Tuesday, December 30, 2008
First glimpse of Santa goodness:
Our new...much loved family member...Baby Alive...now named (by Lia!), Julianna Hannah...
...and now, as we turn our attention towards the new year with new opportunities...we will tuck these precious memories of this most magical season away for a lifetime. Our best wishes to you all for a wonderful New year!!
Monday, December 29, 2008
This is the tag that was on the gift I received from my goddaughter (and niece), Annemarie, age 8. She chose the gift and wrapped it herself. Really...that wrap job and the handwritten tag were enough...she's really good...but she picked out a digital picture frame (that holds up to 60 photos...way cool...no??) and a beautiful scrapbook for me. She definitely zeroed right in on what I'm all about these days.
Good times, peeps...good times. It really doesn't get any better. I sure am one lucky ant. :-)
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." ~ Norman Vincent Peale
And now as we prepare to experience the magic of this very special time of year, I wish you all peace, happiness, health and prosperity. Thank you for taking the time to share in our lives. It is hard to believe that I started this blog almost a year ago. It has changed my life in ways I never would have imagined. I have enjoyed getting to know so many new friends and I consider you all a blessing. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!
Monday, December 22, 2008
As we celebrate a year in our home, we are so excited to be starting a small renovation project. As these things often do, it has grown in scope just a bit from our original intentions...but still a modest project from most standards. Our contractor convinced us of the value of doing a lot of the demolition when we are away for the holiday week...and while that sounds great...it means I have a room to clear out before we leave on the 26th. And there was the small issue of the computer having to be disconnected...we will have to figure out plan B for that...I can't go three weeks offline!!! :-) The Laundromat may become my new best friend as we will also be without a washer and dryer. I am hoping this temporary inconvenience will be worth the end result. You can be sure I will be taking lots of pictures along the way!!
We had our first weather event yesterday...a small ice storm...that melted by noon. We enjoyed being housebound for a few hours playing Christmas music! We won't talk about the very ungraceful fall I took while snapping these photos!
snugly before bed...and allowed me to take a few shots. They are a little blurry, I know...still practicing getting clear shots inside...
I hope you all are having a wonderful Monday!!
Friday, December 19, 2008
1) Do Max and Ruby have a last name?
2) Where are their little rabbit parents?
3) How much does the "actor" make for voicing the part of Max? At most he repeats no more than two words throughout each episode!
And my personal favorite:
4) Did Caillou's mother used to be Olive Oyl? It could just be the shirt...or maybe it's just me...
Yeah...it's definitely time for a little "adult" time...sans Sprout or Noggin. I am going to work on that! :-)
Heading in a different direction...Lia had a little phonics breakthrough this week...and I am SO proud! Her teacher introduces a new "sound" each week. We have been advised since Lia's early days at her school to introduce sounds rather than the actual letter name (although for the record they do practice letter recognition and Lia does know all her letters by sight!). The children are invited to bring in an object to share during class meeting that begins with the "sound of the week". While I occasionally bring up the sound each week, I have been waiting for Lia to take the initiative in choosing an object...waiting for that proverbial light bulb...a "sound connection" so to speak. Last night she randomly blurted out that l-l-l-lady started with the "LLLL" sound. It took me a minute to figure out what she was talking about, but a quick check on the calendar confirmed that it was indeed "L" week. I was so excited as she dug around in her dollhouse basket and came up with her "lady" to share with her class!!! I did get carried away a bit and suggested that maybe she could put herself in the basket...being L-L-L-Lia and all...but she looked at me like I had two heads. I try hard for the laughs...but she is tough I tell you!
Finally...when I picked Lia up this afternoon, she immediately started telling me about a castle she drew for her dad before he took her to school this morning. When we arrived at home, I couldn't believe what she had drawn. She is a better artist than I am! I only wish it wasn't on scrap paper and drawn with a marker that was obviously on it's last legs. It is beautiful. Lia told me the colored portion at the base of the castle is water. Of course it is.
She never fails to impress me. May she always be grounded in the day to day lessons...but never stop dreaming of those castles!!
Happy weekend to all...and to all a good-night... :-)
Thursday, December 18, 2008
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Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Okay...my own version of Waldo...I came out from behind the camera to pose with my pretty girl before we left for the party.
Lia and Emma enjoyed making Christmas ornaments...they are so serious about it!!
More craft seriousness!
Lia and Katie (before the princess transformation)!
And after the big change...Lia and Katie...aka Ariel and Bride Ariel...even a mermaid has to eat!! Is it just me or do they look guilty of something??
One thing all the girls have in common is their love of dancing! We were treated to an impromptu dancing recital that brought tears to my eyes for its' sweetness!!
Of course no Chirstmas party is complete without a visit from jolly old Saint Nick. This may be my favorite image of the night...it is Lia when she caught a glimpse of Santa coming in through the front door. Priceless. The fact that he entered through the door has been worrying her all day! I have had to think fast to explain away this un-Santa like entrance!
Lia seriously told Santa that she wanted "nothing" for Christmas. Luckily for us she gave the Santa at the mall a proper list!!
Santa had a gift for each child...and even though Lia wanted nothing, she was very excited with her Tinkerbelle movie!!
The whole gang with Santa! This is such a great photo...Lia with some of her oldest friends and some of her newest!! Truly dreamy all around!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Our Christmas tree is up, with lights...but mostly decorated along the bottom third...where little hands can reach. Lia loves to hang two or three ornaments on each branch...and well...trying to go with a theme...or even compatible colors, is apparently not of interest to her. Someone at work told me I should re-arrange the ornaments after Lia goes to bed...but I decided that our Christmas tree is perfect the way it is...and so while I might add a few more ornaments to the top 2/3's, the bottom part will remain bedazzled in Lia fashion!!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Three years ago today we saw Lia's face for the first time when we received our referral. After 8 1/2 months of waiting, that moment when she first popped up on the computer screen was one I will never forget. I have tried to put that moment into words, but have failed miserably. How can you express in words the moment your life began? The moment you found your purpose in life? The moment you first knew a mother's love...
She took my breath away the moment I first saw her...and she continues to take my breath away everyday. We are blessed beyond reason or expectation...and so very very thankful.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
We are in a bit of cold snap in our part of the country. We even have a layer of snow on the ground this morning. Mother Nature didn't stop Lia and Jim from "wacking a few balls" (yes...these were Lia's actual words) in the front yard yesterday. As funny as that phrase was...what really got me was what she said after she hit the golf ball. "Yay for Lia! I got a goal!" She is so my daughter. :-)
Of course I replied, "Way to go...two points!"
Peas and carrots, peeps...we go together like peas and carrots.