Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Shrills and thrills

Kate has apparently discovered her vocal range. Her new favorite....screaming (and I mean the girliest, loudest, and longest shriek ever). We discovered this new 'sound' the other day.
We went over to Jay's mom's house to visit and cousin Max and Liam were there. Within 2 seconds of walking in the door and spotting Max she let out this LONG, LOUD shriek of excitement. It was pretty cute. Now she does it all the time when she gets excited.

In addition, she also appears to be speaking Japanese. I will try to video tape both.

On the walking front, she has been taking steps here and there and is VERY close to making this her main form of transportation.

Loving this new fall weather. We bought an adorable plaid pea coat for kate that I'll have to get a picture of.

Have a good night.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

1 Year Old

My baby is no longer a baby....she is a toddler. Sad and exciting all at the same time.

We had her 1 year checkup last week and it was awful. Well it was good for the most part but she cried and cried during and after the shots. Then they had to prick her finger and draw blood. Worst experience ever. Jay had to have her in a choke hold and had to hold her finger as the lab technician squeezed and squeezed vial after vial of blood. All the while she stared at me and screamed bloody murder. I'm starting to sweat just thinking about it.

Here are her stats:
Weight: 19 lbs. 13 oz. (30th percentile)
Height: 29 1/4" (57th percentile)
Head: 18 1/4" (84th percentile)

She's doing lots of new things these days and has changed quite a bit. Here's what's new:
-She now has 8 teeth and she grinds them....i shiver thinking about it....but appears to be getting over that
-She loves to try and feed herself. Favorites still include crackers and basically anything carbs. She also enjoys chicken but oddly only chicken from a restaurant. Maybe it is my cooking
-Almost walking....sooooooo close. She takes a few steps here and there
-Trying to ween her off of the bottle which has been going pretty good
-Knows where her tummy is and will point to it if you ask
-Obsessed with washcloths....arrived at daycare the other day to find Kate sobbing....found out a 'friend' tried to borrow her wash was a rough day for Kate, same day that she was bit...well actually she placed her finger in a 'friend's' mouth so I guess that doesn't count as biting
-Can do 'touchdown'
-Learning how to shake her head 'no'.....greeeaaaat.
-Such a goofball and tons of fun!

Here are some new pictures:

The voice in my head is nasally while thinking of a caption for this one...
I've got nothing

She enjoys playing with bowls....

And baths....hello friend

She loves to play under the table

One of her final days sporting 'the pony' - note new hairstyle below

Loves to climb the stairs

Chillin in her aviators

The new 'do'. Hair brushed to the side with a bow or clip
And this face is so 'Jay'

Love that smile

Quite the pose Kate....I feel like she should be on a beach with the waves crashing on her

Friday, September 18, 2009

Price Reduced and Open House

Hi All - I promise a post about Kate and all the new things she can do but just have time to give you a quick update on the house.

We have reduced the price to $139,900! Also, we are having an open house this Sunday, September 20th from 1-3 p.m.

If you or anyone you know is interested, stop on by!
Have a great weekend and more about Kate to come! I promise:)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


A couple weeks ago we ventured to Valleyfair with Jay's parents and cousin Max. (this is a really late post) We had a great time and I hadn't been there in years. Kate had a great time even though she couldnt' go on many rides....she loves to people watch. Here are some pictures from the day....the only picture that is missing is the freak out Jay and Kate had as we were stuck at the very top while on the ferris wheel.
1) Jay is scared of heights and was not thrilled to be on the ride
2) He for some reason thought I was getting dangerously to throwing Kate over the side of the cart trying to get a picture...she was standing on my lap and perfectly safe
3) Kate proceeded to freak out because of her father's freak out....needless to say it was not an enjoyable ride

Let the day begin!

Jay and Kate on the merry-go-round

Hahahaha....jay trying to hoist the two of them off the horse

Grandma Vicki, Kate, Max and Me on the old fashioned cars

Jay wasting our money winning basketballs....I think we left the park with 4

Kate playing at Splash/Soak City...whatever its called

Love this photo of the two of them

Tuckered out!

Monday, September 7, 2009

What's a puppy say

Kate's one chatty little girl....she babbles all the time (most of which we have no idea what she is saying) but there is one other word that she has seemed to master besides 'mama and dada'.....'woof'. Its more of a blowing out a candle/woofing but cute non the less.

Sorry I couldn't figure out how to rotate the video.


House Update

Many of you are probably wondering what the latest is with our house situation.....
Last tuesday the house we wanted got another offer which was non-contingent...the owners accepted and we had 48 to sell our house. Needless to say we were not able to close a sale in such a short time frame.

So now, we're not exactly sure what we're going to do. We're leaving our house on the market as we've had 10 showings in two weeks and they've all had pretty good reports so we'll just wait and see. We'll keep looking at houses and may even look at building.

Who knows what may come of this but if nothing else it is teaching us patience and how to keep our house really clean:)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Kate's 1st Birthday Party

This past Sunday we celebrated Kate's first birthday party (her actual birthday is tomorrow).

We had a great time and about 25 family members came to celebrate in our backyard. Kate was quite the trooper considering she had a cold and had 3 teeth coming thru. Thanks to everyone who came and thanks for all the great gifts!

I have a ton of pictures to post and not sure if I'll get them in order but enjoy:) PS - Mom, i think you need to clean your camera lens off as their is a blur on every photo....ha!

Can't believe she's turning 1 tomorrow....I'll reflect and let you know all her latest 'doings' in another post this week.

Hard to see but the sign I made with Christy's new cricut....says 'happy birthday kate'
It was super cute!

Cheer up Kate, its your birthday!

Preparing the food....

The kids - Liam, Max and Kate

Ha look at the boys' faces - 'What the heck is she doing??'

Eating lunch

Then time for a family picture

The birthday girl in her cute outfit

Standing by herself.....hopefully walking soon:)

Kate with the grandparents and great grandparents minus Grandma Cleo
We missed you!

Opening presents

The new hat from Auntie Em and Uncle Chris

Her new purse she refused to put down for the rest of the day

Her new car from Grandma and Grandpa Nessler

Being silly in her new car with her hat and purse

The reaction we got everytime we tried to take her out of the car

Then time for cake....wasn't really digging it

Then time for bubbles....still has the purse


So mad after we forced her out of the car

Waking up from her nap
1) Notice she still has the purse, she slept with it
2) Notice Jay's hot outfit