Erin Virginia

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Friday, June 28, 2013

Fiona - 11 + Months

Fiona update at 11 months, 1 week: 
  • Fiona is crawling everywhere and is fast. When she's on her way to a forbidden area (bathroom, towards Greta's water bowl, stairs, etc.), I will call her name, and she will look back over her shoulder, squeal and then go as fast as possible in the opposite direction. She loves to yank at power cords and pull cook books and brown grocery bags off a kitchen shelf. She will crawl towards Greta with a glint in her eye, and when Greta gets up and starts toward her, Fiona will squeak and hurry towards Chris or me. She could play this game of tease with Greta all day. Sometimes in the morning, we put her on the floor in our bedroom, and she will inevitably crawl into the closet, pull one of Chris' belts down and gnaw at the buckle. Chris says she's a little fish because she'll put anything shiny in her mouth. She loves, loves, loves Chris' silver cross necklace and plays a game where she puts the cross in her mouth and then tried to put it in Chris' mouth. 
  • Fiona pulls up on everything now, cruises around tables and chairs and will stand by herself for quite a while. She's not walking yet, but I think it will be soon. 
  • She's starting to associate words and objects. She knows Chris is "dada," and I'm "mama" and will call after us. She knows Greta's name and says it sometimes ("deta").
  • Fiona is such a good-natured, happy baby. People remark to us all the time how smiley she is, and it's true. She rarely cries if she's not hungry or tired, although she can really whine when she wants attention.
  • She claps her hands, waves and points. She points with her fist, with her wrist pointed downward, while she tucks her face into her shoulder. We joke that it's her gang sign.
  • She eats a lot of solid foods now. We try to give her what we eat for dinner, or at least a taste of it. Her favorite foods are cottage cheese, eggs, ham, graham crackers and the squeeze bags of fruit. 
Standing by herself
 Cheesy grin

Monday, June 24, 2013

First Stop: Minneapolis

Chris' grandfather Leckrone and his wife, Rose, visited us this past weekend from Indiana on the first leg of a long road trip through Minnesota, Colorado and California that will be punctuated with lots of sightseeing stops along the way. We had a fun weekend, even though huge storms barreled through Minneapolis each night they stayed with us. We didn't lose power and had minimal branches down in our yard; however, Saturday we drove to Minnehaha Falls, and none of us could stop commenting on on the downed and uprooted trees along the way. I've never seen such damage in the Twin Cities from thunder storms.

A picture of our neighbor's house, which is three doors down from us. 

It was really fun to see the youngest and oldest Leckrones in the immediate family interact. Fiona took to her great-grandfather quickly with lots of smiles and "walked" around the house with him. Chris also spent some time with his grandfather querying family history and showing him a few discoveries on

Here are a few pictures from Minnehaha Falls where we ate at Sea Salt restaurant for lunch. Yum, yum.

Fiona loves to be on Chris' shoulders so much so that he doesn't hoist her up often because she throws a fit when he takes her down. She generally has her hands wrapped around his hair to steady herself.

Monday, June 03, 2013

Wisconsin Lake Weekend

Chris' sister Allison coordinated the vacation rental of a house on Wind Lake, WI for Chris' mom's side of the family this past weekend. Family members are spread out between Minnesota and Indiana, and Wind Lake sits roughly between the two groups. Chris and I took Friday off work and drove the 6 hours (with stops for Fiona), arriving late afternoon. We expected cool, rainy weather, but Saturday was gorgeous enough for fishing, swimming and outdoor lounging on the patio. Everyone could make the trip except for Chris' cousin Zach and his wife Meredith who had work obligations. It was a lot of fun to see all of Bobbi's great-grandchildren play together (six with one more on the way).

Walking with Auntie Allison

Fun on the dock and outside 

 Chris' Aunt Vanessa made this adorable outfit for Fiona. If you look closely, you can see that the top has an "F" on it.

Everyone signed up to make meals/snacks/desserts. Here's a picture of Saturday night's fish fry with fish Steve had previously caught.

Family pictures