Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye, 2010!

No, I haven't forgotten I have a blog -- just haven't had a chance to post (the post from earlier today was scheduled). I will definitely post as soon as I get a chance.  Just wanted to say (officially in 2010 -- because 2011 is only hours away) that we've had a very blessed year and I am so thankful!  I never wish for a perfect new year or "life" or anything like that.  My whole attitude towards life is a lot like this serenity prayer.  My only wish for the new year is that I continue to be blessed with this way of thinking.

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

Happy New Year from the Kimbles!

Very First Friday Flashback!

I thought I'd start with these!  Haha!

My big brother Clifton and me!
I actually think I see a little Morgan in this pic.


DK and his big sister Ashleigh!
I think I see a little Morgan in this pic, too.

Notice how we're all in red. :)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What will you like?

Dear Morgan,

I look at you today and wonder what kinds of things you'll like when you're older.  What activities will you enjoy?  When I see you "flip," I wonder if you'll be a gymnast.  When I see you run so fast, I wonder if you'll do track.  When I see you kick the soccer ball, I wonder if I'll be a fun soccer mom.  When I see you coloring, I wonder if you'll be a talented artist.  When I hear you singing songs, I wonder if you'll be in your school choir.  All of these things make me giddy because I'm going to LOVE anything you like!

As a kid, I did lots of things -- a little bit of t-ball and gymnastics.  I was a Girl Scout for a few years.  I did choir (church and even a city-wide choir).  I played clarinet for three years and taught myself a little piano.  And the thing I did the longest and probably defines my youth is cheering!  I began cheering in 6th grade and did it for seven years.

So I couldn't help but get a little tickled when I looked at these pics today.  You look SO MUCH like a little cheerleader! 

Edited to Add: While these pics may look a bit extreme, this was nothing more than these two playing around -- a daddy throwing his little girl in the air. I just caught these shots, making it look a little crazier than it really was. :)








I was a flyer when I cheered, so it is so funny looking and seeing your form at two years old!  Well, I know it's not true form because all you knew is you were doing was being thrown up by your daddy, but some of these shots still look like a real tiny cheerleader!  Hilarious!

When you look back at this years from now, please know two things:  First, I don't "expect" you to be a cheerleader.  I look forward to loving anything you choose to do!  And second, know that I didn't dress you in shorts in December.  We were just around the house today and I threw these on on top of a onesie. :)

I love you, little girl, and I think you're the funniest person in the world!

Love, Mommy

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Weekend

We've had a great weekend.  I went to a Christmas party Friday night and had a good time.  Morgan really had a great weekend because she had a friend and cousins over.  Saturday night, KJ came over while his parents had a date night (he was one of these beautiful faces from a couple of weeks ago).

They ate snacks, of course.

When one did something, the other wanted to, of course

Reading

Making funny faces.

Morgan had a great time with KJ and cried when he left. Awww. :(

Then the next day, her big cousins came over.


I'm always afraid they'll be bored here because of all the "baby toys," but they pretend Morgan's toys are something else. 
Like I think this little baby laptop was a cash register!

And these little shapes were sausage links (she loves cooking shows).

They left this morning (and Morgan cried), but they'll be back later this week.  Yay!

In the meantime, Morgan spent the day doing her usual. 

Here she was caught doing something she's not supposed to -- playing with the desktop keyboard.  That computer is so old (and slow), I almost don't care. 

Snuggled with her daddy.

Mo loves to read and be read to. As a kid, I loved books and I hope she turns out to be the same way!

I am aware that this looks like child abuse, but this is the kind of stuff you'll see from Morgan and her daddy. They always play so hard, I'm always saying, "Danny, that's too high" or "Danny, that's too rough!"  She loves it and I can't help but giggle at times like these.

And then, as always, she gets into random things.  When we play with stickers, she sticks them to paper or her hands.  Her daddy showed her a new spot today -- her face.  And she loves wearing her mittens (or "goves," as she calls them).

We bought this little raincoat and boots on clearance at the Hartsrings outlet over the summer and thought it'd be another year before she could wear them.  We were doing some winter cleaning in her room today and decided to try them on her.  She can pretty much wear them now!  They grow so fast!

We're going to try to get a few more things done around the house over the next few days and enjoy the break with family.  Hope everyone's having a great week!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

New Things for the New Year

Okay, so I'm not about New Year's resolutions or anything, but there will be some changes for me in the new year that I'm pretty excited  about (and one of these changes I'm very nervous about)!

More blogging!  Well, not a whole lot more, but I am starting a new blog separate from this one where I will share things with you that aren't necessarily related to the scrapbook/family thing. Basically, I love blogs (way more than I will ever love Facebook or any other social networking) and I am itching to do something a little more than my family blog.  The other blog probably won't get as much attention from me as my beloved Kimble Krew blog, but it's something I plan to contribute to every once in a while.  Go here to learn more (and go here to read my first posts).  I'll probably kick myself for introducing it so soon, but it's something I've been playing around with here and there the past few days and I just want to share it already!  So excuse any crazy talk in advance.  :)
 

Friday Flashbacks!  This is a fun component I'm adding to this blog that will allow me to do something I've been wanting to do for years: scan all of our old pictures.  I actually scanned a lot of them a couple of years ago, but I'd like for a copy of them to be somewhere else than on my computer's (already old) hard drive.  What better place than the blog? :) I'm talking mine and DK's childhood, high school, early relationship days -- all of that! Since my blog is my scrapbook and will eventually be sent for printing (whenever I get a chance to sit down and do it), I want pics here, too, in case the originals are lost or ruined in the future.  So beginning December 31, you''ll start seeing these flashback pictures.  (I've actually already scheduled the posts for the first month.)  I can't wait!  Trips down memory lane are always fun (ny)!

Going Back to School!  Okay, this is the one I'm super nervous about.  Like, I'm not even kidding.  Every day since getting that acceptance letter I have worried that I'm not making the right decision.  My  main concern about going back to school is how I'll find the time to do so.  The last time I was in school I wasn't a mother, and I don't plan for any of this "school stuff" to take time away from my family.  When I come home, that's my family time - period.  Which actually works pretty well with my program.  It's Auburn, but my classes will be distance education (online).  And that's where and how I did my masters, so I know that work can truly be done when I want it to be done.  There's not much reason for me to worry, to be honest, because the solution seems simple. I'll be doing schoolwork during the little one's naps and bed times, and our weekends may not be as busy.  The only time we have super-busy weekends is during football season, and I don't plan to take any classes in the fall (my husband coaches football, so I'm pretty much a single mom at that time.  If I want to keep my sanity, I will not be a student during that time).  And in the summers I'll be fine because I won't be working (and if I teach summer school, that's only part-time).  I guess I just have to get through this spring semester, this first semester, where I'm just anxious about the unknown.  What if I'm not as "smart" as I used to be?  What if my work ethic has changed?  What if I'm up past midnight every night doing papers?

The only thing that makes me feel better is I know I'm going to do this regardless.  So I try not to worry.  When I finished my masters, I remember saying I'd never go back to school!  Yet, I knew deep down that I probably wouldn't stop there.  And I believe that aspirations shouldn't be thrown away because you become a mom or a wife (go here to see my thoughts on what some see as a "debate" on this topic).

Anyway, please pray for me with this school thing.  I actually have two EdS classes under my belt, so I'm 1/5 of the way there.  Taking two each semester (skipping Fall), I hope to be done by Summer 2012.  That doesn't seem like very far away, but I know there's some hard work that's about to go down between now and then.  I'm strong, but not strong enough to do it without prayer.  So say one for me tonight, please. :)

I'm so happy the holiday break is here.  It came so fast -- I can't believe this school year is halfway over.  Two whole weeks to relax and spend time with family.  We're just coming off a fun and productive weekend, and it's not over.  My mom is bringing the girls and they'll all probably stay the night.  Fun!  I hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

Images:  Darren Robertson, Suat Eman, & Renjith Krishnan (FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Atlanta/Chuck E. Cheese Weekend

We went to Atlanta this past weekend to hang out.  Morgan stayed the weekend with my sisters, stepmom, and dad while we hung out with some friends.  We always have fun with George, Casey, Derrick, and my sister-in-law, Ashleigh, and this weekend was no exception. I didn't take any pictures, and I'm kicking myself for it.  It's not like I forgot my camera -- I just forgot to use it!  We'll probably hang out again in a few weeks, so I'll do better.

I have plenty of pictures of the Monster's weekend because my sisters took plenty.  They took Morgan on her first trip to Chuck E. Cheese -- she had a great time!


Mo had fun with Little Titus all weekend.  They're just a few months apart.

Looks like Morgan is ready for some pizza. :)

Auntie Lauren preparing the feast!

 Yum!

Can't you tell I loved these pizza pictures?

I love this picture.  I forgot to ask how Morgan responded to the big mouse.

Then before heading out on Sunday, we stopped and spent time with my hilarious Aunt Linda. I always worry a little when we visit her because she has all this fragile stuff at the Monster's eye-level.  She had plenty of things to keep Morgan entertained, though.

This was a ferris wheel and house that both lit up and played Christmas music.  She sent them both home with us.

 
With my sisters.

Doing one of her flips...

 

If she didn't have hair and a dress, I'd think she was a little boy.

She ran to Uncle Mike when she didn't like the dancing snowman.  Haha!

Checking out the tree with Auntie Rika

 

 
With Grandparents

 W/Aunt Linda

It's always fun spending time with family and friends.

Aunt Linda sent us home with some holiday goodies, which included some little Santa slippers for Morgan.  They play Jingle Bells, and she dances around when they do!

Morgan is OBSESSED with the Santa slippers.  She did NOT want to take them off to put on her regular shoes to go to school this morning, so I let her wear them in the car.  We got to school and she STILL did not want to take them off. I ended up winning that fight...barely.  Gotta hide them tomorrow morning!
 
I'm still pretty tired from the weekend (and Morgan and I both have stuffy/runny noses), so I'm planning on an early bedtime.  Luckily this week at school we're giving semester exams, and then we're done 'til January.  Looking forward to the holiday break to relax and spend more time with loved ones.  Have a great week!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Active Almost-Two Year-Old (Video Flashback 6 of 6)

This concludes the week of videos!  I enjoyed looking back at these and am so grateful that the moments were captured.  It sort of inspires me to record her more because I know I'll feel the same way about these two-year-old days when she turns three.  And you just can't get these moments back.  

The video below is from my phone and was recorded some time last week.  Thanks for watching and re-living the moments with me.  Have a great weekend!

video

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Learning to Walk (Video Flashback 5 of 6)

It's funny that I don't even remember those moments of "learning" to walk, so I'm really grateful for these videos.



This video makes me miss her little bald head so much!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Crawling (Video Flashback 4 of 6)



Morgan began crawling the night we were leaving to go to Atlanta for Bama's first game of the season (last year, of course).  It was just the two of us at home -- we were waiting on DK to come home from his football game.  So he came in that night and I showed him the video (she was asleep when he got there).  Once we were in Atlanta, I showed my in-laws this video, too.  That whole weekend, though, she didn't crawl again.  Why?  Because I wouldn't let her on the hotel carpet!  I'm assuming we came back home that Sunday...whenever we did, she was crawling like a pro!  Happy Hump Day!  *Edited to Add:  See Morgan's Birthday Post Below!*

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Morgan's 2nd Birthday!

Morgan had a great day!  She took cupcakes to school to share with her friends. (Her teachers took the pictures for me.)






This was her work from today:

 
Then we (Morgan, her daddy, and I) came home and had cake. :)


At first she didn't want to touch it, so she just ate with no hands.  Not sure what that was about! :)

We cut her a piece and she finally dug in.

The Monster and Me

The Monster and Daddy

The Monster before bed.

Just like last year, we didn't even open her presents tonight.  Last year she was tired, and this year I just forgot.  Gives us something to do tomorrow, I guess.  We were too busy partying --  haha (singing and learning our new age).  Check out the video. :)


Thanks for the calls, texts, emails, and Facebook messages.  We are super blessed to have family and friends like you.

Enjoy the rest of your week.  Remember there are still three videos scheduled to post this week.  Glad that's done already -- no more blogging for me until maybe Sunday.  By the time you read this, it will probably be Wednesday, so Happy Hump Day!

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