Sunday, December 25, 2005

Madelyn gets into her new set of blocks Posted by Picasa

Madelyn could not get to her new cabbage patch doll fast enough Posted by Picasa

Madelyn hands off the first scrap of wrapping paper Posted by Picasa

Madelyn prepares to infiltrate a few presents Posted by Picasa

Christmas morning: It's 6:30 AM and Madelyn quickly realizes that there are two new packages under the tree Posted by Picasa

Madelyn gets in a little work on her next artisic masterwork Posted by Picasa

Mom and Madelyn on the couch. Posted by Picasa

Madelyn dragged Olivia's bassinet out and did a little quality assurance evaluation on it. Posted by Picasa

Madelyn in her Christmas duds. Posted by Picasa

You never know what you'll find when come back to get Madelyn up from a nap. Here she shows how she takes off her own shrt all by herself. Sort of. Posted by Picasa

Madelyn is all dressed up in blue for breakfast Posted by Picasa

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Grandma and Madelyn Posted by Picasa

Grandma and Madelyn log a little quality Baby Einstein time together. Grandpa King is unimpressed. Posted by Picasa

Madelyn wows the audience with her Christmas headgear Posted by Picasa

"Someone please get this child out of me!!" Posted by Picasa

"So, Grandma....about all those presents....are we opening them or what?" Posted by Picasa

Grandma King arrived bearing golden hair ornaments. Posted by Picasa

Madelyn the mighty equestrian poses along side her mighty steed Posted by Picasa

Thursday, December 15, 2005

The not-so-weekly update from Bicetopia

Hello again family, friends, and interested readers!

Well, the snow has finally abated for the time being here in the greater Lafayette area. Finals are winding down so the town is emptying out, and for the next few weeks we'll have the town to ourselves. Erin, Madelyn and I are hunkering down for Christmas and awaiting the imminent arrival of Madelyn's new sister, Olivia.

For those of you who don't know/can't remember we're expecting Olivia Diana Bice around January 17th. Since we had problems with prehyclampsia (sp?) last time, Erin has been watching her blood pressure closely. Everything was going well up until last week, when Erin noticed she wasn't feeling well at work. She checked the blood pressure and lo and behold it was 170 pver 104. Needless to say, after consulting the doctor she was told that she's done working until Olivia arrives. Erin is now living the life of a housewife and Madelyn is getting alot more mommy-time.

Naturally one of the side effects of Madelyn being at home full-time is we're getting to see alot more of what she's capable of pulling off. Unbeknownst to her parents, Madelyn has somehow trained herself to climb with primate-like abilities. The mystery of the month here has been how did Madelyn climb into her crib by herself. Dad, being laissez-faire middle manager that he is, let's Madelyn play back in her room for as long as she chooses. One afternoon while Mom was napping, Dad (that's me for those who haven't been following along) went back to check on the little rug-runner and found her standing proudly in her crib, looking quite pleased with herself I should add.

We've gotten a couple christmas packages from Grandpa and a Great-aunt we're rumored to have. This means that Madelyn has a ready supply of brightly colored, highly tempting packages constantly singing their sirens' songs to her. Needless to say we have a lot of "Madelyn don't touch that!" moments here these days.

The other big development around here has been Madelyn forays into walking. Madelyn is slowly venturing away from the relative comfort and safety of the "couch-line" to explore the wide open spaces of the middle of the living room floor on her own two feet. She's even started standing up on her own. I feel its the begining of the end for all of her parent's possessions, and the rebuilding effort could take years.

That's all for now from Indiana. Feel free to drop us a comment or wish us a Merry Christmas.

We wish everyone the merriest of Christmases.

Picasso couldn't manage any better than this at 8 AM either. Posted by Picasa

Madelyn soaks up some more Baby Einstein on her new couch. Posted by Picasa

Madelyn lounges in the glider. Posted by Picasa

All dressed up and waiting on parents to be ready: the story of Madelyn's life. Posted by Picasa

Madelyn engages in a little low-impact-on-laundry eating Posted by Picasa

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Snow Days

Well we've finally gotten a little snow up here. The temperatures lingered between zero and 20 degrees all week long. Then finally on Friday the snow arrived.

It started snowing around 2 in the afternoon on Friday. This is what it looked like by about 6 PM that night from our back door.

Madelyn looked on in a little amazement. She kept pulling at the back door to have us let her out there.

"Is there anything I can eat before I go outside??" Posted by Picasa