Monday, October 31, 2011

First Halloween; Trick-or-Treat!

Thanks for bib, Grandma!
Noelle's first Halloween started off like any other day - with a hearty breakfast. Unfortunately, I then had to head off on a business trip. Alex was ready to be the designated batter for Halloween, though. Back in September he was already planning when he got Noelle her adorable Halloween costume:

Our Little Fairy
Now, just because Noelle can't eat candy yet don't suppose we would forgo trick-or-treating. Parents, after all, need candy too! Even the dogs got in on the Halloween fun:
Trick-or-Treat; "Family Style"
As usual, Noelle needed no convincing to go for the good stuff. She knows a golden opportunity when she sees it!

Getting an Early Start...
It didn't take long, however, for Noelle to wear out. It's hard work being so darn cute!
I'm Tired
Passed Out; Trick-or-Treating is Hard Work!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Preparations

This weekend (after another fun day at the pool!) we did some Halloween preparations. First up was making/eating cornbread. Noelle was a big fan...:

Yum, cornbread! (and a Hello Kitty Halloween shirt!)
...but, not so much that she wouldn't share!

Here you go.

Today, Noelle also experienced her first 'major' fall as a toddler. The first of many to come, I'm sure. Stay tuned for cute Halloween pictures of Noelle!

Ouch, my face hurts.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Lessons from the Week

Toddler Playground - A Go-To Favorite 

Sorry, we're going to be a little light on pictures this week. Noelle has kept me busy! Alex has been out of town since Tuesday (he gets home tomorrow, whew!) so I have been running around like crazy with the baby and dogs =)  I did learn some interesting things this week, though.

How to make cheese:
  1. Fill a sippy-cup with milk.
  2. Leave the sippy-cup in your car, in the sun, for three days.
  3. Voila! Feta!
When to double bag:

In an attempt to 'do my part' for the environment, I always tell the clerks at Trader Joe's to single-bag my groceries. Why use two bags when one will do, right? Well, one doesn't always cut it.

Unloading the car, I was holding: Noelle, a gallon of milk, two grocery bags and a small pie pumpkin (these make wonderful, homemade pumpkin pie!). For whatever reason, I felt doing an impression of a pack mule was better then two trips with the baby and the groceries.

Halfway to the house, one of the grocery bags ripped and crashed to the pavement.  'Crashed' being the important word here, since at the bottom of the grocery bag was my long-anticipated bottle of 2-buck-chuck chardonnay. It broke, and soaked all the groceries in it's immediate vicinity. Very disappointing.

Why baby swim classes exist:

When your baby is fussy and insists on being held 24/7, go to the pool. Noelle had a blast at the pool this weekend. We went both Saturday and Sunday! The best part? Since babies are 99% fat, they practically float and are super easy to carry around the pool =)

You know you had fun at the play ground when...: get home and find wood chips in the baby's diaper! At the park this evening, Noelle discovered that wood chips make a very good substitute for confetti. She threw her own little party on the playground!  

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


This past weekend was busy! I was incredibly fortunate for two reasons:

1) Two very good friends of mine came to visit for a girls' weekend!
2) Alex happily watched Noelle while I was off having fun with them!

So yes, I'm a very lucky friend/wife/mother =)

Girls Weekend: Once again, the theme of girls weekend was a running event. This time it was the Nike Women's Half Marathon. We had heard/read that this was a crowded/difficult race and boy, was it! Fortunately, we entered with the appropriate attitude; we intended to just have fun and enjoy it. That is exactly what we did.

Living it up on the chocolate mile!

Just like the San Francisco Marathon, the course did not disappoint. We were treated to some wonderful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the city, and the Golden Gate Park, where the race finished. The best part: instead of a finishers' medal the race gives out necklaces from Tiffany's! That's right, we each received the little turquoise box of happiness. Husbands be warned, the bar has been raised.

Baby's Weekend: Alex did a marvelous job keeping Noelle entertained while I was off doing the half marathon. First, on Saturday morning, he took our little fish to her second swimming lesson. Here she is, chewing on one of her bath toys in anticipation of the watery fun:

Ready to swim!*

How cute is the little otter? One of these days we will manage an actual picture of her in the pool. Given our work/travel schedules, getting both of us parents to the pool with her will take some time (Alex is out of town this weekend). So, pre-action shots will have to suffice for now.

Saturday evening, Alex managed to schlep Noelle to China Town for a dinner with myself, my girlfriends, and one of their husbands and two kids. Amazing, I know. He even used the BART (San Francisco's subway) to get there. 

Seeing the kids together was adorable... especially having the 4-year-old girl feed Noelle her dinner! All I really need is a 4-year-old to make this parenting thing easy, apparently. Unfortunately, there are no pictures of the evening. Somehow, all five adults were too busy managing the three kids to take any pictures!

Hand-Me-Downs: And now for the title installment of today's post. The above-mentioned 4-year-old was gracious enough to donate her old clothes to Noelle. Much of Noelle's wardrobe has already come from this every-so-generous child and another wonderful box arrived this weekend. Noelle discovered this box while I was filling her bath tonight. Here is what I found:

Oh, cool! What's in here?

 Wow, what a mess!
Shortly after I took these pictures, Noelle selected her favorite article, a little navy and white dress, and walked over to me with it. How cute!?!

*This is the ONLY swimsuit I could find in TWO stores that actually covered her stomach. It is still a two-piece. Why oh why can I not find a decent one-piece swimsuit for my baby girl? Perhaps I'm too conservative but, really, bikinis for 1-year-olds?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

We're Back

Sorry we have been MIA; Things have been busy in the Hayes household. Last week, Alex had a conference in France and I had a work trip to DC. Lucky for baby girl, Grandma Brock was able to come and visit for the whole week! By all accounts, everyone had a great time.

Yum, edamame!

Alex brought Noelle an adorable hat/scarf set. It will be perfect for when we visit Long Island in December.
French Baby

This was a very dynamic week for Noelle. While she took her first 'steps' over a month ago, she hasn't shown much inclination toward walking. This week, however, she finally decided it was time to walk everywhere! We now have an official toddler!

Lookout world, I'm on the move!