Friday, February 29, 2008

Favorite Foto Friday

I have seen "Favorite Foto Friday" on a lot of blogs. Instead of posting a new picture, people often dig back through and post old faves. This is one of my all time favorites. Julianna is, not surprisingly, in the bathtub. She has LOVED her bath since day one. In fact, if she is in a grouchy mood that she just can't seem to shake, I will put her in the tub. That always snaps her out of it immediately. Anyway, she is 15 weeks old and looks like a little cartoon character. So stinkin' cute!!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Walking Pics

Just wanted to drop off a few pics of J walking. She has totally turned the corner and I'm afraid that crawling will be a thing of the past quite soon.

Don't you just love her little dirty knees?

I'm not sure how, but she managed to not trip over blankey!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

February 24, 2008

Well I think that I can officially say that Julianna is walking. She is walking about as much as (or more than)she is crawling. She still looks like Frankenbaby and is wobbly, but more and more she is choosing to brave it on foot rather than drop down and crawl. I am awed by these little ones' bravery. If I fell down just about everytime I tried to walk - sometimes actually hurting myself - I'm not so sure I would keep trying to walk. But they do (and I guess I did). I'm also a little sad to say goodbye to crawling. I just think it is the cutest (and shortest -she has the rest of her life to walk) stage. Before Julianna's bath we often strip her down in her room and then let her crawl down the hall to the bathroom naked. Ryan says she looks just like Smeagol (a.k.a. Gollum) from the Lord of the Rings. She is teeny tiny skinny and her head looks rather large on that tiny naked body. Oh I will miss you little Smeagol!!

Here are a few pics from the last few days:

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Julianna (sort of) Dancing

This is a video I took of Julianna hoping to catch her dancing - which she LOVES to do - just not when I get the camera out unfortunately. But she is watching a little show that she loves called "Jack's Big Music Show". Anyway, you can see in the video she is trying to do what the puppets are doing on the tv. The song goes "Come on everybody give your foot a tap" and after a bit of a delay you see her trying to tap her feet. Then the song says "Come on everybody give your hands a clap" and then she claps her hands. It's pretty darn cute. I hope to get a video of her really dancing her heart out soon. Will post it when I do.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Little Navigator

Don't worry, the car was in park! Julianna and I went to see Granddaddy (Ryan's dad) play in the praise band at his church on Sunday. I didn't want to put her in the nursery as the flu is supposedly spreading rampantly whether or not you've had a flu shot. Anyway, Julianna did very well for about half of the service. She and I went and played in the car (it was cool outside) for the last half of the service. Julianna wanted to make sure that we were going to take the best route home :)

Friday, February 15, 2008

February 15, 2008

Daddy did not work today so he got up with Julianna and let me sleep in (to give credit where it is due, I should disclose that he does this every day he is off)! When I woke up I could not find the two of them. I went outside and found them playing in the back of Daddy's truck. When I got close enough to see what my child was wearing I could have died laughing and had to run for my camera! See for yourself!

Very cute.

Adorable, but you still can't tell what she has on. Wait for it....

What!?#&$%! Footy pj's with coat, hat, and Crocs! Hee Hee Hee Hee.

Yea! I love it when Daddy is off work!!

* There are 2 more new posts from tonight below :) XOXOXO

Valentine's Day

Just a couple of pictures from Valentine's Day. Julianna, Mommy and Daddy LOVE you so much! We were even fighting over whose Valentine you were. Hee. By the way, she was VERY diplomatic and never let on which parent was her true Valentine. (It was Mommy, right?)

Loving the ring pop from Daddy.

Starting to look nervous as Mommy thinks you've had enough sugar and starts to make moves to take ring pop away. Hee!

Botanical Gardens

On Sunday, Julianna and I met Grammy and Poppy (my parents) at the lovely local Botanical Gardens. The just opened an incredible orchid conservatory. The weather was also nice enough that we were able to enjoy walking through the outdoor gardens. There weren't alot of stunning blooms outdoors, but it was really nice all the same. Julianna and I can't wait to go with Daddy in the Spring.

Here are a couple of pictures from the day:

Grammy and Julianna in front of an incredible wall of orchids.

Silly Girl

Julianna and Poppy

Grammy and Julianna running through the fountains. These fountains start and stop without any notice, so you are really taking a chance by running through. Luckily Grammy and Julianna did not get caught!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

These Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Winter

It has been another lovely day here with temperatures in the high 60's. It is almost impossible to get Julianna inside. She screams and cries every time we start walking towards the door. I love just sitting in the yard with her while she explores. It is such fun to imagine things through her eyes. Everything is new and exciting. New smells, textures, sounds, and tastes. It is literally a new world for her and I am just so happy to be there to watch her navigate through it.

The only thing that Julianna likes almost as much as playing outside is pulling every single book off the little bookshelf in her closet. She just thinks that it is the GREATEST fun and is not satisfied until every last book is on the floor. She is so funny, she will take a break every once in a while to look at a book that she has just pulled down. She will just sit right down on top of all of those books and start reading. What a characater she is!

"Hmmm, this one looks good..."

Thursday, February 7, 2008

February 7, 2008

Not much new going on here, though Julianna is walking more and more. In fact she took about 15 or so steps today while we were playing outside. She still prefers to crawl pretty much everywhere though. She is also climbing everything like a little monkey. She is able to climb onto the sofa and then onto the end table, so we have to watch her even more closely. How any of these little ones make it into adulthood without killing themselves is beyond me. Oh and a couple of weeks ago Julianna gave up her am nap :( I think that she is in that in between stage where two naps is too much and one nap isn't enough. All in all it seems to be going pretty well though. The toughest thing to figure out has been her eating schedule. She needs to have lunch before her nap because if she doesn't wake up until past 2:00, then it quite late for lunch and puts dinner REALLY late. She also isn't used to eating lunch before noon, so it is hard to get her to eat so much earlier. Oh well, I know it will work itself out in time.

The weather has been amazingly nice here the past couple of days with temps in the 70's. It is a little cooler today (mid 50's) but still quite nice. Both Ryan and I have been taking J outside as much as possible. She totally loves being outside and cries almost everytime we bring her in.

Here are a few pics from the week:

Loving the bubble-maker-thingy from Auntie Stephanie.


Buster doesn't look like he is enjoying the wagon ride quite as much as J :)

Looking QUITE impish after crawling onto the sofa.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Happy Forever Family Day!!!

Woooohoooo! We are so thrilled for you Jens, Tracy, Alex, and Anika! I know that the road to becoming a family has not been easy or without its bumps. But as you said on your blog "It is so so worth it." Oh Happy Day! And what a gorgeous girl!

Guatemama Two (Tracy's blog)