Saturday, March 31, 2007

Happy 9 Month McHaney

In all the commotion of yesterday, I forgot to wish Mc a happy 9 month! Doesn't seem she's been here that long!!! We love you sweet girl!!!

Day at the Park

McHaney was suppose to go to Brooks McInteer's Birthday party today, but it was canceled due to the stomach bug.

Poor Brooks... :(

But, we decided to go to the park anyway! Click Here and Here to see video.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Prayer Request

Hey Everybody. We have a quick prayer request. McHaney had her 9 month checkup today and the doctor heard a heart murmur for the 2nd time. We are going to see a pediatric cardiologist Monday morning at 9am. It may be nothing, but it could be serious. So, any prayers you could throw our way would be appreciated. We'll keep you posted. They said we'd know Monday, so you'll know then too!


Thursday, March 29, 2007

Boys are From Mars Too...

It is crazy the natural difference between the sexes. McHaney has a baby doll that our friends Brett and Leslie gave her. About a month ago (she was 8 months) she noticed the doll and now it is one of her favorite toys. She loves on it and pats it on the back all the time. It is almost like she is copying what I do to her.

Anyway, yesterday, Carrie and Ethan came over and he was pretty obsessed with McHaney's train. He pushed it around all over the house. It just blows my mind that at that early of an age they are drawn to boy/ girl specific toys. I've always thought those were learned behaviors, but at this early of a stage? I must admit my opinion has changed!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Ode to Maggie

It is amazing the people you can reconnect with via blogging. Maggie Shearer (now Daniel) is an old friend from college I haven't talked to in years! She was Caroline's roommate. My senior year, their sophomore, I lived at home first semester. I use "lived at home" loosely because I really lived with them. I would probably spend the night in Caroline and Maggie's room at least 3 nights a week, maybe 4 or 5. Caroline and I would sleep together in her top bunk, which I'm sure was not conducive to sleep for Maggie. Plus, for those of you who know how messy I am, their room was in a constant state of disarray. My clothes, and other things, were always everywhere. Maggie just made me a sign that said "Rachel's Closet". She put it up in one corner of the room and just threw my stuff over there to get it out of the way. She was so sweet and never complained, not even to Caroline when I wasn't around. I was so freakin' rude!!!! If I was Maggie I would have told me to pay for a room of my own if I wanted to live on campus! So, Maggie, today I apologize for being so inconsiderate and such a slob. Thank you for being so good natured and patient. Atleast it was just one semester!!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Latest Project

This is my latest project. I bought a tablecloth at a yard sale, last Friday, for $5.00. I loved it b/c it had this precious bunny design on one end. I thought it would make a cute outfit for McHaney. So, I came home and used one of my dress patterns to make a little swing top. Plus, I had enough fabric left over to make matching pants. I was really pleased with the way it turned out. (especially for five bucks!) It is a little big, so hopefully it will fit for a while. I'm hoping she can wear it to one of her egg hunts this Spring!!!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Preview of the Zoo

McHaney had her first outing with Gimme and Pawpaw on Saturday. They took her to the zoo. It was actually her first planned "big girl" outing without us. I cried when she left; I'm such a sap. But, she had a good time and was all smiles when she got back. I can't wait to take her again and see her reactions to all the animals. They said the Meerkat was her favorite!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Working in the Yard

When I was a kid, working in the yard was probably my least favorite thing to do. My parents would assign me the chore of "weeding" and I'd want to slit my wrist. For all the complaining I did, they probably wanted to slit their wrists too. I could just think of so many better things to do with my time. Laying out by the pool, for example.

Anyway, that time of year is back and, of course, I have my own home now. I can tell you, weeding is still not my favorite. Not to mention digging, planting, mulching, etc. But, it has to be done.

I was lucky enough to marry a man who is a hard worker and likes to be outside. He doesn't mind the yard work and for that, I am grateful. We planted a few bushes and lots of flowers around the front and back this weekend. Our front looked pitiful, as we haven't done anything out there since we moved in almost 3 years ago! The back just needed a little sprucing up. It looks so much better and I got away with only having to plant 2 flats of flowers while he did all the weeding, mulching, and other planting. (You know, I had to take care of the baby and all!) :)

So, a beautiful weekend was not wasted. We got a lot done. Plus, to top things off, there's nothing better than a long day in the sun, a hot shower, a good meal, a glass of wine, and early to bed. Oooh, I slept so good last night!!! I'm looking forward to it again tonight!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Singing with Daddy

McHaney loves her Vegetales sing along video that Uncle D and Aunt Nina gave her for Christmas. This morning Mc and Daddy watched together. (click here to see.)

I love to see him spend time with her. It is so sweet to see a daddy with his little girl.

Friday, March 23, 2007

So Maybe I Need a Little Practice!

Today our playgroup met. I have been practicing my sewing skills and so I decided to make all of the kids in the group a little shorts set with matching top. (See bottom) So, I took them today and gave them out. Ethan put his right on and about an hour later his mommy, Carrie, said "Rachel, please look at Ethan." Well, poor thing, the crotch had split right out of his pants! Embarrassing for me, not so embarrassing for him. But it was pretty funny! I guess I should have reinforced those seams. Oh well, practice makes perfect! I'll just have to keep working on it!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Playing the Spoons

Kids are so funny! McHaney has every toy known to man. Her favorites? Two spoons and a disposable tin pie pan. Of course, she likes her other toys and is actually pretty good at entertaining herself. Anything musical is key (no pun intended) and she's really into her baby doll right now. But the spoons and pie pan can entertain her forever. I don't know why I spend money on new stuff when she's happy with the same stuff kids were playing with in the 1800's!!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

What a Social Life!

Today McHaney had a lunch date with Ava at Le Peep. (Danielle and Brande were there as well.) But, it doesn't end there. The child is booked solid for 3 weeks. She had more of a social life than I do. I guess I'm just her chauffeur, along for the ride!

Fresh Meat

When we lived in Memphis, I didn't really like it; I would have much rather been in Nashville. However, there were things there, like our 1950's house, that I loved and now miss! One of those things was Charlie's Meat Market. (Oh Charlie's I miss you so!) Charlie's was a butcher shop down the street from our house. You could get bacon wrapped fillets there for about $4.00!! We would eat steaks from there at least once a week and they were sooo good!

Daren had to go to Memphis for business Monday and came home last night with 8 of them! Yummy! I can't wait for tonight, My mouth is already watering thinking about it!!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Memaw and Teta

Today McHaney and I went to Memaw and Teta's for lunch (my grandparents.) She played and laughed and ate all kinds of stuff she shouldn't. Obviously, I don't let her eat everything they try to give her. I put my foot down at the coffee, candy and coke they tried to sneak in.

Sunday, March 18, 2007


Okay Friends, i.e. the young Samford crew... I don't care if Mary has given you the cake recipe or not... start blogging! I check your blogs a few times a day and have been disappointed all week. (Yes, I need to get a life.) I look forward to your funny life adventures and get a kick out of them on a daily basis. My life has been void of joy this week because of you. (Well, with the exception of my giggling little baby, but that's a given!)

I hope you all feel very guilty!!! :)

Oh, and this is just for laughs...

A Busy Weekend

Oh, we've had a good weekend. Busy, but good. Friday morning McHaney and I went to garage sales with MiMi. I got 8 yards of vintage fabric for 2 dollars!!!

Then we had breakfast at the Puffy Muffin... mmmm! Aunt Jac came over for lunch and McHaney chowed down on her Louis!(not so good.) Then I finished up my first appliqué project. It turned out okay, but I still need some practice.

Saturday was a good St. Patrick's Day! We had a family day of errands. Including, breakfast together at Noshville. McHaney had her first restaurant ordered meal; Oatmeal!!! She ate every drop, little piglet.

She also got a big girl car seat. She likes it so much better. I know she's a little young, but she weighs 20 lbs, so I think she'll be okay. A final happy to the day, Corned Beef and Cabbage with Irish mashed potatoes! A Phillips' family favorite for St. Patty's!

Today we've just laid around and watched movies. Well, Daren and I have. McHaney has pretty much just played and hit us in the face with toys.

So, anyway, I know this is a little boring, but I had to update the seester. More to follow I'm sure!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

My Latest Project

Here are some pics of my latest sewing project. I kind of made it up yesterday. For the top, I just cut it out and tried it on her until it fit. (She was thrilled about that...) I am more proud of the pants though. I used a shorts pattern and just extended them, then added the elastic at the bottom. They are really cute on her and I plan to make a few more pair. I need to learn how to make bias out of fabric. I would have rather trimmed the top in the matching gingham fabric, instead of using the ribbon. But, I'm still a beginner and don't get many opportunities to visit with my teacher anymore. Sad Katie, I miss you!!! I may have to give in and bring McHaney over to your house.

Anywho, the next thing I'm going to attempt is making appliqué patches to go on shirts and stuff. They told me how-to at the fabric store, but any pointers you might have would be greatly appreciated!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

We've Got the Sniffles... and More!

Okay, I've worked in a church nursery... they are meticulous about cleaning everything. So, why is it that every time I put McHaney in the nursery she gets sick. No joke; She's been in there about 7 times and has gotten sick 5 of those times. Yesterday she pooped 5 times, threw up twice, had a low grade fever, and started developing a cold. Today, she's got a runny nose and horrible chest congestion. She didn't sleep at all last night, thus Daren and I didn't sleep a (poor guy had to be at work at 6 this morning... at least I'm still in my PJs.) I go back and forth on the nursery thing, usually I just take her with me b/c she sleeps through the service. But, she's getting to old for that and needs to learn how to socialize. Any suggestions, you guys have learned, that I'm just missing out on??

Maybe I should let her play with the Germ-X more often!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

They Are So Sweet When They Sleep!

Who could turn down a snuggle with this little face. I feel so guilty in the afternoons when I am tempted, and give in, to crawl into bed and nap with McHaney. About 3 times a week I do this. There are always other things that need to be done, but I can't resist the temptation. Those pouty little lips and rosy little cheeks call to me. They say "mommy I won't be little for long; snuggle with me while I'll still let you!" And so I do. The house might not get vacuummed and there might be dirty dishes in the sink, but that stuff will wait. My little princess will be grown and gone before I know it and I can fold the laundry then!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Sewing Suggestions

Does anyone know of any good sewing sites/blogs for children's clothing? I'm trying to get back into sewing and I'm looking for tips, advice, tricks, free patterns, etc. Let me know!!!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Uncle D and Aunt Rachel

We went back to the hospital today to see Sadie Jane. She's just as cute today as she was Friday! We love you SJP!!!!

Also, Here is a pic I snapped of the Smothers Brothers, Mann and Murphy, born Thursday. Grant and Suzanne were both well when we visited!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

It's a Small World!

McHaney and Sydney meet!
Today we went to Baby's R Us to get a new car seat. While we're standing there a girl, also looking at car seats with her family, says "Are you Rachel?", I reply and she says, "Okay, it's a little funny but I've been kind of stalking you this week." Hmmm. But, with a little more explanation, I find out she's Mary's sister in law, and Mary had sent her to my blog to check it out. (Apparently, Mary is prompting them to start a blog as well!) I couldn't believe it, it's so crazy... Mary and Lauren are all the way out in Cali, and Melissa and I meet here in the car seat aisle. We actually even went to elementary school together. Such a small small world!

Friday, March 9, 2007

Sadie Jane is Here!!!

McHaney has a cousin!!! Sadie Jane Phillips was born this morning around 10:45am. She was 7lbs. 8oz., 19 1/2 inches long. Welcome to the world pretty girl! (better pictures to follow) We know your mommy and daddy are proud!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

A Beautiful Day

Yesterday was so pretty! McHaney and I met Daren at Centennial Park for a picnic.

Also, I've been meaning to share a website with all you mom's. If you go to you can enter your address and see if there are any registered sex offenders living around you. Kindof creepy I know, but it's worth looking.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

What's up with The Teletubbies?

The Teletubbies comes on PBS every morning at 8:30. I have refused to let McHaney watch for the first 8 months of her life. This is mainly because it is quite possibly the worst, most annoying show on television; right behind Bob the Builder. We're big on Sesame Street and Sesame Street only in our house. (Don't be offended if your kids watch these shows, you're a better mother than I am, I just can't deal with it.) Anyway, I've have recently been desperate to entertain Mc between that time, right before her morning nap. The girls in my playgroup had told me how obsessed with Teletubbies their children were and so I finally gave in. Yes, if they jumped off a bridge I would follow. So, McHaney is now obsessed. This picture illustrates how obsessed. So what's the deal? You can't understand what they say, there's that weird baby in the sun that creeps me out, and they make a lot of farting noises. I just don't get it. If any of you other moms can shed light on the subject for me please do. If not, I guess we'll just go on watching the primary colored toot machines forever!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

I Married Billy Idol

My friend Carrie posted this website on her blog called
It is a website where you can download a picture of yourself and it will tell you which celebrities you look the most like. So, I had to try it. I downloaded a picture of myself and the usual suspects popped up. Helen Hunt, Laura Linny, Ellen, (SJP was mysteriously absent) and one surprise... My closest match was Q'Orianka Kilcher. I mean, I know I have a lot of Cherokee in me, but I'm about as waspy as they come, so I don't know how that happened. It even scanned McHaney's face and matched her to Rouge from Xmen, which I can kind of see.
Then I did Daren, oh Daren. I laughed until I cried last night. Below are his matches (a bunch of cheeseballs and the ex-president of Indonesia). Please, if you decide to do this, let me know your matches!