Monday, December 28, 2009

Mary's First Christmas, Part 1

Hello to our reader(s) from sunny Florida! We hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas. It's been a fun time celebrating Mary's 1st Christmas with family and friends, and we look forward to round 2 with my family this coming weekend. In the meantime here are some pictures. The first one is actually a few weeks old, but I haven't gotten around to posting it. It's our tree from back home (though it doesn't capture the lights very well). The rest are from Christmas morning (including presents from her aunts & uncles).

All in all, it's been a very Mary Christmas. Get it?... Mary Christmas... like Merry Christmas... it's funny because they're homophones... "Mary" and "Merry"... get it?...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Mary & Santa

Last night (the 23rd) was the Larkin Family Christmas Extravaganza. It's quite an ordeal- Lisa's aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents all come by for food, singing and Santa (keep in mind, Lisa's father is one of 9 kids, so there's a lot of people). This was Mary's first time meeting Santa. Here are a couple pictures (not great quality, sorry) and the video of Mary receiving her first ever Christmas gift (clothes); somewhere around 38 seconds you can hear my thoughts on the present. These also feature Lisa's craftiness; it's hard to see, but she stitched an "M" on Mary's shirt right before the party. Martha Stewart ain't got nothing on her.

Lastly, here is a pic of the immediate family. Not a bad looking family, even with me in it. The last picture is from tonight's Christmas Eve celebration. We'll have more pictures of Mary's first Christmas in the coming days. Until then, Mary, Lisa and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Forward Motion

Yesterday was a big day for the Pierce family: Mary finally, after weeks of moving backward only (pretty funny in its own right), is beginning to move forward! Woohoo! It's not a true crawl, more of an army crawl. But this is still an exciting time. She's been threatening to crawl for a while, so this gives us a little glimpse into the fun to come. Anyway, here are a couple quick videos from her forward motion debut from yesterday evening.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Wedding Bells

Last weekend we headed to North Carolina for the wedding of a good family friend, Kristy and Anthony. We had a great time and Mary was a blast! She started the evening with a nap on me, which was perfect because that prepared her to party all night long!!! kind of... :)

Then, we moved on to do a small photo shoot. First, our little family. Then, we lent Mary to my brother and sister-in-law (Luke and Kelley) because sadly their three kids weren't there. We had a great time hanging out with them all weekend!

We finished the night with some dancing. Mary had a great time! She stood on a chair and did a little bobbing and shaking... it was pretty cute! This is Mrs. Armstrong, the mother of the bride, having a good ole time with our big cheeked baby girl!

And, though Mary doesn't look like she's having a good time dancing with her daddy, I assure you, she is! She had just woken from her nap so was still a little bit out of it.

Oh, and a special thank you to Ellie Phillips for letting us borrow her adorable outfit for Mary's big night out! :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mary Can Read Upside Down

This is a follow up to our previous Mary Can Read video.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Our Talkative Baby

Mary has some quirky aspects to her personality that we haven't really managed to get on camera or video. For instance, she loves to dance, but refuses to when the camera comes out. Anyway, we're doing the best we can and have a couple videos to show for our efforts.

The first video starts with her doing a jig in the exersaucer, but erupts into random noises (and a lot of drool). The second video demonstrates her new love of talking. Oh, and no comments about the gigantic bib she's wearing. Seriously, that's not a bib, it's a shield. The only thing missing is a family crest.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Mary Can Read

We reached back into the Mary Vault for this one, taken about a month and a half ago. I like how she can follow the inflection in Lisa's voice.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mary's Second First Thanksgiving

Mary enjoyed Round 2 of Thanksgiving yesterday, visiting Cousin Ryan (and all those other Pierces) down in Rhode Island. A couple people are making their Pierce family blog debut: Aunt Leanne (Ryan's mom) and Aunt Karen (Danny's sister). We'll finish up with a few cute ones of Mary. Hey, it's her blog, after all.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Mary's First Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Mary celebrated her first thanksgiving today down (or up, depending on your location when you read this) in Connecticut with my family. It was a big day, that started with a 5k Turkey Trot in Mystic, which we forgot to document with pictures. Danny and Lisa strike again!

Lisa was really excited about Mary's Thanksgiving outfit.

Here is Mary sitting in our family rocking chair. She's actually the 6th generation from my family to sit in it, originally belonging to Mary's great-great-great-grandmother. Yeah, it's about 100 years old and still going strong.

After dessert, Mary got to hang out a bit with her grandmother and Granny. She also discovered the joy of the most simple toys- a paper bag and a pot.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, hope you enjoyed your day as much as we did!

Monday, November 9, 2009

My Wife Took My Daughter on Vacation, and All I Have Are These Pictures

We often try to have a theme for a post: playing in the leaves, going to a park, visiting family, etc. This post's theme is: Lisa and Mary left me for the weekend so I've been left to fend for myself. You're probably thinking I'm referring to food (and you'd be partially right), but that also applies to Mary time. So, I've picked out a few pics with little-to-no connection to each other that probably won't end up in another post anytime soon.

The first two are from time hanging out on her blanket (thanks, Aunt Kim!). The second of these is from when Aunt Karen and I were trying to get her to crawl. You can probably tell by the expression on her face how well that went over.

The next one was taken by my mother (note: we need to come up with a "grandma" name for my mother, suggestions wanted) when we were at Cousin Ryan's house a few weeks back.

The last two are just a couple of my favorites.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

at the park

We have a park down the street from our house. We haven't be there too much (since Mary doesn't do much moving and "playing"), but we did go on a little walk and we tried out the big kid swing... it's actually the baby swing, but it's bigger than the one she has at home. I think her favorite thing about the swing is the fact that we are there talking to her each time she comes our way. It's fun.

And, here she is modeling the cute new purple dress from Mimi. Thanks, Mimi!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

sweet potatoes

Mary started solids a few weeks ago. She seems to really like it, especially the bananas. She eats sweet potatoes a lot... like here.

Sometimes she is very neat while eating....

and, sometimes she is NOT!!!

She does this new thing we call "dancing". It is SO cute! She usually starts with her head going back and forth, often times getting her entire little chubby body into it. We love it.... except when she is eating. She gets pretty excited about her food and her head goes back and forth making it a little difficult to get it in her mouth. These aren't the cutest pictures of our little girl, but we all have our rough days.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fall is here!

We are loving the fall weather right now! Here are a few (too many, probably) pictures of Mary in the leaves.... in her new cute hat from Mimi (though I picked it out... obviously).

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

More Fun with Mary & Ryan

A couple weeks ago Mary got to hang out some more with her cousin Ryan (see here for a previous post on them). Ryan is about to celebrate his 1st birthday, so we'll be seeing some more of him in the near future. In the meantime, here are a few pics from their last hang out time.

Here's Mary with Ryan and Uncle Kevin.

I think we were trying to get Mary and Ryan to hug each other. If I remember correctly, it didn't really work out.

Here are a few pics of Ryan sharing his stuff with Mary. At the time, she couldn't sit up well enough to enjoy the ball pit, though I'm sure she'd have more fun now that she's a big girl.

We have a few fun pictures of Mary swinging. She's actually fairly ambivalent when it comes to the swing, but it's easy to get her to smile with some high-pitched noises, which of course turns out great for pictures and makes it look like she's having the time of her life.

In the interest of full disclosure, I stole a couple of these pictures from Leanne, my sister-in-law.