Saturday, December 29, 2007

More Christmas

Christmas wasn't actually too fun for little man this year. He didn't feel well at all and developed a fever after all of the festivities on Christmas Eve Eve. I don't have any pictures from Christmas morning because he and Robbie were in the bed sleeping. I had to open all of his presents--BUMMER!! :( Maybe next year will be better.

Edmond, opening his stocking (we actually did this before we went to my parents'). He got a book, cell phone, and "Leap Frog" rattle thingy.

We got back in Conway Christmas Day night and opened our you can see Edmond is feeling much better but he's still not a 100% at this point--the worst was yet to come!
He's trying out his drum that lights up with numbers and the alphabet.
Posing with daddy. One of these days I'll catch Robbie looking at the camera!
Edmond is exhausted from all of the excitement...can you tell? This is continued from Uncle Ronnie's on Christmas Eve Eve. Thanks for all of my presents everyone!!

Christmas 2007

Whew!, what a busy few weeks...Edmond and I headed to Little Rock Dec. 18 to pick up Uncle Jonathan and head north. Once we arrived in Cherokee Village (hometown) we began preparing for the Rhodes Old Fashioned Christmas that went from Thurs.-Sunday.

When my brothers and I were younger we would get together with all of my dad's family around Christmas and hunt a real Christmas tree, cut it down and decorate it with homemade ornaments. This was coined "Rhodes Old Fashioned Christmas". I know some of you may be picturing The Griswald Family; close but not quite. I am proud to say we don't have a "Cousin Eddie"! in our family, yet!

There were over 50 Rhodes', which included previous Rhodes' and spouses/children/significant others. What a fun time!! We ate and visited and tooks lots of pictures, we also did Dirty Santa between the adults and the was really good to see everyone and introduce Edmond to his extended family. I have so many more pictures but they're on my parents' camera--will have to steal them later.

Dirty Santa Gift exchange between the oldest nephew, Corbin has the blue shirt w/ the white number on back.

Happy 84th Birthday, Mammaw!!

Mammaw's (my mom's mom) birthday is on Dec. 23 and we always make a big deal about it even though it's 2 days from Christmas. We went to the nursing home and had cake and watched her open presents.

Mammaw, Uncle Frank and Brenda (my mom) escort her in to her party!
Cheeeeese...I had to post this even though Robbie was looking at Edmond. Still celebrating Mammaw's birthday.

Later that afternoon we went to Robbie's youngest bro's house to celebrate Christmas Eve Eve with the Joneses. Memaw Bettie (Robbie's mom) had a photographer to come out and take a family picture of everyone. We ate a yummy dinner and then opened presents after our photo opt.
Cousin Maggie, Uncle Rustie and Edmond take a break from photos to pose for an amateur photographer. Isn't Maggie's dress too cute??!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

My First Christmas Tree

Posing for mom in front of my first Christmas tree. It's not a real one but it's all the same to me. I love the lights and all of the sparkly ornaments.
I've just gotta touch one of those lights; can't help myself....
Are we done mom? I'm ready to get down.

Edmond's not made too big a deal over the Christmas tree, decor, presents, etc. I guess next year will be a little different. He's in the "I'm amazed, can't stop staring" phase. We get up every morning and plug the Christmas tree lights in and frequently listen to Christmas music throughout the day. We're excited to continue our holiday traditions with all of our family as well as begin new traditions with Edmond.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Found my thumb

Robbie was rocking him for a nap one Sunday afternoon and he apparently fell asleep with his thumb in his mouth. His mother was also a thumb-sucker. In this case his paci must've been out of reach!


We started Edmond on solids a few weeks ago since he turned 6 months and he LOVES all of it so far. We began with green beans and have graduated to our first fruit, pears.

I feel better now that he can eat "real" foods because he doesn't stare at us as much with the pitiful puppy-dog eyes when we're eating our meals. I think he's not gonna have a problem with eating...he becomes very upset when you tell him "that's all--all gone"--as you can tell by the pictures.

Not sure about the green beans

He can't believe we're finished already,,,this is how he looks after 1 whole container of food.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

"All I Want For Christmas..."

My daddy, my hero,,,he saved me from all of the excitement and strange-looking people.

We had a family outing and went to see Santa Saturday night. Edmond wasn't too sure about the whole thing,,,I think he was a little overwhelmed honestly. He was speechless...

There's so many people telling me to smile,,,I don't know what to do; and half of them are dressed like ELVES for goodness sake!

What do you mean what do I want for Christmas..?? I can't even talk, man!

Let me get a real good look at you...

I don't know about this.....H-E-L-P!!!!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Busy,busy, busy...

Happy Thanksgiving!! We hosted our 3rd annual Thanksgiving dinner. There were Joneses everywhere!!! We had a great time; good food, fellowship and family. The Rhodes Family skipped on coming down this year since my parents just moved into their new house. So, Edmond and I headed home after hosting the Joneses to help Gran (my mom) decorate for Christmas. We are so thankful for family!!
Check out that BIRD!! Robbie swears it's the largest turkey he's ever smoked...sure is a bute! And boy was it juicy!! yum, yum---We "gobbled till we wobbled!"

Thanks to Fred and Margaret Williams (Aunt Karla's ma and pa) for the beautiful rocking chair. It was previously enjoyed by my cousins in this photo; Mason and Maggie. I'm trying out rocking on my own,,,not too bad for my first go-round.
Hold on guys....

Laney, Baby Cole and Robin Boyer...Robin and I were inseparable in highschool (boy, do we have lots of stories; some not suitable for children!! ;0) I helped w/ her baby shower a couple of weeks ago,,it was so good to see her and sweet Cole...we are so happy for you and your family, Robin!!

I was in charge of getting the cake. I got it from Ed's here in Conway (didn't they do a great job!!),,,love that place. I have to say it was yummy too!!

I'm 6 months old today! November 16.....aren't I B-I-G!!

It has been crazy since I last posted anything,,,it seems like we've been running non-stop! I'm sure no one else is familiar w/! We are trying to get ready for Christmas and fight runny noses, teething and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Can't wait to get together w/ all of the fam...are looking so forward to Uncle Jonathan (lives in Rome, Italy) finally meeting Edmond!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Growing Boy

Daddy's Buddy
Robbie and Edmond were hanging out and mommy couldn't resist this cute shot! It's been a crazy, busy past few weeks. Trying to prepare for the upcoming holidays and keep up with this growin' rascal!! ;]
I know I've been slacking as a blogger....I can't promise I'll improve much over the next couple of months during the holiday rush but I'll do my best.
His mischievious face...

His angelic face...
This boy has NO hope,,,he's gonna be a techy GEEK like his daddy!! He's playin' with Robbie's cell phone. He kept launching the browser, which can get quite costly--what a smart boy!

Thursday, November 1, 2007


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! My first Halloween...I'm so excited! I hope I get LOTS of candy tonight.....

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Baby Bear

As you can see I was a BEAR. My outfit was a little big (thanks Aunt Jamie and cousin Kendall) but I managed to cooperate so mom and dad could get some photos. I'm not really sure what all the fuss is about. I'm holding my punkin I picked out at the pumpkin patch.

This was the extent of our Halloween festivities. I did help mom hand out some candy to trick or treaters and wasn't at all afraid at the creative costumes.
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Friday, October 26, 2007

Hangin' with my buddy

Setler, my buddy, came over the other day so our moms could scrapbook. We played and played and played and Setler napped while I hung w/ the ladies. I have a tendency to not want to miss the action.

Found my feet

Got it,,,,look how flexible I am!

Whatcha' doin with that camera mom? I'm just playing...

I was trying to change Edmond the other day and as I was changing his diaper and looking for some clothes to put on him, he was doing his baby yoga (foot in mouth pose)!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Becoming a blogger...

Well,,today is my first official day as a blogger. It's exciting and aggravating all at the same time trying to learn something new. Hopefully, I'll get the hang of it very soon! I'm looking forward to posting pictures and details about what's going on in our lives.

The fact that I have a 5 month old should give me plenty of info to share with all of you. Thanks again to Susan for helping me and walking me through this. I'm sure there will be more ??s to come. ;]

Will post pictures soon. Bye for now.

Look Alike Meter

My friend, Susan, helped me set up my blog today! Thanks Susan!! Check out the Look Alike Meter,,,can you believe that Edmond looks like me? I can't count how many times during the day I hear, "He looks just like his daddy," or "hello Lil' Robbie,"...well,,,the proof's right in front of everyone now!!