Monday, December 27, 2010

Dear Christmas, please come again. Love, Lakin

Christmas has been such a joyful time with family!  Lakin was well-loved this Christmas and has many new outfits and toys to show for it.  At 5 months she was able to lick the wrapping paper and even pull some of it off herself with a little help from her parents.  We have more pictures to come but wanted to get these festivities started after a little prompting from our friend, Ashley.  So, Ashley, this post is for you!
 When we got into town we went to the Jaeger house to open presents and celebrate Christmas.  Here is Lakes with her best uncle, David.  David lives in Seattle and last saw Lakin when she was born.  Big changes.  Lakin, loves any mention of her uncle and it's just about the only thing that makes her giggle. 
 Lakie with Grandmas Barb Christmas morning.  They kind of like each other.  Lakin is wearing my PJs from 26 Christmases ago.  Let's just say we got our money's worth out of those. 
 Umkay.  These two have a very special connection.  Lakin loves Grandpa Tyler and she will sit on his lap for hours and listen to his stories, watch TV, or grab at his face. 

 What's Christmas without a small photo shoot?  "Oh look, a baby and three Santas, how candid."
 Very helpful little opener.  In one years time, she'll be an expert. 
 A gift from Aunt Sherry.  Hmmm... if she only knew how true Lakin feels this sign is.
 So we moved to a pretty cold, snowy place.  Rochester, MN on our way out of town.  Five freshly fallen inches there.  If you look closely you can see the crazy snow piles on either side of the street.  Our guest rooms always available if you would like to experience it all for yourself.  Tempting?
 Stopping at quite possibly the nicest McDonalds/Coldstone/Pizza Hut Express in Iowa to feed the baby.  So many noteworthy sites within this quick pit stop.  None of which would be entertaining to someone who was not there so I digress. 

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas too.  There are more photos coming and I'm certain more updates so stay posted.  We heart being home for the holidays. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Jaeger Family Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!  In fact I shoveled a little "Christmas" three time yesterday.  Something to the tune of 8 more inches on top of the three feet we've already gotten.  This sister thinks Christmas can call it quits for the rest of the long winter.

We're home because school was delayed and morning preschool classes are canceled.  So what's a girl to do when she's showered and dressed with a baby happily playing independently on her play mat?   You guessed it!  Get caught up on blog posts.

I have wanted to show you our Christmas decorations for a while.  I know you all have been waiting with baited breath since Thanksgiving.  Well folks, today's the day.

Cue trumpet solo....

There you have it.  Christmas is almost here and we are ready.  Threw those dangling baby legs in because they are precious and Lakin was test riding  a Christmas gift from her Grandma and Grandpa Lakin.  Guess what, she loves it!  We did lower the legs so she doesn't lose circulation every time she plays with it.  Oh, and the ornament... the little Picasso colored it all by herself.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Human Clock

I could stop wearing a watch.

I'm listening to baby girl cry in her crib but it's only 6:23 am and wakey time is not for another 40 minutes.  I did put her down for bed about 40 minutes early, so I suppose it's fair she's awake now.  12 hours is 12 hours, right?  I can tell you when it's 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, and the (painful) 5 o'clock hour based on Lakin's fussiness.  The girl doesn't miss a beat, even in a different time zone.

So my new dilemma: put cranky pants to bed early and listen to her cry in the morning, or hold off a grumpy baby and listen to her cry before bed?  Jeesh.

But seriously, look at this sweet face.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

no words

just love.

If You Ever Love Somebody, Throw Your Hands Up

Not just a fabulous Nelly song.

Last weekend we traveled to KC to see our friends, Kyle and Kathleen, get married.  Not only was it a baby-free evening (much to the disappointment of a few) but it was a kickin' dance party which Chris and I always love!  See proof here:

Any hoo.  We had a blast.  Kathleen looked uber gorgeous.  Like for real, people; she could be in a bridal magazine.  Her dress was originally her grandmother's.
The centerpieces were perfect for the exposed brick and loft-like feel of the reception.

Sweet ceremony given by a friend of ours.  Chris is the handsome one in the gray suit.

Loved the simplicity of these jar votives.

Task Force: Mary Kate, Carly, and Kayla

Kristin took a study break to be in the wedding.  We are so proud of our budding, young lawyer!

Matt, Chris and Adam- nice ties, boys!

Announcing Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Gardner!
The evening ended with a milkshake and a greasy burger at Town Topic in Sketchville, MO.  Delicious burger, loved the "standing room only" feel of the place, and the chilly walk to get there.  Worth it.  We returned to a SNOW packed Minnesota.  Where did we move?  How can there be this much snow?  How?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

and so it begins

Well it's chilly here in Minnesota.   We got our first serious snow fall the day after Sears got our snow blower in their shipment.  How's that for luck?  For those unfamiliar with this snow monster, a snow blower is a machine that shoots snow from your driveway and sidewalk in a glorious stream of white bliss.  Fifteen minutes and we'd cleared the drive, sidewalk, and path to our community mailbox with little  effort on our part.  I took some photos because I felt this moment was worth documenting.  We're coming to terms with the fact that winter has hit.  We think the snow is beautiful.  We might even like it.  We better, because from what I hear, we'll be looking at until late March.  Literally.  These nine inches will reside on our lawn until spring.  Is it naive to think maybe this will be the only big storm of the season?  Bring it on Minnesota.  The Jaegers. are. ready. White Christmas?  How about white December, January, February, and March.  Jealous?  Yeah, probably not.
Our snow hero gears up for the task at hand.

Look at the beauty!  

On his way in from the night shift Chris' car got stuck in the drive.  Time for some snow removal!

Don't worry, all that smoke is perfectly normal.  

Look at that snow depth!

White bliss!

Lakin joined in the fun.  This is her, "change my stinking diaper already, Mom" look.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Look who's four months old!

Lakin turned four months on Friday.  It's hard to believe time is flying this fast but when I try to remember life without her around, it's difficult.

Lady is making great gains in the development arena.  Here are some of the sweet things she can do now that she's a big four month old...

She's hit her stride with routine, we can now predict when she'll eat, sleep, poop, and get fussy.

She's taking naps in the daytime (hallelujah!) as long as you place her in her car seat and not the crib.  (don't worry, Dad, we feel this is safe)

She's giggling which is pretty much the cutest sound we've ever heard.  She loves to giggle at the thought of her Uncle David.  No joke, a mention of his name sends her into fits of giggles and makes her smiley.

She's working on rolling over.  There have been many close, but not quite moments.  Be watching for a video set to the tune of this 69 Boyz classic...

 She's a smile factory right now.

Her Grandma Gigi taught her how to blow raspberries with her mouth, which is her favorite way to pass the time when getting her diaper changed.

She's  got a sweet tuft of blonde hair on top of her head and Mom finally took scissors to the George Castanza mullet.  In the right light she looks like a baby duck.  Sigh.

Here are some photos we took over the weekend.

I made the turkey onesie just for Thanksgiving.  Lasted all of a few hours before she spit up all over it.

New couch and table set!