Monday, December 12, 2011

Morgantown Christmas Parade 2011

When I heard an announcement on the radio for the 2011 Christmas parade in Morgantown, I immediately marked it on my calendar (set a reminder on my phone).  Kerriann is a huge fan of parades and I knew that she would love it!  

It was extremely hard to get her to stay in her stroller and/or sit still, but I think the outing was a success regardless!  

When the bands started to march past I decided to let her get down because she wanted to dance so bad. She was trying to dance in her stroller and I was afraid she was going to tip it over haha!

She was also a huge fan of the candy they were throwing.  Most of it was not age appropriate which was a rough point in the night, but I tried to distract her by telling her that there would be a few M&Ms waiting for her at home if she was a good girl.

Kerriann even loved the firetrucks as they drove by blaring their sirens.

When it was time to go home, she cried and begged to stay longer.  If it had been a few degrees warmer, we would have stayed until the end, but after 45 minutes my toes were numb and I knew hers must have been too.  We just happened to be in the right place at the right time, because as we were walking to the car we passed Santa and one of his helpers on the street.  After accepting a few pieces of chocolate from them, we were on our way home.  Hopefully there will be another parade to take Kerriann to sooner rather than later!

Past Few Weeks in iPhone Photos

I feel like now is a good time to dump a lot of the photos that I've been forgetting to upload from my phone.  Some of them are pretty old (and random) but bear with me.  They're too cute not to share!

Kerriann can now drink out of a "big girl" cup on her own

Playing with Tica at my dad's

Edible Arrangement that Kevin sent for us on Thanksgiving

Opening her first Christmas gift of the season

 The Little People nativity scene from the Walsh's!

My first turkey!

Breakfast (right after bath time, excuse the crazy hair!)

Being silly

Bath time!

Modeling her festive new shirt

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

This year I hosted Thanksgiving for the first time.  While I was a little nervous at first, I think I did a great job at rising to the challenge!  My Aunt Sherrie coached me and everyone brought something to contribute to the dinner.  This was the first year that one of the "kids" took over, so we will see if this is a new tradition or if the "parents" resume handling the Thanksgiving festivities next year.  

My famous apple spice cake... seriously... it's getting quite the reputation for being the only gluten-free thing people have tried and actually loved!

I also attempted (aka slaved over all afternoon) gluten free rolls.  They were not that amazing, but with a little honey cinnamon butter or gravy on top they were edible!

I know I say this far too often, but the only thing missing from Thanksgiving was Kevin.  He was so thoughtful to send this Edible Arrangement for all of us to enjoy.  We were lucky enough to be able to Skype with him right before dinner so everyone was able to say hello.

I'm so happy that my family was able to travel to be with us this year for Thanksgiving!  It really helped to keep me from dwelling on the fact that Kevin was gone, and I really had a great time visiting with everyone.

End of Semester Madness

Life has been seriously crazy the past two weeks!  We had an amazing Thanksgiving, but I wouldn't even say my ten days off was a "break."  We were so busy the entire time, maybe even more busy than we are during typical school weeks.  I have a lot more to share about that, including pictures, so I'll try to get around to more updates sometime this weekend!

Next week I will be finishing up the semester at school so that is keeping me extremely busy as well.  I just want to finish so I can focus on the holidays and all of the fun that comes along with them!  I hope all of our friends and family are doing well!