Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Here is my first official pumpkin carving. I decided early on during this project that discarding of Mr. Pumpkin's guts is not my favorite thing to do, so Griff did a fabulous job with that task (and also demanded that he get credit for doing so). So, Griff cut the top and gutted him, but I did everything else. That's one thing off my 30 by 30 list....only 29 to go!

And this is Griff's creation. He likes to call him Blue Moon. Blue Moon came to life at a recent party that Griff's boss hosted. Lesson for the evening: drinks + work friends + stupid bets = smashed pumpkin + sore fist for Griff. I leave the room for 5 seconds, and this is what happens! Do you see what I'm dealing with here???

Friday, October 30, 2009

Izzy's First Pumpkin Patch

We ventured out to the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch a few weeks ago. It was really cold and muddy, so we only stayed long enough to get a few pictures of our little pumpkin, but it was a really neat place for kids. They had bounce houses, mazes, hayrides, a little train, face painting, etc. We’ll definitely make the trip to the pumpkin patch a family tradition.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Weekend Fun

Griff’s best friend from college, A.J., and his wife, Heather, were in town from Colorado a few weekends ago to visit family, and they stayed at Hotel Babb. They were our first overnight guests since Izzy has been home, so I didn’t really know what to expect from her, but Miss Isabelle was on her very best behavior for our guests.
Thursday night, we met up with A.J. and Heather and the rest of A.J.’s family in Arlington. A.J.’s 6-month-old nephew, Wes, was there and it was super cute to see him and Izzy together. They just kept staring at each other like, “Finally, someone my size!” So adorable!!!

Friday, we were off to the State Fair (Izzy’s Nana came over to babysit her while we were gone). The fair was okay. I guess I’m just not much of a fair person. It’s just a lot of fried food, expensive games, and highly questionable rides. Griff and I did try fried peaches and cream, and I have to say, I was a bit disappointed. It wasn’t bad, I was just expecting more since it was this year's winner. I wanted to try the fried butter as well, but the line was way too long, and the more I thought about it, the grosser it started to sound. So, I escaped the fair with only a small amount of grease in my arteries.

We ended up on the patio at Uncle Julio’s (my favorite!) for lunch on Saturday. We had a cookout at our house with many of our friends that evening. Izzy was spending the night with Papa and Meme, and we had every intention of going out after dinner. Somewhere around 10pm, it became clear to all of us thirty-somethings and almost-thirty-somethings that we aren’t in college anymore, and we gave up on going out. So, to conclude, we are officially old, but that’s okay…we still had fun!

A few pics from the weekend...

Our weekend guests, A.J. and Heather

These three were roommates back in the day....many, many hairs uh, I mean years ago. ;-)

Go Tech!

Daddy's little Red ( or in this case, pink) Raider

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


I made a quick trip to The Children’s Place to get some tights for Isabelle’s Halloween costume today, and I stumbled upon this cute little hat that found its way home with me. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Anywho…I had no idea how absolutely adorable this hat would look on Izzy. I mean seriously, have you seen anything cuter??? It’s just impossible to not smile when you look at her. I held her up in front of the mirror, and she thought she was pretty cute, too!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

8 Months!

8 months old

Izzy is now 8 months old! She is just fantastic, and we’re having so much fun with her. She really loves to eat, and it certainly shows. Her dietician came by today, and my baby girl now weighs 15 pounds 11 ounces! She eats cereal twice a day, gets a fruit or veggie once a day, and drinks four 6-oz bottles a day. We’ll soon increase her food and slowly decrease the bottles. She has tried carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, squash, green beans, peaches, pears, apples, bananas, and whatever else her Papa has dipped her pacifier in, and she hasn’t turned anything down yet.

In the past week, she has really mastered rolling from her back to belly, and she performs this trick ALL day now! She’s been working so hard on back-to-belly that she has forgotten how to roll from belly-to-back, so she’ll flip to her belly, get tired of it after a few minutes, and start fussing. It’s oh so fun! Let’s see…what else? She can now “stand” only holding onto our hands, and she gets the cutest little smile every time she stands up. She’s also working on sitting up by herself. She’s made a lot of progress in the past week. She still continues to amaze us with each new day, and I’m just blown away at how “normal” she is after all she has been through. The doctor who looked us in the eye and guaranteed us a 100% chance of Izzy having something wrong with her must have something wrong with him!

BTW - I totally missed posting her 7 month picture, so I’m posting it with this entry.

7 months old

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Like Mother, Like Daughter

My mom gave me this dress I wore as a baby a few weeks ago and asked for a picture of Izzy in the same dress. Here ya go, Mom! Izzy wasn't super cooperative (imagine that) so we didn't exactly get the pose we were trying to recreate. This is closest we got out of the many pictures we took. I was surprised at how super red my hair looks in this picture becasue it was very blonde through most of elementary school. Izzy's hair is darker like her daddy's...well, like the hair her daddy used to have. ;-) I promise she really does have hair, but for some reason, she looks as bald as a cue ball in this picture. I'm sure it's just the lighting. Hey Griff, maybe you can use that one, too!

Me, 3.5 months old

Isabelle, 8 months old

Friday, October 23, 2009

Happy Friday!

I've been slacking on the blog lately. I'd like to tell you that I've been busy crossing things off of my 30 by 30 list, but that would be a lie. Well, a half-lie. I did start my first sewing project. A sewing machine was not involved, but I did cut out a pattern. And a pumpkin has been purchased...just purchased, not carved yet. Do we see a theme, people??? More to come on that later. For now, enjoy these adorable pictures, and I'll work on getting around to a real blog post soon. ;-)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

30 by 30

So, I’ve been checking out a few random blogs and searching for blog ideas, and I decided to make a 30 by 30 list. I love lists! This is a list of 30 things I want to accomplish before I turn 30. As much as I’d like to believe that my 30th birthday is years away, the truth is I’m 28 ½, and 30 will be here before I know it. I guess it could be worse. The hubs missed the boat on 30, and now has to make a 40 by 40 list. ;-) While there are a ton of things on my bucket list, like traveling to a gazillion different places I want to see, teaching Izzy how to read, ride a bike, etc., going back to school to pursue a master’s degree, etc., these 30 goals need to be accomplished in the next year and a half. Sooo…here they are. I’m having a little trouble thinking of two more. Any suggestions? Remember people, a year and a half! ;-)

1. Learn how to sew
2. Run a half-marathon (in training now!)
3. Get fit…for real!
4. Read all the books on my book shelf that haven’t been opened
5. Finish my wedding scrapbook (yes, from 5 ½ years ago!)
6. Climb another 14-er (this time without puking afterwards)
7. Visit Hawaii (currently working on this one)
8. Watch my baby girl take her first step
9. Do the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk
10. Learn how to use Photoshop
11. Take a cake decorating class
12. Learn how to use our camera…this means taking it off of the “auto” setting
13. Get involved in some sort of mommy and me group
14. Complete Izzy’s baby book and make a scrapbook for her, either digital or traditional
15. Volunteer for March of Dimes (kind of doing this now)
16. Help feed the homeless, preferably on Thanksgiving
17. Carve a pumpkin...can’t believe I haven’t already done this one!
18. Start co-managing our finances (I live with a CPA, so I’m clueless…never even see the bills…Suze Orman would be so disappointed)
19. Repaint and recover the “project” chair I got at a garage sale three years ago
20. Return to church as soon as Izzy is ready, officially join, and become an active member
21. Successfully grow at least one vegetable. I would say plant a garden, but I know me and that’s not going to happen. I’m thinking the little tomato bags I’ve seen hanging from porches…
22. Master the art of applying eye make-up. It never looks how I want it to look.
23. Embrace wine, or maybe I should just find the right wine…I really want to like it, but I just don’t
24. Order what I really want from the menu, from appetizer to dessert, guilt-free!
25. Get into yoga
26. Sleep at least 8 hours a night on a regular basis again
27. Meet more of our neighbors
28. Try at least one new restaurant a month
29. ???
30. ???

This list has inspired me to make an official bucket list as well. There’s just something about putting your goals in writing. Makes them a little more real. As cheesy as that sounds, it’s about to get even cheesier, but in a good way…I think. I recently saw an episode of Oprah where this little girl from Africa wrote down all of her goals and buried them under a rock. She’s now an adult, and among the goals she accomplished are moving to the USA, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree, and she is currently working on her PhD. Each time she achieved a goal, she went back to Africa and crossed it off her list. I won’t be going to Africa each time I achieve a goal, but if I put it on my list, maybe I’ll get to visit at least once.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fun Hair Bows

After spending way too much on Isabelle's hair bows, I decided to start making them. I looked online and found a great website,, with step-by-step instructions . My first attempts were the ones she wore in the Grandparents Day post. These holiday bows were fun to make. They aren't perfect. I still haven't figured out how to get the loops even, but they look just as good as the bows that sell for $15 plus, so they'll do. My next project is a tutu for Izzy's halloween costume. Then, it's on to learning how to know, in all my free time. ;-)