Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Lodi Lake on Grandpa Barrow's Birthday!

On the evening of August 6th (Grandpa Barrow's Birthday), Matt, Lorelei and I as well as Kyle and Aimee surprised my Dad out at the Lake as he and my Mom were getting ready for a kayaking excursion. He had been blindfolded on the way and had no idea of the plans for the evening. He just assumed they were renting kayaks, but my Mom had something better in mind. As we all watched them get into their kayaks my Mom asked him if he liked the one he was in and then told him "you better like these because they are yours!" Just at that moment, the guide shoved his kayak off into the water and he was left speechless! So fun. We took advantage of the beautiful sunset and captured some fun photos of us with Lorelei. Happy 54th Birthday Grandpa Barrow!

View the photos here:

Lola at Lodi Lake for Gpas bday


Sunday, August 5, 2007

Fun at the Hofstadt home!

The Baker side of the family spent a great day at Eileen and John Hofstadt's home in Brentwood, CA (no, not in southern CA...in the delta region) on Saturday August 4th. Eileen is an old friend of Loretta's (Matt's Mom). We had a blast in thier beautiful backyard and the babies LOVED the pool which had a wading area and hot tub that was cool enough for them to enjoy! It was a wonderful time of great company and fabulous food: ribs, corn on the cob, watermelon and hand cranked ice cream to name a few! Oh yeah, Lorelei learned to clap in the car on the way there!

Here are some photos from the day:

Bakers at the Hofstadt home, Aug 4


Friday, August 3, 2007

Our 2nd anniversary weekend!

Matt and I escaped up to North Shore Tahoe over our second anniversary weekend...just the two of us! Lorelei stayed with Grandpa and Grandma Baker and did wonderfully. Meanwhile, Mommy and Daddy enjoyed some freedom that included sleeping in, uninterrupted dinners and a few drinks too! We had a blast visiting our favorite "haunts" in Kings Beach and we had some fun on the beach too. We even took a "tunnel" tour under Cal Neva casino. It was a wonderful weekend. We missed Lorelei but it was nice to have some time together...just the two of us.

Here are some photos:

Tahoe anniversary


One month shy of "1" for Lorelei!

Well, Lorelei is now 11 months old! It is so hard to believe. A lot has happened in the last month...she has learned to say more words and her vocabulary now includes: mama, daddy, ball, dog, baxter, bay(Bailey), hi, uh-oh, yeah and she imitates "ouch" when we say it. She also can answer the question "what does a ____ say?" with either "woof" or "meow" appropriately! She has imitated my "vroom" sound when I roll a matchbox car! She has quite a bit of receptive language now too. When asked if she wants to "row her boat" she sits in front of us and outsretches her hands ready to row! She also brings us books when we ask her to! She can point out our nose when asked and responds with "yeah" when told no! Oh my. What fun she is! And she is SO close to walking. She often stands alone while holding a toy and cruises the furniture so fast! She did a 360 degree pirouette unsupported in front of Daddy the other day. She loves to play chase games and craws at warp-speed when you say "I'm gonna get you!". Lorelei also loves to pretend to feed Mommy during her meals. She is still a wonderful sleeper (12 hours at night and two 2 hour naps during the day! She is about 17.5 lbs and growing fast! She now has 8 teeth (4 top, 4 bottom) and likes to grind them which drives us nuts! Swimming is a favorite pass-time as is time spent in the evenings on a blanket on the lawn with Mommy and Daddy. The dogs are still her number one form of entertainment. Lorelei also had her first sleep-over weekend at Grandma and Grandpa Bakers for Mommy and Daddy's anniversay weekend in Tahoe. It was a success all around! All in all, Lorelei is a total HAM and a very happy, busy baby and we are tired but never tired of her! Love to you all!

View photos from this past month here:

Lorelei 11 months old

and here:

Lola 10 months