Monday, January 31, 2011

New Table and Chairs!

Check out Paisley and her new table and chairs! She LOVES to get in and out of the chairs, and we look forward to many more "Works of Art" done at this very table. (The coffee table did not cut it last week for our drawing). She is already sitting at the table working on puzzles. We love the new table and chairs! Thank you Grandma Spangler for Paisley's birthday/Christmas money you gave us. We used it to buy this set!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Paisley's Work of Art

Last week Paisley and I were home (and bored, since we had not been out much, it has just been TOO COLD to go out for fun!) so I decided to introduce her to crayons, and drawing. She really is too small still, but exposure is a good thing. SOOO, I got out the crayons, and paper, and she was very interested. I laid out the crayons and she picked every color she used, and I tried to show her how to use them, but she had her own way. She would turn the crayon upside down, hold it by the tip, then dot the paper. She really did well for a first time. Here are the pictures from our first art session!

And now, (drum-roll!) for the creation itself.....

Okay, so there are only a few marks, but I proudly put it on the refrigerator anyway, and it's totally going in her baby book when it comes down. It is a great memory!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Random Pictures

Here are some pictures I have taken over the past 3 days with my new camera! Notice how much more clear these are compared to my old one? Oh, and no closed eyes on P! (No pre-flash!) Did I mention I LOVE it? :)

I'm in Love...

with my new CAMERA!!
Check out this bad boy...

I am taking pictures near constantly. In fact, you may get sick of all the pictures I will be loading! This is just what I needed to capture pictures of a moving Paisley, and has lots of bells and whistles, but not too many! I LOVE IT!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Opryland Hotel

This post is so late, but I thought I would go ahead and throw it in. Over Christmas break, the Spangler family packed up and went to Nashville for the TN game and to spend New Year's Eve at the Opryland Hotel. We had a great time! Here are a few pictures from our weekend.


A few days ago, Paisley saw Barney on TV for the first time, and she loved it. I have never showed it to her, and the TV happened to still be on PBS from recording Sesame St. when we turned it on, and she was glued to it. I caught a little video with my phone. (Wish it were longer) It's a bit boring at first, wait to see the excitement... :)


In Paisley's 1 year update I forgot to mention that her signing skills are getting pretty good! She regularly signs "eat", "more", "all done" and "milk". I am trying to teach her "thank you" and "bath" now. I will keep you posted on how that's going!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

SUGAR RUSH- (The after-party)

This picture says a lot...
Paisley is usually in bed between 8:00 and 8:30, and the night of her birthday and party, she didn't get in bed until after 10:00! She was perfectly happy, but wide awake on a sugar rush! We stayed around Brittany and Wade's until finally she started to wind down. We changed her into her pj's, gave her her milk, and she crashed in the car before we were out of the drive way. Didn't wake up being brought in, moved her straight to the crib. That has only happened a few times! She was exhausted!

Trying out her new hat...

The Birthday Girl!

Paisley had a great time at her first birthday party! First we ate dinner, then we opened presents! She LOVED everything she got so much that she wanted to explore/play with it right then. I can't say I blame her...

Next, Paisley enjoyed her very first piece of cake! First thing she wanted to do was dump it off the plate, but I didn't let her... But when she tried again later, we did! She had fun playing in her cake and I'm sure she thought it was really yummy, too
Unfortunately, this is quite blurry, but still kinda sweet. What a great day our Paisley girl had! So happy that friends and family were able to come and celebrate with us!

Get the hose...

One night leading up to Christmas Jason and I were busy running around the house, and I didn't take the time that night to make supper, so we had Campbell's soup for dinner. (Hello sodium) Oh well, it happens. As it turns out, Paisley LOVED the soup. I had drained a lot of the liquid off they veggies and chicken so that she could feed herself while we were running around the kitchen, and when I looked over at her once, this is what we saw...

And, that's not all, in fact there is MUCH more to come. A bit later, after I had given her more, this is what happened...

We laughed so hard, well at least I did. Jason and his overwhelming urge to keep things (and children) neat and clean, didn't think it was as funny as I did. (I teach young children, a mess is nothing to me). If you listen closely you will hear him say "I'm not cleaning it up. I'm not even helping!" Although, of course he did . :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Paisley's Winter ONEderland

I decided to do an entire blog just on the set up of the party and decorations. I will do another post on the birthday girl next. I am waiting to get a few more pictures from other people before I post that one. (You know my camera STINKS when it comes to taking pictures of her).

I had so much fun planning and decorating for her party. I wanted to do a Winter theme, and this seemed like a great play on words, and easy to find the stuff with the colors chosen. I ordered her invitation and party circles from ETSY, and I was very pleased with them. I actually just got the rights to print them, so I was sent a pdf file ad printed what I wanted. I "blinged" up the invites with a little jewel, and they worked well. I found lots of snowflakes here and there, and found the details to be the big difference (matching ribbon added, etc). I found the idea for her banner on ETSY as well, and since I had taken monthly pictures, it was a great way to use them. The banner was by far the most time consuming thing to make (even more than the snowman pops we had for favors) but it was very worth it.
We had several types of soups/chili and the fixin's for the main dish, and lots of other finger foods to go with it. We also had hot cider to go with the theme, and cold drinks as well. We had lots of sweets, as you can see from the cake table.
Thanks so much to Wade and Brittany to opening their house so we could have Paisley's party there!
Had to have ONE of the birthday girl!!