December 31, 2013

Christmas in Texas - Christmas Day

Christmas was wonderful this year, and having a baby to celebrate with us made it even more fun. I've said it before, but Sophie really is such a joy in our lives and it was fun to celebrate this first Christmas with her. She really seemed to enjoy the spirit of season and was just soaking up all the lights, colors, excitement, and love.

Christmas morning with five adults and one baby was pretty relaxing. Sophie slept in until 8:00 and then we went downstairs for a yummy breakfast. The rest of the family wasn't coming over until later that afternoon, so we let Sophie open her stocking and one present before the chaos started. When we showed her the present she seemed to know it was for her - first she climbed up on top of it, and then started tearing the paper off like a pro.

After the two other Howe families arrived we opened the rest of the gifts and then had a delicious Christmas dinner. Traveling around the holidays is not always easy, but it is so great to have the whole family together around one table. We are glad we could make this trip to Texas and feel so blessed to have such wonderful families. Merry Christmas everyone!

Right next to a tower of presents and all she's interested in are the beads on the tree


Sophie opening one of her presents from Grandma and Grandpa. It was a pink train that she absolutely loves. Another favorite present was the pink sippy cup on the table in the background. 


Our Christmas card for the year - Happy Holidays from the Howes!!



December 30, 2013

Christmas in Texas - Mystery Dinner

Last week Tim and Cindy hosted another Howe Family Christmas Mystery Dinner. They put together a themed "Clue" type game to play as a family and fed us all dinner and dessert - it was awesome! This year we were invited to dress up like a family of snowmen. We set the bar pretty high with Dave's grinch costume two years ago, so we wanted to go all out again this year.

Sophie wore a shirt with a snowman face and Dave and I dressed in white. My hat was from the thrift store, and we made Dave and Sophie's hats out of felt. We also made some buttons from felt, a couple carrot noses out of orange paper, and painted our faces. Dave then took his costume to the next level by stuffing his top and bottom half with pillows. I thought he looked amazing!!

The Snowmen Family - I love Sophie's "what's wrong with my parents" expression in this picture


Sophie was after my carrot nose all night


Snowmen in Profile


Greg, Amy, Ally, Jack, and Emma as a family of elves


Dad and Mom as Mr. and Mrs. Gingerbread Man


Liz as Susie Snowflake


And an attempt at a group photo

December 19, 2013

Sophie at 9 Months

Sophie turned 9 months today! Oh this baby makes me smile. She has been drooling like crazy (that is a drool string hanging off her chin), but we have finally come to the end of the daily spit ups - hooray! She has also stopped leaking out the front of her diaper at night, and now sleeps from about 7:30 pm to 7:30 am. Now that she is sleeping longer at night, Sophie makes good use of her waking hours. She is so busy all the time and sometimes putting on a diaper or getting her dressed feels like wrestling an alligator. At least she doesn't bite :)


Sophie at 9 Months
  • 28 inches and 19.5 pounds
  • Has 7 teeth, 3 on top and 4 on bottom
  • Loves to say "hi" to people by reaching her hand out to them. She will try to get their attention even if they are all the way across a room. 
  • Will hand you whatever she is playing with if you hold your hand out to her
  • Thinks it is very funny to try and share her binky with us
  • Is still a great eater. We have added banana to her morning meal and she has gotten good at picking up small pieces with her fingers. She also loves it when we help her drink water with a straw.
  • One of her favorite activities lately has been riding in the shopping cart, but not in the seat up front. She likes to sit, or stand, in the main cart part and say "hi" to all the shoppers. Sometimes I take her to the store and push her around even though I'm not shopping for anything. 
  • Now says "mama" and "dada," along with a whole lot of other nonsense words
And some other random pictures: 

Present thief - Sophie stole daddy's birthday present off the chair all by herself


Teething has made her turn into a beaver. She loves to gnaw on anything she can find. Good thing we don't care too much about our coffee table!


And it snowed about 4 inches at our house today!

December 17, 2013

Meeting the Big Man

Tonight we went out to eat at Tucanos with Natalie and Brodie to celebrate Dave's birthday, which was yesterday, and Nat's birthday, which is at the end of the month. As always we ate way too much, but it was delicious :) On our way out we noticed a little Santa Station set up in the middle of the Riverwoods shops, and since there was no line, we dropped in for a quick visit.

Even though Sophie loves everyone, I  still thought she would cry because that's what babies do when you set them on Santa's lap. She proved me wrong, however, and gave Santa a big grin :)


Was she a good girl this year? I think so!


And yes we are bad parents who forgot our baby's coat. We wrapped her up in a blanket after and she stayed nice and warm. 8 days until Christmas, 5 days until we fly to Texas, and only 3 days left until Christmas Break - hooray!!



December 7, 2013

Aerial Attack

Sophie suddenly noticed the proximity of the Christmas tree and decided to go for it - reach, baby, reach! 


December 4, 2013

Here comes trouble

Last night I was shopping on Amazon and needed to find one more item to get free shipping. I was struggling to find something I needed, and ended up getting some baby spoons, but now I know what I should have ordered - baby locks. This girl is curious and also seems to be developing a mischievous side. I think she must get that from her daddy :)

This morning Sophie figured out how to open cupboard doors...


And when I moved her away from the cupboards she went over the garbage can...


And after I pulled her arm out of the garbage a few times, she decided to go for the toilet paper instead...


Oh baby - what am I going to do with you?!

December 2, 2013

Christmas is Coming!

We are all decorated for Christmas and I love it!! I finished all the inside decorations before we left on our Thanksgiving trip, and then Dave put up some outside lights yesterday since the weather was nice. Good thing too, because forecast for the next few days is snow with a high of 24 degrees. We'll be staying indoors where it's cheery and warm - brrr!

Sophie loved the lights and was there to investigate a second after I plugged them in


This is the first year we've put lights up outside and I love it - nice work Dave!


Our homemade snowflakes I hung by the kitchen with care :)


We also have our little Christmas tree up and decorated. I set it up in the corner behind the armchair and end table, but it didn't stay hidden for long...