Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

Ten on Tuesday is a great way to play catch-up!

1. Ali turned 7 months old (a couple of weeks ago)! We are having a BLAST being the parents of a 7-month-old--what a cool age! Here are some of her 7-month shots:
2. Ali is a happy baby. I mean, a really happy baby. Life seems to delight her. She rarely cries (unless we're changing her diaper . . . then OH-MY-GOD-THE-WORLD-IS-ENDING), and even then she is quickly quieted as soon as we swoop her up and dance around. I love this picture. It's just so . . . Ali.

Have you ever seen what pure joy looks like?
3. Ali has teeth! Two chompers in the front bottom. Just when I thought the kid couldn't get any cuter . . . teeth.
Can you see 'em in this one?
How about this one?
What about now?
4. She's one smart cookie. We took her outside last week to blow bubbles. At first she tried to catch them . . .

. . . but when they just kept bursting upon contact, she soon quit trying to catch them and started giving them the side-eye instead.

5. We ran our very first 10k a couple of weeks ago (and when I say "ran," I mean ran-walked-and-generally-goofed-off): the Capital 10,000 is Austin's biggest 10k race. It winds through downtown Austin, has a costume contest component, and--as you can imagine in the live music capital of the world--has local bands jamming out every step along the way. We had a great time--Ali took her morning nap from about mile 2 to mile 5, which was perfect timing! Here we are after the race--Uncle Eugene, Liz, me, Ali (doing the water sprinkler, apparently), Aunt Katie, and Alex.6. Yep, Aunt Katie was in town for the race! We love love love Aunt Katie visits--she and Ali are two peas in a pod!
7. This last Sunday, we instituted Fun Dress Sunday. Baby girl simply has way too many cute outfits and not enough special occasions to get all dressed up for! So we put on one of her cute dresses and snapped away.
8. Have I mentioned how she can hold herself up on all fours now? Not for long . . . and only if she's reeeaaaaalllly motivated--like with the Lion King's Stand By Me music video. It's her fav.
9. She is also slowly but surely becoming mobile. She can push herself up on all fours, but her arms typically out-power her legs and she ends up pushing herself backwards. As she sees the toy she's trying to get actually getting farther and farther away from her . . . well, let's just say that Ali is learning about how to cope with frustration.

10. Not only is Ali making advances in mobility but in communications as well. She says all kinds of sounds now, and she's starting to mimic back sounds, like bye-bye (which she is also learning to connect to a wave!). We are also working on signing with her, starting with the signs for "more" and "all done." I think that she's starting to understand when I do them; when she sees "more" she smiles and opens her mouth, and when she sees "all done" she smiles and reaches for me!

Like I said--7 months is such an amazing age!! What fun we're having!

Friday, April 23, 2010


No, not the big-girl diapers that are used when getting ready to potty train.

(And you get an official :::snort::: if you even for one second thought I might be talking about the exercise move.)

What I'm talking about is much easier and more fun than either potty training or impossible exercises. I'm talking about Ali pulling up to stand!

She never really has been much of a roller. And it appears that she's not going to be much of a crawler, either. She's way more interested in sitting up and, lately, standing up. And a couple of days ago she came one step closer to learning how to go from the former to the latter all on her own.

For right now she can only pull-up on our hands, but soon she'll figure out she can use any stationary object. Looks like baby-proofing is right around the corner!

Happy Friday!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I Love Iceland!

Yes, I know there are both immediate and long term drawbacks of a volcano spitting thousands upon millions of tons of volcanic ash into the air . . . but for me it means that Alex's trip to Germany got canceled, and that makes me one happy lady!

These pics have nothing to do with Iceland . . . but I've been meaning to get them up for a couple of weeks now! One of our favorite things to do is have a picnic at the lake by our house. Ali loves being outside, and we love pretty much anything and everything Ali loves, so it's a win-win.

There's just something about babies in hats that gets me every time.
Hiya, gorgeous!
These two make me swoon!
Check out Ali dominating the sippy!
We thought we'd be mean funny and let Ali get a taste of pickle . . . far from the bitter-pickle-face we were anticipating, the kid went crazy for it. Looks like she takes after her momma afterall!
Mmmm, pear. One of Ali's favorite desserts!
After lunch we hit the beach!
"Hey, Mom. Gimme those glasses!"
Here she's trying the casual fakeout--look to the left, but still grab the glasses. Sneaky girl.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Hoppy Easter!

I know, I know. Cheesiest cliche title of the year. But I can't help it when I have the world's cutest little Easter bunny living at my house!

We celebrated the holiday with Ali's very first Easter egg hunt! Even though she's not an official hunter this year, she definitely got into the spirit.

Once she figured out that plastic eggs are miracle toys that are easy to pick up one-handed AND fun to eat, she was in hog . . . er . . . bunny heaven.
She ate with friends . . .
She ate purple eggs . . .
She ate green eggs . . .
She tried to eat two eggs at once!
She did take a break from eating to chat on the egg-phone with her bud Skylar.
We attempted a group shot, too. Here are most of the kiddos who were at the hunt!
Today we are enjoying a quiet Easter at the house with a small egg hunt (read: Ali eating plastic eggs that we give her) and some quality family time. We hope this Easter finds you all very, very hoppy! (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

Friday, April 2, 2010


I love this picture. Yes, it's a little out of focus. And the composition isn't quite what I was going for. But there's just something about it. Something that captures the essence of childhood. The smile. The swing. The sunlight. The bare feet.

It's a new fav. Happy Friday. Happy childhood.