Friday, December 31, 2010

The Royal We

"WE" have decreed that there shall be no clothing worn except suitable accessories while opening the Royal Gifts.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Next, she'll be asking for car keys

Sammy got her very first bike this Christmas...complete with helmut and Barbie to ride along with!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Uh oh....

Conversation Christmas morning as Sammy opens her gifts...

Auntie:  Sammy!  Open this one from me and Uncle Dude...

Daddy:  What the.....

Auntie:  See how many pieces, Daddy?  1500!!!

Daddy:  (Glaring at his sister)  GAME ON, MCKENNA!!  GAME ON!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The rollover

Olivia rolling over from Lorna King on Vimeo.

This actually happened for the first time on Sunday, but now we have VIDEO!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Cookies for Santie Claus

Watch Mommy how she uses the cookie cutter, Sammy.
Now, it's your turn.
Hand off to Mimi your cookie the thickness of Texas toast.
Put some frosting and sprinkles on them.  Santa can't wait to eat all of these tonight!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The tip top

Normally, Auntie puts the angel on top of our tree being the youngest in Papa's and my immediate family, but Auntied has been traveling.  I really wanted to complete this very last piece of holiday decorating and enlisted (mandatory volunteer?) Papa and Sammy.  She did a great job!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Who is this child?

Someone who shall remain nameless...ahem....came over today with an extra load of smiles in her pocket.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

2010 Nutcracker

Although this was Sammy's second time seeing the Nutcracker, she doesn't remember the first time.....

And this time?  Was MAGICAL!  From the moment the dancers started dancing her mouth fell open and she pointed excitedly.  DANCERS!  TO MUSIC!  And the CLAPPING every time someone did something extra special!  She was entranced.  And so were all of us...with her.  Towards the end, she tried pulling Papa out into the isles to dance with her like the dancers on stage were doing.  For two hours, her little life was all about ballet and dancers and little kids on stage and more dancers and the jumping!!  THE JUMPING OF THE DANCERS!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Checking it out

Sammy was checking out her Christmas stocking the other day.  It was empty.  I'm sure that she's rethinking this whole 'naughty or nice' thing....

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Daddy got the whipped cream out (again!) and this time Auntie joined in the fun.  Thank God I held onto the camera when it was MY turn to have it shot into my mouth!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cold feet

It was time to head back to the trucks and these two held onto each other hoping the other wouldn't fall.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Check out those eyelashes!

Papa and Sammy made a snowman this past weekend when the family went out to chop down Christmas trees.  There wasn't any coal for eyes so Papa improvised with moss.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The jig is up...

Many of you will remember from the Ghost of Christmas Past, that this little red elf is Santa's emissary.  He checks up on how the little boys and girls are doing.  If they're naughty or nice...c'mon, you know the drill by now.  Anyway, Sammy spied it this morning. can just see the wheels spinning in her head....'should I touch it?'  'will it bite me?' 'I'll just keep my distance with this guy.'

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Juggling three things at once

Every Mommy understands how sometimes it just seems like they are juggling so much!  Going shopping with two kids...whew..that's hard!  And just exactly where do the groceries fit in?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A rite of passage for a kid

Papa and I have never cared that much for whipped cream on desserts.  We can take it or leave it. And so, I don't buy it for pies at holidays either.  But this year, I knew I wanted to do this with Sammy.  She's old enough.  Every kid gets to do this until such time they can do it to themselves when Mommy or Daddy aren't looking.  We had to show her how it was done with Uncle Dude as the spray reciprient.  I then sprayed some on her finger so she could taste it.  She loved the taste but was slightly hesitent on having it sprayed in her mouth.  By the end of the night she was an old hat at sprayed whipped cream!

Monday, November 29, 2010

I would like a sliver of pumpkin, please. with whipped cream. thank you very much.

We had our Thanksgiving dinner last night.  Sammy was a sweet little one, ready to help pass out the pie...oh and the whipped cream too!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Playing catch up

I have been playing catch up with my albums for the grandkids.  I've managed to get a few done featuring the newest little one.  However, 'playing catch up' is a very common phrase for any scrapbooking.  One can never be 'current'; there's alway another page to get done.  ;p

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Whoosh! And she was gone.

And so it has come to this.  Papa and I now get a drive by kiss and hug from Sammy when she comes over.  Why?  Well, she has places to go, people to see....

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Who's a Butterball?

(these two are about the same poundage.  Olivia has some inches on it, though!)

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cover your mouth!

Sammy has been suffering from a cold that has hung on for too long.  And along with that cold is a nasty cough.  She's been very good when reminded to cover her mouth when she coughs.....poor little one.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Again with the horsey

Daddy has a friend who owns horseys.  They took the girls out for a visit and Sammy got to ride one.  Each time Sammy gets on a horse, she becomes more comfortable in the activity.  This time, she wouldn't stop talking all the time she was on the horse.  As Papa says, "someone put a nickle in her".

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Can You Say Sooooo Cute!!!

Olivia's 4 month pictures, just one of the many.  The first time we tried taking her pictures for her 4 month it was a disaster, but this time went well!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

I'm ready for my close up, Mr. deMille

Sammy was getting prepped for her Christmas photo shoot...but take a look at that orange lollypop stain on the front of her shirt...thanks, Sherril!!  Photoshop has a wonderful bleaching tool.....

Friday, November 19, 2010

Love it!

A very quick snapshot of these three beauties before Mommy changed her mind!!

Let's just get through Thanksgiving first, ok?

Sammy was very very interested in the trees and pointed out the Nutcracker to us.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

OOOOHHHH, shiney!

Looks like someone is gonna get a little sparkly something for Christmas......

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Snug as a bug

You can barely see little Miss Blue Eyes all bundled up in her stroller!  It's been cold in the mornings outside now...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Yes, and we did a little shopping too.  While we were wandering around the store, we passed by the hat section.  Papa put this on Sammy and I snapped the photo.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Charge it!

Those two little words should bring terror into any parent's heart.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


We ordered a sopapilla for Sammy to try.  She preferred the strawberry jelly on it instead.