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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

No tears this year when we visited Santa!

Amelia getting cozy with Santa.

Elaina and Santa... I think she enjoyed the time.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year to everyone! I will be posting pictures of Christmas day, well, after Christmas! Be safe.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Elaina's Halloween Candy

Here are a few pictures of Elaina eating a Hershey's chocolate bar. I think she likes it... what do you think?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Amelia's Comedy Hour

It's four minutes long... but we caught Amelia doing a comedy stand up routine. Enjoy...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Here's the trick or treating video...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Trick or Treat!

Halloween was a blast this year with two trick-or-treaters. We even had Papa in town to help out our Little Rapunzel and Ladybug landing their loot!

Amelia as Rapunzel!

Trick or treat!

Taking treats from Grandpa Jack and Grandma Nancy's bowl.

Amelia and Papa walking to the next house.

What kind of candy are you going to get?

Trick or treat!

Amelia showing Papa all the candy she got.

Little Lady Bug Elaina & Papa

Rapunzel (aka Amelia) & Papa

Tune in a later this week for video!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fashion Models

This past weekend was the semi-annual fashion show at Nordstrom. Here are a few pictures to keep you entertained until Daddy gets a video put together!

Amelia walked down and twirled to her heart's content!

Apparently, Elaina smiled the whole way down the runway.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Exercising with Elaina

Before Elaina was walking... she was showing us the proper way of doing the squat exercise.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Frozen treat

We gave Elaina her first ice pop...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Two Walkers!

First it was Amelia... now Elaina has joined the ranks of a biped!

Elaina took her first steps for Mommy and Daddy on October 9 in the same family room that Amelia took her first steps. It was so thrilling! She started first with standing up by herself and then it transitioned into walking! Now we can't stop her. For now, though she finds crawling a bit faster.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Elaina's 1st Birthday

Sorry this is so late... but for Elaina's first birthday, we took her to the Salem Merry-Go-Round. Elaina had a fantastic time, but Amelia wasn't so sure!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

First birthday weekend

Here are some more pictures from Elaina's first birthday weekend. is not letting me upload any new slideshows (boo hoo), so I've transitioned to picasa. Hopefully the link will work. All you need to do to see the pictures is to CLICK HERE.

If it doesn't work, I will be in search for a new website that allows slideshows!

Monday, September 12, 2011

It's been awhile...

Just a few things... Elaina is now 1! She celebrated her birthday with lots of pomp and circumstance. She went in for her one year check up. She weighed in at 18 pounds, 14 oz and 28.25". She's just a little bigger than Amelia. We go in again for a weight check in another three weeks.

Elaina is now blowing kisses and says "milk," however it sounds more like "mah." We're working on that. She's cruising all over the house and grabbing her walker to walk around the downstairs. She's a little dare devil. One has to constantly watch her. It's so tiring!

Enjoy the slide show... more to come...

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Overnight Trip

For our 9th anniversary, Brad and I decided to play a cruel trick on ourselves... to take the kids on a road trip to Seattle. The day side portion was awesome, however, the nights, not so good.

Thursday morning we left for Seattle for our 3 day, 2 night adventure. We did really well, missing the morning traffic. Then again we were going the opposite direction of where people really wanted to be. The first hour was uneventful. We're still in the process of potty training Amelia, so we made a pit stop near Centralia to use the potty. She did awesome at the rest stop. All was great until we got to I-5 and I-405. Great, lots of traffic. I had forgotten how awful traffic was in Seattle. Bumper to bumper traffic at 12 pm! We finally got to our hotel at 1pm, unpacked, used the potty and took a nap. Then it was on to see our cousins, Jennifer, Eli, Sophie and Gabriel. Traffic sucked. Thank goodness for those HOV lanes. We cruised past a lot of the traffic, not all of it, but a good portion of it. It took us 50 minutes to get from Redmond to Renton, which is normally a 20 minute drive.

Amelia had a blast playing in the pool with Sophie. Even Elaina got in the water.

Sophie & Amelia both wearing Ariel swimsuits!

Drying off in the sun.

Eli, Elaina, Brad and Jennifer


Dinner was great - nothing beats a BBQ! Then it was time to go home. Amelia said she didn't want to go home with us and would rather stay at Sophie's house. Awww!

Let the fun begin. Elaina did not like sleeping in the crib/pack and play. All night long she would wake up in crying fits. I ended up sleeping part of the night sitting up in a chair with Elaina sleeping on my chest. Brad also took a shot at it, pacing up and down before she finally zonked out and slept in the PNP.

Weary and bleary eyed, we woke Friday morning and got ready to head in to Seattle. Our first stop, Seattle Center. We took the kids for their first ride on the monorail, a short jaunt to Westlake Center. From there we headed down to Pike Place Market. We stopped at the Flying Fish, but since Amelia didn't like the smell ("What's that smell?" with an upturned face), we kept walking. We made it down to the waterfront. We stopped at the Seattle Aquarium to look at the fish tank. Then we continued to walk towards Bell St. pier, or Pier 66. There was a big cruise ship docked there... Celebrity Infinity. Oh, how we longed to be boarding that ship. (Brad and I went on a cruise to Alaska and Hawaii on that ship!) After gazing and longing to be on the ship, we headed back up to Pike Place and back to Westlake Center. We stopped briefly to grab some lunch we packed (thanks Fairfield Marriott!) and then hitched a ride back to Seattle Center on the Monorail.

Waiting to ride the Monorail.

Celebrity Infinity

Daddy and Amelia (and a bird in the distance)

Once back at Seattle Center, we walked down to the International Fountain. It was too cold to go playing in it, but we managed to at least get our feet wet! Then it was on to the Space Needle. We had a wonder quick ride to the top and we walked around the top a couple of times before we got tired. Amelia picked out a great souvenier, a Space Needle t-shirt!

At the top of the Space Needle.

Now the girls were tired, so we headed back to the car and they quickly nodded off. Our next stop, UW campus. My, my, that campus has changed. There are so many new buildings, I couldn't believe it. The charm has kind of gone out of the campus. There are so many different facades that it doesn't look like a unified campus.

We made it back to home base around 3:30 pm. We decided to have an early dinner so we could go swimming afterwards. Amelia enjoyed swimming in the pool with Daddy. And Elaina had a blast with Mommy. Too bad the swimming didn't tire Elaina completely, because it was another up-all-night night.

We eventually used the recycle bin as a lid to the trash can. Someone had a poopy diaper, so we stacked the cans on top of each other. Worked like a charm.

Swimming with Daddy.

Saturday we met my friend Sam and his Dad, Bob, for lunch at Red Robin in Renton. That was fun. Chatting it up with old friends is always good. :) Then it was on our way back home. A fast trip, but I am glad to be home... away from the horrible Seattle traffic.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A trip to the park

Amelia, Elaina and I went to the local park on July 7...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Growing so fast

Caught this happening a few weeks ago.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Drawer

Elaina found "the drawer"

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Amelia Ballerina

Amelia got a tutu from Little Miss Muffets and she loves it! Check out facebook and search for Little Miss Muffets if you're interested in a tutu (plus there's more stuff!)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Commando crawl

This is how Elaina's getting round now. Though this video is old... and she's much quicker... and not using her head.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Getting around...

This was taken in May. Come back tomorrow for what she's now doing.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Our Fisherwoman!

Amelia got a princess fishing pole for her birthday. So daddy took her out on Thursday to the local fishing hole (Salish Pond) to do some bank fishing. Let's just say she did AWESOME! She out fished her old man! Daddy got none! They fished for a few hours until Amelia got tired and wanted to take a nap. Daddy said she did great. Now she wants to go on Grandpa's boat and fish.

Practice fishing:

First fish!

Waiting for another bite!

Amelia, Daddy and her three rainbow trout!

Daddy smoked the fish on Saturday and plans to make his famous smoked trout dip!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Father's Day

Father's Day was an interesting "holiday" this year. Brad had to work, so we celebrated by taking him out the night before. Then when he came home from work, we gave him his gifts!

Daddy & his girls

Opening his cards

Here's your gift, Daddy!

A loaf pan to make your banana bread in!

A picture frame from Elaina!