Here is a video of Claire tickling Grace. She starts by saying "Cheese" into the camera because she thinks I am about to take a picture :)
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
On Saturday, January 23rd, Grace was baptized. We are blessed to have our good friends, Jackie and Josh White as her Godparents. We are so thankful to be surrounded by family and friends for this wonderful occasion. Here are some pictures from Saturday...
Sunday, January 3, 2010
We have had a lot of people asking about Claire and Grace and whether they look alike. As a baby it was easy to look at Claire and see Pete and it is easy to look at Grace and see Laura so we didn't think they would look alike as babies. Then we put similar pictures side by side and can definately see the connection. It is surprising to us to see how similar they look to each other as well.
For New Year's Eve we had a few people over and hosted a kid-friendly party. It was a lot of fun and a wonderful blessing to be able to ring in the new year with such great friends.
From Left: Beth Carroll, Jackie White, Laura Vandervaart, Kit Mast, Casey Mast, Josh White, and Pete Vandervaart
Ringing in the New Year
Beth and Grace
Rhett (Casey & Kit's boy) being a lady's man with Grace on the left and Charlotte (Jackie and Josh's daguther) on the right
All of the kids in Christmas pajamas before bed
We had a wonderful visit from Matt and Erin Miller before Christmas and decided to take Claire bowling to see how she would do. Her attention span was good for the first couple of frames, but she didn't quite understand the concept of waiting for her turn (surprising for a 2 year old, right?). Erin and I reaped the benefits and just kept the bumpers out... "for Claire's sake" of course! Here are some pictures from that day...
Pete trying to teach her how to run and throw the ball
Pete and I decided that our favorite part of Christmas was preparing for Christmas morning. We were so excited for Claire to see what Santa brought for her. We can't wait until next year when she will understand even more. Here are some pictures from our Christmas morning.
Here she is saying "Vroom, vroom"
She enjoys her learning game
Grace isn't quite sure what to think of Christmas morning
Grandma and Grandpa C. came over and brought her this keyboard/piano - it is definately one of her favorite new toys
Perhaps a young Mozart at work? :)
We celebrated Christmas with the Carroll side on December 29th. We started off the day going over to Grandma and Grandpa C.'s house and opening gifts and eating a nice brunch. While Claire napped, we played some Euchre and hung out. We then packed up and went over to the Wahman's house for a nice dinner and more Euchre. It was a wonderful celebration! Here are some pictures from our day...
Grace looking very paranoid :)
After spending Christmas morning at our apartment, we loaded up and headed to Holland, Michigan to celebrate with Pete's family. We had a great time playing games, eating, and spending quality time with each other. It was so great to see the extended Kooyers family. We went and visited Uncle Dave and Aunt Carol and really enjoyed seeing them. We were thankful for the generous hospitality shown by Pete's grandparents. Here are some pictures from our visit.
Claire hugging a snowman
She loved playing out in the snow - it was a battle to get her inside
Claire loves her new magic tea set
Claire excitedly explaining that Santa came to see her
Pete and his mom making monkey bread