Friday, August 19, 2011

absolute cuteness

So, August is just flying by - and between swimming lessons, playdates, days at the lake, and school shopping - we are keeping incredibly busy!  But, in all the craziness that is our life, I do remember to get the camera out every so often to catch some of the joy that is in our home.  It is amazing how much the monkeys love Alle - what a blessing she is!  Enjoy....

Saturday, August 13, 2011

10 months old and 2 months in our arms!!!

Alemnesh Grace Harley turned 10 months old today, and she has been in our arms for exactly two months!  We cannot believe how quickly the summer has flown by - it seems like just yesterday we were on a plane bringing her home, and at the same moment it seems like she has been with us forever.  Let's see - what has our little one been up to?  She can stand (without holding on to anything) for about 10 seconds.  She loves to walk holding onto everything - a finger, the couch, her push toy from grandma and grandpa (thank you!).  When she is not practicing her walking, she is crawling everywhere!  She is sleeping 12 hours at night, and still taking 2 2-hour naps a day.  She drinks 4 bottles a day (had to cut back on the amount- she over 20 pounds!!!), and eats baby food and whatever we are eating.  She loves music, and laughs hysterically when anyone else is laughing.  She still loves mommy, but the last few days daddy is definitely gaining ground:).  Oh, and you should see her smile when she sees "her kids".  her face just lights up!  She still has not said mama yet:(, but does dada, baba a lot.  She can wave goodbye, and if the mood strikes - she will blow kisses.  She loves her blankie (thank you Aunt Lizzie!), and her stuffed bear.  Noah, Jadon, and Hannah love her to pieces - they are constantly coming up with new ways to make her laugh, and I have had to start a chart to remember whose day it is to sit by her in the car:)

Precious Alle - you bring us such joy!  we are so blessed to have you in our lives.  Yes, we still have "our days", but they are getting farther apart:).  We thank God for you every day, and we cannot wait to watch you grow up - your personality is going to keep us on our toes!!!