Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Every Princess Needs A Chair


Clara Grace loves to sit

She sits in laps...

She sits on the backs of couches...


She sits at the piano...

Now she can finally sit in her own tinkerbell chair!!


P.S. Big thanks to grandpa and grandma Guderian for her chair. She absolutely loves it...she's becoming such a big girl...Clara Grace turned 8 weeks old on Friday!

Monday, December 28, 2009

SNOW FIGHT!! :)

We all decided to have a snowball fight yesterday since we were trapped by the blizzard. Omaha had about 12 inches overall!! Me, Dave and his sister and brother all bundled up in random coats and gloves we found throughout their house and the "war" was on. Girls vs. Guys!! YEAH BABY! :)

Team A :)



Team B was the boys but unfortunately I didn't have a picture of just them....Moving on....:)

Me getting into position....


Booyah!! :) 1 point for Team A!!


And the shootout begins...Team B answers back!


Team A helplessly watches as her team member is tackled again...

...and again...I'm like the worst teammate ever!!


So we lost... :( I'm pretty sure we lost on account of me but we had so much fun!!:)





Saturday, December 19, 2009

Little Clara Claus

The Preserve had it's annual Christmas party last night, so we headed over there so "Mrs. Claus" could meet Santa. I will have to say little Clara Claus was quite a hit at the party. :) There were crafts and a chocolate fountain and wine tasting as well; it was a really fun evening!
Mrs. Claus and Santa :)

"Are we done with pictures yet mom??"

Early Merry Christmas Everyone!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

From the crib of Clara Grace...

Hey Everyone...Clara Grace here...I just wanted to let you know that I realize Mark Ingram won the Heisman for 2009, but I really don't think I was given a fair shot. I mean I have the pose perfected but it was like they didn't even consider me....you can see for yourself!





Oh well...Maybe next year. :)













Monday, December 14, 2009

I'm Suing Campbells

Okay, not really...but I'm NEVER making Chicken Primavera again!! (It's a Campbell's recipe)

Honestly it was probably completely my fault. But this meal will have to go down in history as the worst meal I've ever made. And that's really saying something, because the meal me and my friend Jenilee made in high school I thought would hold this title forever. See...me and Jenilee decided to cook supper for my family one afternoon after school. My mom left some chicken out for us in the morning to de-thaw so all we'd have to do was cook it when we got home. Welllll...we didn't realize you also have to pull the skin off and clean it before putting it in the pan. However, after everyone had already sat down at the table we realized it was too late to fix that....but we thought the worst was over. So, we anxiously waited as everyone cut into the chicken. And let me warn you this next bit of information is pretty gross, but out ran bright red chicken blood on everyone's plate. Apparently we didn't cook it long enough either. So...as you can see that was a pretty bad meal which everyone still talks about from time to time!! :)

So, you can imagine my surprise to find that I've outdone myself. And, to make matters worse, Ashley and little Abby had to suffer through it with us! I swear I did everything right though. It's basically cream of mushroom soup with chicken and vegetables and then you pour that over the spaghetti. I also made muffins for desert. But something happened, the spaghetti was freezing and turning hard and the sauce was cold. That in itself we probably could have dealt with, but halfway through my second bite I found something mysterious in my cream of mushroom sauce....eek! I'm still not sure what it was...maybe plastic?? And then the more we ate we realized I hadn't really gotten all of the fat off the chicken so there were bits of hard chunks everywhere. My husband (who will literally eat anything) had about two bites and insisted I throw the rest away(after Ashley and Abby left). Little Abby made this horrible face every time Ashley tried to give her some as well. And, Ashley was sweet enough to eat a little but I know she only did that to be nice. (Thank you Ashley!) And last but not least, you'd think I could have handled the muffins, but I'm sure you guessed it. I burnt them....awesome. Ashley just said "Amber it's fine, you can just cut the tops off." Sooo I'd like to offer my sincerest apologies to everyone involved with that fiasco!

However, the rest of the night made up for everything...Old McDonald and Sesame street books filled the living room so Clara and Abby could play, and the parents got to enjoy some much needed wine after that disastrous attempt at a meal. :)

Next time I'll just order pizza...

Monday, December 7, 2009

Perfect People

Since I have been home, I've grown a bit obsessed with 'The View.' I mean how can you not love those ladies! I'd like to have a showdown with Joy but I'm okay with the rest...especially Whoopi...she cracks me up. Anyways, moving on. :)They've been talking about the Tiger Woods scandal all week and I've had alot of time to think about this situation myself.

The Tiger Woods scandal I believe speaks volumes to this fact: No one is perfect.

Now, I know we all realize that, but by worldly standards it appeared he had it "all." However, he has literally lost everything in a matter of about 14 days. He is allegedly paying Elin 80 MM to stay with him over the next 7 years making their marriage nothing more than a business arrangement. He also has 9 women so far willing to "speak out" for a profit themselves even making his affairs nothing more than a business arrangement. Which brought me to my next thought. Tiger is close to the wealthiest man in the world and apparently can have any woman he wants which is supposed to be the "American Dream." And on top of this, he is arguably the best athlete in the world. Yet, over these past two weeks his world has literally came crashing down on him.

So, no matter who you are or what you believe, you have to at least acknowledge the fact that Solomon (not my dog):) but King Solomon really hit home when he said "Everything is meaningless...a chasing after the wind" No one will remember Tiger anymore for his outstanding athleticism but he will now be remembered for his infidelity. In Isaiah 41 it says "See, everyone is false! Their deeds amount to nothing: their images are but wind and confusion." Tiger's image has definitely been destroyed as well; Gatorade will no longer be selling his drink and other sponsors are rumored to follow.

So, we can't buy into the lie that money buys happiness..that a bigger house will solve all our problems...that a raise would make us appreciate our work more...that anyone is perfect! Anytime I start this type of thought process, I'm going to think of Tiger. I'm going to remember the things that count in life.

I want people to remember my heart; not my car or my house or my accomplishments. I don't want to try and be perfect...I want to rest in the hands of the One who forgives my imperfections.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-rjokPRSg4&feature=related

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Pretty as a Princess

Clara Grace looked too cute this morning; I just couldn't resist taking pictures of her. :) She was getting ready for a visit from her great grandma Guderian who hasn't gotten a chance to meet her yet.


Sleeping Beauty

Ready to meet Great Grandma!

We love you SOOOOOOOO much sweetheart! :)
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

To Grandmother(s) House We Go...

The Guderian's had quite the busy week last week with stops at a few Great Grandma's and Grandma's houses! Here are some of the pictures from the week! :)

Aunt Angela

You may not be able to fullly appreciate this picture but my mom LOVED this singing goat from my Aunt Debby for a "new grandma" gift. It sings the song from the Sound of Music...the one that goes "loiloiolooh oh lo" LOL (I'm sure that helped you recognize the song) But if there happen to be any Sound of Music lovers out there you may know which one I'm talking about. :)

The only way out little sweetie will sleep :) (She likes to celebrate when resting)





Somebody rode a horse bareback for the first time! ;)


Great Grandma loving up Clara


...and some more love from cousin Justin

Next it was off to Omaha to see Grandpa & Grandma Guderian

Party Time!

Uncle Bret :) (Not to be confused with "Uncle Nick") :)

4 Generations of Husker Fans!


And last but not least I have to share about the longest trip home ever. So, it typically takes about 3 hours to get from Omaha to KC. However, on this particular occasion it took us 5 hours. Now, you may be thinking "Why did it take an extra two hours Amber?" Well...let me tell you. Unforutnately, there have been about 3 bazillion things that have went wrong with me since having Clara so I've seen 4 different doctors, been to the ER and had 2 ultrasounds and a catscan, leading to a whole bunch of pain medicine and antibiotics. Apparently they all got together and decided to have a party on Sunday. So, we had to stop 6 times on the way home...not to mention the times Clara decided she wanted us to stop as well! Needless to say...it was a very entertaining and LONG trip home. On a brighter note though...at one point we stopped at a Super 8 in Mound City and I saw an old friend I used to work with in college! So no, it wasn't completely a wasted stop ANNDD I learned you can change a diaper on your lap in the car behind a gas station! :) Oh yes...fun times indeed.
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