Thursday, December 27, 2007

Family Birthday Celebration

We celebrated Andrew's and my niece's birthdays while we were visiting them. Andrew loved his cake and my nieces and nephews loved the pinata.


My niece, Jolie, shares my love for all things Nancy Drew. For her birthday, I bought her some of the original books from the 1930's.

silly pinata picture:

Breaking the pinata (with a golf club. lol):

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Day

I love this picture of Andrew looking at my brother:

Totally posed, but still really cute pictures:

Christmas dinner:

Yum! Turkey!

The Yule Log.
Gramma, Jolie and Amelia made this cake.

They put peppermint extract in a trough made of tootsie rolls and lit it.
You can't see the flame very well in this picture, but it was really pretty.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve

Andrew and I were visiting my brother and sister-in-law and their kids for Christmas. Gramma and Grandad were there too. We were really busy---mostly eating, but also doing some other things.
We decorated gingerbread men. They all looked great, but Amelia has a special talent. They looked professional.

Here are the finished products:

It is tradition to have tamales at Christmas in Guatemala. I brought some with us for everyone to try. Andrew couldn't get them in fast enough! He loved the pork tamale.

Andrew's new 'trick' is to stick his tongue out----unfortunately, he sometimes does it while he still has food in his mouth.

Reading the Christmas story:

Trying to get a picture of the kids in front of the tree.

Not an easy task.

This one cracks me up:

Where'd Bennett go?

The best we could do:

What'd you get, Uncle Dan?

Graham digs in:

Grandad opening gift:

Hmmm.....I wonder what's in here?

Yay!! Paper!!!

He looks really interested in this toy, doesn't he?
He actually took all the blocks out so he could play with (read: chew on) the container.

Andrew and Bennett.
Can you believe that Bennett is 11 months older than Andrew?

Christmas jammies:

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Santa Baby

I took these pictures too late to put them on the Christmas card, but they're too cute to keep to myself.

(our friend, JoAnn, did some cool photoshop stuff to a couple of the pictures. Thanks, JoAnn!!!)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas Card photo shoot

Most of you have seen the Christmas photo card by now. In order to get those two cute shots, I had to take a LOT of pictures. Here is a slide show of all the pictures I took. Poor Andrew--I'm surprised he doesn't start crying as soon as he sees the camera.

(the slide show has music, so turn the other music off first--if you haven't already. lol)


Andrew has had a terrible cough. When I took him to the doctor last week, she said that he needs a nebulizer. I thought it would be a fight to get him to take the treatments. He wasn't very fond of the mask, but loves the mouthpiece.
The best part about the treatments is that they curb his appetite a little bit which means that he has slept through the night TWICE!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Facing forward

I turned Andrew's car seat to face forward this week. He is loving it!! It's going to make the 10 hour car trip on Sunday a lot easier on him.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Look who's crawling!!!

I've put him into the crawling position before and he has wanted no part of it. Today, I tried it again and he did it!!! I was in the lobby waiting with the boy I tutor, and I was jumping around and 'woo hoo-ing' like a maniac. :)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Holiday Magic

We went to the zoo on Sunday night to see the lights and animals. It was REALLY cold, but Andrew was very snug and warm. He's such a trooper. He was happy the whole time until the trip home. If he could talk, I'm pretty sure he would have said, "Enough hat, mommy!!"

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Animal Lover

Andrew has yet to meet an animal he doesn't like. He squeals and waves his arms whenever he sees a cat or dog. Here are some random shots of him with animals he's met.




Friday, December 14, 2007

Speaking of big boys....

Andrew went to the doctor today for some coughing/wheezing issues he's been having. While there, they weighed and measured him. He weighs 26 lbs.!!!!!! He has gained 7 pounds in two months. According to the height/weight chart I have, he's in the 65th%ile for height and the 90th%ile for weight!! No wonder my arm hurts!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Big Boy Bath

I took a big boy bath tonight. It was FUN! I was sliding and scooting all over the place. I think I made Mommy nervous, though. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be back in the duck next time, but it was fun while it lasted!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

11 months old already??? - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more
How is that possible?? It seems like just yesterday that I got the phone call for his referral and was dancing around, crying in my classroom.
I can't believe how much he has grown and changed in the time that he has been home. He is truly amazing.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Hey, handsome....

Andrew discovered the full-length mirror:

I wish he would give mommy kisses like that!