Monday, June 27, 2011

Kansas City, Here We Come

 Lakin and I flew to Kansas City for a quick weekend.  My mom and I took her to the soft playground at Zona Rosa.  Lady was in fine form, chasing after the two big boys playing nearby and climbing into the bear's honey pot.  Busy. Busy. Busy.

In case you're wondering and I'm sure you are, that is snot running down her face.   It was a steady stream all weekend and she was quite upset when we tried to clean her up.  Someone has a definite short fuse these days.  Not worth the battle.  Judge if you want.

 Lakin with her grandma.  My mom (you might remember her as "the craft monster" from this post) sewed this beautiful dress for Lakin.  We were trying to figure out where the hemline should be.  Isn't the fabric outstanding?  My mom is amazingly talented.

 Saturday my dearest friends got together to celebrate the upcoming arrival of Bonnie's baby boy.  Polly, who recently had baby Adelyn, made an appearance and I got my hands on sweet, tiny Adelyn.  Me thinks me needs another one of these sometime soon!

 The theme for the shower was "Little Man" and we had each guest wear a bowtie for the duration of the shower.  Carly and Mary Kate show off their man ties.

 Le Guest of Honor: Bonnie.  Bonnie is due July 28th and such a radiant mom-to-be.  We are so thankful that she's home for a while to have the baby and enjoy the summer.

 Lake came to the party in her dress gifted to her by Miss Cathy.  She looked lovely and stylish.  She left kicking and screaming.  You can't win em all.

 Carly: 28 weeks with Twinkies.  Bonnie at 35 weeks
Polly and her daughter, Adelyn.  Oh, how I miss the days when they sleep all the time.  Such a sweetheart.  Can we talk about the fact that Polly had a baby two weeks ago?  You wouldn't know it looking at her and her tiny little figure.  Crazytown.

The weekend was too fast.  Always is when we go home.  The flight was thankfully pretty uneventful. Flying alone with child is an experience to say the least.  I trekked through the airport with a diaper bag on my back, purse on my shoulder, pushing Lakin in her stroller and rolling a carry on suitcase from behind.   Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

To Tide You Over

Some people get pretty uppity when there's not a new post on here at a regular interval.  I hope these photos can hold you over until I get a chance to write a real post.

Lakin is cruising.  She also surfs the web and does my online shopping for me.  She's been pounding sippy cups full of water lately.  You give her a cup and she throws it back and drinks the whole thing in a matter of minutes.  Impressive.

Below you will find a video of Lakin playing.  DO NOT click on the link if you are easily annoyed by home videos of children that really are not that exciting and/or do not capture them actually doing anything.  This video is intended for family or people who are just curious what Lakin looks like in her natural habitat.  There is nothing special about anything that will occur in this overly long video.  I repeat, nothing happens in this video.  Click at your own risk.  Don't say I didn't warn you.  BTW, does my voice sound incredibly deep in the video?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

To my Dad on Father's Day

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You rock my face off.  I think you are the best.  Happy Father's Day.


Saturday, June 18, 2011


Someone learned how to stand up in the crib.  This is how I find her in the middle of her afternoon nap. Sneaky.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Auntie Kristen Makes a Visit

My friend, Kristen, has been visiting the last week and I started my crazy summer job so things have been a wee bit hectic (to say the least).  This is the reason for absence on la blog.

We did, however, get a chance to head out to Rochester's Thursdays on First last night.  It's a cute little street festival in downtown Rochester with live music, vendors and food trucks!  We ventured out on a beautiful summer night, ate bar-b-q nachos and gyros and watched good friends almost adopt a dog at the humane society tent.  Good times.

 Fedora. Check. Tongue sticking out. Check.
 With Aunt Kristen, chewing her thumb to ease the ache of her molars that are trying to peek through.

 Typical scene these days.  Meet Needy McNeederson.
Jen, Kelly, Sara, Chris, Lakin, Lindy, Brian, Alonso, Daniel, Casey

The last photo is of Chris' class of Urology Interns and their significant others.  We plan on taking a "family" photo each year to document how much we change from year to year.  Imagine the babies that will be added and the possible spouses that will be present by the end of five years.  Original plan for our first annual picture was denim button downs and jeans.  Next winter we'll all put on white turtlenecks and khaki pants and take a picture in the snow.  You know, capture a true family photo where everyone dresses alike and the background's blurred.  For now, this impromptu photo in front of Mac's cafe will do.

Thanks Aunt Kristen for spending one quick and crazy week with us.  We miss you!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Never Say Never

Highlights from the weekend include:

Shooting a wedding with the talented Jen Elder of Midwest Life Shots.  Just jumping in and trying to learn a little about photography.  Things I learned: 1. Wear better shoes.  2. Have pants with pockets.  3. Be prepared for anything.  I hope to shoot many more weddings with Jen and Scott.  Check out their website or like them on Facebook.  They are the bomb diggity.  Coming up soon: a link to see pictures of the Monst in all her glory taken by none other than. . .  Midwest Life Shots!

Attending a fancy-pants dinner with the husband (who had the weekend off, what, what) at the Mayo Foundation House.  Typical fare includes rare beef, but this meal was actually melt-in-your-mouth good. Scallops, fruity salad, beef, sweet potato hash, lemon sorbet and berries.  Yummers.
Casey, me, Kelly (not pictured: Lindy who had the unfortunate fate of being designated to sit at a different table.  Don't they know these birds of a feather flock together?)

Saturday night we attended the urology chief party thrown as a farewell to the graduating class of residents.  Free food, drinks, and plenty of hilarious costumes.  Theme: Hollywood / Celebrity / Celeb Couple / Free For All.  Chris dressed as Bieber and I went as Selena Gomez.  I often get mistaken for a Latin hottie so I thought it seemed like a logical choice.

My friend, Lindy, yes, the one who was stuck at the other table the night before, went all out as Katy Perry.  She's super committed like that.  Lindy is the girl you want to invite to your themed party.  Just FYI.  Those are Easter Eggs and fabric glue people.  
her original inspiration

All in all, great weekend.  Tomorrow summer camp begins and my friend, Kristen, arrives.  CELEBRATION.   To that, Lakin says, "high five!"

Saturday, June 11, 2011

gangsta crawl

Anticlimactic video of someone moving about the room unconventionally.  Enjoy.

To answer your question, the bottom of her sleeper is not snapped.  She is a tad uncooperative these days when it comes to putting PJs on and it's time to buy a larger size.

Dad came home in the middle of the video.  If you listen closely you can hear the whisper "hi" for which Lakin is becoming famous.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

That Time We Didn't Make Any Friends

Prepare yourself, this post is a doozy.

Second plane ride = not so smooth for the Jaeger family.  With a total of five hours in the air plus a two hour delay while sitting on the plane, we had one hot, irritated, cranky baby on our hands.  Lakin was a little ticked at our means of travel and did not hold back one bit showing her disgust for her confinement to my lap on the plane.  She rattled the seat in front of her, wrestled herself from my grip, and cried her way from Colorado to California.  When did my always drowsy baby turn into a full-fledged, opinionated toddler?

Let's just say we were not the only ones who were relieved when we exited the plane.  A year ago I would have given these parents of the loud baby the stink eye and wondered why they couldn't get that baby under control.  Now, with my new found shame and horror, I realize that if baby ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.  End of Story.  No amount of Cheerios, love kisses from toy giraffes or distractions were gonna keep Little Miss from throwing a fit.  Heaven help us for the teen years.

I will next time bring treats to share with my friends who sit next to me and my mild-mannered daughter on the plane.  Oh, and if you happened to catch a flight last Saturday afternoon from Denver to Oakland, I am sorry.  Really, I am.

Now, onto happier memories. . .

We spent the last week in California.  A week of vacation was just what the doctor ordered.  There were no pagers beeping, there were no alarm clocks (although someone seemed to think 5am was a suitable time for her to take her breakfast in bed, thankyouverymuch- darn you West Coast time change), and lots of good food, time with family, and walking in some of the most beautiful places I've visited.

Allow me to recap:

Plane ride from hell, followed by Rich and Katrina's wedding reception.  The plane malfunction kept us from attending the actual wedding but we were able to jump in with the festivities once we arrived.
 Don't we clean up well?  Dennis, Geri, Chris, Me, Joe, Jackie, and David 
Katrina and Rich- The Newlyweds

Crazy enough, our dear friends from Missouri, Matt and Carly, were in California for a different wedding and were close enough to drive down and spend the afternoon and evening with us.  We picked up a bottle of wine, some hard salami, cheese, and a baguette and sat at a winery and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Napa.  
 Der be two babies in that sweet little tummy.
 best. smile. ever. David Jaeger
 testing out the baby SPF with that super white, ultra pure, baby skin of hers
a common scene: Lake tearing glasses off people's faces, snatching earrings right off lobes, and generally causing a ruckus where ever she be
 just floating
 Photo taken right before they were asked to get off the professional golf course when wearing non-golfing attire.  Excuse me, I left my cardigan and khakis back at the room.
Don't mind the naked baby.  She hates clothes. Shoes.  Socks.  "The Man."

After hitting up the factory outlet stores and confirming that they were not actually giving anything away at these so called "outlet" stores, we hit the road and made our way to San Francisco.  Guess who thought riding the trolley was out of this world fun?  

 squealing with delight over the trolley
 waiting in the rain for a ride
hatching a plan to steal some bread off the table

The remainder of our time was spent in Monterey and Carmel.  This might have been the most beautiful place I've visited (and I've been to Branson, Missouri, and several parts of Illinois).  I'm losing steam recapping the trip and if you're still reading you're probably my mom so this last part will be a bit pic heavy and lacking in substance (like the majority of this post).
 "My two dads" photo shoot
 Did you see the fedora?  Well, I bought that on the trip, wore it every single day, and deemed it the least regrettable purchase I made while in California.  Fedora with the caged chameleon a close second.  

Three full batches of cookies and eight avocados worth of guac later. . .

So there you have it.  Our trip to California was pretty awesome.  If you made it to the end of this post, thanks.  You must be a true friend.