Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Note 2010

For any of you that have been blessed enough to call yourself a parent, you will understand that this year was the best year of our lives. We didn’t leave the country (I mean does Canada really count?), no huge work promotions (unless you count my promotion to full-time mom), no fancy house remodels or anything like that – but we did succeed in the biggest accomplishment of our lives… welcoming Lillian Brooke into this world and managing not to screw things up too badly in this first 7 months of her life.

We see in her so much of ourselves – for better or worse. She is incredibly attractive (I think she got that from her grandmas), she had incredible eye hand coordination, a taste for all flavors Mexican and a love of the water (Schlameus family inheritance for sure). She is also a bit emotional (not afraid to have the loudest laugh in the room… or to let out a good cry), she is social (never happier than when other babies are around), and enjoys being outside even if it means bundling up for a walk in the snow in 20 degree weather… all throw backs from the Warren/Skeeters group to be sure.

We have managed to drag Lily with us on the road and in the air for trips with friends and family every month since she’s been born, making sure she’s accustomed at a young age to our love for travel, whether it’s camping, wine tasting, beer festivals, golf trips or flights to visit with family.

When staying in town we have been incredibly blessed to have visits from family, weekly kidnapping from Lily’s local grandmas & aunts, my Dad and Brenna’s big move back to Seattle (living just 10 minutes from our house) and lots of friends that have been incredibly supportive when we have needed it most, whether it was being there to do the baby bounce with our “emotional” newborn or take us out for a break when we needed to get away. THANK YOU.

Being a parent is the most exciting, scariest, rewarding experience of our lives and we are just lucky enough to have Lillian to test it all out on as we figure out this journey together. This parenting stuff is not for the faint at heart. You worry more but love deeper than you ever thought possible – and not just for your baby but for your new “family unit”. Brett and I are a new “team” attacking this mom & dad thing head on, keeping each other laughing days after sleepless nights and finding new ways to stay entertained around nap schedules and early bedtimes.

Other exciting news outside of parenthood…we have been lucky enough to gain a brother-in-law this year as Brooke, Brett’s little sister and best friend of myself, married Jake Ware in Leavenworth, WA this summer. Another family addition came just a month after Lily was born – our sweet new nephew, Jimmy, who we were able to love on in Denver this Thanksgiving. As for work, as I hinted above, I have taken a break from my career at to focus on raising Lillian full time while Brett has continued to enjoy his career in Intellectual Property law as an attorney at Lee & Hayes PLLC.

Signing off for now, more updates to come - we hope this note finds each of you happy and healthy. Thank you for the continued love and support each of you have shown our families this year. Cheers to each of you!

A look back at 2010...

January: Babymoon in Miami & the Keys (*click for more pics/blog)

February: Baby Prep! *

March: Lucy and "the bump"
April: Lily Arrives!*
May: Yakima Golf Tourney & Wine Tasting Trip - make shift changing table in back of winery*
June: Lake Chelan, Washignton*
July: UPS Annual College Reunion at Brewers Festival in Portland, OR
August: Brooke & Jake's Wedding*
September: First Camping Trip!*
October: Oktoberfest in Leavenworth, WA for "Aunt" Kimmy's 30th*
November: Thanksgiving in Denver
Meeting cousin Jimmy, just 1 month younger than Lillian
First Snow: In our backyard in Seattle
December: Cutting down Lillian's First Christmas Tree
(*click for more pics/blog)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Lions and Tigers and Pumpkins, Oh My!

Lillian's 1st Halloween was a total success - see below for pics of the several events that filled last week!

TWO cards came for Lily - one from her friend Eva in Chicago and one from her "Aunt" Kat!
Trick or TREAT (avocado was her treat of choice... she enjoyed it with a little cumin on top as we explore her Mexican heritage ;) )

Pumpkin Farm time! Weather was awful, but we figured better late (and wet) than never...

"Just hanging and waiting for my friends from PEPS (Mom's Group). Roar."
7 of the 9 kiddos in attendance at the PEPS Halloween gathering Lily & I hosted
Notice the moms working hard for the babies attention :)

Hosted a Halloween morning brunch with a few friends from Brett's college and their kids

Monica meets Lillian
The Redmans (Will is just 7 months older than Lily and lives in the neighborhood)
The Snodgrass Family

Our families and the Newmans came over to join us to walk down to the Ballard Halloween festivities on Sunday afternoon before the traditional Pumpkin Soup, candy for trick-or-treaters and Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin viewing w/ Brooke & Jan - all in all the perfect Halloween!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Had a great visit this past weekend with my paternal grandmother in town (Nonna) and my dad's sister Aunt Kathie. Our initial plan was to have Lillian's first food experience on display for the whole family on Saturday evening, however, after some poor planning on my part and running into the "later" evening we were dealing with a baby looking at us saying, "the food still isn't ready and now I'm not only hungry but tired." Food was postponed to Sunday with just myself, Brett, Lily, Lucy and Becky. Butternut Squash was on the menu (had leftovers from the soup I made the night before) and Lillian clearly loved it (see pics below)... plain, with garlic, with curry - anyway she could get it she was a huge fan.
4 generations
Not so sure about this...
Lily gives her "snort" of approval

Lucy is LOVING the licks of food. This has us mildly concerned as many of you know Lucy was deemed "overweight" at the vet a couple weeks ago, so these food droppings from Lillian are not going to help w/ fat camp. :)
"I'll take it from here"

All this eating is hard work - all showered up and ready for to snuggle in with a good book and a nap!

Viewer Discretion Advised... (many of you requested a pic of this so here it is)... the aftermath :)