Monday, October 30, 2006

Eleven months old

Isabella is eleven months old today! Each month, I have been taking a picture of her next to her teddy bear to progress her growth. These pictures have become increasingly more difficult to take as it is impossible to keep her still, especially when she sees the camera. Right after I snapped this picture, she practically slid herself right off the chair. Lately, Isabella has been babbling a lot. I still don't think she's said any "real" words but she does sound pretty competent in some foreign language that I don't recognize. It looks like her two top teeth are just about to come in. I think I can see them just under the gums. Her appearance is really going to change once those two teeth come in. These past eleven months with Isabella have been such a joy. We love playing with her and are so blessed to be her parents.

Weekend Visit

My mom and youngest sister, Lori, drove out to see us for a long weekend visit. They arrived on Thursday night and left Sunday morning. On Friday, we decided to take a spontaneous trip to New York City. The day was fun and exhausting. The crowds were crazy and I'm sure that we must have walked miles while we were there, but it was really fun to see all the sights.

Isabella is all ready to go
One of the first spots we visited was Ground Zero. The area across the street, behind the fences, is where the two towers used to be. It's such a huge open area now.
This is, what I assume, the temporary 9/11 memorial until they solidfy plans for a permanent memorial.
The fences are covered with photographs and a timeline of events from 9/11. A homeless man sat along the fence and played 'Amazing Grace' with his flute. The music really contributed to the somber scene before us.
We also made it to the more lively areas like Time Square and Broadway. Here is me with Lori.
Isabella just soaked it all in. She was such a good girl throughout the whole day.
Here we are on another busy street in New York City. Amazingly, Isabella is asleep in this picture.
Me, my mom, and Lori in Central Park. The picture turned out a little blurry.
We ate dinner at TGI Friday's. The restaurant has four floors and we ate on the top floor. Never, have I needed to take an elevator inside of a restaurant.

All in all, we had a very fun time; but we were very thankful to get back to Pennsylvania, to our quiet apartment, and relax a little. On Saturday, we shopped and ate on Main Street, ordered a pizza at night, and watched a movie. We definitely needed a more subdued day after our busy day on Friday.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Our Little Lion

Shortly after he found out we were pregnant, my brother Jeff purchased a Halloween costume for our baby. This was months before Isabella was born and we had no idea if she was going to be a boy our girl. Last Halloween, Andy and I looked at the costume, still on the hanger, and imagined what our baby would look like dressed in it. We finally got our opportunity. Here's our little lion... (be prepared, there's lots of pics)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Scrapbook Pages

Journaling reads: "No one ever said that getting a good picture of three young children was an easy task, especially when two of the children were six months old or younger. Each of you is so cute though, that any picture of the three of you is a good picture."

Journaling reads "A little curious? That would be an understatement. When we took you to the pumpkin farm, I envisioned taking pictures of you smiling amongst all the pumpkins. As it turned out, there was no smiling or sitting still. There was, however, a lot of exploring the shape, texture, and even taste [you snuck some mashed pumpkin into your mouth] of the pumpkins. The setting was just too captivating to stop for pictures."

Monday, October 23, 2006

Trip to the Pumpkin Farm

Saturday was a pretty nice day, so we decided to take Isabella to the pumpkin farm. We had never been to this particular farm before and, true to our fashion, we got lost trying to find it. By the time we got there, it was probably time for Isabella to go down for another nap. I say "probably" because Isabella's schedule was pretty thrown off on Saturday. That morning, I nearly freaked out when I rolled over and looked at the clock that read 9:12am! Isabella usually wakes up around 7/7:30am. I ran to her room to make sure she was OK to find her sleeping peacefully. I did, however, wake her up with my booming entrance into her room. This extra sleep in the morning kind of threw her whole nap schedule off that day. Anyway, so we arrived at the pumpkin farm and she was in an OK mood. I had visions of getting really cute pictures of her smiling in the pumpkin patch but that really didn't happen. She was so curious about everything. We could barely get her to sit still let alone look at the camera; and in the brief moments when she would look at the camera, she wasn't giving us smiles. Regardless, we still had a good time.

This is the only picture with her smiling
Studying the pumpkin

Always on the go

Checking out another pumpkin

Daddy attempting to get her to sit still for a picture

The whole family - she's not too amused hereTaking in all the scenery

Johnny Appleseed

Looks like she wore herself out

More pics from the week

If you look closely, you can see that she's clicking her tongue.
She does this a lot.

Standing in her favorite spot: the coffee table in the living room

Having a heart to heart with Daddy

Adding a few notes to the melody Mommy is playing

I can't remember the last time I played through a whole song.
Inevitabely, Isabella always ends up playing with me.
She loves to pound on the keys.

Examining her new pumpkin

Even though she has a basket full of toys behind her, Isabella
is more fascinated by the lid to Mommy's Starbucks drink.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Fall Break

Andy didn't have any classes this past week due to Fall Break. This gave him a great chance to get some work done on his Credo which is a 25-30 page paper where Andy discusses his theology on things like the Trinity, the Church, Humanity, etc. It's a pretty big deal and will be referenced a lot in his ordination review process. He made some good headway on it this past week but still has a lot of work to do. For the next few days, he'll have to put the Credo aside to study for his Greek midterm on Wednesday. Sounds like fun, huh?

I have a story to share about Isabella. . .

Our little girl developed a slight diaper rash. The last time this happened, we gave her some naked time to air her butt out and the rash went away pretty quickly. This rash wasn't too bad, but we figured we'd do the same thing. I had to wipe away a few puddles (I felt like I was following a dog around) but it was easy clean-up since most of our floors are wooden. Right before bedtime, we were playing in Isabella's bedroom. I was just about to get her into her pajamas but had to run and check something in our bedroom across the hall. I was gone for about 30 seconds max and I could hear her playing the whole time. Guess what I saw when I came back into her room . . . you guessed it . . . poop . . . everywhere!!! I should have known better and it was my own fault. She was giving me some pretty good toots just before. I came in to find Isabella smearing poo into the rug and picking it up with her hands and squishing it between her fingers. There was even poop on her toys. I immediately scooped her up and clean her off. Then I spent some time trying to get the poop out of the rug. We just purchased this rug a week ago. I was hoping to keep it nice for a little longer than that. Oh well, nobody ever said that having kids was good on the furniture. I cleaned it up as best as I could and then got Isabella into the tub. What a messy night!

Here's what else our girl has been up to. . .

Patiently waiting to get picked up after naptime

Cruising along the furniture

Uh-oh! Cough potato!

Her mouth is still the preferred method of transporting objects

When did she get teeth?

Let's hope her real teeth come in a little nicer

It's hard to tell in the picture, but Isabella woke up from her nap with a mohawk!
The tongue always comes out when Bella's on a mission
What a happy baby!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Cute girl and messy meals

This week is kind of a blur to me. I can't seem to remember what we did. My mind has been so focused on Payton and her family (if you don't know what I'm talking about, see the post below titled, "A time to mourn. . . "). A nerve has been struck in me regarding Payton's passing and it's something that I have to deal with. I've been writing down a lot in my personal journal and I still have a lot of processing to do. I think there is a lot that God wants to show me through this.

Isabella is starting to cruise along the furniture. She used to just pull up on the couch or coffee table and stay put. Now she's moving from the table to the couch to a different table. She's not too fast yet, but is definitely getting around. She has also started making a "puh puh puh" sound when she's not quite happy. It's hard to describe. Maybe I'll try to get a video of it. Even though it's not really a happy sound, it's still cute.

We've been taking lots of walks this week due to the nice weather. A new coffee shop is opening up down the street. We are really excited about this. We have been looking for a good spot ever since we moved here over two years ago. It's finally arrived! Too bad we're heading out in the spring, but it will be nice in the mean time.

Here are some pics from the week. . .

This is what she does while I'm cooking
Trying to drink out of Daddy's cup
Helping Mommy with the laundry
Messy meals - ravioli and peas
This time it's spaghetti
Yummy spaghetti!
Did we ever mention that Isabella loves cheese, cause she does. I mean loves it. I think she would be content to have just cheese at every meal. Even though she was born in PA, she is faithful to her Wisconsin roots!