Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Baby, it's cold outside!

Winter's here... bundle up, everyone!

Maisie supposes her toeses are roses

but Maisie supposes erroneously.

Definitely not roses, though they are cute! Note the close connection between her second and third toes: this is one of the first things I noticed about her when I first saw her after she was born. Aaron and I didn't know this at the time, but this is a Jalonen trait that she inherited from my grandfather Robert Jalonen. She shares it with my uncles Bob and Emil, too!

Some of Maisie's new "firsts":
We watched "Singin' in the Rain" not too long ago, which I think may have been Maisie's first DVD movie... either that, or "Return of the Jedi."

Yesterday, Maisie took her first trip to the Mall of America with me, her Auntie Laura, and her cousin Dylan. This wasn't her first trip to a mall - we'd been to Har Mar a week or so ago - but it was her first time at the Mall.

Monday, she went out for Monday Night Football for the first time.

And Sunday afternoon, Maisie got carded for the first time. There's a casino about halfway between the Twin Cities and Ames, at the Top of Iowa rest stop about two miles south of the border on I-35. I suggested that we stop there for lunch on the way back from Thanksgiving weekend (first trip to Iowa!), since the casino would surely have a restaurant that would have better food than our other option: fast food drive-through. But when we went in, we got turned away because to get to the restaurant, you have to walk on the gaming floor, and nobody under 18 is allowed on the floor. Even though Aaron promised not to let her gamble, we got turned away.

Oh well! Now we know better than to try to take Maisie to a casino!

Sunday, November 26, 2006


We had a great thanksgiving! We spent Thursday at Auntie Laura's house, celebrating with Leah's family. Then this weekend we traveled down to Iowa and celebrated with Aaron's family. Maisie got to meet a lot of relatives over the last few days, including her adorable (second?) cousin Bryce, her grandma Jo, and her great-grandparents Dieter.

Now we are home and all tuckered out from all the travel!

Monday, November 20, 2006


I am starting this blog to help our distant friends and family keep up with Maisie, Aaron and I, and also hopefully to serve as sort of an electronic baby book. Seeing as how I work in front of a computer, I feel like it'll be easier to keep up with updating a blog than it will sitting down and writing in a baby book.

So, to start us off, a cute pic of me and miss Maisie. In it, she is 8 days old.

I like that one because you get perspective - you can see what a tiny little peanut she is.

The second picture lets you see her little face better. It's not the greatest picture of her, and doesn't really do her justice. But neither Aaron nor I are particularly photogenic, so it doesn't surprise me that our daughter might not be, either. Still, she's all up in the adorable, I think.