Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy Birthday, Claire!

Happy Birthday to our sweet 1 year old! So hard to believe one year has passed since this:

Claire, you are our greatest joy! We love you and love being your parents. We love that our friends and family are still as excited about you as they were on day one in this video: 12/29/10. I'm glad we started this blog to document milestones and I am excited to think about what the next year may have in store for us.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas 2011 Part I

Back home and finally catching up! We had a wonderful Christmas beginning in St. Louis. Aunt Lyle and Uncle Ray hosted us for dinner last Sunday before we flew out to NC on Monday morning. Claire was sick but still enjoyed the visit.

Claire hanging out at the kids table w/ Peter, Stuart, and Eleanor
We arrived in Greensboro on Monday afternoon with a sick baby.

Claire earned her Delta wings and a big bottle for flying while sick.

First visit to Costco. 

Exploring Katie and Abby's dog crates.

Claire helped Nani bake rolls. She probably made 8 dozen while we were there. I swear we didn't eat them all, many were made for gifts. 

Claire enjoying rolls while Abby gets ready to clean up her mess!
Hope you had a very Merry Christmas! 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Congratulations, Meredith!

We are so proud of you Meredith! Congratulations on graduation from Northwest Missouri State. Best of luck in all of your future endeavors. Love, Alison, Adam and Claire.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas comes early!

This weekend we were in Liberty to celebrate Christmas with Nana, Doc, Aunt Meredith, Grandma Louise, and Grandpa Trueman. We had a wonderful time as always, Nana prepared a great lunch on Sunday and Claire got her first taste of unwrapping gifts. She loves her new puzzles, snow suit, clothes, bath toys, books, eating accessories, and Elf on the Shelf. Thank you for celebrating Christmas early with us! We love you.

Claire worked on climbing the stairs this weekend--repeatedly.

Friday, December 9, 2011

these boots were made for walking

...and thats just what they'll do. Someday. Check out Claire's new boots:
She isn't walking yet and my prediction is that she won't walk until 13 months. Adam's prediction is 14 months. Thoughts from our readers? What is your prediction on when C will walk?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Claire loves Christmas time

She loves Christmas music, Christmas pjs, shopping, etc. This year has been extra fun for us too. 
Friday night: enjoying Columbia's living windows event
Grabbing dinner and drinks after living windows

Our little Charlie Brown tree strategically placed above her head.

She loved seeing all the people and lights, we did some shopping too!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Claire's monthly photo shoot

Claire is 11 months old today! She loves to crawl and explore, babble, read, eat, play, and cuddle. We love her soooo much!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

We are thankful

We hope each of you had a nice Thanksgiving! We spent Claire's first Thanksgiving in KC with family and friends and had a wonderful time.
Claire playing with a rocking horse that used to be Aunt Meredith's.

Aunt Meredith and Doc teaching Claire some of their tricks on Thanksgiving.

The weather was beautiful and allowed everyone to get outside and enjoy the day. 

Claire playing with her Cater-speller, which was a gift from Grandma Louise and Grandpa Trueman. 

Claire enjoying her Thanksgiving dinner with Grandma Louise. We were thankful Grandma was released from the hospital in time to join us.

Claire enjoying some of Marie's excellent lasagna.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tiny Diner

Claire and I went to lunch together on Saturday. She is an excellent dining companion: good conversation, manners, and  she's a real "foodie". All of her culinary gifts will surely come into play this week, as we celebrate Thanksgiving with the Troutwines in Liberty! Can't wait!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Fun weekend with Uncle Ben, Aunt Chelsie, Aunt Meredith, Leah, Nana, Doc and the Fudge Family!

Playing with  Aunt Meredith and Leah on Friday night at the Fudge's

Playing with Aunt Chelsie after dinner at the Fudge's, not sure about Adam's face in the background. Nice photobomb?

Fudge sisters: Katie and Molly. Claire will have a new friend in February, Molly is having a little boy!

Loving Aunt Chelsie

Talking to Nana 

Loving Aunt Mer

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Claire's monthly photo shoot

Claire is 10 months old and on the move. She doesn't have much patience or time for lying on her back for her monthly photo shoot. We tried twice and these are the best pics we took:

Much happier crawling and playing on the floor

Friday, November 4, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Claire was boiling over with excitement on her first Halloween (thanks to Adam for the super cheesy intro). Happy Halloween everyone!
Dinner before trick or treating

Very tired lobster

Claire and Linda--the only stop on her first night of trick or treating! Thanks for the cupcakes, flash light, and banana Linda!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Brad and Nichole's wedding weekend

Congratulations to Nichole and Brad! Such a beautiful weekend, we are very happy for you two!! We had a great time in Savannah, arriving on Thursday night. Our home for the weekend was a townhouse on E. Perry Street, close to shopping, restaurants, downtown Savannah, etc. On Friday after the rehearsal we went to Lady and Sons for the rehearsal dinner followed by drinks at Nichole's parents beach house for the week at Tybee Island. Claire's first time to the beach. It was too dark out for her to really get a sense of it, so we will have to visit again soon. We got back to Perry Street on Friday night to watch the Cardinals WIN the World Series. Still cannot believe they won! The rest of the weekend was just as overload:

Outside the house on E. Perry Street

The flower girl at the rehearsal. Thanks for the adorable dress, Dr. Bachman!

Brad and Nichole at the rehearsal dinner
Claire with Mrs. Sharon--our wonderful Mom next door in Marietta
Claire introducing herself to Mrs. Deen. Ella, I don't know what we will do when she is too big for the Bjorn.

Watching the Cardinals WIN game 7 of the World Series

Relaxing with Aunt Mary on Saturday morning

Flower girl



Reaction after the surprise pacifier toss: Adam and Claire were standing on the 2nd floor balcony  and Claire flung her pacifier down below, landing in Granny's drink. Oops! Very funny moment.

Claire and Aunt Lyle

Stache bash--we brought our own costumes

Not loving the extra hair 

Aunt Elizabeth's new unibrow