Saturday, December 29, 2007

Illinois Trip in Review

Well, we made it back safely!
I already told you about the first few days in my previous blog. So here are the pictures to go with it. Here's Amanda in the Airport (Long Beach) before we took off on the 20th:

We were very surprised by how small and easy it was to get through the Long Beach Airport. There are only 4 terminals, so while ours was pretty busy, as you can see the other three were practically empty. So I let Amanda crawl (and walk) around to wear her out so she'd sleep on the plane ride. It worked like a charm!

Here's Amanda at the waterpark:

Mike brought the Wii with us because his mom likes to play tennis on it. He got a second controller for Christmas, so we were able to play against eachother. Here Mike's playing boxing against his friend Tom:

Meanwhile, Amanda loved to play Mimi's piano. My little music-maker in training :D

Christmas Eve was spent at Mike's sister's house. Amanda played with her cousin Zach's toys

Zach liked to climb on the presents before we opened them:

Cousin Natalie just watched the fun everyone was having:

Christmas morning we went to Church mass (Amanda did great!), and then opened the adult's presents. Christmas day was pretty laid back. We were supposed to have a ham dinner, but someone forgot to take the ham out of the freezer, so we ended up just having pulled pork sandwiches, and had our Christmas dinner the next night.

We flew home on the 27th, which was again pretty non-eventful. The TV's didn't work on our return flight, which sucked, but Amanda did really well again, sleeping through the last 1.5 hours. We landed at 8pm CA time and hightailed it home.

I had to work Friday, but Mike stayed home with Amanda. He set up her new walker she got for Christmas, which I wasn't sure she was ready for. But she surprised me by immediately getting up on it and walking!
Ahhh, my little girl is growing up!

Not much planned for New Years, just having a few friends over to play some games. Hope everyone had a great Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas from Illinois!

No pictures this time!

We flew from Long Beach to Illinois on Thursday December 20 and surprisingly had an easy time! I booked our seats on JetBlue with an empty seat in the middle, hoping no one would book it and we'd have a "free" seat for Amanda, but alas no luck. It was still unbooked the day before, but sometime between 10:30am Wednesday and 10:30am Thursday, someone booked it. So Amanda sat in my lap the whole time. However, she did really good! She slept during the whole first hour, including take-off, then ate and played the rest of the time. I had her suck on a pacifier during descent and she watched out the window as we landed. She didn't seem to have any problems with her ears!

Amanda's Uncle Mark picked us up at the airport, and we headed to Grandma Mimi's house where a surprise awaited us! Mimi and her Mark announced they were engaged (as of about an hour before)! We are so excited for them!

Friday was spent at home until the afternoon, when we joined Amanda's Aunts (Laura & Kathy) and their kids (Alison and Zach) for a trip to an indoor water park! Pictures are forthcoming after I can download my pictures at home. Amanda had a ton of fun! She played in the shallow baby area, then we took a couple laps around the lazy river before warming up in the hot tub. Did I mention it was a balmy 82 degrees inside?? Such a relief from the 37 degree freezing temperature outside! After a quick dinner, it was back to Mimi's for the annual "neighbors party" where all the neighbors got to meet Amanda for the first time.

Tomorrow several more family members are coming over to meet Amanda, and then it's on to the Christmas festivities.

I hope everyone is enjoying the balmy CA weather that I'm sure is much warmer than it is here, and that everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 30, 2007


I totally forgot to post these pictures before. The weekend before Halloween in October Mike and I decided to go bowling at the local bowling alley on Sunday afternoon, so we took Amanda down there in her stroller and a good time was had by all!
Here's Amanda keeping an eye on the action:

Here's Amanda smiling up at the camera when she realized what I was doing:

Here's Mike bowling:

And me with the FIRST Turkey I've ever made!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Playing with napkins

I just discovered I can post directly from my new flickr account, so this is a test to see it works.
Amanda has decided she loves ripping up napkins and playing with the peices. I took some pics of that, and here they are:



Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Crawling and Standing

So Amanda is full on crawling now, and she's starting to pull herself up to standing. It's hard to keep up with her sometimes, as she's always moving! But it also comes in handy when I leave the room, now she follows me rather than just crying! Anyway, here are some pics. First is when she pulled herself up to standing using my hips (I was laying on my side on the ground):

And here's a pic of her crawling:

And here's a pic of her just being cuuuuuuute!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Haunted House pics

Here's the pictures of our haunted house. First is the porch. That's "Ben B. Headed" on the bench with his head sitting next to him. I also had blacklights all around so the webs glowed.

Here's the front lawn graveyard. The names on the tombstones all describe how they died: "Anne T. Social", "Barry D. Alyve", "Ilene Dover", "Rigger Mortis", and "Barb E. Cue"

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Yay Halloween! One of my favorite holidays. This year Mike made me some tombstones out of wood so I could have a "real" looking graveyard in our front lawn :) I'll take some pics on Wednesday after it's all set up. To hold you over though, here are some pics of Amanda in her bee costume last night. I had to make sure it would still fit!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Hills are on Fire!

So as most of you have heard (or experienced), Southern CA had a bunch of wildfires this week. Ok, not a "bunch", but a TON. I think at one point they said 19 fires were burning out of control! While we weren't too affected by it (we live in the heart of the city), the amount of smoke pouring into our air and being blown our way was pretty bad. I took the following pictures on my way home from work on Wednesday.
This is looking down Motor Ave. at the Sony Pictures tower. You can see how discolored the sky was

And here's a picture of the sun that same night. All day it looked like this, sort of red and muted.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

REAL pic of teeth!

Here ya go, I finally got a real picture of Amanda's teeth!

So I'm home from work today because the new daycare called and said she was vomiting and I needed to pick her up :(  We are going to see the doctor at 3:15.  I think it's the Albutrin he told me to give her to stop her wheezing, I don't think it's agreeing with her, and she's had diarrhea and vomiting the last couple of days.  Hopefully she'll get better soon.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Ladies & Gentlemen...

Amanda has her first tooth!!! Yay!

This weekend she made a sudden spurt in progress. She broke her first tooth on Friday, then she showed us she could sit up on her own. Then she started putting food in her mouth on her own. I gave her some Gerber finger foods, and she went to town!

So of course, here are some pictures
First is my attempt to get a picture of her tooth, but it didn't seem to work very well:

Here's a cute pic of her eating a biter biscuit:

And here are a couple where she figured out how to get a Twizzler out of the bag and the fun she had with it!

So this is her last week at the current daycare center. Mike & I decided we're fed up with the director and the shoddy way she runs the place. So next week she starts a new, much more organized place that I hope we'll all be happier at!

Monday, October 1, 2007

New Nac pics

More pictures from Nacimiento are trickling in from friends... Here's Mike wakeboarding:

And here's Mike wakeboarding in the background with his friend Nate driving the boat in the foreground.

And a cute pic of Amanda when she was staying at the cabing with Holly, Matt & Nate while I went out wakeboarding. They were trying to take pics of her eating, and she kept looking at the camera, instead of focusing on eating!!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Amanda's newest "thing"

I took this video of her a couple of days ago. She can be so weird sometimes *lol*

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Nacimiento 2007

Last week Wednesday through Sunday we stayed in a cabin at Lake Nacimiento in Central California.

This used to be a yearly trip until 2005 when we chose to go to Lake Powell instead, and last year (2006) I was pregnant and didn't want to deal with it! Usually we tent camp, but this year I insisted on a cabin for Amanda's sake.

The first morning she was up at 6:30am on the button! So we went for a walk while everyone else slept. It was *cold*, so we bundled up:

These were the only other things out that morning:

The rest of the week, she slept in until about 7:30 so we didn't have to go on a walk! I forgot to take pictures of her in her life jacket on the boat for the first time Thursday, but she did very well. I reapplied sunscreen every 15 minutes, and I *think* we avoided any sunburns. Even so, just to make sure, she didn't go out on the boat again. Instead she hung out at the cabin:

When I went out on the boat Saturday our friends took a bunch of pictures while taking care of her, that they promised to send, so I will post those as soon as I can.

One bad thing, Amanda got sick Friday, and Friday night was NOT good. We didn't get any sleep, and Amanda was so stuffed up she could barely breathe. Until I figured out to lay her in her carseat which kept her upright enough so the congestion would drain out.

Even so, she's still sick a week later. I had to pick her up early from daycare 3 times this week - twice for a 100 degree fever, and once because she was uncontrollably coughing and crying. There's something going around though because 3 other ladies at work had the same problems with their infants. I took her to the doctor on Tuesday, but he said there's not much I can do, just give her decongestant and tylenol for the fever. I hope she gets better soon because it's breaking my heart that she's in pain and there's nothing I can do about it!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

A Labor Day Baptism

This past Sunday September 2nd we had Amanda baptised finally. She did very very well with the pastor. She went right to him, and even seemed very interested when he was talking. Not even a peep when the water was poured on her! I was so proud! She made up for it afterwards though, I dropped her off at the Church childcare, and within 30 minutes I was paged because she was crying and they couldn't get her to stop :P

Anyway, I don't have any pictures from the ceremony yet, but here are a few pics I took of her in her dress at home:

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Update continued...

Sorry about that, when a baby calls, you have to oblige!

Anyways, here's some more professional pictures taken in July: My favorite of Amanda & Mike:

And of me and Amanda:

Finally, these last two were the photographer's idea. That's actually our wedding rings in her hands. When I saw these, I almost cried!

6 month update

First, some cute pics from my nephew's first birthday party July 14. Since he was born on a Friday last year, his birthday fell on a Saturday this year. Lucky boy :) Anyway, this was the first time he ever tasted cake, so here are some cute pics of that:

And a cute one of Amanda sitting with Daddy on the couch. She can sit upright on her own now, and according to my books, it's just a matter of time until she figures out the coordination to crawl!

And we took Amanda's 6 month family portraits in July. We got some really good ones! Sorry if these are small, but they don't really give us big ones on-line.
My favorite one of the whole family:

My favorite of just Amanda:

I'll be back with more... Amanda's calling...

Monday, July 9, 2007

Solid foods and fireworks

Lots of new pictures to share!
First of all Amanda started rice cereal about a week ago on June 30. She loved it!

Showing off her cute 4th of July dress:

Going swimming for the first time on 4th of July at my parent's house. Excuse me looking so busty *lol*

Amanda can amuse herself with the simplest of things...

Waiting for fireworks to start...

And a cute picture of my sister playing with my nephew after dinner.