Monday, November 28, 2011

A Week Gone a Flash

Last week truly flew by, but I suppose that's what always happens when you have a vacation.

Both E. J. and I are fortunate to have very generous parents, so when my MIL offered to pay for our hotel room in Ft. Worth so we could watch one of her cutting horses compete in the Futurity, we quickly accepted and took the beginning of the week off before our Thanksgiving break started.

I'll always be a New England girl, which is exactly why I didn't understand anything that was really happening. All I knew was that it cost a lot of money to train and enter a horse into theFuturity. Basically, the whole point is to make sure your horse prevents the cow from going back to the heard.

In case you're curious, you can click here to see exactly what a Cutting Horse Futurity is all about (this video is from the summer, but you get the idea).

Also, if you watch the video the answer is, YES, there were that many cowboy hats present. Along with chaps, spurs, boots, and tight Wrangler jeans.

After traveling and not being on a regular schedule, Kathryn tried to sneak in some naps here and there, even if they were in uncomfortable positions.
All the horses in the group warming up
My MIL's horse competing
Unfortunately, the horse didn't do too well, so my MIL fired the trainer (the guy riding the horse) and now the horse will be trained by someone else. This horse business is serious stuff!
Taking a break from watching the horses
Those are some low-riding jeans
Taking it all in - she's going to have so many cool opportunities growing up
Back at the hotel - it was the perfect time of year to go with all the Christmas decorations
Since we were going to Ft. Worth, my main priority was: food. In-n-Out Burger has recently opened up some chains in northern Texas, so I definitely wanted to have us stop by. Delicious!
Of all the choices she had, she wanted to suck on a lemon one night while we were out to dinner. And yes, that's her first fake tattoo on her hand.
Before we headed home, Kathryn partook in her new favorite activity: jumping on the bed
(With her first pony tail!)
We also checked out the Water Gardens again before leaving
While sitting on a bench, a nice man came up to us and offered to take a picture of the three of us.
Thanks? (Yup, this is the picture he took)
So I took this one of us instead
We got back home Wednesday afternoon and I did some baking for Thanksgiving. But, our Thanksgiving was a little unconventional. E. J. worked at the big college football game for 16.5 hours...yup, you read it correctly. All day! Needless to say, he wasn't around for Thanksgiving, so K and I took care of some of the morning our pj's.
With E. J. not around, I had Kathryn in the bathroom with me as I was taking a shower and she was kind enough to give me this present :)
K and I ventured over to my FIL's family's house for Thanksgiving dinner
When we got home I wanted to take some official Thanksgiving pictures, but somebody wasn't in the mood...
This is probably my favorite - what a face
But all she really wanted to do, was this...and how could I blame her?
The rest of our weekend was spent celebrating Thanksgiving II with E. J. and being lazy around the house. (I could easily get used to that)We topped off the end of our vacation with the decorating of the tree and our house! It was so much fun to see the look in Kathryn's eyes when we turned the lights on and she said "Teeeee!"
So, if you've made it to the end of this long post, congratulations -thanks for reading! I'm so excited for the Christmas season upon us and hope everyone enjoyed a fabulous Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


No, our 18-month old doesn't have chores, although if she had it her way, she'd love it. So for now, we just call them her "chores" because she's about helping out.

After we got home, all she wanted to do was to go outside and help dad.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Double Dose

Two videos today to document a few moments from our night. (FYI - the second one has some loud screams/laughing....just to beware, especially if you're watching at work!)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday Tidbit

I've decided to official deem this week as a week of just video posts. Nothing is scripted or planned, just glimpses of Kathryn in her nightly routine - simply being a curious 18-month old.

Here are couple minutes from this evening...

Monday, November 14, 2011

Before Bedtime

Uncle Sam (my brother) requested a video of Kathryn. So tonight before bed, we did just that, just because.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

18 Months

Wow! 18 months! I'm really just short on words this month because:

1) Both K and I caught E. J.'s cold and I feel like I've been hit by a mack truck resulting in me not making any sense. I'm out of it!
2) I'm still in disbelief that our little girl who was born just yesterday is now a year-and-a-half!

This month's theme = many strides in communicating. I feel like she's trying to say and mimic words we say and perfecting words she's been working on. Her vocabulary is really growing!

Some not-so-proud things this month:

Kathryn knows how to turn on the tv and then brings us the remote so we can turn on a recording of her favorite show, Super Why!

Whenever we watch, How I Met Your Mother, she'll stop anything she's doing to sing along to the theme song. Oops!

Although she had a 102 fever on her 18-month birthday, we still did some celebrating with her annual half-year half-cake celebration! We also had pizza for dinner, which was the only thing she would eat. At least we got something in her?

She smells EVERYTHING she eats before she decides if it's worth sinking her teeth into
I guess it smelled good

Saturday morning she was showing off her latest skills

And by Sunday she had perfected the art of the temper tantrum after a weekend of great practicing.
Either she's really getting ready for the terrible 2's & 3's or she was just tired from being sick, having 3 new teeth come in, and the time change.

My guess is that she was just really showing us what we're in for.

Happy 18 months, Kathryn!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A little Bit Country, A little Bit Rock and Roll

I love that Kathryn is all about country living - getting dirty, feeding the animals, driving tractors and 4-wheelers, and just loving the great outdoors.
Even though she's all about being my little country girl, she's also my little fashionista. She will run her sweet little hands along my hair when I ask her to make mommy's hair "pretty" or simply throw on a pair of shades and keep them on and continue with her business.

She's a lucky girl to be exposed to so many different experiences already and I can't wait to see how her personality and interests continue to grow. Whether it be a city girl or a country girl, we just think she's the best girl.