Friday, December 29, 2006

Alyse's First Christmas

A few photos from Alyse's first Christmas:

Christmas at Papa & Grandma's house.

Uncle Charles shows Alyse the toy he and Aunt Rachel got for her.

Mommy & Lysie
Opening presents Christmas Eve morning at our house.

Unwrapping Daddy's Present
Helping Daddy unwrap one of his stocking presents from mommy.

Christmas Eve Nap
Sacked out Christmas Eve night before our trip to Tyler.

The Poky Little Puppy
Opening presents Christmas morning at Grammy's house.

Cousins in Dora Chairs
Alyse & Aubrey flash their cool Dora chairs.

Present from the Butlers
Opening her present from Aunt Amy, Unky Jeremy, and Jack!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Two Videos...

After Alyse took her first steps independently on December 13, a few days after her 10-month birthday, we've scarcely had the opportunity to catch her in the act, so fascinated is she with the video camera. Here she is on Christmas Eve eve showing off just a little bit

Alyse plays with a learning toy given to her by her Uncle Charles and Aunt Rachel the night before. At 10 1/2 months old, she displays the depth of her operational cognitive abilities.

Friday, December 22, 2006

¡Alyse Navidad!

Merry Christmas from the Allen family!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Monday, November 13, 2006

Dancing Queen!

Alyse throws down some jive moves to the mono-melodic strains of "Old MacDonald" emitting from her bouncer.

You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Nanny Heather!

We are so fortunate to have a live-in nanny for Alyse now and got her out of the evil daycare! Heather is wonderful with Alyse and they get along beautifully.

Now we just have to be careful, lest Alyse's first word is "Nanny...."

Saturday, October 28, 2006

It's Official...Moreso...

I suppose every pregnancy seems a little unreal until you get to see that first sonogram, which we did on Wednesday. Shortly before the scheduled sonogram, we had to make an unscheduled appointment with Alyse's pediatrician because Alyse has been very sick for several days (later revealed to be an ear infection). Her emergency appointment (3rd floor of the Diagnostic Clinic) was scheduled for 2:00, and the sonogram (1st floor of the Diagnostic Clinic) was scheduled for 2:30. Needless to say, at 2:29 we were still waiting to see Dr. Hudson. Kindly, his nurses had us go to the sonogram and fit us back in after we were finished. Alyse, being the thoughtful child she is, waited until after we were out of the ultrasound room before vomiting in my jacket.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Friday, October 13, 2006

All Bundled Up!

As the weather has turned colder, we've had to go shopping for more fashionable winter clothes. Observe:


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

That Makes Four!

That Makes Four

Alyse is holding the positive pregnancy test if you can't tell.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Random Video Clip

I'm not sure, but I think she was trying to pump water...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

A Few Pictures...

Alyse continues to astound us with her advanced maturation. Video soon to follow, but her new favorite activity is walking the length of a long object that she can hold herself up on (e.g., a coffee table, sofa, etc.).

Anyway, here are a few pictures:

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Standin' Tall!

Alyse pulls herself up with only the assistance of a stationary laundry basket.

Sunday, August 13, 2006


We were finally able to get a good clean shot of Alyse's teeth! The two little chompers played a pretty minor role as she went to town on her first ever "baby biscuit."

Friday, August 11, 2006

Recent Photos of Interest

Alyse sees Jasien for the first time; wacky shenanigans ensue.

Alyse's bathtub seems to be shrinking...

Alyse's love for semi-solid foods remains constant...

An advanced crawling technique, Alyse has been seen to go into this manner of stance, otherwise dubbed the tent position...

Friday, July 28, 2006

Light Switch!

She does this every night.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Keep On Crawlin' In the Free World...

It was on this day—Tuesday, July 25, 2006—Alyse decided to slip the surly bonds of immobility and crawl. Though an otherwise floundering and awkward thing, her first crawl was a truly beautiful moment.

In other Alyse-related news, two little teeth have surfaced on her bottom gum.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Alyse & Mr. Chicken

Here's a brief clip of what was a much longer episode involving many more barnyard animal noises. The chicken was, by far, her favorite. I don't know where the "Dallas" theme song came from--oh well.

Sunday, July 16, 2006


That's what I said after taking this picture, and what I still say every time I look at it. I'm not sure where Alyse inherited her photogenes from—possibly Charlotte—but she has a knack for taking the most powerfully cute pictures available.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Alyse's First Swim!

Here are a few photos from Alyse's first experience in the swimming pool:

Friday, July 07, 2006

She Loves to Smile

Long have I bided my time since Charlotte has erstwhile been Alyse's main source of, well, everything. But finally I have something I can hold over her head because—and I don't mean be a loudmouth braggart (well, I meant to offend a little...)—no one can make Alyse smile like daddy can.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Alyse in Hysterics!

June 29, 2006.

We caught Alyse in a particularly merry way last night. The result is as follows:

Monday, June 26, 2006

New Alyse Photos!

Come and check out some highlight photos from the past couple of months at Alyse's Homepage.

See a few pictures from Alyse's first big trip to Houston to bid farewell to Jeremy, Amy, and Jack; also, check out photos from the Gunters' visit!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Alyse's First Real Meal

Here is Alyse's very first introduction to "real" food (a bit of rice cereal mixed in with breast milk), but her first time to consume food in a non-sucking type manner--well, with eating untensils, anyway.

The occasion was to celebrate Father's Day and Amy's birthday. (Shot June 18, 2006)

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Alyse Yacking It Up!

Here Alyse begins a strange new way of talking we had not previously observed. Hard to explain, really.
Shot June 3, 2006—four days shy of her four-month birthday.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Alyse Gets Her Roll On!

Here is Alyse performing her newly achieved milestone for the third or fourth time, June 6, 2006--one day shy of her 4-month birthday.

I don't know if most parents get to see their child's very first roll-over, but we didn't. I was at work when Charlotte called and she left Alyse on her back when she, Charlotte, had to go switch laundry. When Charlotte came back, Alyse was on her tummy!

Thursday, June 01, 2006


This look is Alyse's only means of conveying her feelings about Jeremy, Amy, and Jack moving to Colorado.

Photo courtesy of the Butlers.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Baby Skills

Alyse is starting to hold her own bottle. These pictures were taken during a ten-minute marathon of said activity.

You don't believe me?

Just ask Stan Grossman. He'll tell you the same thing.

Monday, May 22, 2006

What is this, Chicago?

The other night we were doing laundry, when Charlotte—for some reason—was compelled to toss a couple of pairs of socks onto Alyse. Alyse got a pretty big kick out of it so we started piling them on.

Bottom line: more socks = more fun!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Alyse & Friends!

New pictures are available for your viewing pleasure at:

Photos like this:


Friday, April 28, 2006


Having a bad day? Just remember Alyse's expression in this picture and everything won't seem so bad.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Alyse Laughs!

This is a video we shot shortly after we had heard Alyse laugh for the very first time. These aren't as discernible as the first laughs, but they're cute none the less.

Pardon my use and bastardization of Entrance of the Gladiators.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Thank God for Camera Phones

...or else I wouldn't have had the opportunity to capture this, my favorite picture of Alyse to date.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Aubrey & Alyse

They don't make cousins cuter than these.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Yet More Pictures of Alyse!

See more cute pictures like this at Alyse's Photo Album

Friday, March 31, 2006

When You're Smilin'....

...the whole world smiles with you.