Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Ours was filled with lots of fun and family. I just love this time of year! Here are a few pictures from Christmas eve - spent with Eric's parents, aunt, uncle and brother, at his parents house.

Christmas morning was so fun with Darby. She was so excited about EVERYTHING. We had to help her open her presents because she would be so excited about what was just opened that she couldn't possibly concentrate on something new!

Now we are packing up and heading to Big Bear for our annual trip to celebrate New Years with friends! I can't wait to take Darby sledding and playing out in the SNOW!

Sending ALL of you warm wishes for a blessed and happy New Year!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas before Christmas!

This year my parents are traveling to Atlanta for Christmas to visit my Sister, Brother in law and Luisa - most of you know they are in the process of adopting her from Columbia and she is visiting for the holidays. Since they will be gone, we celebrated Christmas early with them on Saturday! I have to admit, even though it was early, it was wonderful! Christmas is SUCH a hectic holiday for us. It was nice not to already be wiped out from the marathon Christmas usually is! Of course even though it was a week early, Redondo Beach Santa still stopped by the house before we got there. Darby was spoiled of course, by Santa AND her Cookie Grammy and Surfer Dude Grandpa.

Christmas definitely wont feel the same this year. It will be the first Christmas I will spend without seeing my parents, and Darby's first without seeing her Cookie Grammy and Surfer Dude Grandpa (even though she only has one under her belt and I have 28, we are in the same boat!) I will miss my Sister and Brother in Law, and Brother and Sister in law, and my 3 silly nephews. It is hard being so spread out from one end of the country to the other.

On the other hand, even though Christmas will be missing my immediate family (which is sad, no way around it!), I am so lucky to have married into a wonderful family and extended family, who all live close by. So Christmas will still be filled with family, and that is the important part!

Thank you Mom and Dad (and Santa!) for the great Christmas before Christmas! We will miss you!

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Potty Time

Darby has had a busy week on the potty! Since last Saturday she has gone on the potty a grand total of 6 times (5 #1s and 1 #2!). One of those times was because she said she had to go (#2), the rest were just routine potty breaks after nap or before bed. Whenever she has a successful potty break, to reward her I blow bubbles in the bathroom while she is still sitting on the potty. The potty plays music when she goes, so that's my signal to bring out the bubbles! Here are a few pictures from today -

Now, I do realize Darby will probably hate me later on for publicly blogging about her potty training. But I don't care. I am just so proud of her and until I can post about all the other successes she will have in life - potty training it is!!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009


On Sunday we took Darby to sit on Santa's lap. A LOT of other people had the same idea as we did (imagine that!) so there was a long line for us to wait in. Darby was so excited to see Santa (she says Santa, and it is SO cute. I'll have to get a video of it). While we waited, we took turns walking around with her. Southcoast Plaza has so many beautiful Christmas decorations up this time of year. Darby loved the "choo choo" and big tree.

We finally made it to the front of the line in Santa's house and of course her excitement turned to shyness and we couldn't even get her to crack a smile. But I'm not complaining, she didn't cry and I still think the picture is just perfect!!

AND Santa even gave her a candy cane!

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Sitting on the Potty

Saturday night was the same as most. Before putting on her jammies, Darby sat on her potty. We had a few friends over and Darby had a cheering squad. I don't think she was too impressed with the crowd around her in such a vulnerable state!

BUT, all of a sudden the potty started playing music which meant....


Our little Darby is growing so fast! We are so proud of her first pee-pee in her big girl potty!

I decided to try to potty training now just because she talks about it all the time. Sometimes she even tells us when she is going in her diaper. Of course, it could still take quite awhile, but we are letting her call the shots. If it works this early, great! If not, that's ok too!

No matter what, we are so proud of Darby's first pee-pee in her potty! Stay tuned for video!

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Family Pictures ... FINALLY!

Something I had been wanting to get taken for awhile were professional family photos. We didn't have any really good family pictures, and barely any pictures of me along with Eric and/or Darby! I guess that's what I get for always being the one snapping all the pictures. Even so, I wanted to make sure we had a really good picture for our Christmas cards this year, so my dream of professional pictures came true!

We heard about a photographer named Joe Martinez through a friend and arranged a shoot for the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Joe met us at beautiful Heritage Park in Cerritos and we had a great time playing around the park and posing for pictures. Darby LOVED chasing the ducks and swinging at the playground! We are so excited about our pictures! Joe created a slide show for us and you can check it out by clicking on this link -

I think I cry just about every time I watch it. The song we chose is "our song", hope you enjoy it!

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Setting Up Christmas!

Our Thanksgiving was busy, but just as perfect (and yummy!) as always! Darby LOVED my turkey and ate her way through Turkey Day, just like the rest of us. We had a great time being with family and getting stuffed!

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us yet again, we are gearing up for Christmas - my favorite time of year! I am SO excited for this year. Darby already loves all the decorations we have up and is amazed by all the lights around the neighborhood.

Here is a video I took this evening of Darby around the tree!

On a side note:
Don't forget!! If you are interested in ordering a custom handmade tutu, email me at or go to my Etsy site

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What Every Little Girl Needs!


This is something I have been wanting to do for awhile, and I am finally getting it all together and making it happen. I am so excited! Right now I have 2 listings up in my Etsy shop ( and will be specializing in custom order tutu's - but plan on having some in stock to order as well.

Tutu's are part of being a little girl. Darby just loves playing around in the tutu's I have made for her! What could be better then seeing the little girl in your life having fun AND looking super adorable?

If you know anyone that would be interested, PLEASE pass the word on! You can either contact me through my Etsy site or at

In other news, we have just been busy getting Darby healthy - she was put on another round of antibiotics because her double ear infections weren't budging! Today is her last day and she seems to be doing much better. I wish I could look in her ears to see for myself!

I can't believe Thanksgiving is in 2 days! There is SO much to be thankful for this year. Darby (of course!), my Mother In Laws sucessful double lung transplant (she is doing wonderfully), loving family and fantastic friends. There is so much more but life with a 1 year old wont allow me to sit here and type any longer!

Here is wishing you and your family/friends a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

We're Back...Finally!

After a week in Texas, a fever (Darby), vomit in the rental car (Darby), a double ear infection (Darby), cough and cold (Darby too!), we are back in action! It's been a crazy 2 weeks but we made it.

Texas was WONDERFUL! Darby and I had such a great time. I picked right up where I last left off (6 years ago) with my old high school friends and it was awesome. We stayed with my friends Katy and David, and their 3.5 month old babe Enzo. We felt so at home in their beautiful house and Darby loved breaking in all Enzo's toys! Darby and I also got to have brunch at my friend Monica's house (another beautiful one!), along with her 6 month old little girl Olivia and a few dinner with a bunch of other old friends too. The trip was absolutely perfect.. until Darby got sick on Sunday night. We were supposed to go to the zoo on Monday but since we were traveling Tuesday I wanted Darby to get as much rest as she could! Flying with a sick baby was not fun but we survived and were so happy to be back on California soil again!

I am SO SO SO sad I never got a picture with anyone, but hopefully it wont be TOO long before we can all see each other again. Here are some of the pictures I took on our Texas adventure!
Darby and Enzo having breakfast together

Kisses for Enzo

Learning how to be gentle with the baby

Ready to head out to meet Monica and Olivia at the park

Monica and Olivia

Katy and Enzo


Olivia is such a sweetie!

Darby and I crashed Katy and Davids big family photo shoot...

... and we had some fun of our own!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009


On Halloween we drove out to Orange to visit with Darby's Great Grandpa and Nana! She got all dressed up in her Panda Bear costume to show it off. We also go to see Darby's Great Aunt Sherri and cousin Jordyn - who dressed up too! We had a great time. Darby had fun seeing the horses and even got to ride one with Jordyn!

Darby had a GREAT time Trick or Treating - or "tricktreat" as she would say. Here are some pictures from our fun night!

One of the pumpkins I carved (while Eric napped)
Our "honor system" treat bowl on the front porch since we weren't home to hand out candy!

Darby blowing kisses to the pumpkins (she did this every day)

Ready to hit the neighborhood

First stop: Kaeli (Thumbelina) and Zanes (Iron Man) house!

Treat from Grandma and Grandpa Murray's house

Checkin' out her goodies, she got a ton of candy...

... and she got to eat a Kit Kat!

I'm so behind on posting, you will have to forgive me! Darby and I are heading down to Houston tomorrow to visit some friends. I am so excited, a bit nervous about traveling alone with her, but completely ready for the adventure! We will miss Eric a TON, but he will be busy taking the trailer up to Solvang and doing a 63 mile bike ride with a few of his buddies. I will have the camera with me - of course - so I will be sure to share our adventures with you when we get back!