My sweet friend Sonia came with my buddy Hayden and his sister, the equally yummy Evelyn (and her husband Brian on the side). My playgroup showed up in force too, dragging their husbands along for the trip. I do love those girls. They have talked me through many a Kinsey emergency. (That would be something that has to be dealt with right this minute. Everyone stop what you are worrying about and tell me how to fix this!!)
A year ago I didn’t know if the baby in my belly was Zachary or Caroline,
Each week at Zach’s school, Mrs. Terry comes to host music class for Zach’s class. We often get notes about how much he enjoys music class and especially enjoys shaking eggs (plastic ones filled with rice) to the beat. Alex and I do swear that he can clap to the beat and always does start moving and clapping when he hears music. Even just us singing – which can only questionably be called music.
Here are some pictures of Zach and the rest of the Sweet Peas enjoying music time!
Zach spent his first Thanksgiving in St. Louis visiting the extended Wall family. Vince’s brother and sister live there and many of his nieces and nephews stayed in the Lou. Zach got to meet 18 2nd and 3rd cousins. They all just went crazy for him. I don’t think Alex or I held him more than 5 minutes at a time before someone swooped him out of our arms and hurried off to do something else. He was in hog heaven with all that attention! They loved to watch him scoot/slide around and really loved to pinch his cheeks (which is a common occurrence for any child that gets within 2 feet of Zach).
I am sure everyone has heard about the snow we had in Houston over the weekend. It really was pretty amazing. There was more snow than I ever thought possible in our southern city. My parents were home with Zach and by the time he was up from his nap the snow had stopped. So we just hustled him outside to sit on a plastic bag and take some pictures. Keep in mind we are all about 20 feet from him, on the sidewalk telling him to smile and making funny nosies. Zach mainly wanted to know why he was by himself on this trash bag, and our neighbors wanted to know how we lost our minds.
Zach’s first Christmas tree is up! It is also filled with my lovely gold balls, baubles and stars, all of which are breakable and not for touching – by anyone (that includes you Alex). During the aforementioned photo session Zach decided that shiny glass ball would be fabulous to hold on to. Luckily my mom snatched him away just in time. Phew! What did he think this ways, a child’s holiday?? Good thing the tree is in a room that he is not in very often. It is for looking at only – no touching. Ahhh the holidays.
This weekend my parents came to help us get ready for Christmas. We put up the tree, got the wreath on the front of the house and took a family picture of our first Christmas. Needless to say getting 2 adults, 1 baby and 1 dog to all look at the camera (eyes open) and smile was really, really hard. Especially given Zachary’s new fondness for not smiling and just staring at the camera. I think we got one that was OK – not great, not terrible, just OK.