Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Oh there's no place like home for the holidays...

Is Christmas morning always supposed to be chaos?  Ours sure was!  Our family celebrated Christmas at home on Tuesday December 22nd before catching our flight out east to visit the Jamieson clan.  We wanted to have our own, personal, family celebration before all the bigger festivities began.  Our Christmas morning went something like this...
Woke up before Jace and got the coffee started (I am turning into my parents!) and finished up some last minute wrapping.

Woke up our little munchkin and read him the Christmas story from the Bible--something Greg and I started our first Christmas together.

Opened presents!

Made a huge breakfast that could have fed a family of 8 but instead the 3 of us polished it off (hey, I count for 2 right?)

Tried to take in the beauty of the snow falling outside before heading to the airport bound for Rhode Island!

This is what Jace woke up to on our "Christmas" morning. 

He was totally John Deered out!  He got a new John Deere lawn mower...

A new John Deere tool set and tool belt...
I liked this picture because it shows Greg in action putting together Jace's new toy.  Isn't that typical of a Dad Christmas morning?  

Jace also received books, clothes (just what every 1 year old boy wants right?), and a snowsuit from us. 

Here he is enjoying his big breakfast with, of course, his new hammer (he insisted it remain on his tray while he ate).  
Finally, we made it to the airport!  I am ready for a nap at this point!  I am famous for overpacking but ever since they started charging for checked bags on airlines I have tried to just pack the necessities.  After I got done packing the minimal amount of clothes for me (atleast 2 outfits for each day of course), it left room for Greg to pack 1 under shirt, a pair of jeans, and a dress shirt.  Poor guy was stuck wearing the same thing everyday because of my need to overpack.  Anyway, our suitcase was allowed to be 50 pounds and we barely made the cut off!  I'm sure glad I didn't let him pack that second pair of underwear...
Here is Jace admiring all the airplanes.  He loves looking out those big windows onto the runways!  Maybe a future pilot in our midst?
And my two favorite people in the world!  I couldn't imagine spending my not-yet-officially-Christmas-day with anyone else.  

Friday, December 18, 2009

Catch up!

So here's a quick update on what's been going on since we got back from our trip...

Jace has slept 14+ hours at night several times to make up for lost sleep.  I think we are finally caught up people (just in time for our next trip out east on Tuesday).  

Baby #2 is growing like crazy!  He is about 2 1/2 or 3 pounds now.  I enjoy feeling him move around now.  He is very active and especially likes to move at night.  

I turned 24!  Greg and Jace prepared me a yummy breakfast in bed, scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, turkey bacon, toast, and orange juice.  Jace ended up eating over half my meal and I found egg under my pillow when I went to bed that night.  After my breakfast, my best gal Tiffany brought me my fav Starbucks drink and we shared in a little girltalk.  After our ball game, which we won (thank you Lord), Greg took me out for dinner along with our good friends Jeff and Tiffany.  My in-laws were so sweet and babysat Jace (and brought his cousin Sawyer along) for the evening.  Nana Tonagel made me her delicious carrot cake and I can honestly say I devoured 3/4 of the cake all by myself.  Hey, if this cake was sitting in your kitchen, you would have too!  Thanks all for making my birthday so special!

We decorated for Christmas.  The day we go home from NYC, we wanted to go out and get ourselves  a Christmas tree.  Jace and I were too pooped from our travels so Greg went alone.  I gave him a specific pep talk on what kind of tree I wanted... "not too fat, not too skinny, just right.... ya know, proportional"  I told him.  So when he got home with the tree that would be living (it has since stopped drinking water so I'm not sure "living" is the correct term) in our family room over the next month, to say I was disappointed would be an understatement.  It had long flimsy needles and was incredibly bare throughout the tree.  The tree trunk was the size of my pointer finger and we had to fanagle it just right with shimmies to get it to stand tall in our tree stand (nudge it in the slightest and that sucker is going down).  Greg was so proud of his tree that he claims was a "steal".  The farmer gave him a deal claiming it was a $35 tree but gave it to us for $15.  I think we were the ones who got ripped off!  I have since gained the perspective that we are giving this poor tree a home this year and although it hardly can hold any of our family ornaments, I will love it anyway.  This picture does not do the tree justice--she must be photogenic or something!  One things for sure, I will forever remember this tree... as the tree who required nightly vacuuming from all the needles it shed, the tree who let so much light in through the window behind it from all it's bare branches, and as the tree who helped make our family's Christmas special this year.  See?  I am coming around...

And this is a nativity set that Greg made as a child... I just love displaying it in our home now!
Jace has been especially happy and fun to be around lately.  We have been having some pretty enjoyable days--just the two of us.  I am getting anxious/nervous for the day when my attention will be split in half with another little munchkin.  Until then I will just enjoy being the mama of one pretty awesome boy.

Lovin' bathtime.  

Here is Daddy reading Jace a book before bed.  Greg asked Jace to go pick out his favorite book.  This is was he brought him....
"The Best Gifts", a children's book about breastfeeding!  I heard Greg reply, "No Jace, Daddy doesn't want to read you this book.  Pick out another".  Nope.  It's the book Jace wanted to read.  So that's what Daddio did.  I laughed hysterically as Greg unenthusiastically read this book aloud.  If any of you know Greg well, you know this would make him uncomfortable. It was too funny!
Our happy little boy... warm and snug in his jammies.  I love bed time, well I love awake time, heck, I love all the time with this boy!

Is everyone done with their shopping?  I have hardly started!  I still have lots to do!  

Hope you and your family enjoy this last week of the Christmas season and enjoy partaking in your family traditions and celebrating of the birth of our Savior, Jesus!  I absolutely love the Christmas story! 

Bye friends!

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Finally... a post of my sister's wedding day!  She was truly one of the most beautiful bride's I have ever seen!  Here are the bridesmaids helping her get ready before the limo picked them up. 
And of course, we got exactly the weather we DIDN'T want so when she wasn't wearing her red peep toe heels, she was wearing these awesome rain boots (which later got stolen when we went to take pictures at the local train station).  
Three sisters in the limo ride to take pictures.  I couldn't help but cry everytime I looked at my big sis--leave it to me (I think I'll blame my oversensitivity on the pregnancy). 
Now at the train station... too bad we didn't catch that little thief in action.  The rain boots were then replaced by plastic grocery bags wrapped around her feet and tied at the ankles to protect her pretty shoes--it's all about the shoes people!
See why I cried?  Pretty. 

And the best and worst ring bearer award goes to...
Jace Tonagel!
My sister Lauren giving her maid of honor toast... truly special and very sweet.  
Here is the snowflake cake (red velvet--yum yum) with the NYC skyline in the background. How freakin' cool is that?!
The bride showing her second nephew some love!
And Jill pooped (but still looking amazing) after a long day of primping, promising, posing, and partying!
Mr. and Mrs. Darren Misener!  Congrats to my big sis and my new brother!  We couldn't be happier for you!  Love you both!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Rehearsal Dinner

Here are a few pictures from the rehearsal dinner.  It was held at this really cool Tapas Spanish Bar located in downtown Hoboken called Lola's  There were about 50 people in attendance and it was very intimate and private, as we had the entire basement of the restaurant to ourselves!

Here is the bride and groom the night before the big day!  They both were in excellent spirits! You can see Grandma trying to console a screaming baby on the left side of the picture.  He was tired and overwhelmed by all the action and noise!  He looked cute in his Christmas plaid though, that's fo' sho'!
My three favorite girls in the entire world!  Aren't they pretty?
Darren giving an excellent toast (so I heard--I had to leave to put Jace down. I eventually returned...) They gave out their bridal party gifts.  Jill generously gave all her bridemaids a Kate Spade clutch--mine was hot pink :)  I love it!  
Here are a few pictures of the morning of the wedding day.

The little fusser budget the morning of the wedding. He is suffering from a major case of "bed head".  
My dad and Jill practicing their waltz to "Moon River".  Check out the red peep toe heels she wore with her dress--she's totally cool!
And again, my sisters.  I just love them.  
That's all I have for now.  I will post pictures of the actual wedding day over the weekend.  We have a game tomorrow and then I am off for an overdue date with my hubby!  Hope you have a great weekend!

Bye friends!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Mani's and Pedi's

If I could plan the perfect day for myself it would include a manicure and pedicure.  I am always giving Greg slack for his expensive hobby, hunting, and he is always encouraging me to go find a hobby for myself. Do manicures and pedicures count?  If so, I have found a new hobby honey! On Friday I enjoyed some time to relax and visit with some of my favorite people in the world--my mom, and 2 sisters!  It was a special day as it was the eve of my sister's wedding day!  Here are some pictures of our day.  

The bride!
The best maid of honor ever!
And Big Mama!

 Our pampering was followed by an awesome lunch at Pita Grill in downtown Hoboken with all the women in the wedding party.  
Will have more updates on Jace's bad behavior and details of the wedding day as soon as I make up for some lost sleep.  I will leave you with this preview.  Picture this... Jace SCREAMING on and off for 4 hours straight in the hotel room in the middle of the night.  More exciting and painful details to come later...

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Ciao friends!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Giving Thanks!

We had a great Thanksgiving celebration this year! We got to enjoy a day of food preparation and relaxation at home on Wednesday and then took off for Greg's brothers house Thursday.  We spent the day at Ben and Amanda's house where we enjoyed visiting with family and eating delicious food!  Jace loved exploring all the new toys at their house and especially hanging around his older cousins!  It was fun seeing him interact with them.  He's becoming such a big boy!

Here are my boys enjoying the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  
Ben Tonagel carving the turkey.  Good work Big Ben!
Jace loved lounging out in the baby seat. 
Amanda's pretty dining room.  Hey Amanda, did you Charlie make that banner in pre-school? :)  Very cute!
Jace and his cousin Sawyer at the BIG BOY table.  I just got promoted to the adult table like 2 years ago and now my son is sitting at the kids table... crazy!

Like I said, Jace man loves his cousins.  Here he is snuggling with his oldest cousin Charlie.  How sweet!

We headed back to Nana and Papa Tonagel's and spent Friday with the immediate family. We had a little farewell party for Joel and Mal since they will be moving this weekend to Columbia, SC.  We will miss them so much!

Amanda nursing baby Brooks...
Mal, Amanda, and I before saying our farewells!  
Darn it, Joel and Mal, why do you have to go on and move just as Jace was warming up to you? We are very sad and will miss you A TON but also so excited for this adventure you are about to begin. Love you and can't wait to see you next! 
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I'm off to get my house decorated for Christmas!