Thursday, January 22, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cookie Monster!!!

I Love Cookies!! Well they are wheat crackers but she thinks they are cookies!!
We had a little inauguration celebration after dinner last night!! Since our invite to the ball was lost in the mail we had to make do.Obama cupcakes!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Lily is 6 mos old!

Lily is now 6 months old and had her doctors appointment Friday. She weighs 16 lbs 4 ounces (50%) is 26 inches long ( 75%) and her head has caught up at 42 cm (50%). She has been working on sitting on her own and has figured out how to blow raspberries which is her new favorite thing. She might have learned this from Uncle E. Sorry I did not edit the video so it is not entirely enthralling but you get the idea. Her favorite thing is still Winston although he could take her or leave her unless she has food. She is eating well and is hoping to get some cheerios her way soon. Her tear duct is still blocked so we will be seeing a pediatric opthomologist in the next few weeks to see if they will need to open it up. So.... all the little tears she has in her pictures are not her crying they are her eye draining because of the blocked duct. Otherwise all is well and she is as happy as can be.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Happy New Year!!! 2009...oh so fine!!

For new years we went to visit my friend Meagan and her husband who live about 3 1/2 hours south/east of Alex's parents house. They live on the coast where the ferry to France is. Meagan and Martin live in the ground floor flat in this building in Folkestone. It is about 2 blocks to the beach and a ten minute walk to the town center. Not bad!!

Lily and Charlie get to meet for the first time!! They love each other. Well, they were somewhat oblivious to the other. Charlie is almost 3 months old and Lily is 6 months. We put the kiddies to bed and then played trivia games until the big apple dropped....oh wait I mean the London fireworks went off at midnight. We watched it on the tele and had hats and poppers and noise makers. Lucky the babes slept through it all!
This looks a little like a boxing match doesn't it?
New years day we went to the zoo nearby. It was really good with lots of gorillas. Lily was actually interested and watched the animals move around. She was still getting over her cold so she wasn't all that perky though, and it was pretty cold out.They had some good lions and a little baby one that sat right at the fence.
Could they be any more bundled up? friends!!
Proud Mums!!
Thanks Meags and Martin and Charlie for hosting us and showing us such a good time!! We miss you!!

Oh and new years resolutions...yes I made some. They are pretty boring. I skipped the whole eat better and exercise ones because they are so cliche and it is always something I need to do. I decided I would try to read one book a month, not some fluff girlie novel but a real novel or biography, classic etc. I am working on Nicholas Nickelby right now. I also decided to clean out the ole closet and give away all clothes that don't fit, and all pants that are too short!! No more floods people!! Let's see anything else? Try to have more patience, communicate better, those sound good too, but not likely. How about take time to smell the roses. Lily is already six months old and time is flying by WAY too fast. I need to put life on slow speed before she is all grown up!! So I am going to try to as Oprah loves to say "be present" and appreciate each little day before she is a year old already!! (I am going to get started on that one right after she gets over this horrible jet lag that has taken my perfect sweet little girl and replaced her with "groucherella". Ugh!! They say it takes a day for every hour of time change so I have to live through 8 days of this?!!! )

Thanks for humouring me for a year of blogging and if I put to many pictures of Lily or drone on about her I am sorry I can't help myself. I love to hear about how each of you are doing so start a blog of your own (Jenny and Ryan...well done you are ahead of the game). That could be your new years resolution and trust me, it is easy!!

Happy 2009!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Oxford Fun!

Alex and I got to spend an afternoon to ourselves in Oxford while G&G England watched the Lill. We had a great time walking the streets of Oxford and window shopping.So beautiful (very chilly though). We have been to Oxford several times before but it is always fun.
Yummy Pasty's (pastry shell pocket filled with meats, veg, sauce etc.) We didn't have one but thought Robbin would appreciate a snapshot.

Ahhhhh....the good ol Pret. They need to get these in America STAT!! It is just a sandwich shop but very fast and fresh and unique. We stopped for lunch.
This is Alex's old school. It is an all boys private school. His dad and granpa went there as well. It is not a wizard school, it just looks "potter-esque" Alex did not stay over but it is a boarding school. Beautiful campus though.

Christmas in England!!

Packing for England!! Lily did great on the flight out there. She slept most of the flight in the bassinet and we were upgraded to traveler plus so had plenty of leg room!! The flight home, not so great, coach, no bassinet, baby on the lap for 10 hours, but she did great so we can't complain. Although the smell of delicious food in roomy business class wafted back to us.......some day when we win the lottery!!
Santa Came!!!! These are Lily's Christmas Morning Jammies!! (Thanks Kristen) She was sick with RSV/bronchiolitis on Christmas (and for another 5 days) so she missed most of the day!!
Alex had his favorite Christmas morning treat....pork pie!! It is cold pie pastry filled with pork meat. I'll have cereal thank you very much!!
Lily went down for a nap and we opened gifts! The house was all decorated beautifully and the tree was perfect! G&G did a lot of work before we arrived!
Alex got this cool book about a British guy who drives around the US in a British taxi cab. Super funny!!Grampy got a great gift too! A toilet seat that closes softly with just a little nudge. Maybe I should get one of those for Alex too!! Lily rallied for an hour or two. Made an appearance in her Christmas dress and opened her stocking. She got some great books and toys from Grandma and Grampy. Santa left her a stocking as well, with a CD and books.
Alex and his Mum prepare Christmas dinner...did anyone know that brussel sprouts grew on a stalk???? Crazy!! I took a nap during the preparation to get ready for another night with sick baby and jet lag.
Grampy got the antique pony down from upstairs so Lily could ride. This pony is from Alex's Gran's house (whom Lily's middle name is after). We hope to get pictures of her on the pony as she grows up to see how she changes!!
We had a great time with G&G in England, despite Lily being ill. She did get to visit the doctor in England and got an inhaler which made a big difference. She wanted to try out the NHS. We were very impressed. Of course as an ER nurse I was very curious and so grateful that we were able to be seen and of course greatful it didn't cost a dime.

Lily got to visit all the friends in the village where G&G live, even if she wasn't as perky as usual. She got so many lovely gifts as well. Thank you so much G&G for having us and helping care for groucherella (as we call her when she is ill).