Catch up

I really wish that I could post more often.  I love how they do it over at Gomez Rocks.  Fun pictures, straight-forward commentary.  I aspire to be more like that.  However, I have an over-abundance of words that need to get out.  The sad thing is that I don’t even really like what I write since I heavily edit it for the benefit of the readers of this blog (and who’s kidding, it is all my family).  Anyway, in homage to the Gomez Fam here are some pictures to catch you up on the last two months.

Clare 7-months

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Fun with playgroup friends

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Camping in San Clemente for New Year

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Washing dishes with (great) Gramps

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Christmas Day

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Christmas Eve

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Fat Santa

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Bugs and growing babies

I never realized how busy Halloween can be when you have littles!  On Saturday the 30th, we had our playgroup family Halloween party and later that evening, Brett and I were able to have some adult-fun at the annual DreamHost Halloween party.  Trick-or-Treating topped off the weekend.  But, before we get to that, guess who is 4-months old! (I realize this is a tad late since Clare will be 5-months next week, but what are you going to do?)

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Weight – 13.11 lbs, 50%

Height – 24 3/4″, 70%

Head circumference – 42″

At 4-months, Kate was 14.14 lbs and 24 3/4″!  You can see my 4-month post on her here.  Wow, they really do look a lot alike. I am wondering if Kate weighed more because she was formula-fed and Clare is breastfed.  Clare is also enjoying the same exersaucer and is an avid communicator.  She only needs to make eye contact with you to smile and she constantly is making little squeals and grunts.  A total cuddle-bug and another thumb-sucker.

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I had a couple of bugs around here for Halloween.

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…and a butterfly to be exact.

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Clare’s costume wasn’t very functional so at our playgroup party she wore a fun onsie that said Pumpkin Princess with an adorable custom tutu and headband that my friend, Lynn, made for her.

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Brett and I had an amazing time at the DreamHost Halloween party.  Last year, we went with a group of friends as renaissance people and won the group prize.  This year, we all went as geishas and samurais and won the group award again!  Our friend Jason spent months hand making an awesome samurai warrior costume so we decided to have that be the theme for the group.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a pic of him alone but you can see him peeking out behind the group of Asian lovelies.

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Brett was the “sensei master” and my costume was called “jade princess” but I’m not sure what that means.  All I know is that all the girls succeeded in looking like Asian hookers!

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The party was at the most amazing venue called the Edison.  I hope they have it there again.  I pretty much wanted to move in to the place.  It gave me the idea for our group to dress in steampunk for next year.

I am lucky that my brother Anthony and his fiancee Cherise (yep my baby bro is engaged!!!!) also go with us to this party.  It is always fun having them around!

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We had some of Kate’s friends over on Halloween, along with their parentals, to do trick or treating around our neighborhood. I was happy to discover that we have a great treat giving street!  We only made it down our street and half of the one below us before the kids pooped out.  I want to make it a tradition to have the kids and parents over every Halloween for trick or treating and hot apple cider and sweets after.  It reminds me of the amazing Halloween memories I have growing up on LeRoy.

Kate the Giant

Brett is 6’2.  I am only 5’5.5.  It is highly possible that Kate could be quite tall.  In dance recently, the other moms were commenting that Kate seems to have had a growth spurt. I didn’t really see it until I looked that these two pictures.

Kate and her “best friend” Layla on September 1, 2009.  Pretty much the same height.  Layla is about 2-months older than Kate.

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And Kate and Layla on May 20, 2010.

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OK, so maybe there was a slight growth spurt.  I am sure everyone will catch up.  Also, Layla is quite petite. Otherwise, I think we may have an amazon on our hands!

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I think Kate’s favorite part of dance class is the lollipop she gets at the end.