Natalie has been very busy the past few months with our anniversary, Christmas, and getting ready for her big Relief Society activity (going on right now), which leaves the duty of updating our blog to me.
Well, in our last post Alana was just figuring out how to crawl, but it wasn't long after that that she discovered standing up. Then it was scooting along the couch. Now she is a crawling machine and when she gets where she wants to go, she pulls herself up and has a look around. Unfortunately her new found gifts have led her mostly to grabbing books off the bookshelf, following Natalie around incessantly, and generally getting into everything we want her NOT to get into. What we have found is that the following around she gets from me, though I think I have a younger brother to blame for her general, 'getting-into-it-ness.'
The difficult thing is we can't even be mad at her. I mean, just look at her. Even when she is knocking over all your old Nintendo games, trying to destroy your TV, or eating your remote control (or cell phone) she is just too darn cute. She sure doesn't get it from me (as you will see later on...).
She also had her 9 month well child visit since our last post and I am proud to announce that she is an AMAZON!!! She measured in the 96th percentile in head circumference (definitely from me) and in the 94th percentile in height (definitely NOT from her Grandpa Salt or Aunt Sarah).
In November Natalie went against her better judgment and allowed me participate in Movember. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. I was not a successful fund raiser, but I must say that my mustache was quite impressive. What do you think, should it make a comeback in February?
Perhaps needless to say, Natalie was not thrilled about it on our anniversary. Well, I figure if having a mustache for a few months across three years of marriage is the worst of it, then she must have it pretty good. Natalie and I have been happily married now for three years and I can honestly say that I love her more today than I did the day we got married.
Then came December. My work travel is picking up, but we were able to find time make a visit to Des Moines to see Nanna Jo and Grandpa Jo (you can't really want to be called that can you?) and the rest of the Smith gang (longer for Natalie than for me). Then came Christmas and Grammy and Grampy Salt made the trip to Madison with the rest of the Salt clan which made for a lot of noise if nothing else. During their stay we took family photos, saw Sherlock Holmes, played Wii Sports, watched The Muppet Christmas Carol, watched Alana enjoy the wrapping paper more than the presents, celebrated the birthday of my brother-in-law with the most amazing cake ever created, enjoyed new family stocking made by my talented wife, took pictures with Santa, played Santa, and ate our weight in Ferrero Rochet and Bluebird chocolates. A successful holiday if I have ever seen one.
Which brings us to the new year. Resolutions abound, but my goal was to get us up through Christmas and I have done it. Now, enjoy our (almost) monthly photos of Alana and our Bang! card game container while you wait for our next installment (pins and needles, I am sure).
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