Thursday, December 20, 2007

'Tis the Season

It's been about a month since we've repoted on anything, and in that month a LOT has happened.
Here are my excuses:

1) My job started! It's great, though trying. I went from being a stay-at-home mom and waking up at 9 AM to working full time and getting up at 5:30. Ouch. I'm tired, to say the least. BUT it's nice to be challenged. I am blessed to have a job, and I enjoy doing it!

2) Jack has become a toddler. Need I say more? He'll grow out of this...right?

3) Snow, snow, and more snow. Hmmm. Did I mention snow? Yeah--lots of it. I would have pictures, but my batteries died the moment I went out there with Jack. Obviously I'm not going to run in to try to find batteries that we don't have on hand. BUT next time it snows, I'm here for ya.
4) Zoey is growing. Seriously. She's nearly 4 months old now, and she's just amazing. She's amazing at spitting up, but she's also just plain amazing. She's very sweet and social. Now if only she would go to sleep so that I can clean the house...

5) The holidays are here. I think between Trav and I we've gained about 20 pounds, but it's all good. Right? I hope so. Regardless, we've had a lot of family and a lot to do. We still have yet to finish our shopping! This is terrible, especially considering that usually we're finished by the end of November.

6) I'm just tired. So neener.
So instead of posting a whole slew of new pictures, how about a recap of the year?

January: (It snowed like 13 inches that day--we were in Halstead and it took Trav basically 24 hours to drive down to see us because of all the snow)

February: (Sam and Jack dancing)

March: (Just looking adorable...with crazy hair)

April: (The first haircut!)

May: (Colorado Rockies game)

June: (Playing in sprinklers in our own yard for the first time)
July: (Oh Aunt Sam is sooooo funny when she plays her guitar!)

August: (The Abercrombie pose)

September: (New sister, New birthday)

October: (Halloween)

November: (Raking leaves; since we JUST posted Thanksgiving pictures, I thought that I would not repost any of those)
December: (Decorating for Christmas)
Side note: Jack is so proud of that stinking tree. It's in our nursery so that we can put up a gate, but he decorated it himself (as you can tell) and every stinking day we have to run in there to turn on the Christmas tree lights. Hillarious.
I'm sure I'll have more pictures, especially considering that from the evening of the 21st clear until the 3rd of January we'll have family every single day. Stay tuned!
As Jack said tonight:
Good night moon. Good night socks. Good night stars. Good night Hannah Montana. Good night Dust (that's his feather duster). Good night tractor.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Plight for Pictures

This is just one example of how taking Christmas pictures has gone in the past. Yes, you see correctly--that's Jack trying to crawl out of the whicker trunk we had him in. It was such a nice, cute little setting. Needless to say it took 4 adults and 30 minutes to get even 5 potentially usable pictures.

I positively adore giving gifts. Normally I know pretty much what everyone is going to get for July. September is usually the time when I start the gift buying season with the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair. By November we start to consider what we will do for Christmas photos. After last year's chaotic Christmas picture session, I decided to use MANY outfits and see what turns out. As I said, I'm prepared. Usually I turn the photos into some sort of art project for the grandparents.

This year, I've put off taking Christmas pictures of Jack. I'm actually quite nervous about it and keep avoiding it at all costs. The kid really doesn't sit still well and I don't know how to operate my rapid-fire mode on my camera! As a result, I've taken some Christmas shots with Zoey.

The poor girl--we have 5 outfits to use and have only gone through 2. Scary for us, scarier for her!

So here's the pictures you WON'T see on a Christmas card or photo project!

Challenge: try to figure out where Sam or Kathy were standing while I was snapping away.
Oh what's that? Oh it's Sam's HAND!
Distraction 1

Sam's making funny noises and faces again;
Distraction 2

The distraction here? Your guess is as good as mine.

Yes, she really is as excited as she looks.
Yes, she really is still looking at Sam.

This is her "What are you doing to me?!" look. We get this quite often. Amazingly enough she's staring NEAR the camera.

Zoey is slightly amused and still looking in Sam's direction.

This was our cue to wrap up quickly before we experienced a total meltdown.
Thankfully we made it before the major meltdown.

Every kid needs a "deer in the headlights" picture! Zoey's just happened to be when she was 11 weeks old.

She's still staring at Sam. Not incredibly happy, but she's staring at her nonetheless.

In other news, we're still on the hunt for day care. It's turning out to be a headache and a half. Oh well, it's worth it!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thanksgiving Madness!!

Actually it wasn't that bad. Actually it went quite well!! For a first Thanksgiving, I'm surprised it went so well!!! I know, I know--I should have trusted myself. BUT when there's 15 people to feed and a 23 pound turkey to bake, you tend to second guess yourself!

As expected, everyone was excited:

And my sister (Sam) and her boyfriend (Nate) continued to be their artsy, crazy selves. That's a good thing, in case you were wondering.

Although he doesn't look incredibly happy, I assure you that Jack was indeed in hog-heaven. With lots of people to love and welcome in to the house, Jack was indeed a happy little boy. He's such a good host--he LOVES to greet people at the door, whether that be the postman or family, he is the first at the door to say, "HELLLLO! Come in! Come in!"

And of course Grandma Suzie and Zoey were happy too!

So after cleaning the house (yes, I cleaned with the help of Sam, Nate, Trav, and Kathy), I was able to focus on the turkey. Now, the past two times I've baked turkey I've made many fatal errors, mainly involving the giblets. With Trav's help we removed the giblets and such, and viola! the Turkey was in the oven.

(I can see your mouth watering already)

Now, as tradition dictates, there's this little thing called football; involves a ball, a long field, and men in tight pants tackling each other. Every Thanksgiving there are these football games. Yes, they play THREE of them in one day! So...I guess you can tell what the "men-folk" were doing.

Keep in mind though, that this around around 3:00. We're talking pre-party time. Can't you just tell how nervous and anxious they are?

And yes, there were those of us upstairs NOT watching the game that were equally as anxious:

Yes, you saw correctly. NO ONE was in the kitchen!!! Fear not for we did not neglect the kitchen for long; by 4:30 we had at least THREE cooks in there!

See? Here's on such glorious cook!

Amazingly enough, things actually went as planned. Despite accidentally turning the oven off for 15 minutes, the turkey came out BEAUTIFULLY in just over 5 hours.

So the table was set....

The food ready (we called this our BROWN table since everything colorful and nutritious was on the table) ....
(Oh and keep in mind that this isn't showing the 9 pies, 1 cake, and 2 dozen cookies we had for dessert!)

After eating delicious food (my turkey turned out! Who woulda thunk?) and enjoying the latest adventures in each other's lives, everyone helped each other clean up, take care of kids, or keep up on the latest score of the latest football lest they be neglected. And yes, I do have pictures of guests eating but I will refrain from such public embarrassment.

Don't pay attention to the frown on Jack's face; he really did have a good time! And he really does love his Aunt April and Cousin Audrey!

After a quick snooze with Nate....

Zoey was ready to be with Papa Don while watching (yes) more football.

Now, after being fed up with so many hours of football, Zoey was able to bless the grandmothers with her presence.

Oh it's such a tough, tough life.

At the end of such a glorious evening and feast, the Ward-Bowman-Abbott bunch took the customary Thanksgiving photo...

And Jack bid everyone farewell. He even said "Good Night" to those NOT leaving (Sam and Nate stayed with us)!

And before you ask, yes, we did have a LOT of left-overs!!!!

And that is all for today's episode. Tune in tomorrow for:
-Ho! Ho! Ho! HELP; When Christmas Pictures Go BAD
-More adventures in leaf raking; 27 bags of leaves collected thus far and even more to go!
-Happy for a Job, Anxious for Child Care; the hunt is on! Will they find child care by Tuesday?!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Twas the day before Thanksgiving

Okay, so maybe I'll write a poem about it. Thus far, no such luck.

So far I have...
Twas the day before Thanksgiving
And throughout the day
The wind was swirling,
Whisking the leaves away.

...Yeah, like I said it's coming together REALLY quickly. At this rate, I could write the entire poem in 3 weeks.
Anyway, this is our REAL day before Thanksgiving:
I'm actually not that worried. I'm eerily calm, though I probably should clean. No, I KNOW I should clean. Sam (Angi's sister) and Nate (her boyfriend) are due to arrive in about 20 minutes, I haven't even dressed the boy:

But I'm somewhat sour with him after he did this to his room last night:

That's right, clothes everywhere. I shouldn't be surprised.

So thus far I need to:

-Dress the boy
-Dress the girl
-Go to the store for the last minute stuff
-Did I mention clean?
I told you I wasn't kidding!

I would love to go outside and rake, but really:

It's rainy, it's threatening to snow, and you can't even tell that I raked 2 days ago. That's right--2 days ago and the lawn was clear.

On the upside, at least Zoey is sleeping like a baby (ironic, isn't it?).
So I better get started. Wah. I don't wanna!
Oh, and for the BIG news for the week...drumroll please...
That's right! A job! I'll tell you more about it after the holidays; I start on Tuesday!
Anyone want to babysit? ;-) That's another issue we're having--we only need a babysitter for 3-4 hours a day, and it's during Jack's naptime. All of the places we have been looking at for daycare would cost us around $45 a DAY. Blah.
Anyway, I'm going, I'm going.
Happy Thanksgiving!!