Friday, December 29, 2006

Giraffe Giggles

Here's Piper giggling with her giraffe from Aunt Jen. Coming soon: Christmas Pictures

Friday, December 22, 2006

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Friday December 8, 2006

Daddy took piper to a Christmas party at his work. It was for all of the families. Santa gave her an early Christmas present in person... a pull-along Pluto. When Santa left, Piper decided to see how comfortable his chair was.

Holiday Cookies

Tonight was cookie night. Mommy made the cookies this afternoon and baked them this evening. Then Daddy helped to ice and decorate them. We hope that when Piper is older, she will enjoy helping to decorate them too. Here are pictures of most of them (most of the plain ones were already put away) and close-ups of our favorites.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Holiday Photo Shoot

Back in early November, we shot our pictures for our holiday cards. We decided that the Disney hotels would be the best places to go. We started out at the Polynesian, then took the monorail to the Grand Floridian and then the Contemporary. Our friend Brandy is an aspiring photographer, and offered to take the photos for us. She took close to 500 shots. They all came out so great that it was very hard to choose the best one. Now that the cards have been sent out, we thought we'd share some of our other favorites with you. Thank you so much Brandy!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Happy 7 Month Birthday Piper!

Piper is changing so much. She is no longer growing as much physically, but she is growing so much mentally everyday. She is VERY vocal. She sings, talks to herself, her toys and of course, Mommy and Daddy. She has almost perfected sitting up by herself on any surface. She can feed herself finger foods (like dissovling fruit and veggie puffs or crackers) without any problem. She is on the verge of crawling at any time now, and walking probably won't be too far behind. She practices standing holding onto the couch, Mommy or Daddy's hands, and her music table. She likes to play in her exersaucer and has learned how to turn herself around in it. She can pass any object from hand to hand and can even hold small objects with a pincer grip (between thumb and fore finger). She has a lot of separation anxiety right now and a little bit of stranger anxiety. Both are very common and normal for her age. She is very excited for the upcoming holidays, as are we!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Christmas Around the World

Yesterday Mommy, Daddy and Piper went to Epcot. We met up with Lisa & Dante and Mikki & Cami too. First we went to the Living Seas to ride the new Nemo and Friends ride. It was very cute and Piper loved it. Next we headed to the countries on a mission to meet Santa. We stopped and watched Papa Noel in Canada and then watched the Showcase Players in the UK. When we got to American Adventure, we watched the Hannukah Storyteller, who happened to be our friend, Dorah. Then we listened to the Voices of Liberty sing their Christmas Carols. After that we were all getting hungry. We went into Liberty Tavern for a bite and to see the big gingerbread house. Now it was finally time to meet Santa... and Mrs. Clause too. As we were leaving American Adventure, the Kwaanza Storyteller was starting his show, another friend of ours, Mark, so we stopped to listen there as well. We walked the rest of the way around the world, stopping at Norway to watch one more Storyteller. We had such a fun day!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Deck the Halls

Sunday night we put up and decorated our Christmas tree. It looks great! All those ornaments Aunt Pam has given me each year certainly helped a lot; we didn't have to use ANY extra bulbs! Piper loves the tree when it's all lit up, she just stares at the lights. She finally said "Da Da" yesterday among her babbles, but unfortunately Daddy wasn't home to hear it. Things are getting very hectic around here. Mommy is working at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 4 nights a week until the 22nd. And we have lots of parties to go to on the weekends. Busy, busy!
Our beautiful tree!

Piper singing her Christmas Carols

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Little Turkey

Thanksgiving was great. Piper wore a very festive bib and hat. We all enjoyed ourselves. Piper even got to have turkey and sweet potatoes as her dinner! In our house, we are thankful for our family and friends! P.S. Sorry it took so long to get this up here, busy weekend!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

All Bundled Up

It's pretty chilly today in Florida and it's very windy too making it much worse. Mommy had to run to the store to get a few things for Thanksgiving dinner. Since we're all fighting colds in this house, we had to make sure we were bundled extra well when we left! Here's Piper wearing her winter coat, hat and mittens for the first time (all gifts from Grandma and Grandpa Smith)!

Thursday, November 16, 2006


Piper has been working very hard at feeding herself some finger foods. She's getting very good at it. In these pictures she's eating banana puffs, they dissolve in your mouth. She loves them!
Grabbing a banana puff
Putting it in her mouth
"chewing" it up

Piper had another visit to the doctor yesterday. She was coughing a lot and was very stuffy. Both Mommy and Daddy have been fighting colds, so Mommy called the doctor to see if there was any cough and cold medicine that Piper could have. The doctor said to bring her in. There's some very serious viruses going around right now, so he didn't want to take any chances. But she's ok, it's just a common cold. She's got some nose drops and some cough medicine. For now she'll be a little fussy and a little miserable, but she'll be back to normal in no time!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Playhouse Disney Piper

Certain TV shows on the Disney Channel are called Playhouse Disney Shows. They are for the youngest of Disney watchers. Playhouse Disney is very special to Mommy and Daddy! Daddy was often a puppeteer for the Playhouse Disney Live Show at MGM when he was still in entertainment. And Mommy is very good friends with JoJo, Goliath, Pooh, Stanley and the newest Playhouse members; June, Quincy and Leo. When Mommy and Daddy were dating, Daddy bought Mommy a stuffed Ojo. Ojo is from "Bear in the Big Blue House." And before Piper was born, Mommy and Daddy bought a gender neutral Playhouse Disney outfit in the smallest size they had. It finally fits Piper! Mommy introduced Piper to Ojo too!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Six Months Old

Piper is changing so much everyday! She had another appointment with Dr. Britton and Mommy got to take her this time. She's now 13lbs 8oz and 24 in long. That is small for her age, but Dr. Britton is not worried about it, since she is still continuing to grow and develop at her projected rate. She had a bit of eye irritation and was prescribed some eye drops to help clear it up. She got 4 of her usual vaccines and also a flu shot. She was a little trooper and screamed for just a minute until I could pick her up. She's starting to have a bit of stranger anxiety which is normal for her age. She loves her solid foods and Dr. Britton gave the ok for some dissolving finger foods, and she loves those already. She is practicing sitting up by herself and is doing a very good job. She sits alone in a lap with no problem. The floor gives her a little bit of trouble, but she's getting better. She'll be crawling at any moment, but for now she gets around by rolling everywhere. She's very good at wiggling to get toys that are out of her reach. If she drops something she looks for it and then tries to get it back. If you have something, she wants it... she grabs for everything now. She loves to explore every new object by tasting it. When she wants to be held she reaches out for you and she screams if you leave the room. She babbles alot and has said Mama a few times, but Daddy won't admit it. She likes to blow razzberries and will giggle if you do it back to her. Piper is learning new things everyday and we'll continue to share each discovery with you!
Rolling all over the floor!
Sitting up by herself on the floor!
Gimme that camera Mommy!
Blowing razzberries
Reaching to pick up Waddles.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Happy 6 Month Birthday Piper!

Piper has made it 1/2 way to one year! She is 6 months old! We took her on her first trip to Magic Kingdom for a day of fun. She rode It's a Small World and Aladdin's Magic Carpets. She saw the new castle show, Dream Along With Mickey, twice. And she also got to see the new parade. She saw Wishes for the first time and was much better than the last time she saw fireworks. She got to meet 3 fellow princesses; Snow White, Cinderella and Belle. Here she is giggling with Belle.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Happy Halloween!

Last night Piper got dressed up for Halloween. Mommy and Daddy did too. Only 2 trick-or-treaters came to our door before we left. We went trick-or-treating to Grandma and Grandpa Smith's house and next door to Randy and Tina's. Piper carried her trick-or-treat bag that Mommy decorated. She had a great first Halloween!