Sunday, August 28, 2011

Lillian Grace: Four Months Old

Oh, what a month for our little social butterfly. Lilly Bug has been here, there and everywhere and has met so many new people. The major event of the month was Auntie Erin and Uncle Jake’s wedding in which Lilly was the honorary flower girl … meaning she got a really cute dress and slept through the ceremony and most of the reception. We did find enough wake time to get some great family pictures and for her to test out her new vocal accomplishments during dinner. Thank goodness our family friend Diane was there to care for our little opera singer. Lilly was able to meet a lot of out of town family for the first time and she happily snuggled with anyone who wanted to hold her.

After her flower girl debut Lilly experienced school for the first time and she loves her teacher Ms. April. She only goes part of the day on Tuesday and Thursday, but from what we can tell she seems to enjoy it. Her favorite activity so far, lounging on her tummy with her head held high watching the other babies … I can only imagine what she is thinking. It will be interesting to see her social skills develop over the course of the semester. Tuesday and Thursdays are the prefect days to visit school as they are art and music days and Lilly LOVES her music. For real, if you ever need high pitched squeals in a band call her up!

The finale of her social month was another trip to Chicago, this time she was able to spend her visit with Grandma and Grandpa Knoll who came from Minneapolis for the weekend. While Matt and I went a beautiful wedding she treated Grandma and Grandpa to a tour of the city. Good thing she has mad navigation skills like her mother and knows where every store and restaurant is within walking distance. Lucky for grandma and grandpa she is still too little to max out the credit cards and still too tiny to eat her weight in popcorn and candy. Speaking of her stature, Lilly now weighs 12.8 pounds and is 24.5”tall. Still our Petit Bébé. I am not going to lie, it is wonderful that she is still wearing newborn or size 0-3 … we still have SO many great new outfits to grown into! Yea!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Back-To-School Week Begins ...

Back-To-School week ... so here are a few video clips to hold you over until I can post our first ever First Day Of School Post ... I'll let the excitement and anticipation build for a few days.

Finally, a clip of Lilly doing the rolling thing, it only took me an entire month to post. This is not her first official rolling over debut, that video still needs to be edited, as the claps and cheers are deafening. But this was taken back when she was a newbie.

Lilly Rolling Over Like a Pro

Lilly has a great interest in the current state of our space program. Here she is discussing the finer points of her 10 steps plan to get to Mars and back. You can tell Rickey Rocket is giving her a piece of his mind and she rebuts with a heated argument.

Lilly Discusses With Ricky Rocket The Future Of The Space Program

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lilly & Matt Just Hanging Out

I leave to go check on dinner and Matt & Lilly are playing the ukelele and singing a song ...

I come back and they are holding dangerous power tools. Matt assures me it is fine because they are only electric and not nearly as powerful as the gas version.
Aye, Aye, Aye.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Like Father ... Like Daughter

Lilly is a one of a kind little girl, some say a perfect combination of both Matt and I. But it is hard to dispute, sometimes she looks just like her father.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Oh ... Knickerbocker

It is hard to believe that we have gotten to a point where we ALMOST consider our Kinickerbocker House to be "sale worthy." Just a few more projects to finish and it should be ready for the real estate market. I am sure Matt never imagined what it would look like in 2011 back when he bought it in 2006... Knickerbocker, you've come a long way baby!

Here are some quick snap shots that I took before our friends moved in. It looks less than glamorous without furnishings, but you can at least see the majority of changes that have been made. Click on the collages to see them better.

Living Room Before (1)

Living Room Before (2)

Living Room After

Kitchen Before

Dining Area Before

Kitchen & Dining Area After

Bedroom One Before

Bedroom One After

Bedroom Two Before

Bedroom Two After

Bedroom Three Before

Bedroom Three After

Main Floor Bathroom Before

Main Floor Bathroom After

Basement Bathroom Before

Basement Bathroom After

Basement Renovation

Basement Renovation Progress

Monday, August 1, 2011