Sunday, December 28, 2008

Catching Up From Christmas

We did not take as many pictures of Alyzabeth as we had hoped over the Christmas celebrations. We seemed to be very busy chasing her, playing with her, reading books, talking with her, sitting on the floor, playing on the computer, singing songs, feeding her and most importantly, assisting her with the potty every hour. She keeps us busy!!

AA with new doll stroller from sister, Leaa. She loves pushing around her baby dolls!

Here's some of the "younger" kids at our family Christmas dinner at DD Leaa's house.

This picture was taken a week before Christmas at DD Leaa's house. All dressed up to go to a Christmas Cantata. AA is on BIL Jesse's lap.

We participated in the Seventh Diamond Ornament swap (thank you Rebecca L!!).

We are "babysitting" Daisy the cat for cousin CR as she is in Maine over her teacher's Christmas break.

AA received this set of silverware from Aunt-T and Uncle George. We have been using the typical baby spoons and forks so far, but once introducing her to this set, we were amazed how much easier she was able to handle them and eat smaller bites. The baby spoons can get overloaded when she feeds herself. These more "grown-up" utensils hold less food and she is doing much better feeding herself. It amazes me how we learn things just in time for AA to grow and develop.

We also had the opportunity to taste and rate a new product that my sister (Aunt-T) and BIL are considering adding to their shop of all Maine made goodies. We warmed the Raspberry-Chipotle Jam then spooned over a round of soft cream cheese and served with crackers. It was delicious as affirmed by at least a dozen people at one of our family gatherings. The only indifferent comments were that there were raspberry seeds in it and the chipotle flavor was very subtle; the raspberry jam came through much stronger. Still all in all, very yummy. It could be used on pork as a glaze too.
Another yummy item they sell is "needhams". It is a chocolate covered coconut bar; great homemade candy! They are only available in cooler weather months so order now! We love them.
Check them out at

I have to post a few more pictures of AA.... we just love her developing personality.
She still loves to dance and twirl often!

AA has watched her nieces dancing and doing somersaults. AA will copy and try anything they do. She needs a little help.....the somersaults are hard on our tile floors or is that the tile floors are hard on the somersaults ?!

AA loves to slide and swing, so trips to local parks are a must!

Prepared for her first boat ride; it was a bit breezy last week but now has been really warm this week. Past two days have hit 80 degrees!
Have a great week celebrating the new year!


enjoy-rs said...
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Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

WOW.. Looks like AA had a WONDERFUL Holiday..
LOVE the pink dress.. that is sooo adorable..
and I see she likes her baby doll..
Beautiful ornament.. that was fun to exchange...
I will be going over to check out the goodies on
Have a Great Week..
Sounds like AA might be a little dancer...

Gail said...

What great pics and I can tell you had a wonderful Christmas. It's so amazing to see their personalities change and develop isn't it? It just gets better and better!

mom to Nick(23)
Grace (6)
and William (3) adopted 7/08!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I am so glad that you all had such a wonderful holiday with your family...I would say you got a lot of pics of your sweet girl!!

I love that last pic of her in her life vest...ADORABLE...hope she liked her boat ride!!

Happy New Year!


Ruth and Brian said...

Oh what I wouldn't do for 80 degree weather right about now!!!

Living in Winter Soggy, Slushy Seattle land,

amy said...

She is a precious one and we hope to meet you sometime in Orlando

Mel said...

Your pictures of Alyzabeth are so sweet! Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. I'm still wondering about that raspberry chipotle jam, though.:) Actually, I have had blackberry jam on crackers with cream cheese like that, and it was very good.

Sophia's Mama and Baba said...

All the pictures of AA are adorable her personality shines through in each of them. I love the new Flatware. Sophia has the same issue with the baby spoons and prefers to use the real thing too..

Catherine said...

Thanks for sharing your Christmas fun with us! Tons and tons o fun! How does AA like the boat? Great times!

Happy New Year!

Cora said...

What a great Christmas! Looks like AA kept you on your toes. Toddlers are so much fun, especially this time of year.
Take Care,

a Tonggu Momma said...

Happy Christmas to you and yours! Looks like y'all had a wonderful time. And can you believe I gave that same ornament to my Aunt P this year? Great minds think alike - Rebecca L has great taste! :)

Elyssium Earth said...

What a honey in her sunnies! Guys she just looks so HAPPY! sigh. YAY

Kristy said...

Oh that ever so beautiful face, how I could just kiss those precious cheeks!!!!

Jboo said...

What great photos!! Looks like you all had a fabulous time. And your little sweetie -- she is so cute!

Best wishes for a Happy New Year!


Truly Blessed! said...

Looks like a fantastic Christmas!

Great pictures of AA -- what a beauty.

And, I got the same ornament you did from Kimberley's ornament exchange -- too funny!

Have a wonderful 2009!

Ivy said...

HI Just trying to catch up from the Holidays.
Wow Alyzabeth is darling!

What a great idea to research playgrounds. I took K to her first down the Jersey Shore they ground was made from recyclable rubber. It was all geared toward babies and toddlers. However, of course there's nothing locally here for her. So we create our own fun! Let's say my couch takes a beating!

Well, have a great week,



Little China Doll's Mommy said...

Love your pictures!

-Stephanie's Mommy (Gigi)

Vivian M said...

What great pictures! It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday! Sorry I am so late in posting, I am trying to catch up.
Merry belated Christmas!