Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Beach

P and I headed down to Ocean Isle Beach for 5 days while EZ is off climbing Mt. Rainer. I met up with two other women and each of their children (Claire who is almost 1 1/2 and Elliot who is 11 months). It was fun to hang out at the beach, get a little sun, run a little, eat some amazing homemade ice cream, and just relax a bit.

Piper absolutely LOVED the beach. She wanted to run around, play with the sand, run in the water, just about everything possible. She did not want to just sit still. She kept getting mad that I wouldn't let her go deeper into the ocean and she loved having the waves "crash" into her! It was lots of fun. We typically aren't beach people, but I think after this, seeing how much she had fun, we will have to go back!

Some Photos:

Getting 3 little ones to all look at a camera is impossible, but here is a few attempts:
On the Beach

Styling with our shades

Cozy on the Couch

And my all time favorite of P and can't beat their expressions!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Party Time

We threw P a little party. It was fairly simple, as in we had the sprinklers going and a few kiddie pool type things that the kids could run around in. There were a lot of people though. We debated on whether or not to even throw a party and as I was running the other day thinking about things, I realized that life is too precious to not celebrate. I don't know how many days I will have with P, so we should celebrate her life.

She had her 12 month check up today and she weighs in at 19.8lbs (25th percentile) and is 29 3/4" long (75th percentile). And she is happy as can be.

Here are a few photos from the party:

Playing in the kiddie pool

Double fisting the cupcakes:
We had a great time and were so happy to share the joy with our friends!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Happy Birthday

Our little sweetness turned 1 on Wednesday. How quickly this year has gone by it seems. We did nothing exciting, and in fact I had an endoscopy done to check on my progress since being diagnosed with Celiacs (and in the 5 months of being on the diet, apparently my insides are happy and almost all healed up).

Some 1 year stats: We are pretty much eating anything and are in the middle of transitioning to whole milk (yeah no more formula) and to a sippy cup (yeah no more bottles). Right now she is about 2/3 whole milk and 1/3 formula in her bottles and we are split with 2 bottles and 2 sippy cups. She has been trying to get two more teeth for like a month now. They are moving so slowly. Eventually she might have 4 teeth!

She is running around like a little champ. And is a very busy person. Loves to look at books and point at stuff. She still isn't talking, not even saying mama or dada. She does babble a lot and she knows some sign language (milk, eat, all done), but won't sign back anything. It seems as if she knows a lot of words and can point to her belly button, toes, hair, or find her Pooh Bear, or blanket, or a ball. If I ask her to close a door or cabinet, she will push it close. She knows that when we say "yucky" or "dangerous" to stop what she is doing.

She also understands a lot about how things work. If she wants to go outside, she goes to the door and points at the doorknob. She points to the keypad on our garage to get the garage door open so she can get some toys when we are outside. Last night, EZ told her it was time to take a bath and she went over to the stairs and pointed up the stairs, so he opened the gate and she climbed up them and then went to the bathtub.

I am really impressed by how much she seems to know and understand but it is still a little frustrating that she hasn't said any words, or that she won't wave bye bye or hi. We really have been working for like 6 months on that and nothing. Oh well. In due time. What she will do is give you a high five (but only if she is in a swing), or put her finger to yours like E.T.

Little P is a wonderful baby and I feel so blessed to have her as my daughter. Here are a few photos that we took on her actual birthday:

Learning about numbers

E.T. phone home and our first encounter with spaghetti.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Buffalo-Part 2

We had a great time with EZ's family with some celebratory July 4th picnic fun!

Learning how to play cornhole!

Crawling through our makeshift tunnel with Ella

Anna teaching P how to ride a tricycle

Karleigh was super fun!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Buffalo-Part 1

After MI, we headed through Canada to Buffalo to see the Zack's. The beautiful weather continued and we had a wonderful time. Piper loved all the playgrounds!

We loved the school bus!

Yeah! Grandma has a piano too!

Slides are so fun!

Why am I riding on Clifford?


Fun with Grandma

Oh the joy of playgrounds!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Michigan Part 3-TVC

We had fun up north in Traverse, hanging out with my sister and her family. Amelia and Piper seemed to have fun together and Piper just loved chasing her around.


Checking out the baby chicks

Getting a ride

Getting ready to go outside!

Playing together

Amelia showing P how the puddles work

Oh...this is fun!

Ahh...I'm all dirty now!

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