Monday, November 30, 2009

Thankful for Thanksgiving!

Spending this week, well last few days, with Paisley and my family have made me SO want to be a stay-at-home mom! I like working and am so thankful to have a job these days, but it would be oh so nice to be able to stay with Paisley all day!!! We had so much fun visiting with our parents, eating SO much food, and (of course) getting in a little....ok, a lot....of shopping!

Thanksgiving was wonderful! We spent the early part of the day with Jeff's family eating and visiting. It was the first time all the grandkids on that side of the family had been together. I tried to get a picture of them all, but Aden didn't feel to well. So, I managed to get plenty of Paisley! Here she is in her Thanksgiving Turkey outfit from Layla-Bo-Bayla.

After lunch, we relaxed and got ready for round two at my parents house. After grazing at yet another feast, Mom and I decided to get out of the house and pick up a few things at Wal-Mart. Paisley got a new hat, and here we are trying it on....she's such a good model! Haha.

So she wore it to the South Panola football game! This is her new smile. She shows off all 1.75 of her teeth and manages to close her eyes every time the flash goes off.

We decided to shop online Black Friday to avoid the mayhem with a 9 month old, and take our time shopping Saturday while my mother-in-law kept Paisley. In our ventures, we found the mother-load of bargains at Babies-R-Us! They had SEVERAL racks of clothes that were already marked cheap, but then they were an additional 50% off! When I saw it, I got a little excited and grabbed an armful, just in case it was true. But then, when I got to the price checker thingy, and a pair of pants rang up $0.80, my heart fluttered and the bargain shopper in me got SUPER excited!!! We managed to put a few things back, but we racked up. You should have seen Jeff and my dad's faces when we got back with a super-sized bag, all for Paisley. But they totally agreed when we told them the prices! I guess men know a good deal when they see it too! :)

She also got a new car seat. My dad calls it her ejection seat since it looks like something in an airplane! She loves this seat. She had outgrown her infant carrier long ago, and now she loves being able to see where she's going.

With all the weather changes, being around everybody during the holiday, and just being little, Paisley has the sniffles, runny nose, and cough....hopefully we can get it all under wraps before it gets worse. I guess we'll just have to snuggle up under the blanket and watch TV tonight!!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

This past week has been a very low-key one compared to most. Other than Paisley's daily activities, Jeff and I have kept it pretty and then relaxing at home (well, about as much as you can with an almost 9 month old...).

Paisley has started trying to do EVERYTHING by herself! She's trying to walk away from her toys without grabbing onto something else....

(How cute is this outfit?!? A friend of mine's mother-in-law makes these, and I have feeling my mother-in-law will be a regular customer! :) It came from Layla-Bo-Bayla Designs, and they are working on a website. You can find them on Facebook though!!!)

She's trying to dress herself......Except the too small tutu got stuck on her head.....

She's even feeding herself....Except, the Li'l Puffs ended up in a pile beside her head....

She can even blow kisses, wave bye-bye, and anytime Jeff or I get off the phone and say "bye", she says "bye bye" too! She is getting such a personality!

Next week will be chocked full of Thanksgiving pictures since we have both my family and Jeff's Thanksgiving get-togethers. I'm hoping to get some outside pictures done of Paisley while the weather isn't freezing outside! It's getting time to make Christmas cards soon, and for once, Jeff and I won't have to worry about what we're wearing in it. This year will be all about Paisley! Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and I'll be updating soon!

Monday, November 16, 2009

I'm SO not good at this!

Ok, so I am a TERRIBLE blogger! I can't believe I went a whole week without putting something up here!!! Anyway, Thursday we went to Mississippi College to watch the Generals in the State Championship football game. We won for the second year in a row by beating one of our biggest rivals!!! It was such a good game from beginning to end!We were the home team (obviously!).... The weather was great, and the boys really played their hearts out!!! Here is the article from the paper.

Paisley had a great time! She really liked the pom-poms and the noise makers that the parents had made. Everytime something good would happen and the crowd would cheer, she would clap and grin real big! Since we were down close to some old friends of ours, we met up with them after the game for dinner and to catch up. When we left Jackson a couple of years ago, they had just had the cutest little girl, Maggie.....

Just when we thought she couldn't get any cuter, we see her for the first time in 2 years! How adorable is she!?! Paisley was too busy feeling her teeth, yes I said teeth, to smile. But Maggie was cheesing up a storm! By the way, Paisley now has 1.25 teeth! Another one has come through, and the cranky level has gone up just a bit.

Saturday, while I was wasting 2 hours of my life taking the Praxis II test I wasn't quite ready for, Nana took Paisley to see Santa. Of course she had to have a new outfit, bow, and pair of shoes for the occasion! (Itzy Bitzy has the cutest crocheted hats, headbands, flower clips, etc.!)

She did very well with Santa! She didn't cry or try to get away. She just kind of sat there and studied his beard and glasses....She's amazed by glasses! After my test and Paisley's visit with Santa, we of course had to get in some shopping! No trip to Nana's is complete without it. So we loaded up and went to the Tupelo Flea Market. We actually put a dent into our Christmas shopping, and found the cutest hand-made outfits for Paisley!!! I'm working on getting pictures up here of them.

After Ole Miss beating UT, Paisley's first visit with Santa, shopping, and getting to visit with the grandparents, I think we can chalk this one up as another great weekend!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Another fun weekend!

Another Monday after another fun weekend! Nana came to visit, which is always an excitement at our house. Of course she never comes empty-handed....We always end up with a cute new outfit, or some materials to make bows, or an adorable pair of shoes she found on sale, and this weekend was no exception.

Friday night we headed over to watch the Generals in the AAA playoffs...GO GENS! We won, so now we're headed to the State Championship this week!!! That should be fun since we will get to catch up with old friends that we haven't seen in a couple of years.

Saturday, Paisley had her first birthday party! It was at the Carousel for the cutest little boy named Grayson who was turning one. She did a lot better than I had expected on the carousel. She kept leaning over and "petting" the horse, and then she'd grab the reigns and shake them really fast. It was so cute! Then, Grayson opened his presents, and it was time for cake and ice cream. I didn't get many pictures because my camera decided it was time to run out of battery power.....I had just put them in there! Needless to say, that camera is back at Wal-Mart, and we have a new one. Still doesn't help me with the birthday party.....Anywho, Paisley had such a good time, and met so many cute little friends at the party!

That night, Nana kept Paisley so Jeff and I could have a night out together. It doesn't happen often, so we took full advantage of it! We came home to both of them sacked out in the recliner....They must have had a big time while we were away! Paisley has gotten the pulling up down pat....There's no stopping this child now! Now she's waving and saying "bye-bye", and she makes this new noise with her tongue. I swear that kid gets cuter and grabs a bigger piece of my heart every day!!! Sunday was bittersweet. We got to get in a little bit of shopping before Nana had to go home. When we got back home, Paisley was leaning against the sliding glass door waving and saying "bye-bye Nana". It was cute but sad at the same time. Good thing we get to see Nana again this weekend!!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

We have had so many firsts in the past week! Paisley's first Halloween, her first hair cut, new sounds, and now her first tooth! After nights of dealing with a mildly cranky baby, the tooth finally popped through a couple of nights ago. It's so cute how she'll rub her tongue over it and make this clicking sound. Then she gets tickled at herself, wrinkles up her nose, and starts huffing! It's absolutely adorable. Then, last night, she pulled all the way up for the first time!

I can't believe how independent she's getting lately. It's getting crazy trying to keep her out of everything. Jeff and I are constantly trying to keep her entertained....Just when we think we've got it under control, and we take our eyes off for one second, she's headed toward Lexie's bowl, or grabbing the blinds, or pulling things off the shelves of the foyer table. She screams and cries if we have to take something from her she isn't supposed to have. I think for Christmas we're getting her boxes and hangers because I think she would rather play with those things than the floor full of toys she has!

She's got her Army crawl mastered! She does this thing where she uses her forearms to pull herself on her stomach and pushes with her toes. Every once in a while, she'll get on her knees and crawl normal, but her Army crawl is definitely more effective! That child can scoot!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

One Down, One to Go!

Yay! We did it! I passed the Praxis I on the first try after winging it and being out of school for 4 years! Now that that stress is over, it's time to focus on the next one.....which isn't going to be such a walk in the park.....

So last night after Paisley got her bath, we decided it was time for her first haircut. She had this ring of long hair at the base of her head that was longer than any of the other hair on her head! (Except for the ring of hair she has in the front....) It was long on the left, and just a little long on the right, and the middle...well, it just didn't quite fill in. It was all just a little weird back there! So, I got out her cute little labeled pouch for "Baby's 1st Haircut" and went to work with my skills. Let's just say the baby mullet is gone! I have to say I was a little sad to see it go.

On to the next milestone!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hotty not so Toddy

Ok, so Saturday wasn't the happiest day for us Ole Miss fans. What started out looking like a hopeful "W" in our column, ended up a big fat "L". But, I wiped my tears and hit the books....I'm going back to school in June to be a teacher. My husband is a teacher too, so the biggest plus is we will all have the same schedule. For years I have held us back from taking great trips or going certain places with friends because I've had to work, but not anymore! A few weeks ago, I took the Praxis I test - passed 2 parts, waiting on the results for the 3rd part. Two weeks from yesterday I will be taking the Praxis II in Math, which is what I am hoping to teach. I can't believe how much I have forgotten! I can't even remember how to use that expensive calculator we had to have back in the day for fact, I can't even find it. Looks like I'll either be borrowing one or making a trip to the beloved Wal-Mart. They don't even make the model calculator I had to have back then. I had a TI-82. Now I think they're up to maybe TI-86?!?! Geez! It's only been 11 years since I (well my parents) bought that silly thing! No wonder I can't find it.....Anyway, I haven't even started school yet, and it's already crazy trying to find time for me to study with an 8 month old. Thank goodness for husbands and nap time! After a little bit of studying, and a slight brain overload, it was time to get ready for Halloween.

However, Paisley wasn't a big fan of the big furry pumpkin outfit.....

And she decided to take it off....

Since she wasn't fired up about the whole Halloween get-up, we loaded up and went to eat at one of our favorite places ever....The Lost Dog Pizza Co.! Our world isn't complete if we don't get there at least once every couple of weeks or so!!! My mom is even hooked, and we go whenever she's in town. Sometimes we'll stop on our way and pick some up if we're going home to visit. It's a neat little place with a tin roof, Christmas lights all year long, and the best pizza and chicken wings ever! They make all of their pizzas from scratch, and they even give the older kids a ball of dough to "practice" with. It's definitely a place to stop if you're ever in the Mississippi Delta!

This would make a good advertisement....a bottle and a slobber-soaked huggie! Ha! Anywho, got to get back to studying!!!