Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Last of 2007

Christmas Eve: The cousins enjoying a bowl of frozen blueberries before heading off to bed.

Christmas morning. The most adored present in the place. And it wasn't Lucy's!

Christmas afternoon. The only way to get her to smile was to include a lollypop in the photo.

Projects. Lucy loves nothing more than projects and a screwdriver. Finally, the laundry room is getting the addition of cabinets which will now make it my studio/laundry room. Then, I can finally unpack all my studio stuff. It's been in boxes since March!

Stay tuned in 2008...

Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas!

As you can see, Lucy is very excited for Santa to come with lots of presents!

In other exciting news, Lucy got her cast off on Wednesday. She's taken long luxurious baths each day since and is very happy to have her pink friend gone.

Happy Holidays to everyone. Our holiday card is a little late this year, as we've all been sick, sick and sick. Look for it remarketed as a Happy New Year card.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Still Tickin

Thanksgiving was mellow and mild. All enjoyed the visit from Grandma Sue. We were just settling into a late Sunday afternoon at Grandma and Grandpa's when Lucy tripped and fell in the kitchen. When the crying lasted a little longer than usual and she played, but without using her right arm, we suspected an injury. One fairly quick visit to the local childrens emergency care station and this is what we came home with:

First xrays, then a splint for two days. Then on Tuesday morning a full cast.

Poor child broke both the bones in her right arm and will have the cast for at least 3.5 weeks. After that, she may still need a smaller cast for another week. All things considered, it hasn't slowed her down a bit. It's like everyone says - kids are incredibly resilient and adaptive. Now our biggest challenges are to find shirts to fit over the cast. And, to bath a dirty two year old without getting the cast even the wee teeniest bit wet. Any suggestions?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Halloween '07

As I gather my belongings for an out of town weekend without Ken and Lucy, I leave you with a few holiday photos. Lucy gives Halloween and CANDY CANDY CANDY CANDY CANDY CANDY CANDY a big high five.

And her version of Trick Or Treat = Cracker Treat.

An ode to Grandma!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Ponys and Bugs

The first ponytail

Ladybugs invade neighborhood Halloween party

The little bug, always running away. We see lots of her back these days.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Photo Backlog

This is what life is like with Lucy. Always in motion, motion, motion

We went to a small local outdoor concert. Lucy had a blast, and so of course did we.

My lastest inspiration is the stage the band played on.

This is how Lucy feels about most hugs. But, she enjoys playing with her new friend.

The lake only a few blocks from our house. A few very hilly blocks, but it's still close. So close, that we may be drinking out of this hole if it doesn't rain around here soon.

The favorite new backpack.

Lucy created this stack of blocks all on her own. She's a block stacking master.

More original creations

And lastly, it should be noted in BOLD, that most, if not all photos are taken by Dad.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Same Blog, New Look

Now that things have settled down here slightly, I decided to spice things up at Baby Coffee. And by spice things up, I mean, let's try this out as a photo blog. And what I mean by photo blog is, more photos, less words. And all that could come out of this trial is more postings and less procrastination. Let's try it out -when blogger fixes some big problem it is currently having. The one day I decided to start a photo blog, I get the following error:

Unable to upload photo. We are aware of this problem and currently working on a fix

Maybe on Tuesday I won't be sabotaged? Stay tuned!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Lucy's thoughts

How can I get my hands on that camera? Someday, it will happen. I've been close, but I'm not fast enough yet. I need to continue my sprints training.

Finally, the box of 64 REAL crayons. I'm so over the fat and washable ones. Elmo's face needs some green, to offset the red.

What are you looking at?

No, really - what are you looking at? It's only 85 degrees outside. These are the new ATL trendz.

Cut it out, you are making me laugh. I'm gonna have to hurt you.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Happy Birthday To All

To start the posting today, I have two hysterical (well, at least we think so) videos of Lucy showing off her counting and alphabet abilities at the dinner table. For the latter part of the summer, dinner always came after the pool, and thus Lucy was only clad in a diaper. This also helped with the dirty clothes factor, since we'd just throw her in the tub and rinse off the dinner grime all over her body.

For your viewing pleasure:

Summer is officially over in Atlanta since our local pool is now closed. We went swimming for the last time on Saturday and it was chilly! A cool 80. Lucy didn't swim much and preferred to eat snacks and run around the pool watching the big kids do dives in the deep end.

On Sunday we had a birthday party for our Virgo family members, which include my father, 9/13, the twins who turned four on 9/16, and Lucy who will turn TWO on 9/19! It was like Christmas with all the presents and wrapping paper. We hosted the event in our home, and although it was a bit cramped with all the presents and cakes and people and toys, it was still a nice first gathering at the new house. We feel lucky to be able to celebrate all the Atlanta birthdays together with people ranging in age from 2 - 91!

Grass needs to be mowed, no matter what the occasion, or attire.

Cake - not so much. For Lucy, it's ALL ice cream (the soy kind), ALL the time. She asks for it at least once a day.

A rare moment with the Holy Grail.

The two cakes. One in honor of Teagan, Ramsey and Grandpa. The other, for Lucy without eggs, milk, or nuts. She of course didn't care for cake and just wanted ice cream.

The twins playing in the sand box we made for Lucy's birthday. Notice, Lucy is nowhere to be seen. She prefers to play in the pile of 'run off' sand at the bottom of the drive way.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

All Done

I know, it's been a long time. I've been feeling guilty, really guilty, for not updating the blog. Sometimes I forget that no one even reads this blog except grandparents. And maybe the occasional pervert who stumbles upon the blog in the middle of the night while surfing every last page of the internet. So really, I shouldn't feel guilty.

We are somewhat settled into the new house and Lucy has adjusted to her new home. The first few days she wanted to leave and would shout her favorite two mantras - "GO GO GO GO" and "ALL DONE ALL DONE ALL DONE", while trying to bust out the front door. She loves her new play room and spends lots of time counting blocks in there. She's always asking to go 'stairs - downstairs'.

Our first days in the new house were also filled with two plumbing leaks, faulty wiring that burned (with smoke and fire) two brand new Bosch dryers, a painter who just about destroyed our home with his 'handywork', fights with the home warranty company (we lost), arguments with the inspection company (lost again) and LOTS OF NEW FURNITURE (that made me feel better for being such a loser). After and in between all of that, we've endured the hottest month on record, EVER, for the state of Georgia. Weeks and weeks of 99 and 100+ days (and of course we get extra credit for the humidity factor). To add insult to injury, they start school down here on August 15th, so that means all the pools are closed during the day and don't open until 4pm. I was back to the opposite problem of Minnesota winters, but really the same problem. What to do with an active todller when you can't go outside? Thankfully, we have Grandma and Grandpa's house to explore, as well as many a Home Depot. One of Lucy's latest favorites is to climb on the tractors and pretend she's driving.

Lucy, although in the full throws of toddlerhood and turning two in less than a month, seems to be figuring out her place in the world a little better and happier on the whole.

She's talking LOUDLY and often and if for some reason you don't hear her the first time, she'll repeat it even louder. She enjoys playing in her pretend kitchen and playing with her school bus, house and little people. She jabbers away to herself most of the day and every sentence seems to include the words ALL DONE. Those were her first words and she hasn't stopped saying them yet.
ALL DONE orange
ALL DONE diaper
ALL DONE water

We haven't been able to help ourselves and taken on a few home remodeling projects. One room is missing a ceiling. Several doors have been replaced or are in the garage getting painted. Several lights have been replaced. Ken replumbed the entire laundry room. Carpet has been cleaned or replaced. And a whole host of other things that are even more boring to list than the ones above. Next is a new floor in the laundry room as well as cabinets throughout for more storage. After THAT, we'll embark on the big project, a new garage and screened in porch. And somewhere in there, we need to do some major work on the landscaping of the place. We've really let things go, especially in the back of the house. Demolition has been piling up and we feel Georgia has already started rubbing off on us. Our back yard is truly embarrasing and most days we feel like we are going crazy. We don't get out much, as you can probably see.

One last thing. I had Lucy retested for allergies. She's still allergic, as you can see in these pathetic pictures of her back. Poor kid, to be tested like this, but she really was quite a trooper during the whole process.

Those hives are reactions to the axis of evil: Milk, Eggs and ALL nuts. The eating fun continues...

Oh, all right TWO MORE THINGS, to rid myself of the guilt for not posting in so long. Two videos of Lucy in a bib way too small for her, eating dinner after getting home from the pool (thus no shirt), with stools on the counter in the background (because they are used as a ladder to access anything Lucy can get her hands on). Can she get any cuter?