Saturday, December 20, 2008

M Makes Christmas Cookies

Excitement! Gram and Aunt JKC have asked me if I want to make Christmas cookies. My response? "Yes as long as I can wear THAT apron!"

Here Aunt JKC helps me lay out the cookies on the baking sheet.

Here Gram monitors my frosting of the cookies.

Finally I get to taste them! Cookies are better when you get to decorate them yourself!

Friday, December 19, 2008

7 months

I turned seven months on Sunday. Here is a picture of me with Lambo.

My momma told me to envision a Ding-Dong.

Monday, December 15, 2008

JC's first Thanksgiving

Oh! Hello there! What's that you say? You would like to hear about JC's first thanksgiving? Did he eat the whole turkey? Let me finish my magazine and I will be right back to you...
The day started off reasonably well. Knowing the odds I was up against, my mother gave me a new bib commemorating the day.
Then the referees performed the weigh-in. I came in at 11 lbs while the turkey came in at 22 lbs. The weight difference, according to the experts will be nullified by my reach since the turkey's "arms" are tied together.
Despite the advantage in my reach, her bulk was too much for me. Within a few minutes I was on the mat having eaten only a tad more than my body weight. Knowing I wouldn't get up (I can't stand or walk yet), I played with my new toy car while the referee performed the ten count.

I may have been defeated in my first match, but my GGma doesn't care. Here she carries me from the ring like a champion.

Next year, I will eat the whole turkey.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Raking Leaves

Gram is so smart. She invented this game to pass the time while raking. It involves jumping into piles of leaves. Here Gram dived into a pile in an attempt to show me that this activity was fun and safe.
Well, maybe if Gram can do it, I can too! Hmm...this lacked something.

Ah yes! Jumping into leaves is fun. But body-slamming is more fun. Look at the stunned look from my dad!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

I turned six months a month ago!

Here is my delayed six month picture. I had cute toes. This picture is from before our thanksgiving meal, so I am much bigger now and my toes are hidden from me.

My mom took pictures of us in our Christmas pajamas. This is old hat for my sister, M. After looking at the proofs, she said that I have a lot to learn when it comes to posing for pictures. She's a master!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Still can't leave yet?

Boo-hoo! It is only Sunday and we have not left yet for Thanksgiving. Look at my sad face!
My sister, M, tried to cheer me up by showing me her latest trick!

That trick left me smiling!

Well, maybe I can make it another 48 hours. In the meantime, is your house ready for M, Grams?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Solid Foods

Oh look! While everyone was so busy, I hit the age of six months. Or, according to my family, the age at which solid food eating shall commence. For those who were not present, these photos will make you feel like you were there. Below you can see my bib is awesome.

My face oozes excitement as the airplane approaches for landing.

Really? This is what everyone is so excited about?

Wait wait! No more no more!

Now my faces oozes rice cereal. Yuck!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Chinese Food

Uncle R asked today if M knew any words!

She definitely knows how to say "full"!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! Before I head out for the night, I decided to take a bath! Note my holiday themed towel thanks to H & R.

My brother dressed up in this costume!

I dressed up as a flower. B dressed up as a cowgirl on a unicorn. Big thanks to Aunt J for the bud and G-Ma from NoVA for the pink cowgirl hat!

The neighborhood kids all accompanied me and we set out in the daylight. Notice that J went as a bull frog!

Soon, the moon came out and all my friends departed being unable to keep up with me. I pressed on and on into the night collecting candy. But I was getting tired. Here you can see me at my point of exhaustion. JC is also pictured extremely warm.

Whoops! I ran out of steam and my dad carried me home as darkness descended. Wow was it dark!

What a night! The nice lady who gives Highlights Magazines was at it again and oh yes, there was candy too! Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat Bar!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

J Carves Pumpkins

BOO! Ha Ha I totally scared them!

There I am in my ExerSaucer. M has just pulled the pumpkin's lid off. 'It looks tasty,' I think to myself as I suck on my hand.

Ugh! I can't believe M stuck her hand in there. My Uncle R has always said don't stick your hand down holes because that's how he lost his left hand!

Here my dad tries to show me that there is nothing scary in the pumpkin. Alas, I only have eyes for my beautiful mom who is taking pictures!

Finally the pumpkins were emptied and carved. M drew the faces and then dad cut the pumpkins. Below M is pictured with her creations. It was too cold for me to make an appearence. Oh well!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I am Five Months!

Hi there! I turned five months old. To celebrate, I wore a sweater vest! Here is a picture of me next to my friend Lambo Jr.
Now that I am five months, I can do lots of things. No longer content with rolling over, I now spend a great deal of time in my Exersaucer! Aren't you proud of me?My sister wasn't. She was too busy reading The Economist to pay attention to me. She laments, "With the economy like it is, I won't be able to retire until I'm 65!"

Ha ha! Other people were proud of me. So proud that they came to visit. Below you can see my SW VA G-Ma along with cousin S. Cousin S's mom also came to congratulate me. It was another big step for me and I appreciate all the visits! You can see below that it was such a big step I fell asleep.

Notice S's outerwear choice....Nice! It's a lead-in for tomorrow's post. I carved pumpkins for the very first time!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Last Monday and Tuesday

By Monday Grandpa C had driven alot. In order to save him the trouble, my mom and me got the whole family abducted by aliens and had them drop us off in San Diego. Their departing space craft can be seen at the top of the photo!

First we saw Historic Old Towne San Diego and had lunch at an open air restaurant.
Next we went to Balboa Park and visited the San Diego Plant Zoo. I like animal zoos better!
Finally we went downtown and walked along the shore and visited Seaport Village. What a blast! In the shot below you can see how exceptionally long my dad's arms are in taking this family shot.
The next morning we got up nice and early to fly back to Ohio. In order to keep us happy, my dad said we were on the way for milk shakes. We later discovered the milk shakes were 2000 miles away. What a jokester!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Last Saturday

Hello from Knott's Berry Farm! Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle C accompanied us to America's first theme park. It was created to keep people entertained while waiting in line for chicken. Take that KFC!

Knott's Berry Farm has a wonderful play area called Camp Snoopy. It was halloween time so everyone was dressed like a pirate. Except of course for me!

One of my favorite rides at Camp Snoopy was the Charlie Brown Speedway. I rode this several times. Here you can see I chose the appropriate car for Grandpa JHC.

The park also had a giant inflatable Snoopy where you could moon bounce in his stomach. Several times throughout the day I would get to this point and then turn around and refuse to go inside.
My brother, JC, quickly tired of my fake-outs with the Snoopy moon bounce and went to sleep. My parents, however, were gullible until the end of the day.

My all time favorite ride, however, was the Rocky Road Truck Company. I got to drive a truck while my mom operated the truck horn. It was fantastically loud and all the ride operators whose shift ended while I was there (over an hour) left looking dazed.

The park closed at 530 and I was driving my truck up until the final bell. Knott's was a lot of fun! Thanks California Grandma and Grandpa.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Last Friday

It is Friday morning last week and we all woke up hungry. Time to drive two hours into LA and have breakfast at Philippe's! They invented the French Dip Sandwich by accident 100 years ago last month. It's funny, but before the trip, I thought Arby's had invented that sandwich.

Here is the whole crew after we had scarfed (7) French Dips of various meat persuasions between us as well as large amount of tapioca.

Stuffed and needing to walk it off, we left the car at Philippe's and hiked up to Griffith Observatory far above LA. In addition to having a huge telescope and a small science museum, it was a location used on "The Bachelorette"!
The views were fantastic. However, I am a bit afraid of heights. Here, my strong papa, holds us tightly with the Hollywood sign just visible in the background.
After spending the afternoon in the flawless 70 degree weather with 0% humidity, we headed down to see the Pacific Ocean. Here both my Dad and I set foot in the Pacific for the first time.

A few waves hit me, however, leaving me looking like this.

My little brother and Mom both made it down to the Santa Monica pier, too.

The sun set as we headed back to the car making for a beautiful end to our Friday.