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...
MERRY CHRISTMAS-TIME AND PRAYERS TO YOU AND YOURS.  

Love,
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!
{chillin}
{rockin} 
{I shake my hair back-and-forth}
{'sup}
{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!