The Lexingtonienne



Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. We spent the holidays in Kentucky with my family and had such a great visit. Here are some of the highlights.

Magee's Cupcakes

We started out by celebrating Eleanora’s first birthday with her Kentucky family.

This was her fourth first-birthday soiree, by the way, since we did a party in Philadelphia over Thanksgiving, a “party” (i.e. Hubba Bubba and me singing) on her real birthday seeing as we had an entire birthday cake that was going to go to waste, another party that was her ACTUAL “birthday party!” with invitations and balloons and guests and all that (more on that soon), and finally… the Lexington party.

Hannah EBD Mike Lex Bday Party

At this point Eleanora thinks that having people sing to you, blowing out a candle, and digging your hands into buttercream is something that just happens every week or so. Like ordering pizza or going to the grocery store.

“Poppy” and “Lolly” (my dad and stepmom) gave Eleanora this pink princess riding toy complete with magic wand and all kinds of sound effects (it actually plays My Old Kentucky Home – how bout that!), and Cousin Cooper quickly commandeered it.

EBD and Cooper 12 months

EBD and Cooper 12 months

Apparently he loves tractors, backhoes, and pink princess riding toys.

EBD and Cooper 12 months

The next family gathering was a lowcountry-inspired Christmas dinner of shrimp and grits at my Mimi and Papaw’s house. This was Mimi’s Christmas dinner table. Isn’t it beautiful? She called it casual.

Mimi's Christmas table 2011

Mimi's Christmas Table 2011

Mimi's Christmas flowers 2011

On Christmas Eve, we attended the 5:00 pm church service (aka the family service, aka THE ZOO). Eleanora loudly crunched on Mum-Mums, while Cooper announced, “I pooped! I pooped!” to all within earshot as Sister and Brother-in-Law Dan shuffled out to change his diaper. Needless to say, we left early, but Eleanora looked awfully cute in her Christmas dress. TV remote sold separately.

EBD Christmas Dress 2011

We took a photo of four generations — Mama, Eleanora, me, Mimi, and the lamp — which I will cherish forever (the photo, not the lamp). P.S. My mom had just gotten back from St. Maartens, where she strolled on a nude beach but claims not to have gotten nakey herself, hence that enviable golden tan.

Shae EBD Hannah Mimi Christmas 2011

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…

Christmas stockings 2011

… and Saint Nicholas sure did come to visit. This was Eleanora’s stocking spread at her Shae-Shae’s house (not pictured: doll house and pink pony riding toy).

EBD stocking stuff

Eleanora and Cooper checked out each other’s new modes of transportation.

EBD and Cooper 12 months

And Hubba Bubba got this attractive and versatile fish that sings a catchy tune about McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich. (Gimme back that filet-o-fish! Give me that fish!) HB wasn’t too sure about it…

Mike fish

… but Cooper loved it. Something tells me that fish might find its way back to Cooper.

Mike fish

Meanwhile it was not a comedic cod but a hungry Westie that caught Ellie Babe’s attention.

EBD and Izzi 12 months

Izzi — aka the self-operating dust buster — buddied up to Eleanora pretty quickly.

EBD and Izzi 12 months

Eleanora kept us entertained with some of her new tricks, including, “Where’s your tongue?”

EBD's tongue 12 months

And “How big is Eleanora?” (So big! And with a mouth full of Happy Munchies.)

EBD so big! 12 months

And here’s one more photo that I just love. Christmas Day 2011, Eleanora Babe playing piano with her great-Papaw.

EBD and Papaw

We spent time with so many other loved ones and did so much more than I have detailed here, but… this “quick” recap will have to suffice. It was a wonderful Christmas that I will remember for many, many years.

Moving into 2012, here’s what’s coming up this month on The Lexingtonienne: Eleanora’s birthday party, U.S. Senate bean soup, and a very special mini-series on parenting tips and tricks that I’ll be bringing to you in partnership with my dear Montessori teacher, Marnie Downs. (Don’t worry – I am not the expert in that arena – she is!) If you have little ones in your life, you won’t want to miss these insightful guest blogs.

See you soon,


  • Comment by lori — January 4, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

    We sure miss everyone, it’s just a little too quiet here in Lexington…Izzi misses her treats!!!

  • Comment by Shae — January 4, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    We are missing you!! It went by too quickly.

  • Comment by Jayne — January 5, 2012 @ 6:31 am

    Great pictures Hannah! Cooper makes me laugh so much and your mom looks as gorgeous as ever.

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