January 24, 2011

I always get what I want.....

I remember back when my sweet daughter was younger and it was very easy to set her near her frog to take her monthly picture. Now....not so much. Eloise turned 11 months on the 19th. Yep...11 months...emotional, you bet. Blessed, beyond words. I can't even begin to blog about the joy that one 20 pound baby has given me and Walt. Has it been hard, I'd be lying if I said no. Have I made mistakes, of course...would I do it all over again? Can't wait to do it all over again in 3.5 short months! But, back to what I was saying....I can't get this little booger to sit still! Walt and I tried and tried to take her picture for 11 months, and if you scroll down, you can see how "un"successful I was. She was on the G-O!
Dad had to hold her still...she knows exactly what she is doing...stinker!

Oh...he let go...so here I go!

What's this? Looks interesting.....

I like....

Let's go explore!

Sure...I'll take out every, single book I own...momma will pick them up.

Love this sign...

Things are so fun in my life!

This past weekend Gambi came in town. We had a ton of fun! On Saturday we went to The Children's Museum in Houston and Eloise had a blast! We knew she would be crawling all around, so we had to put her in something comfortable...I think this girl would look cute in just about anything!

Gambi and Eloise before heading out to lunch and then the museum

Eloise absolutely loved the museum. They have a certain spot called the Tot Spot...this place was great. Eloise could crawl everywhere, play with toys, slide down the slide, look at all the colors...it was awesome! She had the best time! I can't wait to bring her back over the summer when she is walking.
Peek-A-Boo...I see you!

Having fun

Being a sweet girl and sharing the space

crawling up the steps to the slide....

Weee....she has on her breaks!

Crawling through the tunnel

The Ball Pit!

She thinks the girl in the mirror is pretty....
I do too!

Of course we were sad on Sunday when Gambi left, and we were very thankful that she came and spent the weekend with us. On Sunday, we had scheduled for Eloise to get her 1st birthday pictures taken. I have been so excited about this. Back in August I won a FREE $500 photo session with a photographer here in Katy. I knew that I was going to use this for Eloise's 1st birthday. Invitations have been sent out, decorations have been bought, I've been planning this party for a while.
Eloise is having a cookies and milk themed birthday party and everything is going to be pink (strawberry), white, and brown (chocolate)...so Walt and I made sure Eloise took a nice 3 hour nap on Sunday, just so she would be in an extra good mood. Once she woke up, I put on her first outfit (one of 4)...this one is the outfit she will be wearing for her birthday, and it matches the theme....look Eloise is SOOOO excited about going to get her picture taken...

Once we got there, I can't even begin to tell you what happened. The photographer asked us to set her down and get behind the photographer, and this is what my baby started doing....

and she wouldn't stop....

it was awful! After about 20-30 minute of this, and no end in sight, I asked the photographer if we could reschedule...she nicely said yes, and my embarrassed self loaded up my baby and we went home....

I'm not lying when I tell you that the SECOND I placed her in her carseat, she looked at me, and started laughing...she got her way alright...and this was her at home...
all smiles...

trying to pretend like she is shy....

let's pray the next photo session works out.

January 17, 2011

Just a lot of nothing....

What? What are you looking at??
Lunch Date with friends, Brett and Pat, on Sunday after church
at Empire Cafe
(*Thank you Aunt Sue and Uncle Matt for the outfit!!*)
Soooo happy to be wearing my tutu
Mozart in the making

If momma has a necklace, I must have one too

I can feed myself with my own spoon....

I'm trying to eat here...

Giggle time, is the best time.

E has really taken to her walkers lately. She has about 4 of them, but this one is by far her favorite. (thank you Great B and Great Joe) We don't have a lot of room in our house, so she is constantly bumping into things. It is so fun to watch her grow...I can't believe she will be ONE in a month. I'm lucky that I have another baby on the way...they grow up too fast!!

January 10, 2011

Just a whole bunch of BLAH....

That is how it has been in the Bass household over the weekend. We all were SICK. Eloise must have caught the virus on Thursday, and by Friday I had the virus and had given it to Walt. Thank goodness Walt felt somewhat better on Saturday, and we have an extremely easy baby, who was ok with crawling around our bedroom floor while we lay lifeless in bed. We are all on the mend now, and I took today off. The doctor was worried about me because she said if I got dehydrated I would go into labor. So....gatorade has been my new best friend for the past several days. I felt so sorry for Eloise because we could hardly pay good, quality attention to her this weekend.

This little Daingerfield Tiger was deprived of attention that is for sure.

Her sheets were being washed, but when it was time for her to take a nap, we just put her in her crib. (which we don't normally do on the weekends) and she just cried and cried until she finally fell asleep just like this.
Oh I felt horrible...but this should let you know how I felt...

and on another baby note, I am now in my last trimester! I feel bad that I haven't taken any "face" shots with my belly, but after the weekend I had...I just returned from the living dead and I decided to spare you all the agony of seeing my face.
But here is Baby Girl Bass at 6 months!

I know this weekend will be so much better, and Eloise's photo shoot was rescheduled thank goodness!

January 4, 2011

Can you guess?

Do you think that maybe you could take a guess.....

and try to figure out......

who "officially" has their first modeling photo shoot.....

on Saturday?

Modeling these little things we call "baby legs" (like leg warmers)

and maybe her mom is partial.....

and thinks that she IS the perfect baby for the shoot.....

Can you guess, who it could be? Why on earth, after looking at these pictures, would anybody want her? :)

January 1, 2011


I think I can quite possibly say that this is the longest I have gone without blogging. Hey...it was the holidays, and we were gone for a week, and Walt has been off this entire time...so I have some fair excuses right? This could also quite possibly be the largest amount of pictures that I have uploaded at one time onto my blog. I decided I should update after I had two people (Sarah and Poco), hey at least I have two people who read the blog, right...ask my why I hadn't updated. So...here is a recap of my wonderful, exhausting, every day has been bliss, don't want school to start again, hate that the holidays are over, fantabulous break that the Bass family has had.

What a treat that Daddy Walt took off the entire time that I was off. Eloise always has so much fun with daddy. Here they are about to go to church.

Oh...we went to see Santa. While we were standing in line all of these cute little older women were coming up to me asking me where I got E's outfit, and commenting on just how beautiful she was. But...the second that she came in contact with the bearded guy..it was over. We had pictures professionally done...needless to say we don't have them yet. This was the best picture Walt could get. E was terrified! Hopefully next year will pan out differently, and little sister won't quite notice that Santa looks scarier than he really is.
Eloise turned 10 months old! Invitations have already been ordered for her ONE year birthday. I can hardly believe it. We have a night time regime where we brush our teeth after bathtime...well, Eloise LOVES to brush her teeth. All 4 of them...2 on bottom, one front tooth, and then one right beside it...we couldn't get her to take the toothbrush out of her mouth for the picture...so we decided it would be a great "memory" of the fact that she does have 4 teeth, and she LOVES to brush them. She's also a 20 pounder. I took her to the doctor the Friday that we got out of school because she had a runny nose and a horrid cough. Turns out she was recovering from an ear infection. Go figure. Mom of the year, right?! I guess we are just blessed with a sweet baby who doesn't cry when she is in pain. Thank you Lord, thank you.

The Bass family headed out for Dallas the first Saturday of our break. We stayed with Gambi for three days, and we were able to get all of our last minute shopping done. Eloise LOVED hanging out at Gambi's house and playing with some of momma's old toys.
On a side note...E likes to get up in the middle of the night for like an hour and play with some of the toys in her crib. It's actually very cute..she plays with them, and talks to them, and then eventually goes back to bed. Well... over the break when we stayed with my mom and Walt's family, E's crib is in our room. It took Eloise all but 5 minutes to figure out momma and daddy were in the same room as her, and the entire time we were out of town, she decided she would have playtime with us for about an hour every. single. night. It was lovely. It really was...so fun to play at like 3 in the morning, and then have her fall asleep in our bed. However, we are glad to be back on our regular routine. :)

On Sunday we went shopping at Northpark and we were able to meet up with Aunt Poco for lunch. It was Sunday Funday! I think we spent three hours in this restaurant because Walt and my mom LOVED the bottomless mimosas.

We wore her out!

On Tuesday we headed to Daingerfield to be with Walt's family for Christmas. It was great fun to be able to go home and stay for a while. Gracie always enjoys going home because she can run around in pasture and be the dog that she can't be here in the suburbs of Katy. Eloise loves going to D-field to see Lalee and Pops...and she LOVES to play with Lalee.
Here is Walt and Eloise before the Christmas eve service.
We stayed in the "cry room" during the service. We were in the room along with three other couples with babies. Eloise is infatuated with babies, and she definitely let them know she was in the house. She was just a talking up a storm. I know I am going to have that child that during parent teacher conferences the teacher will always start off with...Your child is an excellent student but....she seems to like to talk. Wonder where she gets that from?

Eloise then came home and put on her Christmas pjs. It was waaayyyy past her bedtime and she was tired, but she knew she had to get a pic by the tree, and leave out cookies and milk for Santa.

Lalee and E in their Christmas pjs.

Santa came and left a note!!

He even left some toys for Eloise...even though she was more interested in the paper. :)

Here is sweet E on Christmas morning playing with some of her toys.

Momma had to steal a kiss

Look at her cute pjs!
Looking out the window for Santa....

Watching the dancing dog...

Had a little morning snack...daddy did not want to participate in the "Christmas PJs" I think I might have to "enforce" this rule for next year with his TWO girls!

checking out the "phone" that Santa left
ok...she is checking out the box

Playing with her new kitchen...right now she has the ketchup in her mouth...
my kind of girl.

Pops showing Eloise what all the kitchen does...

playing with some more of her toys on Christmas day

this was Walt's favorite gift...
No, this is not a shirt for him..
it's a size 12 month, so both girls can eventually wear it.
Check it out, it even has his number from highschool.

oh gosh, and the back.
Walt was so proud.
I mean Daingerfield did just win their THIRD straight State championship in football.

pretty girl playing with toys.

so excited about all the toys...

she doesn't know what to do!!
We got a kitchen, a stroller, an octopus for the bath, an activity walker, some sort of activity thingy that hooks up to the dvd, a new teddy bear, some drums, tons of clothes, books, a new baby doll, a cellphone, a bubble popper, a corn popper, weebles little town...and I am sure I am leaving something else out. Thank you to all who bought our sweet girl presents! We've had a blast playing with all of them!

I sure do know how to train this one.
What did she want to do after Christmas lunch?
Why help out her Lalee with the dishes of course!

After 5 glorious days in Daingerfield, we packed up on Sunday and came back to Katy.
On Monday we cleaned out the bedroom where the new girl will soon be living.
On Tuesday Poco and Preston came in town because Baylor's bowl game was on Wednesday.
Tuesday night a bunch of us went to dinner, great time.
Wednesday was such an ugly day outside. Thank goodness we have a friend with a house in Houston, so we moved our tailgating there. Eloise was so great, we started tailgating at 12...by the time we got home from the game it was 10:30, and she had just fallen asleep.
Even though the Bears lost, what a neat experience. Can't wait for next year's season!
Me and Poco at Pat's house tailgating...

My tailgating partner for the 2010 season.
Love you Sue!!

Walt enjoying his day...
E wondering what he is drinking... :)

Two of my most favorite people ever

Look at E just hanging out with the boys.....

Had so much fun with my girlies

Walter dominating in the pingpong game. Hey..he had to show his little brother how it was done, right?!

more friends tailgating.

Eloise has decided that she loves windows... and she loves to LICK windows....

walking is not far behind, I am sure....

some of the guys

deep thoughts by preston.... :)

Oh my gosh was it not a pain to get into the game. It poured all day, ALL DAY.
When we parked at the game we had to walk for what seemed three miles, IN THE POURING RAIN! Thank goodness we kept E dry...but Walt and I were soaked...SOAKED....and lucky me decided to wear a white shirt...smart thinking Meredith. So, excuse my hair, but it clearly was not in any fashion to be seen down, after being wet.
E was starting to get realllllly tired here. She did not want her picture taken, but we had to show our love for the Bears.

My love. My life.

after all the fun on Wednesday, we decided that Thursday would be pajama and movie day. This was much needed. We did not get out of our pjs all day! It was great! On Friday we ventured out to the Galleria to do some shopping, and then came home and fixed a fabulous meal for New Years. Here is E while we were eating on Friday.

Here she is after momma did some shopping at Nordstrom.

We are sad to see our break come to an end;however, we are excited to see what 2011 has in store for us! We had a wonderful holiday and we are so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful family and friends.
Happy New Year!