Monday, December 17, 2007
Our Christmas cards finally are out... it took me forever to decide which pictures to use! There's just too many cute ones of Georgia! Actually- I'll confess- I tried to do a picture with Bernie the basset hound, and Georgia together... not such a good idea! Bernie thought it was a game, and even when I tried to bribe him with cookies, he spent the whole time sniffing my pockets or drooling on Georgia, waiting for the cookie. Then Georgia got mad I was making her sit still, and that Bernie kept jumping around and drooling on her. Plus, it was in the middle of the heat wave we had last week, and I had her dressed in thick snowflake tights and a Christmas dress in the backyard! Sooo, we scrapped that plan and went with a cute picture previously taken (above)! Here's a few you WON"T see on our card...
Please sit together and smile this way!
This one will make my mom cringe, but I just think it's so cute when she cries like this!
I tried to bribe her with my watch, but she just wanted to eat it... not cute.
I love this one- those big blues! This was our runner-up.
I love Christmas cards. I love sending them and I love getting them every year. Larry bah-humbugs and says they're a scheme from Hallmark, but I ignore him! He still enjoys getting them. As someone who is very bad at keeping in touch, I love the chance to reconnect, even thru a simple "Merry Christmas, love Us". Especially this year, with so many of our friends having had babies. I love those picture cards- we are some proud mamas and papas!
I hope you are enjoying this holiday time, and the sweet Christmas cheer coming to your mailbox. If ours did not reach you, I apologize, and please consider this your own personal
Merry Christmas from The Hipps!!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Georgia met Santa today! It's quite an event, meeting the Christmas elf. We all line up, with the kiddos dressed in their Christmas clothes, hair brushed and faces scrubbed. As you get closer you can see Santa and watch the kids get their picture taken. About every other kid screams and cries, refusing to sit with Santa, and all the parents in line get more and more anxious that their kid will be a screamer. The kids pick up an this anxiousness, and start getting jumpy and fussy. By the time you get up to the big guy, you all just want to get it over!
Thankfully, our visit was pleasant! Georgia was more excited about seeing all the other"big kids" in line and "talking" to them, than seeing Santa. But she sat on his lap- no smiles, but no tears either! She just seemed intrigued, like she wasn't sure what she was supposed to do now. We got our pictures, got some lunch and made it back home for a nap! A successful Santa introduction!
Thanks to Larry's cousins Jaclyn and Joseph for coming with us, and especially to Jaclyn for telling us about this great Santa!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Last night we had Christmas with Matt & Sandy Phelps, some good friends of ours, and Georgia's honorary "aunt and uncle". We had a great dinner and had fun hanging out, but the best part was watching Georgia open her first Christmas present! At first I think she thought the box WAS the present, which she was just fine with- she was enjoying climbing over it! Then we showed her how to rip the paper off- wow! that's fun too!! And THEN- there was a super fun hippo push cart inside! Watch out- here she goes!!! (see video below)
Thanks for a great time last night, Phelps, and for the great presents- we'll take you up on the babysitting for our date soon! Thanks for ALL you guys have done for us this past year, and being special friends!
Monday, December 10, 2007
Looking down the canal...
All dressed up to see the children's Christmas Program.
I'll take the wheel, Grandad!
Georgia with Grandad, Grammie & Uncle Wes:
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Today Georgia had an awesome nature lesson! We went with mom and dad to the Crystal Springs Preserve in Zephyrhills, FL- a 500+ acre nature preserve, home to the same springs Zephyrhills Water bottle their water from. Aunt Karen, our long-time family friend and my mom's college roomie, designed and built the park, and now manages it and leads educational tours thru it. It was awesome to get to see what she's done and the wonderful natural treasure the park is. Georgia got to see the river and the springs, walk thru the woods and over boardwalks, and meet both a tortoise and butterfly face to face!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Georgia is enjoying her first visit to the Sunshine state! We've gotten to hang out with family and friends, play with the dogs and cat, take a bath in the BIG tub with the 50 or so ducks Grammie has been collecting, and even help pick out their Christmas tree. Georgia has, of course, been the center of everything, but I think she has most enjoyed chasing the cat around the house!
Enjoy these pictures- more will go into her album soon...
Georgia likes this tree, Grandad.
Can I have a ducky to play with?
I'm all clean, Grandad!
Dressed in pj's and ready for Grammie's snugglin!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I am thankful for my sweet family-
my strong, smart, loving, handsome husband
my sweet, silly, wiggly, beautiful baby girl.
I am thankful for my boisterous basset hound,
with the silky ears, sad eyes and big bark,
to chase the cats out of the backyard.
I am thankful for family that loves and supports me
that love and cherish my sweet baby.
I am thankful for friends that truly care
that open their homes and hearts to us.
I am thankful for the gift of laughter
especially when it comes in the form of sweet silly giggles
from my greatest blessing!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
There is a new bib available in Babies R Us that is pretty good (brand: "Bumkins"). It's plastic, like the good kind that a lot of us have (ours was "Mullins Square Kids"), but a little cheaper- about $5.99. It's not as heavy duty plastic as the other, but seems to work well. They have lots of cute styles and boy/girl colors- which we know is most important! ;)
Just thought I'd pass this along! Here's GA stylin her new bib:
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
And she loves it when Larry plays the guitar for her. She fascinated that her daddy can make that music! She crawls right up to the guitar and tries it herself...
Check out this Double Feature:
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
This past weekend was Larry's annual "guy's weekend", where they take their trucks to an off-road park, camp out and do manly stuff like that. The trip is always highly anticipated, and involves a full year of preperation- mainly added "needed equipment" to their overgrown toys!
This year's trip was at Greyrock, which is a huge off road park just north of B'ham. So Georgia and I, and Laura Broom (another truck wife & good friend of ours) went out there Sat. afternoon to see daddy, take a ride (me, not Ga), and cook out with the guys. It was a beautiful and fun weekend, though the guys froze at night, and we had fun getting to enjoy a little piece of the action with them. And the best part- Larry didn't break anything on the Green Machine!
The Hipps at Greyrock
Speaking of green- Georgia is definitely her grandaddy's granddaughter! For this week's New Food Friday Food, Ga got to try peas- and she LOVES them, like her Grandad! They are now officially her new favorite food! And, thinking they might be some sort of sweet, delicious yummy pea I've never eaten, I tried them- and they are the same ol' yucky peas you hide under your napkin! Guess I won't have to worry about that from Miss Ga! :)
Georgia licks the bowl of peas clean!
And this is just TOO funny not to share- as you've heard, Ga is such a pro at standing up now, she'd rather do that than anything- including NAP. So it may take her a little while to unwind when it's nap time. On such an occasion last week, I went to check on her b/c it had finally gotten quiet, and she had fallen asleep sitting up in the corner of her crib! I think she was standing, got sleepy and slouched down, and, refusing to give up, fell asleep! I waited to see if she was going to fall over on her face, but she didn't- just folded up, head to toes, so I finally laid her down. Such a silly wiggle-monkey!
Sleeping sitting up!
Friday, November 2, 2007
I love you so much I just can't help but tell you all the time! You are so beautiful and funny and smart. You make each day special with your smile!
I love how you wake up in the morning with a big smile, standing at the end of your crib, just excited to start the day!
I love how you get frantic for that first gulp of milk- I still remember too vividly almost forcing your each swallow. You really hated to eat for so long, I cherish your frantic-ness now!
I love how you are learning so much each day and how you are always trying new things, without waiting for anyone to tell you to try them or even show you how! Like standing up with no hands- just leaning your back against the couch! Little daredevil...
I love how you are such an awesome blend of your daddy and me, that only God could have thought to put together. I love looking into your deep blue eyes and seeing your father there. It makes me love you both all the more. You are both smart beyond your age. You even love electronics like him! Who will win the fight for the computer in 15 years? You better both have your own!
And I love how you are like me too- somtimes it's like looking in some kindof time-machine mirror... if that makes any sense. You look so much like my baby pictures, with your big smile and blonde-ing hair. How you love to laugh and giggle, and you try to sing every song even though you don't know any words or melodies yet, and you even sneeze twice like me! And you're just so fun- if I was half this fun growing up, how lucky Grammie and Grandad were! ;)
There is so much I love about you, I could go on for ever. And I find new things every day- like the way you giggle when I become the kissy-monster! And the way you smile when we rub noses. You are such a beautiful and special gift- I thank the Lord every day for you and what a special blessing you are to your daddy and me. We continue to pray for you, my sweet baby, that you will grow and mature in this love we give to you, and know for yourself one day what it is to love this much!
I love you- love, mommy
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Butterfly Georgia, Ballerina Maggie & Goldfish Rollins playing.
Butterfly Ga watches over her sweet flower friends, Tate & Ellie!
Hannah is a mild little chili pepper!
Asher is a handsome frog!
All these pictures are posted in her album... don't miss them!
And Happy Halloween from the Hipps!