Thursday, January 29, 2009

Supper Club - 1/10/09

This month is our traditional white elephant/holiday gathering. The Green's graciously agreed to let us all invade their home this time. We normally go to the Bayer's but the number of people in our group, especially the little ones, has made that spot a little crowded when the whole group is present.

All were in attendance this weekend so that was great - Rob has had to miss the last few months because of his work schedule so it was nice to have everyone there.

Zoe was slow to work her way down to the floor to play with Malaya and Kailyn but once she did she was in toddler heaven. Kailyn has come cool toys that we haven't gotten for Zoe yet so she had a ball playing with those. Her and Malaya also played so well down on the floor - Zoe didn't bop her on the head at all!

At one point I looked over at Zoe and it turns out Kailyn had helped her do some accessorizing - so dang funny! I like to say she was channeling her inner Olivia Newton-John!

We all had a great time playing the white elephant game - we both ended up with great presents - I got a vac for my car, Rob got a bag full of outdoor goodies. It was really fun - it almost felt like old times at Supper Club.

After eating and game playing the kids were back to playing with the toys. Zoe was not happy about leaving but she was headed to Gma Sharon's for the night! Mommy and Daddy were going to my company party at the Hotel Sofitel! A night with grownups - crazy! We were home by 11 and both asleep by midnight - not quite the party animals we used to be!

I walk! 1/7/09 (13 months ol)

I am officially a walker! I have graduated from the world of Creepers and can now walk on my own without help from mom and dad. I am still pretty wobbly and not always sure of myself but I sure like walking! Check me out - I only walk right at the beginning but the whole video is only about 3 minutes long. You can hear mommy all giddy in the background - she loves to see me walk!


Meeting Elmo! 1/4/09

Our first big event of the new year was heading to Creative Kidstuff in Maple Grove to meet Elmo! They had Elmo in the store to help promote the upcoming Sesame Street Live show that was coming to town - which we already have tickets for!
We took Grandma Sharon with us to the store - first mommy had to return a teether that she had bought there months before and never used. It was one of those weird ones that vibrated and was supposed to sooth with the vibrations - mom fell for it in the store but never took it out of the package. They exchanged it for her and I ended up with a brand new toy through the whole deal! I get pretty lucky like that A LOT!

It was time for Elmo to come out and there was no one else at the store except for me, mommy and Gma Sharon. Mom was surprised at how few people were there - but it was okay by me.

Gma Sharon was holding me and I saw Elmo out of the corner of my eye. And from a distance he seemed okay. Gma Sharon started walking closer to him and I wasn't quite sure I needed to be quite that close. I politley told Gma Sharon - No, no!
This was a close as I would get - and I wasn't real happy about this even.
Mommy talked me in to going with her and posing for a picture with Elmo - since she was with me I was okay with it. We took a quick picture and that was that!

Elmo was hanging out and dancing a little bit - then more kids started to show up so it was time for us to go. Hope you like my pictures!

New Years Eve - 12/31/2008

We opted for a family friendly New Year's Eve celebration this year. Last year I was at home alone for most of the night because Rob was working and Zoe was only a few weeks old and I had no desire to go anywhere anyway. Rob did make it home that night just before midnight so I wasn't actually alone when the ball dropped which was good - especially for him - I might have hurt him if he hadn't gotten home in time.

This year we went to Mike and Sara's house. They have a son named Brandon who Zoe absolutely loves! And he is so good with her - they are quite fun to watch. Missy and Travis were there and Jill and John showed up later on.

We had lots of food and there was plenty to drink! Since Sara and I are both pregnant we decided to make Cherry Limeades for ourselves so we had something fun to drink during the evening. I have to say, they were so good that others were drinking them too - although I think they may have been spiking theirs!

We planned on a night of Wii! Missy brought the drums and guitar and we brought our Wii console. Rock Band here we come! Brandon immediately loved playing the drums and was actually pretty good at it!
Zoe had fun playing with all of Brandon's toys!

She even got in to the Rock Band and wanted to be the drummer! And I have to tell you these pictures of her drumming are taken just before midnight. This child would not go to bed - we brought the packnplay so she could lay down and each attempt was very unsuccessful so we just let her stay up!

Midnight came, we had a champagne toast - I had some NA Sparkling Juice - Rob, Zoe and I had a group kiss! It was a perfect night! And Zoe fell asleep in the car on the way home and went right to bed when we got home! She was pooped!

Christmas at Dad and Sue's -12/27/07

This is officially our last Christmas celebration - thank goodness! Matt, Tanya, Shawn, Zoe, Sue, Dad and I gathered at Dad and Sue's house to celebrate Christmas - Rob had to work - BOO!
We had a great meal and hung out and played.

Zoe got to once again open a couple of gifts. With her birthday and Christmas being so close together she may think it's going to be like this all year long!

Dad and Sue got us a great gift - we got DVD players for the car - so now when we travel for a longer period we can have something to keep Zoe entertained in the car!

Christmas Day night at home - 12/25/08

After all of our festivites over the past two days we headed home so Zoe could open her gifts from Santa and mommy and daddy. There was also a large gift that had been dropped off by Travis and Missy - mom was the most intrigued as to what that could be!
Zoe got a bath and got all lathered up with lotion so she was all set to open presents!

The large gift from Missy and Travis was a rocking giraffe- so awesome! She loved him - she was giving him hugs and kisses - we set her on top of him and that was a different story. I guess she will have to warm up to the rocking aspect!
Zoe had a grand ol time opening her gifts. Some of them she preferred to sit on before and even after she opened them. It was a great day, great night and a great holiday! We look forward to next Christmas when we will have our new baby to enjoy the holiday with as well!

Christmas Day at the Draegers and Matt's - 12/25/08

We got up Christmas morning and found this pile in our living room! Santa definitely stopped by to see Zoe. Zoe had some breakfast, while she made funny faces at mommy. She was definitely getting in to the spirit of the day! What a little ham!
After breakfast we got ready to go to the Draegers for a chili lunch and spending time with some family. My mom was in charge of most of the food - I volunteered to bring mini cornbread muffins - I got up quite early and made dozens of them all morning - I love my convection oven - it makes the first batch and the last batch just as yummy!

Matt, Tanya, Shawn and my mom were at my grandparents house, along with our grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins! It was a full house - and it quickly got real warm in there! Zoe sported her dress again today - she was looking so cute. I think she got over heated though because after we ate I noticed her upper arms and thighs were beat red and hot to the touch. It kind of freaked me out - but she doesn't like to be too hot anymore than I do so I understood. We stripped her down and put her in a more comfortable outfit and that seemed to do the trick.
Four generations of ladies!

After things wrapped up at my grandparents we decided to head to my brothers house so we could do our gift exchange with my mom. This is typically the day that we reserve to be with my mom and it's a really nice tradition.

There was one more announcement that had to be made on this lovely day as well. Matt and Tanya are now engaged to be married. Matt popped the question on Christmas Eve and Tanya said yes. We are very excited for them and can't wait for the wedding!

We got to my brother's house and did presents right away. Both kids were chomping at the bit - and I mean Shawn and my brother! Hehe!

Tanya had not given Shawn his big present yet so that was fun to see him open up - he got an art easel and all the fixins (paper, pens, pencils, scissors, the whole nine) He was very excited.

Zoe opened up some presents too - of course there was a strong Elmo theme, as usual. Grandma Sharon got in on the action too! And if you can believe it Uncle Matt even got a present or two!

Zoe had some more fun opening gifts and then playing with the boxes and tissue paper. We all could have saved ourselves lots of money and just got the paper and boxes! Oh well!

After the gifting was over we thought it would be a good idea to play guitar hero. Rob and I have never tried it so we thought it might be fun. I was horrible at it but it was a great time. We had a great day with family!

Christmas Eve with the Hendrickson extended family 12/24/08

So, this year we did something that Rob and I in our 8 years together have never done before - we attended only one Christmas Eve celebration! Normally we would make an appearance at my family's xmas eve and then end up at the Hendrickson's for the night cap. This year we decided that it would be easier to just go to one. Since we had just seen the Bayer side of my family at Thanksgiving we went to the Hendrickson's - as this is really the only time of the year we get to see all of them. It was different - I believe it was the first Christmas in my 33 years that I did not spend with my dad's side of the family. We have our own family now so I guess these kinds of things will continue to happen through the years.

I had to work on Christmas Eve - I got done working a little early and headed home to finish up my dish I was bringing to Mary and Mike's house. Rob did not have to work so he had Zoe during the day. We got Zoe all dressed in her Christmas outfit - complete with tights. I was so proud - she looked so cute!

As usual we had some great food and great drinks - Mike made mine non-alcoholic and I got to drink it from a fancy glass even though it was sans booze!

We did the traditional white elephant gift opening and game playing. I really wanted to regift the weird giraffe I went home with last year but I believe that is against our rules. This year I ended up with a dvd with three Flash Gordon episodes on it - so awesome! Rob ended up with a picture frame with a picture of President Obama in it - so funny that the only Republican in the house would end up with that! The best gift went home with Papa Dale - the singing pig. Shanna opened it first but it was quickly stolen by Papa Dale - he is always looking out for his granddaughters!

Zoe had a great time playing with Bonnie's dog Beagle Bob. He is such a great animal - he just layed there and let Zoe "pet" him and show him all her love! So cute!

The night got late and we needed to get Zoe home - she had to get bed if Santa was going to stop at the house. And we had another long day in store for Christmas Day!

Christmas at the Hendricksons - 12/20/08

Every year we do Christmas with the Hendrickson immediate family and my mom the weekend before the holiday so that we can all spend some time together. This year was a bit different - Laurie is still over in London working and was not present for Christmas - it was a little strange. She did call while we were all there and we all got to talk to her so that was nice. This year was also a bit different because Zoe was a much more active child than she was last Christmas. She enjoyed opening her gifts, she enjoyed playing with her gifts and even more she enjoyed playing with her cousins. Here are some pictures to illustrate the day!

Hugging cousin Erin! Zoe's stash of gifts - such a lucky kid!
Playing with her new dump truck! Posing with Nana Lynne and Great GMA Ann!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Zoe's Birthday at Supper Club - 12/17/08

This child is lucky - she has so many people that love her and want her to know it!
We had our monthly dinner at Dad and Sue's and it was to honor and celebrate Zoe's birthday.
We had a great dinner and auntie TJ made a super cute cake just for Zoe - angel food with yummy cream cheese frosty - and she even got creative with the frosting and was all tie dye and stuff.
We all sang Happy Birthday to Zoe - this was her third time I think. She REALLY enjoys being the center of attention and having a room full of some of her favorite people singing to her - SEE!

She is good at sharing already too! She wasn't sure what to make of the cake at first so she was trying to give it away - she took a couple bites and realized it was pretty good so she kept the rest of it!

Santa Visits the VFW - 12/13/08

We have yet to visit Santa in the mall. Last year we took Zoe to the Brookdale Mall - no lines and we even took our own pictures in addition to the ones we paid for. Well, the Brookdale Mall is doing so poorly these days that they have discontinued having a Santa. And honestly, as much as I want to get her pic taken with the big guy - the thought of going to Ridgedale and being handed a pager and told that the wait is at least an hour is not appealing at all to me.

So, as a child I used to go to the VFW in Prior Lake (where my grandfather is a member and former Commander) with my family to see Santa - the big guy would come and have breakfast with all of the kids. Each child would get a present (our parents sneakily brought each of us a gift) and have breakfast - it was great!

This year we decided to continue the tradition and take Zoe for her first visit with Santa at the VFW.
Santa was sitting in the chair talking to other little kids. Zoe saw him and was not super excited about it - she didn't mind him from afar - but as we approached the big fella she grasped on to my arm a little tighter. My mom took her and got closer and she immediately grabbed on to my mom's arm and started saying "no,no, no". It was really cute. We decided that we would still try and see if she would like to sit on his lap - NOT SO MUCH!
She still got her present though and had a good time opening that up. She got the Little People Noah's Ark from Santa - she was very happy - she loves all of the animals.

After lunch, Zoe and grandma Sharon played the Crane game - they didn't win but fun was had by all! Zoe even got to play with the buttons - probably why they didnt win anything!

After all the fun and games it was time to head home. Rob and I had talked about if she would be able to fall asleep in her car seat since we had turned it around - wondering if it would still be as comfy.

What do you think???

Evidently it only matters how tired she is not WHERE she is!
Our sweet little baby!