Thursday, November 22, 2007


We have so much to be thankful for this year. Of course, there are the big things that happened this year: Hannah getting to come home was definately the biggest! But there are also the small things in life that we often overlook: the smell of freshly washed laundry, a cool breeze on a summer's day, the sound of laughter coming from the ones we love, a child's hug, the smile of a friend. God, we are thankful for all of these and many more!

We went on a retreat with our church for Thanksgiving. The German hotel cooked us a turkey dinner based on recipes provided by the ladies in the church. It was quite a meal,and Hannah obviously enjoyed the pumpkin pie!

She's full, or at least I think she is!

After dinner, a bath, and jammies, there was obviouosly a little photo shoot that I was not privvy to. With 2 older brothers and 2 of their friends staying with us on the retreat, i may never know who took these pictures, but I will include some of the better ones.

I hope that you all are as blessed as we are!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

18 months old!

Hannah is 18 months old! Doesn't time just fly by? It seems that just last week we were celebrating her birthday, and now we are halfway through to her next one. We had family photos take today for Christmas. It was a good thing, because I didn't take any others to celebrate this momentous occasion!

Here are some things Hannah can do and say:

Hannah says please (peas), thank you (dat you), bye, Momma, Daddy, David (day-id), Bubba, Hannah (na-nuh), dog, cat, go, what's that?, hello (lo-lo), hi, more, shoes, socks, eyes, nose, mouth, belly button, foot, toe, ear, bite, book, ball, bracelet (bray), write, A, B, 1, 2, 3, 5, mine, soft, no, yes, hot, cold, banana (na-na), milk, drink, baby, diaper, poo-poo, all done, up, down, bed, night-night, bath, ow!, pray (pay), and Amen (men).
She pats the chair beside her to indicate she wants you to sit down.
She can jump (not much air, but she tries).
She knows the difference between hitting and soft touches.
She loves lotion, and brings us the bottle, saying "more"
She likes to try on clothes.
She loves girly shoes! (Yeah!!)
She loves to sit and read books but, she wants to hold them.
Sometimes she is nice to her babies, and gives them kisses and hugs.
Sometimes she is mean to her babies and throws them in the floor. Ouch!!
She can run.
She feeds herself with a fork and spoon.
She can get her own diaper and put the used one in the trash.
She wants to pet the cat (but he still doesn't like it).
She usually answers "no" to anything and everything.
She gets into and out of her chair without help.
She likes to climb!!
She gives "five".
She tries to open the doors with a key (fortunately she can't quite reach, yet).
She can take off her own shoes and socks.
She likes to say prayers at meals. She folds her hands and squeezes her eyes shut real tight and says "pay". Sometimes she does it after every bite!
She is OK with being alone for a few minutes, and occasionally puts herself down at nap time.
When we try to take something from her, she hides it behind her back or throws it across the room.
She likes to write, and says "a" when she is writing.
She loves to give kisses and hugs!
She has a crush on David's best friend, Chris. When he is around, no one else can hold her!
She holds her finger up in front of her face and says "No, no!".
She likes to get the video game remotes and pretend that she is playing, too.
She gets Keith's computer mouse and imitates him, too.
She loves to brush her teeth - and uses adult toothpaste (recommended here because the water has no flouride).

Friday, November 09, 2007

Hannah's First Haircut



Like that lollipop bribe?