Thursday, November 29, 2007


We hit a big milestone last night. Jac happened to be in the middle of a diaper change and needed to potty. He said 'pee! pee!' and I asked him if he wanted to pee on the pot. He did! Standing up and everything. He had a pretty good aim for his first time. Of course potty training is probably months and months away, but still this was a great accomplishment. He was ready and willing and had no problem doing it.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Mia 15 Month


Mia is 15 months old, can you believe it? She had her 15 month shots and checkup yesterday and she is dong VERY well! She is 32 3/4 inches long (97%) and 26lbs 3.5oz (90%) and her head is 48cm (95%) around. Her fine and gross motor are better than most 15 mos olds (which is different than when she was smaller - I think her prematureness hurt her for awhile).

Her language and personal skills are very good, she continues to add words and signs. She can now say 'up', 'sit down' and 'meow'. She understand a ton of what we tell her, sometimes she ignores us, but you know she understands! She is starting to want to read books, loves music, is completely feeding herself and is all around a very loving and sweet baby girl!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Sheer Fun


The joy of a sheer curtain. Good for the soul, bad for the hair.

Spreading Joy


This year I decided to try out a little game in our neighborhood. I have had a neighborhood in the past do it at Halloween time. Basically, it is a chain reaction through the neighborhood. You give an anonymous treat and a sign to a neighbor. They are supposed to hang up the sign on their door and then give two of their neighbors treats and signs. Lots of fun to watch as doors in the neighborhood start to have signs on them that say "JOY".

So the kids and I picked up some cookies at the grocery store. I was going to make them, but considering this is anonymous and the people that I had picked had kids. I figured I better have sealed packages for safety concerns. The pictures are of the kids helping me print out my instruction sheet and the JOY sign. They are always a lot of help.

As I was doing this, I turned around to find Jeff getting ready to bite into one of the cookies we had bought! I admit it, I screamed. I was a bit miffed. I was ready to put the treat on the neighbors doorstep and Scrooge had eaten the cookies! Bah-humbug!

It actually turned out okay, the cookies were yucky. So I went back to the store today and picked out a different treat. We went for a walk before lunch and delivered the treat. Now all we have to do is wait, the hardest part.

Sunday, November 25, 2007


I didn't grow up a Mizzou fan but I married into it. The Carey house was very tense last night as we watched Mizzou play #2 ranked Kansas. (That sounds like either a punchline to a joke or a "when pigs fly statement"). Can you believe Missouri #4 beat Kansas #2 and is now ranked #1 in the nation!?

So next Saturday we will be glued to the Big 12 Championship game and waiting on pins and needles to see if Mizzou can pull it off. We have faith in Chase!

Saturday, November 24, 2007


Thanksgiving fun was had by all. We had a great Thanksgiving and ate A LOT! Wednesday morning we headed to St James for our first Thanksgiving meal. We ate with the whole Carey clan at Teresa's house. It was great, we also celebrated Mary Jane's upcoming 60th birthday. It was fun to have cupcakes on Turkey Day. The weather turned cold and it finally feels like the Holidays in Missouri. On Thursday morning we headed to Gee Gee and Papa's house for our second Thanksgiving meal!

Friday we headed back to St. Louis and we are now trying to come out of our turkey stupor. Christmas is around the corner and Jac is very excited about the Christmas tree. The current debate is a real or fake tree. We have always done real, but of course now that we are older and wiser we are starting to realize a lot less energy would be spent if we broke down and bought the fake tree.

Friday, November 16, 2007

American Indian


Jac asked all week to go to school. This is a new phenomenon, normally he says 'I no go to school'. This picture is of him with is school bag (Aunt Daphne decorated for me), jumping up and down because it was finally Thursday morning. He was very excited, even getting out of the car in the carpool line without complaint. And now I know why he was so excited - he got to make American Indian 'hats' (as he calls it).

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Pretty Girl

Even waking up very sick this morning, she still looks pretty! Amazing. She didn't sleep from 1am to 3:30am (so neither did I), but she woke up at 8am looking like a princess. Hopefully, tonight will be better.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Everyone's Sick

Well, Jeff and Jac are sick with a hacking cough and fever. Not so fun. Mia seems okay right now but definitely cranky and didn't sleep well last night. I left the two coughers in the bed together and went to the guest bed. Yuk.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Big and Strong, Like Daddy


Jac asked me today if he was big and strong like Daddy. I told him he had to take his naps and eat a lot to be big and strong like Daddy. Here is a picture of him taking my advice this evening with a post dinner snack of grapes.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Home from Austin


That actually sounds kind of odd - Home From Austin. We are back in St Louis and very happy to be back because it was a beautiful fall day when we landed. The trees are in full swing and it was 65 degrees. Very nice.

Jeff and I had a great time in Austin. We were so excited to go that neither one of us could sleep the night before. It felt like Christmas was the next day and we were 10 years old. It was fantastic to be able to see all of our friends. We really were quite touched that so many people made time for us and often not once - but clearing two or even three days for us! Wow, we really have a lot of our heart in Texas.

As soon as Jeff and I landed we began our Mexican food binge. It started with Freebirds burritos for lunch. Then we headed to Magen and Mark's house, where they hosted us. They cleared their calendars and even got the Grandparents to babysit so that we received their undivided attention. (I still feel very honored by that.) We drove around Thursday checking out our home that we built in Lake Forest, all of the new expressways and some of the new shopping (The Domain is spectacular). Then we drove downtown to dinner at Iron Cactus on 6th and a Mexican Martini. Yummy.

The next day we did more site seeing and ate lunch at Rudy's - there is just sometimes when only gas station barbeque will hit the spot. Then we headed to Christi and Greg's house. Christi and Greg hosted us for the next two nights in their newly completed home. They had tripled the size of their little 1930s bungalo and gutted the entire house. This was just completed in August and looks amazing. Friday night we headed to Hula Hut for happy hour and some more Mexican food! We were able to meet Amy, Ina, Nick and Amanda as well as Magen and Mark and Christi.

Saturday we got up early to be at the tailgate by 9:30. The tailgate (Christi, Greg, Curly haired Craig, Mark and Karen, and the boys) has been somewhat elevated in the past two years. I mean, plasma TVs, RVs, satellite and generators. And we thought we were so sophisticated with our Longhorn tent! It was great and we were able to see even more friends at the tailgate. Catricia and her sister, Cami and Niall, Tim and Charlie, Kent and Dawn, Kerrie and Brien all made it to the tailgate. It was a great football weekend with Texas and Missouri winning and Ohio State and A&M losing! Doesn't get much better.

We headed to The Draughthouse Pub after the game and met more friends. Most of the tailgaters made it and we were joined by Ina and Michelle, Tim and Lori and Kara and Jim. The funniest point in the entire weekend was after almost everyone had left and Jeff and I were talking with Kara and Jim at The Draughthouse when Kerrie called from Christi's house (also staying with Christi and Greg). Jeff answered my phone and Kerrie started asking him strange questions. Are you guys coming home soon? When you come home, could you open our bedroom door? ....... Come to find out that Kerrie was trapped in the bedroom (faulty doorknob not faulty Kerrie) and couldn't get out. Brien was asleep and she needed to use the restroom. She hadn't called Christi because she didn't want to wake them. The story ends well though, Christi actually heard Kerri rattling the door and came downstairs to check it out. Kerri was able to 'whisper' for help and Christi opened the door.

We wrapped up the festivities with a breakfast at Austin Java where we had Greg, Christi, Cami and her daughter Emily, Kara, Jim and their daughter Avery and Chris and Diane meet us. It was a great send off.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Haircut Day


Jac needed a haircut (desperately), three weeks ago when we went to get one they were closed! Our schedule was pretty packed and it has been either go get groceries and feed the family or wait to get Jac's hair cut. So we waited and waited. Finally we had another chance today to get to "Snipits" and success - he now looks like an upstanding citizen. Here is a before and after shot.

Mia said 'spoon' for the first time today and 'wawa' for the first time yesterday. She is learning a word every day or so - it is really a fun age. She has about 10 words and 10 signs. She has really picked up on the sign language and it helps her communicate and not get frustrated. She is a walking expert and really can get around quite well. She gets pretty mad if SOMEONE pushes her down. (We will keep that SOMEONE unnamed for now.)

Tomorrow we are off to Austin for the weekend. Grandma and Papa are watching the kids for the weekend. Everyone is well and no teeth coming in, so hopefully they will sleep for them. We get back on Sunday, keep UT in your thoughts this weekend as it will probably be a tough game vs Tech.

Halloween Outfits


Here are the kids in their costumes - a dragon, not to be confused with a dinosaur and a bumblebee. Jac picked out his costume, although he really wanted to be a pumpkin. In fact, he often insisted that he was going to be a pumpkin for Halloween. Too bad we couldn't find one that fit him - he would have made a cute pumpkin. Mia is wearing Jac's bumblebee costume from his very first Halloween. (Funny how it fit both him and Mia - about a 7 month difference in age.)

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Hello from the Carey's

Hello from the Carey's. We are going to start a family blog that will keep you updated on the daily life of the Carey family. Hope you enjoy!