Saturday, October 13, 2007


With the holidays right around the corner, I'm starting to get prepared. I've never made a huge deal about holidays in our house and I've not really decorated so much (aside from the Christmas tree that was up from, yes, December to July - Julia liked to look at it while in her swing and we just got lazy and left it b/c she liked it so).

So I know it's a little late to decorate for Halloween - probably won't bother - just do fall harvest sorta things - that can last for Thanksgiving. But she's starting to get big enough to remember and notice things. It's been hard to really nail down any "family traditions" with me, Tracy, and Mallory - everything is so unpredictable with when Mallory will actually be around. But I feel like it's time to do that for Julia. Well, like with my mom and dad - we always put the Christmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving. Mallory is almost never here that day - but I'm starting to think we need to make a traditional day to do it. I need to make traditions for Julia. And hopefully, Mallory will be able to participate in these "traditions".

I'm working on some things for Thanksgiving and some things for Christmas. I don't have many ideas yet. I may have Thanksgiving dinner for dinner on Thanksgiving - I'm really not sure how this year will play out for us. Asheville people are supposed to come to my in-laws for Thanksgiving and we changed it to where Mallory alternates Thanksgiving Day with her mom and dad - this will be her first year ALL DAY with us. I think this will work out so much better and make Mallory ultimately more happy for this holiday in the long run.

I missed taking Julia to Christmas parades last year so I'm hoping to make it up this year. There are so many more things for her to do this year - it makes me start feeling like a little kid again.

I will post fall pictures tomorrow from our Apple Farm trip and do a short blog of birthday pictures.

Hopefully I will get some Halloween pictures this week with her Piglet costume on her - but don't hold your breath. She doesn't like the hood with the Piglet ears - she likes the costume if you pull the hood down the back. oh well. We'll work on it!

Catch you later taters!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Remainder of Blue Panthers soccer schedule

For those interested, Mallory's got 5 more games left this season:

Old Canaan Rd Soccer fields - Field C1
Oct 6 - 11:30 a.m.
Oct 13 - 12:45 p.m.
Oct 20 - 11:30 a.m.
Oct 27 - 9:00 a.m.
Nov 3 - time unknown - Tournament game.

Only recent pic of me that I know...

I just look so tired. Wait, that's 'cause I AM tired. I gave birth to a precious blond-headed, big, blue-eyed sweetie pie MONKEY! and she's not EVEN walking yet.

Since we last met...

Soccer season is underway - we're losing and I'm not sure what else to say about that. I think Mallory tries hard most days - except when she assists the other team with their goals. *sheesh* It does get nerve-wracking even for the girls.

Julia and Mallory went to the apple farm with our MOMS group. Julia got her first pumpkin and rode her first hayride - she didn't want to let the pumpkin go (less than a week and it's going bad already though). She also kept trying to pull out the hay and eat it. I was convinced I had birthed a monkey up 'til that point. Now I'm not so sure.

I'm so behind. I still have birthday pics to post. I now have Apple Farm pics to post.

Julia has 5 teeth now, about to be 7. She's gotten 3 of the teeth since her first birthday - and really reaaallly likes what you have on your plate WAY better than hers. Not sure I blame her. Some of the toddler food isn't so bad though.

She finally weighed 20 lbs. on September 6th. Only took 4 months to gain a full 2 lbs. and she eats like a PIG! We went to Hardee's this evening and got 2 pc. chicken strip combos for the kids. Julia ate almost as much as Mallory did. Astounding and by the morning - she'll be back to her tiny 20 lbs as usual.

Mallory lost another tooth. She's proud of being all snaggly! She's doing well in school again this year so far. She's one smart cookie - God has truly blessed her in the smarts section. She's doing 2 dance classes and AYSO. We talked about trying out Upward Basketball this evening - not sure if that will fly by her mom though. We'll see - it falls between soccer seasons so it wouldn't add really anything.

Tracy totaled his truck. All pics of that are on myspace - if you haven't seen it/can't see it there, let me know. I don't want to repost that. It wasn't his fault - a lady pulled out in front of him and he flipped his truck trying to avoid hitting her. He's lucky to be alive is what many have said. It certainly puts a new perspective on life as we know it here.

And me. I really have nothing new to add. Well, I'm membership vice pres. for our moms group. I'm adjusting to that - it's good for me and Julia - lots of interaction with other moms and children. Very different from any organization I've been involved with before. I'm also finding out what true friends are - and finding ones I thought were my friends weren't so much. So I'm putting my focus where things should be. I'm rekindling what needs rekindling and setting aside what is beyond hope - perhaps hope isn't a good word. beyond being what it once was. I have some good friends I've just neglected. I hope they believe me when I say I was a doofus. Wanna get some coffee? :) or perhaps a Dew?

Anyways. I'm excited about this month. Halloween is fast approaching. Julia will be Piglet. Mallory will be something - its a work in progress - it's pretty, but Mallory doesn't want to be a "bad guy". I'm sure her mom will come up with something - it is a pretty costume. To be revealed at a later date when Mallory is happy or Halloween, whichever is first!
More scrapbooking - it's becoming addictive. Halloween shindig at Dan and Angie's - can't wait! Jay Clifford @ Orange Peel? we'll see ! October also starts FEELING like my favorite times of year - fall and winter - I really just like the holidays and cold weather and fall leaves. Pumpkin pies and coffee don't hurt a dang thing either!

You guys have a good night - lots of pics to post later.

later taterz.