Sunday, April 27, 2008

Happy First Birthday, Elliot!

Elliot celebrated his very first birthday this Saturday. Unfortunately, we were having so much fun, I barely got any pictures. Below are a couple of him thoroughly enjoying his birthday sugar cookies--a tradition we're carrying on from my birthdays (I was never much of a cake girl). We missed our family, but were glad we had lots of friends to celebrate with. Elliot had a BALL playing with his friends Ben, Zoe, Kennedy, Gwynne, and Christopher, and loved the balloons, cookies, and tissue paper balls I hung from the ceiling (thanks for the tips, Jill!) And when it was all over, he took a 3 hour nap! I guess he partied until he dropped...

Elliot, one year ago

Friday, April 25, 2008

To Elliot: 10 Things About You on Your First Birthday

1. You have the most adorable little curl over your left ear. You might not be getting your second haircut for quite some time.
2. You get so excited you go into spasms every time you see your blue blanket.
3. You like to do things by yourself, especially walk down the hall to the elevator. The only problem is you can’t seem to remember where the elevator is and always head in the opposite direction (and are very angry when I try to correct you)
4. You suck your right thumb so much you have developed a callous. You don’t seem to mind.
5. You hate to cuddle, but love to rough-house.
6. You HAVE to have a book to “read” any time we change your diaper. We think this is very adult-like of you.
7. You love to sneak into our room when we’re not looking and steal socks from our sock drawer. We call you “the Sock Thief”.
8. Any time I give you something new to try, you spit it out and yell at me in a very determined way. Then I sneak it back in your mouth in a pile of green beans. Mu-hahahaha.
9. You love swings, the curtains, your dad, your friend Ben, pulling books off shelves, the library (so many books to pull off shelves), your blanket, reading stories, and getting into any and everything you shouldn’t. You hate going to the gym nursery (poor me), getting dressed, when we say “sit down, please” to you when you want to stand in the tub, and any food that is not ham, noodles or green beans.
10. You are adorable and we feel lucky to have you.

Sunday, April 20, 2008


Elliot has discovered the curtains.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Family Photos

In February, all of the Kemsley kids were able to get together for the first time in ages (for my dad's 51st birthday--better late than never, right?) I 've posted the family photo we took below. We took this picture at the end of our photo shoot. My mom made us run out onto the deck in BARE FEET, which we were none to happy about. Turns out, however, that bare feet in 2 inches of snow elicits pretty genuine expressions in people...
L to R: Tamarra, me, Sean, Kara, Caleb, Mom, Josh, Dad, Mikaela, Linea and Alia

My child. What a ham. (We couldn't get him to smile for a picture all day)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Elliot's First Baseball Game

Thanks to Chris and Jaime for the adorable ensemble. Go Nats!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


Elliot in the outfit my mom brought him back from her recent trip to India. Pretty stylish, don't you think?

Monday, April 7, 2008

The Elliot Channel

When we were home this weekend, Elliot's Uncle Josh requested that I put more videos on "The Elliot Channel". He also wanted to know why he didn't have a "channel" of his own (especially since Alia and Tamarra now have one). So, in response to both his requests, we decided to make this the Elliot AND Uncle Josh channel (with Uncle Caleb thrown in for good measure). The result is below.