Monday, March 29, 2010

A Visit from Godmother Cecilia and Catherine

Cecilia and Catherine came over for a visit this past Thursday for lunch and a day of play. Oh what fun we all had together! We love them so much!

IMG_3717 Catherine brought Claire a basket of lamb puppets. It was so cute and it used to be Catherine’s. So sweet.

IMG_3718Claire likes it a lot.

IMG_3724 They played and played.

IMG_3726 And Catherine played dead.

IMG_3723And Catherine and Hazel had big time – as usual.

IMG_3734And of course we had to have a group shot before they left. We hope they come again soon!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Yep, She’s His Too . . .

I looked through the pics of Mike too and sure enough there is a resemblance there too. Funny how that works.


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Monday, March 22, 2010

Maybe She Is Mine . . .

So I walked into the Tile Room tonight and the screensaver was flipping through baby pictures of me from our wedding slideshow and I could see Claire in me (or me in Claire?). We certainly aren’t identical but maybe she is mine after all . . .



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I’ll look at Mike’s pics and post some of those too.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Claire in the Wild, Again

IMG_3671 Hello, isdatu?

IMG_3696We were in the tile room (I guess it was St. Patrick’s Day) and I looked up and this is what was marching by. I was lucky enough to get one shot.


Claire found Daddy’s 4th of July scrub cap and insisted on wearing it most of the day. I think she looks a little bit gypsy.


Ready to go to Grandma’s, whether it is time to or not.


She found the peas!


Yes, this has Gramps written all over it, doesn’t it?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Warmer Days

Since it is snowing outside and yesterday we were outside playing without even a jacket on, I thought I would post a few pics from our romps out in the backyard over the last couple of weeks.

IMG_3591 Claire loves her Cozy Coupe (but must also have her ball with her in the cab – not easy)

IMG_3600 And she is very mindful of closing the door when she gets in and out.

IMG_3609 And she doesn’t go anywhere without her ball . . .


Notice the ball is a different color? Hazel isn’t allowed to play with Claire’s ball anymore – and Mommy needs to find more balls . . . just in case.


When Daddy was home this last week, he hung up Nephew Thor’s old airplane swing for Claire. She is getting used to it.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New Dinner Attire

I made a mistake the other day, didn’t realize it at the time, but I got out the bunny ears and we wore them during post breakfast Cheerios . . . it is now required attire for any meal.IMG_3616

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Withdrawal . . .


We are working on weaning Miss Claire from her goodie . . . I guess she had the shakes or something the other day because I caught her walking around with a zebra in her mouth.

A Visit with Mommy’s Godmother

As many of you know, my wonderful Godmother found her Prince Charming, got married and ran off to a land far, far away called Philadelphia a couple of years ago. Then the king and queen decided they needed another heir in addition to Princess McLane and produced Prince Stephen. Well, they all (except King Stephen – he had to work) came back home to visit last weekend and so we got together. So good to see them and meet little Stephen!


Here are the Mommies and their babies.
Cristin & Andrew, Nicole & Stephen, and Mommy & Claire.


Claire explaining her baby to Cristin.


Nicole and sweet Stephen.

IMG_3585The whole gang.

Back row: Shelly (Nicole’s best friend), Cristin, Nicole, Mommy & Claire
Seated: Anna (Shelly’s daughter), Andrew, McLane (oh how she has grown) holding Stephen

It was so good to see Nicole, McLane, Shelly and Anna (and of course Cristin and Andrew) and we plan to do it again this summer when they come back. Can’t wait! We love you lots!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sweet Innocence

Okay, so you probably think I am crazy for posting this pic but I just think it captures a big part of Claire’s personality – sweet, innocent, alert, interested, excited, happy, (nice haircut) and cute. I found it in the camera after Auntie Alison took some pics of Claire while she was feeding her at our folks’ house and fell in love with it.

IMG_3537 Thanks Auntie Alison for capturing this moment!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

When Winter Texans Come to Visit

Uncle John and Aunt Pat came through town on their way back to northern Illinois from their annual two month stay in southern Texas. They are what folks call “Winter Texans” or “Smart” for getting out of northern Illinois for a couple of months each winter.

IMG_3542 Claire saying good night their first night here.

IMG_3555 Claire and Uncle John

IMG_3557Claire and Aunt Pat

IMG_3562Grammy, Gramps, Uncle John & Aunt Pat

IMG_3566The four above with Auntie Alison, Claire and Mommy
Cousin Thor was kind enough to take the pic and Daddy was at work :(

It was great to see them and we hope to go visit them sometime this summer. Who knows, maybe we’ll be Summer Illinoisans.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Claire held court this past Thursday with some new friends from the Meetup Moms. Claire and I hosted a two and under playdate and only boys showed. Are we really surprised?

IMG_3530 Braeden, Jackson and Braeden’s Mommy playing.

IMG_3526 Luke and Claire cooking some balls.

IMG_3528 Colton having a good time.

Things went pretty well so we might have these gentlemen and their mommies over again next month.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Kate!

As many of you may know, Claire’s friend, Kate McCormick turned two on the 25th (that’s right, the same date as Daddy’s birthday). So we went to her Elmo Birthday party on Saturday.


We’re going to a Birthday Party!


Here is Kate and her Mommy (Jill) about to blow out her candle and make a wish. (notice everyone wearing an Elmo t-shirt? Even baby Paige had on Elmo. So fun.)


Claire eating some of the Elmo cake, because it is food, she wasn’t really into the sweet icing part of it.


Kate and Claire played a very intense game of Claire pick up the piece of carpet, Kate throw it down, Claire pick it up again etc etc. And there were A LOT of hugs from Kate thrown in. (wish that would rub off on Claire . . . and of course Mommy didn’t get a single one on film . . . sigh)


Now they want Mommy to join in on the fun.

And Claire didn’t know why Hazel was there outside and yelling at her. (this is Bela, their “sportier” version of Hazel)