Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Karaoke Cuties

Todd's company had their Christmas party Sunday night. We had so much fun. Todd did most of the planning for it-he did a fabulous job!
They had a DJ and karaoke, so of course Karissa graced everyone with her musical talent. LOL

She sang Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer w/another little girl. After taking a few pictures, I realized my camera also had the capability to record video--although not very good, sorry for the bad quality! This motivated me to learn how to use our video camera and find the charger for it! I'll make that my New Year's resolution! Ha!

Karissa was so funny! She forgot the last line to Rudolph, so she just started the song over...like 3 times! And if you can't tell, Karissa's the one w/the louder voice, or should I say stage presence.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas!

We decided to go all out with Christmas lights this year. The house looks great! Todd and our friend Dale hung the lights. I was in charge of the front porch. I really enjoyed doing it. It was almost therapeutic and relaxing for me....like gardening. I took pics of the house and wouldn't you know it, half of our wreath went out. Todd's going to fix it tomorrow.

Karissa is so excited for Christmas! She said she wants us to wake her up so she can see Santa and Rudolph when they come to the house. She had her picture taken with Santa on Saturday. I can't wait to get them back-they turned out so cute! She really hammed it up with him! I wish we could have ordered them all, but that would have put us in the poor house!

We had a family pic taken this year. Turned out great! Check it out......

More about us....
Todd finally had a full physical...only took me 5 years to get him to do it! What's with men and going to the doctor? Anyway, turns out he has high cholesterol and hypothyroidism. So, the doc put him on meds. He should start feeling better and have more energy wants the meds kick in. Hurray! He would sleep the whole weekend if I let him. LOL

I'm having surgery on my wrist Dec. 17th. Seems I have a gangleon cyst inside that driving me nuts! My wrist hurts all the time. The timing could not be worse, with Christmas right around the corner, but I met my deductable so it's now or never if I don't want to pay for it. Oh joy...wish me luck!

Karissa is doing well. She's had a few episodes of her knee hurting. I think it's from the change in weather. She's learned how to write her name. SOOOO CUTE! She is a singing FOOL! This morning, when I dropped her off at school, she had to go to the "ladies room" . While she was taking care of business, she was belting out the song "A Whole New World" from Alladin. Now mind you, the door was shut, but you could still hear her singing. Everyone in her class could hear. It was so cute. She is destined to be an entertainer. I remember singing like that at her age. I didn't stop singing until my senior year in high school.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Happy Halloween! A Little Late......

Can you guess what Karissa wanted to dress up as for Halloween this year? Well, Cinderella of course! Her FAVORITE princess! She was so adorable! She wore her costume to Goddard (her preschool) and they had a parade and a party. All the kids were so cute dressed up. Later that evening our friends Michelle, Dale and Brian, along with their sons Kristopher and Braeden joined us for Trick-or-Treating. The kids had alot of fun, as did we!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

New Pics of Our Little Ham....A little of This...A little of That

Greetings! Fall is right around the corner in good 'ole Greenville South Carolina. I can't wait for the leaves to start changing. The windows are open and the breezes are blowing! It is just so beautiful! Last weekened we went to the pumkin patch and came home with 6 pumpkins of various sizes. Needless to say, we now have a pumpkin patch in our front yard, complete w/hay bales and scarecrows! Happy Fall Everyone!

What a cute family!

Picking the perfect pumpkin!

The Pick of the Patch!

Our little pumpkin patch

Ok, so I just love this picture and had to include it!

Our little monster! Could she be any more dramatic?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A Little Bit of This...A Little Bit of That!

It's official! Karissa can now swim like a fish! (Actually, she learned the beginning of August, I'm just very behind!) Swimming is the best exercise for her arthritis, so we are thrilled that she LOVES the water! Her favorite thing is doing "Cannon Balls" and then swimming to me...so cute! Check out the video from her last swimming lesson:

She's in her "Sweet" stage right now and is such a joy to be around. She's either Super Sweet, or Really Rotten!

We leave for New Hampshire next Tuesday. I can't wait! All three of us really need a vacation! It's been a rough year! We will be staying with Jim & Nancy (Todd's parents). Plan on doing lots of nothing! Might bring some scrapbook projects to work on, we'll see. They have a pontoon boat, so I'm sure we'll be fishing and touring the lake. We will also visit a real castle. Karissa is VERY excited to see it! Need to remember to pack her princess dress. Wouldn't that be a cute pic!

My gallbladder was removed a couple of weeks ago and I am fully recovered. Hurray! My Mom came up and took care of me and the fam. She has made Karissa THE CUTEST dresses! Karissa is all about TWIRLING! If the dress does not twirl, she does not want to wear it! Here's a pic of her twirling in one of the dresses my mom made. Isn't she talented? I'm sure my friends with little girls will be fighting for these hand-me-downs!

That's it for now!

Stay tuned for the continuing saga of the Leiterman Family!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Debate is ON! An Exhausted Mother Vents....

Karissa is such a debater. She'll make an excellent politician one day. It's very exhausting-her debates, that is. Anything I ask...or TELL her to do turns into a debate. And she's only 4! Is this normal? I've about had it. And she does not only act this way towards us. Yesterday at swim lessons she had the same attitude w/her swim instructor. Her lesson took twice as long because she would not keep her mouth shut and just do as she was asked. I was so embarrassed, I wanted to crawl under the patio table. So I ask you, how should we handle this situation"? I need super nanny to the rescue! She's such a little Drama Queen. She would not do the things at her swim lesson until the other people swimming in the pool stopped and WATCHED HER! Can you believe it? She would whisper "But Momma, I want them to watch me." As if this child does not get enough attention! Calgon, take me away!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Leiterman Happenings


Welcome to our new Leiterman Happenings Blog. I thought this would be a great way for everyone to stay connected. We are still loving South Carolina! Summer is here and the weather is hot and sunny. But not Florida hot and muggy! A wonderful thing!

Karissa turned 4, can you believe it? Time sure does fly! We had her birthday party at the Greenville Equestrian Center. A great time was had by all! There were two ponies, so the children had as many pony rides as they wanted. They also took a little trip to their petting zoo, by way of a hay ride. Her party was so much fun. The weather was perfect! She received somany nice gifts. Thank you to everyone. I still have not sent out her Thank You cards. Shame on me, I know. There are not enough hours in the day! Sometimes I wish I could clone myself! LOL

Took Karissa to Duke about 2 weeks ago for a follow-up visit. Her doctors were thrilled with her progress! The meds are working great and as long as she continues to take them, she is symptom free. It's still hard to give her the shots, but we we're hoping that as time goes by and she get's a little older, she'll get used to them. The hardest part is taking her every month to get her bloodwork drawn. But, we have to do it to make sure the meds are not affecting her liver and other organs. They also check to make sure the meds are still working at keeping the inflamation away.
I'm still scrapbooking and Todd is still finding projects to do around the house. His next project is crown molding in our master bedroom. After that, who knows what he'll come up with. Might have to buy another house, so he'll have something to do...LOL

We're trying to plan a vacation to New Hampshire to see Jim and Nacy. We REALLY need a vacation! Everytime we pick a date, something comes up or we get sidetracked and put it off. But, I can't wait to go!

Well, that's it for now. Hope you subscribe to our blog so we can stay in touch!

Kayi, Todd and Karissa