(It should be obvious, but yes, we're still catching up.) Look how little James was! I'm thinking these were from 10 or 11 months old, because that's when he grew out of the bumbo. But anyway, baby-led weaning worked out really well the second time around, too.
Frozen blueberries are still a favorite. There was a recent Slate article with the title "Your Kale-eating Baby Does Not Impress Me," so it seemed somewhat timely again. Just for the record, my baby-led babies have shunned kale (and avocado, which kills me), but they are generally good (if ridiculously messy) eaters.
For the past two years, we've given homemade calendars with handprint and footprint art of the kids as gifts to the grandparents. If anyone out there is looking for a fun, cheap, and relatively easy kid-made gift, I'd highly endorse this one.
I got the idea from my Aunt Lana, who gives a similar gift to her daycare parents and then just browsed Google Images for ideas. By decorating the front with markers, we didn't have to wait for it to dry to do the page on the opposite side.
The penguins are one of my favorite.
February is handprint grass and fingerprint flowers. The handprint hearts that we tried for valentines didn't work out very well.
March is a rather thick-necked giraffe. There were lots of ideas for animals like this - lions, elephants, dinosaurs, etc.
The robins for May might actually be my favorite.
June. We are big Dr. Seuss fans around here. And the kids certainly are wild.
Handprint fish for July. When I did the marker embellishments last year, I accidentally did my mom's so that the fish were upside down.
August is a footprint rocketship. Amelie really liked having her foot painted.
The hungry, hungry caterpillar seemed fitting for September. Amelie's hand is the head and antenae and James's handprints made the body and legs. Their feet are pretty obviously different, but it's harder to tell with the hands.
November has got to be the classic turkey.
December is a footprint Rudolph. Amelie did a thumbprint to make his red nose, too.
One change I made this year was to include the next January at the end. Mostly because it's hard to make appointments around the end of the year without a place to write them down, but also because there were so many ideas for art for the season. These are thumbprint lights.
I got the whole thing spiral-bound at Kinko's for less than $5 in about 10 minutes (parking and lugging two kids around downtown is a slightly different story).
Oh, my, I have a backlog of pictures to upload. It's become so daunting that I might just post a bunch of boring pictures of the kids opening presents. The right-before-Christmas post went up quite a while ago.
Our friend Caitlin S got Amelie this lovely coat last Christmas, and we got another year's use out of it.
Christmas Eve. James may or may not have taken the candle we were supposed to light at the end of the service and pitched it over the heads of the people in the row in front of us. I took that as a sign that we were not meant to participate in the actual lighting.
Amelie at the unity tree.
Here they are opening presents Christmas morning. The squeezy pouch of strawberry applesauce and the balloon were the biggest hits by far.
James stopped going through his stocking when he reached this goldmine. Fruit in a pouch!
Both kids were up by 5am on Christmas morning. (That's why all of the pictures are so dark! It was still dark!)
The chocolate mouse might have been a close second.
No wait, balloons.
More presents. We really didn't get them very many.
James needed a little help. Thanks to Emily S for the fishing toy!
Sam got me a new blue robe. (There's my old blue robe on the arm of the couch.) Thanks to Shauna for the purple monkey toy. He loves it!
Amelie wanted one of the $2 bottles of individual juice by the produce. Sam said we weren't going to get that kind because they cost a lot of money. Amelie's reply? "We have a lot of money." Bwahahahaha.
We were reading The Twits by Rohl Dahl and came to the part where Mr. Twit wants to make a boy pie. Amelie jumped up off the bed, hid behind the curtain, and said, "I think we should skip a few pages." So we did.
Amelie was saying something in the double stroller, so I stopped it and walked around where I could see and hear her to ask what it was. She replied, "I'm just talking to myself."
I made James a banana-almond milk-honey-tahini smoothie for breakfast and Amelie wanted to know what the ingredients were, so I told her, and she asked, "What was that last word again?"
We came down to the bootheel to visit my mom since Sam had a conference in New Orleans. He asked Amelie if she'd miss him while we were gone, and she reasoned, "No, because Nana Jana and Aunt Holly and Grandma Doris will be there."