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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Trick-or-Treating with Daddy

Our little Lily-bug LOVED her Halloween costume. Each time we put it on her, she would giggle. She was such a funny little girl today. Here she is, struttin' her stuff with Daddy at the office...



1st Halloween party

Here are Lily & her friends at their 1st Halloween party this morning:

You try and get nine 8-month olds to sit still!! (Analise, Lillian, Wyatt, Isla, Kailey, Sydney, Addisen, Lily & Nicholas)


Ladybug down!

Lily and Ana (Curious George) - Lily's antennae were a big hit!

Lily & Kailey (Duck)

Lily & Isla - one VERY enthusiastic cheerleader - she even had pom-poms that her grandma made her.

Lily is about to wake up from her nap and then we are off to trick-or-treating at Shawn's office. More pictures from that adventure later...

Dear Ben Franklin:

I'm sure you had some really good reasons for inventing daylight savings time. Like the farmers and kids waiting for school buses in the dark. And energy conservation. And... stuff. Perhaps you could come to our house at 5:00 each morning though and explain to Lily why it actually isn't time to wake up yet??

Signed,
A sleepy mom & dad

PS. Here she is last week, actually sleeping...

Monday, October 30, 2006

A Fall Picnic

How much do we love living in North Carolina??? When I was little, and still a yankee, there would have been snow on the ground by this time of year. But Lily got to enjoy a gorgeous 75 degree day and a picnic at the park today - Daddy even got to sneak out of work for a little while to meet us!

Lily and Daddy on the slide:

Lily's first ride on the swings: But Lily's most favorite thing was the bouncy duck:

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Pumpkin Pictures!

Lily went to the pumpkin patch today to pick out her very 1st pumpkin.
"Hmmm... these are too little. Let's look at some bigger pumpkins!"

"I want this one!" (Notice the tongue out - that's deep concentration!)

But, as expected, Lily was most interested in eating the hay. We all had big fun. For the rest of the pictures we took, click here...

Friday, October 27, 2006

Hand-Me-Downs

As a first child, Lily doesn't have very many "used" clothes... But here she is looking rather adorable in a pair of overalls that used to belong to mommy (I suspect they were worn by Auntie Erin too):

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

A riddle:

What's better than a new toy?
Why, the boxes that it came in of course!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Playgroup

Lily hosted playgroup today at our house...

Our wooden spoons were a big hit - I got more out so that there were enough to go around, and the kids still all fought over the same two:

Hey babies, look at the camera!

Baby races!

I love shopping!

Auntie Erin was here this weekend to babysit so that Shawn & I could celebrate our 5th anniversary. She also took Lily & I out for a little retail therapy. Lily LOVES the mall. It's her favorite place to be - so many new people and things to look at... She giggles and squeals the whole time we're there. She also thought that getting to hold Erin's purse was the most fun thing ever! Seriously, who knew these things were genetic??
Lily's newest tricks are giving high five and waving bye-bye. I keep trying to catch them on video, but she doesn't want to perform on camera. I'll keep trying though.

Monday, October 16, 2006

New Trick

Obstacles? What obstacles?


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In addition, Lily has started to try to "cruise" along the furniture and she's also started to pull herself up and then let go!! She can only stand on her own for about a second and a half before she falls, but she keeps on trying. Slow down little girl!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

8 Month Portraits

As promised:





Friday, October 13, 2006

Big Week

Lily was a little social butterfly this week. On Monday, we went to visit Daddy at work and Lily crawled all over the office, distracting everyone and trying to climb the filing cabinets. On Tuesday we went to playgroup and Lily had lunch out with her friends. Here she is with her friend Kailey, perusing the menu:


At that meal, she tried and loved a french fry and a lemon wedge. Later this week, we went out to lunch with Grammy and she chowed down on mashed potatoes, another lemon wedge and asparagus. When I tried to give her a piece of strawberry, the dramatic gagging began. She wasn't really choking, just showing me that she thinks strawberries are nasty, vile things that she shouldn't be forced to eat. I get this reaction from her all the time when we try new things. I just think it's hilarious that she'll suck on a lemon and eat asparagus for crying out loud, but not a nice sweet strawberry or a fresh pear. Strange tastes!

After playgroup, Lily & I hightailed it out of town for the week to escape the quarter-close at Daddy's work. We spent the week at Grammy & Grandpa's. Lily had a blast - she loved visiting Grammy at her store - so much to look at and so much to get into! And there were all kinds of new things to touch and new places to crawl at their house. Lily did lots of exploring. But I think she had the most fun playing with Holly, and trying to steal her tennis ball:

We also got to visit Auntie Erin at school:

And the playground:

Before we drove home, we stopped to visit Grandpa at work and Lily had lunch at a restaurant for the third time this week - talk about ladies who lunch! She also got a little lesson in safety - "Safety First!"
It was a great week, and it's nice to be home. Today our little bug is 8 months old. She has changed more this past month than in any other... A month ago I could sit her down on a blanket with her toys and she would play contentedly for up to a half hour. Now there's no point in putting down a blanket, because she's almost never sitting still. She has places to go and things to do. It's so funny to watch her play, because she's so busy and so very serious! She crawls over to a toy, picks it up, tastes it, bangs it on the floor, then knocks two together, the whole time looking at them intensely, wondering "Hmm, what will happen when I do this?" And then something else catches her eye, and she's off to investigate. She's pretty much an expert at this crawling thing now, so she's working on crawling up a step and on standing. She'd much rather "walk" than crawl, so she's forever pulling herself up on the nearest available thing. She's so much more vocal these days. She talks to me in the car, and sometimes she "sings" along when I sing her a song at bedtime (hilarious!!). She continues to get more affectionate - She gives hugs now! And she is starting to try to do the sign for "milk". But even with all that's changed, she remains toothless and bald! We're going to get her 8 month portraits taken today, so
we'll post those soon...

Friday, October 6, 2006

Maybe I should have titled the previous post "poor mommy"!

I can't keep up!! Lily is in constant motion now. In the past 24 hours, she's learned how to go from crawling to sitting and how to change directions. She can also now pull up to standing on her own - I have found her standing in her crib at the end of her naps. And, she can almost climb up the stair out of our "sunken" living room. I really thought we'd be able to contain her to just one room for awhile longer, but I was wrong... And she's getting fast.

In cute news, it seems that Lily has inherited her daddy's "concentration" face. She sticks her tongue out whenever she's trying to figure out something new. And when she gets really frustrated, she scrunches up her nose and her mouth and breathes out really loudly, like some sort of angry monkey. It's a pretty impressive pout, actually. I think she might have gotten that from me.

"Hey Scout, wanna play?"

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Poor Scout...

Lily is officially on the move (see the video) and there is no where for Scout to hide anymore. She's also pulling herself up on everything and trying to walk - I think we're in for it!


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Monday, October 2, 2006

Lily's 1st Wedding

Lily got to go to her 1st wedding this weekend. Mommy's friend Becky got married! It was also the first time that Lily got to meet all of my best friends from high school. She was a big hit, and she loved meeting the girls! It was an absolutely beautiful wedding... Lily liked the reception the best, because the tent was decorated with twinkly lights and ceiling fans. She was such a good girl, on the plane, at the ceremony, and just in general. She even went to sleep and let us enjoy the rest of the party. We were very proud.
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If you want to see more, click here for the rest of the pictures from the weekend.
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Lily's first group picture with the girls