Saturday, January 31, 2009

Oh, what a snow that would be!

Yes we took Isabella sledding for the first time! It was a great time. When she first saw the hill she was very scared and then after one run she wanted more!

"...If all the snowflakes
Were candy bars and milkshakes
Oh, what a snow that would be!
Standing outside, with my mouth open wide
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
If all the snowflakes
Were candy bars and milkshakes
Oh, what a snow that would be!..." - Barney

Friday, January 30, 2009

Charlotte Update! "Mama"

Charlotte is a walking talking machine! Well not really, but she has increased her speed and stamina while crawling. She has not graduated from "army crawl" but she is trying.
In speech she has said Mama and Dada... sometimes she gets in a Papa. Although all but Mama she says only when prompted. She plays the "Mama card" whenever she wants something.

She also blows kisses! But never when prompted only when she feels like it.

Stubborn may be one of her first words.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Phun with Pneumonia

Isabella was diagnosed with Pneumonia.
She has been on antibiotics on the mend!
If you ask Isabella she will say she has "ammonia"
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Hide The Veg!

Due to Isabella being so picky with her eating we have had to find some creative ways to get her to eat her veggies. The quesadilla did the job! It's a fun alternative... Oh and don't forget the cheese!
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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Charlotte is 10 Months Old!

During our weekend of sickness Charlotte turned 10 Months Old

If you missed it... here is Charlotte at 9 Months Old

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Isabella's Second Ballet Class

Once again she was put in the front of the class. (1/10/2009)

She did great!
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Friday, January 16, 2009

Chill Out! Zimny, Dingin, Kall, šaltas

This morning was an abnormally cold day. This is a day after Isabella asked me if we could go to the outdoor playground. This screen shot was taken around 9AM and it was still that cold. I have heard that it was as low as -13 degrees Fahrenheit (-25 degrees Celsius) last night. The leather in the car was crunchy, the LCD was moving slow, the steering was poor. Even my seat belt didn't want to unwind. It reminds me of physics class and discussing absolute zero when everything comes to a stop. Does everyone remember that?
After doing some research I found that the freezing point of Silicone grease is -40 degrees. For LCDs it is around -30. So last night we were well on our way.

Arabic: بارِد
Chinese (Simplified): 冷
Chinese (Traditional): 冷
Czech: studený
Danish: kold
Dutch: koud
Estonian: külm
Finnish: kylmä
French: froid
German: kalt
Greek: κρύος
Hungarian: hideg
Icelandic: kaldur
Indonesian: dingin
Italian: freddo <- you have to love that one
Japanese: 冷たい
Korean: 차가운
Latvian: auksts
Lithuanian: šaltas, šaldytas
Norwegian: kald
Polish: zimny
Portuguese (Brazil): frio
Portuguese (Portugal): frio
Romanian: rece
Russian: холодный
Slovak: studený
Slovenian: hladen
Spanish: frío
Swedish: kall
Turkish: soğuk

Monday, January 12, 2009

Let's Go Swimming!

This past weekend was Charlotte's first swim lesson. (1/10/2009) This mostly consisted of getting her used to the water. She did very well although close to the end she was beat. This class was held at the Gahanna YMCA. If you are looking for a good starter for your baby this class is worth it and it just started come join us!

Did you know? Humans do not swim instinctively, but nonetheless feel attracted to water. Example: 54% of Americans live on the coast.

After doing some research I found out (according to a Gallup Poll) that 39 % of adults said they are afraid to put their heads under water! 62% feared deep, open water. Wow. This is actually a very funny number considering ocean waters cover nearly 71% of Earth's surface. Both Nicole and I come from a competitive swimming family, I can promise you that our girls will know how to swim at minimum for safety.

According to Wiki: Swimming has been known since prehistoric times; the earliest record of swimming dates back to Stone Age paintings from around 7,000 years ago. In 1538, Nikolaus Wynmann, a German professor of languages, wrote the first swimming book, The Swimmer or A Dialogue on the Art of Swimming. Competitive swimming in Europe started around 1800, mostly using breaststroke. In 1873 John Arthur Trudgen introduced the trudgen to Western swimming competitions, after copying the front crawl used by Native Americans. Due to a British disregard for splashing, Trudgen employed a scissor kick instead of the front crawl's flutter kick. Swimming was part of the first modern Olympic games in 1896 in Athens. Butterfly was developed in the 1930s and was at first a variant of breaststroke, until it was accepted as a separate style in 1952.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


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Charlotte's New Food

Yes Charlotte has join the rest of us and started eating "real" table food. This weekend we have tried many different items all sliced up and she has loved them all. Prior to any feeding time she gets really excited and once it is in front of her, watch your fingers!

Side note: At first I was very agaist pancakes in a can, although I decided to give it a try and I think I really like it, The Organic Batter Blaster. It is made from all organic and natural ingredients. But over all a good product for tailgating or if you have kids. You never know how many you are going to need and it's no mess. Only con I have found is that it really doesn't rise as much as I normally like. (Making waffles had a small learning curve.) *Sam's Club*
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