Thursday, September 27, 2007
AnnaClaire, thank you for all the moments you've brought to my life in the past 9 months. I love you so much. You are growing up into such a beautiful little girl. God has blessed us so much to have put you in our lives. I love you forever, baby girl!
On Monday, my little BuBear came to school for show and tell in geometry! She had the best time and everyone was going on and on about how they wanted an AnnaClaire. She is so loved. She hammed it up for my class and knew just how to make everyone go "aww". She ended my "speech" with a big hug around my neck. I think she was quite happy to finally see this place Mom is always telling her that Brother and Sister are at... school! It was AC's lucky day because a few hours later, she came back with Mom because Mom had to work a luncheon. I was in LA and I saw my black haired beauty running around the hallway and when the bell rang I scooped her up and she ate lunch with me and all my friends! It was great fun. EVERYONE was coming in to say hi and how cute she was! AnnaClaire loved coming to school and I know she can't wait to come back someday!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Today Mom and AnnaClaire met up with 4 mommies who are waiting for their little girls from China and Emma Grace (waiting sister!) at Qdoba. I'm so sad I had to miss out.. it sounds like they had an awesome time!! AnnaClaire "told" me all about it when I got home and said "Emma Gra" all afternoon! It was so cute! I can't wait until all these mommies have their little ones and we can get all the little ones together, too!
When I got home from school AC was soooooooo happy to see me. She was so cute. I just love her!! On Monday she's coming to school for show and tell! Yep.. even in highschool we have show and tell! For geometry. And it's quiz grade. Everyone is so excited that she's coming in. She's going to love it! haha!
Isn't the outfit she has on adorable? Chocolate Soup. $10. I love it! It's her first little pair of jeans! They have little ladybugs on them! So cute!! I have some more pictures to post of her in her darling outfit, but here's a few of Sara Beth's website from today! Enjoy!
Oh and I can't believe I forgot to mention (or maybe that's a good thing?) guess who had her first french fry on Sunday? Yes.. AnnaClaire! We were at Five Guys and she started reaching for them. Almost 2... 5 guys... reaching... so she got to try one. She loved it and even dipped it in catchup!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Tonight AnnaClaire, Dad, and I played with AnnaClaire's train tracks. We still had Will's and so Dad and I set them up yesterday. We had most of the little train cars and Mom got a box of other automobiles like a school bus, ambulance, police car, etc. The school bus is her favorite.. she will point and say "schoo ba". It's so cute!! She loves her little tracks with all her cars!! She was so cute with them, too. She is getting so big and so talkative. She says EVERYTHING. I am so amazed. She is such a smart little thing, too. She is the best sense o direction. She goes to the nursery during the week 2 times while Mom is at Bible study. Well it's at a different Church and she calls it the "new nurse". It's so cute!! She's so full of love. Every night before bed, we have our routine... Kissy, hug, love, one more kiss. It's so cute. She gives the SWEETEST kisses. For love, she puts her arms around you and puts her head on your shoulder, and for hug, she hugs really tight. She's the sweetest thing ever. I miss her a lot during the day. School is still going awesome and I love it!!! On Friday we have the day off so Mom and I are taking AnnaClaire apple picking! That should be fun!
Oh and I can't forget... sweet Maddy finally got her family and she is a CUTIE!!! www.maddysstory.com!
Enjoy the pictures. I'll try to check in again soon!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
So who am I nominating....
A Quiver Full is one of the sweetest families ever! I cannot wait to meet them! Mrs. S was one of my mom's first adoption friends and she was with us all the way through our process. My mom and she both filled out sn applications around the same time and although we got a referral within a month, it was a year before they got Ellie's referral. But she was still so encouraging (an sent us lots of the sweetest gifts!). I can't wait to see little Ellie in her arms a they recently got LOA. I just love reading that blog.
Princess and the Pea is another blog that you will love the minute you start reading it. I can tell you from personal experience that Keara, Maura, and Mrs. S (and I'm sure Mr., too!) are some of the nicest people we've ever met. We were so blessed to be able to do something with them! Keara takes amazing pictures of Miss Maura that are posted all over her blog. She is a great writer and shows love to all!
Journey 2 Sarah is another person we are so blessed to have travelled with! Staci is so sweet and the love she has for Sarah Lu is obvious in all she does. She writes all about her life with her 3 year old sister and has some of the sweetest pictures, funniest stories, and cutest videos.
and here's a picture of my sweet mei mei for those of you in "AC withdrawal" haha just kidding!
Last but not least... I just want to remember what happened 6 years ago on this day. If you know someone who was a part of those terrible attacks, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as are everyone. In school, we were talking about how days like 9/11/01 will always be in our minds. I can tell you that on that day I was in 3rd grade and we were lining up to go to the playground when a big speaker came on and said that there had been a bad plane crash... or something like that. At the playground, all the 4th graders told us someone was blowing up the school which was pretty freaky to all of us 3rd graders! We had an assembly/prayer service that day and went home from school early where we watched it on t.v. It was a really scary day and it will forever be a part of my mind.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
AC and the fireman!
This morning Dad, Mom, and I brought AnnaClaire to the festival I was telling you about that has been going on this weekend. Ihad plannd on meeting some friends there later so I went on with the rest and just stayed after they left. We had a great time. First we went to the fire station. The firefighter was so nice! He let AnnaClaire (and all the other kids) "drive" the big firetruck. AnnaClaire thought this was too much fun and did not want to leave the big red truck! She was so funny in it just waving to everyone. She should've been in the parade on Saturday! We walked somemore and stopped to look at the racecars. We then turned a corner where there were lots of little tents set up selling things. I got this really pretty frame that spells out SWIMMING and you put pictures in all the letters. We got AnnaClaire a few little things, too. We then took her to ride a pony! On the way there was a Little Gym tent. AnnaClaire did the balance beam and a few foward rolls on the mat. She had so much fun. I think we'll have to bring her to the Little Gym! She loved it and kept going back for more balance beam. That was her favorite! She then rode a pony and she was so cute on it!!! She loved her pony ride. She rode the smallest little brown one! We walked over to where there was a kiddie train and waited in line for that. It was very fun and AC loved it. After that (about 2 hours there) Mom and Dad left with AC and I stayed and found my friends. It worked perfectly. I had a great rest of the afternoon there. It was so fun. We rode rides, ate snacks, played games, and just walked around. It was really fun. Me and another one of my friends went home with my friend, Ellie, and stayed there for a little bit before we went home. It was a really fun day!!! The Bu loved the festival. It doesn't come again until next labor day weekend, sadly!
I have lots more pictures to add as well as the others from the ranch. But here's some at the fire station!
Sunday, September 02, 2007
It was a very normal Sunday. We went to Church and AC made her first thing!!! She made a little card that said "Dear Mommy and Daddy, thank you for taking me to Church! Love, AnnaClaire!" and there was a little cheerio cross on it. Well.. while they were waiting for me to come out of youth group, guess what AnnaClaire decided to do?! Yep, she ate the gluey cheerios of her masterpiece! That gave us quite the laugh. We will always pull that out and remember the first thing she made... and her eating the cheerios off it! Mom did realize it before she ate the last 3. Phew! LOL! When we got hom from Church and lunch, AnnaClaire went down for a nap. My friend and I went to the mall and AnnaClaire helped Dad with all the branches in the yard. She was out there all afternoon! She came in full of mosquito bites. She had bugspray on but not before she got about 20 bites! We tryed RumorQueen's recommendation of putting ice on them and they seemed to start going away, so we'll see in the morning!
Bye Drew! See you in October!
AnnaClaire playing with the number at McAlisters last Sunday
Me and my sweet little Bu Baby
I just realized I never posted these pictures from last Sunday. That was the day Drew and Dad left for Boston to take Drew up to college! They had a safe and uneventful drive up (thankfully.. if you remember Drew's drive here...) and Drew has now started his sophmore year! AnnaClaire misses her big bro lots! We are hoping he will be able to come home for AnnaClaire birthday at the end of October. We love you and miss you, Drew!!
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Oh what a wonderful day today was!! We left about 9 but mapquest had the wrong directions so we got lost and it took 2 hours to get there... But we did make it! There was a place reserved for our group that had a moon bounce, picnic tables, and food set out. We walked up and there were lots lof little ones in the moon bounce and we recognized Maggie and her mommy and daddy doing bubbles right away! AnnaClaire and Maggie did the moon bounce and fed goats before lunch.They sat by eachother at lunch, too. We also saw a family we know from my old homeschool school. They adopted their little girl, Abby, a year before we adopted AnnaClaire. Abby is 2 and a half. Not only was it fun seeing them (and they have a girl a year older than me that I know) but it was also fun to see them because when we went to the AWAA seminar in Jan 06, their family ran it! So the last time we saw Abby was when she was 12 months old! She has grown so much in the last year and a half!! She was adorable! We also ran into a family from the AWAA WC yahoo group with 2 sweet boys from Russia. They are in the process of adopting another boy, this time from China!! So it was fun getting to meet them! After lunch, talking to people, more moon bouncing, we went to the barn for our 12:45 wagon ride. There were big horse drawn wagon rides that rode all through the ranch and it would stop at different spots so your could feed animals! It was really cool. There were lots of people from the AWAA group on our wagon. Maggie and AnnaClaire sat by eachother and fed animals, played with the food, talked, etc. It really was a cool ride. We gottopet giraffes, zebras, goats, water buffalos, buffalos, emus, osthriches, llamas, and a LONGHORN!! and more. It was really cool. We also saw a 5,000 pound rhino! AnnaClaire was a little shy with the animals on the wagon, which surprised me because she was so outgoing with the goats! It was a really fun ride that lasted about an hour and a half. It really ws a fun place to go! After the ride, we watched a horse getting it's shoe on and then walked around a little longer. AnnaClaire and Maggie held hands when we walked around and didn't let go until we got to the goats! It was the cutest thing! They also enjoyed playing in the water bucket together. That was a big hit! We fed the goats with the leftover food from the wagon, said goodbyes, took a few more pictures, and left. AnnaClaire fell asleep right away, but we stopped at DQ (which was a huge mistake). We left the car running and Mom stayed with Bu. She was still sleeping when we came back but when she heard the doors close, she woke up and stayed awake the rest of the time. She was really good though. Lots of Will's friends came over tonight and she loved seeing all them as did they. We read and did puzzles most of the afernoon, and of course watched college football. Texas' game wasn't televised, but they won which they should've! The App State upsetting Michigan was pretty awesome, too!! I thought it was funny how the aflac question was "Where is Appalachin State?" I guess it just seems like everyone knows that.. but really it's not a very known school. Just here since we are pretty close to it. So anyway that was really cool.
And lastly.. I know there are 80 something pictures the slideshow... but I took 400 so 80 really isn't many. I hope I don't overwhelm people with pictures. There were just so many good ones. If you click on "view all pictures" you can go through them quicker. I still have some that I need to upload from Dad's camera, but I think this is enough for now!