Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thanksgiving weekend, in pictures

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  Not only do I love that we have a celebration of thanksgiving but I love the fall season as well.  I so enjoy the cooler weather that November finally brings for southern Arizona and the chance to bake all things pumpkin without apology.  I wanted to share a few of my favorite memories from our Thanksgiving weekend this year.

Our Thanksgiving table minus most of the kids.  

Bass, my brother in law, fried two awesome turkeys that he injected a garlic solution into.  They were great! Also pictured are my Dad and two nephews.

My babies and I.  I am so grateful for my children and absolutely love having them to share holidays with.
After working on Turkey Day, Kelly joined us for family photos and Christmas tree cutting.  Oh, and to help HB feed Papa's calves.

The Copeland's joined us for our own Griswold family - like adventure where we drove to Williams to cut our own Christmas trees.  The weather was perfect!!  And we absolutely could not have had better company.
Our little family during Groseta family photos.  My Dad captured a few of his own shots while the professional photographer did her job;) of my favorite shots from the weekend.  My sister, her daughter, Katherine and myself, and my mom.  Taking pictures is hard work for babies so both our girls caught some shut eye on our chests.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Happy half birthday, Katherine

Wow, my little girl is six months old.  Where does the time go?  Having two children has certainly made time seem to slip through my fingers even quicker.  Katherine is becoming more and more fun the older she gets.  She still seems rather serious at times but her personality is coming out more and more with each passing day.  Here are a few of her milestones at six months...

  • She has rolled to her tummy once or twice but she is much more inclined to stay on her back.
  • Whether she is in the tub, on the changing table or playing on the floor, she loves to chew on her feet.
  • Baby purees and solid foods are now making an appearance in her daily diet.  She has an oatmeal cereal concoction in the morning that includes milk and prune juice.  Doesn't that just sound delightful? She has only tried green beans so far but seems to really like them.
  • Girlfriend loves to grab at your cheeks and pull your face close to hers.  If she isn't able to grab your face she will gladly pull your hair, or ears, or whatever she can get her hands on.  She loves to nuzzle your face though and with an open mouth, ha!
  • Her sleeping habits are improving all the time (thankfully).  She goes to bed at 6pm or a little after and wakes sometime mid-morning for a bottle - if it's before 4am I give her the pacifier, if it's after 4am I oblige and then she will typically sleep in until around 7am.
  • Although her weight is average, she has the most delightful chunky thigh rolls.  She weighed 16 pounds 1 ounce (50th percentile) and measured 27 inches long (90th percentile) at her 6-month well check.  
  • She has found her voice and I think we may have a screamer on our hands!  She actually sounds like a pterodactyl, or at least what I think one would sound like.  
  • Bath time is prime play time.  Her favorite toy is a plastic bath book.  She howls in despair when I remove it from her death grip to dry her off.  She actually rolled her head to the side this past week and put part of her face in the water.  
Prepare yourself for a picture overload.  I.can't.get.enough.of.her.  

Clockwise, from top left.
1-Playing with Grandma while visiting Grandpa at the hospital.
2-Just chilling with the Baby-ators on.
3-Sitting in her big girl high chair preparing for some actual chow.
4-Daddy helping with the monthly "chair photo."
5-Smiling at Daddy instead of at me while I took her six month photo.
6-A girls picture after church.

What was big brother HB like at six months?  Check him out here.