Saturday, December 22, 2012

She's Got The Moves

Frances came home from The Bell Center with a new accessory this week:

She has been pulling up into standing for a while now, and will cruise to the left and right (when she wants to!), but it looks like this girl may be on her way to walking soon.  We are working on a few steps at a time with the walker right now....and as you'll see in the video, she likes to stop and clap for herself.

We are so excited about Christmas...can't wait to spend time with our family and celebrate the birth of our Savior!

"And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth."  Luke 1:14

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Giddy Up

Frances got to ride a horse over the weekend at a birthday party!  She wasn't quite sure about it at first, but soon was having a lot of fun.  It was a perfect Frances-size little pony..... 

What the heck is this, mom?
Hmmmm I think I might like it?

That was fun!
Checking out another one.
Oh wow, a leaf!
Refueling on cheerios
Hanging with Daddy
Mommy took a turn too!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Oh So Thankful

We had a great Thanksgiving over at Meme and Grump's house, but we sure did miss the Nichols clan!  We kicked off the day by running a 10k, where Frances was the 1st baby to finish.  The rest of the weekend was lots of eating, a little shopping, playing at the park, watching football, and a visit to Santa.  I can't wait to get our tree this weekend and start getting ready for Christmas!
Getting ready to run!
Whew that was exhausting!

Silly little turkey
Being silly at the park
Thanksgiving dinner
Not such a fan of Santa:)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Who's Going To Take Care of Daddy?

Today's blog was composed by Frances McCalley:

Mama went to Chicago to have fun with her sisters and left Daddy at home all alone. Who is going to take care of him?  I WILL!!

First, Daddy had to pick me up from school so I could keep an eye on him this weekend.

We had chicken and pasta for dinner and a bath afterwards. Nite nite!

Saturday morning, I made sure Daddy got his exercise by throwing my toys on the floor so he would have to pick them up...

... then I did it again.

I then took him out to breakfast for peanut butter pancakes and eggs.

I made sure he got his exercise by making him feed me.

Momma would have never thought of this on her own. Who took care of Daddy before me?

I then had Daddy take Momma's car to have it cleaned.

For lunch, I offered Daddy some cheerios and squeezable fruit. 

Then we got his car cleaned.

Since it was too dark in my playroom, I had Daddy install an overhead light onto the ceiling fan.

Bossing him around is hard work so I was famished by the time supper came around.

Daddy fell asleep last night so I really worked up and appetite watching Oregon and Kansas St. lose. Roll Tide. An appetite only pancakes would cure.

I knew Daddy would like this place.

Aunt Amy came to visit me while I sent Daddy to church. You see, I make Daddy go to church on Sundays because of all the words he uses on Saturdays while watching football.

Children, everywhere, remember. It's important for daddies to spend time with people his own age so I took mine to his boss' house for some socializing. Daddies like raw oysters, peel your own shrimp, cheese grits, sausage, hush puppies, and corn on the cob. Of course, I was more than happy to help him with is lunch. 

Well, its time for a quick nap and then I will take Daddy to the airport to help him pick up Momma. Y'all have a great week, a Happy Thanksgiving and Roll Tide for the Iron Bowl.

Peace Out,


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Catching Up

We have had a very busy two weeks, and all of the sudden it's time for did that happen?!  We spent a great weekend in Oxford celebrating Anna, Irene, and Brooks' first birthday.  Then Will and I went to the beach (and to run a race) while Frances went on a road trip the National Peanut Festival (thank you Amy & Lydia).  Tonight we celebrated Bubba Grump's 60th birthday and tomorrow I am flying to Chicago for a girls weekend with my sisters.  I am so excited!!!

Frances is doing great!  She continues to make constant progress and is showing us all kinds of new skills each day.  She is talking/signing constantly, pulling up to stand, and even starting to cruise a little bit.  She loves making animal sounds these days- she knows dog, cow, owl, bird, duck, and we are working on turkey.  Here are some pictures from the last few weeks....
Enjoying the fall weather
Playing with Daddy
Super Fran
Birthday party!
Future Picasso
Will, post 26.2 miles in Pensacola
Trying to escape
Happy Birthday, BG!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Halloween Fun

 The pictures say it all....we had a blast and were worn out!
Going to the parade!
Always good to have snacks on hand with this girl.
Starting to melt, but we managed to rally and go meet Daddy to Trick or Treat.
Baby Zebra and Daddy Zebra