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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Countdown Week 4!

I'm Baaaack! And just in time for week 4 of the Christmas Countdown! Can you believe Christmas is a week away! I still have soooo much to do!

Today is my annual Father Daughter ( and this year, Granddaughter) shopping and Chinese food trip with my Dad! Every year we pick a day to eat some delicious Chinese food and get all the shopping done for my Mom! We have been doing it since I was a little girl! So fun!

Tomorrow my sister and cousins and I will continue our annual Gingerbread Cookie making! I seriously have the BEST recipe! Here are some cookies from past years:

So what have we been up to lately? We were in Houston over the weekend for the Mock family Christmas, here are some pictures:
Her pretty party dress

 We discovered she likes horses...a lot!

 Hallie with Santa! 

 Yesterday we had our last playgroup before Christmas! Hallie had fun playing with her friends and make a cute ornament for our tree:

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Monday, December 15, 2014

please hold

Hey everyone! I'm still alive,  I promise!  We have been out of town visiting family,  and came home to some lovely house guests as Hallie's baptism was yesterday!  We had the honor of hosting her Godfather, Christopher's cousin who is a priest in Louisiana,  and his good friend,  Father Eric who celebrated her Baptism yesterday! We are still having fun and I'll update soon!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Time Is Here: Countdown to Christmas Week 3

Things are getting mighty Christmasy around here! I am making my lists and checking them twice! I am buying and wrapping presents, finishing up the decorating and addressing Christmas cards like a mad woman!

Here are our recent pictures of all things Christmas!

        1. The Mantle is finished for the exception of our family stockings, my sweet mother in law has been hand making them for us! I am one lucky lady!

        2. Every present that has been bought so far is wrapped and under the tree...Hallie helped

3. We put a little tree and a Christmas night light in Hallie's room! She loves helping me turn them on at night and is in awe of them when she is playing before bed!

4. Hallie's Christmas Dress arrived! I cannot wait to see her wearing it! This weekend will be our first chance, at Christopher's family Christmas Party in Houston!

5. And since I am still addressing our Christmas Cards, I thought I would give you a peek at the other Christmas shoot we did. You can see the sneek peek of our family shoot here. This one was just for Hallie:

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Puppy Love

Dear Stella,
My first baby! My spoiled with attention fur baby that used to get to ride everywhere with me in the car.  Who used to get my only cuddles.  Who used to get more trips to the park.  Who got fancy doggie treats and toys on a regular basis, even though we knew the toys would be torn to shreds within days, sometimes minutes! Thank you for being such a good girl and adapting so well to the new addition to our family! Hallie loves you so much and enjoys watching you play.  She loves to pet you (sometimes not so gently) and you do such a good job staying calm when she tugs a little hard, because you know she is smaller than you, and it's your job to protect her! Thank you for understanding that she is little, and sometimes, yes most times, she needs our attention first! You are such a good big sister! I have to say I was nervous bringing Hallie home.  I wasn't sure what you would think of her.  I was scared that you wouldn't be gentle.  But it warms my heart to know that you love her as much as you love us! It makes me so happy when I walk into her room in the middle of the night to check on her and see you already next to her crib keeping watch.  And when she starts to cry, sometimes you get to her before I do, because you care so much! 
We love you puppy girl! You will always and forever be special to me!
Love, your Momma! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hallie's Christmas List

Today I thought I would share with you Hallie's Christmas List...or rather, Mommy's wish list for Hallie! 

1. Fisher Price Kick and Play Piano- I love this toy, because it can grow with her. Right now she is very into kicking her feet and colors and sounds, so I know she will have a blast playing this piano with her feet. As she gets older, she can sit to play it! So fun! 

2. This Mama's and Papa's Plush Doll- Because it is just darn cute...and Purple, our favorite! Score! 

3. Board Books- Hallie seriously loves to read! We do it every night before bed! 

4. Infantino Mover and Shaker toy- These little guys shake and make noise and Hallie got a kick out of them while doing some Christmas Shopping the other day! Santa may already have this in his sleigh for her! ;) 

5. Carters Sizes 3 and 6 clothing- Size 3 for now and size 6 for the spring! 

6. Oball Balls- Hallie loves that she can hold these without dropping them! Perfect for teeny fingers! 

What are some things on your kids wish lists? 
<3 Kelly 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Oh hey, Friday! Pics from....recently

Hello all, today I thought I would just share some great pics of Hallie that I have yet to share since Thanksgiving (so not technically all this week!)

This was one of the many pictures I got of Hallie snuggling her Daddy before bath last night! Too sweet!

Hallie loves our tree, so I layed her underneath it so she could stare up at the lights! It made her so Happy!

Here is Hallie with a buddy of mine from when I was a kid! This was my little Reindeer! She loves the thing! So fun to watch her play with him!

This was taken after decorating my parents tree over last weekend!

Another from last weekend, check out those adorable booties! She is just the best! 

Hope everyone has a great weekend! We are going out for our first date night post Hallie on Saturday!! (Fingers crossed) I asked Christopher to plan it, so I don't even know what we're doing! 
<3 Kelly
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Currently December

Happy Thursday!!! Yay, it's almost the weekend!! It's time for "Currently, December"- giving you some insight to the recent Happenings in the Mock house!

Reading: I am still on the wait list at the Library for Sophie Kinsella's new Shopaholic! I finally jumped on the bandwagon though and am devouring Gone Girl, by: Gillian Flynn! I am 3/4 through and OMG all these twists and turns!!! I have so much trouble putting it down at night!! Hopefully I will get to enjoy the movie in theatres when I am done, otherwise, I'll have to redbox it!

Watching: Almost done binging on Gilmore Girls via Netflix, and happily awaiting Friends appearance! (even though I have all 10 seasons on DVD) Mostly I have been just enjoying all the Christmas specials!!! What's your fave?

Working on: Everything Christmas!Making my Lists, checking them twice, shopping, decorating! So much left to do! Being sick has really dragged me down! 

Looking Forward to: Getting to see some dear friends next weekend and also Christopher's Houston Family, for their Mock Christmas Celebration! We also have Hallie's Baptism! Next weekend is totally jam packed!!!  And of course Christmas here at the end of the month! Hallie's first Christmas! So exciting! She already loves the lights and the blinky ornaments on our tree!!!

Loving: How mobile and expressive Hallie is becoming!!! Laughing and scooting all over the place!! She just melts my heart!!! 

What have y'all been up to!?  What is left to do on your list before the Holiday's!?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Countdown to Christmas Week 2

Hello all! How is the decorating, baking, wrapping and prepping for Christmas going on your end?! 
I have to say I still have SO much to do! Normally by now I have the house completely decked out and at least 1/2 of our presents bought, wrapped and carefully placed beneath our tree! This year, with Hallie it is a whole new ball game! She keeps me so busy! On top of that, I have a cold that just will not go away! 

Fortunately I did have time to make some Babies First Christmas Ornaments with her yesterday!

Salt Dough Hand print Ornament Recipe

Ingredients and Supplies:
1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Salt
1/2 Cup Water
Cookie Sheet
Paint and Brushes

So first I mixed the dough. The flour and salt first and added the water to form dough. I made it into one ball first then separated it into 4 balls (it makes enough for 4 ornaments for baby hands) 

I flattened each ball some so that Hallie's hand would fit on it. Then pressed her hand into each to form a hand print. Then added a hole with toothpick for the string to go through.

Then I baked it covered at 400 for 20 minutes, then uncovered for another 3 (just so that it was slightly browned) 

Once completely cooled I first traced her hand with the outside color of paint (in this case green) 
Then I painted the Santa and then finished the outside.  

Today I will add the string and the Date to the back with her name. Then modpodge it to seal!

Super easy and great for babies first Christmas! 
Just make sure to store these inside when you put away your decorations! 

Hope you are all enjoying the season!
<3 Kelly
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Many Faces of Hallie: Blue Christmas

I know you can't hear it, but Hallie is definitely crooning Elvis's famous "I'll have a Bluuuue Christmas" in this picture! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

I mustache you...

I Mustache You...

I was so excited when Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls
 Tagged me in this fun Q&A post! 
And on a sleepy Monday morning after a LOOOONG
 weekend,  It was the perfect time to Participate! 

Four names that people call me, other than my real name
  • Kel- though very few people can get away with this                                                                                without me cringing
  • Bell- Childhood nickname, sometimes my parents still                                                                                   use it
  • Babe- it's usually Christopher's go to term of                                                                                                 endearment 
  • Momma- What he refers to me as near Hallie

Four jobs that I have had:
  • Framing Specialist at Joann Fabrics- My first job                                                                                             ever. Though I quit after a pretty nasty injury to                                                                                           my finger. I worked with glass and blades, use                                                                                                  your imagination... 
  • Story Lady at Barnes and Noble- I actually really                                                                                          liked this job and made a lot of friends working                                                                                          there! I also got invited to kids birthday parties,                                                                                              which might be the sweetest thing ever!
  • Preschool teacher- I taught 2's and 3's! I actually still keep                                                                              in touch with a lot of the                                                                                                                          families and kids...they are all like 11 and 12 now! 
  • Nanny- I have met some great families doing this and am                                                                            so lucky to still work with such a great family! I have                                                                                  known these girls since the oldest was 2 (she is now 11!) 

Four movies I have watched more than once:
Just 4!?
  • When Harry Met Sally- It will forever be a favorite of                                                                                      mine that I can watch whenever, wherever! "Is one of                                                                                 us supposed to be a dog in this scenario?!" I love                                                                                             Nora Ephron!
  • Center Stage- Kinda cheesy, yes, but it makes me go                                                                                      back to my dancing days! Ahh!"Careful with that one,                                                                              you break it, you bought it!"
  • It's a Wonderful Life- I love this one! It was one of my                                                                                 Nana's faves too! It was also how I announced my                                                                          pregnancy almost a year ago! I put up a picture of the                                                                             sonogram with the tagline "Christopher Mock lasso stork!"
  • While You Were Sleeping- I just love the feel of this movie!                                                                          Plus Sandy B is one of my faves!

Four places I have lived:
  • Albuquerque New Mexico- though I don't remember it                                                                                   (ages I think 6 months-3..)
  • El Paso Tx- From 3-7
  • Plano/ Dallas Tx- The majority of my life since birth
  • Houston area- For a year in my early 20's...I missed                                                                                        home too much!

Four places I have been:
  • I'll start with coolest! London England- Honeymoon!
  • San Francisco CA- My favorite city EVER!
  • Sanibel Island Florida- Family Vacay as a kid
  • New Orleans LA- Several times! Christopher has                                                                                            family in the area!

Four places I would rather be right now:
  • London
  • San Fran
  • Visiting a new fun place
  • Somewhere cold and snowy and actually Christmasy!

Four things I won't eat:
  • Beef
  • Things that live in the water. No, never, not on my life.                                                                                   (I am with you Beth on this one!)
  • Pork
  • Any other weird meat...rabbit, duck, bison....etc...

Four of my favorite foods:
  • Pasta!
  • Cheese
  • Bread...why yes, I am Italian!
  • Cookies
Four TV shows that I watch:
  • Pretty Little Liars...I know I am a 12 year old!
  • Big  Bang Theory
  • Parenthood
  • Project Runway, when it's on!

Four things that I am looking forward to this year:
  • CHRISTMAS! So much fun!
  • Hallie's birthday...and also not...I wish I could                                                                                                 keep her a baby forever! 
  • Already scouring the internet for a cute costume                                                                                              Mommy and daughter duo for 
  • Losing the rest of my baby weight!

Four things I am always saying:
  • "I love you"
  • "Silly baby"
  • "I'm tired!" lol
  • "Coffee!"

Four people I ask to join along in the Q&A's:
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