Sunday, December 28, 2008

First Birthday!

We celebrated Kendall's birthday on the 26th. We started out with a fabulous lunch, made by my mom - these awesome feta cheese quesadillas and meditteranean rice salad. Delish.

Then, we opened presents. Kendall's new thing is to say, "Ooooohhh" in a sing-songy way, which is really cute. So she did that with every gift that we opened.

Next was the cake. I made this Carob Cake and Frosting (which was actually really good) in little Christmas tree molds, and tried to decorate them to actually look like Christmas trees.

She started out not quite sure what to do with the cake.

Then she kind of liked playing with it.

Until we all started laughing at her reaction...

to which she broke down and cried. No cake for her!

After she calmed down a bit, she let me feed her some cake, and she ended up eating about half of one little tree.

All in all, it was a successful lunch and party. Kendall really liked being the center of attention (except for the whole laughing at her thing), and loved all her gifts, and was especially happy to celebrate her first birthday with her aunt and uncle, grandparents, and cousins.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Photo Challenge - Day 25

We had a fantastic Christmas! And Kendall turned 1!!! Her birthday party is today, though, so I'll post pictures of that later.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Photo Challenge - Days 20-24

Well, I guess it's obvious that I haven't really gotten around to blogging much. I had a feeling this is how it would be. We've just been having way too much fun to make time for the blog world!

On Saturday, we met up with very good, very old high school friends. David C. and Joy, and David A. and Stephanie. The boys started out by playing basketball, while the girls and the kids hung out at David and Stephanie's house. Once the boys got cleaned up (and after David A. and Grant played quite a few rounds of Mario Kart, which is a tradition they've had since high school), we went out to Texas Roadhouse, which was a sight to be seen, with 6 adults and 6 kids!

Sunday, we went to church, and Kendall was quite the attraction with her cute little red velvet shoes.

On Monday, we went to the CrossFit gym with Grant's parents. For a little background, John (Grant's brother) is really involved in CrossFit, and has been for a while now. So, Betty (Grant's mom) decided she would start CrossFit, too. Grant with her a couple of times last week, and I went on Monday. Needless to say, I was pretty tired (exhausted, really) afterwards, and had a hard time holding Kendall.

After CrossFit, we went to King Buffet, which is this HUGE Chinese Buffet. You know how a lot of buffets have self-serve ice cream machines? Well, King Buffet had self-serve Blue Bell ice cream tubs!! So this picture is for Edie.

Tuesday, we met up with David C. and Joy again, before they headed back to Birmingham. We met at Chick-Fil-A, and I think there might have been a love connection between Seth and Kendall.

Okay, this picture looks way more grown up than it actually was. Kendall was tilting her head to get a better look at Seth, then Seth leaned in for the kiss (after a little prodding from Joy and I).

And today, Christmas Eve, Kendall and her cousin, Jessica, wore matching outfits. It's very cute seeing them play together.

So, that's pretty much what's been going on with us these last several days. That, and Kendall is getting her 8th tooth, and is not very happy with anything right now. Except for my mom. She's always happy when my mom is around.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Photo Challenge - Days 18 &19

Well, we made it! And these pictures are techinically from the same day, but who cares....

This first one is from the military lounge at the airport in Atlanta. Such a great thing! We got cookies, drinks, doughnuts, chips and salsa - all for free! And Kendall got to play with some toys. It was a nice little escape from the regular terminal, and gave Kendall a chance to roam around and play before our flight to Pensacola.

This next picture, we had Kendall walk to meet my mom at the airport. My mom was just a little excited to see her.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Last night, Grant threw something away that I never thought he would. His ratty, natty wallet that he's had since he was about 15! Some people back in Albuquerque know how much I hated this wallet. A few years ago, I bought him this really nice leather wallet from American Eagle to try to coax him into replacing his blue velcro one, but he said it hadn't lived up to its full potential yet. Earlier this year, he finally made the switch, but he still held onto the wallet for some reason. Last night, he finally said goodbye.

Look how ratty it was!

Now it's gone - FOREVER! It's a happy day!

Photo Challenge - Day 17

How cool am I? I signed up for wifi service through our cell phone company, so I can access the internet on my laptop while we're gone. Um, maybe that's old news for some people, but for us, this is pretty advanced. So, I'm in the airport right now blogging!

Anyways, we made it through security without a hitch (actually, the lines haven't been bad at all - maybe it's good we're travelling on a Wednesday, as opposed to this weekend), and now we're just waiting for our plane to leave. This is where my photo challenge posts might get fewer and fewer. But I'm gonna try.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Photo Challenge - Day 16

And so the packing begins. We leave tomorrow for Florida, so I'm trying to get everything ready, so I'm not waiting until the last minute.

This is a pile of just some of the random stuff I'm bringing, like our Christmas stockings, some recipes, Christmas gifts, and even hazelnuts and hazelnut liqueur to make hazelnut truffles (the liqueur is like $20, and I just bought a big bottle of it, and don't want to have to buy another one in Florida, only to be used 1 time, so I poured some in baby food jars and put them in a zip-lock bag. We'll see how that goes). Plus, I got a brand new, mamma-jamma suitcase, since Delta decided to charge for the first checked bag. If they're charging, I'm taking advantage of that and making sure everything fits into 1 bag.

I have a lot to do still, so enough blogging, I have to get back to packing.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Photo Challenge - Day 15

We finally put the child-proof do-hickeys on the cabinets. Now she's moved on to something else.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Photo Challenge - Day 14

I know this is super-crooked, but I took it out of the window as we were driving to church this morning. Check out how clear it was in LA today!! I've never seen it so smog-free before. Everything was just so crisp and clear and beautiful! I guess the hurricane-force winds we had all day yesterday cleared everything out. I should take a picture in this same spot on any other day to compare how smoggy it usually is.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Photo Challenge - Day 13

This isn't a picture, it's a video. But many, many pictures were taken today, because we took Kendall to Target Portrait Studio to get her 1-year pictures taken. More on that later.

But my friend, Ange, was spending the day with us, and we were flipping through the channels, and found a special showing of Celtic Woman on PBS. Ange loves celtic music, and got onto Grant for calling it celtic (with a soft "c" sound, as in the Bostin Celtics. Ange was pronouncing it with a hard "c"). Ange quickly learned that you can't say something like that to Grant without him putting up a fight, so a 20 or 30 minute argument ensued. Here's just a bit of that argument, obviously ending in Grant looking up on Wikipedia which is the correct pronunciation. It was really annoying. But kind of funny, too.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Photo Challenge - Day 12

Grant's wing had their "holiday" party today, but we didn't get any pictures of that.

On our way home, we saw Santa on a motorcycle, but I wasn't quick enough to get my camera out.

Then we got home, and I checked the mail. There was a package for Kendall inside - a birthday present from one of her friends in Albuquerque.

As you can see, she loves it! Thanks Lily!!

All Aboard!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Photo Challenge - Day 10

I know, I know...I've turned into one of "those" moms. The kind of mom that posts a hundred different pictures of virtually the same thing. But I tell you honestly, when trying to pick just ONE picture for the photo challenge today - it was impossible. So here are a lot. And I'm sure that to you, the indifferent reader, they will all look mostly the same. But to me, the doting mother, they all show different parts of her personality that I just adore, and cannot be forced to choose which one is my favorite. Just a side note - I get so sick of strangers calling her a boy, no matter how girly the outfit is, that I'm forced to stick bows in her hair now.

It was such a beautiful day outside, so we were enjoying it!

This is just cute.

She makes this face so much, and I just love it!

Acting as if she's seeing the nativity scenes for the first time.

Really excited about said nativity scenes.

Just hangin' out.

Again, really excited!

Comtemplating it all.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Photo Challenge - Day 9

At first, I thought Kendall was just getting a really close look at herself in the mirror. She did this for about a minute straight, coming up, and then leaning down into the mirror. After she was done, though, the amount of slobber on the mirror told me that she was actually kissing herself. She must know how cute she is.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Photo Challenge - Day 8

This is LA, people. So, it's not unusual to see filmings taking place throughout the city. Specifically, in San Pedro, where we live, I've heard that they film 300 days out of the year. In fact, I found a blog that lists a lot of the movies and tv shows that are filmed down here - a lot I never knew about. Two really popular locations to film at are just minutes from our house.

Grant takes the bus in the mornings, and the bus goes by both of these locations. So sometimes, he'll tell me that he sees film equipment set up, and I usually go check it out.

Today was one of those days. So, I went down to White Point (which is where we took our picture for the Christmas card), and sure enough, there were lots of trailers and tents and crew scattered around. Turns out, they were filming the tv show Bones, which I've never watched, but it's still cool to see.

A couple months back, and just down the road from White Point, they were filming the tv show Numbers, which is another one we don't watch, but I was curious to see how the location was used in the show. So, I set the DVR to record it every week, and finally saw the episode. It's just cool to see the place you live on tv!

The rocky area sticking out in the water in this first picture is where we go tide pooling every now and then.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Photo Challenge - Day 7

Startin' her out young...

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Photo Challenge - Day 6

Well, we braved the mall today. It actually wasn't that bad. While we were there, we ate lunch at Chick-fil-A, which always makes everything better!