Jan 30, 2011

Cille's 6 Month Portraits

On the day that Stella turned 6 months old, Damon and I took her to Portraits by Susie here in LaPlace and subjected her to a grueling hour of coaxing and cajoling in a daring attempt to keep her from crying and achieve the perfect 6 month photo.  The result of this gargantuan effort was one beautiful shot that we had to have a toy chicken digitally removed from.  When the 6 month mark approached for Cille, I called Susie, but she was already booked up.  I resigned myself to the fact that we would not be able to do the photos on the specific day, which was really kind of what I was expecting, since it was the day before Christmas Eve.  The day before it was time for me to go back to school, I finally took the girls into town and we went to Sears for Cille's pictures...
Poor Stella really did not understand why Cille was getting her picture taken and Stella was not.  I explained as best I could, and promised Stella next time would be her turn.  She was a very good helper for me and the photographer, and I think most of these smiles were aimed right at big sister...
Cille is such a happy baby and has such a sweet disposition that the photographer really had an easy job...
Since we waited a few days after the 6 month mark, she was also sitting up on her own...

She loves to smile!
It was hard to choose just one pose, which made me super glad that Sears was running a special and I was able to get the CD of all the images for 30 bucks!  Score!
This is the photo that we had printed.  I love my brown-eyed girl!

Jan 29, 2011

Cille's First Word...

Was "Mama!"  This morning she was cuddling in the bed with Damon and me and babbling along.  Most of her sounds were "ba, ba, ba," but then an actual "Mama" came out!  She totally did not know what she was saying, but I am counting this as her first word anyway, mostly because Stella's first word was "Dada."

Jan 25, 2011

Those that didn't make the cut...

Those accustomed to producing greeting cards involving pictures of kids probably know that it takes many, many attempts to snag that perfect photo. While this year's Christmas photos don't really fall into the "perfect" category (we had a hard time coordinating our schedule with Dara's and had to resort to Sears at the last minute), there were still several cute shots that got left on the cutting room floor. Here they are, in random order...






This is my absolute favorite of Cille!  It was so hard not to put this on the card...

Jan 23, 2011

Why You Should Visit a Louisiana State Park

Mostly because they rock.  When Damon said he rented a "cabin," I pictured something rustic.  Very rustic.  You know, rough hewn bunk beds, straw mattresses, and communal bathhouses rustic.  Boy, was I surprised when we opened the door of our "cabin" and found leather furniture and HD DirecTV...
A girl could get used to this.  The kitchen even included a dishwasher.  Score!
This was one of the bedrooms.  Sleeps 4 with linens provided...
The master bedroom had a great view.  In an earlier post I talked about forgetting to take my camera on this trip.  These pictures would have been more impressive if I had taken them before we wreaked two days of Pourciau-style havoc on this place, but oh, well.  You can still get the general idea...
Bathroom.  Very spacious.  I'm not sure why...
During warmer months I am sure we would have really enjoyed this fantastic screened-in porch, but on this trip it was just a nice idea...
So the next time that you are hankering for a quick weekend getaway with the family, check out a Louisiana state park. The one at Bogue Chitto features all these amenities as well as a waterpark, miles of scenic trails, and a beach area!

Jan 22, 2011

Going Camping

Over the long weekend we took our first family camping trip to Bogue Chitto State Park near Franklinton. I must say that having been camping a few times in my childhood, I had very low expectations for this trip. Although we had a cabin, Damon and Jace decided that it would be "fun" to have the toddlers sleep in tents on the coldest night of the year (cue trip to Dr. Jones)...
What camping trip would be complete without some rugged off-road riding in your Jeep?
I think he has road rage...
Stella doesn't like to stay on the beaten path...
During our trip, Stella prepared the meals.  For breakfast we had a delicious mix of dirt, leaves, and rocks...
There was a really cool playground at the park that we all enjoyed...
Stella wanted to catch her daddy.  She kind of looks like one of the Incredibles in this picture.  Mawmaw dressed her that day while I was away "paddling" the Patriot, and I don't think she got the memo that these leggings were meant to be worn underneath Stella's real pants.  But, really, she still looks cute and I ain't gonna complain about grandparents helping me out...
See how much Cille enjoyed the park?
Stella showed off her rock-climbing prowess...
She's a natural...
This swirling ladder was tons of fun...
Stella convinced Damon to slide on his belly, which made me sooooo glad I had accepted Emily's offer to loan me her camera.  It would have been devastating to miss this shot just because I forgot my camera at home...
Stella liked to slide down right after Damon and push him off the slide...
Which led to this...
And this...
Then Stella decided to do a flip.  This surprised Damon.  I told him after spending half her life in gymnastics, he should be expecting this type of behavior...

Jan 21, 2011

The Fire Truck

The fire truck visited Stella's school last week. This is not Stella's best look, but it does show that she really enjoyed their visit...
When Damon asked Stella to identify the other people in this picture, she knew only one...Cohen...
Special thanks to Emily for allowing us to steal these pictures off her camera.  And for allowing Stella to crash her mother/son photo op...

Jan 18, 2011

Cille's Latest Accomplishments

Cille now has two bottom teeth and she is working on more.  As of yesterday, she can also pull to standing in her baby bed, so it is now time to drop that mattress!


Jan 17, 2011

Aunt Alaina

As a late Christmas gift, Uncle Chad finally gave us what we've all been wanting...a new aunt!
We are so happy that Alaina will soon officially be a part of our family.  It seems like she already is!  As a matter of fact, I am a little unsure if Stella realized that Alaina and Chad were not already married.  Check out that cornea-searing bling...
They are so precious.  We can't wait to see what great plans God has for their future together!
Mawmaw Shirley needed a good look at the ring, but Cille was more worried about the camera...
Congratulations to the future Mr. and Mrs. Chad J. Ourso. We love you lots!

Jan 16, 2011

New Year's Day

On New Year's Day we took a trip to Erwinville to celebrate with the family.  Cille continued to teeth...
And had some fun with Chad and Alaina...

Oh, great.  Someone gave Stella gum.  Thanks...
One of Stella's favorite things to play over the break was Tasty Time with Zefronk.  For those of you unfamiliar with Playhouse Disney, it is a short cartoon in which a weenie dog speaks with a French accent and cooks up tasty treats.  That day in ze kitchen, Stella was mixing up a masterpiece...
It had a little kick to it...
Sharing her recipe...
Mixing ze ingredients carefully...