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Friday, April 30, 2010

Winner of the $50 e-card give away!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the $50 e-card give away to  The lucky winner is...

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Bella Mia Bows & Things!  Congrats to you!  I will be in touch with you shortly with instructions on how to use your $50 e-card. 

Thanks to everyone who participated! 

Don’t get left out in the rain.

Don’t forget that today is the last day to enter to win a $50 e-gift certificate for  I know many of you are crafty little divas, so you’re sure to find something to meet your crafting needs at  Even if you’re not a crafty person (I would be included in this category), there’s still some great stuff on the website.  $50 can go a long way!  What can it hurt to enter – you just may win!  To enter, please leave comments in the give away post by clicking here.  (Comments left in this post won’t count, so please be sure to click on the link above.) 

I will pick a winner through at 6 p.m. CST and make an announcement post.  Good luck!


With my sister’s impending due date, we decided to finally take some maternity photos of my sister’s bump.  I totally missed the boat on the bump pictures of myself, but that’s basically because I absolutely hate taking photos and much prefer to be on the other side of the camera.  So, I just lived vicariously through my sister and let my child be in some of the photos.  Now I’ve got some maternity photos of my child – she’s just out of the womb and almost two.  Better late than never, right? 

NicolleMaternity 011_edit Anna is crying in this one.  I have no idea why either.  NicolleMaternity 074Anna loves her aunt!NicolleMaternity 082 Anna decided to walk right in front of the camera to show off her buns o’ steel.  NicolleMaternity 120 Anna and Mimi!NicolleMaternity 203 Anna and Paw Paw!NicolleMaternity 209 Anna eating some chips that Paw Paw gave her.edit Kissy kiss.NicolleMaternity 219 This is the face Anna makes when she is saying, “Huh?”  NicolleMaternity 226 Anna is still eating chips.  NicolleMaternity 244 Anna is a photo crasher!NicolleMaternity 389 Crashing… again. 

Believe it or not, I did actually get some photos WITHOUT my child in them!

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It was a fun day! Now I can't wait for Anna to meet her cousin! I'll make sure she doesn't crash his photos.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Since we only have a few weeks of “outside” weather down in the dirty, dirty south, I’ve been trying to take full advantage of the few days that we call spring.  Now that Anna is no longer scared of grass, she likes taking full advantage of the outside as well.  In fact, she’s no longer happy being inside.  She spends the entire day crying at the front door.  I spend the entire day crying at my computer desk.  An evil part of me wishes I could zap Anna’s memories of the outside – kind of like Will Smith in Men in Black.  Don’t get me wrong, I love that my child embraces the outdoors, but this constant need to be in touch with mother nature is making me a little insane.

So, giving in to my child, once again, we made a trek outside to the backyard.  The backyard provides no comfort, no relaxation, no Pottery Barn-esque tables and chairs.  So, I sit on the cold concrete while Anna plays in the weeds.  One day we’ll get a swing set, I promise.  Anna doesn’t care at this point.  She’s happy playing with sticks and fossils. 

Fossils?  Yes, fossils. 

You see, Anna is at the stage of life where she finds everything and brings it to me.  Much like a cat bringing its prized dead mouse to its owner, Anna is always very proud of her finds.  She runs up to me with a big smile on her face, and then she deposits a piece of lint or a stick into my hand.  I make a big deal out of it, congratulate her for being such a great finder of things, and then she goes on to find other random bits.  Lather, Rinse, repeat. 

On this particular day, I notice Anna looks especially excited about her latest find.  She holds it in her hand very carefully and runs it over to me.  As she gets closer, this is my thought process…

::What is she holding in her hand?  Is it a stick?  No.  Is it a bug?  No.  Is it an animal?  No.  Why is it white?  There shouldn’t be anything white in our yard?  It looks rather large and lumpy, so I know it’s not a rock.  It’s…It’s…::

A piece of fossilized dog crap. 

Anna found one of Cosmo’s old presents and took it upon herself to bestow it upon her mother.  How lucky am I to have such a kind and giving child?  And how lucky are we to have antibacterial hand soap? 

Man, do we need a swing set.  And some outside toys that aren’t fossilized pieces of dog crap.

Here are some pictures from another outside adventure day.  Please excuse the weeds.
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Anna 024 She finds something very, very funny.  Either that or she’s passing gas.  It’s hard to tell. Anna 006 This was before Joe cut the grass.  I told you there were lots o’ weeds!  Anna 041 Anna has found a stick.  It’s not dog crap, I promise. Anna 043 She’s tempting Cosmo with the stick.Anna 048 Cosmo stole the stick.  Anna 055 Anna has decided to stack Cosmo’s bowls on my leg. Anna 058 They spilled. Anna 068 Cosmo is whispering sweet nothings in Anna’s ear.  Anna 092 Curls.  I wonder where she gets them from?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Walk down memory lane. {Added 24 month stats}

So, I’ve been a bad mom and haven’t blogged much about Anna’s stats throughout the year.  I always kick myself, too, because people will ask me how much Anna weighed at 3 months, 5 months, yadda yadda, and I’m just left staring at them blankly while my partially functioning brain churns out a make believe number.  If I have it saved somewhere other than in a little binder in her cabinet, I’ll feel like a better mom, and then I can refer back to this blog post whenever I want to prove how fanfriggintastic I am.  So, here we go – below are the stats from each of Anna’s pediatrician appointments from the first appointment ‘til now.  I’ve added some pictures along the way just for fun!

Anna’s birth stats:
D.O.B: October 10, 2008 @ 3:45 p.m.
(3 weeks early/born at 37 weeks)
Height: 18.5”
Weight: 6 lbs. 6 1/2 oz.
Head: 13”

Anna’s 2 day old stats:
Height: 19” (25th percentile)
Weight: 6 lbs. 5 1/2 oz. (10th percentile)
Head: 13 1/2” (25th percentile)ry=400

Anna’s 1 month old stats:
Height: 21 1/4” (50th percentile)
Weight: 8 lbs. 14 1/2 oz. (25th percentile)
Head: 14 1/4 (20th percentile)ry=400

Anna’s 2 month old stats:
Height: 23” (75th percentile)
Weight: 10 lbs. 13 1/2 oz. (25th percentile)
Head: 15 1/4” (50th percentile)ry=400 

Anna’s 4 month old stats:
Height: 24 1/2” (55th percentile)
Weight: 13 lbs. 5 oz. (50th percentile)
Head: 16 1/4” (28th percentile)ry=400 
Anna’s 6 month old stats:
Height: 26 3/4” (75th-90th percentile)
Weight: 16 lbs. (50th percentile)
Head: 17 1/8” (75th percentile)ry=400

Anna’s 9 month old stats:
Height: 28 3/4” (75th percentile)
Weight: 18 lbs. 14 oz. (25th-50th percentile)
Head: 17 3/4” (75th percentile)IMG_6359

Anna’s 12 month old stats:
Height: 29 1/2” (50th percentile)
Weight: 19 lbs. 4 oz. (25th percentile)
Head: 18” (50th-75th percentile)1

Anna’s 15 month old stats:
Height: 31” (60th percentile)
Weight: 22 lbs. 5 oz. (40th percentile)
Head: 18 1/4” (60th percentile)edit1 
Anna’s 18 month old stats (added on 4-28-10):
Height: 33” (75th - 90th percentile)
Weight: 25 lbs. (50th percentile)
Head: 18 1/2” (75th percentile)

Anna’s 2 year stats (added on 11-30-10):
Height: 34 1/4” (75th percentile)
Weight: 28 1/3 lbs. (75th percentile)
Head: 19” (75th percentile)

Mission accomplished!  XOXO

Friday, April 23, 2010

TGIF Giveaway! $50 e-Gift Card!

If you’re planning a wedding, a shower or if you’re a craft-a-holic, you’ll love today’s giveaway.  I’m very excited to team up with Paul at to give away a $50 gift card to use on anything you choose in the online store. 

Need a glass vase for a centerpiece? They've got 'em.
What about some floral accessories? Yep, they have those, too. has Ribbons, feathers, balloons and all sorts of great stuff to use for your wedding or next big party.  Hey, even if you don’t have a party to throw, check out the accessories and get yourself a cute clutch!  Now you’ll have $50 to use (if you win)! 
Here's how you can win: To be entered into the giveaway, you can do one or all of the following. The more you do, the more chances you’ll have to win. Please note that some options will allow you to leave multiple comments (i.e. If you write a blog entry about this give away, you can leave two comments for that one entry).
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I will draw a random winner on Friday, April 30th at 6 p.m. (CST).  Good luck!

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