Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Art Smock at All Times..

I say I'm smart. My friend says I may be neurotic. I still say I'm smart... Look at the girl -- she's eating soup with her hand! It only got worse....

She's Taking Over...

Slowly, but surely, the girl is taking over all the common living space we have... Good thing she's cute and I love her, otherwise I wouldn't tolerate my now, furniture crowded bedroom.

Check out the newest arrival -- the sweetest hand-me-down yet. Maeve is going to be a better cook than me soon. Sad state of affairs, really. Sorry Maeve.

Checking out her new equipment...


We started in on the Christmas decorations and made some snowflakes for the windows. Thanks Gran and Pop... the new table and chairs work great for our craft projects.

Drive Thru...

I think I'll just climb in my wagon and have a cup of joe to start the day off right...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Uh Oh....

2 days ago she discovered the "n-o" word. I have been quietly waiting for it... but not wanting to rush it. Thus far she has used her newfound word appropriately and not in a typical toddler fashion... but, then again.... I know its coming. ...


Yes, I know... my singing is awesome.

Ryan is 3...

Ryan... our good friend, and probably our most faithful blog follower, turned 3 today. He's such a big boy now. Maeve and I pointed the car straight to his John Deere birthday party en route home. It was super fun with kids playing all over the place and the adults just laughing at them. Happy Birthday Ryan!! We love you!!


Happy Birthday to Ryan!!


Impressive, Carin... Impressive :-)


Now this is a party! Like mother, like daughter... what can I say?


Yum Yum!


The Birthday Boy!


And Maeve sporting her new pink John Deere t-shirt. Thanks Ryan!

A Quick Trip to Vancouver...

Maeve and I decided to take advantage of the long weekend and head north for a couple of nights.. bypassing all the craziness and temptations associated with Black Friday weekend. We stayed with Ann and Mike, which was fun as always, and then spent the day with Dad and Lynn on Saturday.

Grandpa and Maeve had a dance party...


"That's enough out of you..." said the wee one


So hilarious, says Maeve :-)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving...

It goes without saying, that I am thankful every moment of the day for Maeve. But, to break beyond the obvious, I am thankful for living in a country and continent that gives me freedom and opportunity. And, to enhance that -- I am extremely thankful for living in a liberal city. But, above all that, I am thankful for Maeve's health and my health. I am lucky. I could spout out many many more things that I am thankful for, but I will save you the book entry.

Its funny, I have never considered US Thanksgiving "my holiday" because, growing up in Canada, we have our own Thanksgiving in October. Since living in the States, I have just invited myself to other peoples' houses for dinner and have thoroughly enjoyed the "no-strings attached" concept. It only occurred to me last night that US Thanksgiving is now "my" holiday... because its Maeve's holiday now. No worries, we will always celebrate both, because who doesn't want two turkey dinners in the Fall? But, now I will have to start with some family traditions... so we had a nice breakfast this morning. But, let's be honest, I'm sure I'll still be begging for turkey invitations from my friends :-)

Last year, Maeve and I spent Thanksgiving with Stacy on the plane coming home from Ethiopia. So, this second Thanksgiving was a bit different -- we spent the day with Amy's family et al. It was totally relaxed and fun. And, I'm stuffed. There was still a bit of snow left, so we got the kids all dressed and took them sledding in the backyard. It was a highlight of Maeve's day, for sure.

Maeve and Bennett...


A wee mishap...


Putting Amy to work...


Seriously, Mommy... I could do this all day. Can we??


Sledding on her tummy even...


A massive, gigantic snowman... plus Bennett.


Lain showing Maeve the two turkey options...


I can't wait to eat!


Once again, Amy reading stories... Maeve and Maya.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Creative Mind...

Happy 18 months today, Maeve!!

Gran and Pop gave Maeve her Christmas present early because they just flew the coop to warmer weather for the winter. Maeve is the proud owner of a new table and chair set and finger paint supplies, plus accessories -- the table was picked up today and will be assembled this evening so stay tuned for that.

Maeve and I decided to test out the finger painting this afternoon. Maeve does art at her school so she was excited and knew exactly what to do... sort of. Minus the, "oh, lets see what the paint tastes like" -- thank you mom for thinking that through and buying 'safe to eat' paint.


finger painting... foot painting...


a happy artist...


And, my work here is done...


ooooh and ahhhh....


Ready to rock and roll again after a much needed bath...

Snow hit...

Snow hit Seattle a few days ago and made it a winter wonderland... Pacific Northwest version anyway. Despite a couple of hiccups with early closures and late openings of daycare, I was still obliged to work and not play out in the snow with Maeve. Fortunately, Maeve was able to play outside at her school... I am awaiting their photos, but here are a couple that I snapped today. Its sort of icy and crunchy out now, but wearing boots, her hat, and mitts make Maeve a happy camper. She stands by the door and she says over and over again, "outside?"

Assessing the situation on our driveway...


Taking a quick catnap in preparation of some outdoor fun...


Ohhhh... an airplane!


Playing outside in the snow is so much fun!

Monday, November 22, 2010

November 22, 2009

Happy Anniversary, sweet thing. I love you.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Celebrating Family Day...

Exactly a year ago tomorrow, Maeve and I were united in Ethiopia and we became a family. So, because I think this is a perfectly great reason to celebrate, we invited our friends over for some Ethiopian food and good conversation. Maeve and I are so lucky to be surrounded by so many great people... we love our friends and we're thankful that they are in our life.

This is what Maeve woke up to this morning... par-tay!!


And, this is what Maeve woke up to after her nap... yum!


So, she put on her Ethiopian party dress...


...and let the socializing begin.


It was so fun just to watch the kids play and enjoy each other...


...while having a little bit of adult conversation as well.


par-tay on the stairs... Maeve was totally in her element and definitely enjoyed her party.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

And, One Year Later...

This time last year, Stacy and I were en route to Maeve. Here is a glimpse of the love of my life and our year together...

Friday, November 19, 2010

One Year Ago...

I stole Theresa's idea... and am reposting last year's entry. I feel like this weekend is monumental. The anniversary of our family's beginning... I cannot believe how much my life has enhanced since Maeve entered it. I cannot believe how satisfying, rewarding, and fun it is being a mom. And, I cannot believe that Maeve's cheeks are still intact despite all my attempts to kiss her dimples off. I feel so extremely grateful that Maeve has bonded and transitioned so well to our life together. Maeve's birth mom is on my mind a lot these days. I know that she lovingly sacrificed raising Maeve herself and entrusted her care to me. I don't take that lightly and think of that charge every single day. My greatest hope is that Maeve will always realize how loved she is, by both of her mom's.

So exactly a year ago I wrote these words:


Yay!!! Whaooo Hooo!!!

In 12 hours time we will be loading up the back of Amy's truck and heading to SeaTac Airport to embark on the biggest chapter of this "Great Adventure" yet. It does floor me how much busy work was involved in getting ready to go on this particular trip, while simultaneously nesting to the nth degree. But... I am ready. As ready as I'm ever going to be anyway. (With many many thanks to an amazing community of friends and family)

Stacy and I gathered the last of the donations and managed to easily fill all our bins. Keeping within the designated weight is somewhat challenging, but with the bathroom scale and some minor reshuffling of things, I think we mastered it.

We have 250lbs of straight donations -- a combination of formula, diapers, bottles, medicine, diaper wipes, bumbo seats, toiletry items, and a few clothes. The remaining 50lbs are for gifts, Maeve's accessory items, and just a few things we'll need over the week. We managed to get all of our clothes, including Maeve's, in our carry-on's. I think we did pretty well...

So, Stacy is promising to look at the video camera en route and maybe figure out how to operate it. No pressure here... I mean, it is only the biggest moment of my life thus far. ha.




Getting the bins all secured... drilling holes to ziptie them locked.


The loot minus our carry-ons, which are rather impressive in of themselves.



Tune in next week... I'll have a very cute 6 month old to show off!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Petal Picking..


Its a work in progress... but, we're working on transitioning that to smelling the flowers instead. Sorry neighbors...


S'up?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Beach House Weekend!!!

We just got back from Beach House Weekend! In fact, it was really Chelsea Weekend because we surprised our good friend with a ticket to Seattle so that we could spend the weekend with her. We love her and we wanted to see her... it was a great time for us all. Over the last four days we packed in a lot of fun and relaxation. The itinerary? Four nights total at the Beach House -- two nights with children, and two nights sans children. So, my mom generously came down and took Maeve for the two nights (and spoiled her rotten) while I stuck behind with the girls... It was the longest I'd ever been away from Maeve. It felt weird and I was anxious to get back to her, but I definitely relished my time of total loafing... I'm no fool. The first two days found ourselves out on the beach and at the park a lot. The second two days found us mostly on the couch or at the table playing games... we even made it to a movie at the theater. Super fun. This post is picture heavy.. but, there were so many cute photos of the wee one...

Chelsea!!!


Getting all geared up to play on the beach... I kind of felt like we should've been hitting the slopes based on how many layers the kids wore and how long it took to get ready...


Come on guys... let's get to the beach!


Maeve made sure she got herself good and sandy...


Family shot...


Another one...


This one LOVES the beach and getting dirty...


And, her love of eating sand has decreased only slightly...


Ummm.. hello? Why would you stay inside?


Getting ready for bed...


Dance party...


Chelsea and Maeve feeding the birds...


Park time...


Friends...


Friends...


Swing time...


Its really bright out here...


Back to the beach...


I'd walk right out to swim if only my mommy would let me...


So, I'll just play in the muddy sand instead...


And throw it everywhere...


But, I don't want to go back inside...


Another family shot...


Group Photo...


Story time...


And, the children are all back home... let a different type of fun begin...