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January 30, 2005

Chillin With My Girls


I have this problem where I can't center the camera when I'm trying to take a picture of myself with other people in the frame. Ava was actually saying "Cheese" when I took this though so I'm posting it anyway, half-face and all.

Posted by Tracey Gessner at 12:57 PM

January 28, 2005

Another Art Showing! Oh Yeah, and Rock & Roll Too


Juliana and Maddie (as well as Jason) will be showing more artwork- including some new pieces- at a benefit show for the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee that Steph and Greg are putting together. Here's all the info:

Rock for the Hungry
To benefit the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee
Saturday, Feb.12
Mad Planet

Featured Artists:

Carmen Benske
Too Much Metal For One Hand
Andre St. Louis
John-Luke Fredricks
Bruce Pattison
Jason Gessner
Juliana Gessner
Madilyn Larsh

All-ages Show:
Door 3:30 / Show 4:00

4:00 Mandates
4:45 Modern Machines
5:30 The Musníts
6:15 Chariots Race
7:00 Haymarket Riot
7:45 Call Me Lightning

Drinking Show:
Door 9:00 / Show 9:30

9:30 Supervillains
10:15 The Black Hats
11:00 The Musníts
11:45 Davey Von Bohlen
12:30 Chariots Race
1:15 Haymarket Riot

Posted by Tracey Gessner at 10:52 AM | Comments (1)

January 25, 2005

It May Have Been Incorrect, But At Least It Was Suitable

Ava likes to play with our dvd collection. A lot. Multiple times a day I find myself putting a pile of them back onto the shelf only to have her pull them down again thirty seconds later. Because of her obsession I have moved all the animated movies and films of slightly lesser caliber to the lower shelves, lest our beloved copies of Amelie, Metropolis, or South Park: The Complete Third Season be destroyed. The other day, I looked over to see that Ava was chewing on my copy of Legally Blonde and before I could even get the words out of my mouth to protest, Juliana screamed:

"Nooooooooo Ava! Don't eat Wiggly Blonde!"

Posted by Tracey Gessner at 11:28 AM | Comments (2)

January 21, 2005

Warm Your Heart With the Latest Photos!

January pictures have landed on the photo gallery page.

Also, this is what happens when you take your eyes off of a one-year-old for thirty seconds:

So, it turns out that the dance class I signed Juliana up for at the community center was cancelled because she was the only one signed up for it. It would have been nice if they had told us this before I talked about it all day and got her dressed up in her pink leotard and skirt and drove her all the way there. Oh, the teary eyes and jutting lower lip that appeared upon hearing there were no other little girls to twirl around in pink tutus with! I had told her that if she did well and paid attention to the teacher in this 8-week class (more than than she did last year, which was NOT AT ALL), then I would enroll her in the ballet/tap program in the fall that is six months long has a big recital at the end. I just don't want to drop two hundred and fifty bucks on the recital class until I'm sure she really really likes it! So now I'm on the hunt for another dance class but it may just have to wait until the summer session. Poor girl.

The woman at the desk at the community center looked at me holding Ava and said, "Awww, was the class for her?" Ummm. A dance class for a thirteen-month-old baby? I'm not that crazy.

Posted by Tracey Gessner at 9:25 AM | Comments (2)

January 17, 2005

Eee Eye Eee Eye Oh

Over Christmas I got back in touch with my good friend Anna, who was in my wedding seven years ago but we eventually drifted apart outside of our yearly Christmas cards. This year, her card wass signed "Love, Anneliese, Shawn and Baby" which prompted me to immediately send her a note proclaiming our need to get together ASAP. So last Thursday I packed up the girls and drove out to Caledonia to their farm. Yes, farm! Juli and Ava were both thilled to see the stables and TWELVE horses they have out there. I also got to be reunited with Nub, the pot-bellied pig who was present at my bachelorette party. (That sounds pretty strange, but it didn't seem so at the time.) Juliana was so excited when I told her about the pig, but when we got out to the barn where Nub was hiding under a pile of hay and a heating lamp, she suddenly got completely freaked out and would not walk into the stall with us. It was then that I realized when I told her we were going to see a pig on a farm that she was conjuring images of Old McDonald and a shiny pink squealy little pig-- something like Porky Pig from Looney Tunes (minus the jacket). And instead I show her a mammoth, black furry pot-bellied pig snorting under a blood red light. Eventually she did inch her way in but she was clearly disturbed. Later in the car ride home my suspicions were confirmed when she said to me,

"Mommy, I thought that piggies were pink, aren't they?"

Posted by Tracey Gessner at 8:52 AM | Comments (1)

January 8, 2005

And It Begins...

Ava has started taking steps on her own. Help us!

Posted by Tracey Gessner at 3:23 PM

January 7, 2005

Kisses For You!

This past week, Ava learned how to give hugs on demand and to make kissy faces.

ava kisses 01

ava kisses 02

ava kisses 03

Yes, I am aware that my baby is pantless in these photos. Some people in my house like to view pants as optional articles of clothing.

Posted by Tracey Gessner at 4:01 PM

January 5, 2005

Christmas Photo Galleries

Well, it's been a couple of weeks but I finally posted the photos from Christmas.


Posted by Tracey Gessner at 4:22 PM

January 3, 2005

Plans for the New Year

Ava's Goals for 2005:

1. Learn to walk.
2. Stop making that horrid, screeching, whiny noise that pierces Mommy's brain.
3. Start calling Mommy "Mama" instead of "Dada" over and over again.
4. Play with her favorite person- big sister- as much as possible.
5. Keep adding to her vocabulary.
6. Play with Winnie the Pooh.
7. Hang with her buddies, Aubrey and Chloe.
8. Grow some more teeth. (Pain-free, preferably.)
9. Keep getting more and more adorable every day. (As if that requires work.)

Juliana's Goals for 2005:

1. Learn to read.
2. Take a dance class.
3. Work on listening skills.
4. Visit Grandma Joanie and Grandpa Willis in Florida.
5. Make more artwork and photographs.
6. Start kindergarten!
7. Turn 5 already.
8. Grow her hair out long, long, long, like a Barbie doll.
9. Keep up her sassy, rock star image.

Posted by Tracey Gessner at 11:24 AM