Saturday, March 5, 2011


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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Corinna Hoffman Family Photo Shoot

Here's Alexsa's OFFICIAL Chair Picture for her first birthday:

We had a great time getting our pictures taken last week and Cori was great enough to have them ready for today, Alexsa's first birthday party!  Check out the rest of the sweet pictures here:

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

2011-02-09 Pic of the Day!/ ALEXSA IS ONE!

What a strange feeling it is when your only child turns one. Joy and sadness at the same time?  I’m so excited to go through the next stage in her life, but why must it go by so fast? I had to pick her up an extra time last night before I put her down for one last hug as my little Baby Girl. When I see her again she’ll be ONE.  Now we can measure her age by YEARs.  This is why parents still say “My child is 13 months” or “26 months” or whatever.  It’s to hold on to that last glimpse of babyhood that we enjoy so much.

Some of her accomplishments now that she’s one:
·         She can sign “milk”, “bath”, “all-done”, “more”, “change”, and “shoes”.  Change and Bath are her favorites.  We’ve now had to start saying B-A-T-H when we mention it because she’ll start signing away and say “Uh?” like “Can I have one now?”
·         She is SUCH a walker.  She barely will crawl at all anymore, except when she’s playing.
·         She no longer eats baby food.   She started spitting it out and squishing it through her pursed lips.  At first we thought it was a taste thing, but I think she just  likes the way it feels through her lips.
·         She can take off her shirt over her head if I get her arms free.
·         She can get off the couch without tumbling off. She knows HOW to climb up, but isn’t quite big enough.
·         She still only has 2 teeth!
·         She gives the best hugs.
·         She can blow you kisses.
·         She plays “How big is Alexsa?” SOO BIG!
·         If you sing Minnie Ripperton’s Lovin’ You at the “La la la la la… lalalalala… Do do do do do do do” part, she’ll finish with the high-pitched  “AAAHHHHHH!!” at the end. Its adorable and makes us laugh every time.

Happy 1st Birthday, Alexsa Jade. 
How old is Alexsa? "One!"

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

2011-02-08 Pic of the Day!

Her feet are my favorite part of this picture. :)

PS I can't believe she's going to be ONE tomorrow!!!!

2011-02-04 Pic of the Day!

Look what I have!

Monday, January 31, 2011

2010-01-31 Pic of the Day!

Alexsa REALLY enjoyed her veggie soup tonight. :)

2010-01-29 Pic of the Day!

Alexsa loves the camera. Its almost impossible to get a shot of her anymore, they seem to usually turn out like this:
Gotta love it. :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

2010-01-27 Pic of the Day!

I can officially say that Alexsa is a walker!  She walks all over the place like a little drunken sailor. Its adorable!  So tonight before her bath I thought, How cute she would be walking around all nudy booty?
(like a Johnson and Johnson commercial.) Well as soon as I put her on the carpet she started peeing! It was just a little blip, so I didn't think much of it.  I continued my quest to get a picture of her walking in the buff. Then 20 seconds later she just started GOING.  On my Mom's carpet. I couldn't help but start laughing. I had the water running for the bath, a naked baby walking around willy-nilly, and now I have pee on the carpet and me laughing harder and harder trying to figure out how to simultaneously clean up the pee, take a picture of my adorable baby nekkid, and prevent her from running into the bathroom unsupervised while I sop up her mishap.  This is what i ended up with:


I think I got a picture of her stepping in it.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

2010-01-22 Pic of the Day!

Alexsa had her first PB & J today. :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011


The weather was so beautiful today!  We walking over to the YMCA to check out their playground.  It kind of sucked, especially for such youngin's as Alexsa, but at least they had a swing :)
She loves the swing!

Then later that day, Alexsa got her first shiner.  I was doing dishes and she was in the living room w/ Barry.  I heard a bang and then a cry.  Poor thing!

2011-01-13 Pic of the Day!

Mima's new favorite game to play w/ Alexsa:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2011-01-12 Pic of the Day!

I remembered to take a picture today! YAY!

Monday, January 10, 2011

2011-1-10 Pic of the Day!

Alexsa and Hiro were playing today. :)
He's so tolerant. :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

20101-01-09 Pic of the Day/11 Months!

Can you believe she's 11 months old?? I'm just amazed at how fast she's growing up. I really shouldn't be; everyone said it goes by fast.
Just in the last month you've:
  • Really gotten better at your sign language.  Your "All-Done" is very good - you actually rotate your wrists now instead of just flailing your arms.  You also do "more" by banging your fists and do "change" and "milk".
  • You can walk!  On Dec 23rd, at Allison and Dave's Christmas Cookie Party, you walked from me to Ashley, taking at least 2 independent steps!
  • You've become very loving and sometimes clingy to me.  You are a mama's girl. :)
11 months old!

Friday, January 7, 2011

I've Got Some Good Excuses, I Swear...

After the Christmas weekend, Alexsa and I caught the crappy bug that had been going around.  The poor thing looked so horrible I just couldn't take her picture, and honestly, I felt so crappy I didn't even want to deal with the posting of them.  Then as soon as we started feeling better, we took the plunge and moved in with my parents.  I just can't believe its been a week already!  Alexsa and I moved in on the 1st, where we brought over her crib and most of her toys and our clothes.  The next day Barry came, and the day after the boys (aka the cats) followed.  We're still getting used to not being in our own space, but I think we're all adjusting well, and its been nice to have my mom help so much.  She even put her down tonight! This was the first time i was home and didn't put Alexsa down for the night. I have to admit it was hard to let it go.  I don't think i'll let that happen too often. :)
Every day we've been remembering things we forgot to pack and either Barry or I would make the trip to bring a few boxes over.(it took 3 days for my deoderant to make the trip! Good thing mom had extra!).  Tomorrow we're going to start packing up the rest of the junk that we really don't need but can't bear to get rid of, as well as the stuff we need to keep, but don't need (like our kitchen stuff).  I put our couches on craigslist and they sold within 2 days, but we still have to make the exchange.  Hopefully most things will fit at Barry's dad's house, who has graciously said we could use his house as storage.  This will save us a big chunk of change in storage costs.
Our goal is to have the house rental-ready by Feb 1, but I think we'll just have it ready for the carpets by then, and hopefully use Feb to get the place a renter by March 1.  I'm crossing my fingers we'll get a GOOD renter!  We're going to use a service so they do a background check, etc.
Other than the sick thing and the moving thing, I really don't have any other excuses. Maybe between now and Feb 9th (Alexsa's 1st Bday!) I'll be better about taking pictures and posting them.  Here's hoping!

2011-01-07 Pic of the Day!