Anne had an ornament exchange recently with some of her friends. We followed the directions here. She used winter white wool felt with silver and gold embroidery thread. I think it turned out beautifully!
Anne celebrated her eighth birthday last week. She wanted to have a party with friends so we made reservations at our local tea room and invited several friends for a tea party. Quintealia's Tea Room is a lovely, local tea room located in an historic, Victorian home. It's quite a lovely place. The shop owners were so sweet to make food that the little girls would enjoy. They made peanut butter and jelly star sandwiches on straws which looked like fairy wands, a fruit cup and tea pots of fruit punch, hot cocoa or, if the girls preferred, tea. Lastly, they brought out individual doll cakes made in mini bundt pans. The dolls were inserted in the hole of the cake and the skirts were frosted up around them. The ladies had the girls close their eyes while they brought out the cake surprises. It was so fun to see the look on their faces when they saw them!
I have a hard time believing that Anne is eight. She is simply a joy. She is the first to help when help is needed, the first to hug someone when they are sad and never has a bad word to say about anyone. I love her immensely and am so grateful to be her mom.
Little Annie turned six years old the other day. She wanted a strawberry cake with white icing, blue sprinkles and purple butterflies. She asked for mint chocolate chip ice cream. She also wanted to go bowling as a family. Those were simple requests from a gentle spirited, kind and loving little girl.
We are so happy you are in our lives, Anne Marie. We love you very much.
to find a cuter child than this one. Go ahead. I'll wait right here while you check. :)
My mother's friend crocheted this little sweater set. It has ladybug buttons. I think the outfit raises the cherubic cuteness factor by several points. Then add in the little fluttering hands, the temporary angelic expression, the perfect posture and the round, kissable cheeks framed by the darling hat and I think you've got the cutest child ever. That's just my objective opinion, of course. :)
Annie has a very strong devotion to the Infant Jesus. She seeks out statues of Him at church, asking to stop there when we are out by pointing and saying "Jesus!". She has an Infant of Prague statue on her bookshelf and a picture of Him in frame in her room. She was thrilled that he had arrived on Christmas Day, filling the manger with His sweetness.
He has gotten many, many kisses...
and she has been patting His little head.
Annie has been saying single words for many months, "Mommy", "Daddy", "ball", "birdie" and most recently her name. Yesterday, for the first time, she strung two words together and said, "Baby Jesus".
There is something utterly irresistable about my littlest girl. It might be those plump, kissable cheeks that frame her sweet smile or those petal pink lips that curl up at the corners. When she smiles, I get a warm feeling deep in my stomach. It spreads up my chest and neck and bursts out into a big, goofy grin.
If you tickle her under her chin, you can catch the scent of her delicious baby breath (like a mix of vanilla, honey and chamomile). She is terribly ticklish. She throws back her head, mouth open wide, laughing her deep, bubbling laugh. Then she signs "More" and dares you to do it just one more time, looking at you out of the corner of her blue eyes.
And I do it, again and again and again, as many times as she asks because she will only be this old for this very moment. Then, the moment is gone and another has taken its place.
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