Sunday, December 30, 2007
The contest asked for you to submit a photo or video of your child taking part in a "learning moment". This was not hard to do. I submitted both a photo and video but I am pushing for the video to win. It shows Olivia when she was just starting to walk with her walking toy. Now I know many of you have already voted...thank you so much! For those of you who have not... please, please, please help us win this contest! :)
Ok, here is what you have to do. Click on this link...Olivia's Learning Moment. You will be taken to the video of Olivia. You can click on the video to watch it...it is only about 15 seconds long. Then there is a little box to the right that says "vote". Click it and that's it! You don't need to register or sign-up for anything. I think you are only able to vote once from each computer. I am not 100% on this, so definitely try voting again from your computer if you have already voted once before. I am just not sure if it will get counted, but it is worth a shot. But you can vote from different computers and it will get counted. Comment me if you have any problems or questions about voting. BTW...the contest ends on January 15th.
So that's it! I know this is a long shot but I must at least give it a shot! I mean it's $25,000 towards college? By the time Olivia is ready to go that should at least pay for books, right? Again, thanks to everyone for voting! We'll keep you posted!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
We were up and about pretty early on Christmas morning. Before heading over to my Mom's to open presents we were going to Todd's brother's for breakfast and presents. But first we had our own little family Christmas. After watching a little Elmo on TV we opened our stockings. Olivia was quite determined to pull her gifts out, but needed a little help.
By the time we made it to my Mom's Olivia was getting a little tired. I knew we had a limited window to open presents before she got cranky. It was such fun watching Olivia tear open her gifts. Of course she needed quite a bit of help, but she gave it her best shot!
No...those are not all hers! She is not THAT spoiled!
Olivia wasn't the only one who got presents on Christmas. We all received some very nice things. Todd was most thrilled with the iPod I got for him. Can't you tell? What a goof!
Now Christmas isn't all about presents. Although you would think so by looking at those pictures. It is also about spending time with family. So before signing off I want to share some nice family photos from our special holiday!
We are a little sad that Christmas is over. Now it is time to put away all of the decorations...yuck! But we have the new year to look forward to. I can't even imagine how many exciting things we have to look forward to in the upcoming year! This past year was so amazing...how could it get any better? Olivia is just a sponge lately. Each day she is learning something new. I promise to update you on all of her new skills very soon. Now it is time to catch up on all of the things I have put off the past month!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Last week we had our annual Christmas dinner with the Wilhelms. Korrie and Tom are Olivia's Godparents and Todd and I are godparents to her oldest son, Hayden. I have known Korrie my whole life (she's like the sister I never had) and our families have always stayed close. So each year, Korrie, Tom, Hayden, Simon (their youngest boy) and Korrie's Mom, Deb (who is also my Mom's best friend), all come over to my Mom's house for a dinner and presents. Olivia loves playing with the boys...especially Simon who is a little closer to her age.
We have been spending a lot of time just hanging around the house lately, getting ready for Christmas. You typically find us in our comfy clothes...especially Olivia. Sometimes on the weekends she never gets out of her PJ's. Lately Olivia has been sporting my new favorite thing...BabyLegs! A friend of mine turned me on to them and I just love them! More or less they are leg warmers for babies...and they are too stinkin' cute! They are great for those cozy days in the house! Here is Olivia sporting her fancy Christmas legs! Aren't they great?
Before I sign-off Olivia has a holiday message she would like to share with everyone! Remember how I told you that we taught her to say "Ho, Ho, Ho"? Well it is now her new favorite thing to say. She walks around the house saying it constantly...even if there is no Santa to be found. And she says it when we talk about anything Christmas related...snow, trees, lights. It doesn't matter...her response is always, "Ho, Ho, Ho". Holiday greetings from Olivia...
And finally, Todd, Olivia and I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! May your holiday be filled with family, friends, love and laughter! Oh and by the way it's official...Olivia is a full time walker! More to come...
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Here is Olivia helping Todd hang her special Elmo ornament on the tree. Yes...we caved and got her an Elmo ornament. Our tree is full of special ornaments from both Todd's and my childhood. We figured it was time to add some ornaments from Olivia's childhood as well. And since Elmo is still all the rage right now we thought it was appropriate she have one.
Yes...I know...she is only wearing one sock. That is because she hates them! She pulls them off constantly. So she is either completely barefoot or in the process of taking them off. I guess we distracted her before she had the chance to get the other sock off this time.
Santa was also at The Botanical Conservatory that day but I did not think it was necessary make Olivia relive the trauma of sitting on Santa's lap a second time! We opted instead to take some nice family photos of our own. I just love the festive flowers and trees!
Another fun thing we did recently was attend the Christmas photo shoot at the Mom group Olivia and I frequent. They set up about 12 different holiday backdrops and you go around snapping your own pictures. It was fun but I did not have the best of luck getting Olivia to sit still. I was only able to get a few good shots. It was fun though!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Olivia also loves her books. We keep them in a big basket in her room. Her favorite thing to do is go in there and pull each book out...scattering them around the room. She takes time to look at each book before throwing it aside and moving on to the next one. After this process is complete she has managed to create a huge mess. But that is what it's all about!
Another one of her favorite things to do is climb in and out of her Elmo chair. This is the chair Todd and I got her for her Birthday. It shakes and giggles when she sits down. She loves to sit in it and then jump out and throw herself on the floor. It is hilarious! Here is Olivia relaxing in her chair while watching her favorite show...Sesame Street. It is one of the few moments during the day when she is completely still!
Nothing is better than staying in on a cold day and spending time with our sweetie! There is so much fun to be had! Now in other news...an update on Olivia's walking. She can do it...she just chooses not to do it very often. I have been concerned because of the goofy way that she crawls. I am worried that her left leg is not strong enough to support her when she is standing. That is the leg that she drags, while she pushes off with the right leg. For the past month she has been standing up, taking about a dozen steps and then plopping back down and getting to where she needs to go by crawling. She can also walk by holding on to just one of our hands...which is pretty good. But at this age most toddlers are walking most of the time without assistance and crawling very little. I know I am probably just being a paranoid Mom but I can't help it. I am going to try not to worry too much for now. We go back to the doctor in February for another check up. If she is still not fully walking by then I will definitely be concerned. But for now I am going to keep helping her get strong on both legs...I know she can do it!
Her vocabulary keeps expanding. She now says cookie, door and when we ask her what Santa says she replies with, "Ho, Ho, Ho"! How cute is that? It only took a few days for her to catch on to that one! She is very good about not getting into things that she shouldn't. When she knows she should not touch something she looks at us and says, "no-no". What a smarty-pants! Every day she learns something new...it's amazing!
Well we have another weekend full of holiday plans. Check back soon to see all of the fun things we have been doing so far...
Sunday, December 09, 2007
The sweet man who was taking the pictures gave us some advice. He said that I should hold Olivia facing away from me and back up towards Santa. That way she would not see him prior to me plopping her on his lap. He said that once I placed her on his lap to jump out of the way and he would snap the picture immediately. I thought he might be able to catch a shot before she figured out what was going on. Boy...was I wrong! She immediately freaked out and burst into tears. The kind of tears that I do not see very often, but only when she is very very upset. Oh, the things we put our kids through for our own selfish pleasure! But it made for a priceless picture and an entertaining visit to see Santa.
The tree at Jefferson Pointe...
So this year's visit to see Santa was a bit traumatic. Maybe next year will be better. But then again I may be posting another "crying baby on Santa's lap" picture. Oh and I almost forgot...we think that Santa was hitting on my Mom while we were there! But that is a story for another time...