Thursday, December 27, 2012

6 Month Olivia

Look at this cute little 6 month old!  A lot has happened this month...

Sleeping through her first Christmas tree hunt

Decorating her first Christmas tree

Visiting Santa for the first time
She still loves laundry time and rolling on the bed with big sister!

Where's Olivia!

Playing with some of her favorite toys

She's now sitting up all by herself!  She is so proud and excited, as this opens up the world for her!

Such a happy little girl!

Another Happy Gram....she now holds her bottle

Christmas stocking from her daycare teachers
My first snow!

So happy for my first Christmas!

First bites of solid food -- avocado isn't that bad!

I bet she'll be scooting about really soon.  She is rolling all around the place and taking a huge interest in toys.  She continues to find her big sister fascinating and loves to smile and lauch at her.  They are such great friends!

Sunday, December 16, 2012


A week later, I finally have gotten around to posting the picture of Santa and the girls.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Preparations

Last weekend we got our Christmas tree and got it all decorated.  We opted for a smaller tree this year, as we will be spending the majority of the Holiday in MT.  We let Madeline choose the tree and she did a great job.

Madeline having a great time searching for a tree
Olivia having a great time searching for a tree :)
This is the tree Madeline chose
So excited to be taking it home.  She got a kick out of the fact that it was tied to the car!
She had a ton of fun looking through all of the ornaments, but she wanted us to hang the ornaments on the tree
She did take the honors of placing the snowman on top!
Proud and happy!
Cookies and cocoa in front of the freshly decorated tree
"Gosh, I sure wish I could have one of those cookies!"
"Mmmm, cocoa!"
"Yeah, I really wish I was old enough for cocoa, too!"
Happy sisters
Yesterday, Madeline had a dance performance at the town center.  She was a bit overwhelmed with the craziness.  The camera was acting up, and the video looked pretty horrible, so you;ll have to take us at our word that she looked pretty cute.  It was pretty much what you would expect from ~20 three and four year olds.  A bunch of big stares, a few little dance moves and a lot of chaos!

Today, we ventured out to see Santa.  The word got out about Bass Pro, last year we had no wait for a visit with Santa, but this year, we just barely sneaked in after our 45 min wait.  We took a few pics at home before heading out and we got great smiles out of both girls!

Madeline and one of the reindeer
The long wait tired out Miss Olivia
 Our official photo with both girls and Santa won't be ready until tomorrow evening, so you'll have to stay tuned...

Such happy sisters

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

5 Months Old

Here's little Miss Smiley at 5 months old!

Lots of fun things this month...
Celebrating her first Halloween
Visiting her 6th state (AZ) and visiting with Grandma and Grandpa James for her 1st Thanksgiving.
All smiles, playing with Grandma
Bringing home her first art projects
A footprint pumpkin
A hand print turkey
Receiving her first Happy Gram (this is a big deal, evidenced by Madeline's excitement over this!)
This toy appears to be her new favorite
She loves playing with her toes and has succeeded in getting them into her mouth.

Cosmo loves her and will curl up next to her whenever he gets the chance.  She has taken to petting him (or more accurately, pulling his fur) and Cosmo seems to love it.
Enjoying outside time in Tucson
We've had some sleep regression issues.  She been waking multiple times each night wanting to be held and protesting as soon as we put her back in her crib.  This past Saturday, she woke up at 5:30 and would not go back to sleep...until 7AM when she wore herself out playing

As of Sunday evening, she discovered she can roll from back to tummy and now rolls all around the place until she gets stuck next to a wall or piece of furniture...she can only move to the left!  They have reported that she is very hard to contain at daycare now, as she just wants to roll all over the place.

Our Thanksgiving Week

We spent the week of Thanksgiving in Tucson with Grandma and Grandpa James.  I did a horrible job at taking pictures, but we had a great visit.  Madeline and Olivia got lots of snuggles from Grandma and Grandpa, Madeline and cousin Sarah were inseparable and Olivia enjoyed taking it all in.

We spent one morning at the Desert Museum, which was a lot of fun for Madeline. 
Digging for dinosaur bones
Olivia just drooled and enjoyed being close to mommy
She also found her sister incredibly funny!
Madeline had Olivia cracking up by pretending to fall over

Cactus pose

The obligatory Tucson cactus pose
I think the hummingbird exhibit was her favorite.  She loved getting up close to these little guys because they had pink heads.
We spent some time at some of the local parks...

I did a poor job of getting photos of the girls with Grandma and Grandpa, but did end up with a cute one of Olivia with each of her grandparents.

Madeline had so much fun with her big cousin.
They had a slumber party on cots in Grandma and Grandpa's room.  Every time I tried to get their picture they darted under the covers.  This is the best I could do! :)
Madeline has been requesting short hair (like Olivia's) for quite some time.  She really wanted to go for a haircut, so upon our return to Houston, Madeline got a new 'do.
Before photo of her long hair
Really excited for her haircut
She held so still...
After picture with shoulder length hair.  How can she be so grown up??

Happy Thanksgiving!!