Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Violet got to celebrate Christmas as well as Hanukkah.  Lucky girl!

Bath toys!

Pots and pans!

Train set from Grandpa

Rocking zebra from Daddy

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

First School pictures

Violet just got her first school pictures back.  It seems like it's the first milestone of many.

Preschool Year 1
Violet has her sleepy eyes in this picture.

We also just got holiday pictures done.

And recently we decorated a gingerbread house.  We are all just waiting to start eating it!

Victory is mine!

Sunday, December 8, 2013


 Violet is finally at the age where she is "getting" the holidays.  She is still talking about trick or treating and visiting the pumpkin patch, even though it was well over a month ago.  She loved getting a present every night for Hanukkah and some nights had more than one thanks to friends and relatives.

Lucky for her, she gets to celebrate Christmas as well.  She really enjoyed helping pick out the tree.

She picked out her first ornament, a chocolate cupcake.

Here's a video of her enjoying the snow in Tahoe.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Snow for the first time!

Violet and I went to Tahoe for the first half of Thanksgiving week to have a reunion with some family friends.  Violet's favorite part of the trip was making a new friend but she also just loved the snow.  When you asked her "How was the snow?" she would always answer "Good!".  There wasn't much snow on the ground, but it didn't take much to keep the girls happy.

Tahoe Sunset

Making a new friend

The whole group


First snowman

Sharing her favorite movie

Loving the snow

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Violet had a great Halloween.  For the first time she understood the concept, could say trick or treat, thank you, and knew exactly what candy was.  She was so excited!

She chose her own costume, a blue butterfly princess.

It was super girly.  I tried to steer her towards a cat costume or a monster costume, but she was set on blue butterfly princess.  It ended up being pretty cute despite my reservations.

I even dressed up which Violet was thrilled about.  While I was supposed to be a cat, Violet pronounced me a "Kitty Princess".  Sounded good to me.  One house passed out full sized snicker bars to the adults that dressed up.  Sweet!

Note my awesome galaxy cat leggings!

We went trick or treating with one of Violet's good friends Grey and his family.

Trick or treating with a two year old is hard work.  I had to carry her half of the time and she's almost 30 pounds!  But it was much easier than last year and I suspect next year will be even easier.

Violet blooper:

Violet is picking a winner!

Violet Update

Violet is doing great.  She has become such the little talker and she is super strong willed.  She has been wanting to go on the ferris wheel at the Spectrum for a while and we always told her she had to wait until she was older.  Today we gave in.  Even I went (I'm not too fond of heights).  We all had a great time and she was not afraid at all.

Despite her expression, she had a great time.

We recently went to my cousin Tory's wedding in Scottsdale.  Violet's first road trip, and she did great.  Her favorite part was swimming every day.  She also got to meet her Aunt Rosanne, Uncle Al, and cousin Juliana for the first time.

In both pictures Violet is admiring her awesome rings she just received from Aunt Rosanne as a gift.

Violet recently went to her first birthday party at Chuck E Cheese which she loved.  Much like Mickey, she was super afraid of the mouse character.

Violet and her friend Emily.

Scary Chuck E. Cheese

We've been about six times to the pumpkin patch.  Violet is finally old enough for most of the rides.

Violet's enjoyed having Nana watch her occasionally when Eric and I are both at work.

She is not allowed to be a vet.

Today Violet got to play with a litter of 7 week old kittens.  She loved it and did really well overall except for one brief throwing of a kitten.