Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy Noon Year's Party

Trenton and I went to a Happy Noon Year's party today at the home of a fellow MOMS Club member. It was great to get out and celebrate the beginning of a new year without having to stay out late or deal with drunk drivers on the road tonight. I was hoping to get some good pictures of Trenton, but he was on the go today! I don't think I have one picture of him from the front! He had a blast playing with the other kids and didn't seem to mind all of the noisemakers at noon. I was going to give him a taste of my sparkling grape juice, but he made a horrible face when I put the cup up to his mouth! I wish I could have gotten a picture of it! Our family wishes all of you a very happy and prosperous 2010!

A blurry picture of all of the moms at the party. I guess this is what happens when your photographer is 8 years old!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! Trenton had an exciting first Christmas and we were sure to get plenty of pictures and video for Daddy. We sure do miss him, but we are very glad that we were able to talk to him all the way from Kuwait. My parents drove up from Texas on Tuesday, and it is great having them here. Below is a link to a web album of pictures from yesterday and today.

Christmas 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009


We were very excited to see snow this weekend! We didn't see as much as the areas north and west of here, but an inch and a half was plenty to get some pictures!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Baby Smith #2 Update & Unexpected Visitors

I had a doctor appointment and ultrasound yesterday. At my last ultrasound, my amniotic fluid level was pretty low, so they wanted to check it again to see if it had gotten better. Thanks to all of the water that my doctors had me drinking, my fluid levels had almost tripled! We were also hoping for a confirmation of the baby's gender. We didn't get that today. The baby had one hand up near its mouth and the other between its legs, so we still don't know anything for sure yet. Looks like I won't be able to hit up any after-Christmas sales for good deals on baby clothes! Since my fluid levels were back in the normal range, I don't need another ultrasound for medical reasons. The ultrasound tech told me to come find her when I have my 28-week appointment though, and if she's not too busy, she'll take me in the back for a quick peek to see if the baby is cooperating.

Soon after we got home from my appointment, I got a call that our friend Teri and her son Grady were stranded at the air terminal at Naval Station Norfolk unable to get back to Teri's husband and Grady's daddy, Scott in the Azores. Scott and Jarrod grew up together in Farmersville. I know what it's like to be stranded overnight in a military air terminal, so Trenton and I went down to Norfolk to pick Teri and Grady up and they came to our house to spend the night! Grady will be two tomorrow, and loves talking to Trenton in "Trenton language!" He also has a lot of fun playing with Bailey. Hopefully they will be able to get out on a flight tonight because I'm sure that Scott is ready for them to be home, and I know they're ready to see Scott!

Trenton, Grady, and Teri at County Grill before dinner last night

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mommapalooza Kids Christmas Party

Today the MOMS Club of Newport News & Yorktown hosted a Christmas party. I joined this club in the summer, and Trenton and I have had a blast on all of the MOMS Club outings and play dates that we've been to. At today's party, the kids had refreshments, made Christmas ornaments, and participated in a book exchange. As you can tell from the pictures below, it was hard to get a good picture of all of the kids at once! Trenton enjoyed the book exchange. It was his first time opening a gift, and he loved tearing the paper apart!

I tried out a new recipe for today's party, and it turned out great! Since it was so yummy, I thought that I'd share the recipe on here!

Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

5 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. peanut butter
1/3 c. sugar
1 egg
1 Betty Crocker Supreme brownie mix w/ Hershey's Syrup
2 tbsp. water
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of a 13x9 inch pan.

2. In a small bowl beat cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, and 1 egg. Beat on medium speed until smooth.

3. In a large bowl combine brownie mix, water, oil, and 2 eggs. Beat 50 strokes with wooden spoon.

4. Spread half of brownie batter in bottom of pan. Drop peanut butter filling on top of batter by the spoonfull. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of peanut butter filling. Spread remaining brownie batter over filling.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely and cut into bars.

6. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Yorktown Toyland Parade

Trenton and I got to be in a parade yesterday! We met our friends, Jessica and Hayden, down at the riverfront for the Yorktown Toyland Parade. This wasn't a big huge parade with a bunch of floats, but a small parade that goes around the riverwalk a couple of times that the kids get to march in. The parade was led by Santa and Mrs. Claus, followed by the Fifes and Drums of Yorktown, and then all of the little kids. It was really cute. Trenton was getting tired by the end of our outing since it was a little past his normal nap time. We had a great time though and can't wait to march in the parade again next year!

Getting ready to take a stroll in the parade!

Trenton and his buddy, Hayden

Mommy & Trenton

Hayden and Jessica

Hayden & Santa after the parade

It was past Trenton's nap time, so I knew it wouldn't be a good idea to try to let Santa hold Trenton. Trenton wasn't even happy with Santa getting in his space though!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Yankee Candle Williamsburg

Williamsburg is home to one of Yankee Candle's flagship stores, so Trenton and I decided to venture up that way today with a couple of other moms and kiddos to check out the store and Christmas Village.

The store is HUGE. They have a whole Christmas village set up year-round where it snows every 20 minutes! There is also a Toyland, General Store, Fudge Shop, Popcorn Station, and Wax Works Station.

Santa came out for a visit while we were at the store. Trenton got to sit on his lap but was NOT very happy! I don't know if he was mad because he didn't like Santa, or if he was mad because sitting on Santa's lap meant he had to stop watching the huge mice puppets singing Hickory, Dickory, Dock (which he was really enjoying). After Trenton calmed down from his encounter with Santa, we were able to go to the Wax Works Station to dip some candles for our Christmas Tree (which is still in the garage waiting for me to put it up).

I think I'm going to have to hit up some after Christmas sales so that we can start our own mini Christmas Village. Trenton could have stood and looked at this thing all day!

Sitting with the bear in Santa's Workshop

The looks on Trenton's face are so funny that I couldn't pick just one pose, so I bought a CD with all of the pictures that they took!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Visiting Jarrod in South Carolina

Trenton and I ventured down to Columbia, South Carolina to meet up with Jarrod this weekend since it would be our last chance to see him before he leaves to Afghanistan. I was somewhat worried about making the drive with Trenton by myself because he is cutting his two front teeth (just in time for Christmas!). Trenton was a champ and gave Mommy a fairly quiet car ride. We had a great time getting to see Jarrod again even though he had to work half a day on Saturday and then again for a few hours on Sunday. We are already counting down the days until we get to see him again in July!

Trenton in front of the Christmas tree at our hotel.

Trenton and I found a nice little lake on base Sunday while Jarrod was working.

"Look what I found!"

We had to take Daddy back to the lake for some pictures. Trenton was only interested in the leaves and pine needles!

Trenton has become a master at sharing. He tries to give Bailey his bottles and sippy cups and he's feeding Daddy a chicken tender here.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Jarrod's First Stop

Well I've made it to South Carolina, and will be here for a little less than four weeks. The ride down was charter bus from Norfolk Naval Station. There was a really nice crowd from a local church that saw us off, and provided us with some great bags of stuff to get us started on our journey. It is cold here, but I've got plenty of clothes to stay warm. I've already begun giving Jenny a list of things that I left at home. I'm already missing my family but was fortunate enough to get to Skype with them this evening. More to come...

Friday, November 27, 2009

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

It's the most wonderful time of the year! We decided to start the Christmas season off with a bang and head out to the opening evening of the Busch Gardens Christmas Town. This is the first year that Busch Gardens has opened the theme park for the Christmas season, and we thought that it was great. Luckily the rain/sleet mixture blew through about 15 minutes before we got there. Although it wasn't wet, it sure was cold for this Texas family!!! We were very happy that the winter coat that we ordered for Trenton came in the mail today!

We started off at the North Pole to visit Santa. Trenton wasn't really excited about Santa Claus, but at least he didn't cry!!!

Trenton's first time on Santa's lap

Daddy and Trenton with Jolly the Elf

Our next stop was Das Festhaus in Germany for the Deck the Halls show. The show consisted of a lot of singing a dancing to the classic Christmas songs we all grew up with. Frosty the Snowman even made an appearance for the show (I missed a picture of him though)!

Trenton was annoyed that I was interrupting the show to take a picture of him!

The whole family in front of the 45 ft Christmas tree outside Das Festhaus

Did you know that penguins live in France? Neither did we! After Deck the Halls, we marched on to France to see if we could catch a glimpse of these penguins. When we arrived in France, the wait was over an hour to see the penguins, and since it was now dark and even colder, we decided that the penguins would have to wait until our next visit to Christmas town. No penguins are worth catching a cold over!!! Trenton and Daddy were able to catch a picture with the French snowman though!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our friends, the Federico's came over to spend the day with us. I made all of the boys pilgrim costumes to wear. Trenton wasn't a big fan of his, so he didn't stay in it very long. At least the older boys were fans! We missed all of our family today, but were very happy to be able to spend the day with such great friends!

Happy Thanksgiving from our little Pilgrim!

Matthew and Christopher in their costumes. Matthew loved his so much that he did want to take it off for the Federico family Christmas card picture!

Jarrod's turkey frying station

Trenton & Mommy decorating turkey cookies!

I hope Mommy lets me eat some of this!!!

Amy helping the boys with their cookies

Amy & Christopher

Story time with Mrs. Amy!

Time to say bye to Samantha!

Trenton & Mommy gearing up for the Aggie game!