Wednesday, December 29, 2010


We have actually had a decent amount of snow this winter, we love it! We were so excited at our first "good" snowfall that we bundled up and ran outside - Connor was excited but cold! Do you see that awesome santa in the top picture? That was a surprise from my awesome brother and Uncle Mike! My grandpa (my mom's dad) made the first one many years ago and since then my Uncle has made one for every family in the family. I just didn't think he was still in the business until he and my brother stopped by one afternoon with a "surprise" for me! I absolutely love it and the best part is that it was made with love by my brother and uncle. Don't you love the vintagey feel to it? It has been a tradition in our family to have all the kids pictures taken with Santa every year - it looks like we wasted now time in starting it with our little family :) 

Monday, December 27, 2010


My sweet, silly Connor - are you really 2? Was that magical day that you arrived in the world really two years ago today? Crazy, sometimes it feels like you have been a part of our lives my whole life, and sometimes I feel like I have been getting ready for your first birthday. Aunt Steph sent me the message I left her on December 16th, 2008 and I cried, and cried and cried. I will NEVER forget leaving her that message. Telling her to pray for us and that I would talk to her when I was a momma. Listening to my voice I remember just how scared I was. Most births are exciting and filled with so much wonderful anticipation - I had all of that, but mostly I was really, really scared. Scared that you wouldn't be okay, scared of how long you would be in the hospital and then just the usual ohmystars we are going to be parents scared. When you came out and your charts described you as "limp and blue" - I will never forget that either. I will never forget asking over and over why you weren't crying and wondering why no one would answer me. Once I saw you - for that brief second before you were whisked away, I was smitten. You will forever and always be my heart - my whole world changed in that sweet instance I saw your face and found out you were my precious little boy, my Connor man. From them on - it was just joy. I will never forget your daddy calling everyone (except Aunt Steph, I wanted to tell her myself) and then ordering pizza's and pizookie's for all the nurses and doctors. I remember him saying "just call me daddy bj!" and how he kept going from me to you - he would return to me with pictures and videos. It made that very, very long day and a half before I got to see you a little more bearable.
Now look at you - you are a walking, running, talking, garbage truck loving, m&m loving little stink pot. You have brought more joy to our lives than we ever thought possible. I love pretty much everything about you - except the tantrums and endless battle with changing your diaper. Does that mean you will be easy to potty train? Don't you remember when you would just lay there for me!? :) Ha! 

I love your laugh, your smile, your enthusiasm, your amazing power of persuasion, your love of life and your willingness to try new things. I love that I can't see a garbage truck (or any truck for that matter) and not smile and think of you. I love that you can spot an "m" from a mile away and will smile that sweet smile until I give you as many as you want :) I love how you have started playing with your toys and you say "mon momma" when you want me to play with you - and everyone else. I love how you will repeat a lot of what we do, including throwing the word "shit" into your vocabulary every once in awhile. Oops! I love how you like to smile and wave at us when you are doing something naughty. I love that you love to color, dance and "go crazy" during Yo Gabba Gabba. I love that you ask for "meat" and you love "no-no's and shicken".  Mostly, I just really love you!
We started your 2nd birthday off right with Miss. Ju Ju bringing you a cookie! Daddy took the day off and we went on over to the magic house. We had so much fun playing with the musical instruments, the water and going down the slide. After we played, it was off to Chik Fil A for some "shiken" and french fries. I got you a lemonade to drink but somehow you manages to steal my drink :)

After a little snooze it was time for dinner and opening presents! We gave you a garbage truck and that was pretty much the only thing you cared about :) You love the garbage truck so much, it is hilarious. Your eyes lit up and you screamed "gababa truck" - it was priceless. I was so excited about that garbage truck, you and I had been looking it up on the Internet for weeks. Sweet Connor we are so blessed to have you in our lives. We love you to the moon and back and we can't wait to see what this next year has in store!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gardenland Express!

Nana called the other day and said she wanted to do something fun with C for the holidays - we love spending time with Nana so we jumped on it! After looking we decided this was the best little adventure, Gardenland at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. This place holds a special place in our hearts as it is the site of our wedding reception! It was seriously the cutest little outing and C loved it!! Grandpa and Daddy were able to come too and we all had a great time.
 The scene changes every year and they build these scenes from scratch starting in October. All of the flowers were real and gorgeous! I had no idea that poinsettia's came in so many colors! The detail of all the little train "towns" was unbelievable. The story was the Appalachain trail and it was SO neat! Connor was seriously running around staring at the trains, yelling "choo-choo" and "running" after them as they were chugging along. The little villages were darling and we already can't wait to go back next year!

He loved having Nana and Grandpa there to play with - he kept grabbing their hands and bringing them back to the displays :) His favorite was a little one in the corner, it had TWO trains going back and forth!

After the trains we enjoyed a little lunch on the hill, it was a great morning! Thanks Nana and Grandpa, we can't wait to do it again next year :) 

St. Nick

St. Nick came to visit the Connor Man! We talked about putting our shoes out to see if St. Nick would visit our house :) He was so excited! St. Nick knows he is loving matchbox cars these days so he brought a few along with some markers and colored pencils! He was so excited he had to show bunny!

Sweet little man, we can't wait to see what Santa brings! 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Santa 2010

One word...HILARIOUS. We went and visited Santa today, Bj and I seriously about cried we were laughing so hard. This is the 6th picture they took - the only one he wasn't crying in. As the woman said "that is the most pathetic "momma" cry I have ever heard!" and I just couldn't subject him any longer. I picked him up, we said that one looks great and waited for the 5x7 to come back. When it did and we saw the SNOT running down C's face we were almost in tears we were laughing so hard!

In C's defense - as soon as I picked him up he told Santa that he wanted a car for Christmas peese.
Sweet thing!