Friday, December 29, 2006

Christmas '06

Gilly had a GREAT Christmas. Last year she didn't seem to know that anything special was going on. This year she figured out that those boxes wrapped in colorful paper had fun stuff inside, and the best part was that she could rip up the paper without mom or dad telling her "no." She got lots of gifts, and especially loves her new dolls, and her baby carriage from Grammy Kathy. Now she loads up her carriage with dolls and drags them around the apartment, saying "baby! baby!" She also got a very nice Gilly-size hardwood table that Pops made for her, so she has a place to sit and color.

Here she is with her carriage (and a pair of Lyn's underwear that she is wearing as a scarf):

reading a book at her new table:

"Pops, are there any more presents in here?"

Gilly and Lyn in front of Grammy Kathy's Christmas tree:

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Mount Lafayette

Two of my labmates (Brenda and Sarah) and I decided to skip work yesterday and hike Mount Lafayette. It was a beautiful sunny day and not too cold . . . at least until we hit the summit (it was a little windy up there). We ran into two other parties on the mountain, so it was nice and quiet.

This is a view is towards the south (southwest?) from the Old Bridle Path somewhere on the "agonies" (I think . . . my sense of direction is infamous)

Here are the three of us not far from where the previous picture was taken. The summit is behind us (above us, out of view). We ran into my former family practicioner (from back when I was a wee one) on the trail and he snapped this picture for us. Small world!

This is a view from the summit, looking south along Franconia Ridge.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Washing Machine

Gilly was being very funny the other day, walking around with her sippy-cup and her stuffed pig, making "oink oink" noises. Then we noticed that she no longer had the cup and pig.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

It's a Boy!

Lyn had an ultrasound yesterday, and we found out we're going to have a baby boy (due May 8th)!

Here is a standard profile shot

and . . . defense against the Three Stooges two-finger eye poke?

Saturday, December 02, 2006


We took Gilly to see her first hockey game tonight. Two of my friends from Dartmouth are on a local team, Brenda (the goalie, a postdoc in our lab), and my classmate Anik. Gilly was mesmerized by the players skating up and down the ice . . . I think we may have a future sport for her :-) She had fun right up until our team scored the winning goal. When everybody screamed, she started to cry (she recovered quickly).

Brenda keeping an eye on the action at the other end of the ice

Some action for Brenda

Anik (#21) at a faceoff

Friday, December 01, 2006


This is actually from back in September (or August?), but I had to post it.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Monday, November 27, 2006

Wicked Smart Deer Jacker

This would be funny, except that his 4 month old daughter was in the car. From the Burlington Free Press, "Man cited after driving into decoy." (click)

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Monday, November 13, 2006


Here is Gilly showing us why Crayola makes non-toxic markers.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Apparently she was going after a piece of tissue that had fallen behind her diaper pail (on the left, out of view).

Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Playground

Click on the image above for more pictures of Gilly and Ben at the playground.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Splish Splash

Here is a video clip of Gilly having fun at bath time. At the bottom is a link to a higher resolution video (large file, about 10MB).

Higher Resolution Video

Thursday, October 12, 2006


Gilly likes to pull her books off the shelf and "read." So cute!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Monday, September 18, 2006

Small Places

Gilly has discovered how much fun it is to crawl into tight places, like under chairs, our desk, her highchair, and now, shelves. It's really funny to come around the corner and find her smiling at you from one of her new hiding places. Also, it's hard to believe that we were all once small enough to fit onto a pantry shelf.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Red Wagon

The dynamic duo enjoying a ride in Gilly's new red wagon. Thanks Grammy Kathy!


We have a very entertaining little girl.

Sunday, September 10, 2006


Looks like Gilly inherited her dad's posture.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Friday, September 01, 2006

Happy 1st Birthday Gilly!

Gilly is one year old today. We can't believe how fast this year has gone by! Click on the image below to see Gilly enjoying one of her birthday presents from mom and dad.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

I Passed!

I passed the qual. I knew it would be tough, but it was even more difficult than I imagined. I would rather have my teeth pulled than go through that experience again. Congratulations to Dan, who also passed his qual a few days ago. I think he described it best: "It was pretty much the most miserable experience of my life, but I survived."

Monday, August 28, 2006

More Posts Coming Soon

The oral portion of the qualifying exam that I mentioned previously is scheduled for Wednesday. Once this is behind me, there will be more activity on the blog. We have lots of Gilly pictures and videos waiting to be posted!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Roger Irwin Photography

Gilly's grandpa ("Pops") is a nature photographer, and he now has a website: The website is a work-in-progress, but please check it out and see some of Pops' cool moose photos.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Gilly's Kitchen

Gilly is fast becoming a master of the kitchen. In this first photo, the culinary artiste is searching for the tools to cook her first masterpiece:

"What do you mean I'm making a mess?"
(she pulled out all of those pots and pans by herself)

Looks like Chef Gilly is going to sautée some beef for dinner.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Bear Wrestling

Gilly is training to go bear hunting with her Uncle Jared and Aunt Kelly some day. In this picture she is practicing the barehanded takedown.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Swinging Gilly

We received requests for more videos, so here is another clip of Gilly in action.

Video Clip (click)

Saturday, July 15, 2006

No Yuckmouth Here

Gilly demonstrating good oral hygiene:

Friday, July 14, 2006

Busy Busy Busy

Gilly was very busy entertaining us this morning. Here is a short video clip of her in action. It's a large file, so it will work best if you download it first then play it (RIGHT click, "Save As", etc.).

Video Clip

Saturday, July 08, 2006


Gilly and her ear-to-ear four-tooth smile.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

9 Months

Gilly will be 9 months old on the 1st, and is developing very quickly. She has four teeth now, crawls super fast, pulls herself up to standing with ease, eats all kinds of solid foods, and now strings together a mixture of different sounds that almost sound like the beginnings of words. She is very entertaining, and makes us laugh as often as we make her laugh. I'll try to remember these days when she's a teenager and gets mad when we won't let her take the car.

Here are some pictures from the last few weeks:

Gilly with her favorite toy (thanks Uncle Jared and Aunt Kelly!)

Naked baby butt (she was playing with an ant on the window)
EDIT: Picture removed due to inappropriate comments. Contact me at adam DOT schmucker AT gmail DOT com if you have any questions.

Gilly and two new friends, Bruce and Elijah

Monday, May 15, 2006

Dramatic Reenactment

Based on actual events. No babies were harmed during this dramatic reenactment.

(we actually did find her like this, but she wouldn't repeat for the camera, so we staged it)

Quick Update

Pictures soon to come, but for now a quick update:

Gilly is now mobile. She started out with some inconsistent crawling about a week ago (maybe less?), but didn't get very far. I set her down on the rug this morning while I got her breakfast ready, and when I went back she was gone! She had crawled around the corner to the closet, and was admiring our shoes. She can also pull herself up to a standing position. She was practicing this last night, in her crib, well after midnight. The problem is she can pull herself up, but can't always ease herself back down. It makes for a noisy night.

She also has three teeth now, and has a large repertoire of babbling. She started saying "mamamamamama" on mother's day. Smart kid!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Tooth

Gilly has two teeth, but only one is obvious in this picture (click on the image for a much larger version). The second tooth is right next to this one, but I think the drool and squash make it tough to see.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

excuses, excuses

The posts may be sparse for a few weeks. I have my first annual research in progress (RIP) seminar coming up in two weeks. My qualifying exam (click, see part D) is also coming up soon. These minor distractions may keep me away from frequent blogging.

In more important news, Gilly now has TWO TEETH! Pictures to come as soon as we can capture a shot of those pearly whites.

Monday, April 10, 2006


Ben came over for a visit on Saturday!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

"Walking" and Squawking

"RIGHT-CLICK" on the link below and select "SAVE AS", and then open the file from your computer.

Video Clip

Friday, March 24, 2006

Gilly's New Hobby

Gilly has discovered the baskets under the coffee table. She has fun pulling all the books and toys out of them.

Mary had a little lamb . . .


Somehow I managed to delete a post last month. Due to popular demand, I've reposted the pictures below.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Growing Fast

Although she is still so tiny (9th percentile on the "growth charts"), Gilly seems to be growing and developing very quickly. She can sit up now without anybody holding her steady, and is able to pull herself up to a standing position (albeit a wobbly one). We've suddenly become aware of all the electrical outlets, computer cables, and other various hazards we need to secure!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

More Food

Gilly's menu has expanded. She now eats two kinds of cereal, prunes, and green beans. Well, the label claims they are prunes and green beans. They really just look like purple slime, and green slime, respectively. Gilly seems to like them, but makes a really funny face when she gets the first few bites of prunes. It looks like she just bit into a lemon.