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Happy First Day of Kindergarten, Payton!!!


Today is the Monkey Child’s first day of kindergarten. Naturally, he is cool as a cucumber and totally excited, whereas I am distraught and might need a Valium. I called him this morning as he was getting ready for school and asked if he was excited. His response? “YES! I have my blue shirt and my blue shoes and my hair in a mohawk!” Classic. He also asked if we could FaceTime tonight to talk about his first day, and so that he could see me and Uncle Chad. **melts** Of course, buddy!

I’m happy to report that neither mommy nor Payton cried when being dropped off at school today. Naturally. He’s a big boy! And he’s so friendly/social that I know he’ll have no problems making lots of friends. I can’t wait for him to start learning how to read and write (more than he already does)!

In honor of the little guy, here’s a slideshow of some of my favorite photos over the years :)

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Cutest. Kid. Ever.


I may be biased, but I think my nephew is the cutest kid in the world? Don’t agree? Keep that to yourself :)

The other day, I watched a video from Jimmy Kimmel that resulted from his asking parents to give their kids really bad Christmas presents. (He also did the same thing on Halloween, where parents were asked to tell their kids they ate all of their candy.) Go watch the Christmas video now. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Needless to say, after I saw the video I had to share it with my sister – and encouraged her to do the same thing to Payton. Today, she did just that – and sent me the video :) You KNOW you want to see this!

Wasn’t that ADORABLE?? He is so sweet and smart – he knew his mommy was tricking him :) I love you, little guy!

Turkey Day/Weekend Recap


Hello everyone! I hope you had a fabulous Thansgiving, filled with family, food and football – I know I did!

My wonderful family came in for Thanksgiving – yes, mom, Kourt, Payton, Papa, Jeanette and even the three dogs – and we enjoyed a DELICIOUS Thanksgiving meal prepared by yours truly. Everyone cleaned their plates, so I’ll take that as a job well done! We continued to eat the leftovers until they were all gone, much to my relief – I didn’t want all of that food sitting around for just me to eat! After we ate, we watched football for the rest of the day – it doesn’t get much better than that. Well, it would have been better had Texas won, but I’ve given up on those jerks this year.

On Black Friday, my mom, sister and I ventured out to Target at 4 a.m. My crazy sister got there at 2:30 so she could get some crazy deal on a giant TV. It was 30 degrees outside, so you can bet that I was NOT in any kind of line for hours before the already insane 4 a.m. shopping time. She did NOT get the TV and was VERY angry about it. Crazy woman. But I will say that I got all of my holiday shopping done (with the exception of a few gifts) in just an hour, so when I retreated back to bed at 6 a.m., I was a happy gal.

After a loooong nap, we ventured out to the mall around 1 p.m. It was my turn to be the gift recipient, and mom graciously let me choose the watch and perfume of my choice! Happy to say that come December 25, I will own a fancy, sparkly new Fossil watch and a giant bottle of Daisy by Marc Jacobs – not to mention some yoga pants/shirts from Victoria’s Secret and other items :) Thanks mommy! Chad also got to choose his Christmas present from my mommy – a fancy new pair of running shoes, which he also has to wait to receive. (Yes, I realize our presents are not a surprise, but it’s okay – we’re adults. Plus, mom will throw in a few unexpected items any way, so there will be *some* element of surprise on Christmas Day!)

Saturday was family picture day, and I’m pretty sure Chad was really excited to get a break from our chaos :) We met up with him for lunch then went back to the mall for a few more items before taking the little guy to an outdoor ice skating rink here in Little Rock. Chad, being the ice-hockey-playing Michigander that he is, scoffed at the tiny, less-than-impressive rink, but the little guy enjoyed it very much :)

Sunday was Chad’s big day – he was baptized at our church! In front of my family, our Immanuel family and God himself, Chad followed Jesus in obedience through believer’s baptism as I cried like a baby, beaming with pride. I’m always proud of him for being such an outstanding man of God, but my cup literally runneth over on Sunday! I am SO proud of him and cannot wait for the wonderful life that’s to come for us both.

After church, the family packed up and headed back to Houston as Chad and I settled in for some much-deserved peace and quiet – and of course, more football :) I’m happy to report that I am once again a finalist in the Garneau family NFL pool – although my chances of winning are slim. I need San Francisco to win by at leat 4 and the final total point score to be 38-40. Yeah, it’s that hard. SIGH.

But all in all, an amazing weekend! I love my family so much!

Family Visit


Hello friends! Sorry for the delayed post, but I’ve been busy at work – YAY!!! This is a good thing and one that I hope continues :)

As you know, my family came to Little Rock for the first time this past weekend. Mom, Kourtney and Payton got in around 1:30 on Friday, and while I was still at work Chad took them to get burgers, fries and milkshakes – clearly he knows the way to their hearts :) Like the true gentleman that he is, Chad bought their meal and brought them back to my place for some relaxation and funny conversation until I arrived at 3:30. Everyone was in good spirits when I arrived, further proof that Chad is a champion and that everyone (my family included) loves him!

Later that night, after we hung out at the house for a while, we headed to Bravo for a buffet of appetizers and adult beverages. I’m not sure that I’ve ever gone out for cocktails with my own mother before, but it was a great time! We sat outdoors and enjoyed the warm (but not too warm) Arkansas night. We were there for several hours before we finally ventured home and off to bed.

Saturday we woke up early and went to the Little Rock Zoo. Yes, I’ve already been there with Chad, but you try telling a 3-year-old who’s hell-bent on seeing giraffes that you’d rather do something else – NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. But we had a nice time at the zoo :) After a failed attempt to peruse the River Market (it was WAY too hot and Payton was WAY too tired for outdoor shopping), we went home until it was time for the VIP treatment.

By “VIP treatment” I mean Chad had to go to work, so on his dinner break he graciously offered to show the family around the TV station. They’d never been inside a TV station before, so it was really cool and exciting for them (and it still is for me, I must admit). We took a few fun pictures behind the news desk and Chad showed off his weather stuff, but then it was time to head home for the Texas/Texas Tech game. Thankfully, we won, or the trip would have ended on a much less happy note :)

Sadly, the family had to leave bright and early Sunday morning – even before I started getting ready for church – for the long drive back to Houston. But from what I hear, the trip – although short – was a lot of fun, and we’re already looking forward to the next one (whenever that may be).

I’ll post pictures from this weekend soon – thanks for coming to visit mommy, sissy and monkey!

PS – who’s next?! Plenty of room in Arkansas for all of you to come visit :)