Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Harvest, Halloween, All Hallows Eve … Whatever It Is Called These Days

Lillian enjoyed a nice Fall Day in our yard this past weekend.  She really liked looking at the leaves; maybe we have a future Botanist. 

Lilly loves to laugh, but she reserves it for her Über funny Daddy and Auntie.  It makes the rest of us rather jealous.  Obviously Lilly found something so funny she was overcome with giggles.  There was such a ruckus she nearly fell over.


It was an easy choice for Halloween this year, Lilly HAD to be a “LillyBug.” 

Friday, October 28, 2011

October's Learning Theme

I was finally able to get my act together and work with a theme for our interaction times with Lilly this month.  I have been trying to make this happen since the beginning of the school year, but business processes and systems analysis took precedence and Lilly has had about enough of that talk.  So, the theme for October was Fall Leaves and Halloween, it went hand-in-hand with her school theme so that made the planning easy.  At home our featured books for the month were 5 Little Pumpkins, A Pumpkin Prayer, When The Leaf Blew In and Biscuit's Pet and Play Halloween.  Lilly really fancies the bright orange of pumpkins so she especially liked the 5 Little Pumpkins and A Pumpkin Prayer books.  In fact she was starting to fuss while we were waiting one day and I pulled the 5 Little Pumpkins book out of the diaper bag and she quieted immediately.  An on-looker was so surprised she had to comment that she did not know a book could quiet a baby … ah, the power of a good book!  When we were not reading our books we investigated Fall leaves, visited an apple orchard, took walks to enjoy the colors of Fall and played with pumpkins.  We sang about the 5 Little Pumpkins and even learned about some feelings that pumpkins might have.  At school the teachers made black ghost shapes and Lilly painted them white with finger paint.  Next month we are focusing on Giving Thanks, yea for a theme that works with singing the Doxology and Simple Gifts.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Lilly's New Toy Box

When Grandma and Grandpa Knoll were in town for Lillian's baptism they brought a beautiful toy box.  The toy box was specially made for Lilly by her Great-grandpa Allar and it was packed full of dolls from her Great-grandma Allar.  We are so excited that Lilly will have this beautiful toy box to use as she grows.  For right now, she enjoys sitting in it and watching Mrs. Whiskers jump in and out of it.  In the future I am sure she will enjoy organizing all her toys, sitting on top of it to read a good book and using it as a hiding place.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Little Lillian, Welcome!

We just finished up a wonderful and busy Fall weekend.  Matt's parents were able to come for a visit and we had a lot of fun with them.  Lilly enjoyed all the love and playtime that she had with Grandma and Grandpa Knoll and Matt and I enjoyed some delicious dinners and conversation. Lilly also recieved a beautiful toy box that her Great-Grandpa Allar made and sent all the way from Minnesota (more information and pictures to come.)

The highlight of the weekend was Lillian Grace's baptism.  We were so fortunate to find a time that our whole (well, almost whole) family could get together to support and celebrate our precious babe.  We had her baptized at the Presbyterian Church in Concord, which is where at least four generations of our family has been baptized.  That long history, added to the specialness of the day.

Lilly was on her best behavior for the entire baptism ceremony and even enjoyed meeting the entire congregation that was eager to welcome her.  Matt and I were very happy and proud parents and we felt so blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives loving and supporting Lilly.

After church was over, we headed back home to enjoy a perfect Fall lunch, eat some cake and let Lilly open some gifts.  She enjoys playing the claw game, so she was delighted to reach into the bags to lift out the paper and presents.  And of course she is never one to pass up some good snuggles!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Weekend Warrior

Matt and I took a quick get-away to Traverse City to enjoy the Fall colors and take a break from work and house projects. While we were away Lilly spent time with Auntie Erin & Uncle Jake and GiGi & Papa Luttenton.

First, they did some calisthenics to get pumped for a full day of activities. Obviously, Lilly takes exercise seriously and needed to wear her leg warmers and curve hugging bodysuit. Her look says, “Don’t bother me, I am in the middle of my favorite jazzercise routine.”

Then, they spent some time exploring space, which as you can tell, is utterly exhausting.

At some point, there was a demand to wear a purple kitty cat hat. It was probably around the same time that Lilly was trying to call Mrs. Whiskers to her side with her Mariah Carey shrieks (video clip to come.)

Lilly knows it is important to balance work and play, so she took some time from her busy schedule to catch up on some light reading, presumably “Good Night Moon.” As you can tell a modern gal like herself fancies digital books… her new iphone is pre-ordered and in the mail.

She ended the weekend with a very important skype call to Grandma & Grandpa Knoll, as you can tell she had so many things to tell them about.