Saturday, November 28, 2009


Have I mentioned lately how much I love this baby girl! How can you not with a smile like this? Can you tell she LOVES her baths! And check out her twin teeth. I think she was trying to tell me that she had a new one too! Mommy hadn't checked for awhile and apparently there was a BIG new pearly white up top finally. Golly, I love my kids...and it's smiles like this that remind me of how blessed I am!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Mother Ginger Girl in Costume (sorta) :)

Wanted to take a quick moment and show off our fav. Mother Ginger Girl in her cute little costume. She had her fitting last week and it was so fun to see her face light up when she put on her cute lil' ginger dress. I just love it. Much better than the tight white pants and white wigs the boy gingers have to wear (poor things :)). here's half the costume...minus the very cute cap and her hair in pin curls (which I need to practice this weekend). In just a short week's time our ginger with be scurrying out from beneath that Mother Ginger's big skirt. We're sooooo excited for next Friday to be here. We've also gotten news that for half the performances (matinee's) her teacher, Ben, will be "Mother" Ginger. That's sure to be a laugh :)
Here's the tie-up back of the outfit...and below is Hailey talking to her fellow friend, Olivia (from her class)...who is a Ginger boy and small soldier.
And so it begins....Dress rehearsals start on Monday (and I get to be backstage that night...yay!). It will be an exhausting week of dancing from 7-10pm every night M-Th. and then performing F-Sun. Can't wait! Oh, and it will be on live-feed via internet I'll make sure to post that url as the time approaches! :)

Happy Black Friday to all those crazies out there who shopped. We three stayed trapped in our home and didn't brave the crowds. Nina Stegs took the oldest three and shopped. Have I mentioned what a brave Nina she is! :) Adios til next time....

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Turkey Day!

A festive Gobble, Gobble from our gang to yours on this Happy Thanksgiving Day! Hope you all are basking in thankfulness and good food surrounded by family and friends. I know I'm grateful beyond words for the many blessings the good Lord has given me. Tis a day to be thankful for everything :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Autumn Fun!

Check this out! Last month (a couple days after returning from the Caribbean!)...we took a fun, but too-short, jaunt to Spring Mill State Park with our wonderful neighbor friends, Jill, Maddie and Jacob. Jill was kind enough to share her camera, photography skills, patience and sense of humor as we attempted to get pics of all 6 of our kiddos in the beautiful park setting surrounded by the lovely leaves. As you can see we had a few snafoos...namely my 4 didn't cooperate and then it started to rain....but Jill persevered (the awesome photographer that she is!) and this is the outcome. Some GREAT pics! Not to mention she let her personality shine through with some hilarious comments about the ever-changing expressions of our crazy Steg kids. I just love this...check it out.....(sorry it's just a link...I have yet to learn how to put the actual video on the blog).

Thanks, Jill...for all of this! You are a dear friend for going through all this trouble...and for giving me an extra smile today! We love you, Hootie Gang! :)

Happy Thanksgiving one and all! :)

Beach Bums :)

Just a few more pre-cruise FL pics from last month :) If there's one thing I LOVE about my hometown it's the beach! Well, I really don't like the sand, but I love the ocean and the scenery and the beauty that comes with all that. So, once again we took our quick jaunt to Ft. Laud. beach (actually it might have been Pompano)....but either way it was fun, especially for Ash!!! We always do a "name in the sand pic". I could hardly snap a pic fast enough this year...all she wanted to do was RUN....
compare this to her first trip to the beach on 1/1/09 (she was only 3+ mos old), how time flies!
Here we are actually arriving...for Ash's 2nd time at the beach....she had no clue what fun was in store! :)
First she took a sniff of the fresh beachy air :) (this is one of my fav Ash faces...with her crinkled up nose :))
Then she and daddy dug for buried treasure....they didn't get far before daddy broke his shovel. I guess he wouldn't make a very good pirate. Arrrrgh! :)
Then she spotted the seagulls.....
...and was off to chase them! (pointing at them the whole time and yelling at them) :)...didn't take long for them to take flight!
Then she realized there was water at the beach...and had NO fear of going right on in! She was knocked over by the waves immediately....thankfully daddy saved the day!
from then on she stuck close to daddy....
...but she kept going right back in....
proof of her dare-devil ways :) She loves the water...even the rough ocean waves....I think the lifeguard close by thought we were crazy to let our 1-yr-old run around in the water so freely :)
Here she goes again....back to the water...
more falls....
another daddy rescue :)
I love this shot....wish all our kids were in it....but it's sweet of daddy and his baby girl taking a beach walk
leave it up to Ash to find a random ball rolling around the beach....she claimed it right away as her own! She was mighty proud of herself!
Then she found some seaweed....she thought this was cool too.
The ball kept her busy for quite a long was windy as usual and the ball rolled all over the place and she just chased entertainment, I guess :)
Mama and her girl...
handing daddy the gift of seaweed :)
inspecting the seaweed
giving daddy more seaweed :)
more ocean time :)
lots of smiles :)
even giddy smiles :) :) And then the best family shot I could get on a windy day with no tripod :)
Gotta love the beach! And I can't wait to go for another quick jaunt in one month when we're down for Christmas. It'll be our first Christmas away from home and spent in FL. I'm kind of excited for a change of scenery! :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

1st B-day Fun in FL! :)

Well, as you can see I'm as far behind as ever on posting pics :) Here my baby is already 14 mos and I'm STILL talking about her 1st b-day! LOL! But, since it was a belated b-day party in FL last month I guess it's ok :) And by posting these pics you can guess I might be finally getting around to showing off our AWESOME cruise pics!! :) But, first....our lil' Gritz family b-day get-together at Nina and Pops in FL. I saw this cute "party hat baby" on the Wilton site months ago and thought it'd be an easy cake for FL where I knew I wouldn't want to be knee deep in cake decorating. Little did we know that it'd take half the day to make the precious pink-hatted baby. But, she was still cute and yummy :)
Here's our birthday girl! Pops always gets the BEST pics of her...I stole this from him :) She loves, loves, loves to smile for him (or is she sticking out her tongue at him)! :) Either way, she likes him! :)
This was early once again show off the joint "labor of love" that mama and dada put forth for their sweet baby Ash's cake :) Nina actually baked the cakes, daddy made the fondant and mama decorated. We should all go into business...what do you think?? :) It was the fondant that took so darn long this time. It was a funny bronze color and then it wasn't stretching correctly and it was all a big pain in the rear to be honest! I think Nina and Pops thought we were crazy for putting forth all the effort...but oh well. You know me and my cakes...once I get an idea in my head we CANNOT quit! :) Thank goodness daddy is a good sport and rarely complains about the cake drama I put him through! :)
Here we are with our splotchy baby cake (aka "the labor of love") :) It was my fault that the fondant "skin" got spotchy. I dabbed too much with the wet paper towel. Poor baby with an acne face :(
Ash gets her first look at her cake (thanks to Auntie Mary) :) She's probably thinking..."Is that splotchy baby supposed to look like me??" :)
Opening some gifts with mama :)
Aunt Mary helps open the gifts too. Ash is clueless about wrapping paper....we made the mistake of wrapping all her actual 1st b-day gifts in bags back in Sept...poor girl! So, all the family had to help her in FL with the real paper! She got the hang of it quickly.
Ash is trying to get some wrapping assistance from great-grandma G. :)
She even talked Nina into unwrapping her goodies :) This ball thing was a BIG hit. We actually had it when Shelby was a baby, but it broke so Ash got a new one. She (and big bro Dylan) love it!
And books...we LOVE books in the Steg family. Here's a neat "baby Bible" for Ash from Auntie Mary and Great-Grandma. She loves paging through books and pointing at things in them.

Like father like daughter! Every girl needs her own pink laptop! :)
Cousin Celyn even helped open some gifts :)
Ok, check out Celyn's tongue. I guess that trait (tongue hanging out) is apparently not only on the Steg side :)
Then it was time for dinner...Ashley's fav--Pizza! :)
And apparently the pizza didn't fill her up...she had a little booger dessert as she waited for cake :)
Somehow great-grandma scared her....or maybe she interrupted her boogar-picking session? Either way Ash was not happy :)
But, then she saw her cake again....she was very inquisitive
until mama put that darn hat on her head....why would mama do that again? Hadn't we gone through all this in Sept?
Then she warmed up to great-grandma again...and great-grandma showed her how fun it is to wear a b-day hat :)
then she decided she wanted to try it on herself.....
so she did (and she smiled!) :)
and then she picked another winner as she waited for cake!

Finally Celyn came around singing with that lit up cake! Ash was super excited!
I love this pic. I think Nina took it? It looks like she's sniffing the candles! Or maybe she's thinking about picking her nose again!? LOL! :)
And a few cake eating shots....gotta love those....esp. with the tongue hanging out.

stuffing our face...a common daily occurence for Ash! The girl loves to eat.
She didn't much like the cake this night....but she definitely liked the big ball of vanilla ice cream on her plate!

A shot of the Gritz/Steg gang trying to fight their way into the kitchen to get cake and ice cream! :) ...and below is where Ash lost it. It was late and she was tired and dirty and wanted to go to bed...she was DONE with cake.
Celyn helped clean her up...and then Ash showed Celyn "shredding paper towel" trick :)
And Nina gave her a nice warm bubbly tubby bath :) I love this shot (though I can't get it to post the normal way!)....Ash just leaned in and snuggled with Nina. She loves her so much :)
And then she snuggled with mama :) Can't get enough of that!
Look at that happy girl. Again, Pops always gets her to smile! (he took these last two pics)
We came out of the bathtub to find this on the ceiling. I'm not sure who the culprit was? Pops or Eric? Gotta love static electricity! Ash was fascinated by it and REALLY wanted her balloon. She just stood there and pointed at it...daddy didn't seem to notice...
thankfully Celyn did and helped her up!
After that Ash decided she wanted to go home with Aunt Terri and family. And before the night was done we saw (skyped) the rest of our gang back in IN. The party just wasn't the same w/o them there. We missed our other 3! :)
So, there's a few FL pics to tide ya' over. More to come and hopefully cruise pics by next week. I need to reminisce of those warm Caribbean times as I'm stuck in this frigid weather!

Anyway...thanks again to Nina and Pops in FL for hosting the party and to all the fam. who joined us and celebrated Ashley's big 1 one last time! :) Before we know it she'll be 2. Golly, time goes by too quickly!