Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Trip

Yesterday and today, we have been stuck inside due to a pretty epic blizzard, so we are all going a little stir crazy.

Lucy has been on a huge Ezra Jack Keats kick lately. She is obsessed with all of his books and asks me to read them multiple times a day. The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Jenny's Hat... we've read them all. This week, we checked a new one out from the library. It's called The Trip, and it's about a little boy who moves to a new city. He starts to feel homesick, so he makes a diorama of his old city from an old shoebox and imagines that he's traveling back there. 

So this morning, after reading The Trip for the nineteenth time, Lucy asked me if we could make a shoebox like the one from her book. And that's exactly what we did. 

Our airplane is flying dangerously low.

Definitely not as cool as the one from the book, but Lucy has been playing with it all day. Hopefully, all this snow will melt soon, so we can get out of the house and stretch our legs.  

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Six Months

Sweet Alice Pearl is six months old. Seriously, where does the time go? If feels like yesterday that Alice was born.

- At six months, Alice weighs 13 lbs. 15 oz. She is 15th percentile for height and weight. 
- Alice has been crushing some solids. She has loved every single thing we have let her try, including sweet potatoes, peas, apples, pears, avocado, and bread. She gets very upset if someone eats in front of her without offering her a taste.
- Miss Alice is already very vocal. She squeals loudly when she would like us to pay more attention to her.
- Like her big sister, Alice is already a lover of animals. She is especially fond of Sadie and Georgia, and she likes to grab handfuls of their fur whenever she gets the chance. 
- No teeth yet, but we are working on it!
- Alice is a great sleeper. She goes down for the night at the same time as Lucy, around 7:30, and wakes up to eat around 11 p.m. and again around 3 or 4 a.m. 
- Lucy and Alice have started sharing a room. Alice has moved out of the bassinet (for the most part) and sleeps in her crib. This transition was difficult at first; the girls kept waking each other up. But, eventually, Alice learned to sleep through Lucy's "reading" and Lucy learned to "read" more quietly. Both of them seem to enjoy sharing a room. (A few times, we have caught Lucy out of bed, standing over Alice's crib, trying to "comfort" her. In other words, Lucy poked Alice in the face and woke her up.)
- Alice has transitioned from four daytime naps to three. Occasionally, she will still take a fourth nap if she is particularly tired. 
- She has started grabbing at everything in sight - necklaces, hair, glasses, and even beards. 

Looking at Big Sister instead of the camera...

- Alice is getting pretty good at sitting up, as long as she has some support. 
- I don't think you can tell from the photos, but Alice's eyes are a deep, clear blue. Her hair is much lighter (and sparser) than Lucy's at this age. Alice definitely favors me more than Lucy did, but I still see a lot of M in her, too.
- It has been so much fun to watch Alice's little personality develop. She is such a happy little girl, so aware and thoughtful. She is also very affectionate and snuggly. While Lucy could be such a serious baby at times, Alice already seems to have such a quirky sense of humor. She makes us laugh constantly. 

Happy half-birthday to our sweet, little Alice! You bring so much joy and laughter to our family. We love you more than you could ever, ever imagine! xxxooo

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Winter Vacation

This week, my parents are in town for a little visit. We are in Breckenridge, enjoying the snow and cozy family time.

Is there anything cuter than little kids bundled up in puffy winter clothes? Lucy could barely walk, but she loved playing in the snow.

Alice would not cooperate for a family selfie.

Well, we tried.

My parents were kind enough to babysit, so we could get some ski time in. It's been about three years since I've skied, and I am definitely feeling sore today. Ow.

We have so enjoyed having Lynnie and Pop Pop in town. Lucy and Alice have been getting so much quality time with their grandparents. We will all be very sad when this vacation is over!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Alice and Solids

Hello and happy New Year!

To celebrate the new year, M and I popped a bottle of champagne, and Alice enjoyed some sweet potatoes. She's just over five months old, so we were thinking it's still a little early to introduce solids. (Her big sister Lucy did not care for them until she was at least six months old.) But, what do you know? Alice loved them.

Round two: Peas

Today, we introduced peas. Alice surprised me again and ate them all up. What a funny kid. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Hope you all had a very merry Christmas! 

I managed to snap a few photos of the girls Christmas morning. Lucy woke us up at dawn, but M made coffee before the present-opening chaos. I love that man.

Checking out the stocking loot...

Lucy was kind enough to assist Alice with her stocking.

Alice appreciated it so much.

Our fake tree, which has been a source of much contention. M made me promise that we will have a real tree next year, and every year for the rest of forever.

After stockings, we unwrapped presents. Lucy's still not quite old enough to unwrap presents by herself, and she wanted to play with each present as we unwrapped it. So, as you can imagine, it took us quite awhile to get through them all. About an hour into the unwrapping, Alice decided she needed a nap.

When we finished with presents, we had our breakfast of gooey cinnamon rolls. By this time, snow had begun falling softly outside, which was a welcome surprise. I love snow on Christmas morning. 

 The rest of the day was spent playing with / setting up toys, with phone calls to family and me cooking dinner in between. For Christmas dinner, we had a lot of yummy, artery-clogging foods. I made beef tenderloin with mustard cream sauce. It was a major crowd-pleaser.

Sadie and Alice were devastated to discover they were not allowed to eat any. 

For dessert, I made my Grandmere's traditional Buche de Noel. Not the prettiest cake ever, and I did not have time for the ever-popular meringue mushrooms. But, hey, it tasted great, which is all that matters, right?

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

5 Months

Merry Christmas Eve to you all!

Miss Alice is 5 months old already. I can't believe how big she is getting...

She is still very into her play mat. She reaches for her toys and smiles up at them - so cute!

Also, she can roll over now. We have had to start swaddling her with one arm out because she can flip over. Almost time for the sleep sack!

At five months, Alice's little personality is already starting to come out. She is such a sweet, happy baby. She smiles at strangers and charms everyone she meets. Her favorite thing in the world is to watch her big sister. They adore one another. It melts my heart to see them interact. 

Alice has been doing pretty well with daytime naps. She still wakes up a couple of times at night to eat, which is typical for her age. She likes to be swaddled, so it might be a difficult transition to the sleep sack.

We have not started solids yet, but I have a feeling she will love food. She seems very curious about everything we're eating. 

Hope you all have a merry Christmas!
xo, The Angerts

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Six Years

Today, M and I celebrate six years of marriage...

There are not words to express how much I love this man. He is the most incredible husband, and father, and I am so grateful to have him as my partner in this life.

Happy Anniversary!!! Thank you for putting up with me for all these years. Thank you for making coffee every morning before you leave the house, even if you aren't going to be drinking any, just because you know that I want / need it. Thank you for taking care of me when I'm sick and for making me laugh until my face hurts. Thank you for loving our daughters so well, for teaching them that they have value. Thank you for being patient with my clumsiness, and for loving me even though I constantly turn up the thermostat when you're not looking. Thank you for playing with my hair, even though you hate doing it. Thank you for loving us girls with such sacrificial, Christ-like love. I'm so incredibly thankful you picked me.
Your undeserving wife

{photo cred Dan Steiner}