Friday, January 29, 2010


This afternoon when Aurora woke up from her nap, she discovered that it was snowing quite hard outside!

She and mommy got bundled up and called Uncle Kyle to ask him to come play with them.

Aurora wasn't too sure that she liked the snow.

It was very cold and wet. Especially cold. And wet.

But Uncle Kyle thought up a solution!

Aurora loved riding on his shoulders while mommy threw snowballs at them.

Back inside (in the college's main lobby, not our house)--look at that red nose! :)

Now for the videos!

Checking out the snow...

Riding on Uncle Kyle's shoulders!

That's all for now!

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday Aurora!!

Aurora is ONE!! To celebrate, we're going to have a nice long post with pictures and videos. Let's start off with some of her at this time last year....

Very unhappy about this whole being born thing...

(For those who are curious, the camera marked this picture as being taken at 5:24am. Her "official" time of birth, which is more of a guess by my husband, is 5:21am. So she's only minutes old in this photo.)

More unhappiness about her bathtime...thankfully she likes them better now. :)

Much calmer while getting checked out by the midwife's assistant.


Aurora is a big girl who gets into all sorts of things...

She had a little bit of a hard time figuring out that she was allowed to rip the wrapping paper...

Trying out the rocking horse from her cousins...

A video of Aurora opening one of her presents...

Now on to the main event: birthday cake!!!

Singing "Happy Birthday" to Aurora--the simple song that for some reason no group can ever get quite on tune...:)

She never did blow the candle out, my mom did it for her. :)

A nice long video of Aurora tasting the cake. :)




Later...all clean and playing with the doll I made for her. :)

And finally....12 months of Aurora!
Click on the image below to see it nice and huge! :)

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Getting Ready for Craziness!

If you typed "" into your browser and got here, rest assured that you are in the right place. Our server is in the process of being moved, so we have redirected you to our blog on Now on to our regularly (ok, not so regular) scheduled blog post.


We are going to be moving this weekend. We've been trying to find a new place for several months and finally we have! It's even closer to Wil's work, so he'll be able to walk to work on days with decent weather. The apartment is close to twice the size of the apartment we're currently in--we have no idea what we're going to do with all the space! But we are definitely looking forward to the space since a certain little someone is getting ready to start running everywhere. Let us demonstrate....

Aurora walking on the 14th

More walking on the 14th

Playing with a toy from Momma and Poppa Van Gorkom

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