Friday, November 30, 2007

More pictures of Rainier

Bill hopes to climb Rainier sometime in the next few years. I'm not so hip on the idea, people do die from doing this. Jeff (bill's brother in law) said he wasn't up to it, he's more of a biking man, so any of you fellas want to go with him? This is Lilah's first time sitting in the snow, you can see she loved it as much as she loved the beach for the first time. I think she's crying because she's saying, "I'm still a Hawaiian baby, what are ya'll doing to me?"
What beautiful scenery. It was a great drive all through the park, or at least that parts that were open. We do need to buy some tire chains and we were minutes from running out of gas, but we still had a great day.
Here's a great little stream we saw in the Paradise area of the Rainier park. It was really breathtaking.
And this is a beautiful large female Elk (we think) we saw just standing on the side of the road, it was really amazing!


Papa arrived the Monday before Thanksgiving to stay for a week and enjoy the holidays with us. We had a lot of fun and ran Papa all over town. I told him to dress warm, but I don't think he was quite ready for the 30 something temps, we had some really chilly days while he was here. But the nice thing was it only rained 2 of the 7 days he was here. Look at me, what a Seattlelite already thinking 30 degree weather with 5 days of sun is pretty good. Here we took Papa to the Salmon Hatchery in Issaquah. Its quite fun to read and learn all about the salmon and how they return to where they were born to spawn. This hatchery is helping the Salmon population replenish here in the NW, this past year that had the best numbers they've had in a log time for new Chinook salmon.

Lilah has now gotten so heavy (18.1lbs) I can't carry her in the bjorn or sling without my shoulders or back hurting. So I started using this Ergo carrier Bill's co-workers gave us and I've got to say its great. I can wear her for hours and do pretty well. Its got a lot of straps, clips, etc that I found odd at first, but i've gotten used to it and love it. You should have seen me taking Papa around, I had Lilah in the Ergo, pushing Papa in the wheelchair up a hill, and not to mention i'm 7 months pregnant, i was pretty proud of myself!

Here's my little Turkey all ready for her first Thanksgiving. We started the day with a big family breakfast and a turkey craft with apples and marshmellows for the kids. Then the boys watched football while I baked a cake and Opa cooked the turkey. We headed over to Aunt Liz's that night for the big Moore family Thanksgiving dinner. It was great to be with family this Thanksgiving, though we did say how much we missed the Hall's and Uncle Abel for our usual Hawaii family dinner.
As you can see we had all the grown ups wear pilgrim hats and feathers for the kids. We took this shot at the end of dinner, so some people had lost their head gear. Everyone was feeling pretty full and ready for a nap at this point, or at least the grownups were.
Everybody keeps asking for a belly shot, well here you go. It depends on the clothing i'm wearing on how much belly you can see. But the baby is kicking a lot at night. Had a check up this week and we're still on track for a Feb 24th delivery and the baby currently weights 2.5 lbs which is right on target. We're not finding out the sex ahead of time to many folk's dismay, but i just want to remember this baby is a blessing and to just be thankful for a healthy child, i can worry about pink or blue later. Currently I'm just really nervous about splitting my time with my dear sweet Lilah.
We drove Papa up to Mt. Rainier over the weekend. We were all impressed with the beauty of the park around the mountain. It was just gorgeous. We sat Lilah down in the snow and she loved it as much as she loved her first trip to the beach. We can't wait to go sledding and snow shoeing up here, but i think i'll pass on the skiing, I can never understand how to stop.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Lilah On The Go!!

Last tuesday we bought Lilah this little airplane from Target to help her start walking as Bill's sister Liz suggested. The minute we gave it to her she was off and running. She likes to sit on it and us push her around, but if you want to see her grin from ear to ear then let her stand behind it and push it. And as soon as she runs into a piece of furniture and can't go anymore she'll turn and look at you and squeal until you remedy the problem. We couldn't believe just how well she was doing with her airplane.
Lilah's grandpa, who we call Opa, celebrated his 72nd birthday this past saturday and we celebrated with a surprise Navy Soup Party. Soup party you may ask..... well, Bill's Dad loves soup so our menu consisted of 3 soups for our supper and since he is a retired Navy Commander all of our decorations were Navy themed. Liz and I did quite well with our decorating we submarines and anchors all over the place. This is a picture of Lilah with her cousin Lauren and her Oma and Opa just as the celebration was beginning. Lilah & Lauren shortened their naps so they could be right in the kitchen preparing with us!
She really loves this little airplane. And thanks to the airplane and all the walking practice she had, she took her first steps this past Sunday. So we gave her the toy on tuesday night and by sunday morning she was taking steps on her own. My baby is so advanced!!!! That's what I tell Bill all the time and he just rolls his eyes at me, but I think steps before her 10 month is pretty advanced..... (you can't tell i'm her mother can you?)
One of Lilah's favorite things to do while we get ready in the morning is to play with my makeup bag. She's been doing this for quite a while, but she's getting too smart. Now she can take the tops off of all the lipsticks, chapsticks, and lip liners, so I have to watch her close and she likes to suck on the blush brush, but other than that, this keeps her occupied for a few minutes while I finish blow drying. Don't you love her little leggings? I ordered these online. They have really helped us make some of her Hawaiian baby outfits wearable in the Seattle weather.
And here's my little cupcake holding onto my pants leg. See how we're both wearing brown corduroys pants. I always think its super cheesy when Mom's and babies dress just alike. But i've found in the mornings when I dress us, I'll find myself in a purple mood, or pink mood and don't even realize it till we're out of the house that we look just alike.

Well, that's just a few clips of what's going on around here. We just got the internet going on our laptop here at Oma & Opa's yesterday, so i should be able to do much better with blogging, anything is better than once a month, right? Papa arrives from Georgia tomorrow to celebrate Thanksgiving with us, so we're excited about that!

Friday, November 2, 2007


Lilah was a Lobster for Halloween and I being her mother thinks she looked absolutely adorable. We got rave reviews everywhere we went.

We stopped by Daddy's office during the day so the staff could ooh and ahh over our precious little shellfish. This is one shellfish that Uncle Abel can be exposed to wtihout his epi pen.

We spent Halloween with the Evans clan, combing the streets for candy. We had a great time. The weather was chilly but dry and the girls had a great time. We were accompanied by a pea pod, a ghost, and a lion, who often got scared by some of the rather creative lawn decorations we saw. We even collected candy for the babies telling the neighbors it was for the pregnant lady. And I must say, Liz really helped me score as many Baby Ruths as possible. I'd be embarrassed to tell you just how many bite size baby ruth's i've eaten during the pregnancy.

We really hit the neighborhood hard and had a fantastic time.

We even got 2 red lobster bibs for Mom & Dad to be in theme with Lilah, an idea we stole from our friend Yolanda.

To those of you who have been wondering where I've been with the updates, my apologies. We are still living with Bill's parents due to us being nowhere close to selling the townhouse in hawaii. Dad has a Mac computer which is not user friendly to me and i've been having major computer issues. Our own laptop we brought from home isn't working. So,today Liz has kindly let me take over her computer for a few hours to post and download all my photos. Ahh it feels good to be in the land of windows again. For those of you who don't know me personally and know I have severe allergies to dogs is why i hadn't gone to Liz's earlier. But today, I felt I needed to get back to posting and get my photos organized. I'm a camera junky and must download often. So, i'm all claritin and albuterol upped and here I am. I'll try to go back and update over what's been going on in the last month. Overall things are good. Seattle has a beautiful fall which I didn't expect. It rained a lot the first two weeks, but has been nice these last two weeks. We're enjoying it, just hoping the townhouse will sell so we can
officially start to feel settled in.