Friday, December 30, 2011

Archie's First Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Archie had a really fun time!

On Christmas Eve the children and who ever they draft, put on a skit of the Christmas story. All the babies were assigned to be sheep and their mothers were shepherds. After taking this picture of Archie in this lamb hat we noticed that red button in his mouth. Yes, he wound up swallowing it when we were trying to fish it out. The button looked the same a day and a half latter in his diaper. So in case you were curious, stomach acids do not bleach plastic.

These are some of Archie's cousins. They are a cute bunch.

This is another one of Archie opening his first present a few days early. He did get better at it and even opened a few by himself.

More cousins!

There was lots of family there and even more presents.

Is it normal for babies to fake smile at 9 and a half months?

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Few Traditions

We have an advent wreath or Adventskranz. It's something that I noticed every family have when I served my mission in Germany a few years back. It's a simple tradition that we have adopted as a family. I love it because it reminds me of the people that I was blessed to serve and a time in my life that was completely devoted to Christ. We light a candle the four Sundays before Christmas as a count down. We also sing a Christmas song and read a scripture or two and enjoy the luminescence.

Here's Archie opening his 1st Christmas present...

...he needed some help.

Since we've been married it's been a tradition to have two Christmases so that we can be with both families (Jacob's parents and mine). This means early Christmas presents!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Archie Got To Meet Santa

Santa stopped by grandma's house today while Archie was there!

I was lucky enough to capture a smiling Archie on Santa's lap!

It didn't last long.

I got a full fledged crying one too. :)

Monday, December 12, 2011


We were so lucky to get a visit tonight from Uncle Adam and Aunt Geneva. Archie was a little shy at first but he warmed right up and had some fun times playing ball and truck. Archie even let them read him some favorite books.

Archie has good page turning skills.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Nine Months Old

I can't believe my little baby is so big.

He is so much fun to be around.
He makes the cutest kissing sounds.
He's is saying more words and is really working hard to figure the talking thing out. Some newer ones include, "thankyou", "Cheerios" and "Papa". His favorites are "Mama", "du" and "ja". These last two are part of a German song I sing to him often; he sings along or will ask me to sing it by saying, "du, du, du".
He still signs occasionally.
He will stand up on his own as long as he is distracted.
When I hold his hands, he will walk me over to the piano, his bottles or his bed depending on what he wants.
He loves to help me in the kitchen. He gets into the trash, dishwasher and cupboards (they were baby proofed probably 20 years ago and so they are semi difficult to open).
Books and balls are still favorites.

He'll clap almost every time we sing, "If you're happy and you know it..."

He's up to 6 teeth but just barely.

He's taken to mimicking grumpy faces and it is so funny to show people this new trick.

Archie is 31 inches long and weighs 22 lbs. That's still off the charts long and 85th percentile for weight.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Archie's First St. Nicholas Day

Happy St. Nicholas Day! I got a few reminders last night to put out our shoes so that St. Nicholas would come and fill them with treats.

With all the snow, we actually put or shoes right next to the door inside. It turns out St. Nicholas is a smart guy and found them.

Archie wasn't sure what to do at first.

Once I showed him which shoe was his he went straight for the goldfish.

It's safe to say he likes this holiday.