December 2011Back Home Again: December 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

As Promised!

Christmas #1 photos!
Playing with one of the toys we got him.
Opening presents with Great Uncle Bill
Future drummer?
Complete madness!
All the grandkids
Ewan's new favorite thing
Aaand he's done!

I can't wait for Christmas with my family this weekend!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas #1

Alan and I had our little Christmas with just us and Ewan on Friday. We went to Alan's family for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year. I will admit that I was pretty upset that Ewan's first Christmas wasn't with my family. However, I tried to make the best of it because we're going to see my family to celebrate Christmas and Ewan's birthday this weekend.

We got to Louisville Saturday around noon and hung out at Alan's parents for a bit before going to his aunt's house for the Higgins extended family Christmas Eve dinner. I had never been before and it was ok. There were tons of people there that I didn't know, but they all loved Ewan! Probably the highlight of the evening was when I got to play around on their piano after a lot of people had left. I was surprised that I was able to read both the right and left hand....together!

We then went to Alan's grandparent's house, where we all exchanged gifts. I knew that Ewan was getting TONS of stuff from his grandparents, but he still got a decent amount from his great-grandparents, great great grandma and great aunts and uncles. Alan and I got a couple gift cards and some cash. I took lots of pictures!

Christmas morning we spent with Ewan and his cousin Jayden opening their gifts from Santa. Alan's other brother came over with his wife and kids around noon and we had lunch then opened the gifts from his parents and brothers. Let me just say the amount of gifts there was ridiculous! They bought Ewan more gifts than we did! He didn't make it through opening all of his gifts and I wound up opening the rest after everyone had left. I think all the people, noise and paper he wasn't allowed to eat was too much for him. He got lots of toys and TONS of clothes. We have to ration his toys throughout the rest of the year ha!

And Ewan just woke up so I will have to post pictures later. Night all!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I Am Completely Disgusted and Appalled

 I am completely disgusted and appalled at this. What kind of person can do this to a child, especially at Christmas?! I know that you never truly know what someone can do, but this drives that point right home.
You know what's scary? I'm originally from Ft. Wayne, where this happened. I know exactly where this occurred. We used to drive by there all the time to go to the lake when I was a kid. It just blows my mind that someone could do this.

When I read what happened today, I wanted to throw up. I still do. My heart breaks for this family.

Monday, December 26, 2011

2011 in Review

I "borrowed" this from my friend Rachel's blog

1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before? had a baby, had surgery

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? no I didn't. and yes I WILL!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? besides myself? No. I do know several acquaintances and college friends that gave birth or are currently pregnant.

4. Did anyone close to you die? no

5. What countries did you visit? just the US
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011? a house!
7. What date(s) from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I'm just going to go by months because I'm feeling lazy tonight.
January: Ewan's birth - Ewan meeting his family in IN and KY; February: gallbladder surgery, moving; March: moving across the country from the suburbs to Philadelphia back to Indiana, where I went to college; April: Ewan meeting his Uncle Chris, Aunt Megan and Cousin Jayden; May: meeting up with Mindy in St. Louis, Ewan's first lake weekend; June: having to spend TWO WEEKS away from my baby!; July: Ewan's first 4th of July at the lake; August: spending 2 weeks by myself with Ewan while Alan was in Arkansas; September: Chris, Megan and Jay moving to Evansville; October: our anniversary trip to NC, Alan's birthday; November: Ewan's first Thanksgiving, Mary's wedding; December: my 30th birthday; Ewan's first Christmas

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Ewan

9. What was your biggest failure? gaining all the weight I lost and then some back after Ewan was born
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I've had more colds this year than ever before!
11. What was the best thing you bought? hmm...I can't think of anything for myself
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? everyone who has supported us
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? no one that I can think of offhand or nothing more that would upset me than usual

14. Where did most of your money go? moving, Ewan

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? watching Ewan experience things for the first time

16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2011? I can't really think of anything sadly other than songs I sing to Ewan

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder? I'd say about the same. I'm happier in some ways, but it hasn't been an easy year
ii. thinner or fatter? fatter sadly
iii. richer or poorer? richer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? relaxing and not been so angry a lot of the time

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? worried about money

20. How did you spend Christmas? We had our Christmas with Ewan and the cats on the 23rd here in Evansville. Since it was Alan's family's turn this year, we went to Louisville the morning of Christmas Eve and went to his aunt's house that evening for the extended family dinner. Then we went over to his grandparents and exchanged gifts there. Christmas morning, Jay and Ewan opened their gifts from Santa before Alan's other brother came over with his family for lunch. Once they got there, we had lunch and exchanged gifts there. We are doing Christmas with my family this coming weekend.
21. Did you fall in love in 2011? with my little boy!

22. How many one-night stands? One year I’m just going to delete this question…

23. What was your favorite TV program? Friends (my favorite tv show ever!), Glee, House Hunters, Property Virgins, The Amazing Race

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? No
25. What was the best book you read? Ha! I haven't read a book since before Ewan was born
26. What was your greatest musical discovery? Wolfgang Orchestra here in Evansville. I can't wait to join the band again!

27. What did you want and get? a healthy baby boy, my KitchenAid Mixer!
28. What did you want and not get? to lose a lot of weight

29. What was your favorite film of this year? hmm...I'd have to say either Bad Teacher or the last Harry Potter film...I haven't had a chance to see many films
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 30 :( Alan and I went out with some friends the weekend before. I took a vacation day on my actual birthday and got a haircut, did a little Christmas shopping and just had a quiet day to myself

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? no post partum depression
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011? comfort and finding things that fit since I've gained so much weight that hardly any of my clothes fit me anymore

33. What kept you sane? nothing haha!

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? no one

35. What political issue stirred you the most? the environment
36. Who did you miss? Friends that I don’t get to see often, my family

37. Who was the best new person you met? Sarah

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011: a baby really does change everything!

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your yea: I'm too tired to think of one!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Early Christmas Present

I got my KitchenAid mixer!!!!!!

I will be honest. I suspected Alan had bought it for me since he wouldn't tell me how much he spent on gifts Black Friday. He's so sneaky. He had it shipped to his parents and had them wrap it. He brought it back to put under the tree and told me it was a gift they got Ewan. The only reason I got to open it early was because I had made a comment about how I read on LiveJournal about peoples' mixers leaking grease and such. So he let me open it so I could decide whether or not to return it. Otherwise, I would've gone on believing that it was a gift for Ewan. Of course I'm gonna keep it!

Now I just need a bigger kitchen so I can set it out and start using it.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Train

We let Ewan open one of his presents early, his Christmas train. He loves it! Whenever Santa says ho ho ho, Ewan tries to say it too. He also dances when it plays music by bouncing his butt or kicking his legs. Way too cute!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My 30th Birthday

I've delayed blogging about my 30th birthday because, well, I'm really upset that I'm 30! My actual birthday was Monday, but I celebrated with friends on Saturday night. I took Ewan to Louisville to stay with his grandparents for the weekend on Friday night. It was so nice to have an uninterrupted night's sleep!

Saturday night we went to RiRa for dinner with several friends and my brother and sister-in-law. Then we went to the boat for a bit before heading to Stockwell's for the rest of the night. Sadly everyone but Rachel lost their money in the slots...I was so mad at myself because I was up almost $20 and should've cashed out. Oops! We spent the majority of the night at Stockwell's just hanging out. I haven't been there in years and it's EXACTLY as I remember it. I think Chris and Megan were scared though! We were all impressed (well except Megan and Chris, who are babies compared to us old folks!) that we stayed out to after midnight haha!
All of us at RiRa

I took my last vacation day of the year on Monday and since we still sent Ewan to daycare, I got to spend the day all to myself. It was SO NICE! I finished Christmas shopping for Alan and Ewan, went to the co-op to stock up on spices and grains and chopped my hair. I cut off 5.5" and it's now right above my shoulders. I am so glad it's finally gone. I actually have time to straighten it in the morning now! Alan, Ewan and I went to Los Bravos for dinner and then we stopped by Kohl's on the way home so Alan could pick up some gloves and I got a new black purse. Even though I cannot believe I am now in my 30's and I feel like it's the end of an era (well, it's been over for awhile now, but being THIRTY just cements that fact!), all in all it was a good birthday.

Christopher Pop-In-Kins

Rachel over at That's Life recently posted about starting a new Christmas tradition with Elf on the Shelf. After reading her blog, I thought to myself, "Wow, that's such a neat idea to do with Ewan next year!" I was also thinking about how I could get my hands on one of those sets after Christmas when they're on clearance.

Well, guess what? My sister-in-law gave us her Christopher Pop-In-Kins, which is similar to Elf on the Shelf. Yay!

Friday, December 9, 2011

11 Month Update

Ewan turned 11 months on Monday, my birthday! He is such a vibrant little boy and constantly into EVERYTHING! None of our tables are safe!
He's been pulling up for probably a month now and is starting to cruise along the furniture, mainly the couch and coffee table. He's added to the words he can say, in addition to mom mom, dada, baba (bottle/ball) and uhoh, he's now saying bye bye and hi. He is also such a ham, put a camera in front of his face and he's instantly cheesin'.

I cannot wait for his first Christmas!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

11 Months!

I've been horrible at posting lately, so I thought I would at least post Ewan's 11 month photo. A real update will be coming soon!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

BYOC - Saturday Edition!

It's Bring Your Own Crazy straight from Drazil's Blog.  BYOC is where we answer 5 questions in order to get to know each other better and give our blogging brains a break.

Let’s do a little themed version of where you live and why!

1. Describe the structure you live in. (apartment, condo, house, mansion, cardboard box?)

  I live in a two bedroom townhouse. It's pretty cozy with a husband, almost toddler and two cats. We can't wait to start looking at houses next fall!

2. Describe the city you live in. (population, main attractions)
My city has a population of about 120,000. It's the third largest city in Indiana. I went to college here and moved back last March after being away for 7 years. When I was here for college, I thought there was absolutely nothing to do. I don't know if it's because I have a family now or if Evansville has just grown in terms of culture, but there's a lot more here than just shopping and restaurants now. There's a children's museum, zoo, art museum, hockey team and events associated with the two universities.
3. Why do you live in the town you live in? (job, to get away from a different town, family, schools?)

My husband was offered a job here and we relocated from the Philadelphia area.

4. What’s the view like from your backyard?'s our patio, shed, garden and fence.

5. Repeat question: How has your week been in blogland and in real life?
It's been pretty dead in blogland for the last couple of weeks. But my real life has been crazy busy with work and getting ready for the holidays. I turn 30 (ahh!) on Monday so I've been kind of mopey about it all week (but that's another post!)

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