Sunday, December 19, 2010

Done!

I've been obsessed with getting Sierra's stocking done before Christmas, and I finally hung it up today! It's such a relief, I've been spending countless hours and many late nights trying to knit it in time. Now I can stay up getting everything else ready for Christmas!



It looks great hanging up with all the rest. It matches Aidan's argyle pattern. We have GB and Ol' Pa too since my parents are coming for Christmas.






I hope my little princess loves it when she's older!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Not-So-Terrible Two's

I was a little concerned that when Aidan turned two it would be like a like someone flipped a switch, and my little cutie would turn into a little monster. But, after a couple of questionable weeks in September and October, he's actually super sweet and hilarious right now.

He's an amazing big brother; always asking about Sierra, talking to her, playing with her, and helping take care of her. He gives her things and says "Here you go, baby". Today he wanted to make "Sierra's dinner" - he opened up a banana and broke it up to help mash it.


I think he was playing the "I've got your nose!" game with her.


During our at-home photo shoot he gave Sierra her binkie to make her feel better.

I know I'm biased, but he does countless cute things that really make me smile. He gives the best running hugs when I go pick him up, and I always get lots of kisses. The other night I took him Christmas shopping, and he carried Sierra's fluffy white cat around in stroller the whole time. When we all went to Ben & Jerry's on another shopping trip he got his ice cream and said, "Daddy, don't help me." He saw a picture of my mom and said "That's Gummie!" He asks for "dog-dogs" (hot dogs) at all times of the day, and always wants "Choc" (chocolate milk). He loves reading books and getting tucked in at night, and we'll often find him awake and reading in bed when we go get him in the morning. I love when he asks for a "Mommy hug," and I'm really going to miss that when he's older!


He LOVES to help make things in the kitchen. He even cracks the eggs on his own.

In other news - Aidan got his first ever buzz cut! Well, I didn't actually cut it short, I just used clippers instead of scissors.


What a good boy!




Watching Elmo on YouTube with Daddy, sporting the new 'do.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sierra @ Six Months

Happy half-birthday Sierra!



At six months, Sierra

- Can almost sit by herself
- Likes to stand and use the walker
- Loves to bounce
- Rolls, but doesn't try to crawl or scoot yet
- Loves her big brother
- Laughs a lot, and is usually very content
- Just had her 3rd tooth break through

She's been such a happy, easy baby, but when she needs to be she can suddenly be loud! She had a few tough days early last week, so we were happy when she was feeling better and acting like herself again. I love that she's been such a good eater and sleeper!


Her first painting!


Happy at mealtime.


Aidan loves to push her around in the walker. She looks a little worried here but she loves it really!


They have a great time together already. I really hope Aidan stays like this, he's so nice to her.


Sierra bounces like crazy! Crazy hair here too, she'd just had a bath.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Thanksgiving Weekend

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving at the Dancy Clan's house again this year. It's great for us - we get to see everyone, yet we don't have to host or drive far!


Sierra enjoyed a game of peek-a-boo with Sarai.


The kids both fell asleep on me, but then got back up for round 2. Aidan had skipped his regular nap, so this was much-needed early evening snooze.


Aidan loved movie time with his cousins!


Sierra is always happy with Russ carrying her around.

The next day, Jacinta and Rachel slept over our house. We worked on putting up the tree and making ornaments - so much fun!

Sierra watched from her walker while we put up the tree.


She can only go backwards right now, so she ended up under the table!


Craft time! AJ and the girls made beaded snowflake ornaments.


Aidan put some more beads on his the next day. He points to it now and says "I made that!"

We also put up outdoor Christmas lights for the first time! I'll have to get a photo. The days flew by of course and it was back to work without feeling very rested. Oh well, at least it was a fun weekend.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Video: Two-Twenty-Two

Here's another video to add to our home movie collection. This one is from August and the beginning of September. Enjoy!


Oh, and here's the link for Facebook readers who don't see it on the blog:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieW_GZrjLoI

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Standing up!

Sierra has been amazing me with how much she wants to stand up over the last few weeks. Look how big she looks! Where did my little baby go??

My favorite outfit.


Wanting to play trains with everyone!


Laughing on the couch.


Trains + Lego = lots of fun!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sierra @ Five Months

It's that time again already - the 12th. Sierra is getting more and more personality, and I just love seeing this big silly smile all the time!


At five months, Sierra:
- Loves to stand up in your arms, supporting her own weight
- Jumps for ages at a time
- Eats lots of orange veggies (all homemade!) as well as rice and bananas
- Has a hilariously cute, throaty giggle
- Still has a bald spot on the back of her head
- Has two bottom teeth
- Loves chewing on her Sophie Giraffe











And, we've made it 5 months with no formula yet!

November Happenings

Life is busy with two kids! I don't think I have the conditioning to keep playing man defense like this. The joke around here is that the weekend doesn't start until Monday morning :) Here's a few pics from the last few weeks.

Clipping Smokey's nails. Smokey is on name #3, so maybe this one'll stick.


Helping Aidan drink his first hot chocolate. Or as he would say, "Choc!"


Sierra showing some sass.


Then obliging Daddy with a nap.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Halloween 2010

Halloween was so much fun this year! Aidan absolutely loved getting pulled around in a wagon and eating candy. Who wouldn't? We went over a friend's house for food, football, and trick-or-treating, and had a blast.


Amazingly, we eventually got all the kids together for a photo!


The penguin is Brad - AJ's playmate at daycare.


Our little monkey loved running around in the leaves.




Sierra was the cutest ever cat!


Speed Monkey!


Aidan happily sat in the wagon and ate candy.


And then he loved running up to the door to get more!


Cat-nap.

On Saturday, we carved pumpkins with Aidan.








What a great Halloween we had. Thanks to Brad and Cole and Paige for trick-or-treating with us!