Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Very Merry Christmas

What a wonderful Christmas the Bauer family had this year! It was Nathan's second official attendance at Christmas festivities and boy did he love it. It took him a while to get going, but once he figured out how to say "open" and rip that paper, he went after it! Which was good because I believe he received an estimated total of 8 million gifts this year! However about half of that (4 million) were books. He seriously racked up more than 20 books this year and I think those are just about the most awesome presents a kid can receive so I was very excited about that. He also got everything from Elmo gear to a real guitar to a pony he can bounce on all day long! For a recap of our festivities, we went to Hope Tuesday after a short work day for Jonathan and I and we kicked off the holidays with a yummy dinner, followed by a visit from none other than Santa Claus himself. Although Nathan was not quick to give him a hug, he was not at all scared of him and gladly accepted the Elmo Live he brought for him. On Christmas Eve morning we woke up and opened presents with my parents, followed by a trip to Grammy's house for even more presents. We went home that night so Nathan could get in bed before midnight and let Jolly Saint Nick bring even MORE presents. (No, we don't know where they will all go.) When Nathan woke up on Christmas morning, he was very surprised to see his own Mickey Mouse bean bag chair and Little People farm set. Then we traveled over to Grammy and Poppy's for... yep you guessed it. More presents!! :) And also a huge amount of fun family time for everyone. We had an absolutely perfect Christmas this year and I hope you all did, too.

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!


Jessica, Jonathan and Nathan

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Let it ice? No, thank you.

So, I don't know if you heard or not but it iced last week. That's right, not beautiful snow flakes swirling around Conway, blanketing its residents in a beautiful winter wonderland. It was ice that came down like tiny daggers, daring anyone to even step on the grass. But I had to do it. I had to step on the grass. So much that I had to seek out the ways local kids were dealing with the pity of no school (yeah, right). And the place we found them was a pretty dangerous one, zooming down on a hill near the country club. Yipes! However, I'm proud to say I did not slip and go plummeting down this enormous hill alongside them. I actually didn't fall at all and was very proud. The ice came Monday and stayed until Wednesday, which is probably a world record for Conway as it did not rise above freezing for two days. Anyway I tried to not be outside as much as possible during this fiasco called ice day, but I managed to snap a couple pictures while on assignment. Sure it may look beautiful, but that's only to disguise the impending doom. And, no I don't know the woman nor do I know the dog.
Oh yeah, and Nathan did not attempt to walk, make ice balls, make an ice man, make an ice angel or even go outside in this weather. So sorry for the late of cuteness in these photos. Check back soon for super cuteness, though. :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

A little off the top, please

So this Saturday morning marked a tremendous occasion in young Nathan's life. He got his very first haircut! Debbie, the woman who does both mine and Grammy's hair, did a great job on turning this mullet-sporting baby into a clean cut big boy. And he was so good through it all! I knew he wouldn't mind too much as having his hair brushed is one of his favorite things, but he didn't say a word. He just sat in my lap, wore his little robot cape and watched her go to work. Check out the before and after pictures - doesn't he look so much older?! It was sad to see the baby hair go, but I suppose he has to grow up sometime. Isn't he just precious?

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Tweet, tweet!

So if you are still keeping up with us through this blog, you have noticed a few changes. The most obvious change is that I've found the desire to post again. Yay! So I can guarantee you that if you continue to visit us, you can keep up with Jonathan, Nathan and I to the best of my abilities. You'll also notice a Twitter feed over there on the right. That's from a social networking site,, and I use it for work (and for play) to give the public a continuous update of what I'm doing. You'll probably see at least five Twitter updates during a workday! So now every time you come to this blog, you can see exactly what I'm doing at that very moment. Cool, huh? :)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Giving thanks (and eating food)

This year we celebrated Thanksgiving Day in Hope with the extended Montgomery family and had a great time! We enjoyed the usual holiday spread, including both roast and fried turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, olives and more, and even a little vegetarian lasagna to ensure everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. Nathan enjoyed himself - almost as much as he enjoyed the green bean casserole. The weekend after Thanksgiving we decorated our home for Christmas and had a post-Thanksgiving dinner with Grammy and Poppy at our house - complete with Jonathan's favorite stuffing, which he appreciated very much. It was a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and we can't wait 'til Christmas!

PS - For those of you curious as to what I've been thankful for this year, click here for a column I dedicated completely to that a few weeks ago. I'd imagine you guys could take a pretty good guess as to what that topic may be.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas Card *sneak peek*

In mid-November we asked Liberty to do a little family photo-shoot on the beautiful Hendrix campus so my mom could get a Christmas Card photo of everyone and we could just do some of our little family. We also ended up taking lots of cheesy engagement-esque photos, as you can see, and I love them dearly. These may or may not show up on your Christmas Card, so act surprised when you see it in a few weeks. Enjoy! :)