Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Eve Festivites

This Christmas Eve we were joined by my family & the always wonderful Cooper family for our traditional Shiplett Christmas Eve Surf & Turf Dinner.  Connor spent most of the day & night buttering up Grandma & Grandpa, as there were a few shopping hours left before Christmas, and Blair & I enjoyed a few hands free moments before the party started!  
Love you Grandma!

Perfect onesie for buttering up Grandma! 

Who could resist those chubby cheeks!

Playing peek-a-boo with that smile
I love my toes!

Love cuddling with Aunt Dalisa!
Hello Coopers :)

Dalisa helping me with my photogrpahy skills...all about finding the light..Dalisa is really good at it! 

Like mother like daughter...great at finding good light - lol!

The tree is trimmed....

All ready for Christmas Day!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Seeing Santa!!

Ho! Ho! Ho!  Merry Christmas!!  Santa made one of his many stops of the season at the Mountain's Edge Exploration Peak Park during the Snow Day party the neighborhood puts on every year.  
Connor was very excited to meet Santa, as you can tell, 
and I loved that he was not scared of Jolly Old Saint Nick one bit, he loved it!!  

Connor got to pet Dasher, one of Santa's famous reindeer, 
that came down from the North Pole for the occasion.

Lots of people waiting to meet Santa!

Getting closer!  Good thing we had some hot chocolate to enjoy while we waited :)

A patient Connor waiting for his turn....better waiting in the fresh air, then in the mall :)

They even bring in snow for the day for everyone to play in...

That is how we get snow in Las Vegas when it is 65 in December!!
I think Connor will love that next year.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Happy 5-Month Birthday Connor!!

Honestly, I know I say this every time, but really where does time go!  It feels like yesterday we were bringing Connor home from the hospital & now we are celebrating his 5-month birthday.  He is growing so fast, I find myself asking where the brakes are...I wish I could freeze time!  It has been so fun watching his personality develop & watching him explore his new can see him taking in everything.  Connor just loves to study his toys, he grabs at everything & almost everything ends up in his mouth for a taste test.  His two favorite things (and mom & dad's) are currently his ExerSaucer & his Jumper.  He just loves to push the buttons, move the toys around & just explore all they to offer him.  Not to mention he LOVES to jump!  And we love to hear his laughter & see his smile when he really gets to is contagious.  At 5-months Connor is sitting up on his own & can roll over when he wants to, although he generally could care less about rolling over, especially when mom has the video camera rolling.  In the last month he has found his feet & every once in a while gives his toes a taste, which is pretty funny to watch.  He talks & hums all the time, our conversations are pretty interesting!  And I am pretty sure this morning I heard a distinct MA when Blair went in to get him this morning.  I know he was asking where I was...he was hungry - lol! He is just a really happy baby & we are so lucky!  Below are a few fun photos of Connor playing in his jumper this morning....I just love to watch him play!!

 See that smile is contagious!!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A California Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving this year we traveled to Northern California to visit Lindsey, Matt & our beautiful new niece Sloane.  GMa & Papa Ship  joined us from Florida making it a complete Shiplett/Hjermstad family affair.  We have so much for be thankful for this year, including being able to spend so much time with family!  Connor is getting pretty good at traveling through airports & on planes, but we still have to work on the sleeping in a hotel room.  The weather was perfect fall weather & the falling leaves were absolutely beautiful.  We enjoyed a yummy Thanksgiving Dinner, lots & lots of football, a few walks around the beautiful city of Danville & loving on the babies.  I also got a few opportunities to work on my photography skills with my new Canon 40D camera.  An early Christmas present thanks to the wonderful Carrie Terrones & her need to upgrade her camera.  I am still very much a beginner, but I am trying!  Below are some fun photos of the weekend....

Connor saying hello to his Aunt Lulu & GMa

Blair hanging out with his new niece, Sloane - she is precious!

The babies hanging out together or should I say laying around :)  
I definitely think they have some similar Shiplett features!  

Hi From GMa & Sloane

Connor helping Mom by posing for a few photos in his Gobble Gobble Gobble outfit.  Thanks Grandma & Grandpa Bordwell for my Thanksgiving Day outfit!

How cute is his turkey butt!!

The Hjermstad Family lounging around

Dad & Connor hanging out

An exciting day of family photos plus a long walk = two sleepy babies

They look like angels when they sleep

For our home to yours, we hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Rice Cereal - Connor Is Just Not So Sure

After Connor's 4-month check-up and getting the okay from his doctor, we finally decided to try some of the rice cereal that everyone keeps talking about.  The photos really tell more about how it is going than I can really say....Connor is just not so sure about all this!

At the end there was definitely more rice cereal out than in....but like everything else I am sure practice makes perfect...tomorrow we will try again :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Connor Is 4 Months!

I truly can’t believe Connor is 4 months old, really it feels like yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital!  Connor now weighs in at 16 lbs. & 26 inches tall, my big little bug J  and growing by the second.  He is in the 75th percentile for height & weight!  Our pediatrician was very impressed with Connor at his 4-month check-up, he is tracking great (he looks where you point), grabs at everything he can reach & is sitting up on his own (with a pillow for cushion when he tips over of course), which is more like a 6-month milestone!  He is all smiles, laughs, talks (not that we can understand) and loves to play in his jumper & exersaucer.  We are still working on the rolling over; Connor just prefers to be up & looking at the world and is not all that concerned about moving around, but he is getting closer & closer….I have no doubt we will be there by 5 months.  I am amazed everyday about how much Connor is changing & learning….I just try to take in every moment – I love seeing the little man he is becoming.  He is the best little bug in the world!!