She's here!!!

Check out Jeff & Marie's blog for the news!

A little tidbit: named after Grandma B, born on Grandpa B's birthday. A wonderful surprise.


Merry Christmas!!!

Yeah, I'm post-dating this post back to the 25th, but I wanted to share our card with those of you in the cyber world who didn't get a card from us!



Well, the temp outside right now is 38 degrees. The thing is, the snow's not so much melting as just getting heavy and packing down.

The upside is it's great snowman-making packing snow (and would be some wicked-deadly snowball-making snow).

The downside is a driveway that's basically a sheet of ice.

After Victoria, Olly and I played outside for a while this morning, I took the lead from Brynna and we had hot cocoa!



V finally fits into these hand-me-down jeans, which are so cute! They're still a little long, but the best thing is that they're stretchy, so they actually fit in the waist. She was so eager to put her shoes on, this was the best photo I could get!

Nothing really fits well right now... anything that's right in the length is huge in the waist, and anything that fits in the waist is too short! That was one nice thing about summer - capri pants and shorts were much easier to work with.


Baby, it's cold outside!

And now there's snow! So far we've gotten probably 6-8 inches, and it's still falling. Victoria and I had to get bundled up just to get the paper this morning!

And here are just a few others from the past few days.

The sun was so bright in the house, Victoria insisted on having her sunglasses on!

And a few really cute outfits - one just fits perfectly...
V still needs to do a little growing to fit this one...


Kitchen in a kitchen

Her new play kitchen fits in perfectly!

And for those planning a 2 year birthday, here's the breakdown of what was a hit and what wasn't:

Things V loves:
The big Barbie doll
Any LeapFrog fridge magnets
The kitchen
The Sesame Street guitar

Things she's not too sure about:
A doll that sings (it scares her!)
A puppy whose tail wags.
She's still really unsure of anything that vibrates or moves on its own, including the TMX doll we bought her last year!

The Birthday

How the day went:

How the day could have gone... (cue the music "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to.") I let Victoria open one of the gifts from Aunt Judy a few days early - she was mad because I took the box of packing peanuts away from her!


Birthday Photos

Here are some quick photos from Victoria's 2nd Birthday party. We had a great time. Just can't believe my little girl is 2 already!


Ready for the party!

For the first time, we have real pig-tails! Though it seems like Victoria's hair has been growing like crazy, there's still barely enough to get into a few holders. We did manage (with the help of Little Einsteins) to get two pig-tails in, but we'll see how long they last. I had to take a few photos just in case they don't last long! BTW - the clothes are 2T, which you can see are still a bit too big - but most 18 month stuff just barely fits.

Rod taught V last night how to say how old she is when she's asked, tho it comes out more like "Tee-ooo!"

The cupcakes are baked (but not yet frosted) and spaghetti's on the menu for dinner. Let the festivities begin!

Now, only 4 more hours till family arrives...


Early birthday gift

See any new (brown) addition in this photo???

Just kidding! We're doggy sitting this weekend! Fun for all!


What a difference a year makes!




I thought only adults talked to themselves, but I overheard the following coming from the couch: (where Victoria was sitting reading a book by herself)

"What color is the flower? Blue!"

We say as adults, "I know I talk to myself, but I only worry if I answer!" so what does it mean for a toddler?!?

And just a fun pic from the weekend. We were getting home foot-spas together!


A little clarification

If it seems like this site brags about Victoria, I hope it's only partly true. In addition to having a good tool to share photos and videos about how our daughter is growing with family and friends who don't see us as often as we'd like, I have also used this blog as a digital 'baby book' of sorts.

Many of the milestones I record in here are more for my future reference than trying to brag about where Victoria is in development and what she's doing - or not doing. My memory's not all that great, and this serves a good reference when Jeff or Mandy ask me "How old was Victoria when...."

Of course, we're very proud of Victoria. We think she's very smart. And the blog does act as a way for us to brag without shoving it down people's throats with a million emails :D