Saturday, December 29, 2007

Happy Birthday Riley!

Today is Riley's First Birthday! Happy Birthday to our lovable pooch!

Christmas in Disney!

Boy did we have fun!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Gingerbread House

Camille spent last weekend with Mimi. Together they made this gingerbread house. Camille was soooo proud of it. She also wanted to eat it. She bugged me enough that I broke off a corner of the roof for her. Judging by the reaction of Camille's first bite, I think the house looks a lot better than it tastes!

We are off to Disney tomorrow. I am taking cameras and video cameras (especially for dining with the princesses!) but we are not taking a computer, so you'll have to wait until after Christmas to enjoy the photos from the trip. Merry Christmas everyone! We're outta here!

Friday, December 14, 2007

A star is born?

My first ever job was one I did when I was nine. I walked dogs in my neighborhood; 25 cents per dog. We didn't have a dog and I loved them. Owners who bought a walk for their dog really got their money's worth.

Camille is 3 years old and has received her first paycheck. How? Recently she went to a casting call for a Goddard School TV commercial. It was a no-brainer for the casting director and Camille easily landed the part. The commerical shoot earned her the very first paycheck. And, she had a great time doing the commercial shoot. She wasn't at all intimidated by the lights, cameras and people all around and she had a terrific time playing with other kids who were at the shoot too!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

LRF Christmas Party

Each year the Little Rock Foundation hosts a holiday party for visually impaired children and their families. This year's party was one of the best ever! Thank you Tina and Rocco for extending the invitation to our family. We had a great time! Here's just a tiny portion of the day.

Camille LOVES makeup...
So face-painting was a big hit!
Daddy tried on some crazy glasses!
Our friend BettyAnn watched Camille at the duckpond...
Then she helped Camille play the maze game!
BettyAnn and Karly with Camille.
Next Camille decorated her own snowflake. She also did spin art and watched a magic show!
Then Camille got to visit the Jolly man himself!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Friday Family FotoFun Challange - All Dolled Up

Modeling this year's Christmas dress...

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Colors of the Season

Ah, the colors of the Christmas Season... traditionally red and green; at our house, mostly red.

Unfortunately, Camille suffers from chronic, frequent nosebleeds. It's a fact of life for us... the first was one that I most unpleasantly encountered happened when Camille was 13 months old. I went into her room one morning to find her covered in blood from head to toe, the crib looked like someone had slaughtered the fattened calf in it. In the last 2 1/2 years, nosebleeds have caused us to leave early and occasionally take trips to the ER. We battle the nosebleeds a couple times a week throughout the year, but winter, with dry weather and viruses, causes daily battles. Yesterday was a record breaker with a total of 4 significant nosebleeds in just one day. The nosebleeds are often spontaneous, occurring for no reason at all. Sometimes they occur after sneezing and other times a small bump can start one.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has great information on nosebleeds in kids. Our journey has lead us to seek care from specialists including an ENT and hematologist. Camille has been recommended for a minor surgical procedure to cauterize her nose. Because this procedure requires general anesthesia and a trip to the operating room, we are trying other options right now.

Camille has bad cold today. We will likely keep her home from school for a couple of days. We'll see how she does and if we can keep the nosebleeds under control for now.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Pottery Painting

Camille and her best friend Hannah went to a place to paint pottery. The girls had a great time painting (glazing) ceramic ornaments to give as gifts for Christmas this year.