Monday, January 26, 2009

Just Jetta

Jetta in her cute piggy tails
Over the Christmas break, Andrew and I got to spend a whole week with Jetta by ourselves. My other niece and nephew stayed in Kansas City to spend some time with Nina and Grandpa. While I was disappointed in the lack of time I would have to spend with Julia and JC, we had a lot of fun with Jetta! We went on a few walks around Baylor, out to lunch, and to a few basketball games. One thing we found Jetta was a huge fan of was the singing (and preferrably dancing) characters that were at the Kirkpatrick house. She would dance along and then go back to push the button for more. So adorable! (Towards the end of the video, that's Edward and Courtney you hear discussing Oprah's magazine) Jetta also seemed to have a great time at the basketball games. She loved hearing the music and clapping and dancing along. Cheap (and very cute!) entertainment. We also found out first hand her love of the words "No, no!" This was especially amusing to us when we had her use these words against the opposition at basketball games. She would point to the player shooting free throws, shake her little finger and say "no no!"...and then to our chagrins they would miss the shot! :o) Andrew and I had a lot of fun with Jetta, and have many memories to take from our special time together.
<--- Jetta and Andrew doing the "Sic 'em Bears!"

Friday, January 23, 2009

Better Late Than Never. . .

Ok, so I realize it's been a while since I've updated. Obviously, much has happened in the last few months.
We celebrated the holidays with family and friends. We traveled through 11 different states in 2 weeks...whew!
One of my favorite holiday traditions took place before we left town. The 4th annual cookie decorating party. We've hosted it every year while at Emory. I must say, we've seen the bar raised every year. Unfortunately, neither Andrew or I have many skills with the decorating, but we do throw a pretty good holiday party!

The winners with their cookies -(L to R) Andrew's best effort "Cartman", Emily's best star decorated like Jesus, Susan's best gingerbread men - Batman trio, Josh's best tree-hidden aliean, Nigel's double-decker cookie.

Theme of the night: Batman - here are all 5 cookies. Nice job!

And of course, no party is complete without a white elephant exchange. I ended up with some Ninja Turtles video tapes. Oh I see some re-gifting for next year's party? Possibly. :o)