Saturday, September 30, 2006

September 30, 2006

We're discovering that increased mobility leads to increased climbing. We couldn't get a photo of it, but at one point this morning Grace was standing on these encyclopedias, surfer-style as the books wobbled back and forth. God help us all.

Hanging out with Dad.

Snapped as Grace was coming back down into Dad's arms after a toss into the air. She gets so giddy when she plays with Dad.

Friday, September 29, 2006

September 29, 2006

Grace would not sit still to show off her new hairstyle this morning! So here you have blur girl.

Happy finding mom around the corner.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

September 28, 2006

Grace and Joseph examine the mail slot while Liam looks on.

Joseph and Grace play at the bookcase.

Grace takes a break with Liam.

Grace and Ruairi try not to collide.

Tammy warns Grace of the danger of too many cookies in one hand as Ruairi lounges nearby.

Grace and Liam enjoy the loudest toy in the house.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

September 27, 2006

This afternoon, Grace and I went to Dunkin' Donuts to collect our free smoothie.

While we were there, Grace learned how to use a straw!

This is a huge breakthrough and opens up a whole new world of beverage consumption when dining out.

She had so much fun walking around the restaurant.

She was so busy congratulating herself on her good walking that even other patrons started to comment -- it was so cute.
Here are some photos from our trip to the library this morning!

Grace walked around the library a -lot- and was so proud of herself. Every time she'd find anew landing point, she'd look back at me and say "good walking!"

Peeking around a shelf to see what she'll find.

Looking at a new book.

Our one complaint today? A librarian who underestimated Grace, thinking she was too young for pop up books. They are such a highlight of the library trip for Grace that I ignored her discouraging words and Grace did her usual wonderful job of being very careful with them.

She had lots of compliments today about paying attention to books, sitting still, being careful, etc. It's always so much fun to take her to the library.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

September 26, 2006

A rare moment cuddling.

Monday, September 25, 2006

September 25, 2006

Grace is a blur as she flies up the stairs.

Dad looks on just to make sure her enthusiasm doesn't send her flying backwards.
Sweet and yet also blurry.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

September 24, 2006

Last night, Uncle Jeff bought Grace a glow stick.

She had so much fun playing with it even this morning!

She tries to track Jeff down to thank him.

Howling with laughter with Aunt Melissa.

Grace pushes Melissa's hair out of her face in a game of peek a boo.

Enjoying her new brown monkey from Melissa and Jeff. I think it kind of looks like a gibbon.

Dad sang Grace a little song when we got back home.

Then they enjoyed some reading time together. We really missed Dad while we were away!

September 23, 2006

Aunt Melissa and Grace look out on a rainy day.

Enjoying sausage at Grandma's.

Reading with Grandma.

More fun with Grandma!

At the Friday's memorial service.

The first photo with these cousins! Grace was alternately charmed and shocked by Sibonelo.

Not a great photo, but the only one with Grace, Gary James and Sibonelo.

Cousins and cousins.

Sometimes Grace just wasn't sure what to make of Sibonelo. April encourages her to take a closer look.

Sitting with Sandile and Sibonelo on the couch.

I had no idea it would really be possible to hold two in my lap -- this was very encouraging.

Grace approaches Sibonelo.

Showing him the gorilla.

A cousin portrait (this was the best of the lot!).

September 22, 2006

Before heading out of town, Grace and I met up with Dad for lunch.

We had fun coloring the paper on the table and eating pasta, then we said goodbye.

We made it to Grandpa and Mary's house in time for an early dinner. Afterward, everyone read books and Grace showed off her walking skills.

Grandpa, Mary and Grace look at some wine making supplies.

Grace almost got in trouble trying to remove the ventilator on the top of this demijohn! I, naturally, just snapped a picture :)

An old-fashioned piano party!

Getting some practice in with Mary.

A little grocery shopping with Grandma.

Getting some music ready with Aunt Melissa.

Dancing with Aunt Melissa and Uncle Jeff.