Poppy- 12 Months Old

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Poppy turned 1 year old today!

She…

  • weighs about 22 pounds
  • wears size 4 diapers
  • wears mostly size 12 month clothes
  • wears size 4 shoes
  • has 5 teeth
  • is taking several steps at a time
  • drinks whole milk
  • signs “more”, “eat”, “milk”, and “banana”
  • gives kisses
  • likes: just about any food, pulling things out of drawers, dancing, water bottles, being sung to, playing with Piper, dropping food or her sippy cup from the high chair
  • dislikes: being confined to one spot

Poppy celebrated her birthday this weekend with family. She had a fun time! Although she wasn’t very interested in presents or even the cake, she did enjoy the balloons. Today, she moved up a room at school. She sleeps on a mat and eats food at a table like a big girl. It just doesn’t seem possible that she should be able to do these things. She has done well with the transition to toddler, but she will always be our baby! Happy birthday, Poppy! We love you!

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Piper’s First Birthday Party

She’s always loved bananas… so it had to be the theme of her 1st birthday party!

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She dug right in to her banana cake.
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The rest of us had chocolate and banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting.
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Bananas everywhere!
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…and they are fun to play with too!
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She got lots of great gifts from the family!
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Happy Birthday, Piper!

If I can make it there – NYC Trip Day 4

We got up this morning with the idea of using another one of our City Pass tickets to take a boat ride out to the Statue of Liberty and then over to Ellis Island. Lucky for us we were the only people with that idea, so we were able to just hop right on the boat and see everything. Just kidding there was like a 3 hour wait. So we waited in about the longest line I have ever seen to hop on the ferry over to lady liberty.

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Once we finally got on the ferry over to Liberty island it was a nice ride. We decided to stay below instead of being out in the sun on the upper deck. We had just about enough sun while waiting for the ferry.

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This french chick was much larger than she looks. I was surprised.

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In the picture below it looks like she is about to give that cloud some freedom.

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Long story short we walked around the statue a lot, took a lot of pictures, and were basically exhausted. We skipped Ellis Island, we will see it when we go back for Jennie’s 60th birthday.

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Once back in the city we had lunch and then headed back down to ground zero. We took a few more pictures and visited the 9/11 memorial center. I also saw Steve Nash walking down the street with his kids.

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Our hotel was about a block from Wooster St. Social Club, which is the tattoo studio for the TLC show New York Ink.

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We walked down to it, but then chickened out about going inside. Jennie wanted to get a pretty sweet UK tattoo, but I wouldn’t let her.

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The next day was our final day in NYC.

Manhattan keep on makin’ it – NYC Trip Day 3

We woke up very early this morning to make our way down to Times Square to be one of the 100s of annoying people trying to get on TV during the taping of Good Morning America. Once we got down there we were greeted by a couple GMA interns who informed us that the show was taping in Central Park this morning as part of their summer concert series. They gave us their last couple VIP bracelets that would allow us to get to the front of the concert and bypass security. I guess the word had already spread of our Time Square billboard stardom (CALLBACK!!!)

Once we got to Central Park, we found the concert and walked right up to the front.

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We stood around for a bit until the anchors got there and started to do their thing.

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I will have to admit it was a lot of fun just watching how the whole show worked behind the scenes. It seems like a ton of work to throw that together every morning. George Snuffleupagus did a segment in which we were right behind him.

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So that was our moment to shine!

Oh yeah, some country girl played some country music at some point.

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After the concert we decided to head over to Rockefeller Center and head up to the Top of the Rock. It was a lot of fun and some great views of the city.

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Unlike the Empire State Building, this outdoor observation deck had some glass all the way around it. So it also made for some great photo ops.

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After our fun on the Top of the Rock we got some tickets to the NBC studio tour. This allowed us to see the SNL stage as well as where they tape Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They didn’t let us take any pictures, but it was awesome to see those sets. It was pretty awesome though, I did get my picture with Matt Lauer of the Today Show. All those TV guys are shorter and flatter in real life.

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We wanted to squeeze one more thing in before we called it a night. It started raining pretty bad so we thought maybe a museum might be in order. So we head to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). With all the rain and the fact it was free on Fridays, we weren’t the only ones going there. It was very close quarters, but we enjoyed seeing the art.

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Tomorrow we check out some huge french lady.