Archive for January, 2011


Rachel’s Second Christmas

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Miss Roo Boo was old enough to participate in Christmas activities this year.  She got to cut out and decorate cookies (which mostly meant eating dough, frosting and sprinkles).  She got to stay up and eat our traditional Christmas Eve dinner.  She got bored of opening presents really early, but had fun while she was doing it.  She seemed to enjoy just having people around her most of all.

After Christmas, Robin, Wedge and their son, Julian came to visit.  She had a blast having so many adults around to pick her up whenever she asked and being generally spoiled.  We took the kids up to the snow park for some sledding.  Rae enjoyed going down the hills (with an adult of course), but after about 45 minutes she was done.  She had a lot of trouble walking, probably because she kind of resembled the kid in A Christmas Story.  :)  Thankfully we had a sled to pull her, and the other kids around in.

The first picture is Rae’s kiss face.  While those open mouthed, slobbery kisses had their charm, I am sure glad she figured out how to give real kisses.

She did a lot of growing over the holiday.  She went from having just a handful of words, of which she used one or two regularly, to having about 20 words and using between 5 and 10 of them consistently.  She finally called me Mama, though she still says “Hi Daddy” whenever he gets home from work.  I was the recipient of the first “I love you.” though.  :)

She loves coloring right now.  She has gone from stabbing the paper with the crayon to making real marks.  She still tries to eat the crayons and markers though, so we have to keep an eye on her.

Rae has started playing with Sam, not just next to him.  Most of the time Sam is leading the activities, but Rae is definitely joining in if it looks like fun.


Pre-Christmas Pictures 2

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We found a few more pictures of Rachel from pre-Christmas activities.  There is also a super cute one of her from this summer that snuck in there.

Rae is definitely the little sister.  She LOVES to play with Sam and now that she can keep up with him, she is growing by leaps and bounds.  At 15 months she can walk forward, backward and spin.  She runs and tries to jump.  She is using utensils and an open cup.  And of course, Sam’s toys are so much better than her own.

She still has her crinkly nose smile though.  :D

As part of our pre-Christmas activities we took the kids to see Santa.  We weren’t sure how Rae would react.  She loves men with beards, but apparently Santa was just too much for her.

We’ll have another post coming soon with a Christmas update!