Building Rainbows

Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Year in Review

What a great year! I made a slide show of our year in review like last year's end of year slide show. This is the day that New Year's Resolutions are made but this year our resolution is to keep it simple and live in the moment. Last year we made resolutions and for once we actually accomplished all of them! Personally I would like to get to my pre pregnancy weight and eat better, and hopefully once we know about Mike's job...start looking for a home. Tonight for New Year's Eve we plan to stay in, watch a new movie, eats some new treats, play with balloons and get Lizzy to bed on time. Last year she went to bed on time and woke up at midnight for a New Year's kiss. See ya in 2011 and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas 2010

Our Christmas in Indiana went really well. Lizzy had a lot of "firsts" and lots of changes but she did better than I expected her to. This was her first time flying, first time at anyone else's house other than her grandparents in Houston, first time in the snow, first time meeting new family in Indiana.
Here she is at the airport
Here she is riding her trunki carry on case. This thing is great, she loves riding it.
On both the flight there and back she slept the whole soon as the plane got on the runway she was out the entire time!
We went to the Children's Museum in Indiana
At the Children's Museum
Lizzy met her great granny for the first time
Fun with new toys

Christmas Morning

Lizzy loved the "puppies"
We had a great time! It's also nice to be back at home and back in our usual routine. Lizzy got right back into her routine at home and mommy and daddy got some much needed rest. Arriving home to 70 degree weather after being in Indiana sure made it feel like Christmas was over. Goodbye Christmas! Hello New Year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

First Time in the Snow!

This Christmas we spent time with family in Indianapolis where Lizzy got to play in the snow for the first time! She was a little unsure at first but after some time outside she didn't want to come back in! These are some pics of her first time in the snow. I'm still sorting through pictures of our Christmas in Indianapolis and will post more pics soon from our visit.

Lizzy with her Grandpa

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Packing Lizzy's Carry-on

In a couple days we will be attempting air travel with a toddler who usually cannot sit still longer than 10 seconds so...I have put some thought into ways to keep her entertained while sitting on this upcoming flight. Included in Lizzy's carry on bag are:

For munching on:
  • Mash ups (fruit puree in a pouch with straw)
  • Fruit leathers to chew on
  • Crunchy cheese puffs
  • Oreos
  • Goldfish and Pretzels
  • Grammy Sammy (Graham cracker sandwich)
  • Bottle
  • Yogurt Puffs

Lizzy's backpack which is now her bag (what use to be in her diaper bag) has diapers, wipes, sippy cup, paci, bib, and change of clothes. Her favorite blanket will come on board as well.
To prepare Lizzy for flying we got her some airplane books and airplane toy.
For entertainment:
  • Yo Gabba Gabba coloring book and crayons
  • Play doh
  • Lots of stickers and double sided tape to play with
  • Travel size magnadoodle type board
  • Lots of small books, touch and feel, lift a flap ect.
  • Finger puppets
  • DVD player with Yo Gabba Gabba shows
  • Small boxes filled with surprises
Lizzy's Carry on is all packed!
Lizzy helping me pack

Wish us luck or pray for us! (we're going to need it, looks like our little family is getting sick)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Solar Eclipse and Winter Solstice

A Solar Eclipse and Winter Solstice for the first time in 400 years! What a powerful day! I was lucky to experience such an event as I left work last night! There's so much beauty in this world.

Little Artist

Lizzy loves drawing with chalk and crayons. Not too long ago she didn't have much interest in it but now she's becoming a creative little artist. She mostly scribbles and draws lines in different colors. Daddy is teaching her how to draws circles!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Christmas Train

The Christmas Train is an old fashioned train that goes through Christmas light displays and the Nativity scene. We took Lizzy to ride the train. Uncle Christian, Briana, and Stephanie came with us.

Here we are with Stephanie (Lizzy's godmother) riding the train

One of the lights displays

Daddy and Lizzy

Mommy and Lizzy

Uncle Christian and Briana with Lizzy

Walking with Daddy

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Tiny Trike

There are such good toy deals right now and I had been wanting to get this trike for Lizzy so when it was 70% off I had to get it. Lizzy tried to help daddy put it together then she had fun riding it. She loves to ring the little bell on it.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Jumpin Jungle

Lizzy has so much energy we usually go out and do something everyday to burn some of that energy off and today we went to Jumpin Jungle. This isn't the first time we have been there, last time Lizzy couldn't jump but now she can jump! It was a lot of fun but exhausting for mommy and grandma....Lizzy didn't want to leave she loved it!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

In the Car

Lizzy is now forward facing in her car seat and this is how she usually rides. Most of the time she watches yo gabba gabba in the car but now that she is forward facing and can see out the window she enjoys just looking around and spotting birds in the sky. Today she spotted an airplane in the sky...soon she will be on one for the first time.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Time to make some fudge!

Lizzy wants to be involved in everything I am doing in the kitchen she especially love to mix things with the wire whisk. Here she ran off with the fudge kit to her little kitchen:

Oh and Lizzy loves eating fudge...she definitely got my sweet tooth.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lizzy and Bella

Lizzy and Bella get along real well. Lizzy's first word was Bella and she says it perfectly compared to other words she says. Now that Lizzy is able to help with some things she helps with taking care of Bella. Lizzy helps by feeding Bella her scraps and lately she has started letting us know when Bella needs dog food or water in her bowls, she alerts us if Bella has had an accident off her doggy pads and wants to clean it up but we don't let her do that, she encourages Bella to exercise by playing with her and chasing each other and now she helps give her a bath.

Monday, December 13, 2010


We don't usually get snow in Houston other than every couple of years we may get some flurries so any snow is exciting. it didn't snow but some snow was left over on the ground from the Christmas celebration in Friendswood on Saturday where they brought snow in. We went to go play in what was left over. Lizzy wasn't so sure at first but then she didn't want to leave. Uncle Christian made sure she didn't slip or sink in the snow. Since we don't usually get to see snow we have our fingers crossed to see some snow in Indiana.