Show Us Your Life ~ Favorite Picture Ideas

I LOVE having pictures taken of our family and, as my husband is a photographer on the side, we take a lot of our own (yay for self-timers!). Here are a few of my favorites that we’ve had taken.

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I’m linking up with Kelly at Kelly’s Korner.

A Low-Key New Year’s

We had yet another laid back New Year’s Eve this year. After Joe got off work, we headed to his parents’ cabin in the mountains for the night. My parents came, too, so it was a lot of fun. Lucy had a blast and LOVED being the center of attention. Shocking, I know.

I had a tough time staying up until midnight. Lucy ended up waking up, so she was up when we rang in the new year. We watched the ball drop in Times Square, and she tried sparking cider (she didn’t like the fizziness).

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Next year, we may host a party for our friends at our house. We haven’t done that in a while! And find the deals of weeklyads !

Christmas 2012

Warning: This will be a long post. But, it’s full of pictures of an adorable little girl, so it’s well worth the read!

Our Christmases are always “messed up.” We spend Christmas Eve at my parents’ house, which is when my family has traditionally opened presents, so, rather than dragging all of our presents for Lucy to Tennessee, we modified our celebration and open our gifts here on Christmas Eve morning.

This year, we opened stockings on Dec. 23. I picked up a bunch of little stocking stuffers at Party City for no more than $1 each and a couple of little princess toys, and they were a HUGE hit! We also got Lucy a Hello Kitty digital clock off Amazon for her stocking but, after a couple of minutes, it stopped working. We’ll be calling them to get a refund.

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Lucy was SUPER excited to open her presents the next morning. She did really well this year by not disrupting them as they sat under the tree. She really didn’t go near them as well. I was one of those kids who sat by the tree, shaking presents and trying to guess what was inside the wrapping, so I was pretty impressed with my girl. She got some awesome things – an Ariel doll, a train set, a shopping cart, some Strawberry Shortcake DVDs, play food, a Barbie karaoke machine and a personalized Minnie Mouse blanket. Her “big” gift was a train table, which she loves. Yep. That’s my girl – princesses and trains.

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A few hours later, we headed to my parents’ house. Although it fell on a Monday, we chose not to go up on Friday because we didn’t want to ask someone to come check on our cats.

When we arrived, we hung out and Lucy made cookies with my mom for Santa. It was quiet since my brother and his family weren’t there, but Lucy loved getting all the attention. After our traditional dinner of Chow Mein, we headed to the living room to open presents. Lucy was SO excited to give everyone our gifts (she had been trying to ever since we walked through the door). And, of course, she was excited to open her own gifts!

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After all the presents were opened, Joe, my brother and I headed out to see a movie (The Guilt Trip. It was pretty funny.) When we returned, my dad read Lucy her 24th book, “The Night Before Christmas.” I feel like I should have had Joe take the picture. He says he’s their adopted son.

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And, Lucy put out her cookies for Santa and went to bed.

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On Christmas morning, Lucy was SUPER excited to see what Santa had left for her. She waited fairly patiently for almost an hour until we knew my parents were awake and could go over to their house. She was not disappointed! Santa brought her a princess mp3 player that play music and the princess stories, a Cinderella doll, and a box with a bunch of princess dress up clothes and accessories!

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She and Daddy also read her note from Santa (thanks, Uncle Randy, since Mommy and Daddy forgot to write one!)

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And, Snow White joined us for the rest of the day.

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Joe’s parents came up for lunch, as they do every year, and we had a great time. I love that our families get along so well and spend the respective holidays together.

I cannot wait until next Christmas. Seeing the magic through my daughter’s eyes makes it so much more fun.

Family Pictures

We had family pictures taken today. My hubby does photography on the side, and I always pick out poses that I like, so we hit up a park today and has some fun. Unfortunately, we didn’t have our DSLR camera because we need to order a new piece for it, but I think they turned out pretty well considering we just had my point-and-shoot.

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A Bouncing Birthday

Having a child whose birthday is in November makes birthday party planning difficult. You never know what the weather will be like so you end up having a party indoors somewhere since you have to book a place relatively early.

That’s how it was this year with Lucy’s party. The weather on the day of her party was fairly nice, and I told Joe we totally could have gotten away with a park party. But, we booked a party at a local bouncy place, and I am SO GLAD we did. I didn’t have to do ANYTHING except show up with the cakes and party favors.

We had a little over an hour in the bouncy rooms. There were two parties going on at the time, and we split the time between the two rooms so our party was completely private the whole time. I loved it. What I also loved was that adults could bounce too. EVERYONE had a blast. Even Lucy’s grandparents were bouncing and sliding!

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Lucy’s party happened to be on my Dad’s birthday, so we had a cake for him, too! He was a good sport and let us get him a Diego cake to go along with Lucy’s Dora theme.

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Lucy had a pretty fantastic party. One of her friends said it was the best party in the world! I don’t know HOW I’ll top that next year!

The Thanksgiving Curse

So, Thanksgiving. Yeah. It probably ranks up there with all the other holidays I would love to forget. Which would be every other Thanksgiving when we’re scheduled to go to Joe’s parents’.

You see, we’re cursed when it comes to the Thanksgivings we spend with his family. Every time, we either get sick at his parents’ cabin or we are blessed enough to get sick before we go. Two years ago, Joe and Lucy were sick before the holiday, and I came down with what they had on Thanksgiving, spending the night throwing up with my mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law watching. Yeah. It was as much fun as it sounds.

This year, as I’ve already told you in great detail, Lucy came down with the croup on Wednesday. We decided we’d wait to head to the mountains on Friday so she would have had the antibiotic in her system for 48 hours and wouldn’t be contagious. We had a really nice day with just our little family. We took Lucy to our town’s BRAND NEW Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast.

And, we watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (some of us, in a box).

Then Joe and I made lunch while Lucy played outside with the neighborhood kids.

But, then…THEN, I got sick Thanksgiving night. As in, I thought I was going to die sick. I am not even exaggerating. My temperature got up to almost 101 degrees, and fluctuated between that and 99.9 all night. I had chills. My body ached and my skin hurt. My throat hurt. I was miserable.

The next day, I was feeling OK, so Joe and Lucy headed to the cabin while I stayed home. My fever was down to 98.8. I was on the mend. Insert laughter here. I was so naive. That afternoon, my temperature spiked back up to 100.9, so I headed to our local urgent care facility. There was a four hour wait. FOUR HOURS. So, I headed to the next closest one. I was in a room in 20 minutes and, though my flu test came back negative, the doctor said it’s only 70 percent accurate, so gave me a prescription for Tamiflu. I also got an antibiotic because my white cell count was high, indicating an infection.

The next day, well, I didn’t feel like death anymore, so I consider that improvement, and I’ve continually gotten better since. Hooray.

So, that was our Thanksgiving. I wonder what will happen two years from now to keep us from the mountains.