Tuesday, November 06, 2007

My baby turns 2...

I wish I could reminisce about the last 2 years - the journey of mothering a daughter. But alas, sleep is calling my name so I will simply say that I am in awe how quickly the time has flown. Wasn't it just yesterday that I was complaining of joint pain and wanting this baby to be born already? Surely it was but a moment ago that I caught my first glimpse of the beautiful girl I had hoped and dreamed of. Now she is running with the big boys, talking as much as them (even using big words like 'actually' and 'I think maybe'), singing and dancing like a champ, using a vivid imagination, wearing big girl panties, mothering her own little brood of dolls, teddy bears, and friends' pets or children younger than her. I love her to pieces and realized tonight that I don't tell her enough. So as I nursed her to sleep (yes, she in that way I guess she's still my baby) I caressed her hair and reminded her how special she is to me and how much I love her and enjoy being her mom. Sure, she can be a determined little monkey sometimes! I hope I will have the grace and patience to raise her to be a strong leader, yet full of compassion and grace. So, here she is - our little princess...

Daddy's girl


Pretty in every color!

Her first french braids


Always wanting to share kisses and cuddles

Um, is this me or her? (I have an identical picture from my 2nd birthday)

Proving she can have her cake and eat it too!

Riding a pony alone at 19 months!

Little miss independent!

Did I mention she LOVES animals???She loves her friends - though most of them are boys :)

Fun in the tub

And she's hot!

xo Essie xo
May there be many more years of blessings!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Flinstones

Ok, I've officially given up on keeping this up to date. But for Mom (Ionka) I will post some pictures. These ones are from the Harvest Party - October 31, 2007.

Saber-toothed tiger and Dino?
BamBam and Pebbles!
Notice Simba (lion) and Larryboy have now become the sabertoothed tiger and Dino!
Fred and WilmaDon't they look the part?
Man, my boy is ripped!
Using his BAMBAM strength!Then there is the animal lover of the family...I don't think kids were really this cute in the stone-age :)

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