Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
The meal was masterful, but what else can you expect from a Mommy like we have in the house? Look at Madison, her eyes glued to the turkey! But I'm getting ahead of myself...It was Madison's second Thanksgiving with us, and we slowly rose from our beds, about to tackle the day. First thing, we walked next door to Ye-Ye's and Nana's house to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (note: the CBS footage really stinks, go with NBC). Madison drug out all her toys, but looked up frequently as the different floats and balloons, like giant Snoopy and Hello Kitty. She enjoyed watching the parade - it held her attention pretty much the entire time. Of course, Santa was a thrill for her too, although she made bigger noise about the Santa balloon halfway through the parade (my guess is that she was ready to go towards the end)!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tomorrow is the big day! Mommy spent much of the day preparing all sorts of delicious foods. First thing in the morning, we'll head over to Ye-Ye's house to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. This has been a tradition of ours for quite some time! Mommy has created a platter just filled with all sorts of tasty breakfast breads, coffee cakes and muffins to bring over and share. Yummy!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
It hardly seems like it's been a year and a half since we met Madison. The images above show the same girl - and the same toy. It is the sort of toy where you place different shaped objects into the appropriate slot. Nana - Daddy's mother - gave it to her on Gotcha Day, but you can see by the photo on the right that Madison was still quite shocked at the changes that were going on in her world. After all, we just met less than two hours ago!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Here Madison is, doing a deep massage for Mommy. She's easing and soothing any aching pains, while rejuvenating and restoring balance to Mommy's body and being. Daddy highly recommends her service - Madison can loosen those stubborn knots that keep your muscles tied up and tense. Forget Swedish massage, sport massage or deep tissue massage! No, Madison likes to lie Daddy down flat on the floor and pounce all over him!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Madison loves corn. Yes, it's not quite in season any more. But that doesn't matter. She saw it on her plate and called it out: "yellow corn." The picture above shows her eating her second ear of corn. She doesn't need butter. She doesn't use salt.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Daddy worked late last night so we could take some time off this afternoon to go see Praise in Motion's "The Gift." It was a wonderful opportunity to take Madison to see ballet dancers in action. Her eyes were glued to the stage, as the ballerinas twirled and danced on point across the set pieces.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Oh, Christmas tree. Oh, Christmas tree! Mommy and Daddy surprised Madison this year with her very own Christmas tree! Oh what fun it was to bring it in…when she was least expecting it!
Daddy snuck it in, and Madison turned around and just laughed with joy at her new pink Christmas tree. We plugged it in pretty quickly, but we weren’t finished yet. Mommy brought in some ornaments for Madison to hang on the tree too!
As we played a Baby Einstein’s Christmas CD, one by one, Madison carefully arranged the different color ornaments on the tree. The first ones she put up as if she were an expert, having done it all her life. Seriously, outside of maybe seeing it in a movie recently, the only other time we can remember her watching anyone decorate a tree must have been last Christmas.
Nevertheless, she put those ornaments on – and did so in just the right way: she made sure the ornaments were placed all over the tree, rather than all clumped together. She even made sure the backside of the tree had enough ornaments to balance everything out.
It was a very nice time in the playroom, and just to get in the spirit of things, we took several photos of Madison dressed in a very festive Christmas outfit, and took some neat pictures that we'll share a bit later.
After that, it was time to do some chores about town. As we dropped by Lowe’s, we spent a lot more time than necessary in the seasonal section. So many more Christmas trees! And lights! And giant inflatable things! Madison just loved pressing buttons on all the dancing stuffed animals they had there. There were miniature buildings that played music, princesses that skated, Tiggers that bounced and even a replica of Graceland that rocked. It was such a simple thing, but Madison had a great time in that little area – almost as much fun as taking her to an amusement park!
Tonight, she got sleepy a little early. That's all right - it was a later night last night with church and such. Madison has kept quite busy lately, which is wonderful. But things are about to pick up the pace a bit as we get closer to Christmas. You can tell she's excited - she's definitely got a lot of Christmas spirit!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Today after church we traveled over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house to visit for a while. Her birthday is coming up in another week and a half, so we used this opportunity to bring Madison up and have a small gathering.