Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas! or "What is Merry Christmas?"

Favorite thing Otto is doing these days
Little 7-month old Otto is quite the mover. He is crawling, pulling up, and occasionally standing on his own. I think we might have an early walker on our hands. Here's a video of him on the move. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZoozPAJPlA

And Otto LOVES Elmo. He tries to dance with our Hokey-pokey Elmo, but his inability to dance holds him back a bit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COxmSSMZCd4

Favorite thing AM has done lately

Somewhere along the way, AM picked up the word "expert," and now routinely informs us she is the expert on certain topics. In the last few weeks she has been a "fish expert," a "Spanish expert," and an "expert on everything." It's kind of funny now, but I'm trying to discourage it in the long run!

On another note, AM is really into "projects" as she calls them, or little art projects, lately. So, after I saw this adorable garland in th Land of Nod catalogue, http://www.landofnod.com/family.aspx?c=10575&f=4819, and decided we could make that ourselves. I let her make a playdate out of it, and had six 3-4 year olds over to assemble their mittens. Here are some finished photos:

AM's (she's continued to add to hers).
Jojo's prominently displayed.
The sample I made!
AM no doubt "instructing" AD on how to do it.

Favorite thing I did this year (non-child related)

Over the course of the last year, when I wasn't giving birth or teaching Art History 101, I apparently passed all of the qualifications to be a contestant on Jeopardy. We flew to L.A. in September for the taping, and voila, it airs next week. So check your local listings and watch the show on Tuesday, December 28. I can honestly say it was one of the most fun things I've ever done in my life. If anyone has any desire to be on a gameshow, go for it. Even just the tryout in New Orleans last June was fun.

And last, but not least, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!

Here is an image of our 2010 Christmas card. Photos were taken by my mother-in-law, Carolyn Jackson, and the card was designed by my friend, Alice Allen of Fridge Art (see more of her adorable stuff on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=42228219047)!