More Christmas, birthday, and walking footage

Here is a video of Simone walking:

Simone Walking (Part 1 of 1000) from Kyla Sweet on Vimeo.

She gets a lot of practice in every day, and her depth perception is improving, but she can still take a spill at a moment's notice.

Here are three more photos from Simone's Christmas photo shoot at Sears that didn't make the final cut as the Christmas card image:

And below that are a couple more photos from Simone's 1st birthday in Edmonton that Aunt Glenna sent us:

All of our photos can be viewed here, including some of the farm that Kyla has spent a lot of time knitting for Simone. It has cows, chickens, sheep, a barn, cats, a pony, a cow ... and she'll continue to add more pieces to it over the months and years ahead.

We spent the day in Raleigh walking around downtown as it was very warm today, especially in comparison to the many freezing days we had last week. It was nice to be able to walk around in comfort so we could all get some much-needed fresh air and look at the new construction happening around downtown. It will be spring before we know it and we'll be able to start exploring more of the South again.

We hope everybody's 2009 is going well so far.

First Birthday

Happy first birthday, Simone!

We went to Edmonton to celebrate Simone's 1st birthday, and we had a great time. Addison and Simone were able to play together, and Simone started walking while we were there. Kyla and I predicted that she would walk by her first birthday, and like the textbook baby that she is she started walking right around that day.

Grandma and grandpa Greg babysat Simone one evening so that Kyla and I could go out and have dinner together. Driving around a big SUV in the snow was a new experience for me, and it was fun to drive to the Indian buffet restaurant and relax for a while. It snowed almost every day that we were there, but it doesn't slow down the Edmontonians. The type of snow we were seeing would shut down every city I have ever lived in for a month.

I think that Simone enjoyed the snow and we took her outside for a few minutes each day so she could play in it since we never see much of it down here.

We went to the West Edmonton Mall one day to do some shopping and visited the pirate ship and the hockey rink.
Kyla made Simone a snare drum for her birthday cake, and it was a big hit. I'm planning to buy her a piece each year for a drum kit over the next few years, so it was a fitting theme.

Kyla decided on a southern cuisine dinner for the birthday party, and we made hush puppies (Steve and I manned that station), collard greens, mac and cheese, biscuits, and slow-cooked pork sandwiches.

As memorable as Simone's birthday party dinner was, grandma also made pizza one night and lobster appetizers with Thai noodles another night, so we always had plenty of good food, beer, and games around. Our game of choice this time around was Settlers of Catan, which was challenging and fun.

We were able to go sledding for a few minutes before it got too cold for Addison and Simone. We were the first ones to sled that day at the park near Glenna's house, so it took a few runs before we had a path we could sled down (thanks mostly to Dylan's fearless sledding techniques).

We hope to see everyone in Edmonton again soon! It was a memorable visit and we have a lot more photos to post from it soon.

Merry Christmas!

OK, so we may be over one month too late, be we finally have some time to post some new pictures of our Holiday Season. It has been a busy new year so far!

We'll start with Christmas. We decided to stay in Durham this year to celebrate Simone's first Christmas, and we even got a real tree. "Tree" became one of Simone's first words and it was always a big event to turn off the lamps in the living room and turn on the Christmas tree each night after we got home from school and work.

Simone was starting to take her first steps, but she wasn't quite walking yet. We knew that she was getting close, though.

Simone received some very nice gifts from her relatives and our friends, and many of them will be featured in the photos we will upload to our album in a few days. Thank you for sending her your nice gifts and making her first Christmas a lot of fun!

We took her on a trip just after Christmas to Greensboro to visit the Natural Science Center and Petting Zoo. She seemed to take an interest in the gibbons, but not so much in the mini donkeys. We'll have to take her back again in the summer, when more of the animals are out and active.

Our next posting will be about our trip to
Edmonton for Simone's 1st birthday. I will also upload a lot more pictures and several videos over the next few days with some links on how to view them. We'll try to keep up with blogging more regularly in 2009, too!

I'm posting this last photo just because I think this new face that Simone makes is very funny:

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