Tuesday, December 18, 2012

"Downton Cayman"

So I guess we can officially call it a tradition since Cayman has had her picture made two years in a row at the original downtown Dallas Neiman Marcus Santa Claus!  After a 3rd attempt this week, this trip was less planned, but better executed.  We walked in, third in line, got to see Santa jingle in and get settled in for a long day of snuggling up to excited, panicked and/or in awestruck kiddos (wonder what kind of vitamins he takes this time of year, he should really let us in on the secret cocktail....sniffle) and away we went.  Not much hesitation at all.  Walked right up to him and let me plop her in his lap.  Hallelluah! 

After Santa, we had a nice lunch at the little cafe there at Neiman's with friends Jordan and William.  They just happened to stroll in line behind us!  Cayman and William have been buddies via Play Group for a while, so his name may be familiar to you all.  After a lovely double-toddler lunch and a quick stroll through one of the new downtown parks, we headed home for a long Winter's nap!

This Christmas season has brought heavier hearts to many...

A + H + C + T

"Nothing in life is sure." - Mrs. Patmore, re. Titanic sinking, S1E1, Downton Abbey

bonus mugs:
Saturday at the Perot Museum and pre-Santa attempt #1

1st finger paint project at home - thank you, Staggs cousins! 
Ducks and turtles at NorthPark Center
Sophie and Cayman posing at NorthPark

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mini Mug Sessions

I type this thinking, my goodness, this child is really growing up before our eyes.  Obviously, "Word of the Week Wednesdays" was a bad idea...unbeknownst to me, toddlers reach a point where they are saying / learning 100's of words a week.  There's just no telling what's going to pop out of their mouths next.  Oh well, I'm still shooting for a once a week updates...wish me luck and it's Wednesday again, so here goes.  

{lazy Saturdays}

{sweet Micah McNeill ~ 2nd birthday princess party}
{our princess}


Here is a little mini session taken after I discovered Cayman knew waaayyyy more words to "The Wheels on the Bus" since we sang it last.  She actually had to remind me of one of phrases...had totally forgotten "the horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep".  Guess they are practicing this one at school, ha!
{I shake my hair back-and-forth}
{self explanatory}
{"oh wow"}

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What a season....

Because the Arkansas football season was about as bad as this cute cookie tasted... 

...and in honor of a long season and long-awaited announcement of the new Arkansas football head coach. 

Out with the old...

{love you mom and dad, this is such a great shot} 

...in with the new...

{Uncle Stu, Cousins Reed & Rowan, Aunt Melissa}

...here's to you Bret Bielema!

{drink NUE vodka} 

...cause it's only up from here!

{celebrating before the game, at least it was a close loss}

Sidenote : Uncle John came to visit last night!  He is in town from Columbus, GA for work!  It was soooo good to see you!!!  Thanks for taking some time away to help us sort sponges and dish rags!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Grams & PopPop's Toys!

 We are spending the Thanksgiving holiday in Northwest Arkansas at Grams and PopPop's house.  Since we were here last, they have dug out lots more old treasures!  These toys bring back lots of good memories and they definitely don't make toys like this anymore!  Can not believe they are still mostly in one piece!  Pretty cool that we get to see our little one play with them.  Another big hit is the sticks, grass, leaves and rocks all around.  We don't get out much in Dallas...too many killer mosquitos...still...
And finally, we were blessed with a visit from Nanny (Cayman's Great Grandmother), Aunt Marylin and Uncle Frank!  So happy you guys were able to make the trip! 

Happy Thanksgiving All!

This stool went through a lot!

Sesame Street Play House

Friday, November 16, 2012

Oh WoWwww!

We can tell the holidays are near, busy, busy busy!

"OH WOWWWW!" is Cayman's word this week.  She has said it for a long time, but quite often this past week.

We attended a birthday for our friend Emery last Saturday.  First face painting attempt was a flying success and Cayman was all about the bounce house!  It was nice little group of kids near her age, so she got to bounce herself instead of big kids bouncing her.
Minnie Mouse (Emery) turned 2!

Cayman's cousins from Georgia arrived last night and leave tomorrow, then the cousins from Houston are due in on Sunday.   Photos to come...hopefully.  I always have high hopes to get all together in a shot, but all know how that usually goes.

We are thankful for all of our dear family and friends (you)!

Happy Thanksgiving all!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

WotW : Parks & Pancakes

She literally out ate mom & dad.

A little Game Day made Saturday morning complete.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012



1st TREAT!

What a backdrop...and the rest is obvious.

School today

Getting ready for Trick-or-Treaters


Wednesday, October 24, 2012


So this is growing up...

She didn't seem to mind the costume!


HPUMC Playgroup 2011...we thought it wasn't easy then ;~)

HPUMC Playgroup 2012...look at us now ;~)