This is our sweet Nora girl. She has made her appearance a few times on the blog but not since becoming my daughter’s best friend.
The adore each other. On Nora’s side it might be because Mary Alice sees it as her personal job to make sure Nora gets plenty of food from her high chair.
Nora is the first thing Mary Alice asks about most mornings. Choruses of “puh-pee” resound throughout the day.
There is nothing sweeter than a girl and her puppy.
We celebrated Memorial Day in Houston, Texas this year seeing one of my dearest friends tie the knot! It was our first time in Houston, my first time in Texas and we had a blast.
It was a beautiful weekend and the wedding was perfect. It was great to catch up with a few people from college and to see the bride (and meet the groom!)
- The Reception Hall
The First Dance
Somehow I didn’t get any photos of her from the front but I thought this was cute. She was playing peek-a-boo with one of the guests.
Hanging out with Daddy
The BEAUTIFUL Bride and I.
Family picture…unfortunately MA was getting pretty tired at this point. She also got a wardrobe change. That poofy dress didn’t fit well in the carseat so we changed her right before we headed home.
While we were in Houston we stayed with one of Matthew’s cousins and I was able to meet her husband and daughter. She and her son came to our wedding (almost) five years ago so I was able to meet them then. Her daughter is about 8 months older than Mary Alice and her son is almost 7. They had a lot of fun having a baby to play with. They also had a pool so Mary Alice was able to swim for the first time. She was able to get in the pool a little last year but was only 6 months old. It took her a little while to warm up to the pool but once she did, she had fun.
Not so sure about the water…
The drive was about 8 and half hours each way and Mary Alice hates sitting in her carseat to even go across town. Needless to say the drive to Houston was pretty interesting. By the drive home though, she was so tired she basically just slept and watch Lady and the Tramp (3 times in a row)…
That long of a drive with a screaming baby…you find small ways to entertain yourself…
Oh…I forgot to mention…guess who got to go to IKEA in Houston????? THIS GIRL!!!
I love blogs.
It is a problem. I find a blog I just love and read the archives until I feel like I am that person’s BFF. It ‘s a little embarrassing.
I have seen a few other blogs do a roundup of sorts where they link you up to things they are reading and I have always found some great stuff to read so here we go:
This was floating around a lot during Mother’s Day week and I linked it on Facebook but loved it so much I want to link it here too. A letter to moms of adoptive children.
An excellent (and hard) post about adoption ethics. This entire blog is moving and inspiring. I am reading through the archives right now…I am in June 2012…
A super sweet letter from a mother to her toddler daughter on Mother’s Day.
Some interesting thoughts on parenting in America.
This conversation between an adoptive momma and her son’s birth momma.
Another great adoption ethics post.
What blogs are you reading??
To celebrate Mother’s Day, Matthew and Mary Alice took me to Fairhope Pier to get some good pictures of Mary Alice and I.
We needed a good picture to put in my new “mom” frame that I got from MA. I also got my first hummingbird feeder!
Here are some of our pictures we took for the frame:
This was the winner!
We couldn’t leave Daddy out..
And since she was being generally adorable here are a couple of just MA
Sometimes all you need at the end of the week
is a picture of a cute kid
standing in front of a window
to help you remember
that every little thing
that seems so hard and complex
can just hold on for a couple days
while you relax
and realize that you life is full of blessings
I hope you have a great weekend. Happy Mother’s Day!
So instead of doing a ton of catch-up posts, here is one big post to catch you up on everything important since the last time I posted. Warning: contains a ton of adorable pictures of the cutest kid ever.
Since December 12, 2012 (my last post before the bloggy break) you have missed:
Baby’s First Christmas:
MA turned 11 months old:
MA turned 1 year old:
We welcomed a precious new nephew into the world:
One year referral-verary:
Mommy got together with an old friend and MA made a new one:
MA wore her first ponytail:
MA turned 13 months old:
Had a play date with her cousin:
MA turned 14 months old:
MA’s cousin turned 1:
MA turned 15 months (my favorite age so far):
I think that is everything major…I didn’t realize how many monthly updates I missed!
So sorry to have been away from the blog so long. This is why; I planned to take time away moving towards Christmas through MA’s first birthday (Jan. 28th) to focus on and really relish all the firsts that were happening. Well…that was a couple months ago. Now, I have a 15 month old who is walking like crazy and just making things super interesting around here. I will probably do a few catch up posts about some of the major things that have happened over the last few month but, I am back and hopefully posting regularly!!
Here are a couple recent pictures of our sweet girl.