Friday, January 13, 2012

a new home for the blog

Hi All, I am trying out a new space for our blog -  hope you will follow us there!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 in summary

phew, what a year it has been.  2011 brought many additions to our life, the most amazing and significant being our Maeve last January.  Here she is tonight, celebrating NYE2011.  Last year at this time, I was very pregnant and ready for her to arrive.  What a difference a year makes!

Other significant events include John passing his PE exam and NABCEP PV certifications.  The PE exam in particular was an amazing accomplishment - so proud of him!  We added several properties to our rental business and John added a bobcat and large excavator to his collection of toys (oops, I mean equipment).   Our nephew Martin joined the family in April and we remember Wilson. 

Looking forward to all that 2012 has to offer!  Can't wait to see what this next year brings.....  

Friday, December 30, 2011

now to plan a first birthday party

we had a houseguest last night!

Lizzie had her first sleep over at our house last night.  Such fun!  When we were snuggling in bed, reading books, she looked at me and said 'I think I will sleep here!'.  I fully expected to be driving her home at bed time or in the night, but truthfully, I think she wanted to be here for breakfast quite badly.  We had a great time together and look forward to doing this for years to come.

our christmas photo 2011

This years holiday photo

11 months!

Maeve was 11 months on December 17th.  These days it is harder and harder to get her to sit with Grif for a photo.  For one, Grif really doesn't want to be there.  Grifs typical reaction to Maeve being in his space is to get up and leave. Lately she has been following him around the house, a favorite pass time is to chase him around the island.  So, Grif has been asking to spend more time in the basement where he can get a little peace and quiet. 

At 11 months, Maeve has 6 teeth. She is sleeping better, usually up once a night.  She is eating
better and more all the time.  She signs for milk, more, drink, light, book....  My mother says that my Grammy Dickens would say 'no moss grows on her'.  Maeve does not stop, she loves to climb on anything.  If I am doing dishes, she climbs in.  She systematically destroys any sense of order we have in our house in about 5 seconds.  She takes the pantry apart one potato at a time.  Maeve LOVES the beamers at the farm  - grampy carries her around so she can touch them all.  She can moo like a cow, and ba-ba like a sheep.  She loves her kitty kitty and her dolls.  I love her.

dickens party

The dickens side of our family gathers each year for food and a yankee swap.  This year we had hors devours and my uncle Tom made my grandfathers southern comfort punch.

The girls, Maeve, Lizzie & Maddie

 Maddies pretty hair tie

Uncle Chris & Aunt Laurie

Maeve shows Grampy where his nose is (she can also show him where his ear is, in case he needs to know)