Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Flu

This week has been a rough one at the Schmidt's. Today is the first day I feel pretty good since last Thurs. I've been battling the flu for over a week, Fin had it last weekend and Cody was home from work 3 days this week. Luckily, I think we are on the mend but I thought that once already and it reared it's ugly head for round 2.
Needless to say there isn't much for pics this week but I think we'll make up for it next week:) Aaron, Fin and I will be head to ND on Wednesday for a family filled 5 days. Unfortunately Cody has to work so he'll be staying behind but his parent will be joining us for New Year's down here so he'll be able to spend time with them at that time.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

It's begining to look a lot like Christmas...

Yesterday we decorated for Christmas. Last year we were in the process of moving so Christmas decorations never went up and every year before that we were either in our shoebox of a townhouse or an apartment so technically this is the first time I've truly decorated for Christmas. It is also the first tree (at east first tree over 3 ft) that we've had and it's real. I love the smell of a real Christmas tree, but hate the clean up:( So needless to say I was very excited to decorate and even though I'm sure no one else cares, I am sharing the finished product anyway. Oh and a few pics of Fin from when her and Ali were playing with the camera today.

The tree in the family room.

Our living room mantle

And the dining room

Friday, December 5, 2008

Thanksgiving and a Visit to Santa!

We took Finley to see Santa and it went pretty well. This was by far the happiest she looked out of all the shots but at least she didn't cry!

last weekend we went home to ND for 5 days. We spent a few days at Nana and Papa Schmidt's house and a few days at Grandma Deb and Grandpa Rod's house. It was a nice relaxing trip full of food and great company! This was the first Christmas tree Finley saw this year and Donna set the bar pretty high. I hope Fin doesn't expect our tree to live up to Nana's!

I just love how she is looking at the tree in this pic!

a shot of my beautiful Blue Eyes.

Nana Schmidt had Fin make her first gingerbread house. As you can see she enjoyed the frosting more than the actual gingerbread house.

An M&M remnant on her diaper.

And the finished product.

Playing in Nana's cupboards.

The delicious spread.

Grandma Deb and Grandpa Rod also came to the Schmidt's house for dinner. Lucky Fin got to have both sets of grandparents doting on her at the same time!

And since we didn't go home until Friday, we spent Thanksgiving Day at Gary and Beth's and had a wonderful meal at there house. Thanks for inviting us!
Over the past week Fin has really been perfecting the walking. She now walks almost 100% of the time and only falls occasionally. She has also decided to boycott any stroller rides. This makes trips to the mall very interesting. She's picked up a few new words including hi, hello, bye-bye and hot. It's so fun watching her grow and learn!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Children's Museum

Today we went out for brunch and to the Children's Museum with Eddie, Airika and Fletcher. Next week Eddie will be moving to NYC to start his new dream job with the Yankees and sometime soon Airika and Fletcher will be joining him. We are so excited for them but we sure are going to miss them. Luckily Airika's mom lives here so they should be back once in a while and we plan on taking advantage of our new connections in NY :) We also celebrated a certain BIG birthday of Airika's. I won't say how old she is but let's just say it's not 29!!
Fin and Fletch had a blast and I took a ton of pics so enjoy!!
Playing in the soap suds in the water room.

I wish I knew how to get these pics to post in order!! These are Fin's teeth. She still has only the top 2 so it looks kind of funny. Hopefully she'll get some on the bottom too! Oh and the big green thing in her mouth is her new toothbrush. She LOVES brushing her teeth.

Another water station. She loved playing in the water exhibits!

There was a mini town for tots. It was so cute to watch her push the grocery cart around the store and fill it with toy food.

Playing doctor in the mini clinic. Notice the passy. This was towards the end of the day and the crabbiness was starting to set in.

Cooking in the restaurant.

Fletcher showing off his chef skills!

Dressed up like an airplane pilot.

Choosing her fruits carefully.

Just doing a little shopping.

Fleth also helped out with the groceries.

Playing in the Habitot room.

Playing in the ball room.

Snake Sense. I did NOT let her touch the snake!
Watching Snake Sense.

Last night Gary and Beth had a bunch of us cousins over for dinner. It was wonderful and Tara brought chocolate pie for dessert to top off dinner. Finley dove into mine face first and after I cut her off Uncle Aaron decided she needed a little more.
Next week we are going home to ND for 5 days. We can't wait and Finley is so excited to see her grandparents!! We wish everyone Happy Thanksgiving!!