E.J. was working on Saturday, I made a last minute decision to take Kathryn to the outlets on the outskirts of Houston. We had a BLAST! It was great to just get out of the house and do something different. She was so great, too. Here she is just hanging out (and modeling my sun glasses) as I tried on some jeans. (She was way more patient than I ever was waiting for my mom in the dressing room)

Sunday was fairly uneventful. After the three of us went grocery shopping and ran some errands we took it easy for the rest of the day. Some of us took it easier than others...

Wishing you a great week! More updates soon: Kathryn goes to her 4 month apppointment on Friday!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


I forgot to post a few pictures from this past weekend!

I think Ms. Kathryn's appetite is definitely increasing as she's now drinking a full 8 oz. bottle when she's hungry. She's better a little "off" from her usual sleeping schedule and has woken up a couple of times over the past few nights, which isn't really like her. It leads me to believe that she might be ready for a little rice cereal now that's she's turned 4 months. We'll see what the doctor says at her four month appointment in about 2 weeks.

We got home late Friday night after the dinner at my graduate advisors house and she was sleeping for about an hour then woke up suddenly crying. She seemed really upset and I thought maybe she had a nightmare? (Random thought: But really, how is a mom to know if it was definitely a nightmare...that happens to be a pet peeve of mine when a mom will say, 'she was definitely having a nightmare last night'(or a tummy ache etc.). How the heck do you know for sure? Babies can't talk!

What I do know for sure if that the poor thing looked so sad.
How does this not break your heart?

But it was nothing a bottle and some cuddles couldn't fix (Disclaimer: Excuse the dark circles under-the-eye look. It was 11:30 on a Friday night and I had washed my face and had the after affects of lingering mascera)

Saturday we did some tummy time. Look at that strong neck!

All ready to celebrate her 4 month birthday!

Is it Friday yet? :)