Thursday, December 22, 2011


Charlie is thoroughly enjoying Christmas and all the new things to get into.

Like...untying ribbons on presents

Posing for Christmas card pictures
Playing with lights
Waiting for Santa
Playing peek a boo 
And eating lots of sugar

She's also a walking machine, even walking (and keeping up with me) in the mall, holding my hand, of course. 
Finally getting past this mommy only stage, now excited to see all sorts of people, and freely going to them.  She even cried when I took her from her daddy earlier this week - in the past it's been the other way around.
Running to the door whenever someone comes over or gets home, greeting them with squeals and grunts, and clinging to legs until she's picked up.
Getting slightly more interested in food.
Kissing everyone and everything with a sweet and precise peck.
Shaking her head no whenever she's asked a question.  "Want a cookie?"  Shakes head no, opens mouth and says "Aaaaahhh" to indicate she wants it.
Sleeping in her crib all night every third night...we're working on trimming this gap.
Wiping every surface can reach with kleenex - future neat freak?
Climbing on to furniture with no assistance.
Sporting a brand new molar.
Rocking a respectable rat tail. 

If I don't post again in the next few days (which, lets face it, is likely),
Merry Christmas!  And God bless us, every one

Sunday, December 11, 2011

10 on 10

A little greeting in Charlie's room...along with a cluster of Christmas trees

We started the day with coffee (for me), milk (for her), and a little Frosty

Reindeer kisses

Her favorite Charlie Brown Christmas musical book and a little ornament collection inherited from my grandma

Santa...not such a big hit with Charlie...along with a family shot with the big guy from when I was about two, and some colorful blocks

Big cheesy grins...too big to keep your eyes open for

Reading up on the flu vaccine she had no idea she was about to get

My beautiful nativity

Another of Grandma's Christmas ornaments...probably at least 50 years old

A goodnight kiss for her penguin ornament