Monday, August 9, 2010

August, Sweet August

It's August. To some, that may be lamentable. The end of summer. The beginning of school. The dog days of summer, when it's so hot you don't want to do anything but sit in pool in the air conditioning in front of a fan while sipping ice water.

But to us, it's wonderful! August is here! A fact to be celebrated. You see, for us, it means that finally, after two busy, busy, busy months, months filled with traveling and visitors and more traveling, we finally get some much-needed family time. And I don't mean extended family. I mean our family. Our little family of three.

That's right. We're taking August off. Putting up the closed sign. No visitors. No trips. Just some time to spend together, enjoying each others company, enjoying our baby girl in the last few weeks before she turns one. September will come soon enough, bringing with it celebrations and trips once again. So now, we are loving, loving August.

Our first weekend of August was filled with friends. We had a birthday party and a baby shower to attend, and somewhere in there we found time to visit the local splash park, teach Ali new tricks, and give baby girl her very first pony tail!

Ali is at an amazing age where she is learning things at lightening speed. She is now pulling up on everything she can get her hands on and is starting to cruise. She can turn on her toys and knows how to chase the balls down and put them back in the chute. She's learned how to put the rings back ON the ring stand. She loves rolling a ball back and forth between us. She has developed quite the sense of humor . . . her current favorite joke is to pretend like she's going to feed me something and then at the very last second pull it back and pop it in her mouth. This joke cracks her up to no end . . . and that cracks ME up to no end. Oh, and did I mention she TALKS?? That's right! We have our first word . . . and second . . . and quite possibly our third, fourth, and fifth. The first word was "book" (you'd better believe this English-teacher-turned-editor mommy's heart just about burst with joy), followed closely by "no no no no!" (there was considerably less heart bursting going on with the second word). We have also heard "duck," "kitty," and "bear." Our little girl is quite the chatterbox, and we love every second of it!

What's a blog post without pics of our sweet baby girl? Enjoy.

Bath time is always fun!

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