Margaret (Curtis) McDaniel + Curtis McDaniel = Curtis.Squared

January 28, 2013

A Baby Flood

I thought I'd be lucky to get one baby shower, but God has truly blessed us by giving us a grand total of 4!  I think I can officially say that all these showers created a flood.  Here are snippets from all 3 of my Savannah showers:
Anne can't wait for Baby McD to come!
My church family at Grace Church of the Islands threw me a huge one.  It was so encouraging to see how so many ladies in our church took care of our expanding family by giving us so many baby items that we will need to welcome our baby girl into this world.
This shower was a brunch and this was some of the spread.  I loved the diaper bouquet as the centerpiece!
I had several younger girls assisting me with the opening of gifts.  They were a big help!
Next up, I had a shower at my work, Mathnasium.  My co-worker, Rachel, was the one who did most of the work for it.  Look at her yummy baby carriage cake!  It was made of funfetti cake, one of my favorites.
My boss says that our baby will be the first "Mathnasium Baby."  As you can see, they decorated it accordingly.  I'm wearing a little sash that says "Mommy-to-be."  It was a smaller shower, but I had so much fun!  They focused on giving me very practical gifts, which I definitely will need once she makes her appearance.
Lastly, I had a Paris-themed shower for friends that I've gotten to know in Savannah that aren't a part of my church family or work.  The invitations were super cute and said "Ooh La La," and Laura did a great job of including that into her decorations.  Look at this spread!  It was beautiful!
Once again, I had some helpers - these twin girls helped me determine which gifts to open.  :)
I got a pretty good bump shot at this shower - they gave me a boa to go along with the parisian theme.  I was about 34.5 weeks pregnant in this.

All my showers were so much fun!  I have just been blown away by all of the love and support that I've received from all these sweet ladies that have touched my life over the past 3.5 years in Savannah.  I've now begun the task (with a lot of help from my mom) of putting the nursery together.  It is coming along and I think I am in the middle of nesting! 

January 8, 2013

Rocking in 2013 with the Fields

We have been fortunate to be able to see the Fields several times this year.  We were so happy to find out that they'd be coming through Savannah after their Christmas travels on New Year's Eve!
As I've probably told you before, Ryan is Curtis' best friend.  Probably the closest thing he has to a brother.  I love seeing Curtis light up and get so excited whenever he gets the opportunity to spend time with this godly guy.
They had a great time making s'mores together in the fireplace.
Here's one of our little family.  I thought this was sweet. :)
Here's Ryan and his wife, Emily.  Whenever I spend time with her, I love her even more!  She has such a heart for others.
Of course, our night consisted of playing Rock Band.  One of our favorite things to do with the Fields.
We named our band "2013" to rock in the new year!  We were getting high scores on all the songs we played.  It was a great start to 2013!  And we have many more things to look forward to this year. :)

January 1, 2013

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This was the first year we spent Christmas just the two of us (plus Lion-O).  Because of doctor's orders, I am too far along in my pregnancy to travel.  It was a good year to stay in Savannah because Curtis was very busy with his sermons.  Not only did he have two sermons to preach on Sunday, but he also had one on Christmas Eve. 
We made s'mores in our fireplace.
It was really fun and memorable!
On Christmas Eve, we drove around looking at Christmas lights.  We even decided to take Lion-O with us.  He loved looking out the window at all the lights.  He acts very similar to a dog!
Curtis and Lion-O in the car
On Christmas Day, we were ready to open gifts!
But first...Curtis read to us from Luke 2 to remind us of the best gift of all.  God sending His son! :)  We're hoping to start this new tradition with our family.
We tried to get some family pictures, but Lion-O wasn't cooperating that well.  Our picture (at the top of this post) was one of the best ones, but then you don't get to see the pregnancy bump!
Lion-O jumped down right when this picture was taken.  I thought this picture was funny!
We finally got a good shot (without Lion-O).
Although we didn't travel, we had family come to us before and after Christmas.  Curtis' dad, Curt, was able to visit for a few days before Christmas.  We had a great time, but we forgot to take pictures with him.  :( The day after Christmas, my parents came to visit.  My mom helped me prepare the nursery for our little bundle on the way.  She helped me wash all my newborn and 0-3 month clothing.  She will definitely have plenty of clothes!
We tried to take a picture to show our new Christmas ornaments that we obtained to commemorate 2012.  It's hard to see, but Curtis has a little snowman that says "DAD" and mine is a diaper bag that says "New Mom."  We are getting excited that she will be arriving soon!
We enjoyed our time with my parents.  I think they had a good time too.
Lion-O's gift to Curtis was snuggling up on a cold night. :)
It's hard to believe that this will be the last Christmas that we will have without our daughter!  We look forward to celebrating next year (and many more years) with her.