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