Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 in Review

Well 2010 was hands down the best year of my life.  God has blessed me so much just by sending his Son, that all of this other stuff is really just fluff.  But the fluff...is what makes my life here on Earth so special.  Thank you Lord for such a wonderful, wonderful year!

January
 We finally meet the little person living in my tummy!  Smith William Shull came on January 18 and he MADE our year.  Correction, he made our lives.  We love you Smith!

February
 Record breaking snow in Dallas. 

 Which gave us extra time to snuggle inside with our new man.

March
 Sylvia and Broderick come to meet Smith for the first time.

 We enjoyed the pretty weather outside.

April
My sweet babies

May
 Andrew and Shay go to San Diego for some FUN!

 And little Kensington starts sleeping in a big girl bed. 

 Plus, we put on our suits and enjoy the pool.

June
 We finally see Shamu in person on a family trip to San Antonio.  She was mesmerized.

 Little man was excited about Shamu too.

July
 We board a plane and head to Europe on our first big adventure!!!  Holland, Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Hungary here we come.

 It's hard work traveling to Europe when you're 1 and 6 months :).

August
 My sweet hubby takes me to Vegas to see the man of my dreams...Michael Buble!!!  Love you baby!

 This little guy just keeps getting bigger.

 And this little girls just keeps getting cuter!

September
 I surprise my mom and head to Boston with them to see the Red Sox play at Fenway Park.

 On the 15th, Kensington turns 2!

 Happy Birthday Kensington Kate!

October
 My little tiger is so cute on Halloween!

 Kensington is a pro at asking people for candy :).

November
 Happy Thanksgiving!


Decemeber
We made the very most of our Christmas season this year!

2010 was filled with a lot of big moments but it was the everyday little moments that made it so special.  Spending time with my kids everyday, enjoying the company of my girlfriends, being with family...all of those things made 2010 so special. 

What's in store for 2011?  Well, definitely more stamps in our passports, lots of time with family and friends and hopefully, a year full of even more simple things.

Happy New Year!
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Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Amazing Race

I know I've mentioned this before but my dad is...um...well...different.  He holds Guinness World Records, travels the world (sometimes on camel) sharing Jesus, chases hurricanes for kicks and has lived a life that could only be described as extraordinary

Several years ago, he auditioned for Survivor and of course, CBS ate him up.  They loved him.  They have considered him for 3 seasons but just can't seem to place him there on the right season.  This past summer, they contacted him again (they keep calling him) about being on The Amazing Race instead.  They sent him over the contract and said he was their man.  There was just one problem...they needed him to come with my mom.  My mom...God love her...has enough common sense to know that she does not want to be on a reality show.  Period.  So, she said no, my dad told CBS no and they said, maybe next season. 

So, here we are.  It's next season...and of course my dad wants to be on the show.  This time though, he found himself a new partner.  Click here to see the audition video.  Who knows if they'll have a spot for my dad this season or not?  Regardless, my dad sure knows how to put together a good audition video :).

Stay tuned...I'll let you know.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Little Miss Cutie

Yesterday, I took Kensington to see Tangled.  My parents had already taken her to see it several weeks ago but since she has talked non-stop about the movie ever since, I knew she needed to see it again (plus, my mom and dad kept saying how great it was, so I wanted to see it myself).  She looked so cute in one of her new Christmas outfits and boots, that I had to snap some pictures.
 Not sure about posing

 Now she's into it :)

 She wanted to make sure I got a picture of the bling on her bottom.

 She's holding my fleur de lis and posing at the same time.

 Little Mr. Cutie wouldn't sit still for a photo shoot.  He kept looking over at Tulip barking her head off in her crate.

I don't know what this face is?  He's just ready for me to put down the camera and pick him up.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Grateful

Here's something you don't know about me.  Way back when I was in high school, I was home one day watching Oprah and this author was on talking about how she encourages everyone to write down 5 things they are grateful for every single day.  She didn't mean things like health, family, your home...obvious things, she meant 5 specific things that happened to you that day that you weren't expecting that made you grateful (like finding a parking spot near the entrance to a crowded mall, a card in the mail from someone you love, hearing your favorite song on the radio...you know, things like that).  Well, little Miss High School Shay decided to make her New Years resolution that year to start writing down 5 things she was grateful for every day.  And I have.  Year after year after year.  Today, I realized that I needed to pick up another gratitude journal since the year was ending.  Then I thought to myself, how long will I keep doing this?  How many have I done so far?  So, I went to my stash to count and 2010 (the one I'm doing right now) will be my 13th book.  Enough said.  I am finished :).


The first year, I wrote down my grateful moments in a normal journal but then my mom surprised me that Christmas and bought me the official Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude by the author, Sarah Ban Breathnach and I have been using them every year instead.  Each year, I buy a new one and start compiling a list of my daily grateful moments.

These books have really been a huge part of my life.  I have not missed one single day.  Not one.  I have carried them around the world in my suitcase, I have taken them with me to the hospital for surgeries and the deliveries of my precious babies, I have managed to find 5 things to be grateful for every single day for 13 years.  Most days it's easy...some days it's harder.  I made myself find grateful moments on hard days.  On the day my Granddaddy died, on the day I had my miscarriage, on the day I told a sweet guy I couldn't marry him...every day. 

Sometimes, Andrew will ask me to look up what we were doing 5 years ago on a particular day just for fun.  Or I'll see what I was doing on September 15 or January 18 back in high school (my kiddos birthdays) because I never knew on those days when I was writing down grateful moments that those days would one day live in infamy as the two best dates in my year.

So anyway, I am done.  Thirteen years ain't bad, right?  If you're looking for a New Years resolution this year, I highly recommend starting a gratitude journal.  It has profoundly changed my life.  I am always paying attention for little things throughout my day that I can later write down as grateful moments.  Doing this every day has made me very aware of the simple things in life that really make life sweet.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Smith's first Christmas

I know I've mentioned this before but when you have a baby in January, you sometimes forget to make a big deal out of the "firsts" by the time the fall holidays roll around.  Smith is 11 1/2 months old...I feel like he's been a part of our family forever, so I sometimes forget to make a big deal out of the fact that it's his first Christmas.  When Kensington had her first Christmas (here), she was 3 months old...a new little infant wearing all of the "my first ___" onesies and getting gobs of attention.  Little Man is way too big for little onesies and is almost a year old, so he didn't get fussed on quite as much as his big sister (plus he suffers from that horrible complex called Second Child Syndrome).  So, here are the pictures from my sweet Smith's very first Christmas.  I love you baby boy!
 And of course, picture number one is of his sister :).  Since Christmas Eve was so, so cold and rainy, we went to the Galleria for last minute looking and lunch.



 My mother-in-law is a hoot to take shopping.  A hoot!

 For Christmas Eve dinner, we took Andrew's parents to eat dinner at our very favorite restaurant in Dallas, Eddie V's.  This is K and me trying to take a self-portrait shot in the back of our Tahoe.



 The kids were sooooooo good at the very nice steak restaurant.  I was very proud!

 The original Mr. and Mrs. Shull





 All 4 of us very full about to look at Christmas lights in Highland Park.



 Before bed, we put out cookies for Santa.  Andrew really thought Santa would want Oreos...

 Kensington posing next to the fire place with her cookies and milk for Santa.

 Our family room Christmas morning before the kids woke up.

 The kitchen she has been talking about for months.

 Santa left Smith some goodies too.

 (Do you see the name puzzles?  I bought them online.  I love educational and fun toys!)

 Kensington walked out of her room, blankey in tow, and saw her kitchen.

 I think this is the look of "they really weren't lying about that Santa stuff".





 As I was snapping pictures, I looked down and saw these feet.  I just think Smith William Shull has the sweetest little feet!









 Merry Christmas from the Shull family to yours!


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