Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
After the R.S. festivities, I went to K-Mart for their last day of "Coupon Doubling." I spent a ridiculous amount of time there trying to figure out what the actual price of items were due to the complete lack of organization at the Tallahassee K-Mart; which is why I never go there unless I know it's worth the hassle of sorting through the chaos. Anyway, this will be the 4th year that Jacob and I have been married and still no Christmas tree. I'm totally disappointed, but I went ahead and splurged on a few boxes of Christmas lights, because we have never had those either. They had a particular line that was 50% off this week.
When I got home, I grabbed Kaitlyn and went to our local Publix. Santa was there in all his fuzzy, red glory. Katie was not too impressed. No matter how many employees were coaxing her to go to him, she just stared at him with indifference. One lady, pictured below, even showed her what to do.
After we grabbed a couple of necessities, we went back home and I strung up the lights. Besides almost being scared to death by the ugliest, largest and most lethal looking of unknown insects I have ever seen, I think it turned out alright. Here is the finished product.
Well, I hope everyone is getting in the holiday spirit. The Christmas season is such a beautiful time of year. It's a little easier to keep your thoughts and actions on the right paths. I love it!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
One thing we have learned so far this holiday season is to be terrified of the annual "Holiday Portrait" of our children. We only have one child... and the possibility of the Riebow-Crosby genes combining to create a duplicate Tasmanian Devil holds strong in my mind.
But as I mentioned before, we have learned that Kaitlyn will be taking a sabbatical from solo portrait sessions. She is incapable of sitting still for even 2 seconds! Thereby making the entire "Portrait Sitting" session a test of patience for both parent and photographer. A parental unit will have to be in the picture from now on to keep a nice, firm grip on the Katie Belle. The fact that there ended up being any shots of her in focus and not just as a red blur was a miracle. I was pleasantly surprised while Jake was completely dissatisfied.
The one on the top is a classic Kaitlyn kiss/hug with her doggies but is rarely caught on camera.
I thought that the setup for the two on the bottom was a little cheesy, but she thought the entire situation was fascinating and hilarious. In fact, she was the one who started dunking the fake cookies in the fake milk glass! Where did she pick that up?! My previous nights as a Riebow were filled with Chips Ahoys dunked in milk, but as a married lady I rarely indulge in packaged cookies. Kaitlyn's "Riebow Instincts" must have kicked in.
I think they're cute, Jacob just shrugs his shoulders in indifference. Oh well, we'll try again next year.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
to go to the Temple and visit the grandparents.
On Saturday, we went to Grammie and Poppa Crosby's
and found this! Kaitlyn had a blast!
She passed some around to everyone. She's a good sharer.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
At 5:30am we set out for our journey to Albany, New York! Why Albany you ask? Because that is where Gwen is! Gwen is our little niece/cousin that was born on March 21st, 2008 that we had yet to meet in person. Gwen lives with her Mommy & Daddy, Jared and Ashley Crosby (Jared is Jake's younger brother).
After one layover and two sleeper holds for a squirming toddler, we landed in Albany around 2pm. We picked up our rental car and we were off to see New York in the fall!
The weather was beautiful when we landed!
you should definitely see New England in the fall.
Thursday, October 16th: A Historic Gathering-
This morning Gwen and Kaitlyn had their first playtime together. Gwen was very well behaved. Her cousin, on the other hand, wanted everything Gwen had and would promptly take it away from her. Gwen would sit quietly and contently when such a crime occurred. Despite the thievery, the two cousins did love sharing kisses with one another.
That afternoon, we set off with Aunt Ashley and Gwen to visit the New York State Museum. Our real intention was to ride the Carousel they have on their 3rd floor, but a little history on the side couldn't hurt us right? Wrong. Kaitlyn had her first public tantrum. Yea! She threw herself on the floor and began rolling and rolling! I was very grateful that we were there on a weekday and that there were very few people in the museum.
We also got to play on one of the original subway cars. Kaitlyn's favorite feature was the stairs. Up and down she climes, over and over again.
We also got to learn a little about Sesame Street! Kaitlyn's favorite show. This was one of her few happy moments at the museum.
In the car we saw Gwen going to town chewing on her favorite toy....
an empty, plastic Ricotta Cheese cup. Mmmmm, mmmmm.
Friday, October 17th: Time for an Adventure-
We ventured out into the backyard today. Jared and Ashley have a beautiful backyard and Kaitlyn thoroughly enjoyed it. She loved picking up the leaves and handing them to Aunt Ashley.
She also liked swinging on the swing on her belly and spinning it around.
Later that afternoon, once the babies were energized and fed, we headed out to Bowman Orchards. It was a really great trip because Katie finally got to see real, live animals instead of just reading about them!
She LOVED the horses!
Then we went and took a look at the goats and the sheep. We paid a quarter for some cracked corn and they licked it out of our hands. They would keep licking even if your hand was empty. I was distracted taking pictures and didn't even notice that one of the goats had Kaitlyn's entire hand and wrist in its mouth! Luckily, Kaitlyn didn't mind and the goat didn't bite.
We also took a walk through their pumpkin patch and took advantage of their plywood cutouts for some picture ops.
Saturday, October 18th: Saratoga Springs, Here We Come-
We then ate lunch at a cute bakery with delicious sandwiches and even better desserts! Then, we walked down Main Street and window shopped at some cute, overpriced stores. The weather was just a little chilly and windy, but very pleasant when you kept moving.
Sunday, October 19th: Hello, Jack Frost-
After church, Kaitlyn and Gwen started another round of "Kissin' Cousins." Gwen picked up on this habit fairly quickly.
Monday, October 20th: On the Road Again-
We hit the road at 4:30am this morning to make sure we made it to the airport and on our 6am flight. Needless to say, we were sleepy and sad to leave our family! Bye-bye New York Crosbys!