Sunday, December 28, 2008

We arrived in Atlanta just before the big delays hit the airport. The weather is cool but we just missed the frigid weather from last week. Yesterday we hit the mall and I was officially introduced to the "American Girl" frenzy. Yes I knew about it, but never had the pleasure of going into one of their stores. Let me say, I am sure glad that there is not one in my local mall. Kenedy got her first American Girl doll this fall and she recieved a lot of other stuff for Christmas. It was so cute to see all the girls shopping in the mall with their dolls. Let me say, I do not see a recession in this mall. $20-$35 for a doll updo! whew! Anyway, they do have an Asian looking one , so Mia will have to put that one her wish list when she get a little older. (hear that Grandpa!) Anyway, I got some great shots of the cousins. We have some fun things planned this week, I can't wait. Today we saw Desperaux and Mia said "I don't like that bad cat, I like the mouse with big ears."

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas! we had a blast at our house this year! Mia was full of so much excitement when she was going to bed and then like clockwork at 7:30am. She yelled from her room, "Mommy and Daddy, I wake up!" So I scrambled to her room and woke the rest of the clan and got a great video of Mia walking into the living room to see what Santa left her. She just stood there for a little and just gazed around the room, before jumping right in. She wanted to ride her new bicycle around our house.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Christmas festivities are in full swing and we are getting ready for Christmas Eve dinner at our home and Christmas morning as well. We are going to miss my Mom this year, she is spending it with my sister Deanna and family this year! Grandaddy and Grandma T will be staying with us and Grandpa, Abuelo, Tami and the girls are celebrating with us too! We look forward to a wonderful dinner and busy, busy morning! Above is Mia dressed for my parents christmas party Saturday night. (love the ham smile!)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Skating PartyMia went to her first skating birthday party. I was a little nervous, but she did really well. They had the type of skates that attach to your sneakers for the little ones and they don't go super fast. The first go round I held her hand for a short time and then she was off. I had to practically drag her off the rink when it was time for lunch and cake.

Mia with the birthday boy Ethan
oh she loves Ethan (he is a cutie)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Mr. & Mrs. Claus arrived to Mia's school this year via horse and carriage. Her school had a holiday party on Friday.Some of the older kids sang Christmas carols as the parents arrived. Below are pictures of Mia and some of her friends.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

This year's shot had lots of smiles, last year we couldn't get her near him!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

This weekend was Mia's first recital. Grandaddy and Grandma T came up for her first performance. The theme for the production was " Christmas Island" it was so nice and it was soo cute to see the little ones during their portion of the show. I laughed to myself, I looked down our row and my Mom and Dad, my friend Tami , Grandaddy and Grandma T were all there, I told Mike you would think that Mia was in The Nutcracker Ballet.
The love her so much!

Grandaddy and Mia playing ball.

Bedtime stories

waiting patiently with her friends
in the preformers area

Pre- Show photo with Daddy.

Mia did really good on stage and all you could hear on the camcorder was My voice saying "wooohooo" when it was her turn to do her solo tumble. Some girls just froze and stood there, but Mia participated and followed her instructor. Her costume had bells on the edges and it was cute to hear all the bells when her part was coming up, that's how I knew it must be her class.

we celebrated Mia's performance with some din din afterwards.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Mia's Christmas Tree yesterday we took all the decorations down from the attic and Mia was trying to be a helper. We had 2 glass ball casualties on the Family tree, so we decided to set up a tree in Mia's room and give her all the old wooden ornaments and the plastic ones. She loved it! We put them in a box and she went crazy decorating. If you look closely, you can see on the lower right 2 branches have about 4 ornaments each. The tree has red lights and doubles as a night light. We put some more decorations in her bathroom and she is soooo excited. This year she really understands the Santa thing, so it is very festive in our home. There is something to be said about celebrating Christmas with a child, it is truly a completely different excitement in our house now. And of course she loves to run around pushing the buttons to all the singing decorations.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, we hope you have a wonderful day full of lots
of turkey, potatoes and many things to be thankful for. This year it will be spent at Grandma and Poppa's.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

This is Mia sitting on the step to get into our shower. When I went into our bathroom and saw her I asked her why she was sitting there and she said, "I am giving Daddy a privacy!" I was laughing so hard, she evidently was following Mike into the potty and he said he needed his privacy and asked her to step out of the potty room. So she sat there just outside, waiting patiently. Now when she is going potty and we go into to check on her, she makes it a point to say, "Can you give me a privacy?" I love it!!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Saturday night we went to our town's annual "Clambake" festival. Below you will see Mia on stage dancing when the DJ had the kids get up to dance while the band took a break. Mike and I were laughing because she was following him and sliding and stomping her feet when he did. She did not want to come down when the were going to do a contest for the adults. Danny, Jamie, and the kids joined us and we ran into some friends from the old "Hallandale Police Department". I got a picture of them as well. Claire was up visiting Jeannie for the weekend. Claire worked at the front desk at the department and Jeannie worked for the recreation department. It was nice to see them catch up and everyone and reminisce of life before retirement.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

This is Mia's Fall school picture and I think it came out cute! Last year's picture didn't go well and she looked scared in it. Now that she is used to posing I guess it is easier!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Halloween 2008This Halloween started at Mia's school in the afternoon for a party and then continued to our home with some friends for trick or treating in our neighborhood. Grandaddy came up to visit and Grandma joined us at the school party too! Mia's hair was a toal wreck when I got to the school so you can see it fixed up for the evening. I also painted a football on her face which she loved! Mia got so much candy that it is overwhelming. Of course, the first thing she asked when she woke up this morning was, "Can I have a lollipop?"