Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009!

This has been an amazing year for us.  It was our first full year as the Kimble Krew (vs the Kimble Kouple -- ha).  I could go on FOREVER in this post, but I'll try to keep it as short and sweet as possible.

I personally had a great year.  I have watched myself transform from this awkward new mom to this seasoned mama.  Okay -- seasoned may be pushing it, but I feel like I've been doing this forever.  I have had the TIME OF MY LIFE! 

DK had a great year.  Hoover won the state championship, and Alabama is playing for the national championship.  He's happy! :)  More importantly, though, I've seen him be an amazing father to our little girl.  It's so funny -- sometimes, he'll give ME directions on how to do things for her.  And I'm already starting to see his overprotectiveness of her.  It's so sweet.

And our little girl -- man, this time last year she was just a little newborn that ate, slept, pooped, and maybe cried every once in a while.  Now, OMG, she's this toddler that loves her independence and keeps me going!  One year doesn't seem like enough time for such a transformation! 

So, what's in store for 2010?  I've never really been huge on the resolutions thing, but I do have a goal for this year.  Me...I am probably the biggest germaphobe you'll ever meet.  I nearly get sick to my stomach when I see people not wash their hands.  Or not wash their hands with soap.  But at the same time, I can guarantee you I'm probably the most UNORGANIZED person you'll ever meet.  Your typical germaphobe is probably a neat freak.  Well, not me.  Never have been.  Not even close.

So I only have ONE goal this year, and that's to be organized.  In all aspects of my life.  This will fix so much of the other stuff.  Being organized will save me time, which should open up time for exercise.  And to call and talk to my friends and family more often (not text and FB) and spend real time with them.  And to be a more thoughtful person.  And to just take better care of myself so that I can be a better wife and mother.  This goal to be more organized means so much to me because I know I have a daughter - and she's watching.  I am her first role model.

So that's what I'm aiming for this year.  It will take some work on my part ('cause I'm telling you, child, my brain doesn't even work in an organized manner), but I have prayed and will continue to ask for His help in doing this.

Obviously this is the last blog entry for 2009!  Thank you guys for reading our little blog.  It truly warms my heart to know that so many of you care enough to check it out every once in a while.  I encourage each and every one of you to start a blog -- blogs are for mamas, the single ladies, grandmothers, single parents, couples with children, those with no children -- they're for everybody!  And I know so many of you whose life would make for an awesome blog!  It is so therapeutic to keep a blog and so fun to share your thoughts and moments with others.  If/when you start one, let me know so I can add you to my Blog Roll!  I LOVE reading blogs of all kinds! :)

I pray that each of you have a blessed and prosperous year.  I want to leave you guys with something I love and something I know we could all stand to just read sometimes.  It's the way I live...it's one of those things I pray for every day and most certainly want to take into the new year with me.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

Amen.

-Reinhold Niebuhr



LOL!  Love you all!

Trip Wrap-Up

We had a great time at the Gaylord this year.  Morgan really enjoyed all the decorations and pointed at them a lot (she now says "oooo" as in "ooo-wee").  She also loved looking at the girls competing and clapped every time a team finished (it was so funny). 

Besides spending lots of time with her grandparents, she spent a lot of time with cousins Harolyn and Jasmin.  They are always buying Morgan these cute little gifts and outfits (in fact, they bought the houndstooth outfit from the "one-year" pics).  But the most recent gift reminds me that Morgan is growing up.  Before Morgan was born, they gave us a beautiful, cozy pink and brown knit blanket that has Morgan's name monogrammed on it.  If you've ever seen us in person, you've probably seen the blanket, too -- we take that thing everywhere (especially if it's cold weather or heavy air conditioning).  Well, this year Harolyn came with another blanket -- again pink and brown, and again monogrammed.  The only difference is it isn't a baby blanket, but a "big girl" blanket.  It's not the kind you carry around like the other one, and it definitely reminds us that we almost don't have a baby anymore.  I think I'm more attached to the first blanket than Mo is! :(

Anyway, we had a really good time and I'm already looking forward to next year when she's a two-year-old (why does that statement scare me a little? LOL).  Here are a few pics I took on the last couple of days.

Helping Honey work.








One of the many pretty trees.  I should've taken pics of more.


Morgan and Honey

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Photo Shoot :)

I took some pics of Morgan today, and I'm seriously considering making them her one-year pictures. It's pretty much the vision I have for them -- only I pictured them being done by a professional. Her birthday just happens to be during what seems to be a crazy month for photographers and photography studios, so I haven't had them done yet. The only thing that has me still undecided is the fact that her 3-month and 6-month pics were done by the same company -- so I sort of feel I HAVE to get her 12-month pics there, too. We'll see...


Anyway, here they are. They were SO fun to take. She is hilarious.





















My Favorite!
















While it looks like that little hat stayed on the whole time, Danny and I had to pick it up from the ground a million times.  She did NOT want to wear it.


Then you always have that nice person who walks by and asks "Would you guys like to get in the picture?"




Hope everyone's having a great week! 

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Country Christmas

"A Country Christmas" is the theme every year at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, and we are always here to see the beautiful display. Danny's family has been coming here for years working the WCA cheer competitions, and for the past seven, I've been with them. I usually work while I'm here, but took this year and last year off.  Want to guess why? :)

This year was extra special because guess who was wrapping up their own Christmas stay here as we were checking in?


Yep, my dad's family.  We knew they were checking out Saturday, so we drove up a day earlier than usual get to spend time with them.  That's three times we've seen them this month -- I think that's a record!  My aunts and cousin were also here, and my aunt's husband and my stepmom's brother.  It was so great seeing everybody!  We spent a little time with them before they drove back to Atlanta.

My Aunt Teresa and her Husband, John.

Morgan with her two granddads.

With my Aunt Linda

With my Aunt Teresa

With her big cousin, Danielle.

(Click here and here to see what Morgan looked like the last time we saw my aunts!)

W/my sister, Lauren.

With my sister, Rika.

With her Big Daddy Laurence

We ate at the mall, and I decided to take Morgan on the carousel while we were waiting to be seated.  It was her first time, so I was afraid she'd get on there and cry and they'd have to stop the ride.  But she liked it!  She was clapping DURING the ride.  We've just got to work on the HOLDING ON part. LOL.


Her PaPa Coach bought her a balloon while we were there.  It quickly became her new obsession.

It came back to the hotel with us, as you can see.


And out of all the years we've been here, I didn't think about taking touristy-like pictures until she was born.  I think it's extremely important that she can look back and see where all she's been.  My child has already visited six states outside of Alabama, and I don't have very many touristy-like pictures to show for it.  I plan to be better with that.  We have another trip coming up, so I plan to start there. 


We took a picture last year in front of this same tree, but she was a tiny newborn in my arms. :)  That pic never made it to the blog because I was three weeks postpartum and felt I looked a hot mess.  But I don't care about that stuff anymore.  Which is why I didn't mind putting a full body shot on here knowing I feel extra chunky these days. 


Hope everyone's having a great week!

Christmas Day!

We had a WONDERFUL Christmas Day!  As children, my brother and I always woke up super-early on Christmas morning, so I was growing impatient when Morgan and her daddy were still asleep at 8 AM!  Who sleeps that late on Christmas morning?! LOL!

So finally they woke up and we walked Morgan in to see what Santa brought her!


We told Santa that Morgan only wanted one thing since she's so young -- the little farm you see here. :)  And the presents stacked all around the farm are are from my friend, Tia, who has always bought Morgan way too much stuff! :)  And, no, she's not one of those single gals that want to spoil their friends' kids -- she has two children of her own (remember these gorgeous faces?)! So imagine their living room on Christmas morning!

Shortly after opening presents and playing for a while, we headed down to my mom's.  We had a GREAT time!  It reminded me so much of the many times we've been in that same garage just enjoying being around family.  Now that all of the "children" are older and have families of our own, we don't get together as often. :(  Anyway, my mom decorated the garage in purple and gold Christmas decorations and even had a big sign that welcomed you to Carmelanie, Alteria, and Morgan's (her grandchildren's) Christmas dinner.  We enjoyed a song and a couple of poems to remind us what the season is about before digging in to some good home cooking!  We then played some games and had door prizes -- fun, fun!  I didn't do a great job of taking pictures (I never do! Ugh!), but I managed to get a few.

Elisha, reading one of her originals. :)


Shawn and Cassie (sisters that look more alike the older they get).


Aunt Elida and husband, James.


Xavolon -- I remember loving on him so much when he was Morgan's age!  Now he's in high school!  Where did the time go?!


Kenyatta, who also is all of sudden in high school!


Alethea, my niece's mom!


Me with one of the newer additions to the family.  The last time I saw him he was tiny! And look at all that hair!


You should know these folks by now.  Mo and her MeMaw.


My Aunt Elida and James with their family (two children and one grandchild are missing).


Messing with MeMaw's Tree.


 The girls!  Remember them?


Happy and full after Granna's mac 'n cheese!  She took a LONG nap after this!
 

My cousin Shawn's little one.  It's now getting to the point where I'm not remember all the kids' names! :)


Also in attendance were my grandmother (who hates taking pictures), my in-laws (who also hate taking pictures) a few more aunts, cousins, family friends, etc. Our Chrismas Day was GREAT and we are so blessed to have been able to spend it with so much family!

(Got a couple more posts to get in. Check back soon!)

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