Sunday, December 27, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
So tonight we celebrated Christmas with my family. We had dinner and hot buttered rum and some amazing moussey thing from Bakery Nouveau. Then we opened gifts, I have the cutest Lulu Lemon hoodie and some cool earrings to show for it. Maizey doesn't participate in the exchange, she just gets an insane amount of loot. She's got a new kitchen, a big area rug for her bedroom, a Little People barn, a tea set, college money, new See Kai Run Mary Janes, I could go on and on. The girl is set. We had a great time. It was really nice to have my family over. Maizey LOVES to have company.
Thursday night we had the 2nd annual Downtown Santa Extravaganza. It was SOSO fun! My whole family (sans Jim) and Ryan's meet downtown. We wait in line to see the Nordstrom Santa and drink apple cider and eat sugar cookies while we wait. Then we take a Maizey and Santa picture and then a huge Maizey and entourage photo. 11 adults to one baby. Both times we've been told that Maizey had the largest entourage of any kid. How lucky is she? But, she's so loved 'cause she's so great. We're really the lucky ones. After Santa we went and rode the carousel, where Maizey obsessed over her first candy cane and enjoyed the horsies. Then we headed to dinner. All 12 of us. It was a great night and I feel so lucky to have our family close by and all so healthy. My mom rolled in a wheelchair because of a recent partial knee replacement, but mostly she just did it for the attention (just kidding mama).
The second set of photos are of our attempt at a family Christmas card photo. Um, not easy. It's so funny because Maizey was so great for the Santa photos, but we didn't get a single photo of her looking at the camera during this photo session. When you see our Christmas card you'll see what we mean. This was the best photo we could get. Ry and I look okay in it, but mostly we chose it because it was one of the few where she wasn't screaming. Photo sessions are a type of torture for toddlers. Anyway, enjoy them, the whole thing is funny--in retrospect. Wasn't so funny at the time. Photo sessions are also a type of torture for Ryan. Not easy for me to manage a situation where not only is Ryan annoyed but Maizey is nuts-o. After the session I lost my keys and then I lost my mind. I went home and drank wine. I NEVER drink, but I HAD to drink. I guess you know it's the holidays when you have to hit the bottle to find some peace. Also, if you didn't get a Christmas card and you want one, let me know. I ordered 75 and only sent 39. Otherwise, what will I do with 36 cards?
Here are the photos...
Sorry about the wacky order. Blogspot photo formatting is my enemy.
Here's Maizey waiting in line. She's only entertained by high-priced, cutting-edge technology.
Meeting Santa for, as far as she can remember, the first time.
Primping for Santa.
Our group shot.Brion and Mistilyn ran in and just made it. Unfortunately, the first picture is better of everyone. Which to frame???
Here's last years photo to compare. Last year we lucked out and got "Diversity Santa" this year we just got plain, old, white Santa.
The photo session. See my sad sad baby----------->
Aww, I LOVE my handsome hubby.
And, my girl who was sweet for this picture with her mama.
She was having fun right before the photos really got started.
Then I tried to make her happy with some dancing.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
This weekend I went to spend a couple of nights at my parents' house. We went to Rainforest Cafe in Tukwila and Maizey LOVED. Well, she half loved it and half had a miserable time, as is the case these days. She's pretty opinionated and fussy now when she wants her way--which is almost all the time.
Giving Grandpa the tour.
The only photo I got with her where she looks remotely happy. I happened to be pushing my hair behind my ear, but still cute-ish.
The rest of the photos we took looked more like these two...Ah, you gotta love toddlers...
Monday, November 16, 2009
Here are some of the photos that Ry has emailed:
Being very dramatic. Singing opera, perhaps? In his teeny hotel room.
Just outside his hotel room. I guess a group of guys play cricket here every morning. Ryan says Dubai is a lot of smoke and mirrors. He's staying in one of the many not-so-nice areas to be closer to the airport (where he works everyday).
"Flying" a helicopter. I heart him!
There was an aerospace trade show in Dubai this week. Ryan went today and happened to see that a plane that he recently worked on was there. Ryan was the lead on this project and designed the interiors. He was treated like a VIP when he went to see it and they reserved a time for him to walk through this plane privately.
I am a proud wife.
So, yes. There is other news. In case you aren't on Facebook, I found out yesterday that I was accepted into the nursing program!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This fact deserves many exclamation points. It's been a long 3 years of pre-reqs, I got pregnant and had a baby along the way, but I finally made it. I feel very proud, I just wish my hubby was here to celebrate with me. Or, as a close second, I was hoping that my hubby would tell me to take myself shopping in celebration, but that didn't happen either. Poo. Oh well, I'm still totally psyched. This is a big deal for me. I want to shout out to my mom and my mother-in-law for their unending support of me and my family through this process. I couldn't have done it without them. And of course to my dear husband. He made me believe that I could do anything I wanted. That my capabilities were endless. I never used to believe him, but he never stopped and finally I did believe him. Now, the real hard work starts. Two years of no blogging, no hanging out, and very little fun. Don't feel bad if you don't hear from me for a couple of years. Seriously, they told me to plan for 70-90hours a week of school, clinicals, and homework. Oh crap. Here we go...
I don't really have any new photos. Here are 2 of Maizey thinking she is really awesome (we were probably listening to The Spinners Rubberband Man and when that song is on it's done. Maizey's cool level goes from 10/10 to 100/10--or so she thinks) and playing with her rock-and-rolla sunglasses. Also a couple of little videos from Little Gym last week.
Monday, November 9, 2009
So I will cut right to the chase. Today I had my nursing school interview. It went really great and I'm so excited to find out if I get in--which will probably be sometime in the next few weeks, but up to a month. Ugh. Anyway, I found out that I will have even less time to blog if I do get into the program. Apparently all but the very most important functions of life get lost in the shuffle. Sorry to my soon-to-be-neglected friends.
I went to the cabin last weekend with Georgia, Jessica, and Jill. We had a nice relaxing weekend and I'm ready to do it all again. Actually, what I'm really ready for is on 11/19 when all four of us head to see New Moon at Pacific Place the night before it actually releases! I can't wait!! Team Edward. How could you ever be anything else?
So, I will tell the rest with photos...
I can't remember what I put up from our trip to Reminger Farms. So here you go. We had a great time. More photos can be seen at my efficient blogger of a cousin's blogspot:
On our scary hike into the woods during the girls weekend. It was so beautiful, even if we were being stalked by wildlife.