Monday, January 31, 2011

Kick-Off To A Fun Girl's Weekend

I have been a part of an email group that my dear friend Tabby started right before her wedding years ago. The group is called fattoskinnybyspring and there are six of us in the group. I went to high school with three of the girls and five of the six of us share the same profession... Now how cool is that? Tabby started the group as a way for all of us girls to stay connected and we also wanted to shed some pounds before her wedding in the spring (hence the name of our email group). Four weddings, nine kids and some very sad family losses later, we still stay connected via this yahoo email group. I love these girls and it is so nice to have them in my life.

This year we finally arranged a trip for all of us to get together (sans the kids) and have some good old Girl Fun. Unfortunately Shaunet and Jana could not make it and we really missed them, but they plan to save up for the next fun trip. Shaunet lives in Cedar Rapids Iowa and shares the same profession as most of us (EEG Technology) and Jana is Tab's cousin; she went to my high school and also lives in Iowa.

So the people who did make it...
Karri, Tabby, myself & Amy

We kick-started our weekend at TGI Fridays

Here we are at the Sandbar later that night. We gorged ourselves.

Amy & I at The Cheesecake Factory in Phoenix, AZ. Again... we pigged out. I would have had a photo of Shaq to go along with this, but the two attempts I made at taking his picture didn't quite turn out.

I took the girls to see where I worked and we decided to have a photo shoot on the top of the parking ramp. We love posing for pictures ;o)

Amy (far left) was in my high school class, she lived a mile down the gravel road from me growing up and she is now an EEG Technologist in Kansas City. Karri (middle) was in Tabby's Electroneurodiagnostic class and has become a great friend, she is an EEG Technologist in Illinois. Tabby (far right) was in my high school class and I lived with her while we were in college. Tabby also does EEG in Dubuque, Iowa.

Stay tuned for more pictures!!!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Video of the Girls

My mom has a video of me laying next to Zach on the floor mimicking his movements. I was about 3 years old in the video and Zach was a baby. This video reminded me of that.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Going on Two and a Half

Aiyana is almost two and a half years old. My mom claims that her eyes are turning green, but it depends on what she is wearing... as you can see in these pictures.

I couldn't decide if I liked the color picture or the black and white one better.

Here she is eating an organic rice cake, I found them in the store as an alternative to cookies.

I think she looks like my cousin Isabel in this picture.

Look at that long hair...

Trying to escape the camera...

Again, I couldn't decide on the color or black and white.

You can see the green peeking through in her eyes in this picture.

Ready for a ride in the wagon...

This has become a new favorite spot for Aiyana... the park in our neighborhood. Aiyana LOVES to run in the grass and I am just tickled pink about her new fascination with running. I can't wait to go to track meets again ;o).

I love this face... It screams enthusiasm and determination.

Look at that form...

" Form" not so good here, but she's two... cut her some slack. This little one is fast for a two year old.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Clara Eats With A Spoon

Here's a couple of videos showing Clara eating with her spoon for the first time. I couldn't decide which video to upload so I decided to do both. The little stinker wouldn't keep the bowl on her tray. Now you can all see how feisty this little one can get. She did NOT want me touching her bowl.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Clara's Special Day

Pictures from the day that Clara turned 1
Angel Face...

I never knew that a one year old could have so much hair.

Clara's cake and a couple of gifts...

It looks like she's thinking "I have to eat another piece of cake?"

Maybe she will like it?

...or maybe not ;o(

She tried...

A little out of order, but I had to throw this one in because I love that devious little, chocolate-eating smile that Aiyana has on her face. She ate her own piece of cake and Clara's too... Just like her momma ;o)

Nana and Clara playing...

Scared of her tiger stuffed animal ;o(

Musical card from Nana... She loved it.

Trying to figure out where the music is coming from...

Still looking...

All tuckered out

Clara is now saying hi, bye, daddy, mom and stop. She's starting to eat with utensils and she's walking a lot more. I can't believe how quickly our baby girl is growing up.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Clara is 1 Year Old

One year ago today... CLARA'S BIRTH STORY

Stay tuned for pictures of my little angel on this very special day. I also wanted to add that she said Mommy last night for the first time... Woo hoo! She also called me mommy this morning a few times.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Glendale Glitters

The town of Glendale has a hot air balloon and light festival called Glendale Glitters before all of the city's holiday lights are taken down until the following year. It was our first year going and although we had a difficult time keeping track of Aiyana in the massive crowd, we did enjoy looking at the amazing hot air balloons.

These are out of order, but Aiyana was a little freaked out by the gigantic bear balloon. It was pretty cool... the balloon that is.

Here, she is pointing at the bear...

A nervous smile...

I thought this picture was cute. My mom had something in her eye and Aiyana was really curious to see what it was.

Clara was less amused by the balloons and more interested in walking around in, what she doesn't realize is, grass ;o). It was the softer version so she was none-the-wiser.