Friday, August 31, 2007


Yesterday was a big day for Leah (and Mommy)...her first day of preschool. And we both did better than expected! She was a little scared to be a way from mommy at first, but made it through the afternoon like a champ. When I picked her up in the afternoon, she was thrilled to see me and said "I go to pee-school tonight!". She had a great time and brought home her first artwork to hang on the refrigerator door. I could not be more proud of her.

I love watching Leah grow up and see her go through all the phases of her little life. I can't wait to experience the wonderful memories that lie ahead, but I just cherish every little bit of "baby" still left in her too.

Last night, we cheered on our hometown college football team (they won BIG time)..she loved all the commotion and was especially fond of her outfit.

The cutest cheerleader in the stadium

Sorry Grammy Re...this one is just too cute.

Leah just LOVES her Grammy Re...can you tell?

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Leah got to spend the weekend with her cousins on both sides of the family. She went to a princess party on Saturday for her cousin Mallory's 4th birthday which was totally up her alley. She also got to meet her newest cousin, sweet baby Turner. On Sunday, we all met Sammy (adopted from Russia by my brother and his wife) for the first time, just an adorable little guy as well. It will be so much fun for Leah to grow up with so many cousins close in age.

Princess Belle #3 drinking her "tea" and eating her yummy snacks at the birthday party

The three Belle's

Holding our new adorable nephew, Turner

Playing phone tag with Sammy

Awesome Uncle Rich ATTEMPTING to read a book....

And Aunt Rachel SUCCESSFULLY reading a book (she's got the touch)

Friday, August 24, 2007

She's All Better!

We got our happy little girl back today, Leah's feeling much better and was her cheery self again. Thank goodness! In fact, she was feeling so good during bathtime, she felt like doing a work out....this video was too hilarious not to post.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

This is the poor little face I've looked at all week...

Pretty pitiful little pout, isn't it? Baby girl has been feeling under the weather this week with a high fever and a bad sore throat. She's on the mend now, and thank goodness for turns out as she's hit two and can verbilize her feelings more, she's not too keen of feeling yucky and let us know it loud and clear. Her words of choice over and over this week...."Uugghh...I hurt, Mama, I hurt".

Sunday, August 19, 2007

China Friends Playgroup

On Saturday, Leah and I went to our first playgroup of chinese adopted girls that will be in the same school year...we had a ball! It was so much fun to see all the girls and how much they have grown over the past year. So cute!

P.S. We missed you Lilee and Amanda! I hope you are feeling better...the next playgroup will be at our house in September, hope to see you all then!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Monday, August 13, 2007

Dreams Do Come True...

We had an absolutely wonderful, fun trip to Disney World and the Bahamas...Leah (and mommy and daddy)LOVED every single second of the trip.

Leah is so happy and easy going--just went with the flow of getting on planes, shuttles, monorails and boats--she was just game for anything that we threw at her. Her favorite rides in Disney World were the Pirates of the Carribean, Jungle Cruise and Small World and we must have ridden the carousel about 1,000 times. She loved meeting all the characters and the princesses so much, especially Belle. It was wonderful to experience Disney with her and we can't wait to take her back. I took about a BAZILLION pictures, but here's a few of my favorite memories...

P.S. Thank you to Grammy Re for the adorable handmade Disney outfit and all the fabulous are so incredibly talented. She looked like a doll!

I told her to say cheeseburger...and she went all out. She was the Belle of the Ball hands down in this adorable dress.

The only way to travel with a 2 year old in my personal opinion...a portable DVD player.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Disney Bound!

We are boarding a plane tomorrow for a fun getaway to Disney and the Bahamas! We can't wait to experience Disney through Leah's eyes.


Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Swim Lesson--Week Four

*******WARNING: Grandparents are not allowed to watch this video without protective eye wear (cover your eyes!)