Sunday, September 27, 2009

Let sleeping babies lie.

My little sister is very good at sleeping.  We have lots of photos of Grace sleeping.  Photos of her sleeping at various angles...

and even group photos with Grace sleeping.

But sometimes she's wide awake...

Meanwhile I've been having fun doing things like playing playdough and dipping Grandma's homemade snickerdoodle cookies in milk...

sitting around outside in my camp chair eating the last blueberry popsicle of the summer...

and best of all  I finally got to hold my little sister Grace!!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

So busy with baby Grace

Everyone is so excited about my new baby sister Grace. This week Grandma Terri, Grandpa Tom and Uncle Ryan all came to visit us and to meet Grace for the first time. It was nice to see them and they all spent a lot of time with me while Mom and Dad took care of Grace.

Here's a photo of Grace in her car seat on the way home from the hospital. I let her borrow my old car seat blanket that I got when I was a baby.

Everybody seems to want to hold Grace.

Grandpa Tom...

Uncle Ryan..

and Grandma Terri...

I haven't held her myself, but I've helped quite a bit.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Welcome home Baby Sister!

Welcome home baby sister Grace! She was born Sept 22nd at 12:21 am, weighing 7 lbs 5 oz and 20 inches long. We're so excited that she came home from the hospital. Mom noticed the contractions around 9:00, but they weren't particularly disconcerning off the bat. Eventually Mom and Dad woke me up and took me to Val and Ray's house that evening at around 11:20. They were diverted from OHSU (their hospital) to Providence. Turns out Providence was a bit closer and that was a lucky thing! They arrived at the hospital and got in to the labor and delivery around 11:45... next thing you know ... Grace was on her way! They hadn't even checked in properly before the nurse said "that's the baby!" and called in the nearest midwife and other nurses who made it in just in time to catch her on the way out! I stayed with Val, Ray and Joaquin until Grandma arrived that evening. They were so sweet and wonderful to me... we got chocolate croissants and played in the yard! We stopped by to bring dinner, a beautiful quilt, and visit Baby Sister Grace, Mom and Dad at the hospital before heading home with Grandma. The next day, Grandma and I had a great day together getting things organized. Uncle Ry came in that afternoon and that night the whole family came home! Everyone has been so wonderful and helpful, making this transition smooth, beautiful and surrounded by love and fun.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Hanging out with my pals!

We're still getting sporatic veggies from our garden.... including this awesome zucchini! This Wednesday, Daddy, Alice and I got to stay up late and play at Alice's house while the Moms (Robyn, Val and Mommy) went out for a gals night at Cartopia. They had their fill of fried pies and french fries while we played in the playhouse and had a great evening! I love spending time with Alice. We actually ran into them again for a little bit on Friday at the park too! Daddy got our solatube installed and it is fantastic! He had to cut a hole in the roof, which was a bit stressful, but in the end we love it... it improves the living room a ton. On the nesting front... we (Daddy) also cleaned out the garage this weekend! Talk about an improvement, we're getting ready for hunkering down for some quality new sister time and fall. Friday and Saturday were largely dedicated to running errands and taking care of things around the house. Sunday we actually had some fun planned and had blueberry scones for breakfast with Val and Joaquin! I ate a two! We then headed out for a morning of play at the park. We had a great time running in circles (a lot) and playing on all of the play structures. You would think that I would have crashed for a great nap afterwards, but was too hyped up on fun and scones. Oh well. Instead, Daddy and I made some zucchini bread... with "chocolick" chips Sooo yummy! After some more time cleaning the garage, we had a little t-ball time in the back yard. All in all, a busy and great day! We're waiting patiently for little-sister to make her appearance. We'll let you know!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A quiet week

Well, summer seems to be back for a little encore... which we were all thankful for. We've been taking care of stuff around the house (carpet cleaning, new water heater...) and hanging around home! Dad and I did get out fishing over Labor Day... well, really just playing with the bait and kayaking around Smith and Bybee lake. It was pretty cool, lots of birds and a beaver dam and den, just too many weeds for fishing.This weekend the folks and I went to the Home and Garden show... where there was also a big group from the humane society so I go to spend a lot of time with tons of cute little kitties (I'm bound to be a cat person... I love little kittens) and a few puppies. I had a great morning then when I woke up from nap, had a fever. Dad stayed home with me while Mom went to help Val celebrate finishing her PhD... Congratulations Val! I would have typically been extremely excited to spend the afternoon with Val and family, but I was feeling pretty low, so just stayed and watched a movie with Daddy. Luckily, this morning I was right as rain again. Just to play it safe, we had a low-key day. Mom tried to get some work done, while Dad and I ran errands at all of the electronics stores in the areas. Though apparently Frys is not where you get french fries... I was a little confused, so Dad picked some up for me afterward. The afternoon was just spent puttering around the yard and picking two more pumpkins as well as digging up the last of our potatoes. I also helped Dad put our garage back together... its getting there.
Just thought a simple week would be a good time to document what I'm up to these days. I like hedgehogs, pirates and kittens and often pretend to be each in turn. I am really good on my bike these days and love to peddle up and down the sidewalk. I try to drag a total of three (or four) blankies around the house... Big blue, little blue, yellow and green... along with my stuffed lion, bear-bear, orca, and bunny. I grab them all to throw in Mom and Dad's bed first thing in the morning when I want to crawl in and cuddle before we have to get up. I'm increasingly helpful around the house and will sometimes help get the napkins out for dinner or help Mommy make my bed. I love to help in the kitchen, garage and garden... digging is the best of course. I love to talk with baby sister in Mommys belly and am facinated that she stands on her head all day long. Favorite foods? Other than sweets, who knows... but am not all that fond of tomatoes... just like my Uncle Ry. Speaking of whom... Congratulations on the new house Uncle Ry!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

settling back in

After a few weeks of tons of fun visitors, we're settling down a bit and just enjoying the last tidbits of summer and appreciating fall as it comes and goes around here and getting things in order for baby sister's arrival. My pumpkins are getting ready to pick... actually most (three of the four) look perfect, so Mom finally let me pick one. I was so excited to enjoy it in a curry (well, except for actually cutting it up, that was a little sad)... isn't it a cutie :)

We had a good week of sunshine and a weekend of rain... serious rain. However, we didn't let that deter us too much. Saturday Daddy and I made a huge batch of my favorite pancakes, I was so helpful and ate at least five! It was pouring all morning and I was a little bit tired from staying up way too late the night before, so spent most of the day just hanging around home.
That evening we headed up to the zoo to see "Oregon! Oregon!" a sequicentennial play bracketed by two little concerts, one was teh 234 army band and (mom's favorite) Pink Martini!
It was thankfully not raining (after serious downpours all morning), and we enjoyed a picnic dinner with good friends. We almost lasted through the whole thing, but I had a little accident and we had to leave a bit early... however it was lots of fun (in spite of the impaired view... we could see all of the actors only from the neck down), funny songs and a gigantic beaver.
Mostly I was thrilled to hang out with my friends Joaquin, Val, Ray and Li Fong... it seems like it had been a long long time since we spent lots of quality time with them, so that was great.

Today we headed to Hood River. It was a pretty, though sprinkly day and a beautiful drive.
Had a great lunch of BBQ once we got there, and Mom and Dad topped it off with a yummy peach cobbler, which I refused... until it was all gone, then really wanted some. Mostly I was distracted with all of the weird bugs roaming a nearby log. We then headed over to Rasmussen Farms and picked up a load of apples and Daddy braved a horizontal rainstorm to pick us some pretty roma tomatoes.
He had the camera, otherwise, Mom, who was standing in disbelief inside watching him get whipped around by the wind and the rain as he hauled inside 23lbs of tomatoes would have snapped some shots. We picked our apples up inside.
This afternoon was spent putting up some apples for pies... I was super helpful with the apple-peeler-corer-slicer and canning the tomatoes up.