Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas!

We've been enjoying a wonderful holiday with family. With seemingly a digital cameras around, we have lots of pictures to share. I've whittled down the 300+ we have to these : ) So, first Grandma Elsie hosted a wonderful family dinner the other night. James entertained the masses with his David Caruso impression while lil' Matt napped.
Dad would like everyone to believe he spent the evening helping with the dishes as this staged photo shows . . .
but I caught him in his true state:
On Christmas Eve, Ed and Taryn made it safely from London (via VA) with exciting news. Meet our future sister-in-law taking a walk above the property.
The dogs like Taryn too and enjoyed the walk.

June was also very happy to see her best bud.
Matthew spent Christmas Eve waiting for Ed, Taryn and Santa to arrive by eating grandma's sweater
Which later created another sitting FAIL
Christmas morning Iris was ready to open presents
And proof we actually did put ornaments on the tree . . . just not on the lower branches.
The tree however, was not nearly as beautiful as grandma's. I blame the pets.

Christmas Day Matthew tried out sweet potatoes which were received much better than the bananas.

Then it was time to open presents. He started by opening one of his dad's presents

Then he helped grandma open hers by eating the paper

And he loved his book from grandma Pozun. He also loved his gifts from grandma Watson - unfortunately June helped open them before Christmas.
Ed and Taryn and their cowboy coffee
Matthew hanging out with Mom and Dad. It's always nice to have more photographers in the house so we can get pictures of the three of us.

Matthew hanging out with Uncle Ed

Matthew studies his new gift intently
And then decides he'd rather eat more wrapping paper
Then I figured he should eat some real food and Matthew joined us for Christmas dinner

Matthew enjoys his new spoon and bib from Uncle Matt while we Skyped

The day after Christmas we headed to Thermopolis where Matthew went swimming for the first time.

When we got home we washed the sulphur off and he dried off in his new towel from grandma and grandpa Watson.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Frosty Fun and Feeding!

First, here are some pictures from our beautiful hoar frost on Saturday (How did I know it was hoar frost - not because I remember much from Envi. Sci but thanks to wikipedia. If only I knew about wikipedia before I gave a ton of money to UVA)

It's not quite 2 feet of snow like some of you enjoyed, or a week in Hawaii like others, but it was a welcome beauty in our neck of the woods. I regret not taking more pictures, especially because it covered the entire area, but in the 20 minutes Matthew naps there are other things that need done . . . like going to the bathroom, drinking my coffee, mindlessly surfing the web etc.

Mom and Dad are here and we're having a great time. Matthew got to open one of his Christmas presents from grandma and grandpa early . . . his new high chair! He's a pretty big fan and the tray gives him a very large surface to gleefully bang his toys against. Oh yeah, and I guess it's handy for feeding too. Matthew tried bananas out today. This is him not so sure about this whole thing:

Him biting off a little more than he can chew (not pictured: mom panicking that her baby's going to choke on a hunk of banana that she stupidly didn't cut small enough because she didn't really think he'd be interested in putting it in his mouth):
Who needs bananas?! I'll just chew on my first Christmas ornament instead.Here's the evening trial. Who needs a bib when bathtime comes next?! So, we've been giving him a spoon to hold during dinner for about the past month to keep him entertained. Either we are the most brilliant people ever or we've created a monster as Matthew would prefer to eat his bananas out of the spoon on his own instead of with his hands or from me.

Here's a video of little man enjoying his banana. In the interest of full disclosure however, he's only slightly more eager chewing on the spoon with the banana than he is with just the clean spoon : )

Friday, December 18, 2009

New Windows

So, Tues-Thur. we finally had our new windows installed. Our original goal was to have it done before Matthew got here. Too bad distribution in our neck of the woods sucks. However, we now have beautiful new windows, even though their installation threw off the whole week.

June felt Sky's bed was hers now that it was in the kitchen, so Sky claimed Matthew's blanket.
Olivia decided to hide in the Christmas decorations strewn across the table.
Matthew meanwhile slept on our bed.
He sure did like having the dogs around for tummy time. The dogs didn't quite share the excitement.

And Matthew learning how to play with the Iris:

And here's a video of one of the noises that makes Matthew laugh:

And here's Matthew demonstrating a sitting FAIL by way of distraction. I think his balance is just fine for sitting, it's those darn feet that are too interesting!

Ooooh! I have feet. NOM. NOM. NOM. NOM. NOM.

The only downside of our new windows, is they are so frickin' clear! Our old windows had clouded up between the panes and made it difficult to see outside. Now that I can see the front yard, boy do we have a lot of work to do. Also, now the dogs can easily see the deer in the fields and bark at them in the middle of the night. At least I was able to stay nice and cozy inside and take some pics. We had about 6 in the field.

Monday, December 14, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Getting windows last week was a false alarm (knock on wood, they'll be here tomorrow). In the meantime, I went ahead and set up our Christmas tree and figure the window guys can deal with it since they stood me up . So far, it's still standing, which is a miracle with the precocious Iris in the house. I did, however, anchor it to the piano and wall so that may help. One morning, however, I expect to wake and see both the tree and piano tipped on their sides. Anyway, here's Matthew's tired face. He makes it for approximately 2 minutes before he becomes overtired and hyperactive if we don't get down for a nap at the exact right time.
Family time on the kitchen floor.
One of the benefits of Matthew's first Christmas, is he's young enough to let me take tons of silly pictures without protesting too much. Here's the results of our Christmas photo shoot ; )

So, one of the problems with having a baby with a head circumference that's off the charts is the cute "Baby's First Christmas" santa hats came no where close to fitting him and the only other one they sell here is adult sized. (The other major problem I can see with Matthew's giant head is the giant brain that it holds and the fear that he will be waaaaay smarter than his parents really soon).

Matthew in front of the Christmas tree that is necessarily sparsely decorated on the lower branches.

"What's this thing on my head?"

I think the pets have a secret agreement that if I have the camera out, one of them must try and sneak into every picture.
It's too bad this one is blurry, but Matthew's facial expression is priceless.

Iris sneaks in the picture.
"All I want for Christmas is my two (more) front teeth!"

Olivia takes her shot at stardom.
Just cuteness in a blanket.
Super sneaky santa has his eyes on you!
"Hey Mom. Do I really have a nose like a cherry?"

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