Friday, December 17, 2010

Olivia's "First" Birthday!

I can't believe it! My baby girl is one years old! Where did the time go? When I look at this picture it seems just like yesterday she was our little sweat pea with dark hair and eyes. Constantly making funny faces, one of which the cooing face, my favorite.
But now my baby has grown into beautiful little 1 year old girl. Sitting up on her own, crawling around, chewing her fingers as numerous teeth come in. Melting every one's hearts with her baby blue eyes and strawberry-blonde hair. I couldn't love anyone or anything more than this sweet baby girl we call punky.
Charlie sitting in Olivia's new Pottery Barn kids seat that Nina gave her for her B-Day. They are relaxing before all the guests arrive for her 1st B-Day party. I love how Charlie fits in a kids seat.
Maggie Garcia's little girl Page and my niece Callahan seemed to really like each other. I thought it was cute how they escaped the party to go outside to hang out. I guess when you find another three year old girl who talks your language, it is pretty neat.

Nina (mother-in-law) and my sister-in-law Carolynn hanging by the spread.

The party in full swing.

Nina did a great job decorating the table!
Carolynn and I made the cupcakes and smash cake. The fondant toppers I purchased from Although Carolynn ended up doing majority of the prep work with the food since I was literally in my pj's icing cup cakes 20 minutes before the party. It didn't seem like there was a lot to do, but I definitely misjudged. Kids parties are stressful!
Smash cake!
Pink tutu and on point= Ballerina in the making! But does she really have a choice? :)
Carolynn and I tried to get a pic with Olivia and my nephew Evans amongst the craziness.
The owl pinata had ribbon attached, which the kids pulled one at a time and only one ribbon dropped the candy. We tried to have the kids form a line so each kid had a chance to pull a ribbon, that was easier said than done.
I love Rachel's boy Alden, his face says it all as he walks away with a ton of candy.
The pinata all pretty before it was destroyed by the kids.
The pinata dropping a ton of candy.
I love this pic of Paige and Callahan shoveling candy into their bags as Milo searches for stray pieces. The dogs were likes sharks swimming around bait.
Pretty impossible to take a pic with a one year old when yummy candy is on the floor.
Callahan trying to squeeze in some healthy carrots before feasting on candy and cupcakes.
Olivia is mesmerized by everyone singing happy B-Day to her. Love how Sunny is watching the cakes every move, she has learned that what ever baby gets on her tray she may get on the floor.
At the end of singing Happy B-Day, everyone started cheering and the kids started screaming, making miss O very upset. She hates loud noises. Love how Paige was concerned.
I quickly gave her some icing to distract her from all the noise.
Amazing! Icing makes everything better.
I couldn't remove the topper fast enough. It looks like she was helping, but more like trying to take it.
"Ummmmm..... I am in chocolate bliss"!
"Can I rub my whole body in this stuff"? "Well I guess I will start with my face". "Mmmm.....".
I tried to feed her some cake, because she didn't seem aware of anything but the icing.
Yes, I can confirm we have reached a chocolate coma state.
I keep thinking I should stop her from eating anymore because she is going to get sick, but it was too funny watching her eat her cake that I let her go a little too long. The rest of the night she was spitting up chocolate goo.
We call this the sad clown face. Poor baby.
Smash cake is definitely smashed.
Now time for the presents! Thanks everyone for coming to celebrate Olivia's First Birthday!

Thanksgiving at the Santos's

Happy Thanksgiving! I know I am a couple of blogs behind, but it seems like it has been one thing after another since Thanksgiving. We have had family company, Olivia's First B-Day, Charlie's B-Day, and Christmas parties just to name a few.
For Thanksgiving we spent it once again at our good friends house Jen and Larry Santos. We have known Jen and Larry ever since we were stationed with them in Humboldt. Our other good friends from Humboldt the Garcia's also joined us, along Kelly Higgins and her husband Greg.
We deep fried three turkeys two of which the Santos's take to the air station every year. The turkey was great and we had a million fixings. Olivia definitely was full from her first Thanksgiving dinner, but remarkably saved room for some cheese cake and dark chocolate mousse tart. A girl after my own heart.
At the Santos's it is Thanksgiving tradition to wear Turkey hats. Olivia is sporting a new one. To see more pics of our Thanksgiving day you can go to my facebook page by clicking here: Thanksgiving Pics

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

First Snow Day!

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas"! Wait a minute, it isn't even Thanksgiving yet! I cannot believe that it is only November and we have already had a foot of snow. It began this past Sunday the 21st, but the blizzard lasted all day long on Monday. They even closed the CG station.
People were stuck at Seatac Airport in Seattle due to all the ice and snow. A girlfriend of mine who lives in my neighborhood was stuck in Bremerton, as she tried to drive home from the airport. Her husband cut his deployment short in order to rescue her today.
Needless to say it has been completely crazy here, but at least I am getting a lot done around the house and Olivia was able to see and touch snow for the first time.
Our front yard.
Olivia and I about to play in the snow. I bought her snow suit before she was born, which she never used since it didn't snow last winter. It was a 3-6 month, so it was a bit tight, but we squeezed her in. Nothing was going to stop our snow day!
Her first steps in the snow. And yes those are my lounging around the house pants and not some crazy snow pants. Both Olivia and I wore our pj's all day long. Why not? It's not like we were going anywhere or had to look good for the snow!

About to touch the snow.
Holding a snow ball for a couple of seconds until it started to freeze her hand and then it was all over.

Kids in our neighborhood love to play on the hill behind our house, but this past week it has become a great sledding hill.
Our house.
The trees in the backyard look like great X-Mas trees. bad we rent :)
I love all the snow piled up on the barbecue. It looks like a snow cone. I use this as my snow gauge.
Definitely a winter wonderland!