Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Here it is New Year's Eve and the whirlwind of the 2009 holiday season is almost over. It was a wonderful Christmas and we spent it traveling between Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia in what has become an annual trek. Oh how we wish we lived in the same town as our families!

Alaina was a good little girl this year and Santa was very good to her! Among the favorite toys she got from Santa are a Fisher-Price vacuum cleaner, legos and the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe. Alaina took straight to opening the presents and very much enjoyed tearing the bows off the gifts and ripping the paper. Here she is holding a present she found under the tree:

Alaina was the center of attention every place we visited and deservedly so -- Christmas is all about the children and she had a ball visiting our families and opening gifts. That little girl is loved by so many people!

I must say that Christmas Eve is the most magical night of the year. Going to church as a family and then going home putting the little one to bed and then relaxing with your spouse while waiting for Santa to arrive. It really doesn't get much better than that. It was a very quiet Christmas Eve and we spent it sipping on some eggnog and watching a "Christmas Story" and "It's a Wonderful Life."
Here is hoping 2010 is a happy and prosperous year for all of you and that it doesn't go by as quickly as 2009!!!!!!

Christmas 2008 (left); Christmas 2009 (right)

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Shopper Stopper Blizzard of 2009

December 21, 2009:
We're living in a Winter Wonderland here in Frederick, MD! The Blizzard of 2009 has been dubbed everything from the "WINTER WALLOP" to "SNOWMAGEDDON" but I'm partial to the "Shopper Stopper Blizzard of 2009." What better timing for the biggest snowstorm in 3 years than the last shopping Saturday before Christmas?!

According to, Frederick got 22" with the entire DC area getting between 12"-30". AMAZING! What wasn't amazing was all the shoveling Rob had to do; he was so sore!

We took Alaina outside in the snow twice and she HATED it! We got her a snowtube so we were hoping to give her a ride around our neighborhood but we were outside for literally 5 minutes each time. I don't know whether she was uncomfortable because we had too many layers on her (think of the little brother in a "Christmas Story") or maybe she was just too cold, but she could not wait to get back inside.

Enjoy the pictures!

Monday, December 7, 2009

1 Year Update!

Alaina had her 12 month check-up on December 3rd and I'm happy to report that she now weighs 22 lbs, 2 oz and is 31.5" tall. Our little girl has grown 10.5" and gained nearly 14 lbs during her first year. She is in the 75th percentile of weight and her height is OFF THE CHARTS. If the trend continues, she will be a tall young lady.

I am also happy to report that Alaina's 7th and 8th teeth have come through! She now has her upper and lower central molars, upper lateral incisors and upper first molars. We have officially said good-bye to Stage 3 baby food and Alaina has now made the switch over to table food like a big girl. Speaking of big girls, Alaina took 4 more steps today!