Saturday, November 25, 2006

Julia's First Haircut

We took Julia to Golden Shears Barber Shop in Menlo Park. This is George, whom we liked very much. He had a fun phone toy for Julia to play with which helped to keep her distracted. (GG, were your ears burning? we "called" you to tell you all about the haircut from this phone.)
The distraction technique was hardly needed, however, given what a perfect lady Julia was throughout the whole thing. Which is really amazing given that she's never had her hair cut before. She handled the experience like a pro.

She even got her hair styled with the blow dryer, and came away with a fabulous 'do. George gave us a certificate commemorating the event, and we collected a few clippings for the baby book. All in all, a very successful outing. Posted by Picasa

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving was held at Andrea's this year, and it was our two families, plus Craig's brother Tyler ("hunky pie", a name Julia gave him when she couldn't pronounce "uncle ty"), and his girlfriend Katie. (Our parents were in Tennessee this year, and Andrea's in-laws were in Southern California.)
The kids had so much fun together. Hannah just loved Andrew and kept lunging for him whenever he was in reach. And Julia and Nathan played together more this visit than ever before, which was just darling to watch.

Andrea and Craig did a spectacular job of hosting, and we feasted in elegant style on fine china, crystal, and sliver. For novices, the turkey turned out extremely well, and the assorted sides were all yummmmmmy. Thanks to Craig and Andrea for hosting a great party! I am always grateful to have my family so close, and this weekend was yet another reminder of how lucky we are.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thankful for my nanny

I took this picture of Wendy with Julia and Andrew this morning. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I just want to say how grateful I am for our wonderful nanny. She's great with the kids and I just feel so lucky. I am thankful for many other things too right now, and in particular my nanny. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Pumpkin spice muffins

Wendy (our nanny) and Julia made muffins yesterday. Wendy has a super-easy, very healthy muffin recipe that is great for kids. Start with a Dunkin Heinz Spice Cake Mix, add one small can of pumpkin, and 1/2 cup water. Mix and bake! They are very light (no fat in the recipe) and quite tasty. And they couldn't be easier. Here's what they look like:
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Monday, November 20, 2006

Andrew is 6 months old!

This picture was taken yesterday on Andrew's 6 month birthday. We were at the park, and I was making a fool of myself in front of an assembled crowd of onlookers. Think booty dance (and if you don't know what that is, ask Andrea for a demonstration, and trust me when I say you don't want a crowd of onlookers watching when you do it.) This is part of a series we shot of Julia and Andrew together in search of the perfect holiday card. We finally got the shot we'd been looking for... but we're keeping that one under wraps for now. You'll have to wait for your holiday card to see it. But consider this picture a sneak preview. (Clothing credits go to Benne!)

More news... Today, he learned how to roll over. Sure, he's done it before (3 times since 4 months old), but each time it was really by accident. Today, he did it deliberately, with purpose, both directions (back to front, and front to back), and several times in a row. It just clicked all of a sudden. It's a quick sprint from here to walking, 6 months from now. Hold onto your shorts everybody! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Beach outing

Last weekend we took the kids to the beach and tried to get a Christmas card picture. No luck! This was the best we got. Cute, but not the picture we were looking for. Andrew is nearly 6 months old, not quite old enough to sit up by himself. Julia is just past two, not old enough to hold him up reliably. We tried... I held Andrew up until the last second, pulled my hands away in time to snap a few, then jumped back into the frame. (You can see my shaddow in the picture.) Most of the time that worked okay, but one time I wasn't quite fast enough and poor Andrew did a face plant into the sand. I didn't plan for sand to be his first solid food, but what the heck, sometimes you have to go with the flow. ; - )

Friday, November 10, 2006

Snaps from the past few days

Julia loves to get messy:

And Andrew is already starting to like the remote control:
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Monday, November 06, 2006

Body Art

This morning's art project moved onto the body. Good thing they are washable markers! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Angel Hannah

This is my niece Hannah, dressed for halloween. I'm not sure it gets any cuter than this. What an angel.