Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas 2010

Christmas was just a little different this year. We woke up late (a Christmas miracle with a toddler!) and made cinnamon rolls. Then we just crashed and watched Rudolph and Frosty that Grandma sent us. During Bella's nap, I gave Steve a shower and got all of our bags ready, and once she woke up, we headed over to our friends' house.
Dinner was at the parents of Trey, our youth pastor. Trey and Whitney were friends before Steve's accident, but they have just gone above and beyond and have been so supportive through this process. We were told to call Trey's parents, Big Daddy and Ginger, which pretty much made my Christmas all by itself! Their Christmas tradition is to have crab legs for dinner, and it was amazing! I brought along some more "normal" food for Steve - ham, mac 'n' cheese, and a salad, but I definitely had my fill of crab!
We will definitely never forget this Christmas! We missed our family so much, but our friends were so generous and welcoming. Whitney even had presents for us so that we wouldn't feel left out when the family opened all of their presents. Trey's mom, Ginger, gave us a get us "crab leg crackers" so that we would always remember this day. Such a wonderful family!

Mommy and Bella making cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning

Daddy napping before breakfast

Bella playing with the toy kitchen at Big Daddy and Ginger's house...she loved this!

Just one of the many pots of crab legs!

Our official Christmas Day picture. For the record, the baby is not ours; Charlotte Faith is Trey and Whitney's youngest. Steve was the designated "baby holder" while the rest of us were clearing the table.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Oh. My. Word.

This is a wonderful problem to have, but our freezer and fridge will not hold anything else! We have been blessed beyond belief with food from our friends, our church, and Steve's bank. Just when I thought our freezer couldn't hold anymore, one of Steve's co-workers brought over "Christmas dinner" from the employees. It included...(drumroll, please) entire ham, an entire turkey (full-size!), large containers of green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cornbread stuffing, cranberry relish, pumpkin pie, apple pie, a breakfast casserole, 4 2-liters of soda, and a bottle of sparkling grape juice for New Year's Eve! Like I said, oh my word!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

We Are Loved

Everyone knows about Steve's accident, so this is going to be a positive post! The most discouraging part of the accident (other than the surgery and hip itself) has been that we won't be able to spend Christmas with the Wires side of our family. Steve and I have been looking forward to this for weeks, and it was a huge disappointment. (I promise I'm working up to the positive stuff.) Presents, of course, are not a substitute for our awesome family, but I opened the door this afternoon to check the mail, and the mailman was walking up to the door with an armload of packages...all from Steve's family and stuffed with homemade goodies and our Christmas presents! It was a wonderful moment that made us so grateful for the family that we have. We're going to wait for Christmas to actually open the presents, but I can tell you already that Bella made out like a bandit! Here's everything set out on our couch - a huge, gigantic "thank-you" to Grandma Ferguson, Grandma Wires, Mom and Dad, Stacey and Craig, Matt and Julie, and our wonderful nieces and nephews! We miss you all so much!

Our friend, Ben, stopped by with lunch and he brought his dog, Scotch. Bella loved him! She giggled and chased after him the entire time - I think she terrified the poor little guy. She had a really cute moment when Ben held Scotch and let Bella come up and pet him. She babbled away and had a whole conversation with him.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dear Santa, We're Sorry...

I guess I should be happy that Bella hates strangers and pray that this continues when she's 4 and playing in the park. I have to admit, I really, really, really, really wanted her stranger-hatred to pause for just one evening, so she could smile happily on Santa's lap. Not so much...we showed up at Chick-Fil-A and she had a great time. She was in a really good mood, so about halfway through dinner, we decided to try it.

I picked her up, pointed out Santa, moved to the Christmas tree to show her the ornaments, and then pointed to Santa again. She was great with all of that until she figured out what we had in mind, and then it was definitely all over from there. We took one with me still holding her, but it didn't matter - she already knew the plan, so we decided to just let her scream it out on Santa's lap. Santa was a champ, by the way. He was the same Santa that CFA had last year and very sweet.

We returned to our dinner to let her calm down and then watched about 10 other children smile sweetly on Santa's lap (stupid kids). I posted one on FB already, but here are our official Santa 2010 pictures...enjoy!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Let's Twist Again!

The Christmas program was a huge success! This year, it was designed as dinner and a show; I think having dinner really added a fun element, because people were able to just relax and visit with each other. I invited the parents of one of the little boys that I watch, and Steve invited a co-worker and his fiance. I survived with only one embarrassing moment - thankfully, it's too long to describe for the blog.

On to happier memories...our song, "Let's Twist Again" was an absolute blast! Our costumes were horribly unflattering (well, mine was), but we just tried not to look in the mirror after getting changed. Some picture of our group...

Ashleigh, in the green skirt, sang the solo. She did a great job!

I think Emily bribed someone to be able to wear a V-neck shirt; it fit much better than the other shirts. As you can see, "goldenrod" is not a good color choice for me.

Our program

Friday, December 10, 2010

What's A Girl To Do?

I was all prepared to write about a special moment Bella and I had today. As I was sitting on the stairs, watching her and Rex play in the playroom this morning, she walked up to me, took the toy out of my hand, and wrapped her little fingers around mine to hold my hand. She then gave me the sweetest, most satisfied smile. It was precious. It would have made for a beautiful blogging moment. But, of course...

A few minutes later, I was in the kitchen and heard what sounded like pine cones being smashed against one another. The only place I have pine cones is ON TOP of the dining room table. That's right...I walked in to find this...

She used the farmer's bench to climb up on the table! How did she figure that out?!? Maybe it wasn't that hard for her mischievous toddler brain, but I really never thought of the bench being a potential hazard. Apparently, she found the pine cones and candle too hard to resist.

It was hard to scold her when I was secretly so impressed that she figured out how to climb up there without dying.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Our "Snow Belle"

Mom Wires sent a box of Christmas goodies this week! (If your mother-in-law doesn't do this, I'm very sorry, but mine's the best.) The box had Christmas cookies, some cute outfits for Bella, our yearly ornament (she buys one for each of us - again, the best), and a Little People Nativity set so that Bellla could put her grubby little hands and mouth on her own Christmas decoration! We took some pictures of Bella in her new PJ's by the Christmas tree. I switched out the PJ pants with thick tights and boots to make it look more like a "day" outfit for the pictures. Now, I have some seriously cute nieces and nephews (I think my sisters-in-law put special chemicals in their food to make them this way), but these pictures are so stinkin' adorable!
Yes, I gave my child a glass ornament...I was trying to distract her and I didn't think she'd put it in her mouth. Silly, Mommy.
This one is going on her high school Senior "memories" board one day!

Her "sweetness" pose

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Girls Gone Wise...

I teach the 10th grade girls' class at my church for Sunday School, and I am preparing to do a study with them on the book, Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild. I cannot tell you how unbelievably excited I am about this book. My parents did a great job of communicating to Mel and I about sex and dangers, etc., but I still feel like a lot of the teaching stopped at "don't have sex." In all fairness to my parents, it could have been that my hormonal teenage self was just ignoring the lessons, but still...
This book covers topics like body language, flirting, setting boundaries, and appearance. It would probably be a good study for a group of women, too, but I am just so excited to teach it to the 10th grade class. I would love to think that 16-year olds are still innocent and naive, but we all know that's just not true. And I really want to talk to them about real-life experiences; not just" don't have sex", but all of the decisions and warning flags that should go off in their minds before they're even at that point. I haven't finished the whole book yet, but I would still highly recommend it to someone with teenage girls. The website,, is also an incredible resource.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Friend Time

I have to post a picture in honor of one of our best friends, Melissa. We were all at Melissa's house on Saturday night to help put up their Christmas tree and decorations (which were gorgeous, by the way!). Melissa (or, Auntie Melissa) usually thinks Bella doesn't like her since she sees Bella at church, and Bella is always cranky and tired. On Saturday night, Melissa and Bella had some fun "toy time" with just the two of them. It was really sweet, and I think Melissa enjoyed getting to spend some time with her when Bella wasn't screaming and clawing for Mommy. Ah, the joys of a toddler!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Weekend Plans

One week down, only two more to go! I am barely containing my excitement to be in Ohio! Normally, I don't long after cold, snowy weather and gray skies, but this trip means a great road trip with Steve, stopping for dinner at an actual restaurant (or pizza delivery), staying in a hotel, and an entire week to crash with family that we rarely get to see!!!
Tonight, Steve and I are going to see The Nutcracker. One of our youth group guys won the lead for the toy soldier, so we're going to support him and make this our "Christmas date". I spent yesterday baking, and we're going to visit Steve's widows and widowers (he's a deacon, so they're not his ACTUAL widow) on Saturday morning. :) We're bringing Christmas cookies and poinsettias...very "Christmasy."
Sunday begins a loooooooong week of choir rehearsals, dance practices, and the Christmas program at church. I'm in a 1950's dance routine for the song, "Let's Twist Again" - complete with poodle skirt and saddle shoes! It promises to be extremely fun and completely humiliating all at the same time.
Here's a video of Bella on her horse! Hopefully, it will load...