Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hallie and Dad have a talk

Happy New Year everyone. I am very behind on blog posts - lots of good stuff to come, maybe as I'm watching all the great football on during the next week. Anyway, I thought this was a good video to post on New Year's Eve since Hallie pukes on herself, then continues talking with me after a quick change. I was trying to get her to say "dada" - she does this all the time now, I will get it on video sooner or later. But the grunt conversation we had was still a pretty good one.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Holidays in Madison, Part 2

After a week of rockin' and a nice Thanksgiving, we still had more holiday to celebrate. Grandma talked with Santa and he agreed to come at the end of the week when we celebrated an early Christmas. So we needed a Christmas tree, and went together to a farm to pick one out.

Hallie looked extra cute in her dad-saddle at the Christmas tree farm, dad looked a little like he had been working all night and hadn't showered in a week (half-true).

We got some pretty sweet gifts from Santa, Grandma & Grandpa, and Aunt Sara & Uncle Jeff. Hallie was generally happy with the process of tearing and eating the wrapping paper off each of her presents, but Will was like a present-opening tornado. Lots of cool stuff. Will got a really neat pirate ship (he loves this, definitely his current favorite non-Wii toy). There are two pirates that came with it that have swords and can swordfight (and fall "into the drink"). In fact, it has been a very swordy Christmas season for Will. He and I also got these foam swords that go on the ends of our Wiimote controllers for Wii swordfighting. They have greatly enhanced our video game experience, but now when we swordfight on the Wii, real people and furniture get whacked with swords as a consequence of Will's "yell and flail wildly" swordfighting technique.

Here Will and Hallie are showing off their new tailgating chairs (that's mama in the background spotting for Hallie as she teeters happily in her chair). Also Will got a hockey stick that's just his size. He is apparently singing into it as a microphone.

Whoa, this little reindeer needs a nap. Despite this reaction, that ball on her lap has been a very popular gift.

Later we had some time to pose for some more holiday-themed pictures together, and Hallie cheered up for these. It is virtually impossible to get a good picture of both Hallie and Will while one of them is also wearing some kind of prop.

This was our first trip to Madison since Hallie has been able to sit up by herself, and since we tried the same thing with Will when he was about this age, the girls put Hallie in the doll desk to see how she looks as a cute little student. Clearly, she was much more of a willing participant in this game than Will was.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Rock and Roll All Nite

A large amount of our our recent trip to Grandma and Grandpa's was spent doing just this: rocking out to KISS's "Rock and Roll All Nite". Will learned his moves from his rockin' daddy.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Holidays in Madison, Part 1

A few weeks ago we went to Grandma & Grandpa's in Madison to kick off the holiday season, and this is the way to do it: Thanksgiving and an early Christmas back-to-back. We were there to play with grandparents for a whole week, and Aunt Sara and Uncle Jeff came for most of the time too. It was great.

Will rediscovered two cool things about Grandpa's house: the music room, full of cool instruments, and the "Rock and Roll All Night" (KISS song) singing button toy. He did a lot of rockin' and rollin' all night (and partyin' ev-er-y day), singing along to the toy and playing various guitars.

Sometimes he let others join him in his musical sessions, although he was very particular about exactly which and how each song unfolded. Here Hallie and I were on drums and Aunt Sara played rhythm guitar and provided backup vocals.

Thanksgiving was near the end of the week - Hallie's first. Good thing she packed appropriate Thanksgivingwear.

On Thanksgiving morning, we earned our turkey and pie by completing the Madison Berbee Derby, which is a 5K walk/run benefiting the Technology Education Foundation (which promotes teaching students to use technology and the use of technologies for educational purposes). Grandma walked with us, while everyone else ran. It was pretty brutally cold but otherwise a very fun event. Not for Will though - he pouted for virtually the entire morning because before the race started I told him he needed to start off riding in the chariot with Hallie, since there were probably a couple thousand people there. Hallie was in a little blanket and snowsuit cocoon, but she had a great time with all the excitement, despite her whiny brother.

Dinner was delicious, I wish we had taken a picture of all of us together at the table because it would have made the perfect image of thankfulness in the spirit of the holiday. But this picture will have to do for a bit of a laugh: Will was not allowed to get down until he had eaten three bites of everything on his plate (since he's three years old). As you can see, he put up a valiant resistance - lasting long after the entire table had been cleared and dishes had been done, and almost making it to bedtime without finishing his dinner.

Of course when he finally gave in and took the first bite of what was left - the all-too-common response: "I yike it!"

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hallie's bath pictures: 8 months

Hi Hallie! Here's my sweet baby girl. She's 8 months now, which was about the beginning of my favorite age for Will, so I expect the next few months to be very fun.

Well, what's new with Hallie. Maybe not so new: she's still a big flirt, especially with her dad and Grandpas. She also is still tasting virtually everything she can get her hands on, and is eating more and more types of baby food (even attempting to feed herself). She is an excellent sitter now, so she can basically entertain herself for long periods of time sitting and grabbing things that are within reach and then tasting them.

She is very close to being able to crawl - can roll back and forth with ease, and in the past week has started propping up on her hands and knees and attempting to crawl on things. When she flails around a bit from this position, she can actually scoot backwards some. This makes sleeping in her crib quite interesting - she does the sleep scooting which commonly results in her cramped in the corner of the crib and shouting for someone to attend to her at 5 in the morning.

For a very fortunate few (Erin and I, sometimes a grandparent), Hallie has started giving hugs! This usually happens when she is being held by one of the aforementioned people, and sees something that makes her excited. The resultant flail/leg kick/body throw is kind of like a lunging hug. But then she'll hold on for a minute, it's very sweet. We'll have to catch a video of this.

She has started "talking" a little bit more. She still has the grunt conversations, but now uses some meaningful syllables. For example, she and Will say "bah" back and forth a lot - Will says this over and over in a really high-pitched tone when he's trying to cheer her up. To my delight, she has also started saying "dah!", and I have been encouraging more of that.

She's a very pretty little girl, and Erin and the girls in our family are having more and more fun dressing her like one. I don't really get it though - there are regular occurrences where for whatever reason Erin did not set out the outfit Hallie's supposed to wear and I attempt to dress or accessorize her and fail hilariously (is this an ok outfit to wear to daycare?). Usually I don't find out until the end of the day how well I've coordinated her - somehow the women at daycare keep a straight face when I drop her off, but then when Erin picks the kids up everyone has a good laugh at my expense. Anyway, some of the cutest additions are bows and barrettes she can wear in her hair, since she's not a bald baby anymore.

Having hair is really fun!

page views as of this post: 20,800

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

celebrating mama's birthday

Erin's birthday was a few weeks ago, and since Will is all about opening presents now, he insisted on helping mom with hers. Also Hallie helped out too. While Will went right for the presents that looked the most like video games, Hallie had much more patience and helped open the card first.

Then she spent nearly an hour playing with all the torn wrapping paper, what fun!

The rest of the birthday was very nice, but relatively uneventful. As a special treat we all ate lunch in the basement while we were watching football. When we weren't paying close attention, Hallie decided she wanted to feed herself. She was able to grab her jar of green beans and spread them all over her body, seat, and table - keeping her options open for how to eat them, I guess. It gave us a good laugh.