Saturday, December 29, 2007

Annie's House

After months of begging to go to Annie's house, the day finally dawns.

Literally moments before Elspeth christened her brand new car seat by getting car sick all over herself (poor kid).
Sofia and Adwen renew their acquaintance.
Sof demonstrates what a fussy baby she is, by smiling the whole time we are there.
Ella's dress has been washed and returned and the cousins pose in their matching "Mini Mouse Dresses."
Although most shots come out more like this. Squirrely as these two are together.

Henn Family Christmas

The "Pink Monster" is born.

Ella checks the tree out during a rare moment not begging for presents.

All the grandkids (to date) with Mamgu and Dactu.
Ella and Esther-Faith are fixated on 64 purple crayons.
Isaiah and Isaac are still good natured despite the roughly 7,842 hugs their aunt Tracy has forced on them in under 24 hours.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Bragging Rights


Elspeth's Christmas list (as dictated to Mommy this morning in the bath):
1 - Boxes
2 - Books
3 - Boats
4 - Boots
5 - Wash clothes (note she was in the bath at this time)
6 - Soap
7 - Snapping Clams (what concerns me is that she said "more snapping clams" and I want to know where she is keeping the first batch)

Life Lessons Learned from Mickey Mouse:

You can always use a pogo stick.

Thursday, December 20, 2007


So many things you don't consider when your first child comes into your life. You try to imagine what it will feel like the first time she calls you Mommy, or how you will feel when she starts school, or finishes it, but you really can't imagine all the experiences your child will take you through in her life.
It was one of these pleasant surprises when we realized that Elspeth had her first hero. She began to be a perfect parrot of Ms. Chrissie the head teacher in Elspeth's toddler room. We would laugh each evening about the ways Elspeth would mimic her beloved teacher (includind a day where Chrissie gave up, let Elspeth sit at the head of the class and "read" a book to the group). While Chrissie's words were often taken out of context, we laughed constantly when we would hear them come out of our daughter's mouth ("Very sad choices Daddy, very sad."). There was absolutely NO hiding from us what happened through any given day as Elspeth would work so hard to recreate every statement out of her hero's mouth.
While Elspeth has moved on to rooms designed for bigger kids, she still loves Chrissie (and so do we!) begging us to have her over constantly. While we never thought about the people that would one day be Elspeth's hero when we brought her into the world, Jeremy and I would not re-write this chapter in our daughter's life.
We only hope Addie does half so well as her sister.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Dance Dance Revolution

After celebrating Hanukkah at a friend's house, the WII was powered up and the DDR matt came out.

Robin and Ethan are having a great time, note the WII control in Robin's hand.
Elspeth thought the trick was to be holding something in your hand so she grabbed a book (she had no clue what to do but was very competitive about it).Ethan and Elspeth burned off large amounts of energy hopping up and down in front of the screen. They had more fun than anyone who actually played the game.

We finally put them on the matt. I was amazed that their hopping about got a few perfects until we all noticed Jeff's foot on the left arrow "helping" them out. They managed to finish all their songs, showing up Rob who got booed off the stage every time he was up!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Addie's First Christmas Present to Us

She slept through the night with no major screaming. Not once did she wake the entire household with her screams of (roughly translated) "The Baby is ON HER TUMMY! Do YOU HEAR ME? The BABY IS ON HER TUMMY, and does NOT wish to BE THERE ANYMORE!!!"

The small things in life give us such joy as parents, and a quiet night is priceless. I am hopeful that my amazing flipping over baby will soon master flipping back to her back when she is done on her tummy.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Confessions of a Bone Weary Mom

I never really got the concept of blood curdling scream until I met Adwen.

Monday, December 3, 2007

First Annual Mommy-Daughter Baking Day

Making Daddy's favorite cookies!

Sharing with Mommy.
Trying one of Daddy's cookies, just to make sure they are OK.

Love my Daddy Cookie