Saturday, December 31, 2011

The better to see you, my dear...

Here is Sammy's new vanity desk and mirror.  Finding room for it in her bedroom has been a challenge!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Dear Uncle Dude...

I love you and all but you're reminding me of someone (can't put my finger on it) that scared the beejesus out of me wearing a hat just like that.....

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Check out this pose!

Sammy got a pair of graduating Barbie roller skates from Auntie and Uncle Dude.  She kept them on her feet walking around like this for a good part of an hour before being cajoled into taking them off.  I can't wait to see how she learns to use these.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sisterly love

Daddy was playing around with Papa's brand new camera when the girls started messing around right in front of him.  He asked for them to hug each other and this is what he got.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A baby doll

for a Baby Doll!  Both are cute and squishy and you just want to hug them tight!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Dancin' girls

What makes me smile is how Sammy is dressed or undressed.  Completely clothed from the waist down...

Friday, December 23, 2011

Ain't no big thang...

Sammy is now an old hand at seeing Santa and sitting on his lap.  She was at the Christmas party Daddy's gym put on for clients and their families.  I just can't wrap my head around a jolly (fat!) Santa at a gym.  I'm pretty sure that this Santa has a few pillows tucked into his clothes!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I see what you did there...

When Mommy first sent me this photo I thought, "Jeez...another one of the the yoga position?  How am I going to journal it?"  Then I realized that although it looks like a typical yoga position, I saw that the girls are at the exact same location in both photos....right at the entrance to the kitchen.  They are both bowing down to Mommy for cooking all the good things she does and could they please have more mac and cheese now?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


All this walking around results sometimes in all this falling down.  Livvie has a nice bump on her noggin to prove it.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Downward Dog?

Little Olivia looks confused about all this 'Walking' nonsense.  Walk on my feet?  Walk on my hands?  Walk on both at the same time?  Whatever...

Monday, December 19, 2011

It's been a long autumn....

It seems that Sammy has had one long cold, starting in September and now with this latest one.  But there's nothing like resting on the floor in front of the tv with her snuggly blanket to while away the days....

Sunday, December 18, 2011


Once the thumb goes into the mouth and the blankie gets cuddled, it's time for a nap.  A long nap.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Still in recovery mode

Baby Girl was still trying to get over being close to that fat guy in the red suit.  She was not happy about it at all even when Daddy put a Patriots hat on her head....

Friday, December 16, 2011

Nutcracker Time again

Last weekend the annual performance of the Nutcracker Ballet was here in town.  And we all went!  I love the music, the dancers and the expressions on the girls faces...I love this tradition!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My new BFF

Compared to last year's attempt these two are now best friends forever!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Annual Christmas Party

Last night was our annual Christmas party.  This little car features the M&M guys in it.  And guess where it came from?  All the way from Australia and her Mimi's second cousin.  So that would actually be Olivia's cousin twice removed?  Gah.....

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Hi Santa!

Santa:  Hi, you've grown since last year!
Sammy: Hi.
Santa:  What would you like for Christmas?
Sammy:  All the toys.
Santa:  Who's your favorite Princess?
Sammy:  Olivia.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Did you lose something?

A morning of shopping and Sammy brings this:  her baby doll stroller with only keys in it.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Any big news lately?

YES!  Yesterday little Olivia has decided to join the Walking World!!  Yea!!  Also, because she turned 18 months old, I weighed and measured her.  She's 31.25 inches tall and weighs in at 23.4 pounds!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

One small step for mankind....

Olivia's walking is just getting better and better!  But guess who took this picture?  My protege', Sammy!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Now what?

I thought that I could take some photos of the little girls with a string of Christmas lights around them.  Sammy thought it was neat while little Olivia didn't like them at all once she realized I draped them around her shoulders.  Take them off NOW!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Don't smile

Trying to get these two to look at me and smile at the same time was nearly impossible.  She wanted to be tickled and he obliged her every time....

Saturday, December 3, 2011


See all these little pearly whites she has in her mouth now?

Friday, December 2, 2011

Santa's helper

A week ago, Mimi's back went out on her (old football injury) and she has been hobbling along all week worried how she was going to get the house decorated for Christmas.  Then she had a brilliant idea!  Sammy could come over and help put up all the decorations!  And she did, too.  Here we are unwrapping our favorite Nativity set and I was explaining to her what each figure was.  She was entranced with the sheep....

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Discovery Center

I'm so glad that we have this now in town.  In many ways, it is like the Exploratorium in San Francisco.  All of the grandkids are official 'members' to this including Little Miss Pink Bow!