Archive | July, 2010

Dear Adeline, You Are Two

30 Jul

Dear Adeline,

Today you turned two years old.  You woke with a smile and it lasted through the entire day.  We drove your new tricycle to the refectory for breakfast with Papa, cuddled with your new cupcake pillow, frosted your cake together, went to Monkey Joe’s, ate Mexican food for dinner, had your cupcake cake for dessert, and played with your new bath toys before bed.  I enjoyed and savored every moment of this day with you, constantly remembering the moments of your birth day two years ago.

You have changed immensely from those first days.  Today you are the spunkiest, smartest, most energetic little girl I know.  When you wake up in the morning, you have the day’s agenda worked out and start immediately.  “Papa! Mama! Papa!” you call from your bed – refusing to get out of it until we open your door.  Breakfast, if it were solely up to you, would consist of graham crackers, apple juice, and yogurt.  Homemade muffins on hand?  You’ll take one of those, too.

You spend your days doing puzzles, reading stories, and talking, talking, talking!  Your vocabulary is expanding rapidly, and we are always anxious to see what words and phrases you will learn to use next.  Your current favorite word seems to be “tuptake!” (cupcake).  If asked what you would like for breakfast, you say “tuptake”!  When asked what you wanted for your birthday, the answer was a strong “tuptake”!  For your birthday, I made you a cupcake pillow and a cupcake cake to match.  You wore your cupcake pajamas the night before, and had  cupcake (a donut, actually.  You didn’t know the difference!) for breakfast.

You’re starting to break out into song, just like your Papa does.  Today we heard a couple of Signing Time songs, a song from a t.v. show we let you watch sometimes, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.    You have a strong little voice, and can carry a tune already.  I’m amazed at how well you remember song lyrics, and am always anxious to here whether you will do the “chucha chus” or sing the lyrics to our favorite song, Sweet Adeline.  And my, aren’t you the sweetest, sweetest Adeline?

You are a girly-girl to the fullest extent.  You prefer dresses and skirts, love the color pink, and seek your purse when leaving the house.  We still haven’t cut your hair because we’re terrified we’ll lose those sweet little curls.  You hate having your hair pulled back, mostly because you spend approximately 25 hours a day twirling the two curls that frame your face.  You twirl that hair while you play, read, feed goats at the zoo, eat your ice cream, bathe, and even sleep.  It melts my heart and I hope you never stop…well, not until you’re ten or so.

One of your favorite pastimes is being tickled.   I’ve never met someone who loved to be tickled, but you adore it.  Papa will tickle you just the teensiest bit, and you beg for more.  Beg.  “Moooore titoes? Pease? Pease, Papa? Pease?”  You love it, and neither your Mama or Papa will deny you your tickles.

Your second love is playing outside with your friends.  You know them by name, and know which parents go with which toddler.  You like to swing and and run with them.  You give each other hugs and cry when you have to part.  What’s sweeter than my two-year-old?  My little one and her dear little friends.

You are so loving, and often stop your play to give kisses, eskimo kisses, or hugs.  You can be heard exclaiming  “Papa, you’re the best!” or “Yay, Mama! Yay!” when we’re completing some little task around the house.

You are the stubbornest thing.  You will not eat anything that does not meet your expectations.  You will not do anything unless you are ready (or absolutely forced).  You drive me insane sometimes, but usually I’m trying to stifle a laugh because you are so darn cute.

That little, bitty baby  that I met two years ago is now a twenty-six pounder and has caught up to her peers in height.  You remain developmentally on-target or ahead of the game.  I am so grateful that you have been blessed with good health and a strong mind.

Two years ago today you made me a mother.  I thought my heart would explode when I saw you, I was so in love.  I have had at least a daily meeting with that feeling since that day.  You are precious, irreplaceable, and heart-wrenchingly sweet.  How does anyone in this world live without knowing Adeline Moore?  I suppose they just don’t know what they are missing!

It’s 10:42 PM. In two minutes you will be exactly two years old, and I will give you a little kiss while my heart threatens to explode one more time.

Happy Birthday, my love.  Many years to you.

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Rett Syndrome Research could use a little help!

23 Jul

When I was in high school, I had a dear friend named Avory.  We spent hours upon hours together, and along with being an awesome friend, she also has an awesome family!  Avory has a sweet little sister, Ariel who happens to have Rett Syndrome.  Rett syndrome is a genetic disorder and little girls that have it don’t show any signs until between 6-18 months old.   A seemingly healthy, developmentally on target girl becomes slow or stagnant in her development and then starts regressing.  A girl with Rett Syndrome loses her ability to communicate as well as all purposeful movement of her hands.  Other issues like breathing problems and seizures can accompany the syndrome as well. According to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, a girl with Rett Syndrome is born every two hours!

While this syndrome is detrimental to the lives of our little girls, it seems that with good research a cure is possible!  Currently, the International Rett Syndrome Foundation is in the running for a Pepsi Refresh project grant.  $250,000 could help a lot of little girls, and many little girls to come.  Please, please click the link below, quickly register, and vote for Rett Syndrome research.  This is a cause that is very important to me, and I hope you will consider checking it out.

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One Ade-liners

20 Jul

When told to go upstairs: “Downstairs are mine!”

When told to pick up her apple: “Apple is sleeping!”

When asked, “Do you love Papa” : “Papa?  Mmmmhmmm!”

Looking around in a thrift store: “Bear is in a bath!”  (Sure enough, there was a stuffed bear in a baby bath.)

As she spotted a dead worm on the sidewalk: “Pease, Mama! Pease!  Bug, Mama!”

Looking at her overnight diapers: “Mouse are sleeping and four!” (Mickey mouse is sleeping on the diaper and she wears size fours.)

At the playground, pointing to each child: “Bobert! Bobert! Emma! Et! Bobert!”  (Boys are ‘Boberts’ (Robert) and girls are either ‘Emma’ or ‘Et’ (Margaret) )

About one million times a day: “I funny! I funny!”

Visitors!

12 Jul

We had three lovely visitors this weekend – Mom, my step-father, Paul, and my cousin Debby.  Somehow, the three of them escaped without me getting even one photo with any of them in it.  But we had a wonderful visit complete with a tour of campus, a couple of yummy meals,a toddler spoiled with lots of sugar, a little shopping, and swimming in the hotel’s pool.  Our girl was exhausted by the end of the day and was a crab the next, but it was well worth it.  On our walk today she yelled, “Lub you, Damaw!”

So, Mom, in case the pictures you took came out all blurry, here are a few I took of our swimmers.  Oh, and Debby, she looks adorable in this dress.  Thank you!

Saying Goodbye to our Koumbari/Nouno

4 Jul

Today Michael, our friend and sponsor into the Orthodox Church, is leaving for Tanzania.  He will be serving God there as a missionary through the Orthodox Christian Missionary Center for the next two years.  We are so sad to see him go, but so proud of and thankful for his ministry.  I know that he will serve well.

Michael is very dear to us.  A year ago we crept into Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church as searchers with very little understanding of the Greek culture or Orthodox life.  We were quickly introduced to Michael by many of the older ladies in the church – they adore him!  We had lunch together a few times, and we really enjoyed his company. When it came time to find a sponsor for our Chrismation, it only made sense to ask him and I’m so thankful we did.  We didn’t understand then what sponsoring us into the church really meant.  It’s a big responsibility and Michael took us on.

Michael is  part of our family, and he and his family have graciously allowed us to be a part of theirs.  He has helped us to learn the Faith and we are forever, forever grateful to him.  But now is his time to go on and serve with the best of his of his abilities and talents.  To let his faith and his God lead him into full-time, selfless servant-hood.  He goes with our love, thoughts, and very many prayers.  Adeline will miss her “Nono” and we will miss our friend.

Friends, being a missionary is not easy – it doesn’t pay well…or at all.  Funding is sometimes hard to find and secure.  If you are able and feel so led, I know a very worthy, unworthy servant whose ministry could benefit from any funding you might be able to give .  Please remember Michael in your prayers over the next few years.  There is no greater gift.

Double Threat

3 Jul

You’ve seen the girl dance, but she can sing, too.  These are the songs in her in her current set list.

Three Little Birds by Bob Marley

Sweet Adeline

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

In a House, in a Home – Signing Time

The Rainbow Song – Signing Time

Alphabet Song – Signing Time

Leah’s Farm – Signing Time

The Silly Pizza Song – Signing Tim

I’ve hoped all along that Adeline would get her father’s musical ability, and it looks as though she has!  She has excellent memorization skills and her pitch is pretty darn good!  Doting?  Maybe a bit.

A Day at the Zoo

2 Jul

After two years of living near Milwaukee, we finally got to the Milwaukee Zoo!  Our dear friend/Adeline’s Nouno, Michael, met us there and we had a lovely morning all together.  I can’t count how many times I heard, “Ook! Ook! Nono!” (Translated as “Look! Look! Nouno!”)

Adeline, Papa, and Nouno

Adeline loves this giraffe

Peacock in the tree! They were everywhere!

Gorillas!

Adeline vs. Baby Gorilla

Checking out the tiger

That tiger wants to eat Matthew.

Mister!

After the mister, watching the seals.

Cows! These were Adeline's favorite!

Adeline saying "Moooo!"

What? You say you want to go to the zoo everyday? Anything for this girl!