Wednesday, January 26, 2011

a little Christmas catch up!

i do realized it is over halfway thru january, i do. but i would hate to not have some record of the fun times we had this christmas! so, i thought i would do a quick recap...
first of all... i know i already shared our cmas card, but if you have ever taken a kid photo before, you know it's never just 'simple.' so i decided to include a few of the pics that were the pre-cursor to 'the one.' i am sure one day when i have mastered {HA!} the art of photography, the quality of these photos will make me feel queasy. but, seeing as how that is a day far away, i am going to share anyway. and hope that i get to take those photography classes that mikey gave me for cmas sooner than later!

we had fun... we tried a number of different times, this session had just the right amount of sleep, good mood & bribery going, plus mama had her new camera!
i must say 3.5 is a FUN age for cmas festivities! we visited with santa at the junior league breakfast with santa. giles was intrigued and not scared, which definitely made for a good morning. he was the first one to sit in santa's lap. he asked for scissors and markers. santa listened... he got both.
mikey & gilesy at JL breakfast w santa
there are those scissors and markers!

taking a little detour before sharing all of the cmas fun... we actually had a sad cmas eve morning... we unexpectedly lost our 14yr old yellow lab. we let george {our yorkie} out in the back yard to go potty around 6:40-6:45am. he's a mouthy little critter & so it was not unusual at all for him to bark A LOT to come back inside. we actually made a special request to santa to come a day early, on cmas eve morning, since we would be traveling early on cmas day morning. he complied! so, while george was going potty, giles was discovering what santa brought. well, one can only take so much of george yapping, so he wasn't out very long. but it was strange. when mike went to open the door to the deck to let george in, he wouldn't come. he was standing in the middle of the deck, not by the door like he normally does when he wants to come in. mike went out to see what his issue was. george led him down the steps and around the side of the deck. saint was in the grass, very swollen & moaning. the whole episode lasted a short while with the conclusion being that my sweet friend lucy {who is also a vet} came to see if there was anything that could be done. it was so very sad. his stomach had twisted, a condition called bloat. lucy kindly drove mikey & saint to the vet.  we miss that 'ol doofus!
saint 1996-2010
on a lighter note...
we were fortunate to be able to celebrate with both sides of the family. we were with mike's family on cmas eve. giles is very into cars and his sweet cousin lauren made sure he had plenty... like a tube of FIFTY of them! and he also loves his tools... so his aunt & uncle got him a set of about THIRTY of them... and we mentioned that he might enjoy some track for his cars... so he got a hot wheels case that is a fold up 'on-the-go' type set--- that comes with some crazy car-eating shark? can't explain. i don't think giles even notices that element... but then again, kids are always more observant than given credit for being... so, hopefully he won't be scarred from the man-eating shark creature... i mean he's handling scooby-doo and all the mystery machine antics just fine! he loved every. single. present. like really, plays with them--- by himself even! he loves to pretend. he is very self-sufficient with play time.
i actually am just now realizing that i didn't take one single picture at the burnett family cmas eve celebration! i am sure you can imagine... the chaos of about twelve people all opening gifts at the SAME time!!!
at mass, which followed after cmas eve dinner and presents with mike's family, we had a bit of a scare. fr holloway {we went to the university parish church for this mass due to time of mass and our travel schedule, so, not our regular parish church} invited all of the children to come up to the altar for the homily. he was going to read them a book about the christmas story. well, giles had been on "GO" all day, he was 'dressed up', tired, hungry {who stops playing with toys to eat?!?!?} and going without a nap... that makes for an interesting recipe for a toddler. anyway! so, fr holloway extends this invite to the kids. giles is up for it and heads on down several pews to the front of the church. by the altar. not too far from fr holloway. but not quite close enough for him to be captivated by the story? maybe? because after a few minutes of seeing the top of his blond mop in one spot in the crowd of kids... you see it traveling a bit. towards the 'child-sized' nativity. this nativity is about toddler height. and seems to be attracting one right in front of me! i am a bit panicked. fr holloway is somewhat 'no frills'--- i just can't see him being too thrilled with the distraction--- if he had been aware. but somehow giles kept a low profile and more importantly, didn't permanently rearrange the nativity OR bring back a piece or two to the pew... i felt a little closer to Jesus after that episode ;).
on cmas day we headed to memphis to celebrate a little more. it was great being there. giles likes the 24/7 life of having 4 'brothers and sisters' {actually, cousins} and all of their friends around. he just gets so excited about playing with them! and they are very, very good with him. very patient & entertaining.
james & giles

giles, helen anne & anna jane

 i love the time spent with family. as you can see, there was an attempt to play 'memory' with giles... it lasted a very short time... but at least i have captured the attempt- ha ha ha!!!
we had a great holiday & are so very grateful for the time spent with our families. to think that all this cmas stuff {the commercial part} goes on & it is all in *honor* of our savior... i know that the presents are a big part of the fun of the family gathering, i enjoy that part a lot! but what really gets me, like gives me chills or makes my eyes tear up at random times, is that we are all brought *together* during this time. and i think Jesus is most pleased to see families come together & break bread and remember what is really important. like every other year, i have my mind set on keeping the season simple & reverent... some days are easier to do that than others... just have to keep putting forth the effort & praying... offering up our failures and shortcomings and vowing to do better... every day... a little bit...can i get an 'amen'? amen! love ya peeps!


Friday, January 21, 2011


i guess i had hoped a cute new blog would suddenly insure that i had great topics, time for photos, time to write, etc... did i really think that would happen? lol... well, it didn't...
ron-sir and stephen

with that being said, i do have a great topic to blog about... you see, the world has passed on a wonderful man into the loving hands of our savior. 'ron sir' was my sister's father-in-law.  I believe he acquired that name from his oldest grandchild Katie when she was first learning to talk. He was married to haha, and I think Katie coined that name for her as well. Ron and betty were married for over 50 years. They raised two wonderful children, Teri & Stephen. I am fortunate to call Stephen my brother. He is married to my sister Helen Anne & they have four fantastic kids {anna jane, Nicholas, Cecilia & james}.
At ron’s funeral mass, he was remembered, honored & revered in a most beautiful way. Msgr John McArthur spoke of the wonderful Ron-Sir. In fact, at one point he said “Ron certainly…” something, don’t remember because as soon as he said that Ron’s nickname “ron-sir” immediately popped in my head. It was so funny to me. I remember thinking, did anyone else just hear that like I did? And then I zoned out into a little dialogue in my head of all of the great things Ron “sirtainly” was. He was funny, clever, a lover of music, smart, savvy, a sharp dresser, a devoted- and I mean devoted!- daddy and husband. He was a brother, father, husband, son, child of God. Just an amazing human being. Loved by lots of folks. Missed by lots of folks.
He’s left a gaping hole in the lives of those he was closest to. One that time will help to heal, but slowly; painful at times, two steps forward one back, seemingly not at all at times… He’s ‘sirtainly’ in Heaven, he’s ‘sirtainly’ our guardian angel and he ‘sirtainly’ led a life that was full, effective, exciting & real. He lived. And he continues to do so in our hearts and minds, in the memories we have, the pictures we treasure & the love that he shared and we felt.
We ‘sirtainly’ miss you Ron-Sir…

Monday, January 10, 2011

lookin' good...& PT

hi friends & fam... welcome to my newly designed blog! my new cyber-friend julie did a wonderful job helping me to pull it off... i have a lot of work to do to make the content match the fun design!
i am tired of centering my content... so that's off the table, ...until i miss it. =)
soooo much has gone on in life since my last post! i plan to recap the highlights asap... but the biggest highlight, and i do mean *biggest highlight* of my life has occurred in the past 24 hours. giles is pull-up free!!! i think we've officially conquered potty training! i toyed with opening a brand new big pack of huggies pull ups for a few days. we even went so far as to use a few reserve diapers so as not to have to open a new pack... but, i guess opening them was the tipping point ;)... open pullups = potty trained!
so far, we've had 1 full sleep overnight & currently we're testing the market for naps. i think he's pretty darn proud of himself, so it seems to be the real deal. we've been accident free for about a month now, and that has been a big ol boost to him feeling successful with the potty.
i can't say that we followed this advice specifically, but sarah has definitely got a good grip on parenting and the advice is worth a read if that is a current, or soon to be current, issue: potty training with sarah!

we had a most fantastic christmas season... it came & went much faster than i would have liked. giles being 3 1/2 made a big difference in the joy of christmas. he just really enjoyed it this year and that made it even more fun for us. he loved sharing that it was jesus' birthday to anyone and everyone... i love that he gets that!!! {well, as best as he can}. he loves telling people what HE got for JESUS' birthday... i think he was quite pleased with getting presents on someone else's special day.
our christmas card...

thanks for checking in with the peeps... basket orders are already starting to come in for which i am so very, very grateful! i love painting baskets for little peeps. it is just so much fun to me. i didn't neccesarily have a *special* easter basket growing up, but i did have a stocking that was handmade just for me. and i really loved that stocking. it was just really meaningful to me that someone took the time to make something with my name on it, just for me. so, i feel good when i am making these baskets; that someone will enjoy knowing that they have an easter basket that has been made especially for them.