Sunday, December 30, 2012

Little shoes to fill

When we had our maternity photos taken by our very talented friend Shauntelle Sposto, she took this photo of our feet with our cute little empty baby shoes in the middle.  It turned out to be one of my favorites and I framed it.  A friend saw it in the house and said we should take the same photo with Shalom's feet now.  Duh!  Why didn't I think of that!?  Well, Shalom's feet are just about busting out of these now so we hurried to get a photo similar to it while the shoes still fit.  This proved to be much harder than we anticipated, due to the fact that Shalom doesn't stand well on her own and she wiggles like crazy.  We did get enough photo attempts to make a fun animated gif though.  :)

Here is the before photo:
And after:
 And a cute one of her "standing":
And dancing!

Merry Christmas!

We had a lovely vacation up in the Bay Area and Fresno, visiting family for Shalom's first Christmas.  Here are a few highlights from the trip:
Nephew Nicolo's 1st birthday party:
Farfar holding both babies = heaven
 Uncle Daniel smiling with Shalom
 Nicolo's woodland themed birthday crown
 4 generations of Pommerencks!  Grandma Pat's first time meeting Shalom
 Farfar teaching Shalom the important things in life, the Giants winning season stats.
 Farmar feeding Shalom pears
 Daddy and Shalom on Christmas morning
 "opening" her gifts

 2 grandpas!
 Zonked out after dinner at Michele's on Christmas night
 Visiting aunt Kate, uncle John, and cousin Kaylee
 And back home.  This one is to show you how much she is moving these days, hence all the blurry photos.  She is sooooo close to crawling, so this week we are working on baby-proofing the house.  
We are so blessed to have wonderful family, a happy healthy baby, loving parents and siblings, new traditions, and the financial means to go visit them.  Thank you God for all the gifts you've given us, but most importantly, for the gift of Jesus that we get to focus on this season.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  This year was our third annual southern California transplants Thanksgiving dinner celebration and we had 22 people!  We have been inviting our church family and friends in Long Beach to our house if they can't get out to see their own families and it is always such a blessing to us.  I really like this new tradition!  This year, Kim and John came down to spend it with us, which was so awesome.  We couldn't have pulled it off without them.  (I was recovering from a cold and even with Seth working double time, I'm pretty sure we would have had a dirty house, no table linens, and none of the food I promised if it hadn't been for their help.)  Since Seth and I have been eating a little meat these days, much to my dad's delight, I decided to brine a turkey this year.  I did a cinnamon orange brine and then John bbq'ed it.  It tasted great and wasn't all dried out, so I'd say it was a success.  Andrew brought a second turkey and he deep fried it, getting in touch with his southern roots.  The day after, Seth boiled down the carcasses and we salvaged a ton more meat for Crum's dog food.  Using all of the buffalo.  
Here we are at our one long table.  I didn't have time or energy to do nice table decor, so I just went outside and picked up nice looking dry leaves and scattered them a midst my candle collection.  Turned out festive enough.  
Only half of the spread:
 Two turkeys:
 Me and Shalom:
 Dad and Shalom:
Family portrait before John and Kim left for home:

We had a great time spending the day with so many new and old friends and family.  We had an extra good time with John and Kim visiting for the week.  Thanks for the great memories!  Hope to have even more next year.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Eureka!

Happy Halloween!  Seth and I went as gold miners and Shalom was our prized gold nugget.  We got to see a few neighbors and friends before the meltdown occurred and we had to get her into jammies instead.  It was a fun night!




Monday, October 22, 2012

My favorite time of year

Ah, Fall, how I love you!  There are so many wonderful things about the autumn season.  The weather getting blustery, the leaves changing, the cinnamon in the air, and of course, Halloween.  I have many fond memories of going to the pumpkin patch as a child and picking out my special pumpkin, a tradition I plan on passing down to Shalom.  We took Shalom over to the local pumpkin patch a couple weekends ago to pick out her fist pumpkin.  Well, I did the picking out, but she seemed to enjoy all the interesting things to see.  I got her a little one and I got myself a big worty one that kept catching my eye.  Seth is not quite the Halloween sentimentalist that I am, so he got his pumpkin at Trader Joes because they are cheap there.  Boo.  But he did enjoy my excitement.  It was a fun family memory.  Lots more to come!  (And no, we didn't plan to match in our stripes, we just end up dressing alike on accident a lot)



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It's all making sense now

Kim brought down some of Seth's baby photos and it is all making sense now why we have such a chubby, bald baby.  I am seeing Seth in her more and more.  Check out the resemblance.  Once my dad finds my missing baby photos, I will post some comparisons of me.



Monday, September 17, 2012

Great baby moments

Here's what Shalom has been up to lately:
Eating her hands - 
 Smiling a ton - 
 Sitting in her bumbo chair - 
 Standing with much assistance - 
 Lots of tummy time - 
 Being stylish - 
 Sucking her thumb - 
 Full face laughing - 
 Going to Arsenal soccer matches at pubs - 
And a whole lot more.  She's rolling over, scooting across the floor, doing pushups, swimming, looking cute, and making us happy.