Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years...100 Posts...Favorites...Whoo Hoo!!

Wow guys!  How perfect did this turn out?  I am writing my 100th blog post on the last day of 2011!  Really, I have nothing too terribly special planned for this post.  It will be my typical ramblings, with something new I've been meaning to post each month for the past few I guess we'll start with that.

I've seen a monthly favorites list on A LOT of blogs I read.  I've always wanted to post my own list, but I either a.) forget until approx. the 15th of the following month, b.) can't come up with a list.  Lucky for all of you, there are a few things I would be more than happy to share on my December Favorites list. 

I bought these recently, and I'm IN LOVE with them!  They are super comfy, and keep my tootsies nice and toasty.  They are great boots.

I bought a Kindle Fire recently as well, and I am totally hooked.  I really want to start reading every night before bed like I used to.  I really miss reading!  I can't wait to use this a lot more. :)

This is one of my favorite winter treats!  I love this beer bread mix...I always stock up for the winter.  Mmmmm, I could go for some right now actually.  Good stuff!

That was fun.  I may have to do that more often, if I can remember. haha :)

I really can't believe it's New Years Eve, yeesh, where did this year go?  I can't believe how fast the time has gone.  We don't have big plans for this New Years, and I'm completely OK with it.  I plan on relaxing with Darren and Ryder, eating pizza, and watching some movies.  Who knows if I'll even stay up to ring in the new year.  Knowing me, I'll be asleep by 9, haha.   
2011 has been such a wonderful year.  Sure, there have been some ups and downs, but all in all, it was amazing!  I got to spend this last year with my baby boy and the rest of my awesome family/friends.  It doesn't get better than that! Not to mention, I discovered that I have deep passion/love for photography, and I am so thankful for all of the love and support everyone has given me with it.  It's been an amazing journey so far, and I can't wait to see where it takes us. 

And no, I don't have resolutions.  I never make them.  I just feel like what happens, happens, and what doesn't, doesn't.  It is what it is, you know? :)  Nothing against those that make resolutions; I think it's great that you do!  It's just not my thing.

Well, that's all I have for this 100th blog post spectacular.  Sorry it wasn't more monumental, but that's how the cookie crumbles sometimes.

Everyone have a very safe and happy New Year!!!  Thanks for reading these last 100 posts.  I look forward to posting many more for all of you! Much love! <3

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Catch-Up

Sooo, I know I'm way behind.....sorry.  This week after work, I kind of put my computer "alone" time on hiatus.  I realize this makes me a horrible blogger...again, I'm sorry.  However, I have lots of pictures to share, so I'm sure you'll all forgive me by the end of this post.  :)

Christmas was amazing!  Of course, we were all completely spoiled and received way too much, but really, that's not what Christmas is about.  For me, Christmas is about being with family and enjoying the holidays together.  We definitely did plenty of that!  I was excited for Ryder to open his gifts this year.  Since he was only a little over two weeks old last year around Christmas, I was eager to see how he would react.  Basically, he would rather play with an old dish towel than open gifts, let alone play with any of his new loot.  Now, I'm sure next year we'll be singing a completely different tune.....even though Ryder wasn't really "into" it, I think he still enjoyed himself, and he definitely had a great Christmas.

Here he is Christmas morning, ready to see what Santa brought!

Santa brought Ryder a new Toy Story toy box, loaded with toys, and some new clothes.

Santa also brought Ryder the Little People Zoo.  

He actually really likes this "fill and dump" wagon that Darren and I got him.  It comes with blocks that you can fill into the back,

As you can see, he'd rather play with Mickey's toys than his own....

After this, we went over to Gridley to Darren's side to eat lunch.  Sorry, there are no pictures of seems someone (ahem, me) forgot my camera.  Shame shame!  

After Gridley, we went over to mom and dad's to finish out the Christmas festivities.  It was a nice evening...I was able to put on my comfy clothes and relax.  I love laid-back nights/holidays like that. 

Mom always has a very pretty tree.  She is good at decorating. :)

Ryder got a little bag chair.  He seemed to like it!!
Thank you to Uncle Jeffro and auntie Kinzey for his new Pumas!  I can't wait till he fits into them! :)

He loves those little chuck trucks!  He has a ton of them.

In my stocking, I got this neat little Yoda marshmallow lollipop!  Mom also got us some Star Wars books!!  Yes, I know, I'm a geek.  Proud of it! 'Nuff said...

This one is a Storm Trooper marshmallow lollipop that was in Darren's stocking.

This is another gift I always look forward to.  I collect snowmen, and mom gets me a new one every year for Christmas!  

There were more pictures, more gifts, and much more family fun, but as always, I don't want to bore you with all of that.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and enjoyed spending it with your families/loved ones.  That's really what it's all about!!

P.S.  I have the best hubby EVER!  I am now the proud new owner of a Kindle Fire.  I must say, it's pretty awesome.  I miss reading, so I can't to load some books on it and jump back into reading every night.  

That's all I got, folks.  Have a good night, and thanks for reading!

OH--so I lied....I wanted to mention one more thing:  S & D Maurer Photography is now booking sessions for 2012; January-May.  These sessions can be in our in-home studio, or at a location of your choice.  Sessions can be for any occasion: newborn, baby/toddler, couple, family, engagement, maternity, etc.  Wedding info can also be provided upon request.  Please see our website for more information.  You can also check out our Facebook page for more information.

Thanks again for all of your support!! :)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Time

Well, it's Christmas time....but it really doesn't feel like it.  This is one of the only times of year I wish for that fluffy white stuff on the ground.  Instead, we get to look out our windows and look at all of the lovely dead foliage....yay....

Tonight, some of the family (mom, dad, Jeffro, Kinzey, Aunt Lorri and Frank) all came over for our yearly tradition of homemade pizza and first viewing of "A Christmas Story."  I love it!!!  It's been a WONDERFUL night with family.

On another note, we did some arranging in our in-home photo studio today, and we decided to have a little fun and take pictures of the stinker.  He was pretty cooperative, for the most part anyway. :)

I am so excited for Ryder to see his gifts tomorrow!  I'll be sure to post pictures of all of the events.

Everyone have a wonderful and safe Christmas!  As always, thanks for reading!!  :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"You'll shoot your eye out!"--A Christmas Story

You all probably thought I had abandoned the movie-related posts for good, huh?  Sorry...I had to re-visit the topic, especially since Christmas is so close.  I thought I would mention of a few of my favorite Christmas movies! :)

A Christmas Story

This movie is hilarious.  It doesn't matter how many times I've seen it, or how many times my family has seen it, every Christmas Eve at 7pm, we crowd around the TV to watch the start of the Christmas Story marathon on TBS.  It's a tradition we've done for years....and it includes homemade pizza. YUM-O!

Christmas Vacation

This movie is also hilarious!  I just watched it last night with Darren.  I love when Chevy Chase goes on his long rant about bringing his boss to his house after he doesn't get a bonus.  Hysterical!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

I love Rudolph.  But, the movie HAS to be this version, Rankin/Bass.  We watch it every year.  Christmas doesn't seem complete unless I've watched this at least once!

Home Alone/Home Alone 2

I've grown up with these two movies, and they NEVER get old.  I really hope Ryder enjoys them once he gets a little older, so we can watch them together as a family!

Some of these choices may be cliche, but I think I've concocted a pretty legit Christmas movie list. :)

 Have a great day, and thanks for reading!

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Christmas Gatherings Begin...

Yesterday we had Christmas with Darren's mom, brother and grandparents.  We had steak, baked potatoes, salad and a bunch of other goodies.  It was a great day with family!  Here are some pictures I took...

Looking at the tree that was out on the porch

He loved playing with that Cabbage Patch doll...haha

He's so funny

Opening gifts with Grandma Lisa

I love his facial expressions

Surprised about something 

What a little doll face :)

Trying to play with Darren's phone

Ryder and Grandma Lisa

He was sitting with Uncle Daniel and clapping for all of us

Ryder with great Grandpa and Grandma Stephens 

That's all for now I guess.  Have a good night, and thanks for reading! :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Picture Fun and Cookie Day

So, the past few days I've been having some fun taking pictures of some of our Christmas decorations around the house.  Here are a few examples....

View from the bottom of our big tree, looking straight up

This is the center piece on our dining room table, with our smaller Christmas tree in the background.  Love this one!

I blurred the snowman and the center piece and put all emphasis on our small tree and the lights.

Today, me, mom, and Aunt Lorri got together for cookie day!! More family was going to come, but couldn't because she had gotten sick. :(  It was still fun!! We had a blast and made a bunch of goodies to share!

I made chili for all of us to eat today 

Mmmmm sooo goooooood

Aunt Lorri, me and mom getting ready to start the baking!

This picture jumps ahead about 4 hours after all the baking was done.  Kinzey was able to make it over to help finish decorating the sugar cookies we had baked.  We had a great time!

Ryder enjoyed the cookies too

We were sugar cookie decorating fools!

Ryder just had to get up close and personal with the decorating action

I think he just wanted more cookie :)

Now begins my journey into food photography....haha....these are the chocolate brownie barkle things we made.  Good stuff!

Mmmmm peanut blossoms....

Iced sugar cookies

Non-iced sugar cookies

We also made three different kinds of chocolate covered pretzels, and these things called magic bars.  Everything is super good, and I can't wait to enjoy some of it. :)

Tomorrow, we have a family Christmas gathering with Darren's family, so it should be a fun day with family.

Everyone have a great night, and thanks for reading!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ryder's 1st Birthday Party!

As promised, here are some pics from Ryder's birthday party this past Sunday.  I'll only post a few...don't want to bore you with 60+ pics. I took some of them, and Frank was kind enough to take more with my camera. :)

Here's the birthday boy :)

Lovin' on his big monkey

Miss Sylvia having fun with a balloon

Monkey/jungle theme for the party 

First present to be opened (I did all of the opening....Ryder wanted nothing to do with it, haha)

He was pretty happy during the party

He loved playing with some of his new toys

The piles starting to accumulate

Even more toys.....

I think he's satisfied :)

One of his gifts from me and Darren was the Rock n' Roll Elmo.  I love his expression in this pic!  I think he was excited about this one.  It totally made my day! :)

I still don't know where this is all supposed to go in our house.....

Cake time!  He didn't want to touch it himself.

We had to dig into it and feed it to him.  He's weird about touching things, especially food.  Oh well, he liked the cake we fed to him! 

Darren and Ryder 

Me and Ryder

The party was a lot of fun, and I just want to thank all of our family and friends that came and helped us celebrate our little guy's first birthday!!  It was great to see all of you, and I know Ryder had a blast as well!

In other news, Ryder had his 1 year appt. this past Friday.  Here are his stats:

Height: 30.25 inches--65th percentile
Weight: 24.5 lbs--70th percentile

He did OK with his shots, but now that he's aware of what's going on, the tantrum afterwards has gotten a lot worse.  But, he usually calms down in a few minutes. :)

After his appt. we went to the mall to do a bit of shopping and take Ryder to see Santa.  Here is the picture we

Poor little guy was terrified....didn't want anything to do with it.

That's all I have for you all tonight.  Have a great evening, and thanks for stopping by! 

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