"I should not talk so much about myself if there were any body else whom I knew as well."
-Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Sunday (the 27th) would have been Alex's 13th birthday. I will feel that ache in my heart for the rest of my life. 
It rained massive amounts here all weekend and provided the perfect opportunity to just be at home, rest, and pack up the Christmas decor. (Yes, by Saturday afternoon our house was happily back to normal.) There was lots of flooding in Northwest Arkansas (and elsewhere), but our home wasn't affected. 
Of course, pictures... 
Napping with Aunt Misty (and Kayla's teddy bear) on Christmas Day. 
She loves this thing. 
She's suddenly interested in my coffee. 
Modeling a new outfit
She is quite insistent when it comes to my coffee in the mornings. I think we'll wait until she's 9 months old to officially introduce it to her diet. Just kidding! My travel mug closes tightly and she's at no risk of wearing or drinking hot coffee. It's cute, though. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

McCarty Christmas

Drew & I hosted our McCarty family Christmas this year.  Casey's crew couldn't make it back to Arkansas, but we were thankful to have those who could be here. 
Grandma LaGayle & Eleanor
 Opening presents.  Misty took over camera duties so I could help with Eleanor.  Look!  It's me in a picture!  Grandpa Whimpy got the grand kids fleece blankets. 
 I love this picture of Drew. 
 Kayla, Grandpa Whimpy & Eleanor
 Mom & Ken got Braeden a drone! 
 Mom & Ken
 Eleanor was getting excited over ripping wrapping paper off of presents.  Give me more!
 Playing with the drone. 

 And then, because we are so incredibly mature, we went to Kyle & Misty's to watch the boys take the first swim in Kyle & Misty's new pool.  The construction isn't 100% completed, but its so very close and it's full of water right now, so a Christmas Day plunge in 49 degree water seemed like a great idea.  It was 60 degrees outside, but make no mistake that that water was COLD.
 Whew!  Coming out of the pool and feeling a little chilly and invigorated. 
We didn't think Braeden was really going to get all the way in the water, but he certainly did!  
 Victory photo
 Heck, they did it once and sort of liked it, why not do it again? 

I guess no Christmas is complete without a nerf gun fight in Misty's house.  I obviously pulled out the camera to take a few pictures of this impromptu fight (and protected my baby from the destruction). 

Christmas Morning with Eleanor

Eleanor's first Christmas morning was lovely.  Her reaction to her new activity saucer was awesome. 

 Poor Foose, he watched from the window. 
 She's so attentive now and it has been so much fun for us to watch her explore and discover. 
There were a few more presents.  She didn't care much about the sippy cup & pajamas that were wrapped, but she did like the paper and Mommy made her wear a bow from the package. 
 I'd say this expression pretty well sums up her reaction to her first Christmas morning! 

 With Daddy
 And the closest thing I got to a family picture.  Such a happy morning. 

Thursday, December 24, 2015


Today, Christmas Eve, was my Grandpa's 80th birthday. We met Kyle's crew at Grandpa's for a birthday lunch to celebrate and traded traditional birthday cake for a birthday pecan pie. He enjoyed having everyone there for a bit and ate more food in one sitting than I've seen him do in ages! 
I was trying to be cool, but I may just be a bad influence because I bought Grandpa scratch off tickets as a gift. He scratched at those things forever and still didn't win a thing. Bummer. 
I can never get Grandpa to look at the camera because he can't take his eyes off Eleanor! 
This evening we went to our church's candlelight service and then back home for a bath in Eleanor's new ducky tub...
...and then Christmas pajamas.
Drew helped Eleanor keep an eye on the Santa tracker online. 
Larry helped.
And Drew modeled his new moose mug as if he were Cousin Eddie in the flesh. (And if you don't know what that mean then I'm afraid we can't be friends!)