Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My cats have gone completely mad. I don't know if it's the additional Halloween decor I've put up, but they seem possessed by the kids plastic tablecloth !

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Originally uploaded by amberdawn82777

One thing is for sure, we have a lot of fun at home. We are usually always singing and dancing and playing tricks on each other. Tonight, while Emma was getting ready to get her bath, James and I armed ourselves with cans of silly string. We snuck up on her and emptied both cans. She thought it was really funny ! I'm sure there will be more tricks to come.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Central Market

For my birthday this year, which was in August, James surprised me and booked us a cooking class at Central Market in Houston. I was so excited and I've been patiently waiting for the day to come. Saturday will be the day ! I'm going to take my camera with me, but I'm not sure if they will allow pictures. Hopefully they will and I'll be able to give a full report. The menu is Fall Food and we are hoping to love it enough to make some of it for Thanksgiving dinner.

Here is the menu:

Seared Tri-Tip Steaks with Shiitake Mushroom Sauce
Herbed Crispy Cracked Potatoes
Baked Acorn Squash with Maple Butter
Pumpkin Flan with Pecan Streusel & Carrot-Root Beer Reductions
I think it sounds great !!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Houston Zoo

Originally uploaded by amberdawn82777

Friday afternoon when we walked out of the hospital, we were quite surprised by the weather. It was so cool outside and so gorgeous. We were very thankful. We passed the zoo on the way home and Emma asked again about going to the zoo. We decided to take her for a little while on Saturday afternoon. It was gorgeous outside and I got some cute pictures of Emma and her cousins. I just love this kid !

Emma's costume

Emma was so excited to finally get her costume. It was delivered while we were in the hospital, but she tried it on as soon as she could. Of course she was dancing for us and being dramatic.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Texas Children's Hospital

Well....if I had to say something about Texas Children's Hospital, it's the best and the worst place to be. I won't go into great detail, but long story short, in a total freak accident, Emma fell backwards off of our garden tub Tuesday night and hit her head on our ceramic floor. We ended up at the hospital twice until she was admitted. Her first scan revealed bleeding by her brain, but at that point they weren't sure where it was coming from and how severe it was. They ordered another scan and injected her with a contrast dye so they could look at her vessels. Praise God that one revealed the bleeding had stopped and she didn't need surgery. When the doctors were bringing up surgery on my baby, I honestly thought I was going to hyperventilate. We ended up staying until Friday and the hospital was so awesome. The staff was so wonderful and I am so thankful. Emma is a tough kid, but I know that because of the people there, she was able to get 2 IV's without shedding a tear, she got 2 cat scans without shedding a tear, and she gave about 6 tubes of blood without shedding a tear. Not to mention all of the other scary things that hospitals have and do. They were really great. I pray that we NEVER have to go back there, but if we do, I'm so thankful to live in a place where we have access to a medical center as awesome as we have in Houston. Emma was actually sad to leave the hospital. She said it was fun. I was also thankful for the reasons we were there. Walking the halls of the Neurology floor will make you appreciate the blessings in your life. It's a tough place to be and there are some tough things to see there, but I promise you that it will open your eyes. Today I have a praise and a prayer request. I'm praising God for keeping Emma safe, but I ask that you pray for those kids at Texas Children's Hospital.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Halloween invites

Halloween invites
Originally uploaded by amberdawn82777

The invites are in the mail ! I wish I could say this was my original idea, but I got the inspiration from Better Homes and Gardens. I think they turned out pretty cute. Emma had fun letting me paint her feet !

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Happy, Not-so-happy pets


Not so happy......

EEK !! Halloween cats !!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Happy Halloween !

Happy Halloween !
Originally uploaded by amberdawn82777
Well, I had planned for a detailed post, but I am short on time, which is the norm lately. These are our pumpkins. We will be carving them, but not until the end of the month. Unfortunately, it's too hot to carve them now. I love Halloween !

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Bad blogger

I know, I know....I've been a bad blogger. I really do have several posts piled up in this brain of mine, but I've been too busy. I work for a bank and we merged with another bank back in December, but the actual change-over has yet to happen. Needless to say, it's happening this month and it's been pretty crazy around here. I'm still working on a Halloween party for the kids and I have a pumpkin post to do for you. For now, I'll leave you with a picture of Emma's Halloween costume.

Harajuku Girl

She's going to look pretty doggone cute !