The holidays came and went like a blink of an eye and there was no other way but to dive head-first into the new year. On the 5th, my mom came to stay with us and help watch Zoey while my dad embarked on another motorcycle journey to South America. I hope he comes back with the good drugs this time.
My mom was here this time last year and it's such a stark contrast. For one thing, Zoey was pretty much immobile, she hadn't even rolled over yet. Now she walks, runs, wears shoes for their actual purpose, has a mouthful of teeth in order to gobble down non-pureed food, and can and will ask for anything she might want at any given moment. She's also able to don winter clothing and frolic in the snow.
The most snow we've gotten this year was a couple of inches that didn't even stick to the ground. This time around, the temperature dropped to below-zero and dumped at least a foot in a 24-hour period. So we waited until the sun finally made an appearance, bundled up and got introduced to the fluffy stuff.
We weren't outside for very long since it was a brisk 2-degrees, but she thoroughly enjoyed the snow and wanted to spend more time in it.
Louis swinging by for a quick kiss in the middle of frolicking with Durbin.
Louis was very interested in Zoey being outside and in play-mode, almost helpful in a way. And I swear he attack-plays with Durbin as a way to show off.
Coming back inside, covered in snow. And so continues the tradition of stripping off snow clothes and placing them by the heater to dry, filling the room with that lovely wet boot smell.
Life continues to be busy, more so as Zoey gets older. She's down to only one nap a day, and will start attending daycare regularly (3 days a week) in February. Her last visit there I received a report that she has a crush on the sitter's son (will be 2-years in February) and tried to kiss him. We're a very kiss-y family, we'll have to make sure to teach her when it's appropriate since you never know who has a stick up their ass (daycare did not, thankfully, just thought it was extremely cute. I don't get how children displaying signs of love is a bad thing but I'm sure there is someone out there who would tell me different).
Mom enjoying the spread.
I took this picture with her future American Idol Champion 2029 montage video in mind. "She was interested in music from the very beginning....."
I'm glad winter has finally showed up, it really sucks just being cold. Jacob and I hope to find time to go skiing so I'm hoping for a good amount of Spring snow. And it helps to keep people from freaking out about precipitation come summer.
Basically, life hasn't skipped a beat, but it would be nice if it slowed down just a bit so we can catch our breath.