Saturday, November 29, 2008

Turkey Day !



So much to be thankful for ...............................






Family








Friends






Food



This year we enjoyed Alistair's First Thanksgiving with Family and Friends at our home. Everyone helped with preparing the food and giving me a little baby break by passing around our little butterball .

As you can see he's barely smaller then the 12 lb turkey we consumed that day, and was putting up quite a fuss when this photo was taken.

Jeff prepared the Turkey in a Honey, Brown Sugar Brine overnight and then Grilled it for 4 hours then next morning....one word "delicious" !

We had THREE types of potatoes (sweet potatoe casserole w/marshmellows, Flemings Steakhouse Scallopped Potatoes and by request Traditional Mashed Potatoes).
After some Football and some Wii came dessert... Jay and Amie are some amazing cooks , they made THREE pies (Pumpkin, Shoo Fly and Apple Pie).

Soooooo we all had a Food Coma as you can imgaine. Regardless I am truly thankful for what I've been given this year and can't complain about a thing

Monday, November 24, 2008

A weekend of fun

Another picture and video update


Its a punk thing, you wouldn't understand!





Nap time.


Crazy new colors and sounds


We put Alistair in his play gym for the first time. He got kind of excited and smacked the rings a little bit, then I think he got a little overwhelmed. I think he likes it though =)

video

Monday, November 17, 2008

Do you know the Muffin Man?




So our second weekend went pretty good as parents. I think it hit a bit of a "baking Bone" in Jeff cause he decided to bake some honey wheat bread for sandwiches.

I must say it was really good and I was quite impressed. We are still evaluating if making the bread verses buying the bread is more money conserving, so we'll let you know.

With a little help from William Sonoma in the kitchen, there's nothing the "muffin man" can't bake !

Alistair's wardrobe (entitled "I Love my World") are compliments of Aunt Marguex and Uncle Money.....thank you !!!!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Baby's Firsts


Due to family tradition and celebration of the new person living in our home now, I thought it best to start things out right with a pot of SAUCE !
This sauce takes half the day to make and smells up the whole house. I couldn't help but remember my days as a child coming home from school or waking up from a Sunday afternoon nap and smelling this amazing sauce.
I sure hope Alistair continues the tradition some day with his new home or welcoming his first child.


Jeff took this napping opportunity to give Alistair his first "Man"icure , our little man has some long fingers and equally long nails, must be all that calcium I drank and ate (ice cream and chocolate milk)



Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Falling in Love All over again!

November 12, 2005 Marks the day I met my amazing Husband. Its been 4 crazy years since that night I decided to go on that "blind date" my aunt Bettina and Jeff's Mom set us up on.
I must admit it I was not totally ready or even willing to date anyone and just thought I would go out of the convinence that it was the same place my friend was having a Birthday party " Big Bang" in Tempe. http://www.thebigbangbarstore.com/
I couldn't believe what I saw walking up the sidewalk in jeans and a white t-shirt. We had spoke on the phone and he was told that I was new to the area (Scottsdale) and I needed to be shown around, soooo not true. He told me he was a pilot and I half believed him. He told me he was Indian and Scottish/Irish ....I was like ewwwww weird combination. So much to my surprise he was a gorgeous tall drink of water with a ton in common with me. Who knew ???!!
Since this day we became so deeply in love and instantly wanting to spend our lives together. January of 2006 we started a contract to build our house , November 2006 we got engaged, March 2007 we were married, then this month we welcomed our first child.
There have been a ton of hardships through the past four years, in fact we are still facing them currently. All in all we have managed to stay the best of friends and the love keeps growing and growing with each new journey.

" When you know , you know"!

I'm truly blessed with such a man as he and I wanted the world to know its so worth it once you've found it.

I love you Powder !

Monday, November 10, 2008

9-months and I'm free!

Well after the hospital stay things are starting to quiet down a little in the McNeill house. Mom and Dad are still not getting as much sleep as they would like but its fun to keep them up. We have had some really great friends and family members who have been taking care of the little thing to let Mom and Dad spend some more time with me.


Here I am trying to figure out what to do next... sleep or poop!



Whatcha lookin at?



Here I am practicing my Vogue pose



LALA... Can't hear you mommy

Then there is my new best friend. She is always sniffing my head with that cold nose. Its worse than the Dr's stethoscope!




Thursday, November 6, 2008

Homeward Bound ,Safe and Sound !



Packed up the little family around 5pm last night and got the last ride in our matching PJ's. All the nurses nominated us " the cutest mommy and baby " to go home last night. I admit I was a little nervous about going home and leaving all the wonderful help and drugs behind and doing this new "mommy thing" all on my own, but as soon as I got the in the car with my amazing husband and new son I was overwhelmed with happiness.




I'm pretty sure that Jeff and I were cut out to be parents, I'm loving every second of this experience so far.





Hospital inspected the " carseat safety" of how we were putting him in, I was learning a whole new trick to this unfamilar thing.









The seat was a little big, but he'll grow into it , I'm sure of it!






My handsome little man was all snug in the rug like a bug ready to get to his new home.










Finally our baby was home in his bassinet , ready for the action of making mommy and daddy never sleep again.

He truly is our amazing gift and we love him so much!







Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Alistair Travis Mcneill

At 1:02am Tara gave birth to Alistair Travis McNeill after 11 hrs of labor. He weighed in at 7lbs and was 20.5 inches long.








His first check up was great and scored 9 out of 9 on his test!!!











His heart rate was great!












His first beanie, to get replaced later with a denver broncos beanie for all those cold winter games.










First family portrait!!!













Chubby cheeks!











Excited grandparents!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Almost here!

Well little Alistair is almost here. We went to the hospital at 3pm this afternoon and he should be here any time now.

Grandma is sitting bedside eagerly waiting delivery.