Monday, December 31, 2012

Maternity Pictures

Earlier this month, Greg and I met with the talented Courtney Moore to get some maternity photos.  We battled holiday schedules and stomach bugs but were finally blessed with a gorgeous Sunday afternoon to get some shots to remember this pregnancy.  Luckily, the timing was perfect that we could use a couple of our absolute favorites on our Christmas cards!  I wanted to share a few of our other favorites with you.  It was so important for us to document this special time in our lives as we await Rhett's arrival.












Sunday, December 30, 2012

All Things Christmas

Well, as we all enjoy our long weekend and prep for the new year, I am playing catch up around the house and on blogging.  Greg and I had a wonderful Christmas season and hope that you each did too!  I'll be the first to admit that I was terrible with the camera this Christmas.  I guess I'm saving up my photo taking energy for when this baby boy gets here :-)

A couple weeks ago, we had our second annual neighborhood progressive dinner.  I took the camera but was awful about taking pictures.  I did get a great one of some of the gals!  As usual, it was a great time socializing with everyone and seeing all the hosts' holiday decorations!

Triche, Krista, Zema, Jodi, Lisa, Me & Kathryn
This past weekend, Greg & I packed up the car with presents, dogs and our gear (and looked at each other wondering where a car seat would go next year) and headed to Belton to visit my In-Laws.  Sunday we enjoyed visiting with Greg's dad and then spent Monday and Tuesday with his mom and stepdad.  Monday we had a Christmas Eve lunch with Greg's Grandparents and then headed to Christmas Eve service.  As usual, I loved hearing all the Christmas music... Probably my favorite part of the holidays.  

I promise I haven't gained 500 lbs. like this picture depicts
Tuesday morning, we got up and opened presents with the family and then packed up and headed home to have Christmas with my family.

Santa brought Greg some hedge trimmers

When we made it home, we enjoyed a "Cajun Christmas" dinner with my family and opened presents.  It's always fun to watch the nieces open their gifts.  It's always quite chaotic but to see the excitement in their eyes is something else!  I can't wait until next year when there are 3 little ones on Christmas day!



This little girl has her Uncle Greg wrapped around her finger.  And I have to say, he's pretty good to her.  Look at him helping her try on her new shoes.

Kate modeling her new Toms...girl has poses


Claire kept asking for a "Barbie Half Head".  Took us all a while to figure out that she meant one of those Barbies that you can do her hair.  

Claire in her new sleeping bag
And of course, Rhett was not forgotten about this Christmas.  He got plenty of loot from Ci Ci & Grandpa, his Great Grandparents, and from Granna & Grandad!  Grandad made sure he got his first Red Ryder BB Gun!  


On a final note, I wanted to share our annual Christmas card with y'all!  I was so pleased with the outcome, including our maternity pictures.  I promise to share more of the maternity shots very soon.  Thank you Rebecca Read for your creativity on our cards!!



 

We were so blessed to be with our families this Christmas and to have presents under the tree, food on our tables and a warm roof above our heads.  We could not be more thankful for everything!


Monday, December 17, 2012

Down to Single Digits!! 8 month update

  Eight weeks left!  Can you believe it?  Because I can't! This past month was busy with Babymooning, a baby shower, newborn care class, Christmas shopping, and swelling :-)
 
Dressed up ready for the Christmas party
 
 
How far along -  32 weeks, 1 day
 
Size -  Baby Smith is about the size of a jimaca...anyone know what that is?  Google it...I had to.
 
Maternity clothes - Oh yeah, and getting rather tired of them.

Weight gain -Still on track according to my doctor.  But feeling every bit as big as I look :-/

Stretch marks -Thankful for none!

Sleep - Well, I've been sleeping okay.  I can't get as comfy as I'd like to and usually only wake up about once.  Now, I wish I could say the same thing for hubby.  I've found him on the couch a couple mornings.  Apparently the 3rd trimester has also made me snore like a truck driver.  Tonight I'm trying Breathe Right strips which were recommended by a neighbor.
Movement -Oh yes!  He's very active at night and the movements are more slow and deliberate now.  I love it and can't wait to start seeing movement on the outside.

Food I'm loving -Any Christmas yummies the subcontractors drop off at the office.  Can you say "sweet tooth"??

Food I'm hating -Anything that give me heartburn.  Oh wait...it all gives me heartburn.

Symptoms - Heartburn and swelling.  I'm on major water patrol, trying to keep my feet looking healthy.  And the strangest symptom that's popped up...achy hands and fingers.  I feel like a 75 year old with arthritis.  But apparently it's normal...

Gender - IT'S A BOY! Rhett Warren :-)

What I'm looking forward to - Christmas & New Years!  It's weird to think this is our last holiday season without a child, but I cannot wait until next year to celebrate with our little man!

What I miss - I still miss being able to be on my feet more.  It's really made Christmas shopping challenging.  I don't know what I would have done without the internet. 

Emotions - I have been getting a little emotional thinking about Rhett's birth and having all of our family there.  Tonight we toured the maternity ward and I honestly teared up thinking about the next time I'd be in one of those rooms and the happiness that our families would feel :-) 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Smith's Southern Comfort Babymoon- Part 2

Well, we said goodbye to Charleston on Sunday and headed south to Savannah, Georgia!  On the way out of town, we caught sight of a street that we, of course, had to take a picture of!

Paying homage to our Baby Boy





We arrived at the beautiful Westin Savannah Riverfront and were greeted with their beautiful Christmas decorations.  They were even displaying an amazing gingerbread house competition.

Westin's Christmas tree, Gingerbread Houses, & the cute ferry to cross the Savannah River

That night, we were starving but pretty tired from traveling, so we crossed the river, caught a few late night sights and grabbed a pizza and then headed to bed early.

River Street, Paula Deen's The Lady & Sons Restaurant, and Greg waiting for his pizza pie

Monday morning, we took a "hop on, hop off" trolley ride through town and caught some of the beautiful architecture that Savannah had to offer.  For lunch, we had planned to stop off at Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House.  Mrs. Wilkes' restaurant really started off as a true boarding house, but as her food became so popular and Savannah residents were waiting by the back door for leftovers, she turned it into a family style restaurant.  They are only opened for lunch and it's first come, first served until the southern delicacies run out.  So, per Trip Advisor, we were in line by 10:45!  Once inside, we sat family style and dined on fried chicken, beef stew, pulled pork and about 15 different side items.  Wow was it good!  Then somehow, we managed to find room for a cup of banana pudding.  

Me waiting for Mrs. Wilkes' to open, the bench from "Forest Gump", The Mercer Home (home in the book "Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil"), another view of Mrs. Wilkes', and "The Pirate House"

After lunch, we definitely needed to do some walking, so we headed back to a few sites we had seen on the trolley tour.  First stop was a beautiful park that had a memorial statue to the Confederate soldiers.  Then we stopped in front of a beautiful fountain that our tour guide had told us was actually purchased out of a Sears catalog (who would have thought?).  Finally, after much walking, sightseeing and shopping, we stopped off at Leopold's Ice Cream Parlor for a little bit of ice cream. 

Some of our sightseeing and me taking the proverbial "Pregnant girl in front of the ice cream store" picture :-)
For our last night in Savannah, we made reservations at the Olde Pink House.  The home was built in 1771 by one of the wealthiest Americans at the time.  It has since been converted into a restaurant and the service and food were amazing!

Ready for dinner

On our final morning, I was treated to a fabulous prenatal massage at the Westin spa (why have I not been getting these weekly??).  Then we packed up and headed out.  But before we went to the airport, we stopped off at the Old Fort Jackson, Georgia's oldest standing brick fort which was used during the Civil War.  Unfortunately, it was drizzling rain and being a Tuesday, there were not many tourists, so we were pretty much on our own as far as tours go.  I didn't get many great pictures, but it was pretty cool to see the history of the fort.  

Greg & I truly enjoyed our little "escape" before Rhett arrives!  We were able to relax, eat great meals, get in touch with our southern heritage, and just spend time with each other.  We are so thankful we were able to have this opportunity before the Little Man gets here!

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Smith's Southern Comfort Babymoon- Part I

Greg and I were so blessed last weekend to squeeze in a long weekend "Babymoon" before I got uncomfortable pregnant, and especially before Mr. Rhett arrives.  We knew we wanted to go somewhere, but also knew we wanted to stay within the country from emergency reasons.  So, we took advantage and went to two southern locations that we both really wanted to visit.  

Our first stop was Charleston, South Carolina.  Greg is such a southern history junky, so I knew that going to the place where the Civil War started would be right up his alley.  My college roommate, Megan, and her family live just a few hours from Charleston, so they drove down and hung out with us for a day.

We started our trip out by taking a carriage ride around the historic area of town.  Charleston is gorgeous and so rich in southern history.  I absolutely loved the architecture!  I definitely found me a couple homes I could live in!

Our carriage and tour guide, and me with Megan & her cute kiddos

Various homes throughout Charleston, sweetgrass basket makers, and the  coolest fire station ever!

After our tour, we grabbed lunch on the Ashley River at Fleet's Landing, then headed to a waterfront park to get some pictures.

Dining al fresco at Fleet's

Me & my old partner in Crime
Whoa belly!!
After we sadly bid goodbye to Megan, Matt & the kids, Greg and I headed to the Aiken-Rhett house.  When I saw this historical home in the travel books, I knew we HAD to visit there.  I mean, it is our Little Man's name, right?  The house was home to a former governor of South Carolina and built in 1820.  We couldn't take pictures inside, but the history that was preserved within the home was amazing!

That night, Greg & I had a nice dinner at Hall's Chophouse.  The meal was delicious and the service was beyond stellar!  The owner made a point to welcome us upon arrival, and when we got home to Houston, we even had a hand-written thank you note from our server.  So, if you are ever in Charleston, I highly recommend Hall's.  You won't be disappointed!


The next morning, we headed to Boone Hall Plantation.  Boone Hall is the oldest working plantation in America and is also filled with history.  Although the slavery period is a very dark area of American history, I think it is so important to know and understand our American history.  The grounds were gorgeous and the "Avenue of Oaks" were one of the prettiest sights I've ever seen.  I can't imagine how pretty the plantation must be during the spring and summer months when its all in full bloom.  If you are a pop culture nut like myself, you may recognize Boone Hall as one of the filming locations from the movie "The Notebook" as well as the wedding location for Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively!



Overall, we loved Charleston and especially loved seeing Megan & Matt!  But after a couple days, it was on the road to Savannah, Georgia.  More details to come...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Thanksgiving Catch Up

So, I find myself playing catch up once again.  This past week and a half has been a whirl wind...football games, baby shower, Thanksgiving, a Babymoon, and then back to work.  

Because Greg & I planned this mini Babymoon, our Thanksgiving plans had to be tweaked slightly.  We stayed in Houston so we could leave early early on Black Friday (I missed my shopping).  My family opted for a low-key Thanksgiving meal so we didn't end up with a ton of leftovers.  We went to a local restaurant that had a wonderful Thanksgiving day buffet.  Although I was sad to move away from tradition, I have to say it was nice to be off my feet, out of the kitchen, and the best part...No clean up!   The weather was beautiful, so we got a few family pictures on the water after we stuffed our bellies with turkey.  The sun was right in our eyes, so please forgive the squinting.

Me and Greg...pre-turkey coma

Our beautiful nieces who are growing up way too fast!

The whole family...with our eyes closed :-)
As you can tell from these pictures, we have so much to be thankful for this year!  And to think, next year, we will have our own little turkey running around.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Family Shower in Temple

This past Sunday, Greg's cousins, Melanie, Allison & Kristy, threw me the sweetest baby shower in his hometown!  It was so nice to get together with family and celebrate Little Rhett as we await his arrival.  And it was so exciting to start getting some goodies to fill his drawers and closet with!

The beautiful hostesses, Allison, Melanie & Kristy

My baby book with the invitation and the precious Hot Chocolate favors

 I even got a little baby practice with Melanie's new baby girl, Megan, who is only 7 weeks old. She was such a doll and slept through most of the shower.  I can only imagine her & Rhett at Christmas next year.  I'm sure they will have fun together!




Me & Laura, Me & the "Grandmas", and Me & Greg's Grandma

Loved this little "The Prince has Arrived" onesie

I cannot thank these ladies enough for throwing me & Rhett such a nice shower!  Greg is so lucky to have you as cousins and I am even luckier to have married into such a wonderful family! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Seven Months Already??!!!


 Third trimester??  No way!  YES WAY!  Where is the time flying?  This past month has been a big one for us.  Rhett's nursery furniture came in, I passed my glucose test (woo hoo!), I had my first shower and the belly definitely POPPED!  Now that we have furniture, I can't wait to share the decorating progress.  Let me get through Thanksgiving and our Babymoon and I promise to give you a glimpse into Rhett's little corner of the house.





How far along -  28 weeks, 4 days
Size -  Baby Smith is about the size of a small pumpkin...weighing in at a whopping 2 1/2 lbs.  I can't believe he's gained about a pound in 3 weeks.
 
Maternity clothes - Definitely in most maternity clothes.  Luckily with it being fall and cooling off a bit, I can rotate in a couple pre-pregnancy jackets and accessories to change things up.

Weight gain - Still doing well according to the doctor.  I'm honestly not paying too close attention to the number.  Just trying to eat healthy and work in exercise every now and then.
Stretch marks - None so far.

Sleep - Ehhh... not the best.  I'm back to my 2am potty breaks and beginning to feel "uncomfortable" at night.  I know, I still have a long way to go, so I better get used to it.

Movement - Lots of moving and shaking going on in there!  I even got my first kick in the ribs during the football game this weekend.  I think he was happy about the score!

Food I'm loving - I've been on a chocolate milk kick lately.  Yumm-O!

Food I'm hating -Nothing too bad lately.

Symptoms - Still dealing with a stuffy nose, and the indigestion has kicked in.  Tums have been my best friend lately!

Gender - IT'S A BOY! Rhett Warren :-)

What I'm looking forward to - Thanksgiving and our Babymoon!!  The holidays are going to be so much fun while preparing for Rhett's arrival!

What I miss -Being able to stand on my feet for long periods of time.  It made for a tough day at the football game this weekend, and I know our vacation will require a lot of resting, but that's okay.

Emotions - A little emotional at times, but nothing too crazy. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Just a Friendly Household Competition

This past weekend was busy and fun filled for our family!  We started off on Saturday by going to College Station to see my dear Aggies take on the SHSU Bearkats; the hub's Alma Mater.  Since our schools are not in the same conference, we do not typically play each other.  So when we found out this match up was on the schedule, we made sure to buy tickets way in advance.  Good thing considering a little phenomenon named "Johnny Football" (look him up).

Basically all of Greg's family went to SHSU so I was definitely in the minority in our group, but not in the stadium!  We met up on Northgate for some lunch and Little Rhett made his first (of probably many) trips to the Dixie Chicken...I already say he'll be Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2034!


Me & Greg in our rival colors overlooking campus
Laura & Geoff
My In-Laws, Bob & Cindy
 After lunch, we headed over to campus to check out the new SEC tailgating set up.  And I LOVED it!  If only they tailgated like that when I was in college!  I wanted to go over to the Alumni Center to take my picture with the big Aggie Ring.  The ring is new to campus since I was in school, so I had never had a picture by it before.



We also got to see the Corps of Cadets march into Kyle field before the game.  We even got a glimpse of beautiful Miss Reveille, the first lady of Texas A&M.


And then we finally made it to the game!  It was an absolutely perfect day for a football game...not too hot and not too cold.  I made sure to get a good picture of my latest crush, Kliff Kingsbury, the new offensive coordinator for the Texas A&M football team...swoon!


Although I was outnumbered in the family, my team came out on top with the win.  The Aggies are now 9 and 2, and we are so proud of our winning season as we debuted in the SEC!

Gig 'em!!

Simply Smith

The Mr. & Mrs.

Rhett

Miss Prissy

Vegas
 
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