Thursday, October 21, 2010

BIG GIRL BED!

Our little Cambell Grace has been sleeping in her BIG GIRL BED since Friday, September 24! This was a big step for our big girl... and a necessary one, since little brother will be needing the crib soon :).
It all happened so fast. Aunt Summer was with us for the weekend and helping with the bedtime routine for the toddler. Cambell mentioned she would be sleeping in her big girl bed. Mommy knows that translates to eventually sleeping in her big girl bed, as we often talk about to get her geared up for the big switch. But Aunt Summer saw a golden opportunity, pulled back the sheets, and off we plunged into the great adventure of sleeping in the big girl bed! I really did not feel ready at the time to take this jump at the time, but now I am so glad it is over and a SUCCESS! Cambell LOVED her crib and would ask for it by name since I started talking up the big girl bed. It is best that we made the switch when it was HER idea, because she would probably still be in her crib, otherwise.
To celebrate a successful first night, we rewarded our official big girl with a pink doughnut! I am happy to report that Cambell stays in her big girl bed from the time we put her down until we come in to get her. She even talks and sings to herself in the mornings upon waking up, patiently waiting for Mommy to come get her. This was my main concern in moving to the big girl bed. Selfishly, I did NOT want to give up that luxury. It is so nice to be able to be completely ready for the day before going in to get Cambell. ONE morning she came out of her room, but I calmly told her that she needs to wait for Mommy to come and get her when she wakes up, and she has obliged my request... and is SO proud of herself for obeying. I am so proud of my BIG GIRL (and thankful to my sister for ripping off the band-aid :))!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Gig 'Em Gaggies!

(It has been over a month since I have posted! I hate how behind I am on documenting our little life because so much has happened that I want to remember! I am going to start at the present and move backwards)

Friday afternoon, after picking Cambell up from school and getting her down for a nap, I settled down on the couch with the computer and a snack only to find I had a Facebook message waiting for me from a friend I have lost touch with for some time. Imagine my surprise when the message held an offer for free tickets to the A&M v. Arkansas game at Cowboy Stadium the next day! We had blocked off Saturday to work on Grayer's room, but this was just too good of an opportunity to pass up! I am SO glad we went! I am indebted to the beautiful Kelley Wolfe! Kelley and I cheered together in high school and then she became my Little Sis in Tri Delt at A&M. She now works for Cowboy Stadium, and boy did we reap the benefits this weekend :).

Everything went better than expected. Parking was a breeze. A shuttle took us right up to will call where I literally walked up and got our tickets! It was especially exciting to go up the escalator into the club section where our seats were priced at $225 a pop. Upon finding our seats, I discovered another long lost family friend waiting in the seats next to ours. I LOVED getting to catch up with precious Abby Burleson (now Reyes). I am actually in contact with her mom often, as she is our family photographer (we actually have a session with her tomorrow), but I had not seen Abby in a LONG time!
Cambell did well considering the game was smack dab in the middle of nap time. Mommy came prepared with books, coloring books and crayons, and most importantly, stickers. We laughed at the differences ANYTHING with a two year old brings, but especially football games. A little less about the game and beer, a little more about the halftime show and, well, stickers. Cambell LOVES stickers. After growing bored of sticking them together in one pile, as she usually does, Abby helped her come up with a new game, placing stickers on her face. Gotta love anything that keeps a girl occupied for more than 10 minutes!
Trying SO hard to Gig 'Em with her little thumb. She had it down by the end of the day. I felt like a terrible Aggie, just now teaching my daughter how to gig em! It is especially important for us to instill a love for A&M early because our other school of choice may not be feasible financially :). "Gig Em, Aggies" started out as, "Gig Em, Daddy", graduated to "Gig Em, Gaggies", and was eventually perfected. Abby is a fellow half blooded Aggie Bear, so she sympathized and we practiced Cambell's Sic Em as well.
This is going to sound terrible, but I forgot how much I love my Alma Mater. I am inundated with all things Baylor on a daily basis-which I absolutely love- but this was a good reminder that I am in fact, an Aggie!
One of the best parts of the day was getting to explore the stadium. We were in a club section, so our amenities were above average, to say the least. Baylor was still playing when we first arrived and Graham threatened to hang out in the lounge to watch until their game ended. Thankfully, he assumed the role of the dutiful Aggie hubby, although I would not have minded because the lounge was so nice.
We are so grateful to Kelley for allowing our little family this experience! We know spontaneous trips like this will not be possible for a while in a few short months, making this day especially memorable and precious. We took full advantage of this special family time. After leaving the game a little early, we stopped in downtown Burleson for dinner at a spot we LOVE and had been to once before. You should definitely try Fresco's Cocina Mexicana if you are ever in the area. We had been there once before with my aunt and uncle who used to live in Burleson. Had we not been with a 2 year old, we would have sat on the deck and enjoyed some live music- but I wouldn't trade her and the food tasted just as good inside :).

Even though the Aggies were not victorious in the end, we had a PERFECT Saturday, thanks to the wonderful Kelley Wolfe!