Thursday, January 19, 2012

15 Month Well Visit

Three shots, a pricked finger and a few thousand tears rounded out today's doctor's visit.  Nothing four colorful band-aids couldn't fix.  Mattie Jane's current numbers are:

Weight:  29 lbs 13 oz (95+%)
Height:  33 1/4 in (95+%)
Head Circumference:  50 cm (95+)

Oh boy, are we in the climbing stage now!  We have found this girl in the center of the dining room table several times, not to mention every chair and countertop she can get to.  It's rather frightening, to be honest.

There is a lot of jibberish being spoken, but a few words we are able to consistently decipher - thank you, ball, bye bye, hi, mama, dada, more, bath.

Mattie Jane loves to mimic and dance - we can turn on anything from classical to hip hop and she is movin' and groovin'. She has also really formed a love for bedtime stories.  Every night, after we put on her pajamas, she climbs into the rocker in her nursery letting me know she's ready for a story.

Our rough and tough tomboy seems to have a bit of an infatuation with shoes.  She loves to put them on and admire them on her feet.  She also loves necklaces and bracelets and appreciates when we tell her how pretty she looks.

We have an amazing little girl on our hands.  We wouldn't trade her for the world.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Celebrating 95 Years

My Grandpa passed away peacefully in his sleep last night after spending 95 healthy years on this earth.  He was a man of principle and great discipline, but also had an enormous heart.  He could cook a mean lasagna and his beef stew would put all others to shame.  His advice was legendary, even if it wasn't his own.  I don't think my brothers or myself will ever forget the following quotes:

"When you assume, you make an ass out of u and me."
"Whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the donut and not upon the hole."

My children were blessed to have met their Great Grandpa and as they grow older they will learn more and more about him from myself and other family members.

Enjoy your time in Heaven, Grandpa.  You worked hard to get there.  We love you.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Partners in Crime

We used to have quiet mornings.  Evan knew to come down quietly and play with his toys on our bedroom carpet until Mattie Jane decided to get up.  Now that Evan considers his sister his partner in crime, we awake to a little more excitement.

Also note Evan's "word for the day" - underwear.  I'm scared to know what other words he is teaching his sister.