Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

First Steps

Yesterday we uploaded the video of Hailey using the dogs' food bucket as a walker. Today Hailey took her first steps on her own. Unfortunately I didn't have the video camera with me; we were at Church while Jeni practiced for Sunday's Christmas Program (so Jeni missed it too). Luckily Baby Hailey repeated it a few more times throughout the day so Mama got to see it. She seems to only take steps when she's distracted by something else. If she realizes she's not holding onto anything she sits down. We're so proud of our little girl. Pretty soon she'll be running around all over the place.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Improvised Walker

Hailey has been practicing walking. She's been able to stand by herself for the past 2 months and even walk while grabbing onto something or someone. Just recently, however, she's figured out that some things will move so she can walk and hold on at the same time. The dogs' food container was the perfect height.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

All in a day

Today we baked and glued our gingerbread houses together.
Tomorrow we will decorate them.
Even Hailey got a baby gingerbread house!

We are making my dad a crate of different types of root beers for Christmas. The sooner we wrap them the better as we already drank 2 of them... delicious! I liked Squamscot Birch Root Beer which has a wintergreen taste... Steve likes Bulldog; you can taste the honey in it.

Who knew there were that many different brands? We are going to make a cheat sheet describing the different flavors based on reviews we found online.

Ex. Hank's Gourmet: sweet and creamy, tastes like the lovechild between root beer and cream soda.

Some are spicy, some are sweet, some are super foamy, some leave different flavored aftertastes. Some are European, some Australian. It's a nice variety.

Then we wandered around the Grove. Steve's face lit up like a little kid when we went in Pottery Barn kids and he saw all the Star Wars stuff. Thank Heavens they don't make those sheets in a California King size or they might be on my bed!

Hailey had a good time seeing all the Christmas lights and the water show at the fountains. She is so well behaved in public. Last night we took her to a movie screening in Hollywood and she was as good as a peach! Too bad it probably won't last forever.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Candy Land

Hailey and her Dad have different ideas about how to play Candy Land.

Hailey thinks she won.
Steve thinks he won.

We decided to get Hailey an Elf on the Shelf after we found out that Norma the Elf visits Rex, Olive, and Lola (Hailey's cousins in Idaho). Our elf is named Gumdrop. Every day Hailey and her Dad look for him because he is in a different spot than the day before. Every night he reports back to Santa to tell him whether she has been good or naughty. Hailey can talk to him but is not allowed to touch him, to preserve his Christmas Magic.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

9 Months Old Today

Hailey is just getting her first two bottom teeth and it has made her super cranky. Today we were getting ready to go for a walk and we found this butterfly on our front porch. Hailey was fascinated by it closing and opening its wings. It was so entertaining she stopped crying. We took this little butterfly in our stroller and decided she should come on our walk with us. The butterfly is currently living in my Mom's dining room on a little potted plant. She seems to have injured her wings and my family is feeding her sugar water.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Who Loves Their Tongue?

Hailey has this new thing where she loves to babble and stick out her tongue. Such a funny baby!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving in Idaho

Hailey's 2nd plane ride... she loves to go on trips!
Idaho here we come.

Hailey's first time in the snow.

A quick visit to the Ashcraft Homestead in Ogden.

Steven! Where's your coat? And why is Hailey out in the snow without her coat?

She was fascinated by the fishies.

The whole Ashcraft Family

Now just the girls

She likes it out in the snow!

This is the baby that never sleeps... sleeping!

Playing with Lola's toys...
much more fun than the ones she has at home.

Hanging out with Lauren.

She is hoping a treat will land on her tongue.

Hailey is the runt of the group.

Someone made this scarf for my dad on his mission in Germany many many years ago. And it's still fashionable.

Hailey loves to eat out! We ate at Texas Roadhouse the night before Thanksgiving.

Time for a group nap.

Rex and Olive have special Thanksgiving hats.

It was fun seeing everyone in Idaho!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Squirrely the Squirrel

We like to feed our friend Mr. Squirrel.
He likes to dig and bury his food in our yard.

That's a lovely tail Mr Squirrel.

The crows will get his treats before he makes it back.