Sunday, January 31, 2010

Fish Face!

You have to wait for it, but Violet makes her fish face here:


Violet studying geography
Violet studying geography while practicing yoga

Lucy's Visit

Violet and Jagger waiting for Lucy to arrive
Making beautiful music together
Lucy. 'nuff said.
We interrupt this playtime for snack time!

Flavor of the month

Violet is a great eater. She typically eats whatever we put in front of her. This weekend I tried a bunch of new stuff out on her, here is the rundown:

asparagus - "not bad"
pancakes - "love 'em"
oranges - "Yes!"
grapes - "Mmmmm"
raisins - "More please"
tomatoes - "no, thank you"
cottage cheese - "gag"
black beans - "if you ever try to feed those to me again I will run away"

Hat Trick

Violet likes my hat

Careful Jagger! I wouldn't trust that look on her face
Can't say I didn't warn you, buddy.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Milestone: Pulling Up

Violet pulled up today in the hearth. She's been "practicing" a little this past week, but tonight she did it for real. Today, Violet's friend, Lucy, came over and showed her how it was done. Coincidence?...or did Lucy teach Violet this new trick?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Double Whammy!

I already mentioned that Violet is full speed ahead in the teething race, but did I also mention that she is dealing with a virus?? She has been running a 100+ fever for the past 3 days now. Last night it topped out at 104.9!! Sure, she's a little fussy, but she's mainly handling it all in stride.

She's a tough little cookie and I truly - or should I say "drooly" - hope she busts out those teeth and kicks the fever thing so she can get back to her full time job of torturing Jagger again.

Lunch at Frank

This morning we took a 5-mile walk, then undid it all by eating Chicago dogs and cheese waffle fries for lunch. Ahhhh, I love balance.

Drooley McDrool

There is not a bib on this planet that would be able to soak up all the drool and snot you are generating this weekend. Seriously, it's embarrassing. We are the people with the kid who's leaving germy '"kid juice" everywhere.

Not trying to count our teeth before they are hatched, after all you are 11 months old and don't have a single tooth to show for it despite drooling like a faucet since you were 4 months old, but this morning I looked in your mouth and it looks like you are about to get them all at once!

Small consolation for the middle-of-the-night wake up calls, and inability to let me get more than an arms length away from you, but at least there appears to be a reason for all this madness. And I thought you just had a leak.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Fish Face!

I haven't been able to snap a picture or video of this yet, probably because I can't stop laughing long enough to grab the camera, but now when you say "fish face" to Violet she sucks her cheeks in and makes...well...a fish face! It's hilarious.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

More from Curtis' Birthday

The birthday boy
Jeff and Aunt Jenny

Violet can clap! She claps when she gets her diaper changed. She claps when she eats. She claps when I say "clap" or "bravo". She likes her new trick.

Playin' with Great Grandma at Curtis' Double Nickel

I love this picture. It reminds me of how much fun Violet had playing with her great grandma, and how much fun I had watching them.

Grandma, teaching Violet to stack things

Austin giving Violet a kiss

Cousins playing with Great Grandma

Beautiful Eyes


Saturday in the Park

We took our family to the park today. Violet loves the swings...

Jagger is still undecided...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Violet's Playroom

Violet has a new playroom with a groovy new foam floor. And we have our living room back. It's a win-win.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Big Girl Cup

I decided (after reading my mom bible, "What to Expect", last night) that it is time to start transitioning Violet from a bottle to a cup. Today is the first day. I'll let you know how it goes...

I should add too that our goal is 100% cup by her first birthday. 'Cause washing bottles sucks!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

On the verge

Today I thought Violet might like to stand up and look out the window, so I put her up on her feet and she held on to the window sill and stood looking out at the garden for a while. Then, she kept crawling back to the window and trying to pull herself up.

She was close to being able to do it. But for now she still needs me.

Daddy's Biggest Fan

10 months old and stylin'

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

It's 2010 and hard to believe another year has past. 2009 will go down as the greatest, strangest, busiest, year full of firsts EVER!

To celebrate Violet's first New Years Eve we went downtown to First Night Austin, a family-friendly event with music and food and parades. Seemed like a good idea until we got there and the cold front blew in. So all in all we watched a little bit of an awful George Harrison tribute band, ate some festival food, and then scrambled inside to warm up with a warm beverage. Was the parade any good? We missed it.