Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas time [was] here...

Giggle, scream, cooing and ahhing... Bentley woke us up Christmas morning at about 8am. We went out as a family to the tree together to see what Santa brought. She immediately took a few toy blocks and put them in her mouth, a sign of love for sure. They were a "peak" as we say in my family. She also received a little easel with one chalkboard side and one whiteboard side. This will most likely be used with adult supervision :)

After our little family Christmas, we went over to Drew's parent's home to celebrate there. I am not sure what to call it, but from Cliff and Kelly she got this play area that she can stand up in and learn to entertain herself. Drew painstakingly put it together, just the beginning of many future fatherhood duties like this. Her auntie Adrianne crocheted a beautiful hat and scarf set just Bentley-size.

Uncle Josh surprised her with a cherry red Radio Flyer wagon which now holds her stuffed animals and Grandma Diane sewed her a quilt which she said it would have to go for $5000 before she ever did it again! It was a joy to watch Bentley experiencing Christmas for the first time. It feels as though you experience it anew too.

From her great grandparents, she gladly "accepted" a check which will go into her own little savings account.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Carjackers play darts with icicles

Drew should consider hustling for a living. Seriously, he could be one of those guys on the streets of NYC with a dart and a dartboard and bet people he could beat them - even let them throw the dart first and then use the very same dart and wham! insta-money making scheme. No strings attached, no darts up his sleeve.

Last night after Bentley went to sleep and our friends went home for the evening, Drew and I put on our snow gear. Because of the snow cover, any light available illuminated the neighborhood even more. Setting the baby monitor on the porch, we first created our snowman, outfitted with nice gangly arms from twigs, a smaller twig nose and dirt clog "dyed" eyes. Because of the lack of the compact-quality of the snow, ours was a "mini-me" version of Frosty.


From here, we gathered up icicles hanging from the bottom of our neighbor's cars, drew a target on our car window in snow. Drew tried to warn me of his abilities, but I didn't heed. He quickly wasted me in our game of icicle darts. Our neighbor was out on his porch and asked us what the hell we were doing. He works super early in the morning and thought we were breaking into cars as we carefully chose our dart-cicles. He just laughed at us. I then HAD to make a snow angel before going inside and then this erupted in a near white-washing of my face by my husband and we threw snowballs at each other all the way back to the porch. I highly recommend playing in the snow any time after midnight.


Our home in the snow

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Feed the Guitar

Okay, so I mostly post Bentley's milestones on this blog, however it IS entitled "WEBSTER life" which would denote that it also includes Drew and me. So, Saturday night, we dropped Bentley off at my mom's home so Drew and I could help support this event we have been promoting for our friend, Aaron Spiro, called "Feed the Guitar". Aaron is an incredibly gifted guitarist and vocalist, however with the way the economy is lately, to try and pursue your musical talents when you have a family of four to feed, is financially hard to rationalize. (Aaron is a gracious and generous person with his musical gift, he even played at our wedding. I felt so honored!) So, to help to finalize production of two albums he is working on, we created this evening where people could come and donate as they felt called. Our friends got people to donate drinks and appetizers, decorate the space and I created the flyer and handled the marketing.


Drew and his friend, Eric, opened the evening spinning Drum n' Bass music, while everyone trickled in throwing cash and checks into an open guitar at the entrance.

With small candles illuminating the cozy space, white lights danced up the microphone to Aaron's deeply moving voice and layered guitar. During one piece, while the audience remained captivated, our mouths actually opened with awe, when he began to loop not only his vocals, guitar, and drum he beat, but he raised a beer, consumed a sip and proceeded to wail on the bottle with a drumstick grabbing the microphone and hunching down in rhythm to make sure the sound it was making registered. All of this seeming cacophony caused audience hollers and whistles, but resulted in an orchestral arrangement over which his vocals nosily, but in celebratory fashion reigned; like a stampede of music. In just 90 minutes the cozy space was transformed. Aaron's daughter Lily, nodded her head to her father's music while her little sister Manna danced in front of the door watching the fresh snow falling outside. At the conclusion of Aaron's ending song, Drew yelled and whistled "Encore Encore" several times to a standing ovation to which Aaron had to give in and perform a final piece; a self-created arrangement of the Lord's Prayer. It slowly swayed us into an impromptu layering and looping performance where Aaron again (all live) recorded himself playing the guitar, smacking the strings, the drum and even the music stand, then finally leading us into an emotional, but praise-filled finale.
photo by: Kevin Parker, friend

At the end of the evening, while people were saying goodbye, Matt and I snuck up to Aaron, our arms filled with the donations from people who love him and appreciate his gift. Matt asked him what the amount was that he actually needed. He then told Aaron it was the exact amount that we had received that night! And it was the same amount that I was hoping we would raise for him without even knowing what he needed. God is good!!! And his people were faithful and obedient. Aaron and his wife Stephanie felt incredibly blessed. Praise God.

Bentley's First Snow

It snowed in Tacoma last night and it lasted until morning! So, of course, we had to take Bentley out in the snow! We bundled her up like Ralphie's little brother in The Christmas Story and headed outside - we had to take advantage of the snow, since this IS Tacoma, and you never know how long it's going to last. (In these videos, we are at Drew's parent's home in South Hill.) enjoy!



Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bentley's Christmas Outfit

We had Christmas with Drew's mom's family and here is Bentley, in full Christmas spirit. I just LOVE her smiles and giggles! She loves the radio, I will sway her in front of it and she will shake her arms and legs and smile while looking at the radio and listening to the music :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

"Food... Glorious Food..."

Since Bentley is 4 months now and continues to be in the 95 percentile, her pediatrician said we could start her on rice cereal/baby oatmeal. Sooo... we tried it! Here is a video of Bentley's first meal besides milk and oh yeah, her gas medicine :) Enjoy the process as we learn how to feed a baby and Bentley learns to eat the oatmeal and not the spoon... or the bowl.
(The photos are from Bentley's second meal where dad got to feed her).





Monday, December 8, 2008

O Christmas Tree

Below is a video of our Christmas Tree Farm experience!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Griswold, I mean Webster, Family Christmas

We went to Snowshoe Tree Farm in Orting to get our first family Christmas tree! Bentley enjoyed grabbing at the limbs and discovering the texture while I had a chai tea - yum! We met Drew's parents and Adrianne and Ryan there too.

We just drove up! She insisted on trying to eat the Baby Bjorn carrier













Here is our tree! Just the right size.. a little "Charlie Brown" in places, but it has character.








The Webster Family








Hello world

Monday, December 1, 2008

miss bubbles

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Bentley loves seeing and hearing herself blow bubbles. Enjoy the little video.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

my daughter in a dress - no way!


Drew and I have talked about wanting to make sure we encourage the passions of our children. I told Drew that if she wants to learn how to cook, I will get her even the weird ingredients so she can experiment. Then he said, "Well what if she wants to be a princess?" I looked at him blankly, like, "Not my daughter" then I thought and finally said, "Well, I guess we'll have to get her a mirror for her room and a tutu." So here is a photo of Bentley, truly the first time I have dressed her in a dress! :) (She looks pretty dang cute I have to admit :)

little miss giggles

First of all, I LOVED the "little miss" books as a kid. When I was pregnant, I perused the Nordstrom girl's section (don't do this by the way unless you have a gift card!) and I saw this cute shirt for a 12-18 month old that said "little miss giggles" and I thought, "This is going to be my daughter". PLus the shirt was on the clearance rack! I thought, I have to get this... then I checked the clearance price, $15 for a shirt she is going to wear for like 2 months? heck no.

Well, Bentley has been giggling lately and I LOVE it! Four things so far have made her giggle, herself in the mirror, me nuzzling her neck, me kissing her tummy and then wisps of my hair tickle it as I kiss her and lastly, I hold her up so she can stand and then let her "fall" towards me.. she thinks this is hilarious! so dang cute. One of the main things I have looked forward to as a mom is to hear my child's giggle, to know what it sounds like... I just LOVE it! And between Drew and me, I knew it would be quite the chuckle! :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Bentley sees the Ocean


My friend Sondra and I took our kids to Long Beach Tuesday for a mini overnight trip to the ocean. I took this photo of Bentley as she looks at the ocean for the first time. I had her strapped to me in her baby Bjorn and I held the camera out. I know she doesn't understand quite yet, but Drew and I try to remind ourselves to consistently speak truth to her about who is God. And as she stared with her little pink nose at the long beach meeting the ocean, I wanted to convey to her that God knew her before I did and that Drew and I are blessed with stewarding her little life for God. And that such a powerful God who made this ocean, also made her delicately and uniquely Bentley Brooke.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Fun photos of Bentley

Thought I would post some recent photos, enjoy!


Humongo baby!

The beauty of perspective!

This cracked me up! She looks so huge in this photo - ha!

Monday, November 10, 2008

'talking' with daddy

It is so fun to see Bentley go through quite the range of emotions while she talks with Drew in this video. For the last couple of weeks, Bentley wakes up in the morning by letting out a big scream, then when I go in her room to get her out of her crib, she is all smiles. The screams are hilarious, since you can tell they aren't because she is in pain, but simply exercising her voice, not the demons.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

mommy and me

How can you not just kiss babies all the time? Love this girl :)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Chatty Cathy

Bentley was talking so much today! I decided to finally grab the movie camera to record it. Notice what happens when Bentley finally sees the camera.

Bentley likes sushi


She has finally reached the milestone of grabbing at things and putting them to her mouth, she enjoys her fish rattle, especially the long tails of the tags. For those of you that freaked out at the title of my post, shame on you for thinking that I would actually feed my 3-month-old raw fish! :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Happy Birthday to me

"I am 3 months today!"

I see the light

Bentley absolutely LOVES lights. Seriously, it calms her down, if she is crying, I can simply walk her over to our dining room chandelier and she stares and smiles. It is the only thing besides another person's face that makes her smile. Sooo... instead of being a mother that takes her chlid to the zoo, I took Bentley to Tacoma Lighting today to celebrate her 3-month birthday - ha :) She was enamored. My friend Stacey and her daughter Paige joined us since Paige LOVES fans.

Bentley is so enamored that she is not even looking at the camera.

Bentley's first Halloween


Here is a photo of Bentley's first Halloween! She is wearing black and white-striped tights with a orange onesie and jean skirt overalls. And of course, her 'binky' which was a gift from Auntie Madonna and cousin Kate. Sooo funny! Bentley in her Baby Bjorn carrier and I greeted the trick or treaters like this as they came to the door. Everytime I opened the door to give out candy to the kids, Bentley would start to flail her arms and legs in excitement. I thought, "oh how cute, she loves Halloween!" but after several more ins and outs of the door, I realized it was the porch light she was getting excited about - ha

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

drool!

oh my word, Bentley just started drooling today! If she drools anything like her Uncle Josh did, I will have to invest in several more bibs. (Love you bro.)

Here is visual proof of Uncle Josh's drooling issues. Check out the discoloration on his shirt under his chin! So gross, but cute at the same time. (By the way, Josh and I loved playing in the drawers in our room. We actually played well together as kids, minus of course our kicking matches on the couch. :)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

One Flew over the Webster's Nest - a post from Drew

Lindsay has become very skilled at changing Bentley's clothes. She just does it intuitively at this point. Unbutton, roll up, arms out, over the head and off it goes. Me on the other hand... not so skilled. I've got the unbutton part down quite well. Its the arms out part the I can't seem to get down. Fortunately Bentley is very patient with me as I drag her through this fiasco of changing. By the time I even remotely make progress on getting her arms out of that onesie, she may as well be in a straight jacket, and believe me her eyes say she knows it. She just looks at me like, "If I could talk I could guide you through this but I've got another year-year and a half before that technology is installed so you're going to have to figure it out on your own... but I know you can do it.". Seriously, all that in just one look. I think she knows by now that when daddy picks her up to go change her clothes it's off to the insane asylum.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Bentley sees Bentley

Bentley started noticing her own reflection this last weekend. Drew held her up to a mirror at his aunt and uncle's home and Bentley just stared! I had tried to show her her reflection before, but she just kept looking at me through the mirror - ha. I decided to capture her seeing herself on camera... enjoy!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Smiles

Bentley's new name is "Smiles-With-My-Whole-Face" :) It's funny though, I can only catch her when it is candid, when she gets a glimpse of the camera she freezes. Oh yeah, and notice her little curl on top of her forehead, I love it! Drew gives her faux-hawk hairdos all the time :)

Bentley vs. the Bug

In the last few days, Bentley just started to notice her own hands as well as objects around her. I decided to record her and her "bug". Notice the battle, and the exchange of words. I think the bug surrenders in the end while Bentley lets out a smile of victory.

Weekend with the Websters

Every year we head to Omak to celebrate Drew's grandpa's birthday. Here are some of the family photos! To see more famliy photos, go to www.flickr.com/photos/lindsaybrookephotography

Dad and Baby on the road (we weren't pulling a Britney Spears by the way, the car was stopped :)

Four generations of Websters!

The Fam

The immediate Webster clan - Adrianne went stag to the party - we missed you Ryan!
Aya and Bentley meet again!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I'm ready for my close-up...

Bentley is 10 weeks today! I was having fun with the macro setting on my camera...


you can tell she is smiling with her eyes in this one :)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Daddy's Little Nun

The following video is what happens when Drew gets the video camera. While I was preparing her bath, Drew decided to videotape. Notice how patient Bentley is with her daddy while he dresses her as a nun. ha! enjoy... I love my husband.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

hope this continues...

Bentley slept through the night last night! I was so tired, I fed Bentley, and then went to sleep at 8:45pm. Drew took care of her and woke me up at 11:30pm to have her eat again and then she didn't wake up until 7:15am! Yay! We'll see if this was a fluke or starts a trend :)

UPDATE: It was a fluke :(

Friday, October 10, 2008

I love the Beatles



I am singing the "Across the Universe" version of the Beatles song, "All my loving'" to Bentley. I believe this is the first, last and only record of my singing voice. Please don't laugh, it was all for my daughter :) Also, at one point in the video, I say her name and she looks up!

I swore I wouldn't...

.. but I do! I am totally guilty of using my mom saliva to wipe off Bentley's face! Gosh, I do it all the time! oh my... I also have no problem simply pulling snot out of her nose with my bare fingers! Who knew? I guess once you're a mom, anything goes. ha.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Cousin Aya came to visit!

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Drew's cousin Jill is moving back to Washington from Alaska and had her daughter Aya just a month befoer Bentley was born. Drew and Jill are the oldest Webster cousins and they are now both parents to the oldest younger Webster cousins. Jill was great during my pregnancy, calling me so we could swap stories. She made me feel a lot better about getting the epidural! The girls were so cute today, smiling and talking and they are both off the charts in height and weight!




Jill, Drew and little Aya




Bentley and me and Jill with Aya

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Daddy is funny

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I took this this morning of Bentley and Drew. She LOVES mornings, just like her mom. She is always super smiley, and even more so when Drew is making her laugh.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

13 pounds 2 ounces!

Baby girl is now 13 pounds, 2 ounces and 25 inches long! She loves to practice standing up by pushing her legs down while we hold her up. She smiles even more now and has discovered her hands, well, hand, the right one that is. She follows it to her mouth and gets cross-eyed while doing so. ha :)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Daddy look-a-like?

Just in case you were all wondering who Bentley might look like. Here are newborn photos of Drew and me, as well as our siblings with one of Bentley. (If you click on each photo, they will get larger, just be sure to hit the back button to go back to the blog) Decide for yourself!


Baby Bentley



Baby Drew



Baby Lindsay



Baby Uncle Josh



Baby Auntie Adrianne

Quack

Bentley's first day in Seattle

Grandma Diane, Uncle Josh and I took Bentley to Seattle for a day. We went to the Seattle Art Museum, saw a crazy installation by a chinese artist that made use of about 7 white Ford Tauruses, ate lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, grabbed a Starbucks and then took a ride on the Ducks (a touristy tour of Seattle on 'ducks', vehicles that travel on both land and water). Josh carried her in the Baby Bjorn for a lot of the time and definitely made his little niece smile.


This is an installation by my UPS sculpture professor, Michael Johnson. We were his first class at UPS when he moved from Delaware. These pieces are called, "Next Move", "Final Move" and "Your Move". They represent chess-like pieces and are constructed out of wood.


The Hammerman outside the Seattle Art Museum


Mom, me and Bentley in front of the SAM


Bentley with Uncle Josh outside Starbucks.


We took the monorail to the Seattle Center to ride the Ducks. Josh was making Bentley smile while we waited.