Dec 27, 2010

Xmas with Tim's Family

Kins has lots of cousins on Tim's side of the family. This is the first gathering where she's been old enough to interact with them much. She had so much fun. With Reagan especially, she's the youngest and definitely the most interested. Starting two days before the gathering she had been asking if baby Kins would be there. Here they are checking each other out. You can see how stoked Reagan is about it.

Tim's family got Munchies presents for her birthday as well as being in the xmas name exchange. She got to sit and open her birthday presents with everyone and then they sang her happy birthday. It was really sweet. Here Payton is showing her the present unwrapping ropes.
Most of the kids are still young enough to be interested in her toys. Here they are checking one out.
It was a great party. Tasty food, lots of presents for the kids, and lovely company. One last parting photo. This toy was a bit hit with everyone. Even Munchies uncle, who probably played with it the most of anyone. I'm not even sure whose gift it actually was. He was able to hold it up and do two of his face imprints kissing each other. It was pretty awesome, I only regret that I wasn't quick enough to get a picture of it.

Dec 26, 2010

Dancing with Her New Toy

Tim's sister gave her a toy her kids used and it's a big hit. At around 50 seconds you can really see her rocking out to the music. Without other kids I'm not if they all do this, but she always starts grooving when music comes on. Even at 6 months she would swing her leg to the beat. It's even cuter now that she full on dances though. Sometime she she head bangs too.

Dec 24, 2010

Tired on Pony Friend

Sometimes she plays on Pony Friend while I work. It's so cute when she gets sleepy and lays her head on him. There's an extra bonus in this video around 25 seconds where she gets a second wind and really gets rocking.

Dec 22, 2010


She's been doing this for quite some time, but I finally got it on video. Lately she's gotten really into imitating. She'll often imitate simple words, coughing, tongue clicking.

Dec 21, 2010

Dancing Munchies

I tried to edit this some, the beginning should be sort of action packed. As action packed as a video of Kins swaying back and forth to music can be. But the song is pretty awesome, so that should help. If you skip in about a minute and a half I turned it off and back on so you could see her instant reaction. Then I gave her the remote and she picked a couple of songs and grooved to those too.

After I took the video I was putting it on the computer and she was still playing with the remote. She must have switched to to music port, cranked the volume all the way up, then switched to the radio. All of a sudden there was a burst of ultra loud static and she screamed at the top of her lungs and lunged for me and tried to crawl up my body. She was pretty traumatized and it took a little bit of soothing and leaving the room to calm her down. It was so sad.

Dec 20, 2010

Christmas Picture

We really need to invest in a better camera, but after much weeding out of randomly blurred or washed out pictures, we managed to get a couple of decent pictures. This one was my favorite. Now if only I were motivated enough to send them out! This will have to do.

Dec 16, 2010

Goodreads + The Library = A Good Time

I recently started using Goodreads more. I love how they've got lists of best voted books in all sorts of categories. I usually don't have very good luck picking out books by browsing in the library. I end up with books I like more with goodreads. Although I kinda struck out with the last two, Middlesex and The Kiterunner. I didn't find either one to be stellar. I've got about 5 books waiting for me at the library now that I'm excited about. Now we'll just see if I can squeeze in some good reading time. It's been more challenging now that I'm working about 12 hours per week, but I think it makes me value my reading time even more. Often Kins will think it's pretty fun to play in her play yard while I'm laying in there reading. She can climb over me and try to read my book too. It makes for slower reading, but it's nice.

Get yoself a Goodreads account and let the fun begin! Here's mine.

Dec 14, 2010


Tim got a big local job that started today. It's cool, because he can work on it and actually pull a check. He hasn't paid himself for all of his hours this year, because business hasn't been awesome (yay for having saved like madmen, or should I say madpeople, in previous years!). The past few months have treated us better, and this job should help too.

It's good news, but I will miss how lucky I am when he's working in the office. When he's in the office we see each other a lot. When I'm working I usually work in the basement with him because that's where I set up Munchies big play yard full of toys. We usually eat lunch together, and if I'm not working I bring Kins down periodically to peek in and see him throughout the day. On the job he's normally working long hours, so we miss him. We'll have to bundle up and get out more often during the day. Unless we get some more days like yesterday, in which case we'll hardly have to bundle up at all, it was 50!

Dec 13, 2010

First Birthday Video

Here's the promised action packed video:

Dec 11, 2010

Check me out

Next pregnancy I'm going to work on not having multiple servings of dessert daily, dessert instead of meals, etc. At the time I thought it was all good, but then a few weeks after having Munchies when instead of just magically shrinking up I looked like the following picture, I came to understand the truth.

I was going through pictures of Munchies to find birthday post pictures and couldn't resist posting this one of me. I was slightly horrified by pictures such as these at the time, but in retrospect they're pretty amusing.

Dec 9, 2010

Party Time

We threw her a little party for her birthday. My parents happened to be in town a few days before her birthday so since Tooter and Ruth live close I decided at the last minute to have them come by too for a little party time. We had grilled cheese and tomato soup, opened presents, and went for a walk. There was birthday cake too, naturally.

She thought her cake was tasty, and fun to play with too.

It was funny to watch the babies interact. None of them really are grasping how to interact and play together yet, but there was the occasional slow motion near miss eye gouging, some poking, and some sticking fingers into each others mouths*. Good times for the babies.

 Here Munchies was like, "Look, Baby Man, here's how you work Pony Friend's ears. Pretty awesome, yeah?"

Here she is, the Pony Friend Master, showing people how it's done, being cool in her party glasses. She would probably be embarrassed if she knew she had chocolate smeared on her face in this picture, so don't mention it to her, okay?

* Video of babies playing together to come soon, after I get it edited to show the highlights.

Dec 7, 2010

One Year Old?!

This year went by even faster than I expected. Rocking her to sleep last night and looking down at her I thought, this is as good as it gets. I've thought that just about daily at something or other she's done since birth. I'm glad I waited to have her so that I got lots of time to do what I wanted and be married for awhile first, but now, I don't miss the freedom.

She looked like this right when she was born.

She's been adored by her daddy since day one.

Then she started to grow up (too fast!)

This past month has been an exciting one. She said her first word (dog, naturally). She now chants it when she sees dogs or cats. She started saying MMMMMM when she eats tasty things. She predictably does this, and sometimes it's really funny. Two times in the past couple of weeks she was chillin on the floor and I heard it, and then found that she had located a cheerio on her person and eaten it both times. She learned how to get a book and turn the pages for herself, and she loves doing this. She learned to pull herself up on just about anything and stand for up to an hour at a time, and also to walk along using furniture. After learning to clap and wave she now understands the idea of mimicking actions, and she'll copy actions like pointing, head nodding to music, rocking, ect. She bangs things together. She points to what she wants.

Being a parent is a wonderful thing. She's so much fun to spend my days with and I've never been happier.
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