Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Photo humiliation

I was recently baptized by the embarrassing school photo crowd. I mean, can't we all agree I am MUCH cuter than these shots make me out to be?

Mom's convinced the Teddy Bear Portraits people got after my bangs with one of those damn black combs. (I think she's projecting a past experience.) I gotta admit she's got a point about the uni-brow though. Total lighting fake-out.

She also hasn't forgiven Dad yet for forgetting to tell her it was picture day.
 Fruit jammies? Really?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Santa Parade

Saturday was Milford's Christmas Parade.
These downtown events are kind of old-hat so I knew to rest up before leaving the house.

We met up at Jack's house.

He was looking snappy in his holiday gear.

Me - I opted for the furry boots. 
Toasty and fashionable. (Thanks, Denise.)

We watched the dancers prep.

So then I had to speak to Jack about ogling the older ladies.

He understood my concern and promised to keep his eyes on the prize. Me.

The parade was sort of a snooze.
At least my hands were warm.

Mom waved to Santa for me.
Hope it doesn't hurt my chances...

Afterwards, we had a baby party at the house. But, Jack and I only had eyes for each other. A better visit this time. So I let him eat my hand.

Ahhhh - friends.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanks for the fun

My first Turkey Day was fun, fun, fun...

I did some bouncing.

Hung out with the guys.

Participated in the obligatory game watching. (Go Pack Go!)


Laughing (brought on by Aunt Colleen's tickles).

 Hand-chewing (with Uncle Joe).

And napping. In Grandma Katie's arms.

  I sure have a lot to be thankful for!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Missing home

My up north family made this for us. We love it! And missed them during the holiday.

(Photos of our celebration to come.)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giving thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to family and friends, near and far.

I am so fortunate to be loved by so many.

I am thankful for you.

(And so are Mom and Dad.)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bad date

My pal Jack came over on Sunday. Our first real date didn't go so hot. Mom says I need to work on my skills. (Dad thinks I've got the right idea - at least until I'm 18.) Me - I think he needs to work on his game!

Started off good. We held hands.

But soon, his charm wore off.

So, I decided to take a snooze and leave him to his own devices.

Better luck next time, Don Juan.

Monday, November 21, 2011


Grandma Betty spent Wednesday through Sunday with me. Well, she left on Sunday morning so really, through Saturday. What did we do?

Well, I showcased some of my best work.

I slept.

And she helped me sleep.

 Under the mobile my great aunts made me.

 While I slept, she worked on her Bonifas Arts Center planter.

She's so talented. I hope I can be crafty like her and Mom. 

It was great. I love her. 

Very very much.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bulldog Baby

Last weekend we traveled to Berkley, MI to celebrate Aunt Colleen and Justin's move.
Great food. Lots of beer. New people. And a young dog up to old tricks.

I finally met Aunt Colleen's bestie, Jenny.

Justin finally took a turn holding me. Looks like a natural, hey?

Grandma and Grandpa were there.

I took a whirl on the dog-crate-changing-station.
 And that's when a young dog got up to his old tricks.


Thank goodness Grandpa was there to make it all better.
 Nothing like a good bum-pat to soothe the bulldog bait baby.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Lil' Corn

Mom found this get-up at Milford's fab second-hand store and couldn't resist. Pink AND rhinestones?

Dad says I look like a little white rapper. And he loves it. And me.

And I love him. I mean, nothing says daughterly love like rhinestones on the butt. Right?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

October in Esky

I don't think Mom ever shared all of the shots from my time in Escanaba with the O'Connell/Gunsten crew. Videos, yes. Pics, no. So here it is... Wow - did we have a blast.

I met cousin Walter for the first time. Loved him!

We wore our bones for Barbara.

I met Maeve and Molly too. Maeve was a great big cousin.

Uncle Pete treated some of the olds (and Maeve) to a spin on the Lightning.
They topped 55 miles per hour!

Mom and Maeve shared a moustache - prior to Movember!

Maeve and Chuck modeled Daddy/Daugher time for Mom.

They stopped by the harbor to drop off the boys and Maeve took a spin in the seaweed cart. Weeeeeeeee!

Then they picked up the grandmas. (Who love their brew.)

Mom and Grandma.

They had the best view - Mom misses Lake Michigan so much...

Later that night, we celebrated Molly's 33rd. So many candles, it took a blow torch to light. Good thing cuz Maeve was in the house. Safety patrol!

What did I do the rest of the time? Well, I spent a lot of time by the fire, modeling my Grandma Betty's television watching habits and hopefully, not developing my dad's pyro-characteristics.

I also hung out with the grandpas. I couldn't remember who was who!
Much like everyone else who meets them at the same time.

But then Mom explained that Grandpa Bill is actually Ozzy, so I think I have it figured out.
Here we are with Ozzy, aka Special.

I also spent time giggling at Uncle Pete's antics. He's great.

Ahhhh, Escanaba. Love it.

And all my cousins!