Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Whirlwind

Christmas was better than any of us had imagined it would be. Paisley had the best time going to all of the gatherings and getting to see the whole family. Christmas Eve, we rolled into Batesville to have Christmas with my parents.

Paisley and Pappy had fun putting puzzles together.....

She got a new pair of kicks that must taste pretty good.....

And she got a Santa headband that didn't stay on very long!

Even Daddy had to try it on!!!

Here is her new neck roll thingy for when she falls asleep in her car seat. We got so tickled with her wearing this thing!!!

Then, we went to Jeff's parents' house on Christmas Day, and the outcome was much the same.

Her and Daddy opened present after present....It's always that way at DD and Bok's house!

Finally, she got to where she just sat in the floor and played with the wrapping paper. I guess opening presents was getting tiresome! :)

After a quick Christmas at Jeff's parents' house, it was time to head to the Slaughter Family Christmas. Paisley wanted so bad to play with Aden while he was eating lunch!

Here are the Walls Grandkids. The Walls' definitely mark their children with the eyes and eyebrows!!! We had all good intentions of getting all the kids in one picture, but Brody had already wandered off the couch and Aden just wasn't into it at all! Nate and Caleb have on the jerseys Jeff got them for Christmas. They both have their name and number on the back, and they just loved them!!! Paisley has on her Ole Miss cheerleading outfit that Uncle Mike got her. Everyone was laughing and carrying on when we changed her into it when she opened it.

Nate just loves his baby cousin P Rae! He just hugs on her and kisses her all the time and just wants to always be around her. He's definitely a good big cousin!

After eating and visiting with the whole family, it was time to relax a bit. Paisley was exhausted after all the running around and excitement, but she wouldn't take a nap longer than 30 minutes or so. I guess she thought she was going to miss something. She got so many nice things that we put some of it up for her birthday in March.

Speaking of which, I guess I better get started on that! It's coming up faster than I realized!!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Three Years Ago....

I love Christmas time, especially the few days right before it. Three years ago, today, Jeff asked me to marry him in his brother's kitchen, right where we had met 4 years prior to that. He said he had this plan of doing it Christmas Eve, but once he had the ring, he couldn't wait! (Sweet, right!?!) So he hid it in a ceramic high heel shoe that was an "early Christmas present" that I just HAD to open right then! Long story short, I was then sending mass text messages and making a midnight run to Wal-Mart for bridal magazines, and the rest is history!

This is us at my parents' house that weekend three years ago.

Seven years after that first meeting, here we are with a beautiful baby girl, good health, good jobs, and wonderful family willing to go to the ends of the Earth for either one of us.

Christmas is always a happy time for both of us, and now we can share that with Paisley. We are so blessed to have a situation where we can spend the holidays with both of our families in an environment of love and happiness, which is hard to find a lot of times during such a hectic and busy time of year.

I've got to get busy finishing up my Christmas shopping! Hopefully I'll be able to get on here before Christmas and update you on Paisley and all she has done the last week!

Tata for now!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mondays aren't my favorite!

Oh, Mondays are SO not my favorite day! After spending the weekend with my family, I have to get back into the dreaded routine of taking Paisley to daycare, only to have her cry as I leave, making tears well up in my eyes! Then I have to go to the office where the seconds tick by unbearably slow until I can pick her up and rejoin my family for the night, all to get up and do it again the next day. I envy stay-at-home moms more and more every Monday!

Which, by the way, I did not pass the Praxis II (like that was unexpected! Ha!). So I'm geared up and ready for try #2 on January 9th. I guess we'll see this time just what a little studying can do.

I love Christmas, I love this child, and I love how Christmas makes me love this child even more! I don't know what we ever did before Paisley got here. Now, we find ourselves just watching her. Jeff gets so aggravated when I say "look at her" or "watch her" when she does something she's done 1,000 times already! Then, when I'm reviewing the pictures on my camera of her, I can't bring myself to delete any of them, even though they are terrible or even blurry. I'm absolutely eaten up with this little angel, and it gets worse and worse every day!

She's a natural in front of the camera, that's for sure! Last night we kept taking pictures because every time we get the camera out, she stops and smiles real big. Now she does it when you get your phone out too, since she knows her daddy takes pictures with his.

I couldn't get enough pictures of this kid yesterday! Normally, it takes SEVERAL tries to get her to be still and take a decent picture, but she was ready to go last night.

Here she is ready to go to day care this morning in her Christmas OshKosh Overalls! It wasn't long after this she decided she wasn't so excited about daycare and wanted to stay with me. I hate that part of the day!!! :(

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

She's SO close!

We are almost there! Paisley is SOOOO close to walking, but she's so scared! She gets standing by herself, and once she realizes she isn't holding on to me or anything, she freaks out and waves her arms like she's trying to fly. I'm definitely not trying to rush through her life, but I want her to get it so bad!

Sorry about the date! I was using my mom's camera, and she obviously hasn't set the date on it!

This week I also got her signed up at the best daycare in the city. We're on a waiting list until late Spring, but at least we're guaranteed a spot! This place is amazing. There are NO tv's, which I love, and they have a time on Wednesdays where the pastor sings fun Bible songs with them. They learn to write their name in the 3 year old class, and they actually have scheduled instruction for the toddler classes. I tried to get her in there when we first moved here, but the waiting list was until January and needed something right then! I just know Paisley will love it there when she's able to go.

Last night Jeff was playing his guitar and Paisley wanted to help. She climbed up his leg and watched for a little bit before sticking her finger between the strings. Jeff tried to give her her first lesson, but she wanted to eat the pick instead!

So when Jeff took it and tried to show her how it was supposed to be used, she hung her head and pouted......

We are at the stage where she's learning the word "no". She knows what it means and can pretty much figure out when we're going to say it before we do. She'll come up to the cabinet and try to open it. When I give her the "you're not supposed to be doing that look" she looks at me and shakes her head no! She knows, but doesn't always follow through!!!

We are wrapping up our Christmas shopping this week, hopefully!!! I hate waiting until the last minute, but I feel sure there will be something I have forgotten.

Have a Happy Hump Day!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Happy 9 Month Birthday

Here lately, I haven't been blogging every day because I didn't think that I had anything to write about. In talking to my mom the other day, she reminded me why I started this blog in the first place, and that's for Paisley to see what all she does and accomplishes everyday. I'm not the best at scrapbooking because I think it's too time-consuming, even though I would love to be able to! I have all the cute pages and decorative scissors, pictures printed out and in a box just ready to be inserted beside a cute caption, but when it comes down to it, I would rather sit in the floor and play with Paisley. Then a week later, I have a hard time remembering what all we did or what day she hit each milestone. I'm starting to get a little aggravated at myself about it, so I figure today, on her 9 month birthday, I'll start doing better!!!

We went to the doctor this week to find out Paisley has RSV. It's an upper respiratory virus that is basically like a bad cold and bronchitis. She's better with hugs and antibiotics. :) Anyway, I said that to say this.....she is off the charts in height and weight! I don't mean just above the 95th percentile. I mean not even registered. She is taller than ALL of the American girls her age. She has grown almost 2 inches in less than a month and a half!!! She weighs 26 lbs. and is 31" long!!! She's almost 3 feet tall and hasn't even reached her first birthday yet. I guess with men over 6 feet tall on both sides of the family, she has a good chance of being tall.

She also likes the help with the laundry these days. I hope she's this big of a help when she's older! :)I'm super excited about Paisley's first Christmas, but at the same time, I'm a little nervous. This year will set the tone and routine for the years to come, and I just hope we start out on the right foot. Being the only girl grandchild on one side and the only grandchild period on the other, she is definitely set up to get spoiled. However, I don't want her to get the wrong idea about Christmas even though she's only 9 months old. I really think I'm over-thinking this whole thing, but it feels good to vent a little. Haha.

Here is Paisley's new smile! She has started smiling way bigger now that she has teeth to show off! She has gotten so independent these days wanting to let go of whatever she's got helping her stand up. She forgets sometimes that her balance is a little off....

My high school alma mater (South Panola) is playing in their 9th consecutive State Championship game tonight. We'll be watching on tv, so good luck tonight! In my mother's words...."It's too cold, we're too old, and we can't stay up long enough to make the drive back!" Sorry guys, we won't be there physically, but we're still rooting for you! Go Tigers!!!