Archive for November, 2010

Comments have changed!

Hello everyone – just wanted to let you know that our comment sections have changed.  You will only be allowed to comment on an entry for 4 weeks, after that – comments will be closed.  This will hopefully still allow everyone enough time to check out the posts and leave a comment if they want to.  We had to close the older entries because we had WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY to many spam comments coming in.  We blocked them from ever showing up on the blog, but somebody (me) has to delete each and every one.  And that can take a lot of time (we had 800+ last time I cleaned up the comment sections), time that would be much better served making new posts for you to read!

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Lily’s 10 month photos

Here’s another post using our magic time machine.  Lily’s 10 month photos!  Yes, I know she’s 1 now, but we’re getting there – we have to catch up first before you can see those (they’re sitting on the camera waiting for me).

2, 4, 6, 8, 10!

Lily at 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 months of age.

Physically there wasn’t much difference between 8 and 10 months.  Her bottom teeth came all the way in, her hair got a little longer.  Mainly the changes were in abilities.  She started crawling everywhere.  She began picking up foods to eat them with her fingers (bunny cookies being her favorite).  She began successfully mimicking more and more sounds.  She helps put on her clothes, and tries to buckle her car seat when you put her in.  And she adores books.  Can’t get enough of them – which is good.  They’ve become an integral part of her bedtime routine and replaced nursing as the end-of-the-day activity.  She reads her books with Daddy, and then off to bed.  Such a sweet little girl!

Lily looking thoughtful.

Lily looking thoughtful.

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End of Summer Indiana Trip

At the end of summer, everyone made one last trip to Indiana to get together and celebrate Papa Joe’s birthday.  Jacquie, Linda and Meredith stayed at house with Kate, Kelly, baby Shelby, Gabe, Lily and me.  It was a full house!

Kate and Gabe play in the pool.

We swam nearly every day.  Gabe loves the pool and luckily, Kate was there to play lots with him (I was usually in charge of keeping Lily from crawling headfirst into the pool!).  He still talks about the giant inflatable shark and how much fun it was.

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Baby Shelby (although he’s not really a baby – I need to start calling him something new!) is such a toddler now, with his own personality.  He’s so driven and determined – when he wants something – he gets focused on it and that’s just what he’s going to do.  He loves playing with the vacuum – especially the retractable cord.  I snapped this picture after I asked him if we were done playing with it (obviously not!).

Kate and Kelly hang out.

We also got some very good news from both Kate and Kelly.  There will be lots of kiddies at the house Christmas 2011!  Yay!

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Where did Lietzau Family go???

So sorry for the long hiatus.  We got pretty busy towards the end of August with a trip to Indiana, school starting, our 10th wedding anniversary, Lily’s first Birthday, a trip to New York, Halloween, and then Mike’s birthday.  And once all the pictures and events started piling up, it was daunting to make a post here – where do I start?

I’ll take a page from Julie Andrews in the “Sound of Music” and start at the very beginning (the beginning is a good place to start).  So I’m going to start with few photos that highlight August.

Gabe and Lily go down the slide.

We spent a lot of the summer at the park up the street.  The city of Golden Valley runs a wonderful park program every weekday from 1-4pm.  Lots of neighborhood kids come to the park and play games, work on crafts, and just have a good time.  This was great fun for Gabe.  Often Lily and I would walk down to pick him up and end up play at the park ourselves for a bit too.

Amy and Gabe fish for crappie.

When we could, we also did a lot of fishing with Jacquie.  Largemouth, smallmouth, and rock bass; crappie, sunnies, and bluegills; even the occasional carp or catfish.  So much fun!

Homemade pluot jam with cream cheese - yum!

We also did a lot of canning, mostly jams and sauces.  Such tasty results, and we’re capturing a bit of summer for when it’s all cold and dreary this winter.  Except it’s so good, we may eat it all before the snow starts!   Ah well, we can always make more.  It’s also a good way to deal with the extra veggies from our CSA farm share.

Lily wears her new lemon overalls Amy made.

I also did some sewing.  I’ve really enjoyed making clothes for Lily, and plan to do so until she gets sick of homemade clothes (or it stops being fun – ie, she wants me to recreate things exactly like store-purchased items – what’s the point of that?)

You can see more pictures by checking out the August Wrap Up gallery of pictures here.

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