<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Annaliesa Rose Merritt
Christine and Theo Merritt present...
Annaliesa Rose Merritt
(Born June 16, 2005)

Hello everyone!

Well, if you haven't heard yet, little Annaliesa has arrived. And yes, we do mean "little!" She was about four weeks premature, which pretty much threw all of our painting and furniture gathering into chaos. But, at a mere 5lb 8oz, she'll pretty much fit into any handy shoebox until her crib and stuff show up. But, we're all recovering and doing well, and with any luck things will soon settle into a mere harried routine instead of the frantic one that it is now. We will send you all more information later, but for now here is a link to Annaliesa's webpage at the hospital, complete with pictures and vital stats.

Christine, Theo, Carter, and Annaliesa

Annaliesa's Picture-of-the-week
by Christine and Theo Merritt (with some help from Carter)
Hello, and welcome to the inaugual edition of the Annaliesa Picture of the Week! We're kind of assuming that this will even work, so if anyone experiences any problems please let us know and we will see what we can do. In the meantime...
Here she is, just shy of four months, pretending she knows how to crawl. Mind the drool...! Annaliesa with her Grampa Vati...
Our bathing beauty...! Our pink Stay-Puff marshmallow girl....
Hello again! Here's the little pumpkin girl with her big brother Harry Potter. Hopefully next year it won't be pouring outside on Halloween (although that did mean more leftover candy for me...!). "Are you ready for some FOOTBALL...?!?"
Trying to be like big brother....
Ok, so we had our first big snow of the season and as the three of us are watching Carter shovel the sidewalk (Mommy says it was his idea...) Daddy says "Hey! Let's take little Annaliesa out and introduce her to snow!" thinking she would have great fun and we'd all laugh and have a grand ol' time and everything went perfectly as Mommy carried her outside and held her as we lowered her little hand into the snow and her face lit up in the amazement of the new experience and then... she realized it was cold. Very cold. And then things got a little ugly. Daddy spent the next hour apologizing to little Annaliesa, and he thinks that she's forgiven him. At least he hopes so...!
Splish Splash I was takin' a bath...!
Dec 26, 2005
Santa Claus! And given all the presents she got under the tree, Santa must have forgiven Annaliesa the death grip she had on his beard for most of the visit...!
January 2, 2006
Here are Carter and Annaliesa on Christmas morn', eagerly awaiting ripping into the presents. If you think you see Merlin's tail in the picture, you probably ought to get your eyes checked....

January 9,2006
Our little tadpole...!
January 16,2006
We bad...
January 23, 2006
Well, Annaliesa has been battling a nasty cold-type thingie for the past week (yes, complete with runny nose, pathetic sounding little coughs, and constant crying), so she hasn't been up to her usual photogenic self. So, in the fine tradition of media empires everywhere, instead of a new picture we will delve into the archives. Here, then, are Oregano (dark) and Paprika (orange) inspecting the brand-new arrival on her first in-house live appearance. Merlin and Aggie were still hiding under the couch at this point. Hopefully Annaliesa will be feeling better soon...!

January 30,2006
First try at solids. We think we'll try again in a few years.
 February 13, 2006
Daddy and daughter playing on the couch. And check out
them Michelin man arms (on her, not him)!
Happy Valentines Day!!!
February 20, 2006
The girls getting ready for dinner...!
February 27, 2006
Here's our little bathing beauty reading in the tub!  
March 13, 2006
Annaliesa doing her version of "La Cucaracha"
(in the tub, of course)
March 27, 2006
Here's great-grampa Les giving Annaliesa her afternoon snack.
(From a visit we made to Cleveland this past weekend.)
April 4, 2006
Annaliesa teaching Daddy how to grab his toes. Unfortunately, Daddy's bones creak a little ominously when he tries to do this. Maybe he needs some fuzzy pink pajamas...?
April 18, 2006
"Oh yeah? Well 'BLEAH' to you, too!!!"
April 25, 2006
After much chasing and scrabbling through the underbrush, Grandma Sue finally managed to catch the Easter Bunny. One of these days, unfortunately, I guess we're going to have to release her back into the wild, or else we won't get our cut of jelly-belly Easter eggs next year.
May 1, 2006
Grandma Mutti moved into her new house last week, and
Annaliesa was there to help with the unpacking!
May 15, 2006
Our little girl got bored with her own toys and started playing with the cats'; she obviously forgot to ask Paprika's permission first.
May 22, 2006
Annaliesa keeping a close eye on Grandma Sue as she gets her first haircut, with Grandpa Tom playing catcher making sure none of her precious locks fall to the floor.
May 29,2006
All together now....
iiiit waaas aaaaaaannnnn
Itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny
...uh... waterproof pink bikini
that she wore for the first time today...!
June 6, 2006
Annaliesa playing with Alexander at his first birthday party. Zander lives down the street from us and is about two weeks older than Annaliesa, and therefore, at least according to Christine and Stacey, Zander's mom, they are already betrothed and destined to marry. Of course, as Annaliesa's daddy keeps pointing out, Annaliesa is already grounded until she's twenty-one, and after that she's only allowed out with boys if they're chaparoned by two adults and she's home by 7pm, so he's not too sure when this marriage thing will take place. We'll keep you updated, tho'.
June 13, 2006
And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall
When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's off with her head
Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
Call Annaliesa
When she was just small
June 17, 2006
Our little Annaliesa Rose turned one this past Friday; I coulda sworn she was born just a few weeks ago...! Looking over these pictures from the past year it's hard to believe how much our little rosebud has grown, and rumor has it that there is a lot more yet to come. I'm scared, but it's an excited kind of scared; I can't wait to watch her grow and see what the future holds for her. On second thought, scratch that; let's keep her young, happy, and giggly as long as possible! In any case, here is the obligatory shot of Annaliesa enjoying her birthday cake.
Here are a few more current (2007) photos for you folks looking for them...
Remember: don't drink and drive! Annaliesa discovering that Holly isn't particularly keen on grapes.
Sweet Corn  
August 25, 2007 - Ok, so it's been a while. In fact, I suppose we can't even call it a "Picture of the Week" anymore, can we? How about "Picture of the Quarter?" In any case, Urbana had it's annual Sweetcorn Festival this past weekend, with rides, munchies from local restaurants, live music 'til the wee hours of the early evening, and, amazingly enough, sweetcorn. Supposedly the corn is from around these parts, but last year's scandal was that the corn actually came from Hoopeston, about 50 miles (200 by bike) northeast of us, and I didn't hear anything about the corn's provenance this year around so for all I know it was imported from, *gasp*, Indiana. Let's hope not. But it decided not to rain that day so we met up with some friends from our previous 'hood (including Zander, Annaliesa's future hubby if you recall from previous posts, although I'm still not convinced that I won't ground Annaliesa 'til she's 36) and strolled out there and had a lovely lunch. Including corn. Annaliesa likes corn. Next year we're going to have to bring a couple of boxes of wet-wipes so we can clean her up afterwards. Or maybe wrap her in plastic first. We'll figure something out.

Here are two pictures from the Annaliesa's very first day (taken at Carle Hospital)...
Annaliesa Rose Merritt
Born June 16, 2005
The proud parents, Christine and Theo,
with Annaliesa Rose Merritt...
and my favorite picture of Annaliesa (so far)...
(back to Vati's page)