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Monday, January 22, 2007

Weekend Update; Our First Snow

I really need to be getting to bed so that I can trudge through the snow to the bus to the train to the bridge to the campus in the morning (none of this trudging is in fact an exagerration---I am a former New Yorker with a driver's license who doesn't drive and who thus does a fair share of trudging). Moreover, I will need to trudge through the SNOW. We actually got some this evening, but it happened too late in the day to bundle up Hallie and show it to her in person. But just so we have documentary evidence that it did indeed snow in Philly in 2007, here's my image, and I promise it isn't photoshopped:

I guess the good news is that I am finally going to get to wear my Merrell Primo Chill snowboots. The bad news is that this won't be much of a fashion statement.

Otherwise, I have be sorely remiss about uploading pictures to my computer and hence to this blog.

First off, I've got some lovely pictures of Hallie's visit with Uncle Greg (my brother) and Aunt Maria (his fiancee), who came for a visit last Sunday. They were amazed at Hallie (what can I say?) and had a great time with her. Here's one of the proud Uncle and Aunt:

Uncle Greg and Aunt Maria also brought Hallie some lovely Valentine's Day duds and we are looking forward to dressing her up in them. Hopefully, once summer gets here, the O2 will be a thing of the past and we can bring Hallie up to their house in Putnam County, New York to hang out in the swimming pool. That will be a lot of fun for all of us (especially since winter is now a reality in these here--and I suspect those there---parts).

Greg and Maria also took a rare picture of the three of us. Usually, either Sharon or I are designated photographers and hence only one of us at a time appear in a shot with our little pumpkin:

Finally, this weekend, not only did Hallie have another visit from her Grammy and her Grammy's friend Franny, who hung out with our girl but somehow managed to evade having their images captured digitally, but she also got to play dress up (and was subjected to yet another one of our interminable photoshoots) in a lovely new outfit that our neighbors Denise, Danny, and Gianna got for her. Here are a series of clever girl shots from this evening:

Now, of course, we all know that knuckles are DELICIOUS...

...but I had no idea that dresses could be so tasty!

And for those of you who remember how much Hallie loved to have a towel or blanket over her head in the ICN, this one's for you:

Anyway, that's all folks. It's really late and while my lesson plan for tomorrow is done, I need to get to bed before I turn into a total pumpkin, not of the cute Hallie-like variety, but of the very tired, pooped, and not-terribly-effective-professor variety!

Meanwhile, please wish us luck with our first ever developmental follow up appointment, which happens this Wednesday (also my birthday). We don't really know what to expect so we are having trouble 'teaching-for-testing' around here. Which is probably just as well! But whatever happens, you guys (also known as "Time Magazine People of the Year 2006" will be the firsts to know.


Laura said...

cute family picture!
don't stress too much about the follow-up visit. it is most always low stress and you find yourself learning more and more about preemies as they grow and develop.
i'll tell you my little man often would not do what they wanted to which the neo in charge would comment that of course he wouldn't bec ause he wasn't a trained monkey! lol
he also would often perform expected milestones after the visit as if he needed to hear the expert state he should be doing this or that.
good luck!

Corinne said...

Hi Everyone!!
I have been keeping up with "everything Hallie" on your blog. It is great. She is absolutely adorable!! I think of you all often. I will visit soon. It is so nice to get a daily update. Thanks. Love, Corinne

Sarah Furlough said...

Hallie is beautiful as always, such a little sweetheart! I love the picture of the three of you.

Good luck with the follow-up, I am confident Hallie will wow them!

Happy birthday, too! Having your precious little girl home and doing well is the best present, I am sure.

Maggie (Sarah's mom) said...

Your daughter is BEAUTIFUL!

Good luck with the eval. And an early Happy Birthday to you :)

Sheila said...

Ok, I typed a whole freakin' comment and then read the part about no anonymous posting. Grr. Anyway,very cute latest pics. Sorry we didn't get to come by last weekend. We went to the aquarium on Saturday and I felt like we'd been to germfest 2007. Thousands of people, coughing, sneezing, germy little hands all over everything. I didn't want to share. We seem to have escaped contamination, however, so if your social calendar is open this weekend, let me know. Also, call me on my cell and let me know how the evaluation went. If I don't answer it's because I'm at the dentist. Finally, when I was looking the blog over last week, Alex was looking over my shoulder. She saw the pic of Hallie in the bumbo seat and said "That's my green bumbo chair! Hallie is in my green bumbo chair!" If you don't watch carefully, she might walk off with it the next time she's at your house.

carol said...

so happy to see hallie doing so wonderful. i'm sure that the eval will be a piece of cake. happy birthday abby and hope you and sharon are doing well. keep those fabulous photos coming.

carol said...

hallie looks wonderful. her eval will be great too. hope this finds you and sharon doing well. keep those phots coming carol.