Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Move over, Mashed Potatoes

You too, Goldfish Crackers. You've been replaced.

Will's new favorite food is macaroni and cheese. Dude would happily eat it three times a day if given the opportunity. Last night I made a very simple and yummy homemade recipe. Delish!
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Will loves to 'eat' with utensils.

And a video just because (weird sound stuff going on in the beginning, though).

Dinnertime from Carrie Harmsen on Vimeo.

On the subject of favorites, Will has a new activity. He's loving all these holiday candles sitting around. Apparently taking them out of the holders, and then putting them back in, is great fun. At least Santa knows he doesn't need to spend a ton on toys this year.
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In closing, here's a sneak peak at our Christmas card photo session from yesterday. Which one to choose....
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Friday, November 26, 2010

It's the holiday season

My birthday was on the 18th and when Mike asked what I wanted to do, I knew it would involve Christmas. This is one advantage of having a November birthday - provided one is willing to suffer the horrid birthstone.

We went to the Gaylord Texan resort to check out their ice show. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, and along the way we joked about seeing a bunch of ice sculptures.

We had no idea what we were really in for.

A.Maz.Ing.
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We were given winter coats and sent on our way. Everything is ice.
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Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee. Mike going down the ice slide.
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Before we left the resort, we stopped at the gift shop for some treats: a new Christmas ornament and a jingle bell necklace for Will that he wouldn't stop showing off to everyone.
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Our vacation tradition: we buy an ornament. So far, represented on our tree, we have: Paris, the Bahamas, Virginia Beach, the Outer Banks and, now, Dallas. We're missing a couple trips, but we do our very best to remember.

We went to historic Grapevine for our last dinner in Texas. Decorated for Christmas, it was a darling little town.
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It was definitely a birthday I'll always remember - and not just because it's the last I'll celebrate in my 20's.

Thanksgiving was yesterday.
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And we did an art project in honor of the holiday.
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Will's first official drawing! Which he did when he took a break from, you know, eating crayons.
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Every year my mother does the cooking. She always buys a turkey-shaped butter and there's a long standing joke about her staying up all night to carve it.
Well, this year, she decided to carve Will instead. Thanks, Recession.
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And what did Will think of having his likeness in butter? Why, it's HYSTERICAL! Of course.
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I dare you to look at this picture and NOT smile.

Last year Will slept the entire Thanksgiving Day. This year? Not a chance.
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There is much to be thankful for. Two things in particular.
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As is our tradition, we spent Black Friday decorating for Christmas. We weren't quite sure what to expect with a one year old. So we decided to put the tree up in our living room, a room we're rarely in.
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Will surprised us both by being very well behaved near the tree. We purposely hung some bells on the bottom. He was definitely entertained.
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'Tis the season! Enjoy!
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Flowers and stuff

In Dallas, there were days when the only napping Will did was on the way back to our hotel after a fun outing. So, basically, he'd sleep for about 20 minutes, wake up, and spend the rest of the afternoon in a cranky state. Sometimes cranky babies happen. It's OK. But it gets a little tricky when you still need to go out to eat for every meal.

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Mike's creative picture: Cheers!

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Bad Mommy Moment: Will ate more french fries on this vacation than I care to admit.


Care to join us? from Carrie Harmsen on Vimeo.

Mike and I both agree that a long break from restaurants is in order.


Our first outing was to the Dallas Aboretum. It was incredible and REALLY made me wish I was an awesome photographer. Though, I did my best.
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There was a pioneer village to explore...
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which led to my favorite picture of the day.
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I absolutely adored the pumpkin-lined sidewalks.
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It was gorgeous. A must-see should you ever find yourself in Dallas.
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Of course, Will's favorite part of the day was anything involving pumpkins.
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It was such a fun day with my little monkey. More fun to come!
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Will does Dallas

Spending the week living out of a hotel room with your 13 month old -

a) is a totally fun way to spend a family vacation.
-or-
b) sounds infinitely insane. Why the hell would anyone do that??

Eight days, seven nights. And just for fun, throw in a power failure that begins in the early evening and lasts well into the night.
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Mike had a week-long business trip in Dallas, so Will and I decided to tag along. In the days before Mike said, "This could quite possibly be the worst trip we ever take." This was followed by (nervous?) laughter. When Will woke up on departure day with a runny nose, I anticipated the worst.

Well, if this was the WORST trip ever, than I'll gladly take it. Because truth be told, it wasn't all that bad. Even, dare I say, fun...?

Will was simply a delight on the plane, sleeping the majority of the way down and the ENTIRE way home. We kept busy with plenty of outings, took naps together, and turned in early at bedtime. It was equal parts restful and adventurous. Armed with our rental car and a GPS, Will and I tackled the streets of Dallas like we owned them. More on that later.

But, really, how does a 13 month old entertain himself in a hotel for an entire week?

Say hi to all the animals in the hotel gift shop. Because no one really cares if you rub your runny nose on a $300 toy.
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Remove all spanish moss from the decorative plants.
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Catch up on some calls.
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Play with the hair dryer while Mommy isn't looking *wink, wink*.
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Chill out with the TV.
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Nap in a hotel crib. Hey - it's better than the Pack and Play. Seriously, those things are like sleeping on cardboard.
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Enjoy the water fountain in the courtyard.
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Our trip to Dallas was certainly one to remember. The next couple of posts will feature our numerous vacation pictures. Consider yourself warned.

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