Friday, April 18, 2014

It's finally starting to look like spring

Some photos from Shauna's phone (since I'm still having technical difficulties). We went to the park! And we're all read for spring.

Thank you to Aunt Tara for the lion hoodie for James! (And I grabbed the wrong one for Amelie - it's what James is wearing now, but it was a present from our friend Melissa W two years ago!) Just a little small :)

Friday, April 11, 2014


James protests the tyranny of pants. He did bring me this hat and request that I put it on him, though.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

18 Months Old

James is a year and a half old!

We had his 18-month doctor's appointment a little bit ago.

Vital statistics (percentiles calculated with this chart):
Height: 31 inches (15th percentile)
Weight: 23.6 pounds (20th percentile)
Head Circumference: 48 centimeters (58th percentile)

Sam and I sat down to make a list of words that James could say before his appointment, and we had to keep adding to it throughout the week. I guess that means James is starting his big language leap already after a long period of just having a handful of words. He's making some two-word sentences, like "I stuck!" and "Dada, sit!"


Nana (banana)
Boop (book)
Baba (baby)
Ca (car)


Thank you!


All Done

Here's a list of the body parts he knows:
  • Mouth
  • Teeth
  • Head
  • Ear
  • Eye
  • Cheek?
  • Belly Button
  • Foot
  • Nose
  • Head
And some other things James is doing right now:
  • Running everywhere (it's especially fun to run away from Mama)
  • Climbing
  • Trying to jump 
  • Copying everything Amelie does
  • Looking through books
  • Throwing things
  • Dragging his baby doll everywhere
  • Directing where everyone should sit
  • Pretending to eat and pretending to feed us
  • Dancing
  • Singing (he tries to sing the alphabet with us and says "Whinny Pooh Whinny Pooh" whenever Amelie sings the song)
  • Absolutely insisting upon using a fork and spoon (I may or may not have put a bite-size piece of pizza on a spoon the other day.)
Here's the link to Amelie's 18-month appointment for comparison purposes:

I took pictures, but they're stuck on the camera. I'll update when I can get them off.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Snowsuits and Things

More fun animation from the Google team:

It's blurry, but I liked the contrast between Amelie in her snowsuit and James in his diaper and sun hat. He stayed inside.

Thanks for the 4T coat, boots, and snowsuit, Nana Jana!

Wearing my mittens gives Amelie giant hands!

Friday, March 28, 2014

More Artwork

While we're on the artwork theme, here are some pictures I've taken of the kids' creations. The first 3 are by James:

This one looks really weirdly like a sad bug/helicopter:

And the rest are by Amelie. 

This one I thought looked strangely like India:

Mixed media:


I'm having an inordinate amount of trouble organizing my photos (this is what happens when they get so backlogged.) BUT here are some from when we were snowed in for so long. A big thanks to my friend Cabell for the taping-the-paper-to-the-floor tip.

Look at those sexy legs in the background!

They paint really well together, though there's sometimes some jealousy over the water bowl.

And then my google backup made this fun GIF:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bootheel Christmas 2013

Apparently, I never made a post about visiting the bootheel around Christmas. (And apparently I didn't take very many photos, either!) Here's an unfortunately slightly blurry picture of all of us who got together on my mom's side. We were glad Grandpa Leroy got to come home from the nursing home for the big gathering.

(Across the back, starting from the left): Uncle Darrin, Cousin Cameron, Grandma Doris, Grandpa Leroy, Cousin Josie, Aunt Tara, Nana Jana, Aunt Cheryl, Uncle Kerry, Uncle Ken, Cousin Bradley, Aunt Jess, Cousin Brad, Baby Hayes.
(Front row, from left): Aunt Lana, Cousin Darri, Oli (the dog), Amelie, Aunt Holly, Brittany, Great-Aunt Helen, Sam, James, Crystal, Cousin Layla.

James and his second cousin Hayes are just about the same size:

Well, at least all 4 of them are in the frame in this one! Hayes looks a little suspicious.

More cousins! Can you believe how big these two are getting?

Amelie and her cousin Josie were wild things! (They're just about the same size, too.)

And Holly worked on the scrapbook, as usual.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Playing the Piano

Always a fun activity. (I think these are from Christmas!)