Archive for November, 2009

Violet’s Birthday

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I know I am a week late but we have been having such a great time that I kept on meaning to post it and time just kept slipping by. It just amazing to think that an entire year has gone by. The day Violet was born seems so long ago, and yet this first year of her life has just gone by in an instant. She is officially a toddler. It happened a lot sooner than I was expecting-sooner than it happened for Ivy. I guess it just snuck up on us. Whereas I was hyper aware of Ivy’s every little milestone, Violet’s just gradually slipped into my awareness.

Since we have been in Missouri she seems to be progressing by leaps and bounds. She does little things that just constantly amaze us, and her communication skills are growing daily. Sara pretended to eat a peice of her bread and she shook her head “no”, and used her index finger to tap the table where she wanted it placed.

Another day she said “what’s this?” as she held up an item. Sara first heard her say it, and then I heard her say it a number of times, each time indicating an object. But it seems so advanced that I am still doubting that we really heard what we heard. Maybe we ascribed meaning to something that was just a babbled series of consonants. Every once in a while she blurts out a word that sounds just like a real word, but there is no way she could possibly know that word at just one year of age. “What’s this” is a perfect example. There is no way she could string words together like that, could she?? And yet it seems this is what she did! Its confusing, and I am just keeping attention fixed on the things she babbles, trying to makes sense of it, and trying to figure out if she is really talking or if I am just looking too deeply into her baby sounds.

Anyway, the morning of her birthday we went to Krispy Kreme, which was a rare treat for us. Here is Henry waiting for us to join him at the table:

Keeper of the Krispy Kremes

"I waaaant a...sprinkly donut!"

 We hung out most of the day and just chilled. Sara baked for Violet’s birthday, which to me is such a big deal because I rarely bake, and I find it to be pretty time consuming. So I found it to be very touching, especially since she had pulled out her hip that morning moving a high chair at Krispy Kremes (Ivy had spilled her milk all over the floor and we had to move everything out of the way for them to clean it). She is such a trooper!

Sara baking delicious red velvet cupcakes

Sara baking delicious red velvet cupcakes

We went to Mass in the afternoon, which was a beautiful Extraordinary Form of the Mass, complete with incense, patens, and Gregorian chant. Here is a picture of the priest wearing the vestments we made for him:

Father Orthel

Father Orthel

 

We had our little celebration for Violet in the evening.

Violet in her "1" t-shirt and tutu, given to her by our friend Randi

Violet in her "1" t-shirt and tutu, given to her by our friend Randi

 

The birthday girl chowing down on cupcakes

The birthday girl chowing down on cupcakes

 

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Ivy seemed to also enjoy the red velvet

 

The Leal siblings and their kids

The Leal siblings and their kids

 

Sara and her little neice

Sara and her little neice

 

Opening a birthday present from Aunt Sara and Uncle John

Opening a birthday present from Aunt Sara and Uncle John

 And now, the requisite video. Here is Violet being hilarious and having fun with nothing at all except her great mood. Its guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Its been a great Thanksgiving Day here in Springfield! The day went very quickly, we started our day with a breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes, which Sara made for us. As the girls watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, we got started with the preparations for our day. Phillip and Sara got the turkey and the rest of the food started, while I was on partial baby duty (they didn’t require much) and cleaning duty. By 1pm the house was clean, and most of the food was on its way to deliciousness. We all took turns getting ready for our guests, who were due at 3pm. You would not believe how organized everything was! There was a lot of teamwork happening, and everything went quite smoothly. I have posted pictures of our day in the photo album, so just click on the picture to see them:

John’s parent’s were here, and soon afterwards Father Orthell arrived. John’s grandparents and their son and his girlfriend arrived a bit late, as did John’s uncle. It all worked out though because we ate in “shifts” and so it wasn’t too crowded around the table.

We had some nice conversations, and it was really nice to have a priest here. We were able to turn in the vestments to him. We gave him the purple and the white vestments. They looked amazing, and we will probably get some pictures of Father wearing them this Sunday after Mass.

After dinner John’s uncle played the guitar while John played the violin and Ivy danced around. It was such a warm moment, which you will see in the video below.

A Pilgrim Story

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This past Thursday Ivy was joined by her friend Amelia at ballet class. They did “A Pilgrim Story”. Since we aren’t home, I am just posting a couple of pics and one non-edited video. I know, I never did post Pocahontas but that is probably going to have to wait until we return. If you are wondering what they are doing in the video, they are churning butter!
Passing the basket of vegetables around

Passing the basket of vegetables around-There's Naomi playing the role of Squanto!

Amelia and Ivy with the harvest basket

Amelia and Ivy with the harvest basket

 I am also including 2 pictures that I forgot to include from Violet’s pseudo-birthday. Yes, today is actually Violet’s birthday! But you are going to have to wait until tomorrow to get any pictures.

I think Ivy totally looks like Marcela in this picture

I think Ivy totally looks like Marcela in this picture

Ok this is a one if pretty funny, but its the only pic I could get with both of them looking at the camera!

Ok this one if pretty funny, but its the only pic I could get with both of them looking at the camera!

 Check back tomorrow for pictures of Violet’s birthday. Sara is baking red velvet cupcakes!

Safe and Sound in MO!

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Well, we are here in Missouri aka Mo. The flight yesterday wasn’t too bad, although the 6:30AM departure time meant that we had to wake up at 3:30AM. Painful to say the least- especially since I didn’t get to bed until 1:30AM the night before. And Violet woke up at 2:30.

Anyway, I was a little worried about flying with a very squirmy 1 year old. But fortunately, right when she would get super squirmy she would actually get sleepy and nap. Which is probably why she was squirmy to begin with.

Sara picked us up at the airport and Ivy and Violet invaded Henry’s room the second we got here and proceeded to destroy the peace and order of Sara’s home.

 

Then Sara and I abandoned our children with our husbands and made a trip to the grocery store. We felt so light and unencumbered without the babies, it was weird. Here are Sara and I this morning:

Sara is totally spoiling us by baking for us. Today she made apple bread, which is delicious!

I took a little video, this was the scene at the Carter house yesterday afternoon:

Ivy’s 3 Year Well Check

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Today I took Ivy to the doctor for her 3 year old well check. Everything looks good, she is healthy. I asked about whether its possible to predict a child’s height and she said yes. So she did some calculations based on our height as parents, and came up with 5’9″! I asked how accurate it was and she said usually within a couple of inches, so she is figuring 5’7″ to 5’9″.

But it should not have come as a surprise, because she plotted Ivy’s height and weight, and she is in the 95th percentile for weight (meaning 5% of kids are her weight at this age- she is 38lbs), and over 100th percentile in height! I say “over” 100th percentile, because she was totally off the charts at almost 40 inches!

Anyway, its kinda crazy that a baby that was small enough to fit in my belly is now that big! But I feel all sorts of proud and puffed up at how healthy she is, hehe.