Thursday, August 28, 2008
Passed all my prelim exams!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Time on the river
Daddy and the girls around bedtime.
Still working on capturing a smile on camera...
Vanessa is looking so grown up! She can put this dress on with only a tiny bit of help from me, and she can take it off all by herself. That's one of those skills that is a bit of a mixed blessing... Vanessa has also been impressing us with a handful of genuine somersaults (also a mixed blessing) and saying "I love you!"
Vanessa saw fish and so many frogs in the water down on the river.
Vanessa really enjoyed walking around in the water with her Daddy.
One of Vanessa's favorite parts of the lodge where we stayed was a bouncing horse she could ride!
One of her other favorite parts was snuggling with Riley! My goodness, she really does love that dog.
Here is a rare picture of all four of us, outside the lodge.
We were also lucky to have several friends visit us. I've noticed that while Elizabeth seems to fuss less in general lately, she seems to know who I am more and she fusses when passed off to others. Rats. Well, hopefully, I'll learn soon how to have other people hold her in such a way that she's more content.
Our friend Sara visited at the same time.
Peter was such a great kid to have in the house. He is a very funny and very cute little boy!
Angelique paid us a visit! Angelique is sort of an honorary aunt, I'd say.
My friend Pete paid us a visit too, but somehow I didn't manage to get a picture! Vanessa and Elizabeth do keep my hands full some evenings...
The squirrels carried the corn stalks into the trees...
They've also discovered how to foil my handy-dandy ziploc bag system that protected our tomatoes for a while.
But, on the bright side, our pumpkins are growing so fast!
And our acorn squash are still promising. I wonder if squirrels like squash.
Monday, August 04, 2008
So many pictures, so little time...
Of course, it's only the calm before the storm -- James is beginning to study for his prelims and we're both planning on taking two classes each this fall. But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it...
Elizabeth is such a cozy cuddlebug. Even Vanessa gets a little drowsy sometimes when she cuddles with Elizabeth!
The next episode in Vanessa's lego saga is the construction of realistic items. She made a high chair! Then she had to go put it in her high chair to show how much it matched.
At Elizabeth's two-month check-up, she was 11 pounds 13 ounces, and 23 inches long. Elizabeth is getting very good at lots of things, including supporting herself partly when she's in a sitting position. Today, I think I heard her giggling at her toys for the first time. Here she is doing what she does best -- sleeping!
I got Vanessa a special balance bike as sort of an early birthday present. She liked it at first (and even liked wearing her helmet and knee-pads), but now she's being shy of it. Heck, she just moved to a toddler bed this week. That's probably enough big-kid stuff for a month! I think we'll try again with the bike sometime after her birthday.
Now that Elizabeth travels a little better in the car, we've made a few longer car rides, like to my Aunt Teri and Uncle Bob's house this past weekend (pictures and details to be posted soon, I hope!) and to Heather and Terry's place the weekend before. Let me tell you, Vanessa LOVED visiting with Heather and Terry. What a great aunt and uncle -- they completely wore her out, and that's quite a feat considering Vanessa! Swinging high in the air like in this picture was only the tip of the iceburg. Vanessa also got to pretend to jump rope and to fence, and did so much running, jumping, and throwing that I think she improved her form on all three!
The corn is getting so tall, and has ears! Vanessa still enjoys watering the plants, and loves eating the fresh broccoli and blueberries.
Vanessa is starting to try to dress and undress herself more and more. She put these sunglasses on all by herself.
I'm finally getting caught up enough on sleep and my to-do list that I and Elizabeth were actually able to accompany Daddy and Vanessa on one of their Saturday trips. On this particular day, it was to the Natural History Museum. Vanessa was fascinated by the enormous dinosaur skeletons.
James's cousin Patricia was in town all the way from New Mexico. We had a great time chatting and playing with her! I very much enjoyed having someone to help entertain Vanessa around the house and on the playground.
She also liked the insect zoo. A girl after my own heart!
Vanessa reads "Where the Wild Things Are" with Nana and me.
Elizabeth is getting even cuter as she gets bigger, I think!
By getting a hug from Geri, Elizabeth is officially welcomed to Nana's and Grampa's neighborhood.
Vanessa has been braver about getting wet lately, going in the big pool and the shower at the pool, and even, a moment before this picture was taken, pouring water on her own head!
Nana gets some quality cuddling time with Elizabeth.