Sunday, September 30, 2012

Going on A Bear Hunt.

Who would have ever thought that Maggie's all time favorite thing to do would be to sit on my lap and read..  Books are magical to our little girl. She begs for them "Read book, read book momma !!" The other day I read so many books to her my throat was hurting and so I suggested we go watch Doc McStuffins or Minnie Mouse ( her favorite shows) and she just cried to " Read more books".  Oh, how can a mom say no to that ? 

I have organized most of her books in a little book shelf in her room.  She happily hand selects each book and runs back to my lap.  We put up the old rocker and replaced it with a comfy white slip-covered IKEA chair that looks so cute in her room.  Now we both can sit side by side or Maggie will snuggle on my lap.  I always make sure I am talking close to her BAHA hearing aid so she can get the best auditory response.

We're Going on A Bear Hunt has become one of her cherished books. I love this edition too.  The pictures are so pretty and interesting. We end up talking a lot about what's going on in each picture and I think Maggie has this one memorized.

Ferdinand  is another favorite. 
 My boys loved this book when they were little too.
The pictures and story are very simple, but I think that is part of the charm of the book. 

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I have always loved books and started collecting Caldecott Award books a long time ago. So, we have quite a lot of children's books around the house.
 I try to edit Maggie's books and switch them around once a month so we don't get tired of them.  
  I am amazed at the big words she can say now like " immunization, patient, and alligator " to name a few. 
Maggie's language is exploding and no doubt books have a lot to do with that.  I remember when we were in China a lady from our travel group let Maggie play with a small board book. I thought "oh she won't know what to do with that", but I was wrong.  Her eyes looked intently at each page, almost like she was waiting her whole life to finally get to look at a book. It was love at first site for her and it's been love ever since.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Life is Good.

Every now and then Life slows down and we all go outside and just play.  That's when I grab my camera and try to get that all elusive group picture. I think I snapped a pretty good one this time -  everyone looking at the camera with decent fake smiles. 

We were so blessed to have Walker serenade us with his tuba while we played.

Our sweet Maggie looks so grown up here. She LOVES being outside playing with her brothers. I look at her with wonder most of the time. She is an amazing girl and I feel so blessed to be her mom.  She makes people smile the biggest smile and is a living, breathing testimony of Redemption.

When Walker was just a little baby crawling around I knew that he needed a brother close in age to him. Will was born when Walker was just 22 months old. What a blessing these two brothers are to each other. I remember how hard it was when they were little and I had two in diapers and two little energetic boys running around making messes. Now, they just go outside and play football or soccer together. I think it's important that moms of little boys know that it won't always be so hard. One day they will grow up and not need you so much...sniff,sniff.
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Maggie's shoe love may be a little out of control. I'll have to post a picture of her fall shoe line-up.  She's been into high heels lately and she wants a pink bra too !

Friday, September 28, 2012

Quick Summer Recap

This summer Maggie learned to ride a bike and to swim- as in diving underwater and  everything ! Again, we were blown away by her ability to peddle and hold her breath and swim under water 
( not at the same time). She had an amazing babysitter this summer that took her swimming everyday - yes everyday !  She also fell in love with her pink goggles. We call her goggle girl !

We added a nice yard decoration this year - A huge soccer goal for the kids. 
 Everyone got a new soccer ball and we all enjoyed it !
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In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3
We have a daughter !!!!!!
Maggie Caroline was born Oct. 29, 2008.
She is in the SWI of Gaozhou City,China.
Guangdong Province)