"braska Game"

We went home early Thanksgiving night, knowing we were leaving at 5am on Friday. I was dreading my 4am alarm, only to get a 3am text from my sister telling me she got Tylee a Leapster. It was pointless to try to get back to sleep then, I was too excited! We were taking Tylee to her first Nebraska Football game and she could hardly stand it. I had to give her a chain of events so that she would leave me alone about the game. "Tonight you are staying at Grammy's, Wednesday we are going to see Tangled, Thursday is Thanksgiving, and Friday we are going to the Nebraska game." I felt like Pete and Repeat for a week!So we loaded up bright dark and early for the 5 hour trek to Nebraska. I packed a bag full of goodies for the trip (including the donuts pictured above!) and it went great. Tylee was so excited to get there, even though she had no clue what a "braska game" even was. Tylee was Pete and Repeat this time and asked a hundred times, "Are we at the braska game yet?" We had a lot of fun pre-game. We went to Husker nation, watched Tylee run around the track, ate a $6 hot dog, and saw the band and cheerleaders. Tj and I both love Lincoln and it was so much fun being there as a family. We got into the stadium early so we could be sure and get settled with Tylee before the other 80,000 people crammed in there. Tylee had fun playing on the bleachers and eating her popcorn but naptime was fast approaching. I figured she would be okay once things started happening but at most exciting part of the whole game, with 80,000 people yelling in her ear, music blaring throughout the stadium, she fell asleep on my shoulder. Nice.
We had a great day as a family of 3 but it was a very different experience as a family vs. Tj and I's annual trip to Lincoln. We didn't hit up "O" street, didn't go to our favorite bar, and dined at Chucke Cheese over a SteakHouse. Its crazy for me to say this but I really wouldn't have had it any other way.



I used to love that movie Freaky Friday where the Mom and Daughter switched places for the day. Sometimes I wish I could take a peek into Tylee's mind. Her imagination seems to be doubling daily and I wish I could dig a little deeper and figure out how in the world she comes up with some of this stuff. For instance, the rooster in Boone's crate.Or feeding Tinkerbell a donut. Feeding her babies...and playing "night-night" with Boone. If Tj keeps Tylee at home during the day, I come home to every blanket and pillow we own strung all over the house covering up babies. The other night, she insisted she sleep in the middle of the kitchen floor. I shut off every light in the room and left her out there. She was quiet for 30+ minutes but when I went to check on her before falling asleep myself, she was awake and wanted to go to her bed. And now that you've seen almost every blanket in my house...I myswell show you the rest of them.

Wouldn't it be fun to be a kid again and have that big of an imagination? I cannot even watch a movie about something that couldn't really happen. And my friend Kinzi is trying to get me hooked on Glee but I can't get over the fact that they just start singing walking down the street. That is not real life people! Oh, to be a kid again.



We kicked off Thanksgiving weekend with a first...Tylee's first movie in the theatre! We went and saw Tangled with my friend Kinzi and her neice and nephew. They are a little older than Tylee but I thought we would give it a shot. She was free and I figured it was worth my $8 ticket to at least try it. Not only did we try it, she loved it! The movie was super cute and she watched the entire thing. She was up and down in her chair, on my lap, and bribed with popcorn but she did so good. It definitely held her attention and she actually comprehended more than I thought she would. She had great timing and decided to ask me questions whenever something dramatic was happening and the theatre was quiet. "Why Punzel crying Mommy? Is she sad? Why Punzel sad?"
Thursday morning we went to Chanute to spend Thanksgiving with the Finley family. My brother's baby was due Saturday so him and Erin were stuck in Kansas City. My Mom and Grandparents went up there to spend the day with them. (Noticed I said "was due" yet haven't posted anything about the baby yet. Poor Erin!) It was nice to relax and not be rushing around from one family event to the next. After my Dad's we went back to Parsons and spent the evening with Tj's Mom. I ate more in one day than I ate all last week! Calories don't count on Thanksgiving though, right?
We had a great day and Thanksgiving really makes me take a step back and appreciate all that I have in life. Hope you all had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving as well!


Gobble! Gobble!

Oh so much to be thankful for!
I wish I hadn't cut Tylee's head off in this picture. This is her "lecture" look that you get whenever she is telling you something serious. She is normally pointing her finger at you and shaking her hand too but she was too afraid she was going to fall off the couch! I'm glad I captured "the look" though.


Stream of Consciousness

I am definitely one of these people this year. I've totally skipped Thanksgiving and am so excited about Christmas! Something about having a toddler that somewhat understands what is going on has boosted my Christmas spirit tenfold. I picked Tylee up from Daycare the other day and Jamie had said they talked about Santa. I hadn't even thought to mention Santa yet! What was I thinking! Unfortunately, the next morning Tylee woke up crying, "When is Santa going to come to my house?" Its gonna be a long month!
We had a busy weekend but it was one of the best weekends I've had in a long time! It was 70 degrees out on Saturday so Tj and I got our outside lights up. I'm glad to have that over. I've been wanting to get Tylee a tree for her room ever since she was born but have been trying to only do things once they become age-appropriate. Once she got gung-ho about Santa, I couldn't wait to get her a tree and get it put up. I wanted to get her a hot pink one but am impatient and Wal-mart didn't have hot pink (the pale pink was ugly) so I settled and got her the white one. I think it turned out cute but I've already re-decorated it twice. My care factor is plummeting quickly. After we got it all set up, Tylee went and got her chairs and her bear and sat in front of it in awe. It was possibly the cutest thing I've seen her do yet! She even got her bear something to snack on while they watched! (Notice the bear sitting in the tree? I don't know what he was doing. I found a donut on it later that night too.) After we got the tree and lights done, we went with Daddy to do some training with Boone. It was such a beautiful fall day, I was up for anything outside! Tylee was looking for deer with her "noculars", that she mysteriously saw several times. Daddy and I never saw them. And Boone was looking for this guy...which he found! So thank you Fall, for the perfect family weekend. Looks like it may've been our nice last one till Spring. That just means we are that much closer to Christmas!


Pumpkin Cheesecake

Yummy, Yummy in my Tummy! This is one of my favorite parts about Thanksgiving! This is probably number 1 of 3 of these that I will make in the next week. Love!
Chast of Characters:
2 (8 oz) packages softened cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Dash of Ground Cloves, Nutmeg
Graham Cracker Crust
Crust: (I've used ready-to-use Graham Cracker Crust plenty of times in this recipe and it works fine. I've also used regular dough crust and it is good too. I'm watching my pennies this year and the ready-to-use crust was $1 more. If you buy the box, you get twice as many crumbs so I went that route.) Mix 1 1/4 cups Graham Crackers Crumbs, 3 Tbls sugar, and 1/3 cup melted butter and mix until blended. Press firmly into pie plate and bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Cool, chill, and fill. Filling:
Mix cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until well blended. Add eggs and continue to mix until combined. Reserve 1 cup of plain cheesecake mixture. Pour remaining batter into pie crust. Add pumpkin and spices into reserved cup of plain batter. Mix well and top cheesecake batter with the pumpkin. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Serve cold with whipped cream! (I would cut it and show you a picture but I'm going to try and resist this pie. I'm sure I'll have my fair share of pies #2 and #3 in the next couple of days.) Cover and store leftover pie in refrigerator.


Tylee's Favorite Things - Christmas Edition

I think I've mentioned before that I never had a hobby until recently. Finally! I'm 27 years old and I have something that I can name when I'm in a room full of strangers and have to go around the room, introduce myself, and name a hobby. Unfortunately, I've yet to be in that situation now that I actually have an answer. I remember my freshman year of college when we had to go around the lunch table and introduce ourselves to the other girls in our dorm. I said I was shy and my best friend Jayci said she liked shoes. Let me tell ya, people were knocking down our door trying to be our friends! Ha!
Obviously, if you've been reading for any length of time, you know that my hobby involves one of these bad boys. Except when I drop mine, it breaks. Or when I spill pop on it, it stops working. But Tylee's doesn't!
I definitely prompted this gift for Tylee's 2nd birthday and I have to say thanks to Nanny and Poppy for graciously obliging to my request. Tylee is very interested in my camera and loves to flip through the pictures with me after a photo session. I figured rather than just yelling at her to "put Mommy's camera down!" all the time, I could just request one of her own!The picture quality isn't the best but when an adult takes the snap, they normally turn out like the ones above. When Tylee takes the picture, they normally turn out something like these below.

Either way, she thinks it is fun and who really cares how the pictures turn out. I load the good ones onto our computer every once in awhile and delete the rest. If nothing else, it lets Tylee have a part of something that I love. Its fun to go out and take pictures together, even if the hot pink camera sometimes ruins my photo-op.

(I would say this gift is more appropriate for 2.5+ years old. She is just now starting to grasp actually looking at something in the viewfinder and taking the picture. It was always just random button pushing before.)