Thursday, August 30, 2007

Gracie's E.T. Impression!

Grace has taken so many steps forward this month, literally and figuratively. We can't wait to share all of Amazing Grace's accomplishments with you in her nine month post on Sunday! Until then here is a little sneak peak about something new that has developed this month ~ for the past several weeks Grace has been pointing to identify named pictures. It is no surprise to us that Grace first pointed to a ladybug! Grace now cruises around our house with her little index finger fixed in the pointing position. She points to everything big and small that interests her. We're sorry Poppy but Grace usually points with her right hand.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

NIne Month Wellness Check

Gracie had her nine month wellness check a few days before her nine month birthday. Grace was seen by a wonderful new pediatrician by the name of Dr. Russell Britton. Grace now weighs 18.5 pounds (50th percentile) and is 28 inches long (70th percentile).

Look Who's Back!

There is no longer any need to be concerned.....ELLA IS BACK! Silly Ella spent the night at the ECHO Museum in Burlington, Vermont. Despite us asking her many, many times, Ella won't tell us a single thing about what went on at the museum that night! :)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

We Miss You Maddy & Poppy!

Here are some pictures that were taken last weekend when Maddy & Poppy were here visiting us in Maine. We spent last Saturday together at Pineland Farms. We were excited to share one of our favorite places with Poppy. It was his very first visit to the farm and we were just as excited for Maddy to return to the farm too!

Thank you for the wonderful memories that you have created for Grace (and Bob & I too!). Also, thank you so much for all of the pretty clothes, wonderful books, enriching toys, and especially for your beautiful handmade items for Grace. We love you!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Grace's Chalk Drawing of "Geese Resting Before Flight"

Grace's art project for the month of August is seen above and it is new and exciting. Grace experimented with a whole new medium - CHALK! Grace was given several different pieces of colored chalk and she created this beautiful masterpiece at Maddy and Poppy's house on their chalkboard wall in their kitchen. When Grace was finished with her drawing, Maddy and I interpreted Grace's work as "Geese Resting Before Flight" since the top part of her piece resembles that of a goose. I am so happy that Maddy and Poppy will be able to enjoy Grace's project every day. It will become a wonderful tradition for Grace to leave a special drawing for Maddy and Poppy on their wall each time we visit. We can't wait for the next one.....we miss you terribly!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Grace's beloved Ella is missing!


I have been looking forward to introducing Grace to Burlington, Vermont - the city where I was born, spent a few of my childhood years, and attended college. Grace loves Burlington just as much as I do!

Grace? Grace?? Grace????

Mommy & Uncle Adam enjoy their yummy ice cream cones......but where's Grace?!?

Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center

We spent the day at the Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center. We saw frogs and toads, fish, snakes, a water bubble tower, turtles, dinosaurs, and water exhibits. Grace loves new experiences. Uncle Adam showed Grace the world!
Uncle Adam, Maddy, and Grace are doing a weather report on the television screen. We're not exactly sure what the weather will be for tomorrow and maybe it's best you just turn the channel!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Uncle Adam and a Ladybug Kite!

"Today was a most wonderful day. Mommy, Maddy, Uncle Adam, & I spent the day in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. We enjoyed a special visit to the Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center on the Burlington waterfront. We had a picnic lunch and Uncle Adam flew a ladybug kite for me!"
"Point the camera at something you love and press the button."
~ Wes Disney, 1978 ~

Monday, August 20, 2007

"I'm a big girl at Maddy & Poppy's house!"

Friday, August 17, 2007

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Fun, Fun, Fun!

Grace and I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon together at the Children's Museum in Portland. We explored every inch of the fabulous fun-filled museum. The best part of our day was hearing and seeing an African drumming band! Grace squealed with delight during the entire concert and loved watching the African dancers and hearing the strong rhythmic beats of the drums. After the concert a woman in the audience approached us and said, "You're daughter has made my day. I have loved watching her smile and have so much fun." I feel the same way about Gracie girl. I'm so lucky to spend every day with my happy girl!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Grace Debuts Her Fall Clothes!

...and here are more of Grace's fall clothes. It continues to be very cool here in Maine ~ so much so that Gracie is wearing fleece pants and a long sleeve shirt and I'm tempted to put a coat on her too! What has happened to our summer....yikes?!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Our Sunday Morning Hike

We enjoyed a beautiful hike through the woods this morning. Lil' Bit even joined us!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

I Love the Fair!

"Even though Mommy & Daddy still won't let me have any fried dough at the fair, the onion rings were great!"

Grace enjoyed watching her first "cutting" competition. Grace tried to convince us that she was ready to get into the ring.

Grace & Pepere

Grace & Pepere clearly adore each other!In case you were wondering --- yes, Grace really is wearing thermal pajamas and a hat in these pictures. It has been very cold here the past several mornings with temperatures in the lower 50's. I can't believe I've had to dig out fleeces, flannels, thermals, and hats for Grace in the middle of August!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Grace's First Certificate!

Congratulations Gracie Girl on completing swimming lessons at the YMCA! I have loved every second of the past eight weeks that we have splashed and "reached and pulled" in the pool together. I am so happy that you love the water and I can't wait to start up lessons with you again in September.

Thank you Memere, Pepere, Auntie Allison, & Rose for joining us on Grace's special day.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest one of all?

A Beautiful Day

We spent today day at Pineland Farms Perennial Garden. Grace enjoyed looking at, touching, and smelling all the colorful and beautiful flowers. After our breathtaking tour of the gardens we ate lunch under a shady tree where Grace continued to amaze us with her standing and attempts at walking!

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Hip, Hip, Hooray!

"YEAH! We are going to spend the day at the Children's Museum in Portland. I have been waiting to go there forever!!"

Fun at the Children's Museum

Grace experienced her first tree house with Daddy! Grace "jammed out" with a drum stick along with a guitar player (out of picture). Grace was asked to join a band but she politely declined.
"Wow Mommy, I've never seen a stuffed cow before! This is awkward!"

Things That Go at the Children's Museum!

Grace and Daddy drove a big red firetruck. Grace turned on the lights and blew the horns. Daddy promised to teach Grace all of the fine driving skills he learned in Massachusetts. Can you race firetrucks in the Daytona 500?Mommy taught Grace to drive at the Children's Museum. God help us all.
Everyone who lives in Maine needs to experience being on a lobster boat. Grace now requires us to call her Captain Grace.

Goodness Grace.....A Ladybug!

There was only ONE ladybug in the entire Children's Museum and guess who managed to find it?!?


Go Grace Go!

Gracie Girl had the best time at the Children's Museum in the gym area designed especially for toddlers. Grace met a delightful new girlfriend named Anne, climbed up stairs for the very first time (Mommy & Daddy don't know whether to laugh or cry about this one!!!), crawled through a tunnel, and tried to walk all by herself many, many times. Grace explored every single inch of the play area. We can't wait to go back.

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