Sunday, December 20, 2009

Matt's Birthday

Happy Birthday Matt!

Today was Matt's 30th Birthday, and after a Cowboys win over the Saints last night, nothing could possibly make this day any better... or so he thought. :)

It started out with Brooklyn saying, "Happy Birthday Dad!" ...and quite audible, too (we practiced for the last 3 days). Then we found out, much to Matt's approval and delight, how much of a football fan Brooklyn really is (see video below). His cake was a homemade ice cream cake and it turned out really yummy, but the 30 candles became a real fire hazard before the end of the song, Happy Birthday (see photo below). Overall, it was a GREAT day for Matt and our little family.

You can see the fire starting to spread to the cake! Yikes! Hurry up and blow them out - but not until I am done singing. :)
Little did Matt know, his candles were trick candles and it took some mighty wind to blow them all out - which ended up making quite the mess of ash and wax all over the table - but very entertaining to watch. :)

Notice Brooklyn's awesome hair, despite my several attempts throughout the day to tame it. :)
video
This is a random picture of Daddy reading books with Brooklyn before bed. Lately, Brooklyn has really enjoyed this part of her bedtime routine (although her face doesn't show it). I guess she's just trying really hard to figure out 'how much I love you'.
Up to the moon and back, sweatheart... the moon and back. :)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Giving Thanks

We have a LOT to be thankful for these days. We have been so fortunate in our lives and can't express enough gratitude for all the blessings we have. We have been blessed with a beautiful and happy daughter who is, among so many things, so smart and such fun to be around - and so polite, too. We have also been blessed with the gift of a little boy on the way (see ultrasound pic below). We are also very thankful for Matt's job with a great company.

Our thanksgiving this year was filled with thanks and family and I couldn't have asked for a better time. We had my parents, from Miami, and my little sister with her husband, from Raleigh, come and stay with us for a few days. It was my first time cooking the big meal, and I have to say that it was rather fun and rewarding. I was so happy to see everyone enjoy the meal that I (of course with the tremendous help of my mom and some outstanding stirring from Shantel) prepared. Thank you family for coming to my house and being such great entertainment, and I hope we will see you all again very soon.

The spread:


On Friday, instead of shopping, Mom, Shantel and I went and got pedicures and Shantel and I got preggo massages (ahhhhhh).


Brooklyn loves bubbles...


...but to play with bubbles AND Grandma is the ultimate fun.


Say hello to our little boy:
Definitely a boy... ;)