Monday, March 28, 2011

Getting ready for the beach

Linnea is getting ready to meet her game-playing extended family at the beach this summer by learning some card games. Tim puts down a card, she puts down a card until they are all gone. She also likes kicking down the card houses Tim builds on the carpet. :)

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Oh, and it looks like somebody needs a haircut. Guess we need someone else in the family to get married so we can make that happen!

Big girl

Triceratops hair, big girl dress, lady leggings. She’s growing up!

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Feet up on the tray

A common sight at mealtime.

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Taco soup for lunch

Friday, March 25, 2011

More Linnea-speak

I forgot to add some of the funnier words of Linnea’s vocab in the last post. Check ‘em out:

“oi-ya”: other/another (as in, the other shoe, crayon, etc)

“mit ni-ya”: mixed nuts (in her play food)

“pi-pi-ya”: purple

“caw caw”: her new bird sound

“ba-bi-ya”: broccoli

“gra-tia”: gracias (ha!)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mustard, mayonnaise…

Ketchup!

As in, catch-up on all we’ve been up to in the last month or so since my previous post.

We’ve had lots of sunny days and fun times to play outside. Linnea keeps adding more words to her vocabulary, like “mia” (more), car, bi-ba (bible), and her imitation of the last word in pretty much every sentence we say.

Springtime is finally here and I am thinking of starting a small container garden on the deck, since the massive “castle” next door blocks nearly all the sunlight from our yard. Bummer that we won’t have a vegetable garden in the ground as I’d hoped, but sprucing up the deck is in order anyhow! Will let you know as we make progress; still in the planning stages here!

Tim his been working a lot but we have fun together on the weekends. The sunnier days mean lots of time outside at parks in addition to our regular haunts of church, Costco and coffee shops on Saturdays and Sundays.

We are looking forward to the Easter service our church is putting on at Qwest Field at the end of next month (aka home of the Seahawks). It’s going to be a great big party and we’re excited!

My mind is swirling with springtime projects (which Tim constantly needs to reel me in from), but here they are just so you know what I’ve been thinking about—not that they’ll be getting done anytime soon!

Container garden

Flower pots and hanging baskets on porch

Deck furniture

Recovering some pillows in spring-like fabric (will require repairing the sewing machine still out of commission since we got the part during Mary’s visit last July…ahem)

Painting Linnea’s room a soft peach color and making raspberry and lime-accented curtain (I reserve the right to change my mind on these color choices!)

Painting the master bedroom

Adding some sort of life and greenery to the aforementioned dungeon-dark side yard

 

 

And  now, with no further ado (since we all know I really have a list 3x this long in my head), some recent photos of the baby girl. I know I need to learn how to use my camera. That can go on the list, too.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy 18 months to my sweetie pie!

It seems like “yesterday” and “lately” are the most used words on this blog, since I can never get it together to post things when they actually happen. But later is better than never right? Here’s a tribute to Miss Linnea Goose on her 18 month anniversary of bringing joy to our family…which was Monday, Feb. 28.

Dear Baby Girl,

You are the sweetest little honey pie I have ever known. Your smile and laugh, your mouth full of teeth, and your crinkly nose are my favorite things to see. You are just bursting with personality lately, from the occasional shriek when you don’t want to do something, to wanting your hands cleaned multiple times during meals, to insisting of having all your shirt sleeves and pant legs pulled all the way down at all times. You are a delight every morning when you run out of your room, Daddy at your heels, calling “Mama!” as you look for me. Most of the time you are carrying your dolly. You have the best hair, getting lighter week by week, and though you had a fierce hair-do strike lately I’ve been able to get it out of your eyes now the last couple of days. Your favorite words are mama, dada, wawa (water), this, that, uh-oh, Nana (referring to yourself AND your Nana), mmm! and apple. You are jumper, a climber, and a dancer with many moves—like screw the lightbulb, the chicken wing, raise the roof, windshield wipers, and whatever else Aunt Bergie likes to teach you—and we smile and laugh all day long. I thank God for the welcoming and friendly spirit in you that constantly waves to strangers, shows concern for crying babies, and wants to share toys with friends. And I thank God that you have been weaned two and a half weeks and it has been easier than ever to get you to bed, and you are sleeping better than I could have dreamed of only a few months ago. Your Daddy and I love you bunches and bunches and we can’t wait for the months and years ahead. You love little babies (which you still call “mamas”) and we know you will be a great big sister someday. (FAMILY: There is no hidden announcement here! Just saying.) May God bless you and keep you and draw you closer to himself every day.

Love,

Mama and Daddy

Some recent photos:

Swaddling her dolly (yes, wearing Linnea’s swimsuit; a compromise since it’s too small for her)

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Swaddling the birdie from Nana in a blanket Nana made to match Linnea’s baby blanket

 

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Talking on the phone to Nana

 

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With Mama and my new haircut

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With Aunties Elizabeth, Lydia and Bergie during the visit last week

 

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Playing London Bridge

 

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