Sunday, December 23, 2012
Boy, is it difficult to get a decent shot of 2 kids. I'm thankful to live in the digital age where I can take 50 pictures or so and hope for a least one decent picture. Here are a few samples of the pictures that didn't quite make the cut :)
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
A requirement for living in Michigan is learning how to stay cozy and warm during the winter months, whether you are staying inside or going out.
Sylvia is all bundled and ready to go for a walk
Some mornings it's just nice to stay in those warm pj's a bit longer :)
Sunday, December 16, 2012
I have just a few random (and cute) pictures to share that really have no official title...just day to day 'stuff.'
A new and fun place for Andrew to play with his cars:
Sibling love. Everyday, Andrew asks to hold Sylvie and she puts up with it quite well:
Andrew gives such great snugs. Every morning when he wakes up and after his nap, he gives and needs some good snuggles.
What can I say...my daughter loves the camera. As you can see in these next few shots, she has become quite the poser. I just love all the cute pictures I capture of this delightful little girl. Here is just a little update on my sweet Sylvia at 7 months: she still has no teeth; she can almost sit up on her own; she loves to smile and giggle; she is very ticklish but hates to be tickled; she has loved all foods introduced to her so far except for peas; she still does not sleep through the night (boo!).
I have been waiting for the day when I could make Christmas cookies with my children. It just seems like such a fun tradition. I went back and forth in my mind as to whether or not it was worth attempting with a 2 year old. But the tradition-loving person that I am won over. I'm glad I did it, despite the mess. Andrew enjoyed using the cookie cutters but thought the cookie dough was play dough. And he enjoyed decorating the cookies but became impatient when he realized he could not eat ALL the cookies NOW! All in all, we had fun :)
Rolling out the dough
Cutting out the cookies
Decorating the cookies with handfuls of sprinkles
Enjoying the fruits of his labor
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Besides cars, Andrew's other obsession is fans. Things that spin have always fascinated him. We had a brief period recently where Andrew was cautious around fans after one of Grandma's fans fell on him. But today he overcame that fear and now his love of fans has come back with a vengeance. I am not exaggerating when I say he played with this fan ALL DAY! He carried it from room to room, put the pinwheel in front of it, talked in it, turned it on and off, etc. When it came time to eat lunch, a snack, and dinner, we practically had to tear him away from that thing. What a funny kid! Needless to say, Ryan and I had a pretty relaxing Sunday :)
Saturday, November 24, 2012
For those of you who don't know, our Sylvia Grace was named after my two Aunts on my Dad's side. My Aunt Sylvia passed away a few years ago, but my Aunt Grace is still living. Both were/are wonderful women of God and I had always hoped that God would give me a daughter so I could name her after these wonderful women. Today Sylvia Grace got to meet one of her namesakes, my Aunt Grace. It was a special moment that brought tears to my eyes.
Friday, November 23, 2012
The day after Thanksgiving is for picking out the perfect Christmas tree, right? So that's what we did. We went out to a tree farm in Rockford and had Andrew help us pick out the perfect tree. It was quite chilly outside so it was a quick trip, but we still had fun, as you can see from Andrew's big smile.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Sylvia Grace is now 6 months old. Hard to believe, right? She continues to move her way right up the stats chart. She now weighs 18 lbs 1 oz which is the 82%. She is 27 & 5/8 inches which puts her at the 97% for her age. Believe it or not, she both weighs more and is taller than Andrew was at that age. It appears Ryan and I produced yet another big dutch baby :)
A favorite activity to do in Texas, among the adults, is to go wine tasting. Ironically, the kids had a pretty good time too.
My sisters, Sylvia, and me
Andrew posing in wine country
I'm not sure what was so fascinating over this wall, but Andrew and his cousin, Isaac, had lots of fun investigating
Picking grass and watching it blow in the wind
Picking the perfect rock to throw at a tree