Saturday, August 29, 2009


I took Violet for a walk to the park today. We watched kids play on the playground for a little while then we decided to try it ourselves. She liked the swings!


Today when I took a toy out of Violet's hand (I was changing her shirt, I wasn't being mean) she cried. That's the first time she's done that. What's next, "Mine!"?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

February 26, 2009

Here is Violet with a boy she met tonight, Jacob. She and Jacob have the same birthday. Right after this picture was taken, she reached over and stole his toy. Hey, she's 7 hours older, she deserves some respect.

Bananas for Bananas

Check out this video of Violet enjoying a nice bowl of mushed up bananas:


This weekend Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Baily Circus was in town. We decided to take Violet because we figured that's what parents do when the circus is in town. She surprised us by enjoying it.

Cameron Clowning Around

Elephants. What would a circus be without 'em?

Enjoying the show...

...still enjoying the show...

Had enough of the show. (But later woke up and enjoyed more of the show)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pretty Please

She's growing so fast, and I'm trying like hell to take a mental snapshot of each month as it goes by. Unfortunately, no matter how hard I try to freeze each individual moment in time, it's already hard to remember, yet impossible to forget. I write this blog as much for the family and friends who don't get to see Violet every day, as I do for Violet so she'll have a record of her first year, and for me - so I can look back whenever I want to. Good news is, there will only be more and more to look back at and remember.

Kind of like a movie with a really intricate plot, I feel like the past 6 months have been so amazing and so intense. And while I feel like I've been in the moment for all of it, I still feel like I want to rewind, and watch the movie again, so I can pick up on all the little subtleties that I might have missed the first time around.

Tonight while I was rocking Violet, getting her ready to sleep, she started smiling at me and touching my face. She was grabbing my mouth and my nose and smiling. As we played and giggled I was saying to her "Are you going to be my Little Bitty Baby forever?". I don't know if I was asking or begging.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Balls, Carrots and Kids

That about sums up Violet's weekend.

Good friend Cheryl and her "heartbreaker" of a son, Dion came over to play yesterday. Neither kid was much into playing with the other, but at least the moms got to catch up. Violet loves the nifty pink wiffle balls Dion brought her, they're easy to hold and just right to try and fit in her mouth.

Saturday night, we visited Uncle Colby, Aunt Kayla, Cole, Ben, and Baby X (my tiny niece to come in October). It was great to hang out. Special thanks to Ben for letting Aunt Gigi ride his 4-wheeler (just barely under the weight limit).

Violet has been luke warm on rice cereal since we started trying her on "solid" foods. So today I boiled the heck out of some carrots, pureed them and tried a little carrot flavored rice cereal. She loved it! Grabbed at the spoon, stuck her hands in the bowl and had an orange, messy, good-tasting great time. I'm curious what her next diaper is going to look like. Yes, I know I'm sick.

Good friend, Gina, and her three precious kids Gabriella, Isabella and Landon came over today to visit and meet Violet. Good friend doesn't even begin to describe it...Gina and I have been friends for 16 years and I am honored that she takes the time to come visit when she comes to Texas. I'm so happy you guys are so nicely settled in Washington, but I still miss having you close by. Especially now that I see what good little baby sitters you are raising (wink). Violet loved watching the older kid's energy, and it was fun for me to see her so happily entertained.

The center of attention (as usual)

Peek-A-Boo with Landon

Gina and the Jordan Kids

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

She Wakes Up Happy

Whenever we go to get Violet out of her crib in the morning or after a nap she is SO HAPPY! I tried to capture the smiles here.


Laughing it up while playing peek-a-boo with daddy.

Visit from Grandpa Ned

Violet had a great time with her Grandpa Ned last weekend.


These are pictures of Violet's first time trying rice cereal. I wish I could report that she loved it and ate it all up, but she barely tolerated a tiny little bit and then she refused to open her mouth anymore. Oh well...good photo op at least.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Peaceful Flyer

She was this peaceful on every leg of the trip. To tell the truth, I loved holding our baby and watching her sleep. 

International Baby of Mystery

Rochester Visit

Violet enjoying her boat ride on Grandpa's boat. Later we stopped at Chimney Bluffs to swim and Violet was cracking up at us jumping into the water.

Violet with Grandma. This photo was taken at the Eagle Island picnic where Grandma and Grandpa got to show off their grand kids.

Long time friend Karen, her daughter Megan and friend Don. Karen was in town for her and Rene's 20-year High School reunion. It was great to see her.

A visit to Rochester wouldn't be complete without being able to see Traci. Violet and Anna played together for the first time.

Violet being held by her soon-to-be Aunt Elizabeth, Grandma and Great Grandma. We ate tons of steamed clams and sweet corn out on the deck!


One important stop on our Upstate NY tour was to visit Great Grandma (aka GG). Violet got to meet GG, Uncle Fran and Aunt Lisa, and cousins Dickie, Carise, Darien, Mila, Al, Michelle and Nick. It was a GREAT visit and it was hard to leave.

Violet and GG

Violet and Mila

Violet, Darien and Mila

Grandma with all her great grand children


Lately Violet has been very interested in food; watching others eat and grabbing for their plates. So...I thought it was time to try Rice Cereal. Violet seemed to like it, and she handled the feel of the spoon in her mouth well too, but she didn't eat very much before she'd had enough and wanted her bottle instead. Still a successful first attempt. I think I'll get the high chair out of the box.