Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What Sylvia's been up to

A quick note about me first :) I turned 28 yesterday! It was a good day. My co-workers brought tons of good snacks, Sylvia and I had some fun one-on-one time, and the hubby and I got away for a nice dinner. We went to Red Lobster, if you're wondering.

Anyway, let's get to what you all really tune in for: cute pictures and stories about Sylvia. How about we make a list?

1. Sylvia and Lennie are pretty good friends. Lennie got fixed last week and she's doing well. Sylvia gives her hugs and kisses to make her feel better and joins her in Petey's bed.

2. I love to take hilariously awkward pictures of Sylvia in her booster seat. It's her favorite place to sit in the whole house. She can climb into it on her own now, she's almost given me a few heart attacks when I look up and suddenly she's standing on it. She also likes to sit in her booster seat and "work" on her laptop.

3. My daughter will not keep her pants on. I'm not sure if I should worry about this or not. She does try to pull them back up sometimes, but that's harder.

What you lookin' at?


4. Sylvia's starting to color. She doesn't really get it yet, but we're working on it! I bought her a box of crayons and I was so excited for her to use them. I opened the box and every single one was broken. Seriously?

Eating the crayons

Eating them some more.

Pointing to the floor.
She wrote her name! JK, I made 99% of those marks.
5. Her favorite place, other than her booster chair, is under the table with DS and/or iPod in hand. Seriously folks, both of those are mine. She just likes that the light up and occasionally make noise.

6. Sylvia looks adorable with pony/pig tails. Deena and Amanda at daycare are always sending her home with new hair styles.

7. Sylvia's been really into helping lately. She loves putting groceries away, and she just helped me with dishes for the first time on Monday.

That's about it for now, but Sylvia is a never ending source of entertainment so I'm sure I'll have more to share soon. The picture below cracks me up every time I see it. Try not to have nightmares.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Sylvia + Harper = BFF

Friday night was the third installment of Katie and Emily's Night of American Horror Story. If you didn't watch the first season, you missed out. It was pretty awesome. You should probably watch next season, it'll be a whole new cast and story so you won't be behind.

Saturday morning we got our daughters together for another glorious play date.

There was lots of hugging and kissing and falling down. They're so adorable together, especially now that they're kind of understanding how to play together instead of just next to each other.

They played together really well.

Here they are working together to move Harper's drum into the hallway. Why? Apparently it only made sense to them. They were having really interesting conversations throughout the morning, we just couldn't understand any of them.

Sylvia paid close attention while Harper showed her how things work. They even napped at the same time and gave Emily and me time to hang out and get lunch ready. I didn't help get lunch ready, but I did read aloud reviews of the AHS series finale while Emily cooked. We make a good team.

Let's end with some more cute pictures, shall we?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sylvia goes to work

This is Sylvia at the office with Blake. He took her to work with him for a little while and then to her first dentist appointment.

Side note:  Our pediatrician has been on us about getting her an appointment, and when Blake took her today he was told not to worry about it again until she's 2 1/2 or 3. They didn't even charge us! She did great, no crying or biting, but I'm still glad we won't have to take her back for a while.

I love that he took her little laptop with them this morning. I'm sure he got absolutely nothing done while she was there. Also, I'm not allowed to cut her hair anymore (and neither is my mom, she had similar results), but she obviously needs something done. Any suggestions? Do I look for a kiddie salon?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Chistmas in pictures (and some words)

It's the beginning of 2012, and it's still hard for me to believe that the holiday season of 2011 is over. Maybe it's the weather or maybe it's because the holidays always seem to pass me by before I've really had time to savor them. Either way, Christmas and New Years were some good times.

Our little family celebrated Christmas the morning of Christmas Eve. I think this may end up being our tradition. It's difficult to figure out how to celebrate just the three of us since we spend Christmas Eve night and Christmas in Maquoketa. It's believable that Santa would hit some houses a day early, right? I mean, he's a busy guy.

Sylvia's presents this year were a couple really cute things we picked up at IKEA this summer. We only had two presents because I don't feel as if a crazy number of presents is really necessary. It saves room and money for us and glory for the other people who buy her things :) Also, she's too young to care how many presents she gets.

First present!

Adoring husband

The new toys!

We spent Christmas Eve with my dad's family (as always). Funny story, the Gilmores don't tend to drink a lot. You know who likes to drink on holidays? My husband. He wasn't the only one having a drink at Christmas, but I think it's safe to say he was the only drunk one. Luckily, his disposition and mood only get better as he drinks. I think he's successfully charmed my Grandma Gilmore into thinking he's the greatest guy ever.

Sylvia acting like herself
She's got her daddy's long legs
Sylvia seriously loves Amber and Jason

Opening gifts!

As I have done since birth and Blake since we started dating, we spent Christmas morning with my immediate family. Sylvia got a ton of awesome gifts like the rocking chair and most of those gifts you see behind it. Just kidding, we all get spoiled. I also got a bunch of stuff, my Mom was awesome enough to get me almost everything off my Amazon wish list, including a lot of fabric that I'm slowly learning how to turn into quilts. And Blake got what he wanted, an awesome snow blower that can handle the steepness of our driveway. I'm not sure when he'll get to use it.

First thing Christmas morning

Offering Carson a refreshing beverage

Chillin' with grandma and grandpa

Annual scratch ticket bonanza

Every year Mom gets us scratch off tickets, and it's always fun to fantasize about what we might win. This year she was tired of us not winning anything and bought more tickets. Guess how much Blake and I won? Two dollars. I almost felt bad having to tell Mom about that, like we did something wrong. I think Kristin and Al made out a little better, but I'm not sure what their total was.

I love the polka dot jammies
Once the afternoon hit, we were off to spend the day and night with Blake's family.

Loving her gift from Brady

Spending time with Uncle Brent

More gifts!

Checking out Uncle Chad.

Posing with Bruce's gift
After seeing that last picture, would you be surprised to know that the booze flows a little more freely at the Pauls' Christmas? :) We had a great time and so did Sylvia. As always, we did a white elephant gift exchange, and I loved my gift (Thanks, Missy)! A Hawkeye baking mold, apron, and cake mix with frosting. I think that was it, but I can't remember for sure. I think they'll be expecting some cakes during tailgating next year.

The next morning after Arloeen fed us, Blake packed up the car and we were off. We had a tired but happy girl on our hands. By the way, did you notice that Sylvia's in a forward facing car seat? You might think, duh, what else would she be in? I would then tell you that until her 18 month checkup, she hadn't hit 20 pounds yet and was still riding in her infant seat. It was a little ridiculous because she was obviously too tall for it. The nice part was since it took a while for her to hit the mark, we were able to ask for car seats as Christmas presents. Now we've got nice new ones in both vehicles. Now if only we'd thought to ask for new tires for the Envoy, I mean Sylvia, too.