Thursday, September 20, 2007

Uncle Kyle is now "Officer Barrow"!

We are so excited! Lorelei's Uncle Kyle (Dana's brother) is now an official member of Lodi's Police Department! After over 3 years as a "cadet" with the department, countless hours of volunteering, hundreds of hours of ride-alongs and an intensive 9-month police academy, he was sworn in to the department this past Tuesday morning by the city judge, mayor and Chief of Police. Great job Kyle! We are so proud of you!

Here are a few photos:

Uncle Kyle being sworn in


Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Well, Lorelei is now "1"! Wow! It is hard to believe that a year has gone by. We are having so much fun! I took some cute photos of her out on our lawn on her Birthday and you can see them below. On her Birthday night we headed over to Grandma and Grandpa Barrow's house to see Great Grandma Barrow (Granny) and Great Grandpa Barrow (Poppy) who just moved into town from Mesa, Az. She had her first taste of ice cream and loved it. She also left her birthday hat on her head! She really LOVED the attention of the singing and cameras! A week later, we celebrated a co-first-birthday-party with her cousin Ethan who was born 12 days after her. Ethan's parents, Amanda and Robert Elrod (Matt's sister and Brother-in-law) hosted it at their home in their beautiful new back yard. Even though Lorelei was getting over a week of being sick and had a bad rash, I think she enjoyed her party. She even had her first taste of cheese-cake! (Grandma Baker decorated them!) We were lucky to have so many family members present from near and far and Lorelei's Godparents, Christina and Mando Moreno and their boys helped us celebrate as well! What a wonderful time!

Here are some photos from Lorele's Birthday:

Lorelei's first birthday


Lorelei's 11th month

What a fun time this is! Lorelei is talking more and more each day and has taken her first steps. She still LOVES the dogs and is a huge book lover like her Daddy. She loves playing with her piano and especially the big one at Grandma and Grandpa Barrow's house where Grandpa lets her walk on the keys and play it with her feet! She is a real cuddle bug and is very attached to a certain pink blankie. She is getting more and more hair but it seems to be coming in mostly in the back! Lorelei sleeps SO WELL! Usually from 8pm to 7:30am! WOW. She naps like a champ too. We really cannot complain. Eating is always a bit of a challenge because she never wants to slow down to eat! She loves refried beans, chicken noodle soup, peas, yogurt, cheerios, and popsicles to name a few favorites. She quite liberal with her kisses and loves to point out people's toes. What a sweet baby we have!

Here are a few photos from this month:

Lorelei 11 months


Tricia's baby shower!

On August 19th, Christina Moreno threw a baby shower for her sister (and my good friend) Tricia. I hosted it at my house! We all had a blast! Tricia is due on October 15th and is keeping the sex of her baby a surprise! She made out with some great baby-supplies and is so excited! Estrogen was truly dripping from the walls at this gathering and Matt was happy to get out of the house and take Lorelei for the day! The running joke was that there must have been a dress-code since over half of the ladies in attendance were wearing black and white print...including Chrissy, me and Trish! We are so excited to meet baby Robertson!

See photos here:

Trish shower


"Hot August Nights" Reno 2007!

Over the weekend of August 10th-12th the three of us made our way up to Reno, Nevada for "Hot August Nights" (a fun car show with parades and festivities). We went with our good friends Brandon and Laurie Harbin and their adorable little 4 month old baby boy, Brenden. We all stayed at "The Nugget" casino in Sparks, NV and shared a hotel room! Our room was busting at the seems: 4 adults, 2 babies, 2 pack 'n plays, 2 strollers, baby food, bottles, baby bath tubs, coolers full of refreshments and a partridge in a pear tree! What a great weekend. The babies did wonderfully together and Lorelei LOVED the loud cars. She waved at all of the drivers in the parade! She also took her first steps while we were there. So much fun and we're going again next year!

See photos from our weekend here: