Sunday, November 27, 2011

Weekend, don't leave!

My oh my, how I have enjoyed the past few days. During the holidays, it is so hard not to be in a good mood. I love spending time with all of my family and especially love it when David has FOUR whole days off! That rarely happens (we're lucky if he has two days off in a row), and it was so nice. The time went by entirely too fast though. Today, we went and bought our new Christmas tree, and although it is only a six foot tree, we are so happy with it! It fits perfectly where we had planned to put it and looks just as if it belongs with us. I will post pictures when we get it decorated. Averi and I are going to buy lights for it tomorrow. This evening we also went to Red Robin in celebration of Mom's birthday, Lindsay's birthday, and Aunt Sharon's birthday. It was a lovely evening to end a wonderful Thanksgiving break. I was so excited to give my Mom the tickets that David and I got her to see Jeff Dunham (a comedian that she likes). I know her and my Dad will have a blast! 
(The Controlled Chaos tour is the one they will be seeing in February!)

Last but not least, my wonderful and kindhearted Nana is having some work done on her mouth tomorrow. I am sure everything will go well, but would really appreciate prayers for a speedy healing for her, and for relief from the pain she has been dealing with. And since I have mentioned her, here is a picture of my beautiful Grandmother--

I think that sums things up for this post, just wanted to share a little update as the weekend came to a close!

-Love to you all- 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Averi's Christmas Pictures

Just wanted to post a couple of my favorite pictures that my Aunt Lee Ann took of Averi, so adorable!

Okay, so there is one of Riley in there, I couldn't help it... He looks so stinking cute!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving deets

What a fantastic Thanksgiving we had! So thankful! Wednesday night, I decided last minute I was going to add Oreo Truffles to my "to make" list, and I'm so glad I did! They were so easy, and a big hit! Of course, I found the recipe on pinterest. :-) All you do is blend up a package of double-stuffed oreos, then mix them with 8 oz of cream cheese, roll into 1 inch balls on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper. Then you put them in your freezer for 15 minutes, warm up your dipping chocolate and after 15 minutes of freezer time, you dip them in your chocolate and refrigerate overnight! Easy as that! I added sprinkles to mine, to give them a little color.

I also made a green bean casserole and a pumpkin cheesecake, which both turned out surprisingly good. I'll leave those recipes to another day though. I woke up on Thanksgiving morning to this:

I couldn't have asked for a better way to start the day. Daddy woke up with Averi and fed her and they made me such a sweet picture. Averi wanted to write her name and the date (with his help, of course), and she tried to help with the turkey. I am so blessed with such a sweet fiance, and perfect baby girl! At about 1 or so we went over to my parents so I could finish up my casserole and pie. The day was just perfect with family and my soon-to-be in-laws, I am so glad they joined us this year! Averi and Mason were just perfect little turkeys on their first Thanksgiving day, it was so much fun.

We didn't get home till later in the evening, time really does fly when you are having fun! Today, Averi went over to Grandma and Grandpa's (The Rudisill Grandparents) while David and I knocked out over half our Christmas shopping... A month in advance, that's a change! Tomorrow is my beautiful mother's birthday, and we can't wait to give mommy dearest her present. I guess that's about it for now.. I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving, we all have so very much to be thankful for! 

-Love to you all-

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thankful, thankful, thankful!

The day after tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I am SO looking forward to it! It sure feels like the months are flying by, next week we will be into December already! Not to mention, in one week, Averi will be six months! Half a year! Um, please stop growing, or at least slow down! Speaking of my little angel, I have decided to dedicate tonight's post to some of the things I'm most thankful for (since Thanksgiving is a day away)! Of course, I'm thankful for all the blessings God has given me, but if I listed them all, we would be here FOREVER! 

Thank you Father, for: My Family
I am so thankful for my new little family! I thank God every night for David and Averi. David is my best friend, and my rock, and the amazing father of my child AND my soon-to-be HUSBAND! I could not be any more excited knowing that my forever is with him. Now, of course, I could go on and on about Averi, but I'll keep it short and sweet-- She has brought so much happiness into my life, I didn't think life could be this good, and it is because of her! It is a love like no other and I can't imagine my life without her. She is my entire world! I must have done something right for God to have placed not only David in my life, but to have given us the most precious gift of all, a healthy and happy baby girl! 

Now, I also thank God every night for my family who I have shared my whole life with thus far. I was blessed beyond belief when God decided that I was to be a Rudisill. I seriously have the most amazing parents anyone could ever ask for. They are nothing but supportive and full of love. They would do anything for us kids, and it totally shows. I don't know where I would be today without them. They are not only my parents, but also my friends, my confidants! Now, with this family also comes my siblings, or my best friends. I would do anything for my two sisters and brother, and I know they would do the same for me. Again, God pieced together a pretty perfect family, perfect for us at least. 

I know, this is already long.. I think I'll break it into two different posts.. And don't mind the way old pictures.. With that being said, I will end this one with...

Thank you Father, for: My four-legged son
Riley is my shadow, even though he lives with his grandparents, he is definitely still my dog, and my best buddy. When I go to my parents house, he is by my side EVERYWHERE I go, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Except for when he stares out the window as I leave, that breaks my heart. Anyways, he is a big part of my life and can always make my gloomy days a little brighter. He knows me just as well as my family and friends do, regardless of the fact he is a pooch. He is very special to me, and believe it or not, I thank God for him every night as well!

Okay, okay.. I will finish my thankful(s) tomorrw! Right now, I am thankful for my bed, and my two sleeping "babies"! Goodnight everyone! 

-Love to all-

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mini Photo Sesh!

I am playing more with my camera lately, and although it isn't anything fancy, I really like the photos I get! I've had it over a year now and STILL don't know all of it's functions and capabilities. So, what better time to practice than with my perfect little doll! We snapped a few pictures this evening, here are some of my favorites:

She is so fun to take pictures of, I could just keep snapping away! She on the other hand, is very patient for a while and then when enough is enough, she will surely let me know. These next ones were taken while we lounged around after our walk at the park...

As you can see, babies are very flexible. And I will say that her feet are probably her best, most effective teething toys (non body part--Sophie, the giraffe, for sure)!

Lots Of Love!

Monday, November 14, 2011


Okay, so I know a couple of you had said the videos of Averi eating solids weren't showing up on the last blog post. I went and edited it and re-uploaded them so it should be working now. I just redid the cereal and the peas, I will put the squash at the end of this post. Anyways, I am so sleepy right now so am not going to post a lengthy one tonight! I know, i know, everyone is upset. :-) 

I just wanted to take a second and thank the Big Guy above for all my blessings, he has been so good to me, and I realize it more and more every day! Found this on Pinterest and boy is it true! 

And here is the squash video:

Love to you all!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Where does the time go!?

My goodness, it is already November and Thanksgiving is only two weeks (exactly, as of today!) away! I just love this time of the year and the holiday season! It is such a warm and fun time. This year it is particularly special because it will be Averi's first Thanksgiving and Christmas! I know she doesn't know what it means but I do and I am so thankful that I get to now share holidays with her. I'm also looking forward to getting to relive my own childhood through her as our precious baby girl grows. My mom has always gone above and beyond when decorating for holidays and I wouldn't have it any other way. Christmas is the best, my parent's house is totally transformed into a winter wonderland! I just know Ave will love all the lights and sparkly objects! It amazes me how fast this year has flown by, seems like just yesterday I found out I was pregnant with our little angel. 

So, as I promised, here is the video of Averi eating rice cereal for the first time, AND off of a spoon like a big girl! She LOVED it, gobbled it down like it was the best thing in the world (which it definitely is not, yuck!). It took her a few tries to really grasp what was happening but she did really well! I was a little hesitant to start her because I had really wanted to wait until she was six months. Our pediatrician said it was totally up to us but she gave us the green light if we wanted to start. I caved and started on the 31st so she would be exactly five months when she began getting solids. Here is the video:

Needless to say, I think she likes it! :-) Now after a week of just rice cereal in the evenings, we decided to try an ACTUAL solid. I started with peas and well, lets just say Averi was not a big fan of them. Ha! She gagged every single time she swallowed a bite of them. It was hilarious. She was such a trooper though and muscled through it for as long as she could. The second night we fed her peas, she ate about 4 or 5 spoonfuls and then just wouldn't open her mouth for them anymore (and the reaction was still the same). Take a look at the difference in reaction from rice cereal to peas:

I still laugh just as hard when I watch this video!

Last but not least, after our failed attempts and convincing her to like peas, last night we moved on to try squash. It was a hit! She liked it SO much better than peas. It is obvious she is still getting used to the solids (consistency, taste, etc), so tonight I tried mixing a little of her squash with her cereal, and bam! She was a chowhound, it was easier for her to eat it because the consistency was a little more like what she is used to.

Hope everyone has a fabulous Friday, and wonderful weekend! Lots of love from The "Soon To Be" Moreno family!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Just thinking..

So I had been thinking about how everyone has their own style of parenting and what works best for their family. And I have to say, with David and I being first time parents, I am pretty proud of how we have done so far. We have an extremely happy, healthy, wonderful daughter who brings so much joy to our lives! She sleeps in our room (no, not in our bed), in her swing, where she has slept since she was seven weeks old. And she absolutely loves it. She sleeps 10+ hours every night. Let me also add, she now has two teeth, one already broken through her gums, and one just about there. She has also been really congested the past week, with a stuffy (then runny) nose. That all being said, not once since she turned seven weeks has she woken up during the night, even during teething, and not feeling well! I know, I know.. I better knock on wood. I'm just so amazed at how well she sleeps at night, which allows mommy and daddy to get our sleep. I also don't really do the whole "cry it out" thing with Averi, only because she really doesn't ever cry unless something is really bothering her. And if that is the case, of course i'm not going to let her cry! I'm going to do whatever I can to comfort and soothe her. I'm so blessed to be able to stay at home with her and get to experience all of her firsts and learning new things, I wouldn't trade it for anything! 
Anyways, we are getting up early to go to a tailgate with David's sister, Sabine, for the UT vs. Tech game! Don't you worry, I'll snap some pictures! For now, i need my beauty rest, mornings are not my best friends! I'll leave you with a couple of my favorite pictures of my sweet pea and me...
This was minutes after she was born.. so perfect. 

Our days in the hospital, getting to bond...

And more recent ones that I just love.. (even though the lighting is terrible on this last one!)

Love to you all!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

blessings of all sizes

You know, holding onto anger and bitterness is like a full-time job. A job you just hate and force yourself to do, because you feel you "have" to. Does that make sense? I've made the choice to have no part in harboring anger and bitterness and to just "let go and let God". I realize each day how blessed I am in SO many aspects, and how I should be enjoying all of my blessings, not taking them for granted and not focusing on the petty things. I am a new mommy, and a newly engaged lady to my best friend, two things that have made me the happiest I've ever been! I'm ready to focus on all of the love and excitement that goes into wedding planning and even more so, watching Averi grow and learn new things each and every day. When I attended The Academy (a Paul Mitchell Partner School), our co-founder was Winn Claybaugh, a motivational speaker. He always talks about how if you have people in your life who are always negative, and are always bringing people down, to cut ties with them. You can't be happy when you surround yourself with negative people. He also says to allow yourself to have ONE "bitch buddy", someone you can vent to and complain to when you just have to get it out (Lord knows, we all have those days!). But only one, that way, you aren't always complaining to everyone. Pretty simple, and logical if you ask me. Anyways, that's what I'm working on doing, cutting ties with the people who are negative, mean, and bring me down. I am also working on becoming a better and more positive person with each day! And also, strengthening my walk with Christ. As he is the only one who can help me achieve this.

So anyways, we had a wonderful weekend with friends and family. Our good friends Bonnie and Brad drove in from Houston to share in the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest that my parents host. Last year, Bonnie and Brad took home the grand prize title and continued their win this year! Although, I do have to admit, they most definitely deserved it this year (not so sure about last year! haha!) David and I just kind of free-handed our pumpkin at the last minute because it was pretty clear we weren't in the running. Take a look at the pumpkin entries:
(Ours was the one on the far left, Joey, Bonnie's son carved the middle one, and B&B carved AVERI!)

Pretty darn cute, if you ask me! Of course they won!

Ave with her pumpkin! 

This was the awards ceremony. As you can see the B&B team celebrates, and David and I sulk. (we're good actors!)
Ave told me she loved me anyways, even if our pumpkin didn't win. She gave me a hug to try and console me. :-)

So sad our friends had to go back to Houston but so thankful they took the time to drive up and see us, we love you guys! It made for a really fun and relaxing weekend. Needless to say, it's taken me this long to update, but I did enjoy the few days with minimal web time, and more family and bonding time! We also tried rice cereal on a spoon with Averi for the first time on Monday, don't worry, we got in on video! That will be my next update, don't you fret! Love to you all, and thank you for being a positive part of my life!