Sunday, December 26, 2010


For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
-Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas, everyone! We had a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas day. My mom's side of the family always has a big party on Christmas Eve. Kira talked about the "big party" all day, and then she enjoyed herself thoroughly. Here's our little (but growing) family.
This next one is not a good picture, but I wanted you to see Kira's precious dress.On Christmas morning, we woke up at home and read the Christmas story from Luke plus a beautiful book called Room for a Little One: A Christmas Story by Martin Waddell and Jason Cockcroft. We also read our notes from our "thanks can." It was a wonderful start to the day. Then we opened a few presents. Of course, Kira saw her big present from Jay's parents immediately. She walked in and said, "CHAIR!" She loves having her own little table and chairs.
Next, we went to my parents' house where we ate breakfast and opened presents with my parents, Annie, Jeremy, Connor, and Chet. It was quite a scene! I regret not getting more pictures, but I think this one of Kira, Chet, and Connor somewhat conveys the mood: chaos/excitement/fun fun FUN.
I also managed to capture Uncle Jeremy with Kira's new baby doll - now named Mimi. (She got a lot of doll-related paraphernalia as well. She was in heaven, and I think she might be ready to be a bossy big sister!)After nap time, we went to my aunt and uncle's house and had a delicious Christmas dinner with more family. Needless to say, we had a wonderful Christmas, and I hope that you did, too. We are now in Augusta with Jay's family. Let the celebration continue...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It Takes a Village

Jay and I were talking about community yesterday because our neighbor and our roofer helped him fix our broken fence. Jay couldn't have done it alone, and it is both humbling and inspiring to accept help from others. It got me thinking about the outfit that Kira was wearing in the past 2 blog posts - we didn't buy any of it. This is not atypical of Kira's life to date. We have been overwhelmed for more than 2 years now with a lot of help from our amazing community. Thank you all for being a part of our lives. (See the contributers to Kira's outfit below.)
Dress: Baba/my grandmother
Tights: hand-me-down from Charlotte Alexander/Jay and Sally's kid
Shoes: Gramma/Jay's mother
Shirt: YaYa/my mother
Bow: YaYa/my mother
Hat: handmade by Kendra/Zeke's Mom
Cloth Diaper: Grandpa/Jay's father

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Oh My Cuteness!

After much consternation, my parents came home with a 7-week-old white lab puppy on Saturday. His name is Jasper, and he is ADORABLE! Kira really likes him, too. After some initial wariness, she walked around saying, "Come on, Jasper!" She hugged him and played "Night Night" with him on his bed. So much cuteness!!!
{Yes, that's a puppy in a baby doll stroller.}

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Tradition in the Making

Last night, a few friends (including 7-month-old Piper Smith who Kira woke up talking about this morning) joined us to bake Wamsted Mint Sticks and sing some Christmas carols around the piano. We are hopeful that this laid-back evening will become something of a tradition for the Wamsteds.
{Jay and Scruff baking diligently}
{Kira and Anne watching the baking process.}{The DELICIOUS final product.}
{Jay, Scruff, and Allison straining to see forgotten lyrics.}

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Back to "Normal"

Yesterday, Jay and I found Kira laying on a quilt reading to Curious George. This entertained her for a surprisingly large amount of time. I sure am glad to have my kid back from the realm of sickness!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Good News

Kira went back to the doctor this morning. This is us on our way out the door. She wasn't thrilled about the picture, but isn't her hat adorable? My friend Kendra made it for her for Christmas! I LOVE IT!Anyway, back to the doctor, we went and Kira got a good report. She does not have pnuemonia, and the antibiotics we started last Thursday are doing their job. Woohoo!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sick Week

Kira has been so pitiful and sick this week. I think she has only been out of pajamas once, and that was to visit the doctor. It turns out she has a bronchial infection or possibly pneumonia. Poor child! She started antibiotics yesterday and seems to have perked up a little already. We'll go back to the doctor on Monday to check her breathing again, but I think we're on the road to recovery. Hopefully, I will have some lively anecdotes and adorable pictures for you next week. As for this week, I'm just feeling grateful to live in the age of modern medicine and have access to competent, caring doctors.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our afternoon activity yesterday was baking (and then eating) chocolate chip cookies.
Not surprisingly, Kira asked if we could cook again first thing this morning!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Advent is here. We are preparing our hearts and home for Christmas. So far we have had one broken snow globe and one broken glass ornament... and we have been at this for less than 24 hours! But Kira is catching on to the excitement as we decorate and talk about Christmas. Here is a glimpse at our festive home thus far.
Kira's awesome new Melissa & Doug nativity set... a lovely gift from my parents! Our candle chandelier adorned with bells and red ribbon.
Our Advent candles. We are a little behind as Advent started on Sunday, but we will begin by lighting the Hope candle tonight for dinner.And since I couldn't find quite the right color candles, I decided to add little labels. I stole this idea from someone else, but I love it! Starting at Thanksgiving, we put out a bucket. Throughout the season, we will add little notes indicating what we are thankful for. Then on Christmas morning, we will read all of the notes aloud. (Family and friends are encouraged to contribute as well!)We got our tree last night, but so far the only decoration is this Christmas tree skirt. It was my grandmother Baba's, and I think it's so much fun!Lastly, I am very excited about this little labor of love. I have another one that says "Merry+Bright" waiting to be finished.
Wishing you much comfort and joy during this Advent season. Oh, and hot chocolate, steaming mugs of hot chocolate!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Where have we been?

Sorry for the blog hiatus, folks. We have had a thoroughly busy (and thoroughly wonderful) Thanksgiving week. We started last Saturday night when my nephew Chet spent the evening with us. Kira absolutely loved having her older cousin here to play! They can play together in a way that they really couldn't when Kira was younger. Very cute.
Then on Monday Kira's friend Zeke (our friends' kid) spent the night while his parents had a night on the town. Both of them were a little confused to be together at bedtime, but they had a great time!
Then we cooked up a storm on Wednesday in preparation for our feasts (plural). Kira helped by licking the beater from the maple whipped cream. It was love at first taste. We headed to the Dickey Juniors' house with pumpkin pies and aforementioned whipped cream. We feasted with my immediate family...
... and all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins on my mom's side. It was an awesome evening, as usual with that crowd. Kira went to sleep before we actually ate, which helped her parents have more fun!
On Thursday, we headed to Gramma and Papa Al's in Augusta for a fabulous Thanksgiving meal with them, Grandpa, and Miss Gail. It was DELICIOUS and so much fun. Kira didn't eat as much as I expected, but she had quite the time in Gramma's toy cabinet while the grown-ups ate. Works for me!
Then we stayed with Grandpa. Kira loved getting so much time with him. They're watching Curious George below. We had another tasty Thanksgiving meal with Grandpa and Miss Gail on Friday. Kira finally joined in the feast... she especially loved Grandpa's stuffing! Kira loved all of the animals at Grandpa's house... dog, cats, and fish! She also loved his stuffed animals. She threw them all in her bed and asked to get in herself. Then she had quite a wild rumpus. Funny kid.

I hope that you also had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, and food!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Oh Boy!

A particularly girly way to celebrate a baby boy... *This pedicure was made possible by Maury and Jen who supplied the gift certificate to the fabulous Nouvelle: A Westside Nail Salon and the Skeene family who watched Kira as part of a new babysitting swap. My toes thank you!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Jay, Sr.

See my point? This is Jay with a 4-day-old Kira. I'm sure the look will make an appearance again soon.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jay, Jr.

Call it motherly intuition, call it a 50/50 shot, whatever you want to call it, I was right... IT'S A BOY! So Jay and I thought we would experiment with what our son might look like in a couple of years. We figured that if you take our daughter and add one of Jay's hats... maybe you would get our son? Seriously, doesn't that top picture with the scraggly brown hair hanging out of that silly hat look like Jay circa 1998 (and again in 2001... and 2003... you get the point)?

Friday, November 12, 2010

What do you think?

We get to find out on Tuesday whether Baby #2 is a boy or a girl. For some unknown reason, I am completely convinced it's a boy. I will obviously be excited either way, but it will take some mental adjustment on my part if we find out that "it" is a "she." So I thought I would ask you, dear readers, what you think it is. Leave a comment with your vote. Boy or girl?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

En Plein Air

Kira channeling Monet one day last week.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Help

Kira has entered that stage of childhood wherein she desperately wants to help me with whatever I'm doing. Of course, this slows me down considerably, but that's a part of parenthood, right? She loves loading and unloading the dishwasher, which so far has only resulted in one broken glass. She loves hanging up wet cloth diapers and folding dry ones. And, most recently, she enjoys standing on a chair to help me cook. We made a special Saturday breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes (not coincidentally, my favorite). Kira helped every step of the way; she especially liked the step of eating.
By the way, it is not quite so cold in our house that she needed her hat on. She just likes it. The bib was also her own addition. Go figure.