Friday, November 27, 2009

Our Thanksgiving

We had Thanksgiving at our house this year. That's where it has been for the past three years. I've been hosting Thanksgiving and Nate's parents host Christmas. I think now I'm actually getting the hang of cooking a turkey and it's not nearly as bad or hard as I always thought. Some of you may wonder why we don't travel to see my family during the holidays and it's not because we don't want to, it's because we can't. Since Nate works in retail, he is not allowed any vacation time whatsoever from Thanksgiving until after the new year. In fact, the day after Thanksgiving every single employee at the store has work. It really stinks, but at least Nate has a job.

Now, back to our Thanksgiving day. It was relaxing. We cooked, we ate, and we watched some football.

Our family picture. Sanaa thought it was hilarious that Aria was sitting next to her and all Aria wanted was to get away from the extremely loud and obnoxious little girl.
Notice Sanaa's sippy cup in the picture. You'd think that if one were thirsty one would drink from the cup. But no, it is way more fun to dip a stick in the cat water and then put the stick in your mouth. Maybe the water tastes better that way.

Playing in the leaves. Sanaa can't get enough of leaves. I'm not sure what she'll do once we rake all the leaves up.
Eating Thanksgiving dinner. I know her expression is one of disgust, but she did really enjoy the turkey, fruit, and biscuits. As for the stuffing, green beans, and potatoes.... well, she didn't like those as much. Last Thanksgiving Sanaa was too young to take part in our Thanksgiving dinner (she was only 4 1/2 months old), so this is her first time to try some of these foods (like the stuffing).

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Trip to Arkansas

A quick update on Silver. He's still missing. It's been 2 1/2 weeks, so the likely hood of him returning is next to none. Aria is still driving us crazy with her meowing, so we're starting to think about possibly getting her a new play mate. However, we don't plan to get a new cat for at least a couple of weeks.

Last weekend we drove up to Arkansas to visit Nate's brother Caleb and his wife Sarah. It was a fun and busy weekend. The best part was that we had no car issues, unlike our last trip in May when we were left stranded about an hour from home. On Sunday we drove back home and Caleb and Sarah also came down for a couple of days. We all had a great time together.

Sanaa and aunt Sarah drawing with chalk.

Sanaa and uncle Caleb playing the piano.

On Saturday evening (while we were still in Arkansas) Caleb and Sarah took us to Fayetteville's town square to watch the Christmas parade and see the lighting ceremony. It was fun watching all the Christmas lights come on. While there we tried to get a decent family picture for our Christmas card and I think we may have one that will work (out of 9). It was most entertaining watching aunt Sarah jump around trying to get Sanaa to look at the camera.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Silver

Our cat Silver has been missing for nearly 4 days now. He is a cat who does not miss his meals, so when he didn't show up for breakfast on Tuesday we started to wonder where he might be. However, it is now Friday and he still hasn't shown up. We called the animal shelter yesterday hoping that maybe he had lost his collar and been picked up, but no such luck. Our other cat, Aria, appears to notice his absence because she is sticking really close to home. This is not normal for her. She's typically the cat that will roam about and we might not see her for two days. But since Silver disappeared she's either stayed inside or hangs out in our yard. It's almost like she's waiting for Silver to return. We're hoping he returns too.

Silver checking out the chalk Sanaa was playing with.
One of the annoying things he enjoyed doing was playing with toilet paper.
Silver and Aria. Good buddies.
A box for each. Neither were willing to share their box.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Playing with Ainsley

This morning my friend Kristen watched Sanaa. Kristen is Ainsley's mom and the girls had a great time together. When I told Sanaa this morning that we were going to see Ainsley she got really excited. I love how Sanaa now recognizes Ainsley's name. Over on Kristen's blog (Sprouting Off) you can find a video of the girls playing chase this morning. It is really cute, so go take a look! Just click on Sprouting Off under my Blog Friends.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A fall day

The weather here in Texas has been quite warm. We've been in the mid to upper 70's for the past week or so. Next week we're suppose to get some cooler weather (in the 60's). I know I should be thankful for the nice weather, but I'm honestly quite tired of it. I would like some cooler weather (not freezing cold), but cool enough to wear long sleeves. For some reason, leaves falling and warm weather just don't go together.

Since the weather has been so nice, we've spent most of our days outside and today was no exception. Sanaa is fascinated by the leaves and loves picking them up and dropping them. She'll even cover our cats with leaves if they sit still long enough. :-) We still have a ton of leaves on our tree, so Sanaa will be able to play in the leaves for quite awhile. I know when it comes time for us to rake the leaves Sanaa is going to love helping us! Here are some pictures from today and us playing in the leaves.

For any of you who don't already know this, black pants and chalk are not the best combination. This was actually one of Sanaa's cleaner moments. You'd think that I would have better common sense than to dress Sanaa in black pants and let her play with chalk. Oh, well. At least I have a washing machine.
Sanaa chilling on the front porch. All the outside activity wore her out and she needed a brief break.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Dancing

Technology and I do not get along. Just ask Nate. I have the hardest time working the tv, our camera, my computer, etc., and things often don't work for me. It's frustrating because everything seems to work just fine for Nate. Luckily, it appears that Sanaa inherited Nate's ability to work with technology. Take for example our camera. I have no idea what Sanaa did, but she obviously change some type of setting on the camera and now the video I shoot is clearer. Amazing! I really wish she could tell me what she did.

Sanaa has been dancing recently and I've tried to catch her dancing on video, but she always stopped when I pulled out the camera. Today she kept dancing while the camera rolled. Enjoy!

video

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Some fun pictures

Sorry this picture is so dark, but the sun was nearly down at the time. Apparently Sanaa wanted to see what Aria found so interesting. Both Aria and Sanaa were peering under the gate together.
Um? It now takes 2 hands and 1 foot to hold up her milk. I guess I've been letting her watch too much Curious George on tv.

Our unexpected day

Today did not go as planned or expected. As you may remember, back in September our water heater flooded and part of our flooring in the dining room was pulled up. Last week our new flooring arrived. On Monday I called to schedule a time for our flooring to be installed and had asked for it to be installed today because Nate had off and could hang out to supervise the installation and answer any questions the workers may have. Well, on Tuesday I was told our flooring wasn't going to be installed until Friday. I was fine with that. It would make things hard, but at least it was still getting done this week. This morning around 8:45 my phone rang. It was one of the workers calling to let me know that the installation was actually scheduled for today and not tomorrow and they wanted to know what time they could show up. Yikes!

Keep in mind, we had moved nothing out of the dining room or living room and had planned to do that today. I asked the workers to give us an hour. Nate and I hurriedly cleared out both rooms in about 45 minutes. By the time the workers showed up, only our large pieces of furniture were left. The workers moved most of the large pieces into the kitchen, but left our couch and one chair in the living room which they just moved around as they put the flooring down. By 5:15pm our flooring was finished! Wow! It's pretty much the same color we had. It looks great and I'm glad it's finally finished despite the crazy start to the day. Most of our things are back in the rooms. Now it's just a matter of putting books back on the book shelf. I think I might just head to bed early tonight.

Our dining room almost finished.
The living room almost finished. All they had left to do at this point was install the trim around the room.
Finished dining room.
Finished living room. And yes, Sanaa is lying on the floor. Poor thing was quite tired from all the activity today.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Our little butterfly

For Halloween Sanaa was a butterfly. It was a hand-me-down costume from the family I use to work for, but was in great condition. Sanaa did not mind wearing the costume at all and didn't even put up a fuss when we put on her hat. We took Sanaa to an event at our church called Trunk or Treat. We had never been to it before but had a great time. Various members from the church dressed up and decorated their car trunks. The kids from church and the community were able to walk from trunk to trunk to collect candy. It was so much fun seeing all the different trunks and the ideas that people came up with. Sanaa's favorite trunk had a jungle theme and she found the giant stuffed giraffe fascinating.
A shot of Sanaa's butterfly wings.
Nate had to hold onto Sanaa so that I could get a decent picture of her from the front. She was very busy walking around and checking out all the different activities.
Sanaa's other favorite trunk had a dog dressed liked a bee. The dog was actually right next to the giant giraffe, so she spent quite a bit of time walking back and forth between the two trunks. She tried to kiss the dog a couple of times, but in this shot she decided to just sit down and hang out with the dog for a little while.