taz + belly: January 2012

Project 365: Week Four

29 January 2012

This week of Project: 365 was much more "people" driven. I took fewer pictures of places and things and many more pictures of the girls. I managed to get several pictures of Ella this week, which really makes me happy. My calendar for this month is filling up and I can't wait to share it with you on Wednesday. I have loved making a photo calendar and I'm already working on the design for next month's!

watching football with mommy
Sunday, January 22: I'm sure Ella was off watching "big girl shows", but Sophie and I snuggled
up on the couch to watch football with daddy. At 21 months, this girl already loves football!

Little House on the Prairie x2
Monday, January 23: After baths, I found Sophie on the couch with Ella "reading" Little House
in the Big Woods and Farmer Boy. We LOVE reading about Laura Ingalls before bed at night.

Ella's reaction to dinner last night.
Tuesday, January 24: Ella was less than pleased about our selection for dinner this night.
I doubt she was really happy about this photo either, but the face was too cute not to document.

Wednesday morning send-off...
Wednesday, January 25: I was home sick and got to see my sweet girls on the way to school.
Josh gets them ready and drops them off long after I leave for work most days, so this was a treat!

girls & trucks
Thursday, January 26: Sophie got a little truck in her Burger King happy meal and was in love.

Date night with @rmh2b3
Friday, January 27: I had a date night with my best friend, Ryan. After spending way too much
money at the mall, we ate Olive Garden for dinner and shopped at Target until they kicked us out.

Ella's big red nose!
Saturday, January 28: It was circus day! Ella was happy as a lark with her red nose on.

Thanks for stopping by again this week. Don't forget to visit Laura at Between the Lines to check out week four of Project 365.


27 January 2012

That is the answer to the question I asked Josh on Wednesday afternoon.

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"Guess who likes brownie mix?"

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Just ask Sophie. 

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25 January 2012

January is one of those months where nothing special happens. We are recovering from football season, from December, from the excessive spending around the holidays. We stay in, snuggled up watching movies, working puzzles and playing tea party. The girls go to bed early and we stay up late, reading or talking. Work is busy and stressful, design work is starting to pick back up again and we are finally getting back into a routine three weeks after school started. 

This is what a typical January Tuesday night looks like. 

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Sophie insists on eating yogurt while we cook dinner. She is obsessed with sitting in her chair, wearing a bib and feeding herself. She is getting really good at it, but sometimes uses her fingers to dig the last few bits out of the container. I wish I could tell you how she pronounces yogurt. It's sort of like odent or odunt, but said as a single syllable. Does that even make sense? She has the sweetest little language and I find myself so sad as she starts saying things right. Just this week she started saying baby instead of baden. Sad.

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Ella pretty much cried from the moment I picked her up. She was furious about the dinner selection and tried her hardest to negotiate cereal. I don't usually force the girls to eat things that they don't like. We save those for after they're in bed or offer them an alternative. I am not, however, letting her eat cereal just because she doesn't want something on a given day. Saying you don't like something doesn't make it so. Especially when we've seen you go back for seconds only a few short weeks ago. She cried so hard that she passed out on the couch for an hour. You know what happens when big isn't watching? Little steals the lip balm from her backpack (and mom notices how dirty her kitchen floors are!).

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While Ella cried and complained about everything last night, Sophie couldn't have been happier. She loved the yogurt, had two helpings of dinner, played tea party in the living room and danced a little to "baby rock" (Baby by Justin Beiber). When I offered up a bubble bath, she went nuts! This is her admiring her ponytail in the mirror. Apparently, Heidi was fixing ponies for the bit girls and Sophie insisted she join in the fun. She looked like Pebbles Flintstone!

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Nothing makes this girl happier that bubbles and cups in the bathtub.

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Well, maybe her Dora toothbrush and a little of big sister's toothpaste.

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Thanks to Daylight Savings, both girls were tucked in by 7 o'clock and no one was the wiser. SD walked across the street for a basketball game and I managed to actually sit down at the computer for more than 5 minutes at one time. I deem it a huge success that I managed to upload images, schedule this blog post, check Facebook and take a peek at Pinterest all in the same sitting. Now if only I could find a cute red dress that didn't cost $100, I could call it a day!

Yay, Alabama!

24 January 2012

I thought maybe it was time for a blog post. You know, one that involves actual pictures taken with a camera and not a phone. Remember those? 

It isn't every day that SD {sweet daddy, for those of you just visiting} takes center stage. As you know, two weeks ago he was in New Orleans for the BCS National Championship game. He's been asking me for a week why I haven't posted his pictures yet, especially considering that I hounded him about taking a camera! I doubt I could have convinced him to write this post, but he did manage to supply lots of good text messages. I was afraid he would get bored with me quick sending him constant messages to see where he was and what he was doing, but we actually managed to talk for most of the night. Along with some pictures and a video here is how the conversation went...

January 9, 2012

Josh at 10:33 a.m. -- "U should have come... I doubt I get in. We coulda just watched in a bar..."
Kristin at 10:33 a.m. -- "Don't say that... I might get teary eyed. I am SICK that I didn't come."

Josh at 3:55 p.m. -- "Just put 10 dollars in the penny slot. Cashed out for 150!!! Woooooo!!!"
Kristin at 3:56 p.m. -- "Wooo for you. Your ticket budget just increased!"

Kristin at 6:42 p.m. --"Where are you?"
Josh at 6:42 p.m. --"At the dome. Searching for a ticket."

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Kristin at 7:08 pm. -- "Your 3 best girls say RTR!"

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Josh at 7:32 p.m. -- "I'm in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spent $$$ tho. 150 more than I had. Haha."
Kristin at 7:45 p.m. -- "They (my family) want to know where your ticket is..."

Josh at 8:23 p.m. -- "Right in front of LSU cheerleaders. Tenth row. LSU fans everywhere. Haha."

Josh at 8:48 p.m. -- "This is so awesome!!!! Wish you were here...I am sitting with [LSU] players' parents. They're not happy about me here. Haha. May watch second half in the courtyard Bama side so I can cheer."

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Kristin at 9:44 p.m. -- "You better bring me a stadium cup!!!"
Josh at 9:44 p.m. -- "Holding it in my hand now."

Kristin at 9:46 p.m. -- "I <3 Jeremy Shelley :)."

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Kristin at 9:47 p.m. -- "Are you still sitting with the honey badger's momma?"
Josh at 9:48 p.m. -- "Nah. I'm on the Bama side. But on the concourse."

Josh at 10:14 p.m. -- "Just high fived and Roll Tided Marcel Dareus!"

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Kristin at 10:16 p.m. -- "Be careful tonight... people will be looking for a fight. And video Rammer Jammer!! And get somebody to take your pic inside and don't lose your ticket. I'll frame it for your birthday!"

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Kristin at 10:32 p.m. -- "Give em hell, Alabama!"

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Josh at 11:02 p.m. -- "Woooooooooo!!!!!!"

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I gave him a pretty hard time about how the pictures he took with the camera are all beautiful, but that there isn't a single one of him! He got a few with his phone but the quality is terrible. He pretty much made fun of me and said that taking a picture in the dome was the last thing he was thinking of. WE JUST WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME! So... phone pic it is.




As completely and ridiculously jealous as I am that I wasn't there and foregoing the fact that we COULD NOT have afforded two of those tickets, I am so glad he was there. I'm glad that even though he sat by himself, he got to celebrate with his second favorite person in the world. He seriously didn't stop talking about it for days. We ordered fresh copies of the newspaper and have a stack of fun memorabilia to frame. We even watched the game again on TV later in the week so that he could see it from another perspective.

And my favorite picture of the game? LSU gear on sale... the morning after. Roll Tide.


And just in case you didn't hear it over Nick's post game interview, here is my husband cheering at the top of his lungs. Hang on through the fight song 'cause this Rammer Jammer is worth it. Pardon the squeals and dirty words. 

Project 365: Week Three

22 January 2012

I did it!! Three whole weeks of taking and posting at least one picture every day. This week was less exciting than some, but there was lots of yummy food involved. You'll also notice that Ella is pretty elusive when it comes to photographs. I didn't catch her a single time this week!

Sunday, January 15 - We ate dinner at Huddle House after church. I had french toast!

falling asleep sitting up.
Monday, January 16 - I caught Beemer snoozing sitting up on my way out to work!

Tuesday (terrible movie, BTW).
Tuesday, January 17 - We stayed up late and watched a movie after the girls were in 
bed. I usually like SJP, but we both hated this movie. It was all we could do to finish it!

Wednesday, January 18 - I went to Billy's with a friend for lunch. I don't look at the menu. It is always 
Billy's Chicken sandwich with cheese and onion straws. Wanna know the best part? WHITE BBQ SAUCE!

I could eat her!!
Thursday, January 19 - Josh & Ella went to the high school basketball game.
Sophie & I stayed home, ate Burger King and watched cartoons. She's a ham.

good books = good movie. date night with SD.
Friday, January 20 - Date night! We had Chick-fil-A and I smuggled my extra large sweet tea
into the movie theater. We had free tickets from a snafu several months ago and we saw The Girl with 
the Dragon Tattoo. It wasn't as good as the books, but I really enjoyed it. Even if it was a lot graphic.

I heart smashed potatoes.
Saturday, January 21 - I cooked hamburger steak, shoepeg corn and smashed 
potatoes for dinner. Terrible picture, fantastic dinner. Two little girls helped me 
cook and we sat together at the table for the first time all week!

Thanks for stopping by again this week. Don't forget to visit Between the Lines to check out week three of Project 365.

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