Sunday, December 31, 2006

Merry Christmas! Finally!

So now that I'm finally back home and somewhat rested, I can finally begin the Christmas blogging. This is in no particular order, since apparently, my computer did not save the pictures in any real order. Also - I hate blogger. I started this post earlier today, tried to grab another webpage and firefox shut down on me (I'm still blaming blogger). So I lost the 30 million pictures that I had already downloaded, which takes a zillion years on blogger. Boo. Wah. I'm tired. Where's blankie??

Here's a picture of Lily in her Dora tent. This tent is freakin' huge! Like bigger than an apartment in NYC, at least!! You should check out Lily's blog, since she's freakin' genius! Bill and I watched "Spellbound" last night and we're convinced that Lily is the next National Spelling Bee Champion, sans the awkward social issues.

This is Lily playing "Tickle tickle" with Liam. Liam loved every minute of it! He loved playing with Lily, because she's his own size!! He has even started saying "Bye Bye" and "Night Night" just since we saw her on Wednesday! She's such a good influence on him!

This is BY FAR my favorite picture of Liam at Christmas! We got him this little wooden ladybug that is on a spring that jumps up and down when you pull on her. He absolutely loved it, but has since been knocked on the head probably 2 or 3 times (and we've only been home since Thursday!!). He's such a drama king!! :)

The look on his face is precious! He's like - hmm... I see all of these new toys, but how do I get back to my farm? And what's with the freakin' bow, daddy?? Liam was not really all about the presents. He opened a couple, but whenever there was a lot of noise and a lot of action, he pretty much walked into a different room. Since my dad watches him by himself and he's never in a room with more than four adults, I don't think that he likes being around a lot of people. But that's quite alright with me!

Liam playing with his Elmo toolbench - Santa dropped it off at Grandma Grandma's house by accident, but they made sure that it got over to Liam!

Liam possibly singing?? on the couch on Christmas morning. He's a big boy now and likes to have his food not all cut up, but whole, and put on a plate, thank you very much. He will then bring the plate to the couch or table to eat. What a sweetheart! Here, he's eating lemon poppy seed bread and actually liking it! I think I'm going to have to start making carrot or zucchini bread, just to get some veggies into him!

All of Santa's presents under the tree!

Liam playing with Aunt Rose's toy on Christmas Eve at Grandma & Grandpa Degnan's house. Liam LOVED this toy. It has a puzzle AND a door! He was in heaven!

Photographic proof that Liam can open presents. He just chooses not to most of the time.

I though this picture was so sweet. If you look closely, you can see that Liam is holding Grandpa's hand. Grandpa's not doing so great and I think Liam is really keen in knowing that sometimes, a person just likes to have their hand held. And Bill is a supreme photographer for capturing this moment. Thanks, honey!

The first photographic proof that my grandparents do in fact have FOUR great grandchildren! We've never successfully gotten a picture of all of them together at once! Donna's kids are such hams!! Whereas Liam and Connor want nothing to do with the camera. Also, Liam was on the verge of a nap-neglected nervous breakdown.

Lucas and his gangsta hat. :)

Lindsey playing with her Happy Feet Mumbles doll. It's really fun!!

Liam and I hanging out in Grandpa's room. It was really noisy in the living room, so we took a moment to have some quiet time.

Liam playing with tissue paper on Christmas Eve Eve. Jill came over with her dad and Lise to open gifts. It was quite fun! Again the amazing photography of Bill!!

Liam on his 18 month birthday. What a cutie!

Liam crawling up the stairs to visit Lindsey - his other favorite person!

America's Next Top Model - Lindsey!

Lindsey was playing Santa Claus and never to give up the chance to sit on Santa's lap, Bill jumped right on.

Lindsey & Connor playing Santa Claus - Liam running off to be by himself! :)

Lucas eating a peanut butter ball. YUMMY!!!

Lindsey playing in the Thomas the Tank Engine tent that my mom bought Connor for Christmas.

I love this picture! Liam's smiling and my dad's smiling and laughing at him! Liam likes playing jail! Let's not hope it's any type of FORESHADOWING! Like in Back to the Future... "you better get used to those bars..."

Thank you for checking in to my family blog about Christmas. I scrapbooked all of my Christmas photos. I wish that I could scan in the pages and post them, but I don't think that my scanner can handle 12x12 pages - only the 8.5x11. Oh well.

Have a wonderful New Years. Due to a pending cold and forecasted craptastic weather, our New Years Eve will consist of watching XMen 3 and going to bed. But it's actually become something of a tradition to watch XMen on New Years Eve, so I'm just going to go with it. So yeah - Happy New Year and be safe!

Friday, December 22, 2006

The Man

Oh - and for those of you who have jumped from Blogger back to Yahoo 360... Damn the man!

I can no longer view that site at work, as it is considered a personal web site. Yup. But maybe someday Jim will post about how to perform a multi-layer vlookup in Excel that will help me to set up Macros on my files. You're making me miss out on that non-existent opportunity, Citizens!

So farewell my bloggy friends. If you ever choose come back to Blogger, let me know. Maybe Citizens will still let me look at them then!!

We've got 'em in wee, not so wee and friggin' HUGE!

Liam's 18 month check up was today. We'll take the "Friggin' HUGE" for 800, Alex.

He's 35 inches tall - 100th percentile - meaning, he's the tallest 18 month old boy our doctor sees.

He's 28.10 lbs - 85th percentile.

So he's tall and thin. Like his daddy. And Jake Gyllenhaal. Coincidence? I think not. :)

Merry Christmas to all and to all a "see you in Maine next week!"

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A Very Christmassy Post

Since I have been completely non existent on the blog front as of late (I have a new job, what do you want from me??), I figured that I would post a new blog with all of the pictures from the past three or four weeks.

BTW: Liam turned 18 months! Big boy!!!!

This was from the Festival of Trees that we had at the Providence Convention Center. My advice - Don't go. It's expensive and doesn't have that much to do. And please note how we're not wearing coats - It's been SO WARM lately. Not like Christmas at all. Also notice how Liam looks like he's screaming - that's because he is.

Also at Le Festival du Trees - Liam LOVED the carosel, even though this photo would beg otherwise. He would go "whee!" and "Wow!" when we were going around. Emma liked it too!

Liam looking up at the Christmas tree. I needed a somewhat artsy photo.
Liam putting the first ornament on the tree. Now, can you tell that this is a fake tree? I think it's awesome. I was completely ANTI-fake tree, but decided to go for, since I figured that Liam would alternate between knocking over a real tree (and thereby spilling water everywhere) and eating the needles. So far, Liam just occassionally stares at the tree (it's pretty!) or goes up and rings a bell - one of the ornaments we put specifically at Liam level, so that he could entertain himself.

Liam has issues with food - much like his mother. We figured that if we made spaghetti fun, he might be more willing to eat it. No go, but he did think that it was hilarious when we threw it on his head!

Liam is distinctly anti-Santa when it comes to sitting on laps, but if you ask him "What does Santa say?" he will sometimes response with "ho!" Don't question the fact that it sounds an awful lot like his response to what a dog and/or monkey says.

This was at the Citizens children's Christmas party. He was absolutely INSANE the entire time that we were there. My mom had to wait in line for approximately FOREVER (almost two hours) to see Santa and Liam RAN around Rhodes on the Pawtuxet the entire time. He also discovered and affinity for climbing stairs that I can give or take. I had to keep him from getting to the top of the stairs, where there was a balcony, so that I could help him live til his 18 month birthday. We survived. Barely.

This is Liam resting after running around Rhodes constantly for two hours. He ate cheese "cheeeez!" and juice "juuuus!" Really, he is my son. He likes bread, cheese, grilled cheese, milk, juice, water, crackers, bananas, and waffles. Other than that, he pretty much wrinkles his nose at food. But he's my son - so what are you going to do??

I'll post again after Christmas, once I get more fun photos. I want to wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!! And hopefully I'll see most of the people that actually read this blog very soon!! Except Iris - but I'll see you in May!