Monday, November 26, 2012

November Videos

Sylvia doing her "situps"

Andrew and Sylvia - BFF?  We can dream, can't we?

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

Meeting Aunt Grace

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

This and that on Thanksgiving weekend

            Andrew 'helping' Grandpa Huizinga hang the Christmas lights:
Grandpa reading a Dr. Seuss book to Andrew
Sylvia getting some snugs from Grandma.  Life is good!

picking out a tree

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.

pure sweetness

I'm so thankful that this little girl is in my life! Here are just a few fun pictures to show you how sweet she is...and that she is starting to express herself :)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sylvia's 6 month check up

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 :)

wine tasting in Texas

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
More cuteness
Picking the perfect rock to throw at a tree

"finity car"

Ok, so I feel like a broken record when I tell people how much my son likes cars. One of his favorite matchbox cars, which he has now lost, was an Infinity car (he called it his 'finity' car). It just so happens that his Uncle Rob has an Infinity car, a convertible no less (though in his mind, all convertibles are called broken cars). So when we went to Texas last week he was all excited to ride in Uncle Rob's car. Thank you Uncle Rob for bringing our son a few minutes of sheer joy!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election 2012

Happy Election Day 2012. As you can see, Ryan and I have differing opinions as to who should win this election. Despite our differences, though, we still love each other. May the best man win!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

favorite things

Here are my two kiddos, both doing what they love to do most...PLAY!

Andrew lining up his cars along the counter.  I asked him to smile and this is what I got:
Sylvie loves her exersaucer.  Anything within hands reach goes right in her mouth:


For Halloween this year Andrew was a dinosaur and Sylvia was a tiger. It was a typical Michigan Halloween with the weather being cold and rainy but we made the most of it anyway. Just telling Andrew there was candy involved was all he needed to hear :)