Monday, December 31, 2007

Assorted Holiday 'Party Party' photos

We attempted an informal family portrait, and got a few good shots, see below.
Also, Mary had spaghetti for dinner, and then a Dove mini ice cream piece, dove choco covering ice cream.

Mary says "Party Party" when she knows she will be attending a festive social gathering!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Mary's 2nd Christmas Season

To say that shopping and prepping for this, our 2nd Christmas with Mary, was exhausting is an

'ab-fab' understatement!

Between trying to shop with her along, and coordinating which gifts to bring to 3 different houses, just overwhelming. I needed that egg nog Christmas Eve. I drank about half of it, due to constantly jumping up to attempt to corral Mary.

So here are a few photos, including one of our Christmas card. I just sent out the last batch today, better late than never!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Thanksgiving 2006 and 2007 (a look at then and now)!

Mary , November 2006, at Thanksgiving time

Wow, quel change, from petite jeune fille to whirlwind toddler girl, singing, hopping, dancing, alternately somersaulting and standing on her head (during diaper changes mainly)...

Mary even drew a rough face shape, stating 'Shrek' and then said eyes and put in two marks in the appropriate location for eyes, and did exact same for nose and mouth. I happen to know that this is one of the readiness tests that is commonly done for kindergarten readiness, so she is 3 years ahead for this skill anyway!

Mary's 2nd visit with Santa, a far cry from last year, no pun intended !

Monday, December 03, 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

There is a theme to this if you check out Mary's expression

Wow, we may be in for it when 'tween' time arrives!

Court Date 11.27.2007

We went to the county court house to be a part of Ava's re-adoption ceremony. Ava got up on the 'stand' and started 'talking' into the microphone. A few of her key words were: sustained, voir dire and I rest my case, now give me some cheerios! Photo linnk below!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Happy 2nd Birthday, Claudia !!!

left to right, Lindsey, Claudia, and Mary

Mary attended Claudia's 2nd Birthday party, and all the girls looked great and had fun playing together! It was cool to see our girls starting to interact. I see tea parties and teddy bear picnics in their future!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A few more Halloween photos

Definitely Tricky trying to get this 2 year old to wear her Halloween costume

No amount of bribery or trickery could make Mary put on her fairy princess/ballerina dress. I tryed several times today to just get her to try in on , for a photo shooot.

So she wore her Shrek nightgown, which I had embellished with a lavendar ribbon down the back of the dress! It even took diplomacy to get her to wear the Shrek dress, but not nearly as much as for the ballerina dress.

so here are photos of Raggedy Ann wearing Mary's Halloween costume. She was at first not thrilled that R. Ann was wearing her dress. But then, she posed for pictures with R.A.

Friday, October 19, 2007

All the toys Mary has and she prefers to play on the bathroom rug

And yes, she is wearing my underwear around her neck. Mary also creates havoc in the sock drawer, which is now a complete jumble.