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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Catching Up!!

Where does the time go? I'll try to bridge the gap of the last month - but I'm sure I'll only hit some of the points, as I likely forgot events of a month ago! I know I missed the anniversary of the call I got last January telling me it was time to GO!! I can not believe it's been a year since that call - time has truly flown by!!
I'm making up for some lost time, so here are a good number of pictures showing a couple of Christmas celebrations and ending with some every day life...

We all made it to my parents house one weekend before Christmas to celebrate together. Here is my nephew, Caleb, being oh so patient!!!...


Then we started opening presents, so here is a sampling of everyone enjoying time together and our presents!




















When we were home - we made some cookies! Here are pictures of Maia making her first cut-outs... but she had me believing she was actually going to make cookies for a minute before she shoved in a wad of dough in her mouth!!








The we frosted the cookies... this time the frosting knife went straight in to her mouth! (It wasn't the same day, I had to give her time to digest the dough...)


Now some photos from Christmas Eve and Christmas morning....




My brother got me this t-shirt, isn't it great?

Ruby slippers like she had in Kazakhstan, but remember those, they were at least 2 sizes too small for her!! That was so sad.


Glasses from Mr. Potato Head.
Lastly - a few events from the last week or so....

What do you suppose happens when I answer a phone call and talk for 25 minutes? Mind you, I had Maia in my sights at all times, BUT what I saw was the top of her head, knowing she hadn't gone into a forbidden cabinet, or room.... little did I know what she HAD found.... Any guesses? No. Come on, this takes skill to think like Maia! :) She found a brand new, 5 pound bag of flour.... got it off my pantry shelves, AND was able to rip it open... I don't know WHY I am surprised!! I'm definitely thinking like a blogger now though, because instead of cleaning it up right away, I went and got the camera... Here is one of her walking away from the scene of the crime...


And here's one where I made her 'clean it up'...


Lastly, it has been so cold here (at least for here!) that everything I store in the garage has frozen. I don't know why this surprises me either, we were in the single digits folks, but I was surprised, nonetheless.

Here are my dad's diet Root Beers, not faring so well in the garage.



What DOES surprise was tonight when we went in to the refridgerator in my garage - this is what we found:



This is untouched (except for bringing it inside). That is what the end of the can looked like - it was rather amazing. This is what the inside of the fridge looked like:


Lastly, as the diet Root Beer got cleaned up, this was what was formed... it was really kinda cool....
Maia is talking a lot more recently, but that update will have to be for next time - these pictures took forever and I have to get to bed! (And catch up on everyone else's blog! I'm SO far behind...)

3 comments:

Renee said...

These are all great pictures! I'm sure it was wonderful to have your first Christmas with Maia. I love the shirt too!

Kim said...

I love all the pictures but the cookie ones are my favorite. Adorable!

I am way behind on reading blogs too. Life is crazy busy with my little Kazakh tornado around.

Trudi said...

LOVE the photos. Maia is so beautiful - ALL the Kaz babies are just stunning children.

As for the frozen, exploding root beers - brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Just seeing that made me cold!