Sunday, November 30, 2008


Parting is such sweet sorrow

As has become tradition, Daddy takes a picture for the road before we part ways. Can't wait to give thanks again! Although Grandpa is threatening to change it up and do prime rib next year. What a fowl idea!

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Something's fishy here

So you've heard of the squacoon but not the scaquarium? Well, silly, that's the South Carolina Aquarium. And it's a good place to get tanked.

You are what you eat

A-bridged Version

Objects in the picture may be closer than they a-pier

Grandma and Grandpa's condo building is right on the river so we can walk to this pier. Like a bridge over troubled water, Mommy laid her head down.

Friday, November 28, 2008

8 Months Old!

Not all brown chairs are created equal

It was tough to do my monthly photo on the road but we made do with the only brown chair Grandma and Grandpa have. There wasn't enough room for the sign though so Grandma had to prop it up behind me. You get the point though... I'm getting bigger!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Life's a Beach

See Auntie Em, the key is to not look into the sun.

Flew down to Charleston, SC yesterday for Thanksgiving with the Neimans. Took a spin around town and checked out the Isle of Palms beach, which is only 20 minutes away from Grandma and Grandpa's House. As little orphan Annie said, "I think I'm gonna like it here!"

Go fly a kite

There was a guy flying this crazy 7-tiered kite. I was winded just watching.

It Takes More Than a Hammer and Nails

My future summer home

Our tour of Charleston continued to downtown and Rainbow Row. This house wasn't part of that strip but made for a serviceable backdrop. I'll spare you the rest of the tour that included circling a park in Daniel Island about 15 times.

What a Croc!

Later gator

Charleston is full of interesting wildlife. We saw a crocodile chilling on a golf course in Daniel Island. We really weren't this close. Daddy was making full use of the 32x zoom on his camcorder (which he had to use all weekend after a certain someone dropped his camera at Mommy's 30th birthday blowout bash).

The Squacoon

My what a small head you have

Speaking of interesting wildlife, apparently Charleston is home to the endangered squacoon (yes, that's a cross between a squirrel and a raccoon).

Oh nuts

Dog-gone It!

Stand in the place where you are

Auntie Em was determined to get me to stand but, outside of Gracie, you can't teach a young dog new tricks!

Wait your turn Gracie!

Giving Thanks

3 strikes (in bowling)

After a full day exploring Charleston, it was finally time for my first Thanksgiving dinner. Mommy brought out my turkey bib and teased me with a close up of the bird before stuffing me with formula and mashed potatoes. I'm so thankful to have such a loving family and so many (Facebook) friends.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Turkey Trot

Guess which one's the turkey?

Got to participate in a Goldman family tradition today -- the Lincolnwood Turkey Trot. Every year we all run/walk 5k together. My Great-Grandma Nicky (who my Hebrew name, Naima, is in memory of) used to run the 10k and always win first place for her age group (of course, she was always the only one in her age group). Grandma Nicky taught elementary school and used to take her class running every morning. Her motto was "keep it up, don't stop." That's what we try to do each year during the Turkey Trot. This year was no exception. Daddy didn't hit the 20 minute mark he was gunning for (which, btw, is well off Zayde's personal best of 17:55) and Great-Grandpa Irv ran into an old friend who slowed him down so, all around, it was a down year but we finished and that's all that matters.

The equivalent of a baby rubix cube. Keeps me busy for hours

After the race we went back to Bubbie and Zayde's for brunch. With Thanksgiving around the corner and all the attention I was getting, I was afraid they were gonna carve me up and eat me. What a fowl thought!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Birthday Suit

Methinks this will be the first pic I pull down as soon as I'm old enough

Mommy and Daddy brought in a professional photog today for some glamour shots. We started off with some pics in the flesh. This pose will come in handy when I'm pregnant and still posing nude...

Pretty in Preggers

Still Nude, Dude

Bellying up, er... down

The photog did a good job hiding my privates. After all this is a G-rated blog!

Pucker up

Not sure what expression this is. Cross between kissing and spitting, I guess.

Learned this move from Austin Powers

Still haven't quite got the crawl down. Can prop up on my belly but no forward motion.

Earning My Stripes

On second thought, this would've been a better picture for the holiday card

Not by the finger on my chinny chin chin!

Droo-ela Deville

Family Matters

'O' Baby

This pic just floors me

Daddy's holding me like I'm a championship trophy or something

I Fly Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease


I've gotten quite used to being thrown around like a rag doll. Guess that makes my parents a couple of tossers, aye?


Band of Gypsys

Playing, playing in the band...

When it comes to living up to my karaoke potential, it's never to early to "Start Me Up."


In true Mick Jagger fashion, I switched over to harmonica without missing a beat.


We had to take a break to field calls from our agents.

Finger in the Dam

Watch out - they're gonna blooooooooooooow!

When Daddy saw this pic of me, he knew the pose looked familar so he dug out this shot of him "enjoying" his Hinano beer in Tahiti while honeymooning with Mommy 4 years ago.

The Universal Symbol for Naptime

What part of 'no more pictures' don't you understand?

By the end of the photo shoot, I was pooped. All this modeling is hard work!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Taking a Page from Mommy

Please pass the sports section

There's not enough baby paper in the house (world?) to keep me happy so I've moved on to adult paper now.

Monday, November 10, 2008


I can honestly say I've never laughed so hard in my entire life.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Party Girl

Big Pimpin' Leo

Kate Campbell (my counting and riding pal) had her first birthday party today. Leo Spiegel took me as his date (that makes six so far) but, when we got there, it seemed like he had other intentions (anyone watch Big Love?)

Big Love


Mesmerized by paisley

Just when I finally managed to get some alone time with Leo, Oliver showed up and stole Leo's attention. And to rub it in, Ollie stuck his tongue out at me. As Stephanie Tanner would say, "How rude!"

Cutting Corn-ers

Behold the great Cornholio!

I'm starting to cut a tooth and have been craving corn on the cob for the past 3 weeks ever since Daddy flaunted it in front of me at County Line Orchard. Fortunately, Kate had some lying around that she didn't mind sharing with me. Good thing High Fructose Corn Syrup is no worse for me than other natural sweeteners. (Disclosure: the Corn Refiners Association is one of Daddy's clients.)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes We Can

Now that's news I can believe in!

Well, it's official... I will not know what it's like to live in a country that's never had an African American President. Looks like Daddy's campaigning in Florida and all the people that saw Leo's "Yo Mamma! Vote Obama" really made a difference. Now let's hope the new administration can do something about this economy as my college fund is already in the red and it's looking like Social Security will just be something I read about in my history books. Hmmm, there's a punchline in here somewhere... what's black and white and read all over?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Ellie Crack Corn (and I Don't Care!)

This picture really cracks me up

With the election just 2 days away and all the chatter about Joe the Plumber, I thought I'd do my best impression on the plane ride home to Chicago.

One for the Road

Zayde's shirt matches the painting in the background!

We had to say goodbye to Great-Grandpa Abe today and took one last pic for the road. We all huddled around his big brown chair (how did he know that's my favorite photo spot?) and somehow we managed to get one off with everyone looking at the camera and noone horsing around (although you really can't see where Uncle Noah and David's hands are!)

Come Sail Away With Me

Hey, who dropped anchor?!

On our last day in Florida we all went for a boat ride to look at the big houses that line Palm Beach. Noah's friend, Sara, joined us. It was cool to meet her. Too bad she took my cue and decided not to look at the camera when we took this picture on the dock. Good thing noone in our family harbors any resentment.

Wonder if this teething ring is also a flotation device?

It was a bit bright out there on the water. Of course, Mommy and Daddy didn't have my sunglasses the one time I actually needed them, unlike those other times when they just used them as props.

No Uncle Josh, I won't pull your finger!

As you can see, Uncle Noah is experimenting with the goatee. We really run the facial hair gamut in this family.

Hair. Hairier. Hairiest.

Not by the hair on your chinny chin chin

And here I thought Daddy had an intense flavor savor. Uncle Josh has an entire meal tray on his chin.

Bump up the Jam

Good thing I had a light lunch

My Uncles know all the cool tricks... airplane, wet willy, and, of course, the chest bump.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Ring Around the Ellie

I bit in to a burning ring of fire

Hard to believe my Uncles were able to hold such a conservative pose.

Bubbie, don't you ever feed these boys?

Shocker, they're weren't.

Watch where you stick that thing Uncle Dave

Now that's how you give a proper Wet Willy.