Goodbye 2010

{ Nutcracker my sister brought back from her winter trip to Germany }

We had some good times. 2010 wasn’t a perfect year (since there probably isn’t such a thing), but it was a wonderful year. We were happy, healthy, and together as a family. We couldn’t ask for anything more. Looking back, I can’t believe how much Cadence has changed and grown up.

I can’t forget to mention that my favorite show to talk about ever, LOST, also ended in 2010. I can’t believe that either. I sometimes get a little sad when I remember it’s over, but we also got Filipino channels in 2010 that have brought me lots of new dramas to get sucked into.

Here are just some of the things we did last year…

And much, much more!

“…Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure a year in the life? How about love?” – Rent

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2010 Baylor Homecoming Trip Day 2: Waco

Tim ended up being sick all Friday night and Saturday morning. We let the little one sleep until past 11 before Tim decided we would attempt to continue on to Waco after getting ready and stopping for some over the counter medication and a few other items. I offered to drive, but as always, Tim took it for the (family) team.

Cady and I both ended up falling asleep, got startled by some sudden rain, and I fully woke up right before we got to the school. We grabbed a bite at one of my favorite college hangouts, George’s (the very same one in the Pat Green songs), where we heard news from other customers that they cleared the stands at the game due to lightning.

Cady watching a baby at the next table.
Mommy is waking up from her nap in the car, but Cady is ready to eat.
Tim had to take a moment before he could put this happy face on.

We headed up to the school right when it started pouring again, luckily found a spot in the garage by the bookstore, and did a little shopping. The rain cleared up long enough for us to take a few quick photos before having to take cover in the student union building.

I’m guessing it didn’t look like this during the parade.
She was obsessed with these tiny armchairs.
I remember seeing some for about $50 at Garden Ridge.
It would be worth it if it means she’ll sit still for a bit.
Admiring the seal and checking out the homecoming displays in the student union building. This was the backup dress I made in case she couldn’t get into the one I had made her (I’ll try to add a zipper and get her to wear it for a few pics later).
It got cool after the rain, and I’m glad we bought her this weather for the trip (and that I made sure to throw it into my always very full bag).
I would’ve loved to just walk around our beautiful campus to take pictures.
Next time. Hopefully the weather (and our health) will cooperate
There was a lot of puff eating on this trip.
Well they’re really not bad for you, so whatever keeps her happy.
The writing on the building says “Wisdom is better than rubies.”

Since the weather was bad and so was Tim’s condition, we headed back to College Station and actually had a great time just hanging out together at the hotel and snacking on some chicken soup, hotwings, and a fruitcup they sold downstairs.

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2010 Baylor Homecoming Trip Day 1: College Station

Tim put in the pillow. She climbed in and out herself. She’s got the keys already.

The plan was that we would hang out in College Station Friday night, drive up to Waco Saturday, spend the day there, drive back to College Station that night to sleep, and drive back home the next day. That way, we would only be driving a little at a time, and Cady wouldn’t be cooped up in the car too long. Last year, we stayed in Waco and ended up having to stop in College Station each way anyway to take a break, and my sister and her roommates let us hang out at their condo for a little while.

We got off track starting Friday morning because Cady woke up and napped not during her normal schedule around which I had strategically planned the car ride, but that wasn’t too much of a problem. She was in a dancey-good mood listening to Barney until she fell asleep in the car.

She wanted her bunny, pillow pal, and blankie all to be in her lap.
Also, Cady started riding forward facing in October!

We checked into our hotel room and had dinner with my sister, which we followed up with a trip to Cavenders (their store ended up having a way bigger women’s boots selection but no toddler) and the mall where we got a great deal on a cute (Rare Editions regularly $29.99 for $11) dress for Cady and she gave me a hard time (batting with her shoes) while her dad was in the bathroom. Then we just hung out in the hotel before doing the usual bedtime routine and going to sleep.

We were early and didn’t even have to wait (and there was a huge crowd waiting when we left). Tim almost forgot his sunglasses, but luckily, the hostess had them waiting for him when he ran back in.
Playing with keys while Mommy browses boots.

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2010 Baylor Homecoming: The Hotel

Usually, I’m glad to get out of temporary quarters and back home, but I really liked/missed the hotel. We spent most of our trip there. It’s not the most luxurious suite I’ve ever been in, but this one was new and felt really homey to me like I could live there. I felt really comfortable there, but I’m not sure what in particular it was (the lack of clutter perhaps).

It makes me want to get a king size bed, a big headboard, a 42″ flatscreen tv, matching nightstand/lamps, a mini fridge for baby bottles, and a some large framed art/photos. Oh yeah, and one of those big L shaped couches (when we have a bigger place). Sconces, too.

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Homecoming Weekend: Hanging Out At the Hotel: Eating Puffs

I was packing up our stuff Saturday night to make things easier for when we left Sunday. Tim was watching Cady/the tv right above her. He suddenly called me when he saw this mess and what she was doing…

I wasn’t planning on buying these anymore since she’s able to chew now (they basically melt in your mouth), but she pointed them out at the store and apparently still really likes them.
Don’t worry. We didn’t let this go on too long, but it was too cute to us not to capture.

I love (the last photo) when she realized it was empty and started trying to put them back in. Babies are so precious.

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Homecoming Mini-Post: Cady Giggles

Sometimes I take so many pictures I get a little overwhelmed with trying to sort through them. I tend to procrastinate on tasks that seem too large. Doesn’t everybody? It was even the main conflict on the Barney where they travel to Venice.

Anyway, that’s why I’ve gotten lazy about posting pictures on Facebook and haven’t been posting as much as I could be on here (like the pictures from our recent trip to my alma mater). Plus there’s just so many I like, it’s difficult to choose.

However, I particularly love this set of Cady having a giggle-fest while eating Goldfish grahams at the hotel last weekend. She occasionally gets wild with laughter when she needs sleep, and we did let her stay up just a tiny bit later because she did so much sleeping in the car.

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Baylor Baby T Shirt Dress

Yay! I’m so excited to have completed my first baby t shirt dress. I used Lil Blue Boo’s Recycled T Shirt Sienna Dress Pattern that I purchased at her Etsy shop. Cady’s with her grandparents, so I’ll have to update with pictures of her modeling it another time. It turned out great despite one visible mistake that I’m just not in the mood to fix right now, but I’ll probably do it before she actually wears it to homecoming.

Before: two shirts that didn’t fit well anymore

After: a dress for game day!

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Excited About Homecoming

Homecoming last year was pretty good. We kept it low key, and I would say it was a successful first try.

Now Cadence is a little older, and I think she can handle a bit more excitement. I think not having to worry about pumping milk every three hours will definitely make things considerably easier. The fact that she’s not a newborn that sleeps all the time will make the car ride a little more difficult since she’s not one of those babies that just sleeps in the car. Not to mention, she hates being in the car.

Our plan is to break up the drive even though it’s a drive that I would have made without any stops by myself or with just one stop at Dairy Queen or McDonald’s when the speed limit slowed down at one of the small towns. It will make it fun since we’ll get to see different things. Maybe we’ll stop at the ice cream factory, maybe walk around a small town, or maybe check out that outlet mall we’ve never been to.

I’ll definitely be making Cadence a t shirt dress from one of my many old college t’s, and I’m planning on making something a little different for myself.

I’m pretty excited to see everyone, especially my sorority sisters and friends, and visit my favorite hang outs. I would have loved to bring a special cake to my sorority’s tailgate tent, but unfortunately, it’s still pretty hot here in the so-called fall, which means no cakes will survive sitting in a parked car during our road trip adventures. If homecoming were in January, the car would virtually be a refrigerator, but football season would be over, which reminds me: college football starts this weekend!

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School Spirit

We got this cute Baylor dress when we went up to school for the 100th anniversary of homecoming from UBS.


Well, upon closer inspection of the dress, I think it’s just a T-shirt dress like the ones I made for my sister to wear to A&M football games but really, really small. This prompted me to look at some of my old college shirts. I do house quite a college of university and sorority shirts that take up a lot of space in my drawers and I’ve been wondering what to do with. Duh. Recycle. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before, especially after making the T-shirt dresses for my sister and turning my “So Real Cru” shirt into a halter last year.

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