Celebrating my retirement with a pregnancy doorway photo, pizza, a cupcake, and leaving early. So long, friends. See you not at this place.
Andy was passed the torch to draw names for the Roller Secret Santa. He took his job seriously and after the drawing, had a burning of the names ceremony. (We re-burned at night so you could actually see the fire, but his face...)
Progress is framing the walls!
Story/play time after bath.
She probably picked up 90% of those rocks and with each one, held it to her head and said (in her language), "hello."
Not quite getting it.
This is right before she took about 6 steps, her first real walking progress! It's probably because she has a unicorn on her too-small sweater giving her extra powers.
Progress is drywall and a shower ready to be tiled!
New game: stand in the drawers and pull stuff out of the crib.
Progress is a tiled shower wall!
Her first experience with chocolate milk. She had a death grip on that thing. Pretty sure her mind was blown.
Purcellville Volunteer Fire Department
Annual Christmas tree getting (after we skipped last year because of our newborn). Felt great to see family and friends and resume our tradition.
Brian and Heather's Farm
Exploring nature in the buff. Or just airing out in the unseasonably mild December air after a pretty severe diaper leakage.
Progress is coming home to painted walls and tiled shower walls!
She's come a long way in her finger painting skills since the first time we tried. This one is a masterpiece birthday painting for her dad.
Christmas cookie decoration station with Abe and Robert. And the Christmas playlist that they put together. It consisted of three songs: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", "Emmanuel" by Amy Grant, and some weird cat's meowing song. On repeat. For hours.
Leena's hair and eyebrows.
Sweet snuggle with her dad. Not much beats when your kid puts her head down on your shoulder.
It's great having a house with a grandma in it right across the street.
Christmas cookie production. A new flavor this year and it's definitely the prettiest and very tasty and a keeper!
Doing Christmas-y things around town, just because.
Again, doing Christmas-y things around town, just because. (But swearing we are not tied to this every year.)
Finally reclaiming our house, cleaning the workspaces, and putting furniture back where it belongs. Hello, wood stove. I've missed you and can't wait to fire you up.
Also, the Bathroom
Progress is a working toilet and a shower that just needs the handle screwed on!
Christmas celebrations! Leena, truly outrageous. And all we do now is stare at her.
Christmas celebrations, Part II. Adah sharing her new drawing table. Not shown, Christmas dinner at the fire station with Andy.
Christmas celebrations, Part III. Super hero (or villain) Adah. You can see it in her eyes; she's not sure which one she wants to be.
And the bathroom, again
Progress is hardware and textiles hung!
Moving the book shelves from wall to stair hole = major piece of mind for mom when we are hanging out upstairs. And Leena is helping (probably not helping).
Andy's farewell dinner with Mom and taking Leena to her first hookah lounge. Which was attached and empty and a good place to let her start to get fussy as we finished up and approached bedtime.
Since we made over the second bathroom, we thought we could give the first bathroom a tiny face lift also with a new shower curtain. I still love maps.
Holiday Inn, Kilmarnock
A New Year's Eve for the books. Early dinner with Andy's folks and asleep by 9:30.