Dec 26, 2006
Dec 24, 2006
at 1:50 PM
Dec 20, 2006
Today we celebrate our sweet baby's 2nd birthday. She had been with us three short months and fills our lives with joy everyday. We are so thankful that she was given to us by God in his infinite wisdom.
There probably won't be anymore pictures in the crown....she didn't love it so much. I will post pics of the cake eating tomorrow...wanted to post today on her birthday. Hannah is really questioning little ones birthday. She wonders "what if her birthday was really yesterday and we missed it? what if her birthday is really Jan 20th?" She listens to my answers but I don't think she is buying them. I will have to read up on what to tell Claire when SHE asks those kind of questions.
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at 3:31 PM
Dec 14, 2006
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at 5:30 PM
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at 5:30 PM
Dec 5, 2006
I am really beginning to believe that the fear of the dogs is over. She can now pass them, even in the hallway where space is limited. She will even on occasion hand them a toy of hers, imagine their excitment. She doesn't really like to have them around if she is eating, as they might try and take it from her hand. She has moved mountains since coming here. If only we could conquer the ride-on toy and the swing.
at 9:55 AM
I can't believe that few short years ago this was my brand new baby!! My how time flies!! She is growing into such a beautiful young women. She has had a big life change with obtaining a new sister and having to share the spotlight, and has handled it with grace and understanding. She loves to see her sister grow and learn. She loves to hear about when she did the same things that her sister does at this age. It is hard to see her with her older cousins and fitting in so well, we aren't ready for her to not think that WE hung the moon, but it will happen.
She speaks often of our trip to China and how much she enjoyed all the families we went with. She thinks maybe it is a good idea for HER to adopt from China when the time comes. I told her I thought that was a wonderful idea.
She has taught us so much about parenting and we are better for her being here. Thanks for being such a good kid. We love you.
at 9:55 AM
Nov 29, 2006
at 10:42 AM
Nov 25, 2006
I have the worst luck with cameras. Remember I lost one in China and now I have MISPLACED our camera at my mother's house. So, I have Thanksgiving pics I don't have the camera.
We feasted at my mother's with 7 adults and 8 children. Claire tried everything we put in her mouth. Her faves were turkey, dressing, yams, mashed potatoes, and strawberry jello salad. She did great around such a big crowd. Can you guess that we are fairly loud as well? My brother was amazed that it didn't phase Claire if someone would yell across the house to someone else. She has almost overcome her enormous fear of dogs. She loved all her cousins, especially my 12 yr old nephew. He was unsure of what to make of all the attention that Claire wanted to give him. Really precious to watch.
We can't wait to have Christmas with Duane's family and give them the chance to experience her sweetness and pure joy at everything she sees. I am so sad that it has taken so long for our schedules to be in sinc. I know she will love them as much they already love her.
I promise to post pics WHEN the camera is found. I have been reading other blogs and sounds like there was fun had by all this holiday. Everyone ready for Christmas with our new girls??
at 7:16 PM
Nov 20, 2006
The girls love the cool autumn days....I can't hardly keep them inside. Mornings are another story, but once we get warmed up...we are outside. Claire is beginning to love the dogs...she doesn't scream when they come into the house, but still won't touch them.
I can't believe that we have been home almost 2 months. Our little girl is growing and learning everyday. She has fallen into the perfect little sister role...always touching Hannah's things and not wanting Hannah to have any other her things. Hannah is adapting very well. I thought I would list all the wonderful accomplishments that have happened since we arrived in the states.
Words...mama,baba (daddy), nah(Hannah), nigh nigh, meow, woof, tat u (thank you).
actions...stairs, standing from a sitting position, doorknobs, riding Hannah's scooter (with help of course), shopping cart, carseat, and high chair.
WHEW that is quite a list for less than 2 monts. It is hard to think that she will be 2 yrs old in just a few weeks. What in the world will she accomplish next? The world is her oyster.
We are busily getting ready for Thanksgiving company. Claire will meet so many new people. I can't wait for the rest of my family to experience the beauty that is Claire.
Enjoy the pics...thanks for stopping by.
at 8:49 AM
Nov 10, 2006
Nov 7, 2006
Claire is still practicing feeding herself. She isn't the cleanest eater, but she is coming along. We went to a couple of showers at Duane's work and were really blessed by his friends and co-workers. They even showered Hannah with big sister gifts.
It seems that the girls grow closer everyday. They have their own games that Daddy and I don't play. They love to chase each other and have really begun to play on the trampoline together. Hannah is so gentle and patient with her, it is such a joy to watch. I can't believe that we are coming up on the holiday season, where did the time go? It will be so great to see Hannah AND Claire enjoy the family and traditions of the holiday season.
Thanks for stopping by..enjoy the pics
at 8:52 AM
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