Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or Treat!

We had a fun, relaxing Halloween!

We'd originally planned to take Morgan to the Magic City Classic parade -- I wanted her to see all the bands and glitter and gold (and of course 'Bama State is my alma mater!) -- but when I saw the weather forecast, we had to cancel.  So we ended up staying home, and I actually got a few things done. 

Morgan and her daddy played and watched football all day.  And then when I saw this:



I snuck out and went to Target!  Needed some things for the house!

Morgan is still sort of getting over her little cold/virus, so I was glad that she had a chance to rest up.  She and her daddy fought over the remote all day.  And when she wasn't doing that, we had to keep her out of our jungle of an office.  There are like three loads of clean, but unfolded, laundry in there, and she has a ball w/laundry -- she loves pulling everything out of the hamper.  Plus, there's an elliptical in there and I don't want her ANYWHERE NEAR IT -- for safety reasons.  So now we have to keep all the doors closed from the hall because she wants to go in every room in the house now.

She won this round of the remote fight.




Not happy about the door being closed to the office.


Still trying to get in!  She's persistent.


"Reading" a book.


And we went Trick or Treating!  Well, sorta.  We didn't actually go up to the neighborhood doors, but we did take Morgan on a ride in her wagon so that she could see all of the other kids in the neighborhood in their costumes.  I think she liked it!

Though I think she found more fun in the cupholder.






And then she fought sleep all night because of teething I believe, so here she is way past her bedtime!

Probably talking to her daddy...
but he doesn't hear anything when a football game is on.  Proof?  Look at his eyes...


Hope your Halloween was fun and safe!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Fall in Alabama

There's this really pretty scenery near my job that I've been meaning to snap pictures of since fall arrived!  My co-worker snapped some and put them on FB last night, so that reminded me to take my camera to work today so I could finally get some shots! 







There are some really pretty trees that sit right on our campus, too, so maybe I can remember to snap some pics of those before the season's gone.  Have a safe and happy Halloween, everyone!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

"In the Jungle, The Mighty Jungle..."

We started our Halloween festivities yesterday evening. :)  Mo actually hasn't been feeling well (cold and two TOP teeth coming in), so I figured going to a Halloween event at UA would cheer her up -- she LOVES looking at little kids.  Here are some pics:



w/Big Al


w/Terrence Cody
(I tried coming up with a caption about the lion roaming Mt. Cody, but I'm not very clever.)








w/her Rents
(Heard this little phrase from one of my sisters -- funny.)







You can tell by some of the pics just how she was feeling.  Her daddy stayed home w/her yesterday, and I'm home with her today.  I'd rather her be home with Mama or Daddy when she's sick, so I don't take her to daycare.  My heart hurts when she's sick, and it would hurt even more if we're away from her while she's not feeling well.  I'm praying that she feels better soon!

Hope everyone's having a good week!

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Crimson and "Purple" Weekend

We went to Tuscaloosa Saturday.  I was worried it'd be too cold for Mo, but the weather was beautiful!

Phone Pic




She likes throwing things out the Pack 'n Play.


Caught ya!




The Tinkers bought her these cute little blocks.


I always say that I'm going to take some time to walk the campus just to take pictures of the buildings, stadium, etc.  This was maybe 10 minutes before the game was over.  I was worried we'd be caught in the rush of people coming out.  But if you saw/heard about that game, then we were in NO danger.  Folks stayed in there 'til it was OVA!







I saw this and had to get a pic of Mo on it. 
Her daddy was a member of the '99 SEC Championship team.


And Sunday my mom and I went to see The Color Purple the musical!!

Source: stltoday.com
 
It was SO good!  It's only the second musical I've been to (I can't remember the name of the first one, but I think I was with co-workers when I saw it).  There's one more on I'd like to see -- Wicked.  I've heard it is a definite must-see, so I can't wait for it to come back to Birmingham.

Well, it's Halloween week!  I hope to take Mo to an event or two and to visit a pumpkin patch this weekend!  It's also homecoming at school -- GO BUCS!

Oh!  And Morgan is trying to take STEPS!  She took a couple last week at daycare when I was picking her up, and she's trying to do it a little more now.  So funny!

Have a great week, everyone!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Trying New Things

Those of you who know me well know that I don't/don't know how to cook.  Well, I can't NOT know how to cook having a daughter, so one of my hobbies these days is trying out recipes.  And if you follow me on Twitter, you know that I've had some successful dishes and some that weren't so successful (that makes the journey fun, right?). 

A couple of weeks ago I tried a spinach dip recipe (my favorite appetizer ever!) that wasn't half bad.  And then a co-worker of mine gave me the recipe for a breakfast casserole kind of thing that you can serve any time of the day.  Danny really liked that, and has asked me to make it for tailgating this weekend.  Never thought the day would come when Danny would request a dish be made by me.  I've already thanked my co-worker again for the recipe. :)

A few weeks ago another co-worker of mine made some really good pumpkin bread muffins.  So good I asked for the recipe.  I was a little intimidated at first because I don't bake from scratch (though I can make a mean pound cake when I want to, thanks to a delicious recipe from my aunt).  Anyway, I wanted those pumpkin muffins so bad I decided that I'd go home and make some (had to go out and buy flour and sugar 'cause I didn't really own that kind of stuff.  Sad, I know.)

Well, they turned out pretty good!  Aren't they pretty?  Those are chopped walnuts on top.







And here are my tailgate dishes with it.  Would people eat pumpkin muffins at a tailgate?  Hmmm...I should take them just in case.



We tried a shrimp and wild rice dish earlier this week.  I got it from Kelly's Korner a few days ago -- it's a Paula Dean dish.  Being a seafood and "cream of anything" lover, I was surprised to find it to be too rich.  Too cheesy.  I plan to try it again and tone down the cheddar the recipe suggests.  I tweeted about it and took a twitpic:  http://twitpic.com/mbagj

I will update you guys every once in a while on my journey to be a little more "domestic" in the kitchen.  One of the things I look forward to with Morgan is teaching her to cook, so this is very exciting to me. 

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

"Fall" Around the House

I showed you my little yard decorations a few weeks ago, but I never got a chance to post my little in-house decorations for fall.  I want to add a few more pieces for Thanksgiving next month -- something a little more fun -- like a turkey!  And I can't wait 'til Christmas!

Shiny pumpkin on the mantle.


This is part of a pretty little fall candelabra that's on the shelf in my living room
(it holds three candles -- found it at Ross).
And I found the candles on clearance at Target!




The wreath on the door.



And it can't be fall without the smell of pumpkin, spices, etc. in the air!
Got a few candles on sale (and the white pumpkin and acorn below for FREE) at Bath and Body Works.




I love fall!

Another Lazy Sunday

Another lazy Sunday for us! :)  Morgan's Honey, PaPa, Auntie Ash, Cousin Jasmin and Jasmin's friend, Tashia, stopped by this afternoon.  The girls even took Morgan on a quick ride in her wagon. :)  Mo wasn't too fond of the cool, breezy air at first, but we managed to get a half-smile.
 

Have a great week!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

In the Spirit of Giving?


I'm sure you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's great to see so many organizations -- schools, businesses, churches, etc. -- taking part in the fight against breast cancer. And if you're like me, you wonder how you can help -- especially if you lead a busy life or weren't able to participate in your local Race for the Cure. If you're unable to give your time, there are other ways you can help. A donation (small or large) gets us one step closer to finding the cure. Donate here.

While I'm posting about giving, I'll take this opportunity to share some info about a couple of other causes. My work friend, Judy, raises funds every year for Special Equestrians, which provides therapeutic horseback riding to those with disabilities. If you're interested in donating, click here.

And then I have another work friend, Beth, whose son and daughter-in-law are in the process of adopting a child from Uganda. They're selling these cute t-shirts to help raise money. Visit their blog for more information.

Front


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Hope everyone's having a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

How Could I Forget?

For some odd reason, I woke up this morning realizing that I have not at all documented that Morgan says Ma Ma. (Remember this blog also serves as my baby scrap book because I'm just not good at keeping up with the real thing. So I need to document stuff like this! Also, if you blog, know that there are companies that print your blog and put it in book format for you! How convenient!)

Anyway, she first said Ma Ma the day she turned eight months (yes, TWO MONTHS ago -- I'm so terrible). She was in the back in her carseat crying and as she was doing so, she'd say "Maa Maaaaaa...." Here my child was crying and all I could do was smile because she said Ma Ma (there wasn't anything wrong with her -- she was just sleepy -- LOL). Well, she didn't say it anymore until a few weeks ago. Now she says it all the time. I'm not convinced that she's saying it AT me yet, but I am thrilled that it's not just Da Da and all the other little baby words all the time anymore. :) Yay for Ma Ma!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Lotta Stuff

Okay, I have a few things to share with you today...

First of all, I'm a sucker for kid art. I still have this on my fridge from when my niece gave it to me almost a year ago.

I've cleaned clutter off my fridge many times since then, but have never considered taking this down. So you could imagine how tickled I was today to find this in Morgan's cubby. They've done art work before, but it always hangs on the classroom bulletin board. So I was THRILLED today when this was available to take home!

Of course she didn't do this on her own. In fact, her teacher said all she wanted to do was eat the Crayon, so we know who did most of the work! Haha! But it still melted my heart!

I've enjoyed her being in this other room because instead of her daily report just saying how much she slept, pooped, and ate, I now see where she's exposed to colors, days of the week, shapes, numbers, and all that good stuff.

Also, remember when I told you she'd soon be on the daycare meal plan -- where she eats out of their lunchroom? Well, she starts tomorrow! (The kids in her room eat what the big kids eat -- but obviously in toddler form.) That means that I am officially done with making her food! I thought I'd be a little sad, but since she started on jarred baby food last week ("part-time"), it's made the transition a lot smoother. You guys know how much I enjoyed making her baby food, and I plan to do it for our next baby(ies), too. :)

Another thing new around here -- Morgan says "uh-ohhh!" Yesterday she and her daddy were exchanging what sounded like "uh-ohs," but I thought it was a little early for it, and that it was purely coincidental. Well, on the way home from the store today, she said it in the backseat. So I said it back to her. And then she said it back to me. And that went on for a while before I was convinced that my little girl was trying to say "uh-oh." It's not that clear -- it's more like "uh-ahah," but you can definitely tell what she's trying to say. Cute!

What's not so cute is that she throws fits now. I made that super-small because I'm actually a little embarrassed. Why? Not sure. I just know that I always sort of shook my head when I saw other folks' kids throw fits and said my kid would "NEVER" do that. Now, all of a sudden, my 10-month-old does it. And I'm probably making it a bigger deal than it really is -- but when I pick her up off the floor from playing at home, she gets mad and kick her legs and throws her head back. Who am I kidding? That's absolutely a fit. I'm not making it sound any worse than it really is. Luckily she doesn't do this in public (yet). So, yeah, I'm not so happy about this new little development and am trying to find out if it's normal, just a phase, or if I should be doing something about it. Parenthood!

As I was signing on today to update this blog, though, I ran across this article. It never fails that God puts something in your path to make you realize how blessed you are. This little girl had serious complications from swine flu and nearly lost her life. A four-year-old. And here I am complaining that my child throws fits. Thank you, Lord, for reminding me of the things that are really important in life.

So, in the spirit of protecting our children, please protect yourselves and others by washing your hands frequently, covering your mouth (with your sleeve) when you cough, and staying away from others when you're sick. I know we are losing this battle to swine flu (which usually isn't very serious), but we can fight the number of those infected.

Anywho, I hope everyone enjoyed their Monday! I did -- got my (seasonal) flu shot, went OUT for lunch with co-workers (a luxury for teachers whose "lunch hour" means eating cafeteria food and being sure kids behave themselves at the table, haha!), and bought cold-weather clothes for Morgan. Back to the grind tomorrow! Enjoy the rest of your week!

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