November 27, 2009

our daugher, the contortionist

I think maybe she got some of her mom's "flexy" genes....
{she'll do this arch-the-back move and push with her feet and turn herself around in circles, it's crazy}

November 24, 2009

da bears

Brady's work has season tickets to the Chicago Bears, and we had tickets for Sunday night's game. Brady, Brent, and I were able to go and Reese stayed home with Grandma G. We had great weather over the weekend and had fun at the game. It would have been more fun to watch if they had played better, but it was still a good time just being there.

This picture shows our building in the top left corner poking out from the top of the stadium, with the blue lights. It was nice to be able to walk to and from the game.

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three months

Reese hit her three month mark on the 20th of November. I think she weighs around 11 pounds. She's a little girl...long and skinny. Grandma and Grandpa Ahlstrom were in town so we celebrated by going out for Greek food!

She has changed SO much over the past 2 weeks. I can't believe all the new skills she has learned so quickly. A couple weeks ago I felt bad because she didn't have any toys, so I made a very ghetto toy for her to play with. It's a tin foil ball suspended with dental floss. I told you it was ghetto. No worries, though, because she LOVES this thing. When I initially made it, she would stare at it and every once in a while, she'd swat at it. Over the past 2 weeks, she has become a tinfoil grabbing pro. Now once you put it over her, she immediately grabs for it with both hands. It is so fun to watch. In other hand/eye coordination news, she has almost mastered her thumb sucking skills, as well. For a while, she would have to search around for her thumb. Now she can usually stick her thumb right where she wants it. There are still times when she just sticks every finger she can manage in there and ends up with slobber all over her face. I'm her mom, so I think it's really cute.

And now the big news, she ROLLED OVER. Not once, but THREE times. And, of course all of this happened minutes after I left, so I didn't get to see it. I left to go do my visiting teaching, and she decided it was time to roll. Brady and Grandma Gail were the lucky spectators. And of course I haven't been able to get her to do it again. But seriously, I cannot believe that she is old enough to be doing these sort of tricks! sigh...

Sorry about the lack of better pictures, I broke the lens on my camera a few weeks ago, and haven't been able to replace it yet....

other fun facts:
-Loves to "talk" to Dad when he comes home from work at night. He is able to get her making lots of noises.
-Has discovered her screaming voice and loves to hear herself make funny, cute screeching noises. (We'll see how long they're cute!)
-Getting better and better at tummy time. This is obvious as she has rolled over.
-Will grab toys placed in front of her. Today she was laying on the floor while I was eating breakfast and I looked over and she had picked up a toy in each hand.
-Has fun looking at herself in the mirror. She'll smile at herself and watch her hands and feet move around.
-Still a generally good sleeper. She had a short stretch of sleeping 9-10 hours at night. She got a little mixed up with G & G in town, so hopefully she'll get back to her routine soon. She is napping about 3 times a day (around 10:30am, 2 pm, and 5 pm...give or take) for 45 minutes to an hour.
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Kyle Korver is Carrot Top

I know many of you ladies will be upset by this post, but the fact of the matter is Kyle Korver is a splitting image of Carrot Top. Maybe they're the same person - Carrot Top is the offseason job? Maybe they're just brothers. Who knows. Either way, you can't deny the fact that they look alike.

I'm sorry if I've ruined your fantasies of this man. But not that sorry, because I don't think Korver likes girls.

November 19, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

Today is our 5 year anniversary! I can't believe how fast the time has gone by! It's been fun, crazy, and amazing! We've had the opportunity to do a lot of fun things with one another over the years. Happy Anniversary Brady! Thanks for being my best friend, a great husband, and an awesome dad! I love you.

This picture was taken right after we got engaged. We hiked up to this overlook of Phelps Lake outside of Jackson Hole, WY. Even though we had ordered my ring, Brady still managed to surprise me with it. Everytime we go back to Jackson, we make it a point to hike up here and enjoy the view. On a side note, we look young in this picture, don't we?! Gotta love Brady's long hair!
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November 12, 2009


Here are some (late) Halloween pictures! We had a fun Halloween weekend. My mom, Heidi, Kevin, and Sophia came to spend the weekend with us. They got in late Thursday night and stayed until Sunday evening. Brady and I were blown away by how much Sophia has changed since we saw her in July. She was talking a little bit then, but still kind of shy about it. Now she is a chatterbox! She is a funny girl. The funniest thing she did was to practice her fake cry in the hallway mirror. Reese was crying and my mom was holding her, and I think Soph wanted some attention. She walked over to the mirror and watched herself do a fake cry. Then she would whisper 'baby, baby, baby' to herself and fake cry some more. She would then proceed to come in the living room and perform her fake cry. Heidi...I think you may have a drama queen on your hands!

We ate breakfast at the Bongo Room. This time I had brown sugar brioche french toast with vanilla bean and caramel sauce, candied pears, dried cherries, and oatmeal streusel on top. Yes, it was good. Heidi got pumpkin and zucchini flapjacks with white chocolate and caramel sauce. They were delicious as well. This picture is Brady's chocolate banana french toast.

Brady's work has season tickets to the Blackhawks and he was able to get 4 tickets to the game. They were great seats and the game was awesome.

We dressed up the kidlets for Halloween and trick-or-treated at the front desk. Soph was a bee and Reese was a skeleton. I love the picture above of them together. Soph will hold her for just a second then she starts pushing her away.

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November 3, 2009

NBA - where amazing happens

I've been meaning to post this but haven't got around to it - so if you've already seen this I apologize for wasting your time.

Manu Ginobili is the man, I love his game and watching him play. Maybe it's because he looks like somebody I'd play against in a pickup game at the local YMCA and not somebody playing in the NBA, the fact that I can relate to his suffering through male pattern baldness, or simply he's got skills that can translate into his own show on the animal planet.

Now, what you're about to see is purely amazing - and the fact that it happened on halloween increases the whole amazing factor.