Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from our little Elmo!

Trick-or-treating did not really go as planned.  At first, James was very cranky and did NOT want to hold his goldfish bag.  We thought we could give him some candy to practice trick-or-treating, but all James wanted was to eat the candy.

Then we tried to take pictures of a certain someone and he did NOT want to cooperate.  This was the best family picture we could get (notice how happy James looks!):

Some more attempts at photos:

And here is one of me chasing after James when he did not want to get his picture taken. 

After finishing up pictures, we did a practice run at trick-or-treating at the neighbors before we went around the block.  We have spent the last few weeks teaching James to say "trick-treat" and he did a great job at each house.  In total, James made it about 6 houses before he was "all-done"!  Here he is checking out his loot on the way home:

 We hope you all had a wonderful and safe Halloween with lots of great candy to eat!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


After picking out an adorable outfit for James this morning, I had to get a picture of him.

My good camera was in the other room, so I took out my phone (apologies for the blurry and not-too-good-quality photos) and when I asked him to smile - he stopped, looked right at me and said "cheese!"  

It was the most adorable thing!

 Doesn't he look like such a big boy now??  Where has the time gone...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Catching Up - The Austin Zoo

Once again, time has gotten away from me and I have yet to post about our trip to The Austin Zoo.  

A few weekends ago (the 2nd to be exact), Brian had the day off and we decided to take James to the local zoo in town.  He loves animals and we found a great deal on admission, so it was a nice way to spend the morning.

We packed up the car with the stroller, some snacks and drinks and headed out for the 40-minute drive.  I was not sure what to expect being that the only zoos I have ever been to before were the LA and San Diego ones.  I honestly did not expect much, but ended up being pleasantly surprised.

James LOVED it at the zoo.  He did not want anything to do with the stroller and was just having a blast running around and looking at everything.  He really liked the turtles, monkeys and the tigers.

And did I mention that the zoo has a train?  James loves "choo-choos" - so we of course had to go for a ride.  Here is our family photo right before the train took off.  I do not think I have seen James sit so still before, like he did on the whole ride!  He had so much to look at and take in.

After leaving the zoo and giving James his bottle of milk, it took him not even five minutes to pass out in the car.  And in typical McDermott fashion - he fell asleep with the bottle in his hand!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Mini Photo Shoot

As I mentioned in my post the other day, my friend Shannon came to town last weekend and it just so happens she is a professional photographer and offered to take some shots of the little guy.

She sent me over all the photos and they turned out SO good.  Here are a few of my favorites: